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Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 22-29


BetaMaxx, performs 1980s hits, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at the next Cove Concert in Scripps Park. There will be a concession stand and raffles, too.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 16-Aug. 23, 2013


Paper theater (aka toy or tabletop theatre) was a popular Victorian-era pastime when families gathered, after hours of cutting and pasting, to bring a play to life. UCSD’s Geisel Library will celebrate paper theater with a production in a scale model theater at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 in the Seuss Room. An exhibit of replicas and modern takes on paper theater will be featured all weekend long (noon to 5 p.m.) Free. (858) 822-5758

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Aug. 8-16

Kevin Sciretta, Marla Caceres, Travis Turner, Andel Sudik, Frank Caeti and Mitchell Fain in ‘The Good, the Bad and the I-5.’ Todd Rosenberg.

Finest City Satire

The San Diego-centric Second City improv production, “The Good, the Bad and the I-5,” takes the Mandell Weiss Forum stage at La Jolla Playhouse, matinees, evenings now through Sept. 1. “Their writers spent several days immersing themselves in San Diego neighborhoods, institutions, culture, politics and sports, and are now putting together an original piece that both celebrates and spoofs our beloved city in their inimitable Second City style,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Tickets: $15-$50. (858) 550-1010.

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.

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