BEST BETS for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, week of March 31-April 7

Motor Car Classic

La Jolla’s 7


annual vintage vehicles event rolls into Ellen Browning Scripps Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Visitors can expect to see more than 150 awesome automobiles in 30 specialty car classes. The event is sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society. Advance tickets $35; at the entrance $40; VIP packages $100. (619) 233-5008.

Garden Club Masters Event

Hear British floral designer Paula Pryke of The Flower School in London discuss and demonstrate nature-inspired trends in arrangements, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect. A tea follows at St. James Hall. Pryke, the author of several books on floral design, is this year’s guest of the Village Garden Club of La Jolla’s Meet the Masters event. Tickets $65-$55. (858) 876-7141.

Time for Palms

The Friends of Balboa Park will host a free, walking tour of Palm Canyon, TIME? Saturday, April 2 to showcase the 70 species of palms from around the world that adorn this lush hide-away a stone's throw from the Balboa Park Club. The history of the canyon dates back to the 1800s when the city used the area to collect stray horses, cows and other missing animals. Led by Park Ranger Kim Duclo, participants will learn of the log bridge constructed for the 1935 exposition and the wooden bridge and stairs built in 1976, as well as how plans for the Alcazar parking lot could impact this park treasure.  To register, call (619) 232-2282 or e-mail

Video Camp

Media Arts Center San Diego brings back its popular Youth & Technology Media Camps for spring break. Camps will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 4 -8, April 11 - 15, and April 18 - 22. Instructors will teach kids, ages 9-14, about stop-motion animation, video editing, blogging, and more. At the end of each session there will be a family screening. Cost: $180 per youth for one week. Scholarships available. To register, visit

or call (619) 230-1938, ext. 108.

Artist at Work

Surfer and Santa Barbara painter Rick Stich finds inspiration in the depth, color reflection and movement of water in all its forms. His swirling brushstrokes and vivid hues explore the real and abstract in nature. Watch him at work in the studio through April 23 at Lux Art Institute, 1-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Admission $10 for two visits. Free Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16. (760) 436-6611.

Music from Public TV

Orchestra Nova will offer a tribute to KPBS by performing Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz,” excerpts from Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 6” and Mouret’s “Rondeau,” and more at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave. downtown; Saturday, April 2 at Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Dr. in Sorrento Valley; and Monday, April 4 at Sherwood Auditorium at MCASD, 700 Prospect, La Jolla. Tickets from $20. (858) 350-0290.

Beethoven Bash

Jeffrey Kahane and Andrew Shulman will perform Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3 at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Loft events include 6:30 p.m. Bites & Beverages, plus pre-concert artists conversation April 2; dinner with the artists post-show April 3 ($30). Concert tickets $60. (858)  534-8497.

Free monthly health classes set

Harmony Health, 7730 Herschel Ave. Suite K, presents free health classes from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Upcoming topics: April 5 Allergies; May 3 Hearty Health; and June 7 Metabolic Transformation.

Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (858) 454-2078 or send an e-mail to

Artist comes to furniture store

A reception for artist Bunnye Meisel will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, March 31 at the Ligne Roset, 7726 Girard Ave. (858) 454-3366

‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’

It’s so bad, it’s good! And it was filmed at UCSD! The 1978 cult classic screens 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at The Loft, with dinner at 7 p.m. After a wave of mysterious attacks involving people and pets being eaten by traditionally docile tomatoes, a government task force is set up to investigate the violent veggies and put a stop to their murderous spree. Tickets: $30 food and film; $8 movie only. (858)  534-8497.

Art of Dance

In connection with “Dreams & Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints,” on exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art, Malashock Dance will present “The Floating World,” a dance and video performance with video production by Tara Knight, music by Zoe Keating, and costumes by Zandra Rhodes. Show times 2 and 5 p.m. April 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23 at Copley Auditorium at the SDMA in Balboa Park. Tickets $25-$12.50. (619) 232-7931. A benefit opening is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 8 with tickets at $75 for a reception and performance.

New Athenaeum Show

The opening reception for the Flori Ashford’s artwork in letterpress printmaking “

Dingbat Modern

,” will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 in the Rotunda Gallery, 1008 Wall St. The art will be on exhibit through May 7. Free admission. (858) 454-5872.

(The oldest of printing techniques, letterpress is a relief printing process in which movable, reversed, raised letters and designs are inked and stamped onto paper. It is a slow and arduous process.)

Physicist on Feynman

Theoretical physicist (and prolific author) Lawrence M. Krauss, now working at Arizona State University, will discuss his new book, “Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science,” 7 p.m. Friday, April 1 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800.

Professor Krauss received his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 1982 and then joined the Society of Harvard Fellows. In 1985 he joined the Physics faculty at Yale University.



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