This Week In and Around La Jolla

This Week In and Around La Jolla …


1. Santa Party. Continental breakfast, Christmas crafts, bouncy house, face painting, and a visit and photograph with Santa, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 4. Tickets $3. Space is limited. No tickets sold at the door. Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road.  (619) 405-7078.

2. Author Visit. Robb Lawrence will discuss his two definitive volume studies on legendary guitarist Les Paul, 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at D.G. Will Books, 7461 Girard. (858) 456-1800. Afterward, he and friends will perform on their vintage Les Paul guitars. Lawrence is a noted guitar authority, musician and photojournalist. The event is free.

2. Midori on Violin. The young virtuoso will perform works by Ravel, Beethoven, Bach and Saint-Saens for a concert presented by the La Jolla Music Society, 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth, San Diego. Tickets $25-$75, (858) 459-3728.

3. Rock Photos. Legendary “embedded” rock music photographer Neal Preston will discuss his work and tell some stories at a reception for his exhibit at Timmons Galleries, 16089 San Dieguito Road in Rancho Santa Fe, 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4. The show runs through Jan. 15. The event is free. (858) 213-3691.

4. Dinner Theater. “The 3 ½ Stories of Christmas,” starring Frank Runyeon as an off-beat cherub, 7 p.m. Nov. 29, family dinner buffet 5:30-6:30 p.m., La Jolla Presbyterian Church, Draper at Kline. Tickets $25 adults, $20 students, $15 children. (858) 729-5514.

5. Holiday Lights. Board the Holiday Hayride for an old-fashioned tour of the lights, Fridays Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17, every half hour, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with live holiday music and fire pits for roasting marshmallows before and after the ride. Seating limited. Reservations $10 each, (858) 792-4252. This is the largest animated light show on the West Coast with more than 400 displays located around the 1½ mile-long Del Mar Racetrack. Open nightly to 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. weekends) Nov. 25-Jan. 2. Closed Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13; $14 per car with up to 5 people ($12 at Albertsons stores).


The Loft at UCSD. Nocando and DJ Nobody,  8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Price Center East. Tickets $12. (858) 534-8497.

Messiah. Orchestra Nova San Diego and the chorus of the Bach Collegium San Diego with guest conductor Ruben Valenzuela, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church; Dec 11, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church; Dec. 12, First United Methodist Church, San Diego. Tickets $15-$35. (619) 341-1726,

Art of Elan. Laughter, Tears and Blues, concert, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, San Diego Museum of Art, Hibben Gallery, Balboa Park. Tickets $10-$25. (619) 692-2081,

Yo-Yo Ma. Opus 2010 Centennial Concert with the famed cellist and San Diego Symphony, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth, San Diego. Gala at 5 p.m. US Grant Hotel. Tickets $250-$1,250. (619) 615-3906,

Thursday Night Jazz. James Behrens saxophone, Calvin Showley bass, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 16, Zel’s Del mar, 1247 Camno Del Mar, no cover.

Belly Up. Happy Hour-Candye Kane (benefit for Casa Feliz), 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 26; Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Orgone, 9 p.m. Nov. 26; Zane Lamprey’s Sing The Booze Tour 2010 9 p.m. Nov. 27; Salsa Sunday with Orquesta Primo, 8 p.m. Nov. 28; Fully Fullwood Band’s Tosh Marley Tribute with guest, 9 p.m. Nov. 30. Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Tickets vary. (858) 481-8140,

Anthology. Steve Poltz, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26; Anthology House Band, 7 p.m. Nov. 30; Billy Thompson, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; Burt Brion, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 1337 India St., San Diego. Tickets vary. (619) 595-0300,


Las Mariposas. Original production from Eveoke Dance inspired by the 1994 Julia Alvarez novel, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec. 19, 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave at Broadway, downtown. Tickets $20. (619) 238-1153.

Ballroom Dance. Variety of music including Latin, swing, hustle, salsa, ballroom and more, 7-11 p.m. Nov. 27, Synergy Dance Zone, 7480 Miramar Road. Dance lessons 7 p.m. free with admission; 8 p.m. dance party. Tickets $7-$4.


Ruined. War drama set in Africa, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 7 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 19, Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse. Tickets $31-66. (858) 550-1010.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 13th annual musical set in snow-covered Who-ville, matinees and evenings, through Dec. 26, Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. Tickets for kids $57-$20; adults $77-$39. (619) 234-5623.

