Best Bets for fun tings to do in and around La Jolla, May 16-24

Rare Performance


Hear Mendelssohn’s masterwork, “Elijah” (1846), with the Chancel Choir and a professional orchestra under the direction of Keith Pedersen, and many soloists, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. The concert marks the finale of the church’s 51st Concert Season. Freewill offering, free parking. (858) 729-5531.

Free Admission

The Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. is one of hundreds of art museums across the country offering free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 as part of Art Museum Day, an initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors. There will be tours of the current show, “Lifelike,” (on view to May 27) at 2 p.m. (858) 454-3541.

Cool Stuff

An art show featuring painting, photography, Chinese calligraphy, textiles, jewelry and a variety of handicrafts by UC San Diego retired staff and faculty, will be held noon to 6 p.m. May 16 in the University Center Building 400 on campus. The free event includes food, plus entertainment by Peruvian harpist Joe Smith, jazz pianist Danny Green and juggler Christopher Ortiz. (858)

Student Films

A selection of short films by UC San Diego students, as well as work by High Tech High students who are mentored through the ArtPower! Film Practicum, will screen at the Up & Coming Film Festival, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in The Loft at UCSD. The films range in genre from docudramas and experimental shorts to comedies and animation. A total of $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to winning films. A post-screening celebration will follow at 9:30 p.m. with music performed by Ed Ghost Tucker. Free. (858) 534-8497.

Artists Reception

A reception and award ceremony for the juried exhibit, “Capture the Light,” will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery

8100 Paseo Del Ocaso, Suite B, La Jolla Shores. The show will remain on display 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through June 16. (858) 459-1196.

Faces Ending

Last chance to see the “Faces” exhibition in the Community Room of the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The show includes works from 27 local artists and closes on May 17. Free. (858) 552-1657.

La Jolla Through the Years

Last chance to view the “Home of Your Dreams” exhibition at the La Jolla Historical Society, Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect Ave. Chronicling the highs and lows of the evolution of La Jolla from a sleepy artists beach community to a modern suburb of 40,000 residents, the exhibit is open 10 to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. It closes on May 19. Free. (858) 459-5335.

Swan Lake Ballet

“Swan Lake,” the tragic tale of Odette, the beautiful Swan Queen who is imprisoned under the spell of the evil sorcerer, is undoubtedly the most popular of all classical ballets. The music was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875-1876. California Ballet will perform the work in a production that runs 2 hours and 30 minutes with 2 intermissions, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Downtown San Diego. Tickets: From $30. (858) 560-6741.

Piano Queen

La Jolla Music Society closes its New Orleans Jazz Series and 44th Season with four-time Grammy nominated “Bayou Queen of the Piano” Marcia Ball. She will be joined on stage by slide guitar master Sonny Landreth, Grammy Award-winning dobro and steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Terrance Simien, whose Sam Cooke-influenced blend of zydeco, roots, New Orleans funk, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms was heard at the 2012 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The music begins 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Downtown San Diego. Tickets: $27-$67. (858) 459-3728.

History Lesson

The Friends of the La Jolla Library will present a free screening of the 2012 feature film, “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in the Community Room, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

La Dolce Vita

The La Jolla Community Center will present a night of fine art and romantic arias, 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Soprano Michelle Law, tenor Alexis Alfaro, baritone Anthony Winston-Martini and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Podsiadlo will perform. A reception will be sponsored by Sunrise of La Jolla. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Valet parking is included. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

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