La Jolla's Best Bets for Events: Nov. 24

Three Concerts

French pianist Hélène Grimaud makes her return to La Jolla Music Society to open the 2016-17 Season Piano Series, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. The program includes works from her new album “Water,” and Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor. Tickets from $30. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

The Athenaeum’s 20th annual jazz program concludes 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, with the area debut of Dorado Schmitt & the Django All-Stars and their swinging “jazz manouche” sound, created in the 1930s. The Auditorium at TSRI, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets from $35. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/jazz-at-tsri

UCSD grad student Christopher Clarino presents a percussion recital, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec.1 at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall on UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. Free, but late arrivals will not be seated. Box office: (858) 534-3448. musicweb.ucsd.edu/concerts

December Nights 

Balboa Park December Nights holiday festival, returns 3-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 with special activities, a life-size Nativity scene, hundreds of poinsettias and an Artisan Marketplace, 2131 Pan American Plaza. balboapark.org

Learn Something New

Planning on traveling in the New Year? Learn about the Road Scholar program with local travel enthusiast Jill Swaim, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org 

Holiday planning got you stressed? La Jolla Community Center presents a new class: Guided Primordial Sound Meditation, 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Intended for beginners, the class is taught by Michelle Stallone-Eggers, Chopra Center Certified Instructor. $5 members, $8 non-members. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Book Talk

Joyce Maynard, The New York Times bestselling author of “Labor Day” and “After Her,” will sign her latest “Under the Influence,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave. The story that asks: Where do the boundaries of friendship lie? And at what point does generosity become a form of deadly manipulation? Free. (But only books bought at Warwick’s will be signed.) (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

See It While You Can

Extensions of Photography: A Visual Arts Faculty, Emeritus Faculty, and Alumna Exhibition closes Dec. 9 at University Art Gallery in Mandeville Center, 9500 Gilman Drive on UCSD campus. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. The show highlights artistic practices by former and current UCSD-affiliated artists and alumni, and how they’ve employed photography in complex and layered ways. visarts.ucsd.edu/events/extensions-photography

For the Paperweight Biennale II exhibit, a series of small scale, glass half-orbs filled with colorful designs have been produced by the first-year M.F.A. class at UC San Diego Visual Arts, representing a current or past focus in their practice. See the collection through Dec. 2 at the Visual Arts Gallery, Structures & Materials Engineering building, 9500 Gilman Drive. Gallery Hours: 2:30-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 

Wedding Drama

San Diego Repertory Theatre presents “The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam’s Wedding,” with matinee and evening shows through Dec. 18. The play is a one-man adaptation of the classic Jewish play “The Dybbuk,” and takes all 18 characters on the course of this theatrical wedding. Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. Tickets from $41. (619) 544-1000. sdrep.org

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