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La Jolla Light's Best Bets for events: Aug. 24

Treat Yourself to a Movie

Hidden Figures,” the 2016 hit film about the three brilliant African-American women at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, screens 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Free. (858) 875-5957. lajollalibrary.org

“The Electric House” and “It’s a Gift,” two silent films that explore early Hollywood’s fascination with mechanisms and inventions wreaking havoc to comic effect, will screen 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 on the front lawn of La Jolla Historical Society’s Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St. Bring low chairs and a picnic dinner. (858) 459-5335. lajollahistory.org

The Old Globe Theater concludes it’s free Monday night Shakespeare film screenings with Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” starring the dream duo of Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Free. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org

The summer Flicks on the Bricks film-and-wine series concludes with “Silver Linings Playbook,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $17-$22. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

Concerts to Catch

The upcoming Fourth Friday Jazz concert – featuring Jonathan Karrant, Joshua White and Justin Grinell – will be anything but usual, 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Themed “Not Your Typical Standards,” the trio will perform some of the most important music from the Great American Songbook, but expect the unexpected! Advance tickets: $18-$23, at the door $25. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Jonathan Karrant
Jonathan Karrant (Courtesy)

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest concludes, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 with an all-star chamber orchestra led by American conductor David Zinman at Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, Sorrento Valley. Program includes Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92,” Haydn’s “Sinfonia Concertante” and Stravinsky’s “ ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto” Tickets from $50. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

Salute to Military Women

War veteran and author Karolyn Smith will speak as part of the Women’s Museum of California’s “Heroines in Arms: Women of the American Military” exhibit, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Liberty Station, Point Loma. She will also sign her book, “Sophia The Bionic Cat” (the true story of an amputee kitten and a wounded Veteran and how they found that technology and love would help them both overcome unbeatable odds). Admission: $10. womensmuseumca.org

Three Art Openings

La Jolla Art Association presents “Walk on the Wild Side,” featuring wild landscapes, wild people, wild animals, as conceived by artists in painting, photography and sculpture. See it Aug. 27-Sept. 10 during gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores. Free. (858) 459-1196. lajollaartassociation.org

Through Sept. 3, “Arts around La Plaza,” brings a pop-up gallery with the works of La Jolla-based artist Thomas Lamprecht, as well as music and dance events to La Plaza La Jolla shopping district, 7863 Girard Ave. Some highlights include: Evening of Flamenco, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; meet-the-artist event with Lei Tang, time TBA Sunday, Aug. 27; Music to Free the Heart, time TBA, Saturday, Sept. 2. Free. monarchfineart.com

A work by Thomas Lamprecht
A work by Thomas Lamprecht (Courtesy)

The photographic exhibition “El Universal: 100 Years in the Life of Mexico & the World” opens with a ceremony and roundtable discussion, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at the Arts District Building in Liberty Station (Barracks 14), 2770 Historic Decatur Road. The exhibit features large photographs and reprints of newspaper front pages. The exhibition runs Aug. 28-Sept. 28, and the exhibit arcade is open 24 hours a day. libertystation.com/artsdistrict

Last Chance for ‘Kill Local’

Kill Local” continues with matinee and evening shows through Aug. 27, from La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD campus. Sisters Sheila and Abigail work for their mother’s small family business, but when you’re an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Tickets from $20. (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

Bike the Bay Bridge

The 10th annual 25-mile Bike the Bay (the only bicycling event across the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge) will bring thousands of people on pedals out for breathtaking waterfront views followed by the best bike party in the county. The staging begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, with waves of riders leaving in half-hour increments. Proceeds from Bike the Bay benefit the San Diego County Bike Coalition. Meet at Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, downtown. Entry fee begins at $50. sdbikecoalition.org

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