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The new and the old of La Mesa Oktoberfest

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

This year’s Oktoberfest will again see some changes now that the city of La Mesa has officially gotten out of the event-planning business.

In 2016, city officials decided to take on the production of Oktoberfest when they realized that the future of the event was in jeopardy. This year, they’ve passed the torch to the newly formed La Mesa Village Association (LMVA).

Bringing music to the table in La Mesa

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | 4 Comments

By Jen Lothspeich

When I moved from La Mesa to Normal Heights four years ago, I thought I was going to reside in a hotbed for live music, as I’d be walk-ably close to Adams Avenue and North Park with their plentiful venues and numerous street fairs.

Little did I know La Mesa was going to experience a live-music renaissance of its own, with an up-and-coming culinary scene to boot.

Arts Calendar: Sept. 22–Oct. 26, 2017

Posted: September 22nd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Arts Calendar, Calendar, Featured | No Comments

MUSIC NOTES

Live music at San Pasqual Winery
Saturdays; Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21

San Pasqual Winery presents music acts: Andrew Parker Davis on Sept. 23; Ray Bautista on Oct. 7; Andrew Parker Davis on Oct. 14; Eric French on Oct. 21. Seating is first come, first served. No cover. 7–10 p.m. at La Mesa Village, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. Visit bit.ly/2kIRWXx.

Connecting with the people of North Korea

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

This summer, it’s been impossible to avoid media coverage of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and his country’s nuclear capability. We read far more about the 33-year-old Kim — characterized in the news as an unstable, unseasoned dictator spoiled by a life of privilege — than we read about the people who live under him.

Because several generations have passed since the Kim family took power, there are few North Koreans who remember life before dictatorship. The majority of North Korean citizens were born into an all-encompassing public fealty to a godlike ruler, having no perspective to challenge this. What are their hopes and motivations?

Breathing new life into popular music

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Music | No Comments

By David Dixon One of the fresh aspects about San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of the 1990s-themed musical, “Pump Up the Volume,” is the casting of up-and-coming performers. Seven players take part in a revue that features renditions of songs from the likes of Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, U2, Jennifer Lopez and Boyz II Men. […]