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Pardon their French in entertaining ‘Lies’ By Tony Cagala

Distant view of the one room schoolhouse constructed on the Pacific View property as donated by J.S. Pitcher in 1883. Photo courtesy of Encinitas Historical Society

Turning the tide on Pacific View The saga of the Pacific View property has reached epic proportions. The tide needs to be turned quickly to prevent the story from ending in tragedy. The Pacific View property, which was gifted in 1883 by J. S. Pitcher, has been the subject of hot debate during the past several years. Located on 2.8 acres only one block from the coastal bluff and two blocks from the thriving businesses along South Coast Highway 101, the property is home to the historic one-room schoolhouse constructed in 1883. The more recent structure built in 1953 has fallen into increasing disrepair since closing its doors a decade ago, but many interested parties have seen beyond its current eroding exterior to its extraordinary potential. The dream of converting the historic property into a community center for arts and culture has been the impassioned desire of many locals. With this intent, last year the City of Encinitas offered to purchase the property from the Encinitas Union School District for $4.3 million. However, by that time communication between the City and EUSD had disintegrated and EUSD elected simply not to respond with a counteroffer. With the January 9 announcement by the EUSD school board that the property will be sold at auction, emotions were reignited within the community.


brush with art kay colvin Encinitas Union School District Board member Maureen “Mo” Muir responds to email inquiries, “I share in your vision for this community asset to be utilized in a manner that protects the intent of Mr. Pitcher who donated the property for our children and public use. As indicated by my statements and vote on this matter at school board meetings, I completely disagree with the policy platform my colleagues have taken.” According to Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth, who has since its inception supported the concept of an arts center at Pacific View, “The city is still willing to meet with the school board to find a win-win solution to keep this historic property for public use and support the children of Encinitas now and in the future.” Encinitas City Councilman Tony Kranz states, “Encinitas has always attracted people who are either artists or supporters of the arts. It’s what makes our community so special. Another thing that draws people to Encinitas is the Pacific Ocean. So imagine how wonderful it would be to put these two things toTURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A14

the paintings of Jason Adkins, will be on display through April 3, in the Kruglak Gallery, inside the student center at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Know something that’s going The Kruglak Gallery hours are Mondays/Tuesdays 2:30 to 7:30 on? Send it to calendar@ p.m.; and Wednesdays/Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. MARK THE CALENDAR For additional information, conCELEBRITY POKER GAME tact gallery director Diane Adams Attend as a spectator or reserve at (760) 795-6657. your spot now at the Rancho San- MARCH 8 ta Fe Celebrity Poker ChampionMONTH FOR WOMEN View ship benefiting the Marshall Faulk “A Woman’s Journey” opening reFoundation, to be held from 7 to 11 ception and exhibition from 1 to 4 p.m. May 16, at Willowbrook Farms‚ p.m. March 8 at the Encinitas Coma private Rancho Santa Fe estate. munity Center Gallery, 1140 OakTickets at Address crest Park Drive, Encinitas. information will be given upon tickMAKE MOSAICS Kate et purchase. The evening includes O’Brien of Art Beat on Main St. cocktails and dinner buffet from 7 will be teaching a glass mosaics to 8 p.m. Cards fly at 8 p.m. class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March

SOLANA BEACH — The year: 1666; the setting: France. The language: anything but stodgy. The North Coast Repertory Theatre hosted the San Diego premiere of “School for Lies,” on Saturday night, and with its language as flashy as the players’ wardrobes, there was little in the way of disappointment. Working from a play by the 17 century French playwright Moliere, David Ives sets loose a lyrical barrage of rhyme in iambic pentameter with his adaptation of “The Misanthrope.” The story of a man attempting to cut through society’s hypocrisies with the truth is updated here with modern day language, adult in some areas, and tinged with bourgeois English accents. It’s the kind of production the North Coast Repertory Theatre does so well. The action, more verbal than physical, takes place in a French-style drawing room, where a single staircase divides the gilded set in two. Several doorways lead on and off the stage. The sudden appearance of Frank (Richard Baird) has everyone in France’s high society buzzing over his unabashed and unfiltered opinions, which he’s only too willing to share — even if it means being sued for libel. “I never joke. I have no sense of humor,” says Frank, whose stark black outfit contrasts heavily with the glittery and electric-colored wardrobes of the others in high society. Hearing what they didn’t expect to hear only shocks and stuns those who have fallen in the crosshairs of Frank’s barbs. One of the first to feel Frank’s fury is the poet Oronte (Phil Johnson). Oronte, while attempting to read a poem addressed to an unnamed to register. DVORAK GOES TO COLLEGE MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra plays Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and at 3 p.m. March 9 in the Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400. General admission, $10.Tickets are available online at miracosta. edu/buytix or CALL ( 760) 7956815. PURE POETRY Encinitas-based poet and recording artist Darius Degher will launch his new poetry collection “To See the Sound” at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Ducky Waddle’s Bookstore, 414 N. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia. Degher will read from the collection and sign books, plus live music.


