The 99th annual La Jolla Art Association fundraiser is underway at lajollaartassociation.org where (so far) there are 50 paintings on view. For $200, ticket-holders will be entered into an art drawing at the reception, Saturday, Sept. 23, where the first name drawn gets first choice of art, etc. Ticket-holders do not need not be present. The art is on display Sept. 10-23 at the gallery, 8100 Paseo Del Ocaso, Suite B, La Jolla Shores. (858) 459-1196.
“Testigo/Witness: Popular Fiction and the Dismembered Object,” a multi-faceted exhibition of new work by Thomas Glassford, is “part cabinet of curiosities, part ready-made surreal museum.” See it with an artist’s reception, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the new Quint Gallery, 5171 Santa Fe St., Bay Ho area of San Diego. Exhibit closes Oct. 28. Free. (858) 454-3409. quintgallery.com
“Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems,” features the work of eight artists who have explored the devastation of local flora and fauna in an interactive and educational way. It’s on exhibit through Sept. 28 at San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, 7250 Mesa College Drive. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. Thursday. Free. sdmesa.edu
James Austin Murray’s “Light on Black,” a collection of his large-scale, monochromatic ebony oil paintings, will be on display Sept. 16 to Nov. 1, with an opening reception 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Madison Gallery, 1055 Wall St. “Murray’s work titillates the viewer to look beyond the black canvas and see infinite colors and forms,” according to curators. Free. (858) 459-0836. madisongalleries.com
Violinist Victoria Martino and pianist James Lent will present the complete works for violin and piano by Edvard Grieg, considered the northern “titan” of Romantic composers, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $30-$35. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org
A Bel Canto Ensemble concert will bring together 10 performers — with piano, saxophone, violin, trumpet and traditional Chinese instruments and singers — 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 4321 Eastgate Mall. More than a dozen pieces will be performed. Suggested donation $20.
The Odeum Guitar Duo (Fred Benedetti and Robert Wetzel) return to Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church for a ninth concert of the year, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6551 Soledad Mountain Road. The musical theme is “Two Guitars and Two Centuries.” $10 with discounts. (858) 248-9300.
Listen and Learn
The Danish Golden Age, a five-week literature, art and music lecture-concert series from lecturer and violinist Victoria Martino and Musica Pro Arte Ensemble, will celebrate the Bicentennial of Niels Gade (1817-1890). Series begins 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 and continues Mondays through Oct. 16. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Each lecture, $20-$25; series $90-$115. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/special-concerts
The R-rated local variety show Tuesday Night Comics returns to the stage, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe in Solana Beach. There will be a new lineup of talent from across the country with late night television credits, as well as credits from Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime. Pre-show happy hour 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $23. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org
Four authors will share readings, answer questions and sign their books as part of “An Evening with Women Writers,” 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 21 at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, Liberty Station, Point Loma. These include Sheila Fugard, Ally Loprete, Carol Soloway and Geri Westphal. Admission: $5. (619) 233-7963. womensmuseumca.org
MOXIE Theatre opens its 13th season with “Ironbound,” by Martyna Majok and directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn. Runs Sept. 17-Oct 22 with opening night Sept. 23. At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Spanning more than 20 years, three relationships and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future. A darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury — and a liability — as she fights to survive in America. Tickets: $20-$40. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. moxietheatre.com
Slithering snakes will return to La Jolla, 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 for a little scientists program for ages 3-5 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Children will learn how adaptations make snakes successful predators and get up close and personal with a snake. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org