La Jolla's Best Bets for Events, April 27

Four Concerts

La Jolla Music Society welcomes the return of Russian pianist and 2012 winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition Nikolay Khozyainov, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute, 10620 John J Hopkins Drive. Program includes Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Opus 110,” Stravinsky “Three Movements from Petrushka” and Schumann’s “Fantasie in C Major, Opus 17.” Tickets from $30. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

Athenaeum’s Acoustic Evenings series opens 7:30 p.m. Friday April 28 with Dornob Collective, a collective of musicians that has been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985; Rob Deez, a self-professed “comedic singer-songrhymer;” and Jeffrey Joe Morin, knowns for his blues, jazz, swing, honky-tonk and R&B. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. $12-17 individual concerts, $30-45 series. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/acoustics-concert-series

Chancel and Dorian Bell Choirs and string ensemble perform classical historical and sacred hymns, spirituals and contemporary pieces during a spring concert, themed “The Blessings of Music,” 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30. La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Freewill offering accepted. (858) 454-7108. lajollaunitedmethodist.org

Athenaeum’s chamber music series concludes with a LA Philharmonic Octet’s world premiere, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, 1008 Wall St. Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto (violins), Ben Ullery (viola), Robert DeMaine (cello), David Allen Moore (bass), Boris Allakhverdyan (clarinet), Whitney Crockett (bassoon), and Andrew Bain (French horn) Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. $40-45. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/chamber-concert-series

Book Talks

Former La Jolla High School English teacher Sue Bardwell Detisch (pen name Blake S. Lee) presents a book signing of her recent novel “Rest Now, Beloved,” 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. A historical mystery, the book is based on a cold case from the 1930s. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

Susannah Meadows, author of “The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary people who faced daunting medical challenges and refuses to give up” will host a book talk, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard St. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's ($28) will be signed. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

Opera Closer

San Diego Opera’s 2016-2017 season comes to a close with Verdi’s La traviata 7 p.m. Friday, April 28 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage, La traviata tells the story of Alfredo Germont, a man who falls in love with the courtesan Violetta Valéry and the family turmoil that follows their romance. Tickets from $50. (619) 533-7000. sdopera.org

Science Talk

How close are we with stem cell therapies? Catch up on the latest developments as scientist Jeremy Pettus discusses stem cells and diabetes, and Martin Marsala updates us on a stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries as part of the citywide Taste of Science event. 7 p.m. Friday, April 28 at La Jolla Brewing Company, 7536 Fay Ave. Free. tasteofscience.org/sd-events/2017/4/28/stemcells

Boat Exhibit

Maritime Museum of San Diego opens its latest exhibit and book release: “Swift Boats at War in Vietnam” Saturday, April 29 Berkeley Compass Gallery during gallery hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 1492 North Harbor Drive, downtown San Diego. The book is a compilation of 38 firsthand accounts of men who served on Patrol Craft Fast also known as Swift Boats. The exhibit expands the narrative with official and candid photographs. The exhibit, open through Veteran’s Day, is included with $16 general admission. (619) 234-9153 ext. 101. sdmaritime.org

Fundraising Walk

County Health and Human Services Agency and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are sponsoring the 2017 NAMI San Diego 5K Walk/Run and HHSA Wellness Expo, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road in Point Loma. Free. Pets welcome. (858) 634-6580 namiwalks.org

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