Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, June 23-30

Music and Ice Cream

Director Robert Wuertz and the La Jolla United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present its 31st Annual Summer Pops Concert “Songs of Stage and Screen,” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24 at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. The program is “chock full of wonderful numbers — medleys from the choir as well as memorable songs by our soloists and talented instrumentalists.” An ice cream social will follow. All are welcome. Freewill offering. (858) 454-7108.

Fun for Families

Las Vegas-trained comic hypnotist Marsha Starr will bring her “fast-paced, action-packed, side-splitting hilarity” to a show where the audience members are the stars, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at the Neuroscience Institute Auditorium, 10640 John J. Hopkins Dr.

Suitable for all ages, the performance doubles as a benefit for Big Animals for Little Kids, a nonprofit that helps lighten the days of children in hospitals, homeless shelters, and foster care facilities. Tickets $20 at (619) 723-3142 and

Motor City Madness

In 1956, Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen was given the task of improving sales of Pontiac or the autos would soon be history. Knudsen brought on Pete Estes and John DeLorean to form the team that did more than revive the brand. They created an image of style and performance that carried Pontiac for almost two decades. Gone were the iconic Indian head hood ornaments and the ornate “silver streaks.” Knudsen’s aim was racing. Learn the rest of the story (and see some classic cars) at “Pontiac … the Rise and Fall of an American Icon,” on exhibit to Sept. 25 at the San Diego Automotive Museum, 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. Admission: $8-$4. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. (619) 231-2886.

Fish Tales

Author/photographer Marc Shargel will unveil “Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast,” the final installment of his journey to document the beauty of California’s underwater world and provide a new perspective on Marine Protected Areas, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Afterward, the books will be available for purchase and Shargel will sign copies. Admission: $5. RSVP: (858) 534-5771. For more on the protection act, visit or

Dueling Pianists

A chance to hear stellar pianists perform this weekend (for free!) is at the 12th annual California International Young Artists Piano Competition. The first round begins 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Qualcomm Q Auditorium, Lusk Blvd., San Diego. The final round starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Dr. Winners receive $10,000 in cash. The six semi-finalists: Christopher Goodpasture, 22, U.S.A. USC Thornton School of Music. So Young Choe, 20, Korea, New England Conservatory of Music. Doremi Takahashi, 21, and Sumire Asakura, 19, Japan, Tokyo College of Music. Iris Hsu, 23, U.S. The Juilliard School. Hugo Kitano, 16, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Preparatory.

Sounds of Summer

Q:  Where can you hear a free organ concert on the largest outdoor pipe organ in America?

A:  Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, Mondays to Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The Schedule? June 27-Jonathan Ortloff. July 4-Walt Strony Independence Day Celebration. July 11-Scott Dettra of Washington National Cathedral. July 18-Samuel Soria of L.A.’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Church. July 25-Austrian concert organist Helmuth Luksch. Aug. 1-Christopher Houlihan, Juilliard School grad student. Aug. 8-Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton, with Jason Ginter, timpanist/percussionist. Aug. 15-David Arcus, Duke University chapel organist. Aug. 22-Silent movie master Dennis James accompanying the 1924 Paramount film “Peter Pan.” Aug. 29-Best of Hollywood Night with Civic Organist Carol Williams and friends. Snacks, beverages and gifts available to benefit the Spreckels Organ Society. (619) 702-8138.

Choir Concert

Sing Out, San Diego! a nationwide youth choral event sponsored by San Antonio-based YouthCUE International, will raise funds and awareness for the San Diego Food Bank with a concert 7:30 p.m. June 27 at Crill Hall at Point Loma Nazarene University. Admission is 4 canned goods per person. The festival, June 25-28, is expected to draw students from across the country for a weekend of choral singing and fellowship. The choir will consist of 150 singers (grades 7-12) accompanied by a full orchestra of musicians from San Diego.

Chinese Fine Arts

Kids, ages 6-12, can signup at the Youth Services Desk for a free class on cutting paper, Chinese-style, 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper, Ave. There will also be a free, Chinese calligraphy and brush-painting class for teens at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. (858) 552-1657.

Fair Entertainment

Today: Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown (2 p.m.) San Diego’s Best Dance Crew, Belly Up Blues Fest, Foghat, The Diamonds. Friday: Come Together 2011 with Mercy Me and Third Day (4:30 p.m.) International Beer Festival, O.C. Supertimes, Pullman Standard. Saturday: Gospel Fes, Beer Fest, Gods of Thunder, Michael Jackson Tribute Band (Thriller-Zombie Dance 1:30 and 8 p.m.) Sunday: La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Beer Fest, Jimmy Buffet Tribute. Tuesday: Travis Tritt & Charlie Daniels Band, Tuff Truck Racing, Sickstraw Outlaws, Fabulous Thunderbirds. Wednesday: Beach Boys, Northstar, Uriah Heep. Next Thursday: Joan Jett, Extreme Sports Spectacular, Session.

Gates open 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, July 4. Admission $13 adults, $7 ages 6-12, 62 and older.

Catch a Free Film

“The Social Network” is a 2010 drama film about the founding of Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. Watch it with some free popcorn, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 in the community room at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper, Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Chevrolet Meet

See and show your favorite Chevrolets (1911 to 1985-only) beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 26 along Girard Ave. There will be Peoples Choice awards. Registration $40 at Girard and Silverado. Presented by Howard Singer (619) 980-4586.

Meet the Artist

Fabian Perz, known for his sultry, steamy South of the Border images, will exhibit new work at a reception 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Monarch Gallery, 1205 Prospect St. The Spanish flamenco group, Calé, will perform. RSVP: (858) 454-1231.

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1 Comment for “Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, June 23-30”

  1. jensenlee1

    Those southern rockers from the early 70s were grittier and louder than the country rock groups that came before. The Charlie Daniels Band first hit in 1973 with “Uneasy Rider,” the tale of a long-haired Southern boy who gets a flat in front of the wrong bar in Jackson, Mississippi. On Rockaeology at Daniels says the incident was complete fiction, but the inspiration came when he was with the Grateful Dead and other 60s rockers in Dixie during a rock festival… and we learn about the real “Ol’ Green Teeth.”

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