Plaid Tidings. Special holiday edition of Forever Plaid, matinees, evenings, Nov. 27–Dec. 26, The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets from $35. (619) 23-GLOBE.

The Santaland Diaries. Journey through one Christmas season with Crumpet the Elf as he encounters the world of the holiday retail industry, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2–24, New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad. Tickets $20. (760) 433-3245,

Nevermore. Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, the perfect un-holiday show! 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-12, North Coast Rep, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Tickets $25-$30. (858) 481-1055,

Outside the Law. Story of three brothers who fight for Algeria’s independence from France after World War II. Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas, 8879 Villa La Jolla Dr. (619) 819-0236,

Annie Jr. Christian Youth Theater performs tap-happy version of the feel-good musical for tough times at the Star Theatre in downtown Oceanside starring 50 North County kids, 7 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 4; and 2 p.m. Nov. 27, 28 and Dec. 4 and 5, 402 North Coast Hwy. Tickets $10-$12 at and (619) 588-0206 or (800) 696-1929. ($3 more at the door.)

UCSD. Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 3-4, Potiker Theatre. UCSD Theatre Department. Tickets $8-$20. (858) 534-3791.

Spike & Mike Festival of Animation 2010. 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Nov. 26-27; 4 and 6 p.m. Nov. 28, Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect. Tickets $15-$10. (858) 459-8707.

IMAX Debut. “Galapagos” opens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 8 p.m. Nov. 26 and runs along with “Amazing Caves” 7 p.m. and “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” 6 p.m. For show times and pricing: (619) 238-1233.

Storyville. Musical journey through the birth of jazz, set in the Red Light District of New Orleans, through Dec. 12. San Diego Repertory Theatre, at the Lyceum, Horton Plaza. Tickets $45. (619) 544-1000.

Comedy Acts. Freddy Lockhart, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 26-27; Sunday Funday, 7 p.m. Nov. 28, The Comedy Store La Jolla, 916 Pearl St. Tickets vary. (858) 454-9176,


In Conversation. Artist Kim MacConnel and MCASD Curator Robin Clark, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. Tickets $7-$5; free to MCASD members. (858) 454-3541,


Holiday Craft. Make greeting cards with materials provided, 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30, Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657,

Children’s Storytime. 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. Free. (858) 454-5872,

Holiday Arts Festival. Craft and fine art exhibitors, glass blowing, weaving, ceramics, painting and sculpting, music and entertainment. Nov. 26-28, Del Mar Fairgrounds. Free. (805) 461-6700,

December Nights. Annual celebration with holiday lights, theatrical and musical entertainment, carolers, international foods, unique gift shopping, and free admission to museums and attractions. Dec. 3-4, Balboa Park. Free. (619) 239-0512,

Garden of Lights. More than 100,000 sparkling lights illuminate the garden; plus a poinsettia garden, horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, music, hot mulled wine and refreshments. Dec. 9-23 and Dec. 26-30, San Diego Botanic Garden. Free with admission. (760) 436-3036,

Author Visit. San Diego City College Professor Jim Miller will read from his new novel “Flash,” 7 p.m. Dec. 4, D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Free. (858) 456-1800,

Seaport Village. Santa arrives by pirate ship sporting board shorts and flip-flops for pictures with the kids on his giant surfboard, 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 18-19, Harbor House Restaurant, (619) 235-4014, ext. 3. (619) 235-4014,

Kitchen Gifts. Spice up your gift giving with unique ideas from Chef Elizabeth, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. $25 members, $30 non-members. (760) 436-3036 ext. 206,

Seniors Computer Group. Meets weekly to help members develop their computer skills, learn new ones, and stay up-to-date with new computer capabilities, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring, Pacific Beach-area. Visitors welcome, no charge.

Campus Tours. Guided, free 90-minute tour of UCSD, 2 p.m. Sundays. Walking tours first Sunday of each month; bus tours each additional Sunday. Reservations (858) 534-4414.

Outdoor ice rink. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 9 at 225 Broadway, adjacent to Horton Plaza. Closed Christmas Day. Admission, includes skate rental, $14-$12.


