Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Jan. 24-31
Students ‘Star’ in Talent Show
The Rotary Club of La Jolla presents its annual scholarship fundraiser, Stars in Our Eyes, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at La Jolla High School’s Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. The event showcases performance and visual arts talent from four area high schools — La Jolla High, The Bishop’s School, The Preuss School and La Jolla Country Day. An art exhibit and reception follows. Tickets: $25 ($10 students, seniors) at the door. starsinoureyes.org
Classically trained, The Joffrey Ballet (founded in 1956) reflects the diversity of America in its company, audiences and repertoire, which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. La Jolla Music Society opens its distinguished Dance Series with The Joffrey, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. The program will include: ‘In the Middle — Somewhat Elevated,’ ‘After the Rain,’ and the world premiere tour of John Adams’ ‘Son of Chamber Symphony.’ Marcus Overton will deliver a pre-dance lecture at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22-$77. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org
The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild will celebrate plein-air painting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Copley Auditorium of San Diego Museum of Art and at painting stations throughout Balboa Park. Tickets: $8-15. (619) 232-7931. Schedule: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. artist demos maps provided; 1-2 p.m. Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum and historian on Californian impressionism, discusses plein-air painting (book signing follows); 2-4 p.m. Ariel Plotek, Ph.D., SDMA curator, speaks about Charles Reiffel as a Post-Impressionist. Museum tour after the lecture.
Organ Music Treat
Carol Williams, director of the Spreckels Organ Society and organist-in-residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral, will perform classical and contemporary pieces, 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. A freewill offering will be taken. A reception follows. (858) 453-3550.
Family Concert Goes Green
Singer/musician Tim Foley will direct a program of Irish tunes with guitar, mandolin, violin and uilleann pipes (the national bagpipe of Ireland), 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Foley is lead singer for the folk band, Skelpin, and played the uilleann pipes in the film “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World,” with Russell Crowe. In keeping with the Family Concerts Series’ goal of interesting children in music, the concert will begin with an introduction of the instruments. A freewill offering will be taken and a reception will follow the show. lajollaunitedmethodist.org
Art History Talks
Lecturer Linda Blair will explore Impressionism in a Tuesday series, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $12 members/$17 nonmembers. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/lectures
Haute La Jolla Nights
The Merchants Association in partnership with the Farmers Insurance Open will host a series of free concerts, fine art, shopping and dining deals throughout La Jolla Village after golf play at Torrey Pines, 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 26, when the lot next to the Information Center, 1162 Prospect St., will be transformed to a Wine and Beer Garden with live music. All valet stands in the Village will be designated Public Valet Parking at the standard valet rates. Shuttles will be available at $5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with pick up at the La Jolla Information Center. Music schedule, maps, and more: (858) 454-5718. LaJollaByTheSea.com
Bird Rock Home Tour
Six residences will go on display for the 7th annual Bird Rock Community Council home tour, a benefit for the elementary school, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Tickets: $20 BRCC members, $25 others, in front of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, 5627 La Jolla Blvd. Photography not allowed. (858) 775-8500. birdrock.org
Walking Tour of La Jolla
Stroll through La Jolla’s past with a knowledgeable La Jolla Historical Society volunteer during 90-minute, 1.5-mile walking tour 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Tour departs from Wisteria Cottage, corner of Prospect Street and Eads Avenue, and then proceeds to 15 additional stops in La Jolla’s downtown Village. Tickets: $10 in advance: (858) 480-6424. Note: This is a brisk walk with some hills. Private tours are available upon request.
Enjoy an afternoon of select Beethoven pieces performed by pianist and UC San Diego professor emeritus, Cecil Lytle, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Prebys Concert Hall on campus. Ticket sales benefit the endowed Lytle Scholarships, which support outstanding first-year students from The Preuss School UCSD. Student tickets: $10. General admission: $50. (858) 534-1507.
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