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

“Big” Art Party for the Library

The La Jolla Riford Library will host a dual event — an opening reception for its “Big Art Show” and a private party for its Friends of the Library group — 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7555 Draper Ave. The “Big Art Show,” which runs through March, will feature works from Hilary Brady, Fran Carder, Faith Fleury, Linda Kardoff, Leslie Klurfeld, Elissa Lieberman, Cree Scudder and Theresa Vandenberg — artists who love color and work BIG! There will be music, refreshments, private tours, book sales and a children’s story time. If you are not a Friend you can join at the door. Proceeds from the sale of works in the exhibit will benefit the library. (858) 552-1657.

Sustainable Garden Lecture

As a guest of the La Jolla Garden Club, master gardener Lynlee Austel-Slayter will demonstrate how easy it is to create a sustainable garden, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. A tea reception will follow the presentation. Guests are welcome. For reservations, contact Ginger Taylor at (858) 459-0828 or

Modern Dance on Stage

Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater will present “There the Dance Is,” 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD Campus. Tickets: $15-$40. (619) 225-1803.

Tamales Cooking Class

One of the cornerstones of traditional Mexican cuisine, tamales bring people together while preparing this wonderful dish. Master the recipe and impress family and friends by taking home four tamales of your own making at a La Jolla Community Center class, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Proceeds will be used to stock the center kitchen. Members: $45, non-members $55. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

Images of Africa

La Jolla Photo Travelers Club will host Christa McReynolds and her presentation on Mali and Timbuktu, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Wesley Palms, 404 Loring St. (east of Soledad Mountain Road) in Pacific Beach. McReynolds traveled to Africa in 2006 to see the fabled Timbuktu has been partially destroyed by jihadists, including the tombs of the saints and the university. Transport in this colorful, primitive Muslim country is slow and difficult, as she will describe. Free admission and parking.

It’s All About the Beer

Ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese and others each perfected the craft beer brewing arts in interesting and strange ways. The exhibition, “BEERology,” on view through summer 2014 at San Diego Museum of Man, features fascinating stories and phenomenal artifacts that reveal the links between beer and culture, such as the solid gold beer cup of an Inca king. Tastings begin Jan. 16. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: $5-$12.50.

Travel Paintings Reception

A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception for new show members and invitational artists in the exhibition, “Far Away Faces and Places,” will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan 19 at La Jolla Art Association, 8100 Paseo Del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores. The public is invited to attend. The show is up through Jan 26 with gallery hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. (858) 459-1196.

Celebrate Kazoo Day in Style

The kazoo may be best known as an annoying party favor, but research tools at the UC San Diego Library reveal some historical surprises and current uses. Speech therapists have had success using the kazoo as a rehabilitation tool for adults and as an ice-breaker for kids too shy to engage in prescribed vocal exercise. Come to the Seuss Room of Geisel Library at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 28 to sort through some fascinating kazoo literature (scholarly articles and musical scores) and listen to new chamber music for kazoo composed by alumni of UC San Diego. Encore songs from “The Cat in the Hat Songbook” will be performed, if the audience insists. A collection of kazoos from many decades and many countries will be on view and, while supplies last, a free kazoo for attendees. (858) 822-5758,

He Made a Mark in Film

Film historian Professor Noah Isenberg will discuss his new book, “Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins,” 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Ulmer, considered by many to be the epitome of a certain noir style that transcends its B-list origins, never achieved the celebrity of his fellow Austrian and German émigré directors — Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Fred Zinnemann and Robert Siodmak. Ulmer spent most of his career as an itinerant filmmaker earning modest paychecks for films that have either been overlooked or forgotten. (858) 456-1800.

Delicious Deals

San Diego Restaurant Week celebrates 10 years of culinary indulgences during a week of discounted dining and tasty treats, Sunday, Jan. 19 to Friday, Jan. 24. Foodies may eat their way through some 180 participating restaurants offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $25, $35 or $45 per person and/or two-course, prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 per person. Show up at any participating location or call ahead to make a reservation

Jazz Concert

The Athenaeum presents the Joshua White NYC Quartet, featuring award-winning pianist White with two New York City powerhouses, alto saxophonist David Binney and drummer Mark Ferber, along with top-flight Los Angeles bassist Hamilton Price 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the library’s music room at 1008 Wall St. Seating is limited. Ticket: $21 members, $26 nonmembers(858) 454-5872.

Storytime for Grown-ups

Write Out Loud returns to the Athenaeum for another evening of short stories about music and art as part of its “Orpheus Speaks” series, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at 1008 Wall St. This program will feature the 19 year-old actor, Austyn Myers, whose credits include film, Broadway, and The Old Globe. Myers will read Leonard Wibberley’s story, “Bach at Home Plate.” Joining Myers will be David Fenner, Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter. Tickets: $12 members, $17 nonmembers. (858) 454-5872.

Harmonious Tunes

Stanford University’s a cappella groups Mendicants and Counterpoint will offer an intimate performance and reception, 2:30-4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. (Doors open at 2 p.m.) Tickets: $5-$10. No credit cards. (760) 685-2185.


Tiger Woods will try to win his eighth victory at the Farmers Insurance Open (golf tournament on the PGA Tour), Jan. 23-26 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. For tickets, schedule, shuttle and related events call (619) 281-4653 or visit

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