‘A Christmas Past’
Through Dec. 15
Lamplighters Community Theatre presents “A Christmas Past,” featuring two one-act plays. “The Long Christmas Dinner” showcases the lives of the Bayard family over nine generations. In this funny and poignant one-act play, characters age from children to seniors in one continuous ribbon. The second play, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” is a dramatization of Dylan Thomas’ wonderful, nostalgic look at memories of his childhood. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Lamplighters Community Theatre, 5915 Severin Drive. Cost is $23 adult; $20 for seniors, students and active military. Tickets and information available at lamplighterslamesa.com.
‘Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma’
Through Jan. 26
“Constructed Mythologies: Luis González Palma” celebrates this prolific and influential Latin American artist, who is well known for an expansive practice investigating the cultural identity of his native Guatemala, sociopolitical constructs, and spirituality to convey complex emotions that define the human condition. His approach is layered with religious iconography, poetry, magical realism, and physical interventions, as well as bold colors and shapes referencing art historical movements. Art Exhibition in the SDSU Downtown Gallery, 725 West Broadway.Thursday through Monday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).
Holiday in the Village
Through Dec. 14
The La Mesa Village Association's Holiday in the Village returns to downtown La Mesa. This free, family-friendly event will feature a wonderland of festive holiday music and dance, food, children's activities, shopping and more. Friday, Dec. 13, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in the downtown Village. Visit lamesavillageassociation.org for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Christmas City Tree Lighting
Through Dec. 22
The inaugural Christmas City tree-lighting ceremony at Legacy International Center will be a family-friendly evening that will include the lighting of a 52-foot, LED-lit tree that will “dance” to with the nearby 30-head, 40-foot show fountain. The evening will include food from the center’s new cafe, hot cocoa, holiday shopping, scavenger hunts, performances from local choirs and pictures with Santa Claus. Legacy International Center has partnered with Operation Homefront, designed to raise in-kind gifts to assist with military families who need it the most. This will be the first of four Christmas City nights including Dec. 15, 21 and 22. 6 p.m. at Legacy International Center, 875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego. Visit legacysandiego.com.
Sunday, Dec. 15
‘The Coming Storm’
San Diego State University’s Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra will come together for “The Coming Storm,” a concert focusing on life on Earth and trouble that awaits the human race if we continue to treat our planet poorly. The concert will consist of pieces such as “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” composed by Felix Mendelssohn, “The Automatic Earth” composed by Steven Bryant, and the third movement of Karel Husa’s “Apotheosis of This Earth.” The concert will also feature the West Coast premiere of “Feast During a Plague” composed by Sofia Gubaidulina.3 p.m. in the PHAME Performing Arts Center at Patrick Henry High School, 6702 Wandermere Drive, San Diego.Tickets $10 - $20 at music.sdsu.edu.
Friday, Dec. 20
Bach Collegium San Diego's performance of “Messiah,” delivered by a dynamic cast of musicians in the manner of Handel's most dramatic operas, has become its crown jewel and is not to be missed. 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of San Diego, Mission Valley, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego. Tickets cost $20 student, $35 senior, $40 general and $70 premium; available at bit.ly/37Ge61M.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
SD Concert Band:
Through Dec. 18
The San Diego Concert Band consists of more than 100 members from all walks of life who come together to play symphonic music under the direction of Roy Anthony Jr. The Holiday Concert will feature classics for the whole family to enjoy. 7:30 p.m. at Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave., San Diego. Tickets run $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, students and active military; free for children under 6. Visit sandiegoconcertband.com.
Emerging Filmmakers Showcase
Through Dec. 18
This showcase of outstanding short subject fiction and documentary films is the culmination of work completed each semester. In a competitive selection process, a faculty jury chooses the best six to eight hours of student film submissions. No film is longer than 11 minutes, and all films are created by students of SDSU's acclaimed Television, Film, and New Media program. Don Powell Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive. Tickets $10 at music.sdsu.edu.
Monday, Dec. 23
Wednesday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Dec. 26
Saturday, Jan. 4
‘Back To The Sixties’
Concert featuring Howard Blank's The Outsiders band. The Outsiders were/are a national recording and touring act with several Billboard hit songs from the mid-1960s, including the 1966 No. 5 hit song “Time Won't Let Me,” No. 15 “Respectable,” No. 21 “Girl in Love,” No. 37 “Help Me Girl” – plus four albums. 7:30 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave. Tickets range $46-$52, available at bit.ly/2pTROII.
Friday, Jan. 10
And on Jan. 12 and 13
Prog-rock icons Tool bring their mind-bending music and light show to San Diego for three nights – Jan. 10, 12 and 13. 7:30 p.m. at Viejas Arena, 5500 Campanile Drive. Tickets start at $79.50, available at bit.ly/356gVHt.
Cars & Coffee
Held on the first Sunday of the month at the Chase Bank parking lot, 4627 College Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Bring your favorite car or pet or friend. Socialize with us as we kick tires and spin yarns. Contact Newell Booth at 619-320-8422.
Lego Play Lab
For children kindergarten through fifth grade. 3:30 p.m. at College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road.
Free comedy show every Thursday, 8-10 p.m. at the Go Lounge, 7123 El Cajon Blvd.
Movie @ Your Library
Free movie at the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road. 4 p.m.
Arts & Crafts for Kids
Fun family-friendly crafts projects for children of all ages. Noon at the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road.
College Area Community Council and Planning Board – Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30/7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5075 Campanile Drive.
El Cerrito Community Council – Third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church Parish Hall, corner of El Cajon Boulevard and El Cerrito Drive.
Eastern Area Planning Committee – Second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Teen Challenge International, 5450 Lea St.
Mesa Colony Community Group – Third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the College-Rolando Library.
Rolando Community Council – Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the United Domestic Workers Hall, 4833 Seminole Drive.
—Calendar compiled by editor Jeff Clemetson. To submit events for review and possible inclusion in the College Times Courier calendar, email email@example.com.