Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Oct. 17-24

Triathlon Challenge/5k/Tour de Cove
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, La Jolla Cove. The Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) boasts an all new “challenge distance” triathlon course consisting of a 1 mile swim, 44 mile bike and 10 mile run on one of the most breathtaking courses in the country. Athletes compete side by side with Ironman® champions, world-class challenged athletes, celebrities and other enthusiasts while raising important funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Two ArtPower! Events

• The film, “Patang” (The Kite) weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Related dinner at 7 p.m. features garlic naan triangles with Indian chutneys; chickpea and vegetable curry with currant couscous, apricots, and sweet chili harissa sauce; coconut cinnamon rice pudding with a ginger wafer crisp and cilantro sprigs. Drinks sold separately. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 The Loft, UCSD. Tickets:  $34 (food and film); $10 film only. (858) 534-8497.

• Sydney Dance Company will bring an exuberant, high-octane fusion of dance, sound, language and light to UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Set against a pulsing, pixilated backdrop with a driving, baroque-meets-electronica soundtrack, the program “2 One Another” is a celebration of movement from a company at the height of its powers. Post-performance conversation with the artists. Tickets $28-$46. (858) 534-8497.

On the Big Screen

Embark on a gorgeous underwater expedition with Del Mar’s veteran underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall, when viewing the IMAX film, “Deep Sea,” narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman. Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. Showtimes and tickets: (619) 238-1233.

SEA Days event at Birch Aquarium. Courtesy

Deep Sea Photography

Test top-of-the-line digital camera equipment inside the aquarium (bring your own photo storage card) and get tips on underwater and no-flash photography from experts, while you learn about the past and future of Scripps explorations at the next SEA DAYS presentation, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Admission: $12.50-$17. (858)

Museums Free to Kids
For the third year, San Diego Museum Council is offering “Kids Free in October,” with free admission to 38 museums across San Diego County to those age 12 and younger. Get all the details and download the free pass at and

Art Exhibitions

• “Fresh Paint,” features the plein-air landscapes of 15 renowned artists through December at the Riford Library, Community Room, 7555 Draper Ave.  1-5 p.m. Sunday; 12:30-5 p.m. Monday; 12:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. (858)

• Three new exhibits are at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego at 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla through Jan. 12.  “Dana Montlack: Sea of Cortez,” “Lost in the Memory Palace” by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, and ”Scripps on Prospect: Evolution of Villa and Cottage.” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Wednesday) Admission: $10; $5 students, seniors; free 5-7 p.m. third Thursday, free to Historical Society members. (858) 454-3541.

• More thought-provoking works can be found at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library galleries, 1008 Wall St. through Nov. 2 with Jim Machacek’s phenomenal, “The Kincaid Chronicles” a walk-in novel about life, love, history and family; and Mary Ellen Long’s “Roots.” Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. (858) 454-5872.

Happy Birthday Ellen B. Scripps

The La Jolla Historical Society will pay its annual tribute to La Jolla’s patroness at a luncheon celebration of her birthday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. (Scripps was born Oct. 18, 1836 and died Aug. 19, 1932.) At the event, University of San Diego history professor Molly McClain will discuss, “The La Jolla of Ellen Browning Scripps,” and the 1935 Packard convertible “Old Gray Goose,” will be available as a backdrop for picture taking (starting at 11 a.m.) with guests assembling their costumes from three tables of vintage wear — hats from the 1930s, suits and dresses from the 1950s and ‘60s. Tickets: Historical Society members $55, non-members $65.

Baroque Music Concert

The France-based Le Poeme Harmonique will make its San Diego debut with a “celebration of Venice in the Golden Age of Baroque,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at St. James By-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., as guests of the San Diego Early Music Society. Tickets: $28-$35. (619) 291-8246.

Slovak/Czech Celebration

Music, songs, dances and ethnic food from the House of Czech and Slovak Republics will be presented at the annual Lawn Party, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Balboa Park. There will also be holiday and import items for sale. (The entertainment starts at 2 p.m.)  (858)

Art Lesson

Art historian Derrick Cartwright, Ph.D., will present a lecture titled, “20th Century Art in the Americas,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $14 and $19. Reservations: (858) 454-5872.

African Safari

The La Jolla Photo Travelers Club will host a presentation about Botswana and Zambia, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St. east of Soledad Mountain Road, Pacific Beach. Travel through five game camps and six National Parks with T.J. McCann, exploring the logistics of getting there, moving between camps, the wildlife, and a side trip to Victoria Falls. Free admission, parking and refreshments.

Concert with Culture

La Jolla Music Society presents The Silk Road Ensemble, 6 p.m.  Sunday, Oct.  20 at Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St.  The collective of performers and composers from more than 20 countries, collaborate on a diverse range of musical and multimedia projects, presenting innovative performances that spring from Eastern and Western traditions and contemporary musical crossroads. Tickets: $25-$65, (858) 459-3728.

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