Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, May 2-9

La Jolla Symphony & Orchestra

• La Jolla Symphony Concert
Steven Schick will conduct the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus in a concert titled “Old Worlds/New World,” that looks at both music influenced by the Old Worlds of Europe and ancient China, and new-world America, 7:30 pm Saturday, May 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD. The program will begin with eminent Chinese-American composer Chou Wen-chung’s “Landscapes,” paired with Edgard Varèse’s tribute to his adopted home, “Amériques.” The concert will conclude with Richard Strauss’s “Horn Concerto No. 2,” with soloist Nicolee Kuester, LJS&C 2011 Young Artists winner. Free pre-concert lecture one hour prior to each show. Free parking. Tickets: $15-$29. (858) 534-4637. Note: LJS&C will present an open dress rehearsal for ages 8 and older, 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 in the auditorium. The 25-minute “Informance,” will include demonstrations by members of the orchestra and a chance to ask questions of conductor Schick.

• City Ballet
The thunderous and dramatic 1936 cantata by German composer Carl Orloff, “Carmina Burana,” will be performed by the
City Ballet Orchestra
and 100-voice choir (John Nettles, conducting) 8 p.m. May 3 and 4; and 2 p.m., May 5 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. The ballet company will interpret the 13th century poems of medieval monks, upon which the work is based, covering a variety of topics — the return of spring, the fickleness of fortune, and the perils of drinking, gambling and lust. It will be paired with selections from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” Free preludes 30 minutes before curtain. Tickets:
$29-$69. (858) 272-8663.

• San Diego Junior Theatre
La Jolla’s Nicole Sollazzo is among the students performing in “A Little Princess,” Fridays at 7 p.m. and weekends at 2 p.m. through May 12 at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Theater. The musical is based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, who also wrote “The Secret Garden.” The May 11 performance will be presented along with American Sign Language interpretation. (619) 239-8355.

• Evening of Jazz
The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues with a concert from Jason Moran and The Bandwagon, 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, The Auditorium at TSRI, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets: $32 and $37. (858) 454-5872.

• Documentary Screening
The West Coast premiere of “The American Tapes” is set for 5-10 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. In 1987, American filmmaker Louis Hock created “The Mexican Tapes,” now he presents a new perspective about the life of Mexican immigrants in America. Grab a beer and food during a screening break, 7-8 p.m. outside the auditorium. Free for members, $5 for non-members. (858) 454-3541.

• Plein-air Art
The La Jolla Art Association will feature the talent of San Diego plein-air artists in the new show, “Capture the Light,” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, May 7-June 2  at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, La Jolla Shores. Free admission. This is a juried show with awards including a $200 first prize. There will be an artists reception and gala opening 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 18. (858) 459-1196.

Rafal Blechacz

• Piano Man
La Jolla Music Society ends the season’s Frieman Family Piano Series with a concert by Rafał Blechacz, 8 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. Winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition, Blechacz’s La Jolla concert will feature works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Szymanowski. A 7 p.m. prelude, “Polish folk music dressed up — from Chopin to Szymanowski,” will be presented by classically trained pianist Steven Cassedy, a UCSD professor of literature and associate dean of graduate studies. Tickets: $25-$75 (858) 459-3728.

• J*Company Youth Theatre
“Hello, Dolly” ends the salute to Streisand season, with performances matinees and evenings, May 3-12 at Garfield Theatre, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.
Tickets: From $12. (858) 362-1348.

• North Coast Rep
Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” continues its run through May 5 with the antics of Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, and their poker playing pals. Discover (or rediscover) the genius of the original play about friendship that has become a high water mark that is strived for by comedy writers to this day, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets: $37-$54. (858) 481-1055.

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