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Four Concerts

The San Diego Early Music Society presents Spanish-style dance music as adapted in 17th century France with “Le Poeme Harmonique: Danza!” a program with strings, percussion, guitar and theorbo, as well as mezzo soprano Isabelle Druet, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Tickets: $10-$45. (619) 291-8246. sdems.org

Mezzo-soprano Leslie Ann Leytham and pianist Brendan Nguyen will perform in “Triptych,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov, 3 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Program features Schubert’s “Schwanengesang,” Debussy’s “Proses Lyriques” and Furrer’s “Canti Dell Tenebra.” Tickets: $10-$20. triptych.bpt.me

The 28th annual Athenaeum Music & Arts Library chamber concert series continues with Janice Carissa on piano, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 1008 Wall St. Program includes Beethoven’s “Appassionata” and Grazyna Bacewic’s “Piano Sonata No. 2.” Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

The Newman Center at UC San Diego presents An Ecumenical Music Program, to benefit the Women’s Ministry, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 4321 Eastgate Mall. The performers include San Diego Mandolin Orchestra, the Newman Choir, and The Good Samaritan Handbell Choir. Admission: $10. womensministry@catholicucsd.org

Three Festivals

La Jolla Presbyterian Harvest Festival runs 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at La Jolla Rec Center, as well as on Draper Avenue between Kline and Silverado streets (which will be closed for the event). Food for purchase, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, adult 3-on-3 basketball and more. Free admission, $10 unlimited activity wristband for children. ljpres.org/harvest

The historic Gaslamp Quarter gets extra historical during its Fall Back Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 on Fourth Avenue between Market Street and J Street, and Island Avenue between Fourth and Fifth avenues. Saddle up for pony rides, learn to churn butter, dip your own candles, and pan for gold with real prospectors, see a Wild West Show, blacksmith demonstrations, and other interactive activities. (619) 233-5008. gaslampquarter.org

The Jewish Community Center Book Festival kicks off with “An Evening with David Tanis,” 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 at 4126 Executive Drive. Tanis is an award-winning cookbook author and chef. His latest tome, “Market Cooking” is one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Cookbooks for Fall 2017. Tickets $15-$20. (858) 457-3030. lfjcc.org

Art Talks and Openings

Landscapes by Peggy Hinaekian and Leah Higgins are on display through Dec. 1 at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Center hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Pat Harris, Nancy Torns and Lisa Tear bring their contemporary works to a collective exhibit on display throughout November at Mythos, 5636 La Jolla Blvd. in Bird Rock. It opens with an artists reception 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. (858) 230-7704.

With his works that explore family dynamics to the supernatural, artist Miguel Calderón will be the next Russell Lecture speaker, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at TSRI Auditorium, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. The lecture series is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (MCASD) and UC San Diego. Free for members, university students and faculty; $5 for seniors; $10 non-members. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org

The Grinch is Back!

Edward Watts, Abigail Estrella and Reese McCulloch make their Old Globe debuts as The Grinch and the alternating Cindy-Lou Whos in this year’s production of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” on stage Nov. 4 to Dec. 24 at The Old Globe Theatre’s Shiley Stage, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, San Diego. Opening night is 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Tickets from $37 for adults and $24 for children. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org

Screen and Stage Debuts

Navajo Code Talkers: In Their Own Words,” a new documentary, follows the return of six Navajo Code Talkers to five Pacific Island sites where their unbreakable battlefield terminology, based on the unwritten Navajo language, helped U.S. forces during World War II. It debuts locally, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. $10, with discounts. (619) 232-6203. sandiegohistory.org/codetalkers

The French Film Club of San Diego will show, “The Country Doctor,” starring Francois Cluzet and Marianne Denicourt (in French with English subtitles) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the French-American School, 6550 Soledad Mountain Road. Tickets: $8.50. Doors open at 7 p.m. frenchfilmclubofsandiego.com

Clever Little Lies,” starring La Jolla resident and author Doris Salois Salerno, takes the stage Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12 (8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays) at Point Loma Playhouse, 3035 Talbot St., San Diego. The hilarious tale surrounds a mother, Alice, who when she notices her husband Bill has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Tickets: $20. eventbrite.com

Whale Wisdom

American Cetacean Society San Diego Chapter presents Holly Fearnbach, Ph.D., from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), speaking on “The use of photographs to obtain insights from killer whales in the North Pacific and Antarctica,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Sumner Auditorium, 8595 La Jolla Shores Drive. (Street parking only). Free. acssandiego.org

Ballet Season Opener

City Ballet of San Diego will present “The Firebird,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. In an enchanted garden, deep in the forest, Prince Ivan wanders to discover the Firebird, a mystical creature that appears to be a beautiful woman with a bird-like appearance. Tickets $30-$85. (858) 272-8663. cityballet.org

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