Summer by the Sea: 2013 guide to cool fun for hot times in La Jolla
Here, in alphabetical order, are the entertainment highlights coming your way for the summer of 2013. With art, music, wine and waves joining forces, there’s a variety of unique events planned for La Jollans and visitors alike.
Athenaeum Summer Festival
Pianist Gustavo Romero celebrates composers Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff with a four-part concert series with (optional) four dinners, 4 p.m. Sundays July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at The Scripps Research Institute Auditorium, 10640 John J. Hopkins Drive.
Prior to the Sunday concerts, John Mark Harris will present lectures on the selected program and keyboard pedagogy, 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum, July 2, 9, 17 and 23. Tickets: (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org
Concerts by the Sea
Free outdoor performances with concession stand, raffles. 2-4 p.m. Sundays at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove.
July 7: Rockola, classic rock
July 14: Big Time Operator, swing
July 21: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, country
July 28: Bill Magee Blues Band
Aug. 4: Benny Hollman Big Band
Aug. 11: Theo & the Zydeco Patrol, Cajun blues
Aug. 18: The Heroes, rock and roll
Aug. 25: BetaMaxx, 1980s hits
Sept. 1: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing
Orchestra. (858) 454-1600. ljconcertsbythesea.org
Flicks on the Bricks
The Athenaeum’s popular film and wine series returns for a seventh year. Guests meet on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights at 1008 Wall St. for screenings of classic cinemas al fresco. Series tickets include four films and wine pairings selected by Barbara Baxter. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend,
Aug. 1: The Big Sleep (1946)
Aug. 8: Rear Window (1954)
Aug. 15: Cinema Paradiso (1989)
Aug. 22: The Big Easy (1986)
Tickets: From $17. www.ljathenaeum.org (858) 454-5872.
Fourth of July Fireworks
The show begins 9 p.m. Thursday, July 4 over La Jolla Cove.
Green Flash Concert Series
The concerts combine live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium’s outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza. Happy-hour appetizers, craft beers, and wines are available for purchase. Keep an eye out for a real “green flash,” a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon, 6-9 p.m. Third Wednesdays, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way.
June 19: Vicci Martinez & ZZ Ward, singer/songwriter from Tacoma, Wash.
July 17: The Fixx, English new wave band
Aug. 21: Matt Costa
Sept. 18: Steve Poltz
Admission: $29 pre-purchase ($120 season pass), $34 at the door, includes the concert, entrance to aquarium exhibits, and parking. (858) 534-4109. aquarium.ucsd.edu
Haute La Jolla Nights
Presented by the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, these special evenings, 6-9 p.m., feature musicians on the street corners, art, dining and shopping deals throughout the Village.
Tentative schedule: June 22, July 27, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Nov. 16. events@LaJollabytheSea.com
La Jolla Community Center
Classes in art, exercise, computers, foreign languages and cooking, plus bridge games, evening events, bus trips and guest speakers. 6811 La Jolla Blvd.
(858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org
La Jolla Festival of the Arts
Some 200 juried artists will exhibit watercolor and oil paintings, serigraphs, glass, ceramic, paper, wood and metal sculptures, jewelry and photography at the 27th annual fine art festival. There will also be music, food, a car show, and demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22-23, UCSD Warren Field. Admission: $14. (760) 753-1670. lajollaartfestival.org
La Jolla Historical Society
Dedicated to discovery, collection and preservation of La Jolla’s heritage, the Historical Society’s collection includes photos and oral histories featured in rotating displays. A guide and map, “Historic La Jolla Walking Tour,” is available for purchase. Docents host guided walking tours the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m. Reservations: $10. 7846 Eads Ave.
(858) 459-5335. lajollahistory.org
La Jolla Music Society’s 27th SummerFest
• A free, outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at The Cove, kicks off the month-long chamber music festival.
• La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring some 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts July 31-Aug. 23, with Music Director Cho-Liang Lin,
at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. La Jolla.