SYMPHONY SEASON The North Coast Symphony presents “A Journey Through Time” at MARCH 7 8 at Art Beat on Main St., 330 Main 2:30 p.m. March 9 and at 7:30 p.m. ART AT COLLEGE The art St. in Vista. Cost of $25 includes March 11 at the Seacoast Commuexhibit “Resurrection,” featuring materials. Contact Kate O’Brien at nity Church, 1050 Regal Road, En-

Celimene (Jessica John Gercke) and Frank (Richard Baird) make plans for a sweeping romantic getaway in the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of “School for Lies.” Photos by Aaron Rumley

lover, is lambasted — the prose, Frank says, as purple as the hairy mole on Oronte’s nose. Frank has a friend in Philinte (Joel Ripka) who tries to corral his outspoken ways, though it’s apparent Frank isn’t to be censored. “Society is nothing but a school for lies,” Frank says. Between Frank’s cynicisms and digs at just about everything comes the butler Dubois, played by the ever-able Jonathan McMurtry. Shuffling across the stage with a tray of canapés becomes a recurring sight gag in the production. When Celimene (Jessica John Gercke) arrives to meet Frank, they go toeto-toe in a battle of wits over whether he’s right or wrong to tell things like they are. At one point in the production, Frank runs out into the audience and sits in the aisle, as Celimene, on stage, does her best impersonation of him, mocking his ideals. Only when Phil-

inte begins two lies, one about Frank the other of Celimene, does it excite a real change. Believing that Celimene loves him, Frank begins to change. His wardrobe changes, though only slightly. Instead of his all black suit, his collar and cuffs are now lined with glinting jewels; instead of his unkempt hair, it’s now slicked back and combed through. “God knows how love can change a man,” the once-acerbic man says. Meanwhile, Celimene has come to believe that Frank has a powerful relative that can help defend her in a libel court case. The chemistry between Baird and Gercke is appealing, cutting at each other with pointed words and mimicry before settling into shared warmth in Act II. “School of Lies” is adeptly filled out with a supporting cast that shows off just as much verbal dexterity to maintain this solid, unforced production directed by Andrew Paul. Brenda Dodge as Eli-

ing for depth and color harmony with Linda Luisi, 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, March 18 to April 8 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. Register at (760) 602-4650 or parksandrec. TUESDAY NIGHT COMICS San Diego actor Mark Christopher Lawrence will host Tuesday Night Comics at 7:30 p.m. March 11 along with Jennifer Congernaum, Tony Calabrese and Lamont Ferguson at the North Coast Repertory TheMARCH 10 GET A PART Auditions will atre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, be held from 7 to 10 p.m. March Suite D, Solana Beach. Rated R. 10 at the Broadway Theater, 340 Cost is $20. Call (858) 481-1055. East Broadway, Vista, for “Things MARCH 12 My Mother Taught Me.” Bring a JAZZ GUITAR The free famone-minute comic monologue. Play ily music program, sponsored by is on stage April 18 to May 11. For the Friends of the Carmel Valley more information, e-mail broad- Library, will be guitarist Patrick Berrogain in a program of gypsy jazz at 7 p.m. March 12 at 3919 MARCH 11 PENCILS AND PASTELS Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. Learn right-brain drawing, shad- For further information, call (858) cinitas. For information, call (760) 753-3003. The suggested donation is $10. Visit northcoastsymphony. com. BLUEGRASS The Del Mar Foundation’s Cultural Arts Committee presents The Claire Lynch Band with “Bluegrass & Beyond” at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, $20 general, $35 reserved seating at ca@delmarfoundation. org.

ante brings a sweetness to her role, while Jason Heil brings laughs as Acaste, an empty-headed, self-involved beau with bows in his hair; and David McBean as Clitander, whose name people have fun mispronouncing, comes in with his nose in the air and his finger up it. There’s enough here to like in “School of Lies” that it’s worth going to see, and that’s the truth.

Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste. D, Solana Beach When: Wednesdays 7 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays 8 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays 2 p.m., Sundays 7 p.m. Ends March 16 Tickets: $41-$48 Info: (858) 481-1055 or Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


MARCH 13 ART AND A MOVIE Celebrate Steve White’s birthday with live music and art all day March 16 at the Seaside Bazaar, 459 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Then see his documentary, “Steve White - Painting the World” at 7 p.m. March 16 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101. If sold out, a second screening at 9 p.m. WANT TO WATERCOLOR? Learn watercolor with Linda Melvin. Cover the basics of watercolor, paints, paper selection, and brushes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for intermediate and 2 to 5 p.m. for beginners, March 13, March 20 and March 27 in the Solana Beach area. Cost is $14.50 for paper to be paid to teacher at first session. If you have watercolor supplies, bring them to the first class or contact Linda at (619) 200-3431 or

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