Best Bets for Fun Things to Do in and around La Jolla, July 4-11
Concerts by the Sea
Free outdoor performances with concession stand, raffles, begin 2-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 1 at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. (858) 454-1600.ljconcertsbythesea.org
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
Bastille Day Party
The third annual Summer Musicales at Darlington House series begins with a Bastille Day celebration, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 featuring chanteuse Chantal Roche, a buffet dinner, and wine and beer provided by The French Gourmet, 7441 Olivetas Ave. Valet parking included in the $40 ticket. RSVP: (858) 454-7625.
Thursday Night Thing
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego downtown at 1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd. (between Broadway and B Street) will present its next TNT, 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 11 with tours, art-making activities, live music on the plaza, cocktails, and bites from food truck-MIHO Gastrotruck. This TNT, “Chromatic,” also offers the opportunity to celebrate one of the museum’s newest exhibitions, “Liza Lou: Color Field. “ Also check out new works inside the cube in The Very Large Array, the permanent collection exhibition across the street at 1001 Kettner, and learn more about both exhibitions from focus tours led by Gallery Educators. Tickets: $10. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org
For the The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite IMAX® Film Festival, 600 fans submitted surveys with their top 3 favorites selected from a list of 16 possible films (plus write-ins). One film will play twice a day each week, July 5-Sept. 5: Drum roll please! July 5: “Hubble,” July 12: “Yellowstone,” July 19: “Dolphins,” July 26: “Adventures in Wild California,” Aug. 1: “Mysteries of Egypt,” Aug 9: “Everest,” Aug. 16: “Coral Reef Adventure,” Aug. 23: “Lewis & Clark,” Aug. 30: “Grand Canyon Adventure.” Continuing to play are other popular IMAX films “Flight of the Butterflies,” “To the Arctic” and “Rocky Mountain Express,” along with the planetarium show “Cosmic Collisions.” 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, (619) 238-1233, rhfleet.org
At the Piano
Pianist Irina Bessonova, winner of the Lysenko Competition in Ukraine, will perform 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free, (858) 552-1657.
Award-winning crime fiction writer Karin Slaughter with discuss her career and new novel, “Unseen,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. In “Unseen,” the lines of good versus evil blur when ex-con Bill Black enters the Macon, Georgia scene. Exuding an air of violence wherever he goes, he quickly catches the eye of small-town drug dealer and his sly girlfriend, and criminal upheaval appears to be inevitable. Free (858) 552-1657.
La Jolla Art Association will host a reception for a new exhibit covering all things summer, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores. Photography, painting, wearable art and jewelry will be on exhibit through July 14 during ”Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy.” Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free. (858) 459-1196.
Time Again for Dinosaurs
“Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,” an exploration of these fascinating creatures, opens July 4 at the NAT (San Diego Natural History Museum) in Balboa Park. Created by the Field Museum in Chicago, the 7,500-square-foot exhibition examines the evolutionary history of these animals and brings to life where and how they lived, and their interactions with one another and with ancient humans. One of the highlights is a replica of a 40,000-year-old, frozen baby mammoth specimen named Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) that a Siberian reindeer herder and two of his sons discovered in 2007. The show (up until Oct. 6) recreates ancient environments that awe and amaze through large-scale projections, walk-through dioramas, and virtual experiences. Also showcased are rare and evocative objects including some of the oldest art in existence, huge skulls and tusks, weird and wonderful mammoth relatives – including dwarf mammoths – and mastodon bones collected by William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) for President Thomas Jefferson’s own collection. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $11-$17. (619) 232.3821 sdnhm.org
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