La Jolla’s Best Bets for events the week of Feb. 17-24
A Cappella Anyone?
The St. James Music Series will close its 26th season with Voces8, an award-winning eight-person ensemble of mixed voices at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect. Hailing from the UK, Voces8, was formed in 2003 by alumni of the Westminster Abbey Choir in London. Their fresh and surprising repertoire spans Renaissance Polyphony to Pop. Tickets $25 at sjbts.org or the door. (858) 459-3421, ext.109
The fiction thriller “One Rough Man,” has a level of authenticity unrivaled in novels, and that’s because the author Lt. Colonel (retired) Brad Taylor has firsthand knowledge of cutting-edge counter-terrorism strategies from experience in combat operations for more than 20 years in the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces. Meet Taylor at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. (858) 454-0347.
Immigration Straight Talk
Morris S. Casuto, director of the Anti-Defamation League San Diego Regional Office from 1978 to 2010, will speak about extremist groups, the role of police agencies in dealing with hate crimes, and security and immigration issues, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Riford Adult Activities Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The talk is free to members, $5 to guests. Reserve at seat at (858) 459-0831.
The Club Scene
The La Jolla band AfterShock Seven will perform 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Barfly 909 Prospect St. These six musicians come together to comprise “one killer cover band.” Dave Stone lays down the bass groove, drummer Larry Vajna provides killer beats, the guitarists are Robb Critney and TJ Weklak, JoJo Hahn offers piano, guitar and singing, and Jill Nooren leads it all with her soulful vocals. (858) 454-2323. BarFlyLaJolla.com
Film Features Food
The University of San Diego will host a free screening of the 2008 film “Food Fight,” followed by a panel discussion with director Chris Taylor on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre. Complimentary food sampling at 5 p.m., movie at 6:30 p.m. “Food Fight” takes a look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century and how the California food movement created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. RSVP: (619) 260-4681.
La Jolla Playhouse presents ‘Little Miss Sunshine, A Road Trip Musical’ 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 7 p.m. Sundays through March 27 at Mandell Weiss Theatre, UCSD campus. Tickets: $44-$100. (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org
• The San Diego Early Music Society presents the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio performing Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn , 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18 at The Neurosciences Institute, 1640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. Tickets $25-$10. (619) 291-8246. sdems.org
• La Jolla Music Society presents Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Sherwood Auditorium at Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect. Prelude by Eric Smigel at 7 p.m. “The emerging sensibilities of three young composers – Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.” Tickets $65-$25. (858) 459-3728. Ljms.org
• San Diego Symphony Winter Pops presents “The Great American Songbook” with Jane Monheit, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Feb. 18-19, Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave., San Diego. Tickets $20-$85. (619) 235-0804. Sandiegosymphny.com
• La Jolla Presbyterian Church Concert Series presents the Martin Luther King Community Choir Gospel Concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at 7715 Draper Ave. A reception follows the free performance in the church’s hall. (858) 729-5531.
• Jazz at the Athenaeum presents Dave Samuels, Alex Acuna, Bill O’Connell Percussive Trio, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 1009 Wall St. Tickets $24-$19. (858) 454-5872. Ljathenaeum.org/jazz
They Be Jammin’
Chicago-based The Hood Internet is Aaron Brink (aka ABX) and Steve Reidell (aka STV SLV, pronounced Steve Sleeve) who re-imaging songs for public consumption through thehoodinternet.com They bring their show to the UCSD Loft, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Price Center East, second floor, Tickets $5-$10. (858) 534-8497.
Architect Keith York will discuss “Development of La Jolla from a Historical Perspective” (an expose of what the community context may turn out to be if residents aren’t careful) as a guest of the La Jolla Historical Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect. Tickets $10-$15. (858) 459-5335, ext. 9. Lajollahistoricalsociety.org
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