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In an effort to make live classical music performance more accessible to general audiences, Music Director/Conductor John Stubbs of California Ballet, has created a multimedia performance experience where live classical music, dance and film converge for one special evening titled, Luscious Noise at Anthology in Little Italy on Sunday, Nov. 22, according to a press release.

Featured artists' reportedly include members of the San Diego Symphony and an appearance by Prima Ballerina Denise Dabrowski who will perform a signature solo of "The Dying Swan" made famous by the legendary Anna Pavlova.

Historically, classical music conjures a general perception that the genre predominantly caters to the mature aristocratic society, the release states. This connotation has long deterred younger audiences and those will average level incomes from experiencing classical music through live performance.

During the developmental stage of Stubbs' production concept, he learned of other musicians abroad (i.e. Berlin and London) that have taken similar measures to create opportunities for younger audiences to experience live classical music in settings that are less intimidating than concert halls -- namely pubs and clubs.

"Whenever I see pop groups perform, I always wish I could see that same level of fun for classical performances," Stubbs said in a press release. When he discovered Anthology, he realized he stumbled upon something different. "I didn't know what I wanted to do here, but I had to do something. The built-in multimedia capabilities made me very interested in wanting to perform there."


On the afternoon and into the evening of Saturday, Nov. 7, new Point Loma venue, Wine Pub, which is described as "a unique blend of quintessential California wine tasting and contemporary neighborhood bar," celebrates its grand opening.

The 2,200-square-foot Wine Pub at 2907 Shelter Island Drive, boasts up to 25 domestic and new world wines by the glass and dozens more by the bottle on their tasting menu.

There is a Wine Market for purchasing bottled wines from all over the world and wine enthusiasts can join the Wine Pub Club and each month receive two bottles of the proprietor's pick from among California's best boutique producers.

The venue also serves up a handful of artisan beers from throughout the region as well as small plates of food -- all of which can be enjoyed inside or on the outdoor patio where there is seating around an infinity-edge fireplace.

San Diego architect Joe Holasek and his interior designer wife Debbie, who've teamed on several resort and restaurant projects in Southern California, are responsible for transforming the street-level site off Scott Street near the San Diego Yacht Club.

For more information visit winepubsd.com.


San Diego culinary veteran Jim Phillips was recently appointed executive chef at Barona Resort & Casino. Promoted from executive sous chef of the resort, Phillips has played an instrumental role in developing the menu and concepts of Barona's new restaurants, the Italian Cucina and Seafood Plaza. In his new role, he will oversee Barona's 11 dining venues, special events catering and the Barona Culinary Institute, a certified on-site training program.

Chef Phillips brings more than 25 years of experience in the kitchens of some of San Diego's most acclaimed restaurants. Previously he served as executive chef at Anthology Fine Tuned Music & Cuisine, where he created and implemented first a la carte menu served during live music performances.

Prior to Anthology, Chef Phillips was the executive chef at Pamplemousse Grille in Del Mar and the University Club.

"I'm honored to help oversee such an amazing team of culinary professionals. I look forward to creating exciting new menu items and continuing to produce Barona's award-winning dishes for our guests," said Phillips.

Chef Phillips' resume also includes Bernard'O Restaurant in Rancho Bernardo, the Ladeki Restaurant Group, and La Jolla's La Valencia Hotel. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, located in Napa Valley, Calif.


After 50 years of successful business in Carlsbad, Garcia's Mexican Cuisine recently opened a new location in Encinitas, called Garcia Mexican Cuisine "G2".

The first Garcias opened in Carlsbad in 1960 and incorporated catering in 1979.

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