Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 30-Sept. 9
Last Sunday Park Concert
Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra will perform boogie-woogie, toe-tappin’ hits, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 at the final Cove concert of the summer in Scripps Park. There will be a concession stand and raffles, too. (858) 454-1600. ljconcertsbythesea.org
13th annual Toy Piano Festival
The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library on the campus of UC San Diego consists of actual instruments, audio recordings, extant literature and commissioned works. Hear new works for the toy piano at noon, Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Seuss Room of the library along with songs from the “Cat in the Hat Songbook.” The first composer to write a “serious” work for toy piano was John Cage (“Suite for Toy Piano,” 1948) and this annual festival is held on his birthday, Sept. 5. Robert Erickson, a founding faculty member of UCSD’s Department of Music, wrote “Piece for bells and toy piano” in 1964 and that work will be also be featured at this year’s festival. Free. (858) 822-5758 http://libraries.ucsd.edu
Back by Demand!
Hop a fast rattler through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune for an hour with the spirit, stories and songs of America’s greatest poet-of-the-people and saint-of-the-working-man in Randy Noojin’s one-man hit from FringeNYC, “Hard Travelin’ With Woody,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10, at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.
Also playing, “Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Nimoy’s critically acclaimed drama begins a few days after the death of Vincent Van Gogh, as rumors of his passing fly around Paris. As many dismiss the artist as a penniless madman, a frequenter of prostitutes, and a soon-to-be-forgotten artist of trifling quality who took his own life in a moment of insanity, his brother Theo (Jean-Michel Richaud) tells his own version of the story in an attempt to set the record straight. Tickets: From $20. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org
Works in Progress
Lux Art Institute welcomes artist-in-residence, Matthew Cusick, a Texas-based collage strategist, Sept. 5-Oct. 5 with a members-only reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Cusick will discuss his work at an artist’s talk and wine reception that will be open to the public, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Tickets: $10. Gallery hours: 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 436-6611. luxartistitute.org
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