Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 16-Aug. 23, 2013

Smallest Show on Earth!
Paper theater (aka toy or tabletop theatre) was a popular Victorian-era pastime when families gathered, after hours of cutting and pasting, to bring a play to life. UCSD’s Geisel Library will celebrate paper theater with a production in a scale model theater at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 in the Seuss Room. An exhibit of replicas and modern takes on paper theater will be featured all weekend long (noon to 5 p.m.) Free. (858) 822-5758

Flicks on the Bricks

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s film-and-wine series will screen “The Big Easy” (1986) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,  Aug. 22  on the patio at 1008 Wall St.  Tickets: $17, $22. (858) 454-5872.

Concerts by the Sea

The Heroes will bring their brand of  rock ‘n’ roll to the shore, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at the next Cove Concert in Scripps Park. There will be a concession stand and raffles, too. Final two concerts: Aug. 25: BetaMaxx, 1980s hits. Sept. 1: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra. (858) 454-1600.

SummerFest 2013

La Jolla Music Society continues its SummerFest 2013 with unique chamber music concerts through Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. Aug. 17: “Postcards from Paris,” Aug. 18 (3 p.m.) “Opera Stars: Boheme to The Ring,” Aug. 20 “An Evening With Danil Trifonov,” Aug. 21 “Bach & Beyond III,” Aug. 23: Finale with James Conlon.” Tickets: From $45. (858) 459-3728.

Art Tales & Mini Masters
Kids, ages 5 and up, can hear nautical tales in front of Thomas Birch’s painting, “American Ship in Distress, “ with storyteller Harlynne Geisler, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at The Timken Museum in Balboa Park.  Afterward, families gather outside as kids create a sea shell-inspired seascape. Admission and materials are free. For adults,  learn more about the art on view when Timken executive director John Wilson discusses “Moroni and Veneto: Portraiture and Personality in Northern Italian Renaissance Painting,” 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Giovanni Battista Moroni’s masterwork “Portrait of Mario Benvenuti,” is on loan from The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. through Sept. 8. 1500 El Prado. (619) 239-5548.

Chart a Course

The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla will let guests thumb through some of its rare books, including a 1482 Ptolemy “Geographia” and the atlases to accompany the voyages of Capt. James Cook, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 17 at 7825 Fay Ave. Suite LL-A. While you’re there, check out an exhibit of 13 stunning pictorgraphic maps (and one iconic poster) by the legendary Jo Mora. Admission is free with a reservation e-mail to (

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. This Sunday is Family Day with special events for kids. (858) 454-1699.

Bay Day

Birch Aquarium will offer families hands-on exploration, special activities, and the opportunity to interact with Scripps Oceanography scientists to learn more about San Diego Bay, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 17 at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Admission: $17-$12.50. (858) 534-3474.

Approximately Infinite Universe

These are the final days to view the current ‘universe’ exhibition that closes Sept. 1 at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla. The museum is noted for art created since 1950. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Wednesday. The X Store, Sculpture Garden and Museum Café are open to the public daily. (858) 454-3541.

Travel Tales

La Jolla Photo Travelers Club will host Faye Girsh, speaking about her solo journey through Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19 at Wesley Palms, 404 Loring St. east of Soledad Mountain Road in Pacific Beach. She said she found the abaya confining, the people friendly, and the two major cities quite contrasting. Free admission and parking, refreshments.

Antiques Event

Enjoy a day of treasure hunting through a mix of antique, vintage, retro and collectible dealers’s wares at the first Antique & Vintage Summer Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The event will feature more than 15 vintage dealers with items ranging from clothing and jewelry to glassware, accessories, military collectibles and more. Verbal appraisals by Kyle Husfloen of Kaminski Auctions will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at $5 per item, limit 3 items per person.  A live auction will take place 2 p.m. when attendees will be able to bid on donated items from participating dealers. Proceeds benefit the Community Center. (858) 459-0831.

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