Best Bets: Fun and interesting things to do in and around La Jolla, May 26-June4

Cleared for Lift Off

Presenters from NASA, San Diego Space Society, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Mars Society, SETI, San Diego Astronomy Association, UCSD EarthKAM, The Planetary Society, SPAWAR, Virgin Galactic, Aerospace Legacy Foundation, Sally Ride Science, Astronaut Teacher Alliance and others will be at Space Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park.

There will also be aeronautic demonstrations, giveaways, and activities. Local astronaut Woody Spring, whose ambitious spacewalks from the shuttle helped prepare for the construction of the International Space Station, will tell tales 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free to ages 1-17 (with paid adult admission). Discount coupon:

High-Brow Happening

Poet Mark Robert Miner will recite in Latin from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book XII, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The excerpt is from ‘The Centauromachy,” the famous battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs at the wedding of Hippodamia that you see carved on the Elgin Marbles when you visit the British Museum. Volunteers – maybe even you! – will read from the English translation. Illustrated, dual-language scripts will be provided. “We alternate between Latin and Modern English approximately every 10 lines,” Miner promised. (858) 552-1657.

Weekend Haydn Concert

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will explore “classicism,” in the music of Franz Joseph Haydn 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus. Assistant conductor Nicholas Deyoe will open the concert with Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme” by Haydn, followed by Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 1,” and ending with  “Harmonie-Messe” with choral director David Chase conducting soloists, chorus and orchestra in Haydn’s last work. Guest artists include Richard Geiler, David Marshman, Cindy Choi and Katherine Lundeen. Free pre-concert lecture. Free parking. Tickets $15-$29. (858) 534-4637.

Boogie Nights

AfterShock Seven returns to Barfly Lounge, 7-11 p.m. Thursday May 26 at 909 Prospect St. The group has established itself as one of Southern California’s hottest dance variety bands “performing favorite after favorite” for fans. (858) 452-2323.

Beethoven’s Best

Gil Shaham

Violinist Gil Shaham will star in the season finale of San Diego Symphony’s Jacobs Masterworks series in a program that will feature Beethoven’s Overture to Coriolan, Violin Concerto in D, and Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, 8 p.m. Friday, May 27; Saturday, May 28; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at Copley Symphony Hall, Seventh Ave. and B Street. Tickets from $20. (619) 235-0804.

Artist at Work

The thoughtfully rendered figures of South African sculptor Claudette Schreuders speak to the artist’s experience of growing up under apartheid as an Afrikaans female. Carved from native wood and often stoic in expression, her works are poignant vessels for emotions that reach beyond cultural boundaries. Watch her work as Lux Institute’s last resident-artist of the season, Thursdays-Saturdays, May 28-June 18. Her work will remain to July 30 at 1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 436-6611.

Free Movie & Popcorn

The Riford Library will show the 2010 film, “The Kids Are All Right, ” about two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 7555 Draper Ave. It stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo.

The Art of Science

Professors Richard Krauzlis (Neurobiology Labs at The Salk Institute) and Jack Greenstein (UCSD Visual Arts Department) will discuss “The Mind’s Eye: Perspectives from Art History and Visual Neuroscience” at the next Bronowski Art & Science Forum, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2 in the Neuroscience Institute auditorium, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. The duo, representing two distinct disciplines, will attempt to answer two questions: What are the commonalities? Is a synergistic relationship possible? Tickets may be obtained for free at

Comedy Store marks 35 years of laughs

Sebastian Maniscalco

The La Jolla Comedy Store will celebrate its 35th anniversary this weekend with headliner Sebastian Maniscalco (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez) at 8 and 10:30 p.m. May 27 and 28, and headliner Doug Stanhope at 8 p.m. May 29. Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $20 (with a 2-beverage minimum per person, 21 and up only); Sunday tickets are $25 at (858) 454-9176 or

Author to discuss Af-Am struggles

Jennifer Burton, a visiting professor at UCSD, will discuss her new book, “Call and Response: Key Debates in African-American Studies,” 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Her co-editor on the project is professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. from Harvard University. The free event is open to all. (858) 456-1800.

Jazz trio benefit for Compass Center

Jazz pianist Matt Savage, accompanied by Bob Magnusson on bass and Duncan Moore on drums, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. with refreshments and the opportunity to greet Savage. Proceeds will benefit COMPASS Family Center, a non-profit that provides support for those caring for a child or adult with special needs.

Savage was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at age 3 and labeled a jazz prodigy at age 8. Now 18, Savage has performed with a wealth of jazz talents and made appearances on many prestigious stages from NPR to late-night television. Magnusson and Moore boast extensive histories in the music industry, as well as being local performers and teachers.

General admission tickets are $25, and VIP seating and/or VIP reception are $50-$75 at (619) 446-6926 and online at

Cub Scout signup set for June 7

Registration for La Jolla Cub Scout Pack 4 will take place 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 at the amphitheatre/bonfire ring next to the Aquatic Center on Fiesta Island. All boys entering first grade in the fall are eligible for Tiger Cub recruitment. For more information, contact Julie Furby at or (619) 322-4351.

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