BEST BETS for fun and interesting things to do in and around La Jolla, May 19-26

Arts and Crafts

The Bird Rock Artist Guild will present its annual “Art in the Garden” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the Davis-Garitty Garden on the corner of Forward and Bellevue. Among the many items for show and sale will be jewelry, Brazilian gourds, watercolor paintings, prints, cards, mixed- media works, hand-knit shrugs, purses, glass flower garden sculptures, vintage letterpress necklaces and key chains, encaustic miniatures, ceramics, acrylics and mosaics, soap, origami treasures and quilts. Admission is free. Refreshments and light snacks will be served as musicians perform.

Sicilian Festival

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annual celebration of food, music and amore runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22 on India Street (Beech to Grape) in Little Italy. Highlights include a noon parade, grape stomp and pasta-eating contest. There will also be costumed dancers, musicians, cooking and artisan demos, vendor booths and culture information centers. Sicilianfestival.org

People Pictures

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in Balboa Park will present “Face to Face: Works from the Bank of America Collection,” May 21-Sept. 25. The exhibition explores one of the largest corporate collections of photography in the country, illuminating the rich historical diversity of photographic portraiture. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission: $6-$4. Free second Tuesdays. (619) 238-7559. Mopa.org

Young Voices

The San Diego Children’s Choir will present a concert of contemporary music for the young voice, “Paradise Found, A Musical Journey to San Diego,” 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St. The program will include “San Diego” by Irwin Jacobs and Marvin Hamlisch, and the grand finale, “Route 66,” with all 300 choristers on stage. Tickets $20-$10 at (619) 235-0804. A silent auction will be held in the lobby as a fundraiser from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Tempting Tea

British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and British sculptural artist Andrew Logan will present a tea and shopping boutique 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Admission is free. The artists will sell their designs in scarves, dresses, purses and jewelry.

(858) 454-5872

ljathenaeum.org

Voice Artist

The Fresh Sound music series will present German phenom Alex Nowitz, 8 p.m. Saturday May 21 at The Loft, UCSD Price Center East, second floor. A voice artist, composer, tenor and countertenor, Nowitz’s extended techniques “go far beyond purely classical singing to wondrous realms that have resulted in performances around the world.” Tickets $15-$10 at the door or (858) 534-TIXS. Doors open 7 p.m. for eats and drinks.

At the Library

An exhibit of drawings and soft-sculpture by Emily J.G. Vermillion will open with an artist reception 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at The Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. “Paradox in the Garden” will remain up through July 15.

858-552-1657

  1. lajollalibrary.org

Viva La France!

Celine Glon, expert on all things French, will discuss Versailles and Louis XIV from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Riford Adult Activities Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The lecture will cover details about daily life in the 17th century, including the etiquette that was strictly observed at the time. There will be a wine, pate and cheese table sponsored by Girard Gourmet. Tickets are $10, or $15 for non-members. (858) 459-0831.

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