Archive for April 28th, 2011

A busy month of May for the arts at Grossmont

By William Dudley
GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Jazz by the bay and spirits at the Stagehouse highlight the offerings for Grossmont College arts lovers this month.

All that Jazz

The third annual Jazz All Stars concert will take place at Humphreys by the Bay on May 2. There will actually be two concerts. The first, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a family concert open to all ages, and will feature straight-ahead jazz performed by members of Grossmont’s music faculty. Among the performers will be Steve Baker on piano, Paul Kurokawa on trumpet, and Doug Booth on guitar.

The second concert, beginning at 9:30, is for the 21-and-over crowd, and will have a more Caribbean/Latin dance feel. It will feature the Afro-Cuban Ensemble led by Derek Cannon, Ritmo Caribe, and Manny Cepeda.

Tickets are $18 general and $10 for Grossmont students, and are available at Humphreys Box Office at (619) 224-3577.

The concert is a benefit for the Grossmont College Music Scholarships. This program helps Grossmont music majors pay for the private lessons required as part of their studies.

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A 4-year college degree for $10,000?

AUSTIN, Texas  (USANN4)–Can you imagine getting a college degree for only $10,000?   If Texas Governor Rick Perry has his way, it could eventually be a reality.   The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Perry is calling for the state’s schools to develop a four-year baccalaureate degree that costs no more than 10 grand.

Texas’ commissioner of higher education says the plan is doable.   Several plans for a stripped-down degree include statewide online courses, more opportunities for students to spend their first two years in community colleges, and accelerated and self-paced course formats.   Some skeptics question whether the plan is possible or even desirable.

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