BEST BETS for things to do in La Jolla Dec. 16-25
Feeding the Soul Foundation will host a craft fair and concert to benefit the Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org) beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Thirteen artists, including Bushwalla, Dawn Mitschele, Alex Woodard, Raining Jane and MC Flow, donated a song to the CD “Feeding the Soul Vol. 1: Family Dinner,” and 10 of them will perform at the concert. The CD also features a booklet of recipes and will be sold at the event. Tickets $50 at feedingthesoulcd.eventbrite.com.
Jean Isaacs, director of San Diego Dance Theater, and a panel of experts selected 11 local choreographers out of 46 submissions to present new dance works in a competition for a $2,500 prize donated by Danah Fayman, patron of dance. The first San Diego Young Choreographers Prize event is 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets $20 at sandiegodancetheater.org or (619) 225-1803.
Many of the choreographers, ages 22 to 36, completed their degrees in dance and are working with Malashock Dance, Eveoke Dance, and San Diego Dance Theater. These include Trixi Agiao and Arthur Huang, Blythe Barton, Deven Brawley and Keely Campbell, Matt Carney, Anthony Diaz, Rande Dorn, Daniel Marshall, Gina Bolles Sorensen, Khamla Somphanh, Anthony Rodriguez, and Sadie Weinberg.
The closing performance of “Ruined” at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre is set for 7 p.m. Sunday. Additional weekend show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 16-18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19. Tickets are $31-66 at (858) 550-1010 or lajollaplayhouse.org. Joseph Kamal, Adrian Roberts, Okieriete Onaodowan, Tonye Patano, Zainab Jah, Kola Ogundiran and Pascale Armand star in the Pulitzer-prize winning war drama by Lynn Nottage, directed by Liesl Tommy.
The San Diego Chamber Music Society’s Holiday Brass will perform a free public concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. Their arrangements will include favorite carols, selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.”
Founded in 1998, the SDCMS Brass Quartet features two trumpets, a French horn and a trombone played by professional brass players who have performed with the San Diego Symphony/Opera Orchestra, Cabrillo Chamber Symphony and the Los Angeles Lyric Opera.
“A Celebration of Carols, Cantatas, and Chants for Christmas and the New Year” will be performed by carolers (formerly known as the UCSD Madrigal Singers) during a free concert 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The 25-member group has been bringing the finest of early European choral music to the San Diego area for many holidays. (858) 552-1657.
Tchaikovsky’s Holiday Hit
The San Diego Ballet Company performs “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by Robin Sherertz-Morgan and Javier Velasco, featuring The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale with the San Diego Children’s Choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 at UCSD’S Mandeville Auditorium. Tickets $20-$50 at (858) 822-2166, sandiegoballet.org/season/the-nutcracker.
Painting in Public
The next Mural of La Jolla will be painted during a public event, 9 a.m. to dark Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7596 Eads, on a building owned by Leon Kassell. Seattle artist Roy McMakin will ask guests to name their favorite colors, which he’ll then incorporate into his design. The free event includes Asian fusion food, pizza and desserts. This is the second in a series of art programs funded by the La Jolla Community Foundation to promote conversation and connection among residents while brightening the local landscape. The goal is to have a dozen projects on private buildings that stay up for 12-24 months at a time.
Sunday Church Concerts
- Robert Wuertz directs the Chancel Choir, soloists and strings in a Christmas program, 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Works by Mendelssohn, Rutter and Martin. Free-will offering. (858) 454-7108.
- Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will present Christmas music, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper. The Chancel Choir under the direction of Keith Pedersen will sing “Gloria.” Reception follows 7 p.m. show. Free-will offering. (858) 729-5531.
- The Chancel Choir of Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 La Jolla Village Dr., will present the contemporary oratorio, “Magnificat,” 5 p.m. Dec. 19, under the direction of Nicolas Reveles. Free-will offering. (858) 453-3550.
Four performers are the key to this musical comedy adventure “Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem,” that “transcends the holidays.” The original script is from Phil Johnson and Matt Thompson with music and lyrics by Rayme Sciaroni; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19, North Coast Repertory Theater, 987 Lomas Sante Fe Drive Solana Beach. Tickets $25-$20 at northcoastrep.org. (858) 481-1055.
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