Here are the weekend Best Bets picks for fun in and around La Jolla, May 12-19

Classic Kids’ Concert

Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 children’s symphony, “Peter and the Wolf,” will be narrated by Bill Propp and the instrument “characters” played by members of the La Jolla Symphony at the next Sunday Family Concerts, 4 p.m. May 15 at La Jolla Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Peter and the Wolf is scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horns, trumpet, trombone, timpani, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, castanets, snare drum, bass drum, and strings. The concert is free, though a freewill offering will be taken for the musicians. Small-child care available by RSVP May 12 to (858) 459-4622.

Planning a Party?

The La Jolla Woman’s Club will present a bridal showcase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15 with a welcome to anyone who is hosting a big social event to stop by and meet local party planners, caterers, florists, videographers, photographers, invitation specialists, and others. The free expo is at the club, 715 Silverado at Draper. (858) 454-2354.

Athenaeum Exhibits

• An opening reception for “Code-O-Chromes,” fascinating illusions of color and three-dimensional space in duct tape works by SDSU art professor David Fobes, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The exhibit will remain to June 18.

• Selected works from SDSU Art Council scholarship students from the programs within the School of Art, Design and Art History will also be on exhibit to June 18, with a free opening reception and awards presentation, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 14. Highlights include work by Rizzhel Javier, Marisa Scheinfeld, Adam Manley, Seren Moran and Daniela Kelly. Gallery hours at are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. (858) 454-5872.

Bravo! Bravo!

George Bizet’s “Carmen” (last performed here in 2006) will close the 2011 San Diego Opera season when it opens 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 for four performances — 7 p.m. May 17, 8 p.m. May 20, and 2 p.m. May 22. Carmen is one hot gypsy, but play with her and you will get burned. Naïve young soldier Don José falls for her, leaving his sweetheart Micaëla for a life of crime with Carmen’s gang of gypsy smugglers. But when Carmen callously drops José for superstar “Toreador” Escamillo, his jealousy ignites, bursting into an emotional bonfire that could destroy them all. American tenor Richard Leech will sing the role of Don José, joined by Georgian mezzo soprano Nino Surguladze as Carmen, soprano Talise Trevigne as Micaëla, and baritone Wayne Tigges as Escamillo. Music will be conducted by Edoardo Müller and the opera directed by Sonja Frisell. Tickets from $35 at (619) 533-7000 or

Beethoven’s Fifth

Orchestra Nova ends its season with “Victory through Peace” concerts 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, downtown; Saturday, May 14 at Qualcomm Hall, Sorrento Valley; and Monday, March 16 at Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. Beethoven’s powerful Fifth Symphony will be the centerpiece under conductor Jung-Ho Pak. The program will open with Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” his immortalization of Count Lamoral van Egmont, a Flemish military leader fighting for national liberty against Spanish invaders in 1568. Next, the orchestra will perform “Ascent to Victory” composed by Californian Nancy Bloomer Deussen as a tribute to Special Olympics and the triumph over adversity. The a cappella chorus Sacra/Proforma, directed by Krishan Oberoi, will offer a “surprisingly beautiful and tonal” presentation of “Peace on Earth” by Arnold Schoenberg, an ode to finding hope after the atrocities of World War II. Tickets from $22. Free to military families. (858) 350-0290.

All About Orchids

Merle Robboy, M.D., will speak to the Cymbidium Society on “Orchids of Mexico” 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. All are welcome to the free event. Dr. Robboy has kept orchids for some 25 years. His collection, grown under shade and in a greenhouse, has more than 1,500 plants. He’s been president of the Southern California Orchid Species Society and the Newport Harbor Orchid Society. An orchid cultural class will precede the lecture at 6:30 p.m. (760) 732-0055.

PBS Concert Sunday

In February, Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel taped a television special at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. The concert will air on PBS stations nationwide in June, however, San Diegans will have the first look on Sunday, May 14 when the program debuts on KPBS-TV at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Emmanuel is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a performer. He’s been nominated for two Grammy Awards, has earned four Platinum and Gold albums, and in 2010 was awarded the “Order of Australia.”

For the PBS concert, Emmanuel invited some musician friends to join him on stage. Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Pam Rose performs two songs with him, including her hit, “I’ll Still Be Loving You”; Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo join him for a rambunctious set of swing jazz, ragtime and classics; then he’s joined by fellow Australian Anthony Snape for a set that “brought down the house.”

Quiet on the Set!

UCSD movie-makers will present their best works beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19 during the 4th annual “Up & Coming Student Film Festival” screening at The Loft, Price Center East, second floor. Pay as you can at the door. Bites & Beverages available for purchase at 6:30 p.m. The “Press Rewind” show, featuring the earliest works of today’s most acclaimed cinematic auteurs, screens at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. Details at (858) 534-0165.

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1 Comment for “Here are the weekend Best Bets picks for fun in and around La Jolla, May 12-19”

  1. Mark Allen

    The incomparable Tommy Emmanuel has to be seen to be believed. To see him perform, is to become an instant fan. He is jaw-droppingly good, and a tremendous showman to boot. He is arguably the finest guitarist in the world.

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