Art Best Bets

La Jolla Light's Best Bets for events, Jan. 11

New Voices, New Visions

Bill Altaffer, dubbed by the La Jolla Photo Travelers Club as the “man who’s traveled everywhere,” shares his images from Bulgaria at the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 Travelers Club meeting at Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St. Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with diverse terrain and Greek, Slavic, Ottoman and Persian influences. christam10@icloud.com

Art historian Linda Blair returns to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library for a five-week series, “The Age of the Baroque: Splendor and Silence from Caravaggio to Vermeer.” Week one (with the same lecture given both days) is 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.15 and Thursday, Jan. 18 and focuses on Gian Lorenzo Bernini “an artist so pious he attends Mass every morning, yet sculpts one of the most pornographic works in all of European art.” Tickets: $60-$85 for the series, $14-$19 individual shows. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/art-history-lectures

Mike Birbiglia, the comedic mind that recently filmed two stand-up specials for Netflix (“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Thank God for Jokes”), brings his latest “The New One” to La Jolla Playhouse. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9-14 (4 p.m. shows Saturday, Sunday). 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. Tickets $45-$55. (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org/mike-birbiglia

 
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Kimberly Ann Johnson will discuss her latest book, “The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. Only books purchased from Warwick's ($18.95) will be signed. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

The Old Globe presents the fifth annual Powers New Voices Festival, a weekend of readings of new American plays by professional playwrights, Jan. 12-14 at 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. The festival kicks off 7:30 p.m. Friday with Voices of the Community: Celebrating Local Playwrights, an evening of work created by San Diego residents through the Globe’s arts engagement initiatives Community Voices and coLAB. All readings free, but reservations required. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org

What is daily life like for an American woman in Saudi Arabia? Find out at the lecture, “Living in Saudi Arabia: A Woman’s Perspective,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Luann Reiter shares her stories from four years of working in Riyadh and Al-Kobar. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

Art Exhibit Opening

Dottie Stanley, recently named a “Star of San Diego,” has a new exhibit up at La Jolla Community Center, with an opening reception, 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The work will be on display until Jan 26. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Catch a Concert

 
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The San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra, as guests of the La Jolla Music Society, will bring works by Vivaldi, Boccherini and more to the stage, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, Sorrento Valley. The orchestra will be joined by guest soloist, guitarist Celino Romero. Tickets: $20. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

San Diego Symphony presents the “It’s About Time! Percussion Festival,” with more than 20 concerts across La Jolla and San Diego Jan. 11-Feb. 11. Steven Schick conducts. Series opens 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 with “Percussion Lovefest,” at Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. Tickets: $10-$20. sandiegosymphony.org/itsabouttime

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