Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Feb. 20-28, 2014

Celebrating Galileo

To mark the 450th birthday of Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Galileo Galilei, an interdisciplinary event will be presented by The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Friday, Feb. 21 at Atkinson Hall on UCSD campus. A panel discussion moderated with Jay Pasachoff (Astronomy, Williams College), Brian Keating (Physics, UCSD), Stephanie Jed (Literature, UCSD), Renee Raphael (History, UC Irvine) and Shlomo Dubnov (Music, UCSD) runs 2-4 p.m.; a 4-5 p.m. reception follows; and a performance by The Musicians In Ordinary for the Lutes and Voices will be 5-6 p.m. For parking directions to the free event, visit: RSVP:

International Dance Party

Marking its 20th anniversary, the Nations of San Diego Dance Festival runs Feb. 21-23 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 650 D Ave., in Coronado. Some 345 dancers and musicians are scheduled to perform 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10-$25. (619) 504-3052.

Poetry Reading

Award-winning La Jolla poet Frieda L. Levinsky will read verse from her book, “Then and Now,” 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Her book is among several by local authors on exhibit this month at the new Central Library in downtown San Diego. The book is available from and

Lecture: The Future of Cancer

Globally, cases of cancer doubled between 1975 and 2000. The rate is expected to double again by 2020, triple by 2030. Will science ever find a cure for humanity’s most ravaging scourge? And what’s taken so long for significant breakthroughs to be made? Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” (2010) will delve into these issues at a free public forum, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Price Center West Ballroom on UCSD campus. The lecture is co-presented by UC San Diego Extension and the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology as part of the UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series. Born and raised in India, Mukherjee is a graduate of Stanford University, Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, and Harvard Medical School. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, as well as a cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital.

It’s All About Birds

The San Diego Audubon Society’s 18th annual San Diego Bird Festival with the theme, “Celebrating Our Coast,” runs Thursday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, March 2 at the Marina Village Conference Center on Mission Bay and the San Diego River Estuary, aka San Diego’s “Mile of Birds.” James Currie, host of “Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV,” is the keynote speaker. Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute will also make a presentation, and there will be pelagic trips and birding workshops throughout greater San Diego, including the Anza-Borrego Desert and a multi-day field trip to the Salton Sea. Family Day is Sunday, March 2 with free activities and excursions. (801) 671-9505, or

Chug a Lug

The second annual Winter Brew Fest will be a celebration of craft beer from San Diego and beyond, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Guests can sample brews while enjoying music by Soda Pants and Headshine. The on-site cafe will offer sandwiches and more.

Participating brewers: Ace Cider, Avery, Aztec, Ballast Point, Barrel Harbor, Black Market, Brew Rebellion, Butcher’s, Coronado, Drakes, Firestone Walker, Great Divide, Green Flash, Groundswell, Hillcrest Brewing, Helm’s, Hess, Lagunitas, Legends, Magic Hat, Mendocino, Mission, Modern Times, Port Brewing, Pyramid, Oceanside Ale Works, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pizza Port Brewing, Refuge Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing, Sumblefoot, The Fat Cat Beer Company, The Lost Abbey, Thorn St, White Labs, Yard House. Tickets:

Book Signing

Janice Steinberg, author of “The Tin Horse,” will discuss her novel, 7 p.m.  Monday, Feb. 24 in the Astor Judaica Library at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), 4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla.  Set in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights in the 1920s and ’30s, the story is a rich multi-generational tale about the intense, often fraught bond sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience. Tickets: $8-$10. (858) 362-1150.

Children’s Art Workshop

The Art Interact program meets 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Alice Wang hosts the free program for kids of all ages and welcomes newcomers. (858) 552-1657.

Music for Sunday Afternoon

The Paris-based piano and viola duo of Zachary Deak and Virginie D’Avezac De Castera will perform a program of music by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Clarke, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at the La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The concert is part of FanFaire Foundation’s “Free Family Concerts Series.” (858) 552-1657.

Great Wines of Italy

Learn what makes Italian wines so good at a wine-tasting event featuring vino from Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Admission is $25 for members, $30 non-members and includes tastings, hors d’oeuvres and live Italian entertainment. (858) 459-0831.

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