La Jolla's Best Bets for events: March 16

So Many Concerts!

San Diego native Whitney Shay will salute iconic Jewish vocalists, singing their hits at “Women, Wine and Song — An evening with Whitney Shay,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets $18 members, $22 public. (858) 362-1348.

Award-winning composer Chikako Iversen will present the Brad Dutz Quartet, for the fifth installment of her Depicted Vibrations concert series, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Tickets $20 ($30 with pre-concert workshop at 5:30 p.m.)

Local Irish troubadours, Celtic Echoes, will lead an evening of Celtic fun with jigs, pub songs, Irish ballads and the occasional “haunting air,” 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage served. Tickets $20 for dinner and concert, $15 for concert only. Tickets online or at the door.

The Lincoln Trio — Desirée Ruhstrat on violin, David Cunliffe on cello and Marta Aznavoorian on piano — will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Concert follows their noted performance with the St. James Choir last season. Tickets: $30, free to students. (858) 459-3421x109.

The Athenaeum’s spring jazz program opens with the Clayton Brothers Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 at The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets from $30, $84 for the three-concert series. Seating is limited. (858) 454-5872.

Pianist, singer and raconteur Bruno Leone concludes his “Music of the Movies” series with “Broadway Goes to Hollywood,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. His ‘lecture’ will focus on the Broadway composers who began scoring for the movie industry in the 1930s, including Gershwin, Porter and Mancini. Tickets from $17. (858) 454-5872.

Desert Visions, a San Diego New Music program curated by pianist/composer Christopher Adler with saxophonist Allison Adams and percussionist Dustin Donahue, takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The concert will feature works by Adler, Jeff Heriott, Peter Garland and Somei Staoh. Tickets $20-$25 (students $5). (858) 454-5872.

A cabaret to benefit La Jolla Playhouse’s New Play Development Program, “The Lady at the Mic” will be 8 p.m. Friday March 24 at The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Ave., near Balboa Park. Charles Busch, Tony Award nominee and drag legend, will offer an eclectic program of songs.

Artful Arrangements

The 49th annual Japanese Ikebana Flower Show, “Spirit of Spring,” runs 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 18-19 in Rom 101 at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park, 1650 El Prado, San Diego. See exhibits and hourly demonstrations noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, and noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Free.

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