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“Father of the String Quartet” Haydn gets top billing at SummerFest 2014

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Not only the brilliance but the gentle spirit of Franz Joseph Haydn will be omnipresent at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2014, which opens July 30 and for which Haydn is this year’s festival’s featured composer.

Art show in La Jolla to benefit Autism Tree Project

To raise funds for the Sanford Consortium and Autism Tree Project Foundation, artist Michael Leaf will present the ZERO Degrees Exhibition.

‘Ether Dome’ taps medicine, science, religion and human suffering at La Jolla Playhouse

Michael Wilson directs the West Coast premiere of ‘Ether Dome,’ based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846.  Courtesy

Director Michael Wilson, who is staging “Ether Dome” at the La Jolla Playhouse, is enjoying the fruits of his labor and relishing his collaboration with playwright Elizabeth Egloff and the Playhouse’s creative team. In addition, on the day of this interview, his TV movie “A Trip to Bountiful,” was nominated for an Emmy award.

Let’s Review: Fear surrounds tragedy in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ at La Jolla Playhouse

BD Wong (kneeling) and Nick Gabriel. Photos by Kevin Berne

“The Orphan of Zhao” premiered in 13th century China and has been reworked and adapted many times since. In the La Jolla Playhouse version (a co-production with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre), the epic tragedy set in feudal China explores morality, social hierarchy and self-sacrifice — all of which the audience internalizes, expressing much emotion after seeing the performance.

Exciting world of ancient China awaits in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ at La Jolla Playhouse

BD Wong (front) and Nick Gabriel star in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ running through Aug. 3 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. Kevin Berne. photo

The La Jolla Playhouse will stage the classic Chinese legend “The Orphan of Zhao,” a co-production with American Conservatory Theatre, adapted by James Fenton. Along with its amazing cast is the creative team of Byron Au Yong (Original Music), Stephen Buescher (Movement Direction) and Jonathan Rider (Fight Direction).

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 10-17

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The famous Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Pancake breakfast returns to the La Jolla Rec Center 7:30- until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 615 Prospect St. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

Keeping it Simple: La Jolla native has Sumi-e, Japanese-art exhibit in Balboa Park

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Sumi-e art is all about simplicity, said La Jolla native and artist Lauris Phillips. The strokes are minimal to show the “essence” of a subject. Even the word is simple, when broken down. Sumi means “ink” in Japanese, she said, and adding the –e changes the meaning to “ink painting.”

Let’s Review! Underwood and Thomas are a tour-de-force in Globe’s ‘Othello’

Iago (Richard Thomas) and Michael Cassio (Noah Bean) plan revenge on Othello in Shakespeare’s drama directed by Barry Edelstein.  Photos by Jim Cox

Rarely have I seen an audience so spellbound as by the performances of Blair Underwood as Othello and Richard Thomas as Iago in the first production of The Old Globe Theatre’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival, “Othello.”

Healing Waters: Film premiering at MCASD conveys reverence, respect for Earth’s oceans

Brett McBride with Katharine the shark

The filmmakers and several of those appearing in the film — from surfers to scholars — will answer audience questions after the screening.

VIEWPOINT: My 30 seconds with Hillary

Hillary Clinton came to La Jolla on June 25 to sign copies of her new book, ‘Hard Choices,’ at Warwick’s Bookstore.  Pat Sherman photo

I have to forget about Hillary. But how can I forget about Hillary? Everywhere I look there’s Hillary. I turn on the television, Hillary is being interviewed. I turn on the radio and who is being interviewed? Hillary. Perhaps if I retreat to the newspaper she won’t be there. But the subject of the “By The Book” column in The New York Times is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Thanks to that column I now know that she wants to have dinner with William Shakespeare. She must like men named Bill.

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