Cuyamaca College’s 2016 ‘Spring Concert Series’
This concert series is underway with several more performances scheduled through May. A few installments just around the corner include: “Paving the Way,” on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. — a celebration of black history with musical performances, theater, dance, politics and more; Kembang Sunda on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. — an Indonesian Gamelan ensemble; and a student performance on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. — featuring students of standard and contemporary choral ensemble works. Admission to these performances is $8, or $5 for students and seniors. Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Theatre, located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, Rancho San Diego. Visit gcccd.edu.
Point Loma Singers concert
Sunday, Feb. 28
A free concert under the direction of Dr. Keith Pedersen. The ensemble of 22 singers will present sacred choral music and the vocal jazz group will present secular and sacred jazz with instruments. The concert will start at 4 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran, located at 5106 Zion Ave. in Allied Gardens.
Thursday, March 3
Canadian country artist Terri Clark will bring her traditional country style and signature cowboy hat to Sycuan’s Live & Up Close venue. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $49 – $59 and room and ticket packages are available. Sycuan is located at 5485 Casino Way in El Cajon. Visit sycuan.com for tickets.
Many Strings concert
Sunday, March 6
The duo Many Strings will perform on their hammered dulcimer and guitar for this public concert. The performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Mission Trails Park, located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. The concert is free but donations are appreciated. Visit mtrp.com.
Friday, March 18
Kick start your weekend with this rousing show at the Riviera Supper Club. Homesick Hitchers are an all-acoustic group that plays traditional bluegrass music sprinkled with touches of other genres, from folk to funk and everything in between. Shows at the Riv are always free and this one starts at 9 p.m. The restaurant and music venue is located at 7777 University Ave. in La Mesa. Visit rivierasupperclub.com and homesickhitchers.com.
Thursday, March 10 – Saturday March 12; and Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19
Written by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, “Lucky Stiff” tells the story of an unassuming salesman who must take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo if he hopes to inherit $6 million. There will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. on each of the dates listed above, plus a matinee as 2 p.m. on March 12 and 19. Tickets start at $10. The Stagehouse Theater at at Grossmont College, located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon, bordering La Mesa. Visit grossmont.edu.
This will be Lamplighters Community Theatre’s first musical production since its grand reopening in 2014. “Mack and Mabel” follows the complex relationship between a legendary film director — who is also a temperamental workaholic — and an adorable waitress who becomes one of his biggest stars. Tickets are $23 in advance and $20 for seniors, students and military. Lamplighters is located at 5915 Severin Drive in La Mesa. Visit lamplighterslamesa.com.
Wednesday, March 16 – Saturday March, 19
Peter Pan Junior Theater will perform this classic musical at The Performing Arts Center at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Tickets for March 16, 17, 18 and 19 performances at 7 p.m. and for the Saturday, March 19 matinee performance at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15. The Kroc Center is located at 6845 University Ave. in the Rolando area. Visit ppjt.org.
‘The Good Dinosaur’
Saturday, March 26
The newest Pixar movie follows the story of a dinosaur named Arlo and his pet human Spot. Screening begins at 2 p.m. at the La Mesa Library, located at 8074 Allison Ave. in La Mesa. Visit sdcl.org/locations_LM.html.
Through Wednesday, March 2
The Foothills Art Association is hosting its annual “Old Masters” show at the Foothills Gallery at Porter Hall located at 4910 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. Local artists are showing their reproductions of great works of the “old masters” (painters whose works are at least 100 years old). Visitors to the show can vote to have their favorite reproduction win the “People’s Choice Award.” The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit artid.com/foothills.
Through Thursday, March 3
This art exhibit features work by Kathy Nida and James E. Watts. Nida creates artistic story-telling quilts. Watts is a sculpture artist who puts together items of found tin for various flat and 3-D pieces. “Contemporary Crafts” is at Grossmont College’s Hyde Art Gallery located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon, bordering La Mesa. The gallery is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday (closed Friday – Sunday and holidays). Visit grossmont.edu/artgallery.
Local artist and teacher, Drew Bandish, and five of his students are exhibiting 24 paintings for this show at the Herrick Community Health Care Library. The pieces featured are watercolor paintings done in a variety of styles. The library is located at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa. Visit herricklibrary.org.
[Editor’s note: The La Mesa Courier is expanding its calendar section to provide local arts listings alongside local community events. If you have an arts event — music concert, theater production, film screening or gallery showing — that you think should be included in our calendar, please email Jen Van Tieghem at email@example.com.]