Tickets: (858) 459-3728. Schedule: lajollamusicsociety.com
La Jolla Open Aire Market
Open rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays near La Jolla Elementary School, 1111 Marine St. The marketplace features live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, Certified Farmers Market fruits, vegetables and flowers. (858) 454-1699. lajollamarket.com
La Jolla Playhouse
The summer marquee features four productions on various stages:
“His Girl Friday,” now to June 30
“Neva,” June 26-30
“Tribes,” June 25-July 21
“Sideways,” July 16-Aug. 18
UCSD Campus via the Revelle Entrance, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive.
Tickets: (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org
La Jolla Recreation Center
Summer Camps with science, art, sports, languages, and more interests. Summer Luau Senior Dance, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Dinner, punch, coffee and dessert. Tickets $10. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast to Celebrate the Family, 7:30-11:30 a.m. July 27. 615 Prospect St. (858) 552-1658.
Luau & Longboard Invitational
UCSD Moores Cancer Center’s event begins 7 a.m. Aug. 18 with the Longboard Invitational at the beach near Scripps Pier. Each company-sponsored team of four is paired up with a longboard legend to compete in the surfing contest. The contest is free to watch
The Luau begins at noon as guests head up he bluffs on the campus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to dine on a tropical buffet and watch the Polynesian dancers. Opportunity drawings, and live and silent auctions for one-of-a-kind surfboards, memorabilia and trips. To close the day, the Rell Sunn Award is presented. (858) 246-1230. longboardluau.org
Movies at the Library
Free screenings (and free popcorn) 2 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Riford Library 7555 Draper Ave.
June 25: “Les Miserables,” (Hugh Jackman/Anne Hathaway); July 30: “Quartet,” (Maggie Smith/Billy Connolly); Aug. 27: “Silver Linings Playbook,” (Brad Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence).
The Film Noir series (3 p.m. second Fridays) will screen June 14: “Glass Key,” (Veronica Lake/Alan Ladd); July 12: “Phantom Lady,” (Franchot Tone); Aug. 9: “The Blue Dahlia,” (Veronica Lake/Alan Ladd). (858) 552-1657.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The museum is noted for art created since 1950. Changing exhibitions and public programs augment its internationally recognized collection. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Wednesday. Admission is free, 5-7 p.m. on third Thursdays. The X Store, Sculpture Garden and Museum Café are open to the public daily. “Approximately Infinite Universe” on exhibit June 9-Sept.1 at 700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org
Riford Library Reading Program
The annual summer reading event with special guests, craft projects and prizes for books read, runs June-August with the 2013 theme: “Reading Is So Delicious!” Signup at the Youth Services Desk, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. Lajollalibrary.org
SEA Days Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Family-friendly programs with hands-on exploration, special activities, and the opportunity to interact with Scripps Oceanography scientists. Programs are included with aquarium admission and take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla,
June 15: Crazy for Coral
July 20: Sharks Celebration
Aug. 17: Bay Day
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Two of the most picturesque championship 18-hole golf courses in the world, plus golf schools for adults and Junior Golf Camps for kids.
Walking Tours of UCSD
The UC San Diego Visitors Tour Program offers free 90-minute Sunday afternoon tours led by knowledgeable adult volunteer guides.
Worth a trip
Globe’s Shakespeare Festival
Playing in repertory through Sept. 29 at The Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park are: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Merchant of Venice,” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” Tickets: (619) 234-5623. Theoldglobe.org
San Diego County Fair
“Game on!” is the theme for the 2013 fair, June 8-July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. (Closed on the first three Mondays June 10, 17 and 24.) From board games and pinball, to television, videos and computers, the Fair will highlight how technology has enhanced the gaming culture beyond our wildest dreams. Plus: food, musical acts, contests and exhibits. Admission: $14-$8. Schedule: sdfair.com
Thoroughbred Race Season
Watch the ponies run July 17-Sept. 4 at Del Mar Racetrack at the fairgrounds. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. First post is 2 p.m. Schedule: www.dmtc.com
- La Jolla Playhouse celebrates award nominations, primps plaza for closeup
- San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helps celebrate 2012 Art Prize winners at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
- La Jolla Community Center guests spend ‘A Night with the Opera Singing Chef’
- [Exclusive VIDEO] Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and ‘The Simpsons’ Director Rich Moore draws crowds to Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation in La Jolla
- The Art of Pysanky: Learning from egg-spert rector Randal Gardner of La Jolla
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