Art Is Where You Find It
Ever wonder what goes on behind the exhibits at The NAT museum in Balboa Park? The building holds 8 million specimens in storage areas underground and behind gallery walls. Visitors will get a rare peek behind the scenes at Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage, opening Nov. 18 for the next two years, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 1788 El Prado. Admission: $19 adults. (877) 946-7797. sdnat.org
Get ready for some hand-turkeys! Fall Activity Week at La Jolla Rec Center, includes Thanksgiving-inspired fun and crafts, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 20-22. $5 per child, 615 Prospect St. (858) 552-1658
“3 Installations” will feature works by three UC San Diego MFA grad students: Michael Ano, Heejung Shin and Audrey Hope. Working in drawing, video and sculpture, they employ specific visual strategies to engage the viewer in the power, energy and voice of art, through Dec. 3 at La Plaza La Jolla, 7863 Girard Ave. Suite 102. email@example.com
The exhibit “Travels in Scotland” with photographer Jim Richardson, opens 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at National Geographic Fine Art Galleries, 1205 Prospect St. Guests will partake in a discussion of Scottish travels, fine art and whiskey tasting. RSVP: (619) 568-6790. firstname.lastname@example.org and jimrichardsonphotography.com
Explore contemporary art from Latin America at “Memories of Underdevelopment,” and then create an original work of art in response to your experience at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Family ArtLab, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at its downtown location, 1100 Kettner Blvd. Free for military families and member families, $15 for non-members. The family price includes two adults and up to three youth. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org
Five Concerts of Note
Key of She, a San Diego women’s ensemble, presents “Fall-le-lu-ia,” celebrating the season with Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” Africa-inspired meditations, folk songs and a little pop with tunes by Pharrell, Sting and Joni Mitchell, 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road and 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. keyofshe.org
The Odeum Guitar Duo — Robert Wetzel and Fred Benedetti — will bring the sounds of southern Europe to La Jolla in their last concert of the year as a duo, “Enchantments of Iberia,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road. Tickets: $10. (858) 248-9300.
Three days of music are slated this week at La Jolla Community Center: Storyteller and pianist Jacquelyne Silver will blend Broadway, jazz and classical favorites at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, $20-$25; Noche Latina will present Eunice Fidawi & Carlos Velasco en Concierto, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, $20; then The Peter Sprague Trio will take the stage 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $15. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org
A Winter Wonderland
A holiday celebration that draws 400,000 people a year to Sacramento is opening in San Diego for first time. Global Winter Wonderland boasts the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China — along with Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics, 35 carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games and international food and shopping — starting Sunday, Nov. 19 at SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Road. Display continues through Jan. 7. Tickets $22, with discounts. globalwonderland.com
Dance the Night Away
The inaugural Turkey Trot Dance will (hopefully!) give seniors, ages 55 and older, something to be thankful for 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. Live entertainment, dinner, beverages, coffee and dessert. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (858) 552-1658.
On the third Tuesday of each month, the Mt. Soledad Club hosts a ballroom dance club. The next is 6 p.m. Nov. 21, where it’s $60 per couple for a buffet dinner and dancing. Interested guests may attend two dances as guests, then are encouraged to become members. Soledad Club, 5050 Soledad Road, La Jolla. Questions? Call Margaret at (858) 366-2810 or Bill at (703) 505-9654.
Nick Swardson, star of the films “Grandma’s Boy,” “The Benchwarmers” and “Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star” will take the mic 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17; 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 at La Jolla Comedy Store, 916 Pearl St. Tickets $25. The show is for ages 21 and older. 1 (877) 435-9849. thecomedystore.com/la-jolla
Growing Up Sensei
A workshop will feature lunch followed by a reading of the “Garage Door Opener” and discussion at noon Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego, 2929 Market St., Grant Hill. The play looks at Glenn and Sharon Tanaka, a Sensei brother and sister faced with the daunting task of cleaning out their deceased parents’ home and garage. They uncover items from their past they knew nothing about, and in the process, begin to gain a better understanding of their parents — and themselves — through the items left behind. $15 (reading/discussion) $25 (buffet lunch, reading and discussion). (619) 239-0896. email@example.com