A full lineup of activities is slated to help launch children’s book “Dough Knights and Dragons” by Dee Leone, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Sing about dragons and knights, decorate a paper doughnut, crown, dragon and miniature coat of arms, hear stories and get the book signed. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Art Center presents “Fiesta of Prints & Book Arts,” a group exhibition celebrating printmaking and artist books by 20 artists. An opening reception is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, with the show on display until Dec. 28 at the Athenaeum Art Center, 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights. ljathenaeum.org
Top architects will be on hand to discuss “Adaptive Reuse” as part of La Jolla Historical Society’s “BE talks: Dialogues in the Built Environment.” This program is part of the Society’s public series designed to address the broader issues of the built environment, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 on the front lawn of Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St. Guests are invited to bring low beach chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner. Complimentary beverages. RSVP not required. lajollahistory.org
Calling all sci-fi writers! UC San Diego Library is hosting a written/spoken word event, “Short Tales from the Mothership!” and accepting submissions through Oct. 13. Writers should e-mail email@example.com with fantasy or science fiction pieces of no more than 250 words. At the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 event, those with accepted writings will have the opportunity to read their entry or have it read aloud for them. All are welcome to come listen to these short stories from the beyond, 9500 Gilman Drive, end of Library Walk. Questions? (858) 822-5758.
Here come the men in black! Barbarella Restaurant in La Jolla Shores is hosting free movie nights for the community. The next one is 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, when “Men in Black,” starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, will screen, 2171 Avenida De La Playa. (858) 454-7373. barbarellarestaurant.com
A Spin On the Dance Floor
On the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. the Mt. Soledad Club hosts a ballroom dance club. $60 per couple for buffet dinner and dancing. Those interested may attend two dances as guests, then are encouraged to become members, 5050 Soledad Road, La Jolla. Questions? Call Margaret at (858) 366-2810 or Bill at (703) 505-9654.
The photography of Norman Spencer is on display at UCSD Geisel Library through Nov. 1. An English professor at State University of New York (SUNY) at Nassau, Spencer’s photographs captured the intimate moments of key players in Chinese alternative culture, especially queer cinema, 9500 Gilman Drive, end of Library Walk. libraries.ucsd.edu/blogs/events/norman-spencer/
The renowned chamber ensemble of London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields take the stage in concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. The ensemble was created in 1967 to perform larger-scale works from the chamber music repertoire, such as wind trios and string octets. $40-59. (858) 534-8497.
La Jolla Music Society presents multiple Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, downtown. Hear Stephen Williams on clarinet with Music Director Riccardo Muti. Program includes works by Schubert, Mozart, Schumann. Tickets from $28. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org
The Danish Golden Age, a five-week literature, art and music lecture-concert series, celebrates the Bicentennial of Niels Gade (1817-1890). Lecturer and violinist Victoria Martino and Musica Pro Arte Ensemble present. Series concludes 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Each event: $20-$25. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/special-concerts
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s seminar in contemporary art series continues with the off-site presentation, “Cultural Appropriation,” 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at The LOT, 7611 Fay Ave. Series addresses major topics that drive today’s contemporary art world. These sessions will introduce new artists, review pivotal artworks and highlight MCASD’s collection. $15 for members, $20 non-members. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org
After World War I, the art movement Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) emerged as a reaction to the horrors of the war. Learn more about this at the Athenaeum art history lecture, “German Art of the 20th Century: Bauhaus and Neue Sachlichkeit (1919-1933),” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. $14-$19. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org