Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 8-16

Kevin Sciretta, Marla Caceres, Travis Turner, Andel Sudik, Frank Caeti and Mitchell Fain in ‘The Good, the Bad and the I-5.’ Todd Rosenberg.

Finest City Satire

The San Diego-centric Second City improv production, “The Good, the Bad and the I-5,” takes the Mandell Weiss Forum stage at La Jolla Playhouse, matinees, evenings now through Sept. 1. “Their writers spent several days immersing themselves in San Diego neighborhoods, institutions, culture, politics and sports, and are now putting together an original piece that both celebrates and spoofs our beloved city in their inimitable Second City style,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Tickets: $15-$50. (858) 550-1010. LaJollaPlayhouse.org

Remembering Jeff Buckley

The Old Globe Theatre will present a Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, featuring San Diego artists covering the songs of the legendary musician. The concert coincides with The Old Globe’s upcoming production of “The Last Goodbye,” (Sept. 20-Nov. 3) a fusion of Buckley’s music with Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Tickets: From $20. (619) 234-5623 at TheOldGlobe.org

Scene from the picnic last year.

Bird Rockers Picnic

The Bird Rock Community Council will host its annual summer picnic 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Calumet Park, 5424 Calumet Road (at Colima Court). The event is co-hosted by Beaumont’s Eatery. Tickets: $10 per person. info@birdrockcc.org

Film Noir

With an all-star cast, including Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd, “The Blue Dahlia,” tells the story of an ex-bomber pilot, who is suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife, 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in the Riford Library Community Room, 7555 Draper Ave. Free admission and popcorn. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

Flicks on the Bricks

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s film-and-wine series screens Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” paired with vin français 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Wheelchair-bound photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) and his beautiful fiancée Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) spy on their neighbors and then solve a brutal murder no one else believes occurred. Tickets: $17 members, $22 nonmembers. Coming Aug. 15: “Cinema Paradiso.” (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/specialevents.html

A scene from last year's concert.

Concerts by the Sea

Theo & the Zydeco Patrol will be jammin’ their Cajun blues 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 at the next Cove Concert in Scripps Park. There will be a concession stand and raffles, too. Aug. 18: The Heroes, rock ‘n’ roll. Aug. 25: BetaMaxx, 1980s hits. Sept. 1: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra. (858) 454-1600. ljconcertsbythesea.org

SummerFest 2013

La Jolla Music Society will present, “Musical Crossroads,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. The program will feature three world premieres, all by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. The concert will highlight David Del Tredici’s “Bullycide,” in memory of five gay teenage boys, who committed suicide after facing severe bullying; Steven Stucky’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” and John Harbison’s “Crossroads.” Also scheduled is Bartók’s “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.” Tickets: $45, $65. Other shows this week: Aug. 9 (6:30 and 9:30 p.m.) SummerFest at The Loft, UC San Diego; Aug. 13: 7:30 p.m. Evening with The Arcadian Academy & Nicholas McGegan at Sherwood Auditorium; Aug. 14: Bach & Beyond II at 7:30 p.m. Sherwood Auditorium. (858) 459-3728. lajollamusicsociety.com

Just for Kids

San Diego Book Arts will hold a Make a Maze Book class for children, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. Class size is limited. Reservations required on sign-up sheet in Youth Services Dept. Also, musician Craig Newton performs a mini concert, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, as part of the Summer Reading Program. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

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