La Jolla's Best Bets for Events: Jan. 26

Five Concerts to Catch

Reactive Listening,” a concert by Art of Elan, will include the world premiere of a work commissioned by New York composer Ljova, whose beloved “Vjola Suite” will also be given a reprise, in addition to the Bax Oboe Quartet and the San Diego premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s “Dissolve, O My Heart” for solo violin, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $50 (some discounts). (619) 692-2081. artofelan.org

The Athenaeum Music & Art Library’s 2016-2017 Chamber Concert series continues 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 with Michelle Cann and Zahari Metchkov on both of the Athenaeum’s Hamburg Steinways for a two-pianos-four-hands performance, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/chamber-concert-series

Bodhi Tree Concerts opens its 2017 season (and sixth year of philanthropy through the arts) with The Great American Songbook, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Spend an evening with Broadway singer Mary Munger Taylor, along with pianist Glenn Ward, Chris Duvall on bass and Richard Sellers on drums who will take on Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, plus a few new musical pals. Proceeds benefit the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation. Tickets $20 (with discounts). (917) 596-9359. bodhitreeconcerts.org

San Diego Early Music Society presents Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at St. James by-the-Sea Church, 743 Prospect St. Program focuses on the richness of Venetian music for a quartet of violas da gamba joined by theorbo, chitarra and percussion. Music composed between the end of the Renaissance and the Baroque (1540-1690) by Gabrieli, Legrenzi and Merula. (619) 291-8246. sdems.org

ArtPower presents a performance by the Enso String Quartet, named “one of the eminent string quartets of our era” 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. Program includes: “String Quartet No. 2” by Alberto Ginastera, “Crisantemi” by Giacomo Puccini, “String Quartet in F Major” by Maurice Ravel and “Italian Serenade” by Hugo Wolf. Tickets from $23. (858) 534- 8497. ucsdboxoffice.com or artpower.ucsd.edu

Three New Art Exhibits

South Korean artist Jaehyo Lee’s “The Principles of Nature” exhibit features large-scale sculptural works on display until Feb. 5 at Madison Gallery, 1055 Wall St. Among many other distinctions, Jaehyo Lee was the Grand Prize winner at the 1998 Osaka Triennial and the recipient of the Irish Sculpture in Woodland commission in 2002. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. (858) 459-0836. madisongalleries.com

An artist’s reception for “Fantasy of Asia” exhibit (on view at La Jolla Riford Library though April 29) is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7555 Draper Ave. See the work of Grace Chow, Stephanie Mast and Stella Ting — all three presenting brushstroke watercolors, some with deep roots in tradition and others will a modern twist. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

Renowned as a portrait photographer, Lynda Koolish’s earliest photos focused on women working the land in Northern California. Described as “elegant and empathic,” her work is “a celebration of us all as writers, artists, musicians, critics, craftspeople, farmers, carpenters, mothers, daughters, sisters, lovers, friends.” See a retrospective of her work, Feb. 2-April 2 at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Station, Point Loma. (Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Feb. 2.) Admission $5, seniors/students $3, free to military. (619) 233-7963. womensmuseumca.org

Play Bridge, Anyone?

La Jolla Rec Center will offer advanced bridge and dinner, with game play beginning at 5 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m. monthly at 615 Prospect St. The game will have Chicago scoring with changes of opponents after every four hands. Sign up as a team or individually. Register early for this popular event. If you sign up without a partner, one will be assigned to you. Tickets from $10. (858) 552-1658. bit.ly/ljreccenter

Now Playing

It might open on a Tuesday, but “Freaky Friday” is coming to La Jolla Playhouse Jan. 31 through March 12, bringing to the stage the modern classic mother-daughter musical comedy, based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers and the Disney motion picture. Thirsty Thursday (with beer tastings), Food Fridays (with food trucks) and Sonic Saturdays (with live music) precede weekly shows. Matinee and evenings, Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive on UCSD campus. (858) 550-1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

Fishy Lecture

The La Jolla Riford Library and Warwick’s bookstore will present coral reef ecologist and author Marah Hardt discussing and signing her latest book, “Sex in the Sea,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the library, 7555 Draper Ave. Hardt is research co-director for the non-profit Future of Fish. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

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