Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, June 6-15

Art That’s Out of This World

‘Channeling Aura I,’ Desirée Holman, 2012, courtesy

Gain a deeper understanding of works on view in the new exhibition, “Approximately Infinite Universe,” when artists Chitra Ganesh, Victoria Fu and Saya Woolfalk use their work as a launch pad to explore broad topics in contemporary art. This program invites participants to join in the conversation, moderated by exhibition curator Jill Dawsey, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. La Jolla. Free for members, students and seniors with paid museum admission; $5 for non-members with admission. (858) 454-3541.

“Approximately Infinite Universe” (up through Sept. 1) is inspired by science fiction, with its exploration of other possible worlds, its dislocation of spatial and temporal trajectories, and its challenges to distinctions between human and alien, self and other.

The 17 artists featured understand art as a vehicle for time travel, employing an array of mediums as means to move backward and forward through time. Their work re-visions fraught histories and en-visions utopian futures, with the effect of gaining insight into the complexities of the present. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  daily. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: $5-$10.

If SEALs Could Talk

Lt. Commander Rorke Denver will discuss his book, “Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior,” 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated and deployed. He recently starred in the film “Act of Valor.” Free. (858) 456-1800,

Beat the Blues

As artist Judy Judy Judy explains it, “I was at Croce’s Friday night, listening to Lady Dottie and the Diamonds. On her break, she was telling me about her family, she is one of 13 from Alabama, and left home when she was young to go to New York.

“She was saying how living at home was, ‘nothin’ but the blues,’ and I laughed and told her I’m doing an art exhibit with some other artists at the La Jolla Art Association, called ‘Nothin’ But the Blues.’

“Well, one thing lead to another when she said, ‘Why don’t I sing with my piano man, Joe Guevara at the art reception?’

“So along with art that is inspired by the blues, Lady Dottie will be singing the blues. What a great way to end a Sunday afternoon, looking at art and listening to the blues while sipping a glass of wine.”

The public reception is 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Art Association galleries, 8100 Paseo Del Ocaso, in the Shores. Free. The show remains through June 16 with hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. (858) 459-1196.

Used Book Sales

• The Athenaeum will host its bi-annual used book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in the library and on the patio, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872.

• The Riford Library continues its ongoing sale of books, CDs and magazines to benefit the work of the Friends of Riford Library, during regular operating hours, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) (858) 552-1657.

• A diverse assortment of used books for all ages will be sold to benefit the Astor Judaica Library, June 12-16 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Early bird shopping runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 12 with $10 entrance fee.  Afterward, admission is free, noon-9 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Rare books and artwork will be included in a silent auction during the sale. Bidding ends 3 p.m. June 16. (858) 362-1150.

Japanese Koto Music

The Reiko Obata Ensemble will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 in the Community Room at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The concert will explore Japanese music with the 13-string koto, the shakuhachi bamboo flute and a traditional fan dancer. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Summer Jazz

Brazilian jazz pianist Andre Mehmari will launch the four-part summer Farrell Family Concert series, 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 7 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The George Colligan Trio is set for June 16, Mike Wofford on June 30 and Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom on July 11. Series tickets: $76 members, $96 non-members; individual concerts: $21 and $26. (858) 454-5872.

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