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Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 1-8

A 1951 portrait of Salvador Dali by Arnold Newman. Courtesy

San Diego Museum of Art presents “Arnold Newman: Masterclass” through Sept. 8 at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. The exhibition features the portraits of artists, writers, scientists, political figures, business leaders, and everyday people on which Newman’s extraordinary reputation was founded, but also allows visitors a view of Newman’s lesser-known works of landscape, architectural and abstract photography. The show includes 10 of the 59 Newman photographs in the museum’s permanent collection. This retrospective is the first since his death in 2006. Newman believed a man or woman should be admired for concrete accomplishments, not for some mystical idea of “inner’” qualities. Hence, he depicted Stravinsky at a piano, Picasso in his studio and senators and businessmen in rooms full of the trappings of power. Related event: “Symposium: New Thoughts on the Photographic Portrait,” 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, open to 9 p.m. Thursday, closed Wednesdays. Adults: $12. (619) 232-7931.

Best Bets for Fun Things to Do in and around La Jolla, July 4-11

Irina Bessonova

Free outdoor performances with concession stand, raffles, begin 2-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 1 at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. (858)

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, June 20-27

A work by sculptor Amos Robinson

Fine Art Festival Weekend

Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club’s 27th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22-23 at UCSD Warren Field, Voigt Drive (west of Gilman Drive). Peruse the work of nearly 200 juried artists to find the perfect piece to complete your home or office. Proceeds will benefit programs for San Diegans with disabilities. There will also be an array of food trucks and music, including a 20-piece orchestra that will perform everything from big band and swing to rock and salsa. Tickets: $14 at the door (free for active duty military and children under age 12). (760) 753-1670.

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

Caption: Mike Sears, Evan D'Angeles, Dale Morris, Jenn Lyon and James Saba star in Playhouse's production by John Guare, adapted from Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s ‘The Front Page,’ and Columbia Pictures’  ‘His Girl Friday,’ directed by Christopher Ashley. photo by Kevin Berne.

The newsroom high jinx are classic in the 1940s comedy “His Girl Friday,” on stage at La Jolla Playhouse, matinees and evenings through June 30, UCSD campus, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. Tickets: From $15. (858) 550-1010.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, June 6-15

‘Channeling Aura I,’ Desirée Holman, 2012, courtesy

ain a deeper understanding of works on view in the new exhibition, “Approximately Infinite Universe,” when artists Chitra Ganesh, Victoria Fu and Saya Woolfalk use their work as a launch pad to explore broad topics in contemporary art. This program invites participants to join in the conversation, moderated by exhibition curator Jill Dawsey, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. La Jolla.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, May 30-June 6


Soroptimist International of La Jolla will host its annual Purses Plus Party to raise funds for agencies that help women and girls lead better lives, from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Reservations are required to enter the event in the Windemere Clubhouse.

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

In this scene from ‘Cosmic Collisions,” a young Earth moments after a collision with a Mars-sized wandering body, 4.5 billion years ago. Courtesy

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th anniversary year continues with “Cosmic Collisions,” a spectacular immersive theater experience, narrated by Robert Redford. Featuring “stunning images from space and breathtaking visualizations based on cutting-edge scientific data,” the film reveals the explosive encounters that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth and continue to transform our galaxy and dynamic universe.

Best Bets for fun tings to do in and around La Jolla, May 16-24


Hear Mendelssohn’s masterwork, “Elijah” (1846), with the Chancel Choir and a professional orchestra under the direction of Keith Pedersen, and many soloists, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. The concert marks the finale of the church’s 51st Concert Season. Freewill offering, free parking. (858) 729-5531.

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

La Jolla United Methodist Church presents its final family concert of the season, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12 at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. A woodwind quartet — Cathy Blickenstaff (flute), Heather Marks (oboe), Tom Schubert (bassoon), Ryan Beard (French horn) and Jim George (clarinet) — will play melodies for a program titled, “Sounds of the Circus.” Selections will include the Barnum & Bailey theme, pieces by John Philip Sousa, and portions of “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens. Six fun rhymes, based on the book “Riotous Rhymes for Children of All Ages” by Carole and Midge Roberts Scutt, could be the highlight of the show. There will also be a tribute to mothers. Freewill offering. Childcare for the very young.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, May 2-9

la Jolla Symphony & Orchestra

Steven Schick will conduct the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus in a concert titled “Old Worlds/New World,” that looks at both music influenced by the Old Worlds of Europe and ancient China, and new-world America, 7:30 pm Saturday, May 4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD.

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