‘Esperanza’ Rises
May05

‘Esperanza’ Rises

      For the final production of the first season of performances at the renovated Howard Brubeck Theatre, Director Michael Mufson marked Palomar Performing Art as a center for cultural exchange in North County. A scarcely known play titled “Esperanza Rising,” Lynne Alvarez’s adaptation of Pam Munoz Ryan’s young adult novel of the same name, serves as Mufson’s catalyst. It is a coming of age story, among other things,...

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Former Palomar student coming full circle

There is a curious little spot in Parking Lot 12 where a steel post harbors an aluminum sign that reads “this space reserved for Distinguished Faculty of the Year.”   Each year the winners, one full time and one part time, choose a spot on campus they would like to park and it becomes theirs for an entire year. When Adjunct Professor Michelle Vogel Trautt learned she was the 2014 recipient of the esteemed title, she said she did the...

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Review: ‘Conways’ flips the hourglass, ponders
Apr23

Review: ‘Conways’ flips the hourglass, ponders

The past doesn’t stay out of the present’s way, the future doesn’t patiently wait. The times come and go as they please. Such are the thoughts many playgoers have walking away from J.B. Priestley’s “Time and the Conways,” directed by Rebecca Taichman. Plays come and go at the Old Globe, but “Conways,” rarely revived in the United States, imposes its own unique rhythm on the stage. Cryptic as it may be, Priestley’s...

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Daughter’s difference inspires children’s book
Apr01

Daughter’s difference inspires children’s book

  Walking into Lori Mitchell’s home, before entering the studio where she composes her illustrations, a coffee table holding several portraits can be seen by the stairwell. Amongst the pictures, there is a familiar looking face of a young man donning an orange V-neck. It is the mugshot of Justin Beiber after his arrest, framed and placed among the others. When asked about the photo, Mitchell laughed nervously and said she feared...

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‘Cabaret’ gleams with grace, glitz and style
Apr01

‘Cabaret’ gleams with grace, glitz and style

The Performing Arts Department’s production of “Cabaret,” directed by Pat Larmer, opened March 7 to welcome, or rather, “willkommen,” a full house. As the lights dimmed for the opening number, the Master of Ceremonies, as any earnest Emcee would do, grabbed the audience by a hook and never let them go. Caled Halsted played the highly coveted role, and thrived after a slightly tense opening number supported by the Kit Kat Klub Girls....

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