Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Nov. 1-7

Artist Lecture

Artist Dana Montlack, whose work is featured in “Sea Of Cortez,” will give a lecture along with the scientists who collaborated on her exhibition, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. Montlack photographs the microscopic life in the Sea of Cortez and has developed a working relationship with scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium. Free with paid museum admission: $10. (858) 454-3541

Music Society Concert

La Jolla Music Society opens its Discovery Series with 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner, Vadym Kholodenko, performing works by Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Auditorium at TSRI, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. San Diego Youth Symphony students will perform at 2 p.m. Tickets: $5-$30. (858) 459-3728.

Night of Drama

Orpheus Speaks (a series featuring short stories read aloud by actors Walter Ritter, Amanda Sitton and Yolanda Franklin) returns to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, with an evening of works about art and artists — “The Music of Erich Zann,” by H. P. Lovecraft; “Enormous Radio,” by John Cheever; “A Woman Who Plays Trumpet Is Deported,” by Michelle Cliff; and “The Model Millionaire” by Oscar Wilde. 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $12 member, $17 nonmembers. (858) 454-5872.

Chamber Voices

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (NPR), New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. The four men will perform the West Coast premiere of Gregory Brown’s “Missa Charles Darwin,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The program will be followed by a reception with the artists. Tickets: $40 and $45. (858) 454-5872.

Claire Chase

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

• LJS&C will open its 2013-2014 season, “Life,” with the “Life is sometimes a little scary” program, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus. Flutist Claire Chase and the International Contemporary Ensemble will be featured in music from four different centuries, chosen to reflect this “spooky” time of the year — Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Winds,” Varèse’s revolutionary “Density 21.5” for solo flute, Dai Fujikura’s “Mina,” and Hector Berlioz’ haunted masterpiece, “Symphonie Fantastique.” Tickets: $15-$29. (858) 534-4637.

• A free, Young People’s Concert, is set for 7-8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Mandeville Auditorium, tailored to young eyes and ears. Works will include movements from “Symphonie Fantastique,” and “Density 21.5.” LJS&C conductor Steven Schick will host. Not recommended for ages 5 and under.. Parking permits are required for campus parking on weekdays and are available for purchase at kiosks in select parking lots. parking/

‘Vettes on Display

San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park presents “Corvette, an American Icon Turns 60,’ now through Jan. 31. The exhibit features a collection of Corvettes from various generations. The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Myron Scott is credited for naming the car

after the small, maneuverable warship called a corvette. Originally built in Flint, Mich. and St. Louis, Mo., the Corvette is now made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The exhibit also features models, ad posters, and videos. One part of the exhibit is devoted to Route 66, the highway that featured the Corvette in a 1960’s TV show. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets: $8.50-$4. (619) 231-2886.

Jewish Book Fair

The 2013 San Diego Jewish Book Fair will mark its 19th year with nine days of speakers and panel events, Nov. 2-10 at locations around the county. Kicking off the fair is a program with attorney Alan Dershowitz, author of “Taking the Stand,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla. One book fair highlight is the free, Family Day Book-a-Palooza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the JCC. Access to the bookstore, Family Day and a variety of afternoon lectures are free of charge. For a list of programs and prices, visit or call the JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348.

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