February 2011

New Village Arts’ Enchanted Garden

by The Editors on February 9, 2011


On Saturday evening April 30, 2011 Carlsbadistan’s New Village Arts Theatre will transform The Flower Fields into an Enchanted Garden Masquerade Ball as part of their annual gala.

Escape to a magical garden where your story is what you make it. Who will you be?

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,350 for a table of 10. And if you don’t have a mask, then be sure to attend NVA’s Family Fun Mask Making Event on Sunday April 3, 2011. Click here to buy tickets for the mask making party, or click the link for more information.

[Link: New Village Arts]


The Riehl World: City Goes Back To The Future?

by Richard J. Riehl on February 9, 2011

Grand PromonadeAs neighboring cities in North County struggle with budget cuts and fee increases for public services, Carlsbad’s city council members spent the lion’s share of their January 25th meeting listening to a proposal to set aside $4 million to redevelop its downtown.

Gary Nessim, Vice President of the Carlsbad Village Association, laid out a plan that would create a pedestrian promenade the entire length of Grand Avenue, from City Hall to the beach. Mayor Matt Hall and Councilmember Mark Packard excused themselves from the discussion since they both own property in the area to be developed.

The presentation reminded me of my seven years in the Midwest. My wife and I, both west coasters in our early years, relished our afternoon drives on weekends in search of small towns that flourished many years ago. Each had a town square, dominated by a City Hall protected by a couple of Civil War era cannons, and surrounded by a drugstore, a department store, some specialty shops, a restaurant and a gas station. They’re sad scenes today. Boarded up windows replace bustling streets as their main feature.

The words “back to the future” came to mind as Nessim described a future Grand Promenade, linking City Hall to the heart of the downtown district, creating a bustling central gathering place for residents and visitors alike.

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Lee Coulter At MOMM Friday Night

by The Editors on February 3, 2011


This Friday, February 4, 2011 at 7 PM, Carlsbadistan’s Museum of Making Music presents its Local Flavor Concert Series featuring the infectiously captivating and soulful grooves of San Diego singer/songwriter Lee Coulter. Tickets are $10 and include a slice of pizza and a beverage. We’ll leave it to you to figure out what kind of pizza it will be.

For more info click the link or click here to buy tickets.

[Link: Museum of Making Music]