La Jolla's Best Bets for events: March 23

Time for Some Art

La Playa Gallery offers “Fabricating a Dream,” a bright collection of impressionistic works expressed through ceramics, mixed media, sculptures and original paintings by San Diego artists, up through May 5. The grand opening is 5 p.m. Friday, March 24 at 2226 Avenida De La Playa. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. (858) 454-6903. laplayagallery.com

The last day to see “Sum of the Parts: Curated selection of artists working in collage” and “17 Collages: Works from the Athenaeum’s Permanent Collection” is March 25. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Free. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents an exhibition with eight award-winning photographers: Abbey Chamberlain, Luci Dumas, Patricia Grabski, Mary Beth Klauer, Laura Makenna, Eileen Mandell, Priscilla Monger and Nicole Toesca. “Women in Creative Photography,” will be on display 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 31 in the Park’s Visitor Center Art Gallery, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Old Town. mtrp.org/exhibits

Drawing inspiration from Alberto Manguel’s series of essays on the idea of the library, “The Library at Night,” Colin McAllister interweaves music with readings from the book, historical vignettes and visual imagery in an engaging concert-length presentation, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. $20-$25. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

A Taizé service (used across the world for non-denominational prayer and meditation) will take place 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. The 45-minute service features four cantors accompanied by piano, violin and flute. Free and open to all. (858) 459-3421. sjbts.org

There’s Music in the Air

“Anna Belaya and 2 Tenors in Concert” features internationally acclaimed and Ukranian born soprano Anna Belaya, with tenors Gerardo Gaytan and Daniel Hendrick, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets $40. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

A family-friendly concert featuring a string quartet with bass and piano will be offered 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Children of all ages are welcome. Complimentary admission/freewill offering. lajollaunitedmethodist.com

La Jolla Music Society presents the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, performing a program of Nielsen’s “Helios Overture, Op. 17,” Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91” and Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 in D Major.” 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. Tickets from $30. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

More than 1,000 singers are expected to take the stage at the San Diego Sings Festival 2017, where they will perform as individual choirs and then all at once, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Pan American Road East in Balboa Park, San Diego. Free. (619) 702-8138. choralconsortiumofsandiego.org

Films About Women

The Women’s Museum of California’s International Film Festival will celebrate women’s stories and experiences cinematicly. Each of the films (10-minute shorts and full-length features, comedy to documentary) was directed by a woman. The movies run March 24-26 at The LOT theater in Liberty Station, 2620 Truxtun Road. Schedule, film information and passes: womensmuseumca.org/womensfilmfestivalsandiego

Youth Theater

Featuring 13 La Jolla teens, J*Company presents “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” inspired by the 1971 Gene Wilder film. Matinees and evening shows through March 26 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Nathan Conlan is in the title role, Ben Jimenez is Mike Teavee and Marina Hall is Violet Beauregarde. Tickets: $17 JCC members, $19 general. (858) 362-1348. jcompanysd.org

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