November 2014                                       
In This Issue
Student Success
'Breaking Boundaries'
Faculty Art Show
'Scapin' at Stagehouse Theatre
Music of World War I era

Student success story:

Caleb Martinez finds redemption at Grossmont College



Grossmont College academic standout Caleb Martinez has experienced quite the journey. The 25-year-old East County resident grew up in a series of neighborhoods rife with crime, and he often found himself in trouble as a teen. His mother had to work two jobs to make ends meet, and his brother was murdered in a gang shooting in El Cajon.


Today, Martinez maintains a 4.0 grade point average, is the president of the campus EOPS Club, is planning to transfer to a University of California campus with plans of becoming a lawyer and is raising a young daughter as a doting single father.



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BoundariesBreaking Boundaries in dance


Breaking Boundaries 2014, a student-choreographed dance concert, will be held November 13, 14 and 1  5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave. in San Diego. The annual event produced by the college's dance department features  a variety of different genres of dance, including modern, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet and stomp percussion.


The concert will feature first-time choreographers as well as students who have choreographed past productions, said Kathy Meyer, department chair. Meyer directs the performance and Melissa Adao, a Grossmont dance instructor, is the co-director.


Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Cash only. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Grossmont College Dance Department at (619) 644-7766.


Fine Arts & Graphic Design Faculty Art Show at Cuyamaca College
 Art created by Cuyamaca College's fine arts and graphic design faculty will be on display at the college from Nov. 13 through Dec. 5 on the third floor of the Communication Arts building. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

An opening reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on November 13.

For more information, call (619) 660-4027.
'ScapinScapin' opens at Grossmont College Stagehouse Theatre


 Extortion! Treachery! Trickery! Love! When two young men of substantial wealth fall in love with two beautiful but penniless ladies, they employ the assistance of the clever, crafty, and possibly clairvoyant  servant Scapin  to assist them in calmin  g their very angry fathers. With the help of fellow servant, Sylvestre, complications abound in Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell's modern adaptation of Moliere's classic French farce, Les Fourberies de Scapin.

Performances will be held at the Grossmont College Stagehouse Theatre on November 13,14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and on November 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for military and college district faculty/staff, and $10 for Grossmont and Cuyamaca college students.
To purchase tickets, call the theater at (619) 644-7267.
Exploring Modernism:
 Cuyamaca College faculty lecture, recital

A Thursday, Nov. 13, faculty lecture and recital moderated by Taylor Smith, chairman of the performing arts department at Cuyamaca College, will feature the works of Russian composer, pianist and conductor Igor Stravinsky, Austrian composer and conductor Anton Webern, and French composer Erik Satie.

The performance is part of a series of events across the campus this semester marking the 100th anniversary of World War I. The interdisciplinary events consist of discussions and performances geared toward a greater understanding of the war's cultural context, especially given that the war is often considered the beginning of the "modern" geo-political and artistic worlds.


The performances will feature three faculty members: John Mark Harris on piano, Smith on double bass, and a string quartet led by Alexandra Keegan. The selected pieces display some of the musical ideals present in 1914.  


During the 20 minutes of discussion interspersed with about 30 minutes of music, Smith will talk about the music scene of the time and will highlight some of the major players of the era, providing a look at their musical aesthetics.   


The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Theatre in Building B. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students and seniors.  

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