Arts Calendar – Sept. 23 – Oct. 27

Posted: September 23rd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Arts Calendar, Calendar, Featured | No Comments

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 include:

  • adult-center-moviesSept. 29 – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
  • Oct. 6 – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”
  • Oct. 13 – “Criminal”
  • Oct. 20 – ” 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”
  • Oct. 27 – “The Haunting”

Visit for more information.

Grossmont College Latino Film Festival
Tuesdays through Oct. 11

As part of Latino Heritage Month, Grossmont College will host free, public screenings of films that explore Latino/Latina culture and history. The screenings will start at 7 p.m. in Building #26, Room #220 (8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon bordering La Mesa). The following films will be shown on their noted dates:
Sept. 27: “Wild Tales”
Oct. 4: “Pelo Malo”
Oct. 11: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Visit for more information.

Music Notes

Concert on the plaza
Sunday, Oct. 9

This afternoon performance will feature wind band classics performed by the SDSU Wind Symphony outside on the Performing Arts Plaza just off Campanile Walkway. The concert is suitable for all ages and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair, picnic and even leashed pets. Visit for more information.

sock-monkeysSock Monkeys
Saturday, Oct. 22

The newest tasting room in the area, La Mesa Wine Works (8167 Center St.) will host soft-rock band Sock Monkeys from 7–10 p.m. The band plays original tunes as well as classic and contemporary rock songs. Visit and

Gallery Views

‘Nature’s Expressions’
Through 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. Visit for more information.

art-in-the-parkThe Fifth Annual Art in the Park
Friday, Oct. 8 through Nov. 4

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents its annual fine art exhibit in the Visitor Center Art Gallery (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail). The exhibit features 48 art works referencing Mission Trails Park in a variety of mediums. A reception will be held on Sunday Oct. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Visitor Center Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011–2016
Through Sunday, Nov. 6

This exhibition features five years of work from alumni of the SDSU School of Art + Design. Surveying approaches from multiple areas of 2-D and 3-D study, the works share a common element of use of familiar, every-day materials or subject matter. Artists include Adam John Manley, Lee Lavy, Kaiya Rainbolt, and Marisa Scheinfeld, among others. Guest curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute. The exhibition is being shown a the SDSU Downtown Gallery (725 West Broadway). The gallery is open Thursday–Monday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit for more info.

The Art Glass Association of Southern California presents its 35th annual show
Thursday, Sept. 29–Monday, Oct. 10

The art glass will be on display daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Studio 21 in the Spanish Village Arts Center in Balboa Park and the public is invited to come see this exhibition free of charge. A reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from 4–7 p.m. Members of the Art Glass Association sponsor workshops, teach techniques, and offer educational trips to studios and businesses related to all aspects of the glass arts industry. Visit

Stage Cues

‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel’ 
Through 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.

blood-at-the-root‘Blood at the Root’
Friday, Sept. 30–Sunday, Oct. 9

This show is being produced by the SDSU School of Theatre, Television and Film in special arrangement with Pennsylvania State University. The piece was inspired by the true events surrounding the “Jena Six.” Playwright Dominique Morisseau crafted the story about racial tensions escalating in a small town when rivalry among football team members becomes violent. Directed by Randy Reinholz. It will be performed in SDSU’s Experimental Theatre (5500 Campanile Drive). Visit for showtimes and tickets.

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