Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, April 4-12, 2013

• Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation in La Jolla adds extra screenings: April 5, 12, 13

Due to “overwhelming fan response” (from sold-out shows) Craig “Spike” Decker has extended the run of Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation 30th Anniversary show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla. Three extra dates have been scheduled and bonus, animation short films have been added on:
— Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
— Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
— Saturday, April 13 has two screenings at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Closing night)

Each night showcases 23 international animation shorts, including five Academy Award winners and four Oscar nominees — from independent animators to Pixar pros. Tickets are $12-$15 at (858) 459-8707 or

• Concours d’Elegance come to La Jolla this weekend

Friday, April 5

Contemporary Classics Cocktail Party, 7-10 p.m. Amaya La Jolla, 1205 Prospect St. $125

Saturday, April 6

• La Jolla Concours Motor Tour, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Breakfast San Diego Automotive Museum, Balboa Park. Cruise 60-70 miles, including stops at automotive museums and lunch at The Grand Del Mar. Register classic autos to join the tour for $150 (driver and one passenger); single passenger tickets in luxury show car: $50.

• VIP Reception/Silent Auction 6-9 p.m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Tickets: $100

• Free movie screening: ‘Cars’ (animated) 7-9 p.m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Sunday, April 7

• Concours D’Elegance show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scripps Park. Tickets $35 advance, $40 door, $100 VIP

• Motor Car Classic, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coast Boulevard (by Ellen Browning Scripps Park); Prospect Street between Herschel and Girard avenues; Girard Avenue between Prospect and Wall street. Free.

Tickets for all events: (619) 233-5008.

Caption: Linda Celeste, Alicia Graf and Mack Glenn Allen Sims. Photo Andrew Eccles

• Alvin Ailey Dancers

La Jolla Music Society will present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (marking its 55th anniversary of revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century dance), 8 p.m. April 9 and 10 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. Marcus Overton will present a prelude lecture at 7 p.m. before each show. Tuesday’s performance will include Paul Taylor’s “Arden Court,” Robert Battle’s “Takademe,” and Rennie Harris’ “Home.”  Wednesday’s program contains Garth Fagan’s “From Before,” Robert Battle’s “Strange Humors,” and Kyle Abraham’s “Another Night.” Both shows end with Ailey’s “Revelations.” Tickets: $22-$77. (858) 459-3728

• UCSD Open House

UC San Diego invites families to Triton Day on campus, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. A presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prebys Concert Hall, will tackle timelines, requirements, college tests, the application process and financial aid. Free. Schedule: (858) 534-6862.

• Architect Visits

Fariborz Sahba, the award-winning architect of India’s Lotus Temple, and the Terraces of the Shrine of the Ba’b in Haifa, Israel (designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site) will offer a presentation about his design process and concept of “spiritual space,” 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Price Center Theater on the UCSD campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free. No reservations required. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

• Exhibit Toasts Craft Brews

San Diego History Center premieres, “Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture,” April 5 to Jan. 20, 2014 at 1649 El Prado, in Balboa Park. The exhibition traces the rise and fall of San Diego’s early brewing history and the recent resurgence that has become one of the region’s most successful and beloved exports. “Bottled & Kegged” features many interactive components, including a 500-gallon brew house, a hop smelling-and-touching station, a guess-the-beer-glass game, a brew history timeline and much more. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Tickets: $6. (619) 232- 6203.

• Remembering the Holocaust

Jewish Federation of San Diego County will present a 90-minute Holocaust commemoration (Yom Hashoah) 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Garfield Theater at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. This commemoration has been held in San Diego for more than three decades and last year, was the largest in the United States with more than 700 people in attendance. The 2013 theme is “Remember, Honor and Teach: Children of the Holocaust.” Free. (858) 737-7138.

• Music Meets History Series

Violinist Victoria Martino returns to the Athenaeum for a Monday lecture/concert series, 7:30 p.m. April 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 1008 Wall St. Accompanied by James Lent, she will perform works from the Renaissance to the 20th century, juxtaposing the music with visual art from the same regions and periods to place it within its historical and cultural context. Each concert: $20 members/$25 nonmembers. (858) 454-5872.

• Walking Tours

La Jolla Historical Society volunteers will host 90-minute 1.5-mile walking tours in the Village, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 and April 27, leaving from Wisteria Cottage at the corner of Prospect Street and Eads Avenue. The narrated brisk walks (with some hills) proceed to 15 stops. Tickets: $10. Reservations: (858) 480-6424.

Christophe Rousset

• Harpsichord Concert

18th century impressions of Egyptians, the Chinese, Incas, savages, and other archetypes will be brought to life by stellar harpsichordist Christophe Rousset in an exotic journey of pieces by François Couperin and Jean-Phillippe Rameau for the San Diego Early Music Society, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the TSRI Auditorium, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets: $18-$35. (619) 291-8246.

• Film to Ponder

The Hemlock Society of San Diego hosts a screening of the 1983 film, “Right of Way,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Bette Davis as an older couple who decide to die together. It has its lighter moments. Discussion follows. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (619) 233-4418.

• Mystery Science Theater 3000

Reruns of the 1980’s classic movie-riffing TV show will replay at Riford Library, 4 p.m. second Wednesdays of the month. See “Warewolf,” April 10 in the community room at 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

• ArtPower! Presents

Sung in English, “The Island” is a moving and highly existential parable that engages the audience in a surrealist musical-theatre journey. Presented by Romanian singer/songwriter Ada Milea and violinist Alex Balanescu, it was inspired by the Robinson Crusoe story, but with an improbable twist, as retold by Romanian surrealist poet Gellu Naum, 8 p.m., Thursday, April 11, The Loft at UCSD. ArtTalks! post-performance chat. Tickets: $18-$30. (858) 534- 8497.

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