Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 1-8

Photo Exhibition

A 1951 portrait of Salvador Dali by Arnold Newman. Courtesy

San Diego Museum of Art presents “Arnold Newman: Masterclass” through Sept. 8 at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. The exhibition features the portraits of artists, writers, scientists, political figures, business leaders, and everyday people on which Newman’s extraordinary reputation was founded, but also allows visitors a view of Newman’s lesser-known works of landscape, architectural and abstract photography.  The show includes 10 of the 59 Newman photographs in the museum’s permanent collection.  This retrospective is the first since his death in 2006. Newman believed a man or woman should be admired for concrete accomplishments, not for some mystical idea of  “inner’” qualities. Hence, he depicted Stravinsky at a piano, Picasso in his studio and senators and businessmen in rooms full of the trappings of power. Related event:  “Symposium: New Thoughts on the Photographic Portrait,” 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug.  3. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, open to 9 p.m. Thursday, closed Wednesdays. Adults: $12. (619) 232-7931.

Flicks on the Bricks

The Athenaeum’s film and wine series opens with the Bogey-Bacall classic, “The Big Sleep” (1946), paired with pinot noir, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 on the outdoor patio, 1008 Wall St. In the film, Bogart stars as Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s tough, cynical-but-charming private eye. He investigates the gambling debts of the wealthy General Sternwood’s younger daughter and is plunged into a world of blackmail, deception and violence. Tickets: $17 member, $22 nonmember. Coming Aug. 8: Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” paired with vin français. (858) 454-5872.

In the Cards

La Jolla Cove Bridge Club welcomes card players to games scheduled from noon to 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at the Bridge Club building adjacent to the Cove. Members: $2. Non-members: $3. Membership for the remainder of 2013 is $15.

Memorial Dedications

Retired Army Col. Roger Donlon, the first U.S. soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam, will be the guest speaker at a ceremony, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Miramar National Cemetery’s Memorial Walk, 5795 Nobel Drive. Four veterans groups will dedicate memorials to: Special Forces, Jewish War Veterans, Chosin Few and Navy Nurses. Donlon, a captain during his Vietnam deployment, was nominated for his heroic actions on July 6, 1964, when some 900 Vietcong attacked the Army’s 7th Special Forces Group camp near the Laotian border. During the violent five-hour battle, Donlon was injured repeatedly in a hail of mortar fire and flying shrapnel from hand grenades.  Despite grievous wounds, he managed to move about the camp organizing his 12-man team of Green Berets and 370 South Vietnamese and tribal Nung fighters, while directing firepower to prevent the enemy from overrunning the beleaguered defenders. The event is open to the public. (858) 658-7360.

Concerts by the Sea

Get ready for the big band sounds of Benny Hollman, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove. There will be dancing and a concession stand at the free concert. (858) 454-1600.

SummerFest 2013

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, a nationally-recognized chamber music festival, features 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts through Aug. 23 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. This week (with preludes one hour before each concert) “Salieri’s Vienna,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3; “Romantic Masterworks,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4; “An Evening With Jonathan Biss,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6; and “Bach & Beyond I” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7., ($75, $50). Other tickets: $64 and $45. (858) 459-3728. Schedule:


Magician Jeff Marcus will be up to his tricks, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The free show is part of the Summer Reading Program for kids. (858) 552-1657.

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