Arts Calendar – Aug. 26 – Sept. 22

Gallery Views 

‘Workers Working’ 
Through Tuesday, Sept. 13

This district-wide faculty art exhibition will feature works from teachers at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca community colleges. The artwork showcased will represent the various disciplines used in both school’s art departments. The exhibition will be on display at the Hyde Gallery (8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon bordering La Mesa) with an opening reception on Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 5 – 7 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public. Visit for more information.

Watercolor exhibit
Through Friday, Sept. 30

The Herrick Community Health Care Library (9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa) is hosting a watercolor exhibit featuring the work of plein air painter Marilyn Hadley Hallum. There are 19 pieces on display, many featuring San Diego and Southern California landmarks and landscapes. Visit for more information.

‘Nature’s Expressions’
Saturday, Sept. 10 – Friday, Oct. 7

Mission Trails Regional Park (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail) will present this exhibition in the Visitor Center Art Gallery featuring six award-winning artists who work in various mediums. The works of Robyn Garcia, Elaine Harvey, Joan Nies, Jennifer Spencer, Penelope Vining and Cathryn Ward will be on display through Oct 7. There will be a public reception from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Visit for more information.

On Film

Movies at the city of La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center

Each Thursday, the Adult Enrichment Center (8450 La Mesa Blvd.) hosts a movie screening in its main hall. The movies start at 1 p.m. and cost $1 to attend. Sept. 1’s screening will be “Picnic,” a 1955 film about a handsome drifter (William Holden) who arrives in a small Kansas town the morning of a Labor Day celebration. Additional September selections will be announced soon. Visit for more information.

‘Best of the Best Film Fest’
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – Thursday, Sept. 15

This two-evening program will be presented by Arts Alive SDSU at the Don Powell Theatre (5500 Campanile Drive, College). It will feature a variety of fiction and documentary short films by SDSU students in the Television, Film and New Media Production programs. Each evening’s program will start at 7:30 p.m. and feature 90 minutes of new work plus highlights from past festivals. Tickets are $10. Visit for more information.

Stage Cues

duck hunter‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel’ 
Friday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 2

Lamplighter Community Theater (5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa) will present this comedy written by Mitch Albom. The play is “an out-of-this-world tale full of magical moments, stereotype projections, unexpected second chances and has a surprise ending that few theater-goers see coming.” Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors, students and military. Visit for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 11 – Sunday, Oct. 9

Moxie Theatre (6663 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N, Rolando) will stage a production of a new comedy called “Peerless.” The play is inspired by Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and tells the story of ambitious twin sisters with a sinister plan to secure their future. Previews run Sept. 11, 15 and 16 with opening night on Sept. 17. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

santee bluegrassMusic Notes

7th annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, Sept. 10

This yearly bluegrass festival will feature wine, beer and food tasting mixed with live music throughout the day. This year’s music lineup will showcase the talents of The Homesick Hitchers and MohaviSoul. There will also be an opportunity drawing, a silent auction and more to raise funds for the local rec programs. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Attendees will receive samples of several varieties of beer, wine and food from local restaurants. The festival will take place from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive).

Suzanne Shea
Saturday, Sept. 17

Suzanne Shea will perform at San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room (8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa) from 7 – 10 p.m. The singer-guitarist performs both originals and class cover songs. No cover for performances at the tasting room. Wine by the glass, snacks and dessert available for purchase. Seating is first come, first served. Visit for more information.

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