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African-American achievements celebrated in books

Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Jake Sexton | La Mesa Reads The recent success of the movie “Hidden Figures” is a wonderful companion to this year’s African-American history month. The movie (and the book that inspired it) showcases amazing, yet underreported, achievements by African-Americans who deserve recognition and admiration. So let’s look at some books that continue this work.

Couple aims to revive La Mesa’s artistic heritage

Posted: January 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | 2 Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Things are happening in La Mesa Village. Stroll the boulevard, and you can people-watch in the renovated storefront windows, grab breakfast or a nice dinner, share a beer or a craft-caffeine fix with a friend.

And now, since Nov. 1, you can enjoy the works of local artists, have some fine-art framing done — even take a painting class while sipping wine — at Nainsook Framing + Art.

Working on Pandora

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Features | No Comments

By David Dixon Stage manager and Helix High School alumnus, Kevin Katan, has been living an exciting and artistic life. He is currently involved with the touring Cirque du Soleil show set in the same universe as James Cameron’s “Avatar,” “Toruk: The First Flight.” Ever since he was young, Katan focused on theater arts. At […]

Sing us a song, piano man

Local singer gets a shot on ‘The Voice’

By Joyell Nevins

Michael Sanchez has gone from being a hometown piano player to a nationwide name — thanks to a load of talent, a dose of gumption, and Alicia Keyes.

The La Mesa resident is part of Team Alicia on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice,” the singing competition. Tune in this Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. to watch him in the Knockout round. This is the final phase before the show goes live.