El Cajon, CA
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Articles by Ana Nita

After being closed for a year, Better Days Pizzeria reopened last week with a bang. Grand opening, ribbon-cutting, live band, salsa eating contest, sculpture exhibit outside – nothing was left to chance to create an awesome experience for the Lakesiders who came to celebrate this event. 

One can tell when women are involved into transforming a sterile waiting room in a clinic into a dreamy space for a ribbon-cutting event. They roll down the red carpet, hang little pearls at the entrance, color coordinate every little detail, display the loveliest decorations throughout the place, bring in the most delicious cup cakes in black, white and blue and call it the day. The grand opening of Emily’s Medical Spa in El Cajon was just that and more, a feast for all five senses especially when the music kicked in and everybody cheered up.

Contrary to the misconception, painters are using both sides of the brain in the process of creating art. There is a preparation stage that includes measuring, analyzing, logical thinking and only after this chapter is complete, the right brain turns on and propels the creator right into “the zone” where there is no sense of time or space. Oh, and the enviable life of people who sees things as they are not and translate the world for us by using brushes and colors.

On May 31, the construction site at the Lyceum Space at Horton Plaza made for a jazzy labyrinth for almost one hundred people eager to listen to a very original show researched and written by legendary music ethnologist Yale Strom. The Mira Mesa College Jazz Collective, directed by Steve Torok, performed the “Chaldean Jazz Suite” composed by Strom, who based his music on researches of the San Diego’s southern Iraqi refugees, more specifically the Chaldean community.