Silver-age Yoga. Classes for ages 55 and older, 3-4:15 p.m. Mondays, La Jolla Yoga Center, 7741 Fay.  Cost is donation-based. (858) 456-2412.


Persistent Illusion. Third birthday soiree presented by San Diego Fine Art Society, exhibits, music, dance performances and more, 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 9, NTC Promenade, Liberty Station, 2825 Dewey Road. Free. Attire: White cocktail or Tribal chic. Free. (619) 302-3181.

Just Enough. Works from the group show featuring artists Pegan Brooke, Jimi Gleason, Richard Allen Morris, Michael Reafsnyder, Peter Stephens and Thomas Zitzwitz, through Dec. 18, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave. (858) 459-3917.

Anne Labovitz. “Passions,” trees and self-portraits, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; through Dec. 31, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street. Admission: Free. (858) 454-5872.

David Humphrey. Artist-in-residence working in public view at LUX Art Institute through Dec. 4. His paintings employ landscape, figuration, iconography, exuberant colors and a cavalcade of kitsch images to provide a humorous and sometimes biting narrative of middle-class malaise. Exhibit runs through Jan. 1, 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. (760) 436-6611.

Thomas Barrow. “A Restless Mind,” selections from Barrow’s illustrious photo career, from his “Cancellation Series” to his most recent work, through Dec. 10, Joseph Bellows Gallery 7661 Girard. (858) 456-5620.

Digital Paintings. “Earth Echoes,” work of Howard Ganz, through Nov. 28, Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Brian Blood. California impressionist plein-air painter exhibits through Dec. 31, K. Nathan Gallery, 7723 Fay Ave. (858) 459-3490.

Disciples of Impressionism. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Cosmopolitan Fine Arts Gallery, through November. 7932 Girard Ave. (858) 456-9509.

Mapping Time. “Visualizations of Temporal Patterns in Media and Art,” through Dec. 10, UCSD gallery@calit2, Atkinson Hall First Floor. Free.

Kim MacConnel Retrospective. “Collection Applied Design,” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Wednesdays, through Jan. 23, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect, La Jolla. Admission $10, free to ages 25 and under. (858) 454-3541.

Abracadabra: New Abstract Enamels from Kim MacConnel, Quint Contemporary Art, 7739 Drury Lane, through through Feb. 5. (858) 454-3409.

Deep Water Horizon. Work by Hans Weigand, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Nov. 27. UCSD Art Gallery, Mandeville Center.

All That Remains. Work from emerging artists Melissa Beck and Vincent
Robles and established artists John Dillemuth, Amber Odhner and Micajah
Truitt, takes visitors on a journey through memories and emotions as one uncovers all that remains, 1-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday through Dec.12, SUSHI Performance and Visual Arts,
390 11th Avenue, San Diego.

Balboa Park Museums

The Old Globe. “Celebrity Autobiography” features a comedic ensemble performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets $60-$90. (619) 234-5623,

Dreams and Diversions. 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints, through June 5, 2011; Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris, through Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, to 9 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado. Admission $12. (619) 232-7931.

Between East and West: Folk Art Treasures of Romania. Heroes and Artisans, Mexican folk art; Zandra Rhodes’ textiles, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado. $4-$7. (619) 239-0003,

Lizard and Snakes Alive. All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals; Fossil Mysteries, “The Secrets of Turtle Reffs- 3-D,” San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission $11-$17. (619) 232-3821.

IMAX. “Galapagos” opens Nov. 19, plus new Kid City interactive exhibits, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Admission $14.50-$9. (619) 238-1233.

Seeing Beauty. California Invitational. Student works. New Realities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado. Admission $4-$6 adults; free second Tuesdays. On display through Jan. 23, 2011. (619) 238-7559.

The Science of … Aliens. Interactive exhibit; new 3-D/4-D Zable Theater and Interactive Air & Space Technology Kid Zonewith “Jetpack Adventure” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza. $9-$24.

Putnam Collection. European Old Master paintings, Russian icons, and American art. Timken Museum of Art. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. (619) 239-5548.

Puppet Show. “Santa & the Ho Ho Thief”, special holiday hours Thanksgiving week: 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Wed-Sun (no show Nov. 25), Marie Hitchcock Theater. 2130 Pan American Place. Tickets $5-$3. (616) 544-9203.

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