Arts Calendar – July 15 – Aug. 18

Music Notes

Smokey Robinson
Tuesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 28

Sycuan Casino’s concert series in their Live & Up Close Theatre (5485 Casino Way, El Cajon) starts with three performances by the legendary Smokey Robinson. The singer-songwriter is known for hits like “Cruisin’,” “Just to See Her,” and many more.

GetCDNContentShows are at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $69 – $79. Visit for more information.

KC and the Sunshine Band
Thursday, Aug. 4 – Friday, Aug. 5

Sycuan Casino’s concert series continues with two performances by KC and the Sunshine Band in the Live & Up Close Theatre (5485 Casino Way, El Cajon). The disco and funk band is responsible for well-known songs like “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Boogie Shoes.” Shows are at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $89 – $99. Visit for more information.

Siren’s Crush
Friday, Aug. 5

This upbeat dance band will perform as part of Allied Gardens First Fridays Summer Concerts in the Park series. This group promises to deliver a high-energy performance including contemporary pop songs and class dance favorites. All ages are welcome and neighbors are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to get comfortable for the show. This event will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Allied Gardens Community Park (5155 Greenbrier Ave.). Visit for more information.

On Film 

Film and discussion with Ralph DeLauro: ‘The Lady from Shanghai’
Monday, July 18

San Diego Oasis presents this film class at College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro) starting at 1 p.m. The film stars Orson Welles as an Irish sailor entangled in murder with a shady lawyer and his sultry wife (Rita Hayworth). The class fee is $2. Visit for more information.

KFP3-payoff-poster-P1Outdoor Family Movie Night: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’
Saturday, July 23

Mission Trails Church (4880 Zion Ave., Allied Gardens) will host several movie nights throughout the summer on their front lawn. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn and fun will be provided. Visit for more info.

Film and discussion with Ralph DeLauro: ‘Delicacy’
Monday, Aug. 1

San Diego Oasis presents this film class at their location in Mission Valley (third floor of Macy’s at 1702 Camino del Rio North) starting at 1 p.m. The film stars Audrey Tautou as a widow whose zest for life is unexpectedly rekindled by her office subordinate played by Francois Damiens. The class fee is $12. Visit for more information.

Gallery Views

‘Petit Point Needlework’ by Linda Gillespie
Through Sunday, July 31

Ladybug Art Center (4685 Biona Drive, Kensington) will be displaying more than a dozen handcrafted art pieces by Linda Gillespie. Her Petit Point is a delicate version of needlepoint using finer linen, needles and thread. Her pieces depict historical buildings including San Diego’s Heritage Park. The artwork will be on display through the end of July. Visit for more information.

2017 Anza-Borrego Desert photo contest
Through Saturday, Dec. 10

This contest is now open for digital submissions. Photographers can submit up to 10 photos for free for evaluation by a panel of judges. Between 100 – 200 entrants will be asked to submit a printed photograph for final review ($5 judge/processing fee). The public will then vote for a “people’s choice” winner in each category. Visit for more guidelines.

Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market
Friday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 7

Bazaar del Mundo hosts this annual festival with folk art, food, entertainment and more. It will showcase San Diego’s largest collection of Mata Ortiz pottery plus artisan jewelry, Mexican clothing and colorful collectibles. Live demonstrations will be given featuring different forms of artwork including painting clay pots, weaving hand-pulled wool and carving animals from wooden stumps. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more information.

Stage Cues

’80 Days; A Musical’
Thursday, July 28 – Friday, Aug. 5

The Grossmont College Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory program brings high school and college-age students together to perform family-friendly summer theater in the Stagehouse Theatre. This year’s performance by the students will be an adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days,” the timeless tale of amazing adventure with Phileas Fogg attempting to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days in order to win a sizeable wager. Performances will be held at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre (8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon bordering La Mesa. Visit for tickets.

‘The Dixie Swim Club’
Through Sunday, Aug. 7

Lamplighters Community Theatre (5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa) presents a comedy about five women who have remained friends since their time together on a college swim team 33 years ago. Visit for tickets.

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