La Jolla’s BEST BETS for events, week of Jan. 6-15
Calling all armchair actors and attendant audiences: The Riford Center invites you to an unrehearsed reading of Terrance Rattigan’s “Table Number Seven,” 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Participants will tackle one of the two one-acts from “Separate Tables,” the script made into a 1958 film starring David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth and Burt Lancaster. Directed by Roberta Wolff, the Riford Reading has parts for all, with roles for eight women and three men. Free for members, $5 for guests. (858) 459-0831.
The San Diego Record Show runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at The Center, 3909 Centre Street. Admission is $5 for the chance to browse through some 50,000 LP’s and 45’s for sale. There will be T-shirts and other music memorabilia, too. (619) 334-8833. Sandiegorecordshow.com
The four-piece contemporary jazz ensemble Endangered Speciez will present a free concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper. The band consists of Richard Van Dorn on guitar, Jean Cordier on sax, Marvin Free on keyboards and Lori Bulat on vocals. The musicians have performed together for more than two years and offer a blend of styles. (858) 552-1657.
Roberta Grossman will be the first Reel to Reel lecturer of the 21st annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival (Feb. 10-20) with a presentation 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at the JCC’s Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Dr. Grossman will show her unfinished film “Hava Nagila,” and discuss the process, inspirations and stories behind the project. An award-winning documentarian, she was producer and co-writer of “500 Nations,” the eight-hour CBS mini-series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Kostner. Other credits include “In the Footsteps of Jesus,” a four-hour History Channel special. Tickets $12-$10 at (858) 362-1348 or lfjcc.org/sdjff
Tony Loves Maria
“West Side Story” – the modern Romeo and Juliet tale set amid turf wars between the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Anglo Jets in New York City — is now more than 50 years old and still going strong. It plays at the San Diego Civic Theatre, Third and B Streets, through Jan. 9 with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Tickets from $20 at (619) 570-1100 or broadwaysd.com. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 (close-captioned) and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Best-selling author Susan Vreeland of San Diego (“Girl in Hyacinth Blue”) will promote her new tome, “Clara and Mr. Tiffany,” with a visit to Warwick’s, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. Her book tells the true-story about the world of artist Clara Driscoll who worked in the women’s studio for Louis Tiffany and struggled against the anti-female bias of the company. Vreeland “takes Clara out of the workplace to give her a personal life quite suitable for not only the time (1890s) but also her strong personality.”
Ax Plays Mozart
Pianist Emanuel Ax will perform with the San Diego Symphony, Jahja Ling conducting, Jan. 7-9 at Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave. On the program is Suppe’s Overture to “Poet and Peasant,” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, Stravinsky’s Capriccio, and R. Strauss’ grand self-portrait, “Ein Heldenleben” (A hero’s life.) Sandiegosymphony.com (619) 235-0804. Up next: Lang Lang’s concerto festival, Jan. 14-16.
Friday Night Art
On the first Friday of each month, the NTC Promenade Arts & Cultural District (28 acres at the former Naval training center in Point Loma whose spacious buildings have been renovated in Spanish Revival-style architecture) hosts Friday Night Liberty with open galleries and studios for exploring a free evening of art, receptions, music, food, drink and exhibits, while supporting local artists and designers. The next event will be 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7. Among the exhibits to see are “The Art of the Dance” at the Mandell Weiss Gallery, “Ladies First” at Sophie’s Gallery, and “The More Things Change” at the San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery. 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. (619) 573-9260. ntcpromenade.com
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