New Year’s Eve Laughs
Send off 2017 with a chuckle or two, as comedian Erik Griffin, one of the stars of “I’m Dying Up here” and “Workaholics” performs in six shows: 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Dec. 29-30, and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at La Jolla Comedy Store, 916 Pearl St. Tickets are $20, except for the New Year’s Eve 10 p.m. show, which is $40. 21 and older. thecomedystore.com/la-jolla/
The Water Will Be Chilly ...
Those wanting to literally dive into 2018 can join La Jolla Cove Swim Club for its New Year’s Day polar bear plunge and chili potluck, 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1 at Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores (look for the La Jolla Cove Swim Club banner on the grass). Bring warm clothes, hats, footwear, and definitely a camera. lajollacoveswimclub.com
Worst Christmas Jobs on Film
The documentary, “The Worst Christmas Jobs in History” screens with a discussion 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Presented by psychology professor Seth Senecal, the film looks at “the olden days when people worked their fingers to the bone” around the holidays. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org/events
Art at Pannikin
The work of photo-artist John Thomas Wood will hang on the walls of the Pannikin Coffee House, 7467 Girard Ave., 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Wood is a writer and photo-artist who looks for beauty in the ordinary. Much of his visual work resembles abstract expressionist painting, full of texture and color and defying identification. (858) 454-5453.
Last Call for ‘Jewels’ Exhibit
“Jewels of the Season: Holidays at the Timken” closes Dec. 31 at Timken Museum, 1500 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. This exhibit, a partnership between the Timken Museum and San Diego State University, presents ornaments with semi-precious gems, sequins, stones and filigree collected by the two artists from around the world. See it during museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday (closed Monday). Free admission. (619) 239-5548. timkenmuseum.org
New Music Festival
SoundOn Music Festival opens with “Exotic Images from an Inner Journey,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Program includes Toshio Hosokawa’s, “Stunden-Blumen (Toki no Hana),” Anne LeBaron’s “I am an American ... My Government Will Reward You,” Juan Pablo Contreras’ “Palimsesto,” Roger Reynolds’ “imagE/viola” and the world premiere of Adam Greene’s “Absence.” Tickets $25, with discounts. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org
The Athenaeum continues to offer its Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28-30 at 1008 Wall St., with hundreds of gently used books and CDs. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org
Music at Beaumont’s
Beaumont’s Eatery will host musical guests this week including: guitarist Frank Cope, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28; acoustic soul trio Scratch, 9 p.m. Dec. 29; pop/rock group Part Time Model, 9 p.m. Dec. 30 and funk ensemble Sofa King Bueno, 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at 5665 La Jolla Blvd. Free. (858) 459-0474. beaumontseatery.com