La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events the week of Feb. 24-March 5

Swan Lake Act II

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City Ballet of San Diego will present “Swan Lake Act II” with full City Ballet Orchestra under the direction of John Nettles, as part of its “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4-5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway. Completing the program will be the Black Swan’s Pas de Deux and “Tchai Celebration,” set to “The Seasons, Opus 37b.” There will be a mini lecture prior to all performances and a Saturday night champagne reception. Tickets: $75-$29. (858) 272-8663.

Visual Poetry

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is showcasing the work of two unique Mexican artists — a retrospective of mixed-media works spanning four decades by renowned Mexican poet/artist Alberto Blanco in “Visual Poetry/Poesía Visual,” and an interactive photo-assemblage by Tijuana-born commuter student Omar Pimienta. The exhibits will be up for free viewing through March 26 at 1008 Wall St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. (858) 454-5872.

Compagnie La Baraka

Dance Excitement

ArtPower! presents Compagnie La Baraka, a troupe that combines the dynamism of hip-hop with the global inspirations of its founder choreographer Abou Lagraa, who was born in the French Alps of Algerian descent. The company’s San Diego debut, with music by the Debussy String Quartet, will be “a compelling interpretation of our world and the way we negotiate it,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD. Tickets $40-$10. (858) 534-8497. Pre-performance dinner 6 p.m. International Center, $12-$7.

Lecture on Aging

Ipsit Vahia, M.D. from UCSD’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Department of Psychiatry, will discuss successful cognitive and emotional aging as part of the Our Greatest Generation Series, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church’s Life Center, 7715 Draper Ave. Admission is free and all are welcome. (858) 729-5514.

Baja Business

Writer/historian Harry W. Crosby will discuss the pre-historic cave murals of the Baja California Peninsula, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Adventure 16, 4620 Alvarado Canyon Road, San Diego. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception followed by Crosby’s slide-show presentation, and a book signing of  “The Cave Paintings of Baja California.” Adventure 16 president John D. Mead will also make a presentation on the beauty south of the border and Discover Baja travel agency will educate guests about safe travel practices through Mexico. Crosby’s years of field and archival research also yielded “Antigua California,” a history of Spanish California’s first 70 years, “Last of the Californios,”  “Portrait of Paloma,” and a book of his early photography, “Tijuana: 1964.” (619) 283-2374.

Fun with Faust


In a roundtable discussion led by Nicolas Reveles, leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist communities will discuss how each of their faiths understands evil within the context of contemporary society, using the classic story of Faust as a starting point. The panel will explore Faust’s contract with Méphistophélès to give insight into how individuals and communities, even nations, make “deals with the devil” in order to cope with daily life. Sponsored by San Diego Opera, the free event starts at 2 p.m. Feb. 27, St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 7776 Eads. RSVP:

Concert Roundup

• Tonight! Jazz at the Athenaeum presents Dave Samuels, Alex Acuna, Bill O’Connell Percussive Trio, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 1008 Wall St. Tickets $24-$19. (858) 454-5872.

• Orchestra Nova presents soprano Maria Lozano in a “theme of love concert,” with the music of Debussy, Schoenberg and Wagner, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Qualcomm Hall in Sorrento Valley and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 at Sherwood Auditorium at MCASD, 700 Prospect. Tickets from $30. (858) 350-0290.

• The indie band Young Giant from Newport Beach will take the stage, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at UCSD’s The Loft, Price Center East, second floor. Tickets $10. At 8:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 28 it’s guitar virtuoso Kaki King with Zoe Keating. Tickets $17. (858) 534-8497. The

• The Mandelring Quartet, guests of Mainly Mozart, will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Dissonance, K 465 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C, Opus 59, No. 3, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at Neurosciences Institute auditorium, 1640 John Jay Hopkins Dr.

The concert includes a 6:30 p.m. Austrian Wine Celebration. Tickets $48. (619) 239-0100, ext. 2.

• San Diego Early Music Society offers an intimate program of conversations between gamba, theorbo and baroque guitar with Paolo Pandolfo and Thomas Boysen, playing music by Marais and St. Combe, 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, Neurosciences Institute auditorium, 1640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. Tickets $10-$25. (619) 291-8246.

Billie’s Blues

Two-time Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater sings Billie Holiday hits as part of the La Jolla Music Society’s Jazz Series, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. San Diego. Tickets $65-$35 A 7 p.m. prelude features an interview with the artist hosted by Jazz 88’s Claudia Russell.

On Stage

La Jolla Playhouse: “Little Miss Sunshine” to March 27.

Old Globe: “Death of a Salesman” and “Jane Austen’s Emma: A Musical Comedy,” both to Feb. 27.

North Coast Rep: “The Drawer Boy” to March 20.

Offnights at North Coast Rep: “Acid Test,” stars Jonathan McMurtry as Ram Dass, 7 p.m. Feb. 28; “Senor Phil’s Casa del Ha Ha,” comedy 7 p.m. March 1; “The Western Unscripted,” comedy 7:30 p.m. March 7.

Moolelo at 10th Ave. Theatre: “Stick Fly” to March 20.

New Village Arts: “Simpatico” March 3-27.

Balboa Theatre: “Evening with Rita Rudner,” 7:30 p.m. March 3.

Lyceum Stage: “Superior Donuts” to March 6.

The Duchess by Thomas Gainsborough

Girl Talk

The Museum of Art in Balboa Park will screen “The Duchess,” based on Amanda Foreman’s biography of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4. Gainsborough’s 1783 portrait of Cavendish will be on view and Julia Marciari-Alexander, the museum’s deputy director of curatorial affairs, will present a lecture on the salacious details about the lives of the women featured in the current exhibition, “Gainsborough and the Modern Woman.” Tickets $10-$5. (619) 232-7931

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