BEST BETS: Fun things to do in and around La Jolla this week
Ring Those Bells!
The Short Attention Span Series of the UCSD Arts Library will present a free, musical offering with refreshments from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library. Bells from around the world will be heard via live feed, historic recordings, and in person with host University Carillonneur Scott Paulson. The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra will play seasonal tunes and story lady Melanie Treco will read a special tale. (858) 822-5758. email@example.com
Eggs-cellent Holiday Crafts
Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park will host its second annual Folk Art Studio offering participants the chance to make Romanian-style painted egg ornaments, decorative Tree of Life reverse glass paintings, and fashionable holiday cards from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Instruction and materials will be provided. Reservations are $12-$15 at www.mingei.org/programs or (619) 239-0003, ext.405.
“Fum, Fum, Fum,” a concert of contemporary holiday music, Old World carols and audience sing-along with all the ensembles of the San Diego Children’s Choir will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at St. James By The Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect. Tickets at the door: $14 adults; $7 kids age 12 and younger. (Auditions for the spring semester will take place Dec. 11 and 21 and Jan. 5 and 6. To reserve a spot, call (858) 587-1087. No auditions are required for the Preparatory Choir. The Choir is open to boys and girls, ages 6-18.) sdcchoir.org
The world-famous Baroque chamber group Aulos Ensemble will present “Joyeux Noel: An Evening of French Baroque Music,” 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at St. James-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect. This intimate concert, the second in the 2010-11 St. James Music Series, offers a rare opportunity to hear works by François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Michel Corrette and Claude-Bénigne Balbastre – all as they would have been heard in the 1600s and 1700s on authentic period instruments. Tickets are $25 at the door or online at http://www.sjbts.org. Aulos Ensemble, a five-person instrumental group, was formed at New York’s Juilliard School in 1973.
How can Junie B enjoy the holidays when Tattletale May keeps ruining her glee? See what she has in store for her in the San Diego Junior Theatre premiere of “Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19 at La Jolla YMCA Firehouse Theatre, 7877 Herschel Ave. Tickets are $11-$14 at (619) 239-8355 or juniortheatre.com
A live music/cinema event “Flood Tide: Remixed,” is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect, La Jolla. Band members from Dark, Dark, Dark traveled down the Hudson River in the summer of 2008 on rafts/boats they made out of found objects and junk — a project conceived by the artist Swoon, who is a featured artist in “Viva la Revolucion” (the current exhibit at MCASD downtown). This has only been screened at a handful of museums around the country in advance of a featured film release. The concessions bar opens outside the Box Office at 6 p.m. Tickets $20; $10 MCASD members.
Something Completely Different
Jeffrey Combs stars as Edgar Allan Poe in the one-man play “Nevermore,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-12 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santé Fe Dr., Solana Beach. The show, set in 1848, attempts to recreate the public recitals that Poe presented during the last few years of his much-too-short life. Tickets are $25-$30 (858) 481-1055, northcoastrep.org
Catch the Spirit
Craig Newton will present a free, holiday concert for families at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at The Riford Library, 7555 Draper. (858) 552-1657.
Merry Irish Christmas
Music, stories, dance and laughter to soothe Irish souls for the holidays, stars Darren Maguire, David Munnelly, the Kerry Dance Troupe and Orchestra and many others, produced by Kerry Records, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue @ E Street, San Diego. Tickets from $54 at (619) 570-1170.
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