Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, March 6-March 17

Pacific Sound Brass Quintet

Family Concert

The Pacific Sound Brass Quintet — RB Anthony (French horn), John Reynolds and Tim Saeger (trumpet), Andrew Moreau (trombone), and Jenn Opdahl (tuba) — will perform a Family Concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. An ensemble of educators, the group has style, substance, and just a touch of irreverence that will appeal to kids in the audience. There will be a freewill offering. Childcare is available for the very young. lajollaunitedmethodist.org

Sweet Giselle
City Ballet of San Diego continues its 20th season with one of the world’s greatest romantic ballets, “Giselle,” performed with the City Ballet Orchestra, 8 p.m. March 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. March 10 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego. First presented in Paris on June 28, 1841, “Giselle” is the story of a peasant girl who protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits, called the Wilis. In City Ballet’s production, the choreography is by Elizabeth Wistrich after Marius Petipa’s 1884 revival for the Imperial Ballet.

The title role of Giselle is one of the most sought-after in ballet and will be shared by Ariana Samuelsson and Erica Alvarado. Costumes and scenery are courtesy of Sacramento Ballet. Free pre-performance lecture 30 minutes before each show. Tickets: $29-$69; discounts to students, seniors and military. Saturday Night Champagne Reception: $20, plus price of ticket.
(858) 272-8663. cityballet.org

Artist Reception
“Soaring” by Natalia Wrobel
The works of La Jolla native Natalia Wrobel, a 2007 graduate of The Bishop’s School who went on to study art at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, will be shown at the new Strand Salon and Gallery, 909 Prospect St. “Though my permanent studio is on the East Coast, all of the paintings that will be exhibited were painted in La Jolla and are influenced by the sand, sun-drenched colors, ocean and energy of California,” Wrobel said. The opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Tickets Going Fast

Bach Collegium under the direction of Ruben Valenzuela will present Handel’s “Messiah,” an oratorio, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. There will be a pre-concert discussion 45 minutes prior. Tickets: $25 or $40. (619) 341-1726. bachcollegiumsd.org

Something Special

Tafelmusik with Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Red Hat.’ Photo Glenn Davidson

La Jolla Music Society will present Tafelmusik, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. A prelude from Ruben Valenzuela is set for 7 p.m. During the concert, works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann will be played before a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto and Watteau. Tickets: $25-$75. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

Studio Works

San Francisco artist James Chronister is the latest artist-in-residence at Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas. He uses pointillist technique to achieve striking tone and depth in his paintings. Watch him work and view his exhibition, 1-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. (760) 436-6611. luxartinstitute.org

At the Library
• March 8: The Film Noir Classics series presents “The Scar,” a 1948 thriller starring Paul Henreid and Jean Bennett, 3 p.m. Free admission and popcorn.
• March 13: Author Cornelia Feye will discuss the art and story behind her mystery, “House of the Fox,” which is set in the Anza Borrego desert, 6-7:30 p.m.
• Also March 13: The Book Club will discuss “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter,” by Robert Edsel and Brett Witt, 1:30 p.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

Afternoon Musicale
The Social Service League of La Jolla will present a Sunday Afternoon Musicales in the Darlington House Living Room, 7441 Olivetas Ave. The Torrey Pines String Quintet performs 2-4 p.m. March 10. Champagne, wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Valet parking is included in the $40 ticket. (858) 454-7625.

Modern Dance Event
John Malashock teams with pianist Gustavo Romero for an intimate music and dance collaboration to piano suites by Czech composer Leos Janacek at Malashock Dance’s 25th Season Celebration Benefit Concert, March 8 and 9, Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego. Also on the program, a re-staging of “Fathom: The Body as Universe,” Malashock’s 2006 collaboration with Japanese artist Junko Chodos. Tickets: $27, $37 and $47. VIP tickets: $250, include pre-performance reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and onstage after-party. (619) 260-1622. malashockdance.org

ArtPower! Presents
Calder Quartet performs a chamber music concert, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego campus. Tickets: $36-$54. The next day, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 at The Loft, the Calder Quartet offers “Tentacle Sessions.” Tickets: $30, $18. (858) 534-8498. artpower.ucsd.edu

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