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Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Feb. 20-28, 2014


To mark the 450th birthday of Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Galileo Galilei, an interdisciplinary event will be presented by The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Friday, Feb. 21 at Atkinson Hall on UCSD campus. A panel discussion moderated with Jay Pasachoff (Astronomy, Williams College), Brian Keating (Physics, UCSD), Stephanie Jed (Literature, UCSD), Renee Raphael (History, UC Irvine) and Shlomo Dubnov (Music, UCSD) runs 2-4 p.m.; a 4-5 p.m. reception follows; and a performance by The Musicians In Ordinary for the Lutes and Voices will be 5-6 p.m. For parking directions to the free event, visit: RSVP:

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Feb. 13-22

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Floral designer Darlene Hill Karinen will provide a presentation titled, “Using flowers and foliage from your garden to create lovely arrangements,” at the next La Jolla Garden Club meeting, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. A tea reception will follow. Newcomers are welcome to the free event. For a reservation, contact Ginger Taylor at (858) 453-0828 or

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Feb. 6-13


Best Bets this week includes: A white elephant sale weekend, children’s art workshop, smooth jazz, poetry readings, chamber music, concerto competitions and more.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Jan. 23-30

Patti Lupone

La Jolla Music Society continues its new Cabaret Series with Patti LuPone at the Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., San Diego, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, when the two-time Tony Award winner (“Gypsy,” “Evita”) will share her penchant for wanderlust by taking a musical journey with renditions of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Willie Nelson, Kurt Weill and Edith Piaf. LuPone attended the Juilliard School, studying under Maria Callas and counting among her classmates Kevin Kline and Mandy Patinkin. Tickets: From $27. (858) 459-3728.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Jan. 16-23

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The La Jolla Riford Library will host a dual event — an opening reception for its “Big Art Show” and a private party for its Friends of the Library group — 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7555 Draper Ave. The “Big Art Show,” which runs through March, will feature works from Hilary Brady, Fran Carder, Faith Fleury, Linda Kardoff, Leslie Klurfeld, Elissa Lieberman, Cree Scudder and Theresa Vandenberg — artists who love color and work BIG! There will be music, refreshments, private tours, book sales and a children’s story time. If you are not a Friend you can join at the door. Proceeds from the sale of works in the exhibit will benefit the library. (858) 552-1657.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Jan. 9-17

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The La Jolla Woman’s Club will host a mix and mingle event open to the community with tours of its historic Irving Gill-designed building, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at the club, 7791 Draper Ave. Appetizers and cash bar. (858) 454-2354. RSVP:

Best Bets for fun things to do in La Jolla, Jan. 2-9, 2014

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Art Reception

“Shake, Rattle and Roll” in the new year with the aptly named new exhibition at the La Jolla Art Association, now on display through Jan. 9 at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores. A public reception for the show is set for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 with light hors d’oeuvres and wine. All art is for sale to benefits the nonprofit art association. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays. (858) 459-1196.

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events in and around La Jolla, Dec. 19-30

The Frying Pan, by Rickenbacher, is one of the oldest known electric guitars. Courtesy

The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble will stage a reading of two Oscar Wilde tales and O. Henry’s holiday classic, “The Gift of the Magi,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20 at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.

Five Christmas Concerts top the Best Bets for fun La Jolla, Dec. 12-20

BestBets-12-12-13-Christmas concert

Noël, Noël!” La Jolla Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and a professional orchestra will celebrate Christ’s birth with a program featuring Charpentier’s “Messe de minuit de Noël,” 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7715 Draper Ave. The concert also includes a collection of carols sung by the choir and the congregation. Featured groups will include the Handbell Choir, Children’s Choir and Youth Choir.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Dec. 5-12

Best Bets 12-5-13-youth symphony concert

Leslie Davis will again host the Bird Rock Artist Guild’s “Holiday Art in the Garden” event, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5571 Bellevue Ave. Guests will make their way through her garden, where around every corner or under every tree they will find art for show and sale in a variety of media. Live music and refreshments. Donations received will benefit Art Reach, ARTS, and the La Jolla Historical Society.

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