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‘Stranger Things’ inspires stranger reads

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, La Mesa Reads | No Comments

By Jake Sexton

For the past few months, it seems like I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing ads, costumes or clever references for the popular Netflix TV show “Stranger Things.”

For those who haven’t seen it, the series is a nostalgia-heavy story of adventure, sci-fi monsters, and coming of age in a small town. Set in the 1980s, a group of pre-teen boys are spurred to action when their friend goes missing and the local police seem unable to help.

Books that transport you

By Heather Pisani-Kristl | La Mesa Reads

I often joke that the library performs miracles, evidenced by the constant supply of forgotten canes and walking sticks in our lost-and-found department.

The library doesn’t actually make readers stride unaided into the next chapter of their lives, but we do provide such funny and absorbing books that customers often forget the troubles they arrived with. Below are some titles that will transport you to another time, place, and life.

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?