Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Jan. 23-30

Patti Lupone

From Broadway With Love

La Jolla Music Society continues its new Cabaret Series with Patti LuPone at the Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, when the two-time Tony Award winner (“Gypsy,” “Evita”) will share her penchant for wanderlust by taking a musical journey with renditions of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill and Edith Piaf. LuPone attended the Juilliard School, studying under Maria Callas and counting among her classmates Kevin Kline and Mandy Patinkin. Tickets: From $27. (858) 459-3728. LJMS.org

Bird Rock Home Tour

Bird Rock Community Council hosts its eighth annual Bird Rock Tour of Homes, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. Among the five to six residences on the self-guided walking tour, is an energy-efficient upgrade and a renovated 1940s home. Purchase tickets (with map, descriptions and promotions) for $20 the day of the event at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, 5627 La Jolla Blvd. Proceeds benefit Bird Rock Elementary School. No photography. (858) 735-6702. birdrockcc.org

Theatrical Reading

The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble will offer its first staged reading of 2014 — Neil Simon’s autobiographical, “Chapter Two” — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Friday, Jan. 31 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The comedy premiered at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 1977 and had an 854-performance run on Broadway (1977-1979).  Suggested donation: $5-10. (858) 459-0831.

Friday Night Jazz

Women in Jazz is the theme of the next Lori Bell & Friends Fourth Friday jazz session, Jan. 24 at La Jolla Community Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Vocalist Allison Adams-Tucker joins pianist Melonie Grinnell and bassist Evona Wascinski. Tickets include admission, hors d’oeuvres, one glass of wine and valet: $15-20 pre-purchase, $20-25 at the door. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

Kids Art Workshop

The Art Interact program (with various drawing and craft projects each meeting) meets 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

The English Concert. Richard Haughton

Baroque Extravaganza

That’s what The English Concert calls its performances. Hear them for yourself and judge, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at St. James By-the-Sea, when they perform as guests of the San Diego Early Music Society. On the program are suites and concertos of J.S. Bach and Telemann, plus a suite from Rameau’s “Les Boreades.” Tickets: $28-$35. (619) 291-8246.

Chamber Music

San Diego Symphony members Mary Barranger on piano and Eddie Stein on violin, will be the guest performers at a musicale, Sunday, Jan. 26 at the historic Darlington House, 7441 Olivetas St. Guests will meet in the garden at 2 p.m. for a Champagne/wine reception and then enjoy an hour of uninterrupted classical music. A reception with the artists follows. Proceeds benefit the Social Service League’s housing program for seniors. Tickets: $40, includes valet parking. (858) 454-7625.

Combo Libertad

Family Concert

Combo Libertad (with congas, timbales, trumpet, trombone and bass) will perform Cuban songs dating from before the revolution in 1959 at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Guests will hear romantic boleros, hot rumbas, spicy cha-cha-chas, mambos and more. There will be dancing in the aisles for all ages. Freewill offering. lajollaunitedmethodist.org

Memoir Workshop

The American Pen Women will host writer Marni Freedman speaking about the structure required for a memoir, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. One of Freedman’s plays was made into the Disney film, “Playing Mona Lisa.” She works for The Writer In You as a book editor and script doctor, and she conducts the Memoir Club at Writers, Ink in Liberty Station. Free. (858) 245-1677 or ahoiberg@aol.com

Rags to Riches

Learn the story of Ah Quin through an exhibition of his “Life, Leadership and Legacy,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Chinese Historical Museum, 328 J Street in downtown San Diego. He raised his 12 children in the heart of the Chinatown he helped create in San Diego. Opening lecture by curator Murray Lee, followed by refreshments in the garden. Admission: $4. RSVP: (619) 338-9888. Sdchm.org

Much Ado About Nothing Screens

A 2012 feature film retelling Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words, stars Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker and Fran Kranz, 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Rated PG-13. Free admission and popcorn. (858) 552-1657. |

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