Arts Calendar – Oct. 28 – Nov. 24

Gallery Views

‘Four of a Kind’
Saturday, Nov. 5–Friday, Dec. 2

Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is presenting this exhibition featuring four award-winning photographers: Janine Free, Jill Rowe, Kirk Sullivan and Jennifer Wolf. A public reception for the show will be held in honor of the artists on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 1–4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display in Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail) through Dec. 2. Visit for more details.

‘Art from the Heart’
Sunday, Nov. 6

This garden art show and auction will feature donated pieces by local artists. This event will also feature a wine reception and entertainment from 2–6 p.m. and a $10 donation is requested at the door. Proceeds from this event will benefit Las Memorias, an HIV/AIDS hospice in Tijuana, Mexico. Art from the Heart will be held at 5100 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. For more information, email

‘Animalia: A Group Show’
Opening Saturday, Nov. 12

This group art show will host its opening reception from 6–9 p.m. with refreshments and small bites. Artists featured will include 32 local San Diego artists with several from the East County area, including: Jon Barnes, Alexander Arshansky, Brennan Hubbel, Laura Ball, Perry Vasquez and Neal Bociek. Pieces will include oil paintings, watercolor, iron and marble works, photography, archival prints and more. “Animalia” will be on display at Sparks Gallery (530 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp) through Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Visit for more information.

Music Notes 

‘Jewgrass: the Appalachians meet the Carpathians’
Wednesday, Nov. 2

Special guest, Hot Tuna’s Barry Mitterhoff, will join Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi to perform “mountain music” from the klezmer of the Carpathian Ukraine to Old Time Americana from Appalachia. Mitterhoff, a virtuosic mandolin player, will present music that is an essential part of both Eastern European Jewish and Southern mountain Christian cultures. Both traditions, born in isolated and rural mountain communities, meld together spirituality, culture and geography. The free and public concert will also feature Jeff Pekarek, Duncan Moore, Walt Richards, Fred Benedetti, Tripp Sprague, and Elizabeth Schwartz. 7 p.m. at Smith Recital Hall at SDSU (5500 Campanile Drive). Visit for more information.

Campanile Music Festival public concert
Friday, Nov. 4

This free public concert will feature San Diego State faculty and visiting artists performing pieces by Prokofiev, Verdi and Faure. The festival is put on by SDSU’s School of Music and Dance faculty, with the goal of allowing students to work with professional musicians for several days. The festival culminates with this concert at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall at SDSU (5500 Campanile Drive). Visit for a full schedule of events and other details.

Stage Cues

Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29

This play based on a children’s book explores the concepts of bullying, tolerance and inclusion with a story set under the circus big top. Blue is the quiet clown in the Circus of Colors and Red is the ringmaster who picks on Blue. The other clowns don’t like what they see but what can they do? Performances will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre (8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon bordering La Mesa). Visit for $10 tickets.

‘Bad Seed’
Friday, Oct. 28–Sunday, Nov. 20

Lamplighter Community Theater (5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa) will present this twist-laden production about a family living in a small Southern town; daughter Rhoda is charming and sweet by outward appearances but her mother feels uneasy about her especially after one of Rhoda’s classmates drowns at a picnic. 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.

‘Julius Caesar’
Friday, Nov. 4–Sunday, Nov. 13

This unique production of the classic Shakespearean play comes to SDSU’s Experimental Theatre (5500 Campanile Drive) with Delicia Turner Sonnenburg of Moxie Theatre as guest director. The cast for this modern take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of conspiracy, politics and betrayal will be entirely comprised of women. The timing of the show is deliberate to coincide with the national elections. Tickets are $15 for students and $17 for general admission. Visit for tickets and show times.

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. Upcoming films will be announced soon. Visit for more information.

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