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July 05, 2001|By RANDY CARSON, Imperial County Arts Council

Congratulations to local musician and promoter Fred Lara for a successful round one of his Punk-o-thon. Five bands — three local and two from San Diego — each played a set, and the event was attended by more than 80 fans of punk.

Round two of the punk show will take place July 27 at the Old Post Office Pavilion in El Centro. Tickets will be available at the door for $4, and the concert again will feature a mix of local and visiting entertainers. The first set will begin at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome.

This weekend at the OPOP we will be offering a live drama titled "David and Lisa." This play focuses on the developing relationship between the two title characters, who meet while attending a special school for the mentally disturbed in New York City.

Directed by Billy J. Brown, it features a predominantly teen-age cast. Admission is $5 at the door, and the play will start at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights.


Continuing for several weeks are the Imperial County Arts Council's summer youth program activities at the OPOP. The programs offer something for all ages, and everyone is welcome.

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, staff and volunteers from the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum are offering classes on desert archaeology and Native American cultures. Also on Thursday afternoons, we offer a drawing class for older children taught by Fred Guzman of the IVC Student Art Club.

On Friday mornings, we have several offerings, including papier mache taught by Daniel Velasquez, beginning watercolor taught by Phoebe Yacopi and drawing for young children taught by Americo Yacopi. All three are also members of the IVC Student Art Club and they are all very talented. There is a small fee for the class work and space is available in all of the sessions.

Space is also available in the guitar classes, dance classes and paint-by-number activities. Detailed information is available by calling 337-1777.

Scheduled to commence soon are beginning violin classes under the instruction of local music teacher Lyn Neal. Some instruments are available for student use, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Intermediate students will be interested in the junior strings orchestra we have slated to start soon. Also taught by Neal, this offering will groom students in a number of selections and will culminate with a public performance later in the summer. This sort of offering is a first for the Imperial Valley and we are hoping that it will become the seed for an ongoing, year-round program. Interested musicians should call 337-1777 for more information and for registration materials.

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