La Jolla’s BEST BETS for events the week of Jan. 20-28

More Spike & Mike

Funny animated shorts comprise the “New Generation Spike & Mike” collection, showing 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 at UCSD’s The Loft, Tickets $8. Doors open for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. with music by DJ Skullcrusher. (858) 534-8497.

Jazz Concert

The Eric Reed Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at The Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. Hear the famed pianist with Hamilton Price on bass and Kevin Kanner on drums. Tickets $19-$24. (858) 454-5872.

Fun with Whales

La Jolla Kayak, 2199 Avenida De La Playa, offers 2 1/2 hour whale-watching tours at La Jolla Shores that get close to the whales in their environment. Along with gray whales, guests may also encounter sea lions, Garibaldi, leopard sharks and birds like pelicans, herons and cormorants.

Tours leave daily 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $60 for a single kayak and $110 for a double. Wetsuits included. Reservations: (858) 459-1114.

Birch Aquarium also offers daily whale watching with cruises guided by naturalists through San Diego Harbor Excursions, $35-$15. (619) 234-4111.

Portrait Painting

As part of its "Share Your Art" monthly program, Kazuaki Uehara will offer a free demonstration of his portrait-painting techniques, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso. RSVP to Catherine MacDonald by e-mail at

Modern Move


A third dance performance of “Malashock/Raw: Stripped” has been added after the first two sold-out: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at Dance Place San Diego, 2650 Truxtun Road. “Man Up!” has John Malashock digging around his feminine side to explore how women perceive the male psyche. Michael Mizerany’s “Bad Company,” uses a hypnotic and energetic score by KODO to delve into the nuances and complexities of the human condition. Tickets $15-$10. (619) 260-1622.

Apartheid Discussion

Hillel Mazansky, M.D., who grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era, 1948-1994, will share his insights and experiences, and compare the similarities between apartheid and the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at The Riford Adult Activities Center,

6811 La Jolla Blvd.

Dr. Mazansky began his practice in South Africa in 1969, and immigrated to the United States in 1977, practicing in Cleveland before retiring to La Jolla in 1994. (858) 459-0831.

Sushi Lessons

Sushi Chef Warren Almeda will present a Sushi Rolling Class at noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at La Jolla's Roppongi Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 875 Prospect St. The class begins with an overview of the history of this now can't-live-without food, and after a demonstration, guests will put their skills to the test creating a sushi roll of their own. Next comes a three-course sushi lunch with sake pairings. $35. (858) 551-5252.

Art Reception

An opening for the group show "Gallery Selections 2011," showcasing works by Vija Celmins, Peter Halasz, Kenneth Noland and Astrid Preston, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday Jan. 21 at R.B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 201. The show runs through Feb. 19. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (858) 459-3917.

Pictured is Kenneth Noland’s "V.V." circa 1949, oil on canvas

Jewish Life

Speakers from Europe, Israel and the United States will gather for a day of communal learning at the Agency for Jewish Education’s sixth annual “Yom Limmud” from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr. Each hour, attendees of all ages will have multiple choices of interactive sessions to experience. The day ends with a funkadyllic folk music concert. Adult tickets $36, teens $15, kids $5 at

or (858) 268‐9200 ext. 100. Speaker schedule at

At the Loft

Mary Oliver and Jane Rigler will join Pat O’Keefe, Jason Stanyek, Scott Walton and Glen Whitehead in a reunion of improvising chamber music proportions. LA Weekly described the troupe as a “clarinet, guitar, piano and trumpet, but you almost wouldn’t know it. You’re in a factory at midnight as the janitor drags an oil drum across a cement floor. And it sounds beautiful.” Hear them for yourself at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at The Loft at UCSD, Price Center East, second floor. Free. (858) 534-8497.



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