Anyone walking along Girard Avenue or Wall Street is sure to notice the Spanish Renaissance-style buildings at the corner, but some probably wonder what’s inside the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.
It all depends on what day it is at this La Jolla landmark at 1008 Wall St. that houses an extensive collection “devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists' books in Southern California,” according to staff.
Five days a week the general public can use the library and see the gallery exhibits for free. (Borrowing privileges are limited to members.) Other days it plays host to a variety of special events.
One of 16 remaining membership libraries in the country, the library also features classes and concerts, in its own intimate setting and at the Neurosciences Institute, the Lyceum Theatre downtown, and the Athenaeum School of the Arts Studio in University Heights.
If you’re looking for a special holiday gift, what about a $40 individual membership or $50 family one to get early notice on events along with discounts and the ability to check out items for free.
You’ll be ready for a full lineup of January events, from the Jazz at the Athenaeum series that kicks off Jan. 13 with the Pilc/Moutin/Hoenig trio and runs through Feb. 2. Also, on Jan. 16, the Write Out Loud “Orpheus Speaks” series returns with three new programs of literature about art and music.
Or join the audience for the Art History Lecture Series examining “The Sacred and the Profane in Art: From the Greeks to the Renaissance,” presented by Linda Blair, on Tuesdays Jan. 17 through Feb. 14.
January events wrap up on Jan. 25 with the Barbar and William Karatz Chamber Orchestra series featuring Brooklyn Rider.
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