Summer Fun: A guide to concerts, festivals and parties in La Jolla June-August 2011

“Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” — Bob Marley

Here comes the Summer of 2011 and with it, in La Jolla, there will be moonlit pier walks, friends at the firepits, concerts at the cove, camps for kids, 4


of July fireworks (hopefully), and all kinds of cultural events from art exhibitions to music fests to world-class theater. Below is your guide to June, July and August in The Jewel. We hope it’s your best summer ever!

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall St.

(858) 454-5872

• Flicks on the Bricks, film and wine summer movie series 8 p.m. Thursdays: July 28 ‘Dr. No”; Aug. 4 “Goldfinger”; Aug. 11 “Like Water for Chocolate”; Aug. 18 “Julie & Julia”; Aug. 25 “Gigi.”

• Farrell Family Jazz Concerts, 7:30 p.m. June 14 Gilbert Castellanos Quartet with guest James Zollar;

July 1 Anat Cohen Quartet;

July 21 Kendra Shank Quartet;

July 27 Edmar Castaneda Trio.

Series $68-$88. Single tickets $19-$24.

• Sound On Festival of Modern Music, in its 5


year, is hosted by San Diego New Music’s chamber ensemble-in-residence, NOISE. The three-day event, June 16–18, is an exploration of contemporary chamber music with world-class musicians presenting the most innovative new music being written by young composers today. 3-Day Pass $40-$50. 1-Day Pass $15-$20.

Musicians of all levels are encouraged take part in a collaborative performance workshop 10 a.m. to noon June 18. A public concert with the workshop musicians will follow. Other events include daytime open rehearsals, panel discussions, and evening concerts.

• 13


Summer Festival: Pianist Gustavo Romero in a four-part series, commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt, 4 p.m. Sundays July 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Neurosciences Institute auditorium, 10640 John J. Hopkins Dr. Dinners post concert in private homes or the Athenaeum. Ticket packages $30-$600.

Art camps for kids, ages 7-12, run July 11-29 with morning and afternoon sessions in mosaics, plein-air painting, ceramics and sculpture.

Birch Aquarium

2300 Expedition Way

(858) 534-7336

• Full-Moon Walk on Scripps Pier with aquarium naturalists, 7-9:30 p.m. June 16, July 14 and 15, Aug. 12 and 13. Reservations $25 per person, ages 9 and older only with adult. RSVP required.

• Snorkel with the Sharks 8-10 a.m. July 9, 23 and 30; Aug. 27, Sept. 10. Participants will join aquarium naturalists to swim with schooling leopard sharks, smoothhound sharks and guitarfish while enjoying the mild surf and gently sloping beach of La Jolla Shores. See rays, flatfish, sand dwelling invertebrates and coastal sea life. Intermediate swimming ability required and previous snorkeling experience recommended. Bring your own gear. Cost $30 for ages 10 and older (with adult), RSVP required.

•Snorkel La Jolla Cove, 8-10 a.m. Aug. 6 and 20

•Sea Days offers multi-generational learning about research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Programs included with admission, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. third Saturdays: June 18 “Fish Diversity”; July 16 and 17 “Sharks around the Globe”; Saturday, Aug. 20 “Boundless Energy,” new exhibit for exploring renewable energy sources and deciding how you would choose to power the future. Meet scientists studying renewable energy solutions.

• Summer Evening Lecture Series, 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays: June 13 “Sea Turtles of Indonesian New Guinea” with Geoffrey Gearheart, Scripps marine biology student; July 11 “Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas” with Forest Rohwer, SDSU microbial ecologist; Aug. 8 “Subsidies, Aliens and Ecologists: Connectivity at the Edge” with Drew Talley, USD biological oceanographer. Refreshments. Tickets $8-$5. RSVP (858) 534-5771.

• Green Flash Concert Series, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays for ages 21 and older, $25 with RSVP (858) 534-4109 ($120 season pass), $30 at the door. June 15 Donavon Frankenreiter; July 20 Fitz & The Tantrums; Aug. 17 Steve Poltz; Sept. 21 Brett Dennen.

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea


(858) 454-1600

This is the 28


year for the free concerts from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. Concerts are funded by sponsors and proceeds from the concessions (hot dogs, sodas, chips, candy, popcorn, ice cream bars, fruit popsicles) and raffle sales each week.

July 10: The Heroes, rock ‘n’ roll

July 17: Benny Hollman’s Big Band Explosion

July 24: The Zydeco, Cajun blues

July 31: Navy Band Southwest’s Showband West, contemporary rock

Aug. 7: Blue Breeze Band, Motown/R&B/soul

Aug. 14: Big Time Operator, swing

Aug. 21: Laotizer, contemporary jazz

Aug. 28: Rockola, classic rock

Sept. 4: Bill Magee Blues Band

La Jolla Festival of the Arts

(858) 683-3700


The works of some 200 artists and master craftsman will fill the Warren Field on the east campus of USCD from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18-19 at the 25


annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts. New this year will be craft beers and fine wines.

The festival doubles as a benefit for the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation and its work on behalf of San Diegans living with disabilities, including many returning veterans.

Guests will be treated to art demonstrations, book signings, a car show, musical entertainment and international foods area. Children can try their hands at art projects, games and other activities. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.

Admission is $10, free to ages 10 and younger. Parking is free at Genesee Avenue and Campus Point Drive.

La Jolla Historical Society

780 Prospect St.

(858) 459-5335

• Annual Ice Cream Social on the lawns of Wiseria Cottage 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 16. $5 per person. Balloon artists, games and prizes.

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

In its 25


Anniversary Year, SummerFest 2011, will present 15 concerts, Aug. 3-26 (three Mozart programs), plus enrichment events (Aug. 11. 18 and 25), a gala fundraiser (Aug. 13), and a free public concert “Under The Stars,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the cove. This nationally-recognized chamber music festival features 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing (mostly) in Sherwood Auditorium inside the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St.

Individual concert tickets are $40-$75, 10-Concert Subscription $570 and $389, Inner Circle 15-Concert Subscription $699 at (858) 459-3728 or

, where you will also find a schedule of performances and artists.

La Jolla Playhouse

UCSD campus. Tickets (858) 550-1010.

• “A Dram of Drummhicit,” world premiere comedy, to June 12, Mandell Weiss Theatre

• “Peer Gynt,” by Henrik Ibsen, adapted/directed by David Schweizer, June 28–July 24, Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

• “Sleeping Beauty Wakes,” musical, July 19–Aug. 21, Mandell Weiss Theatre

• “Milk Like Sugar,” world premiere of a co-commission with Theater Masters, Aug. 30–Sept. 25, Potiker Theatre

La Jolla Recreation Center

615 Prospect St.

(858) 552-1658

• Kid’s Night Out, 5-8:30 p.m.
 June 24, July 22. $15 per child, ages 5-11, for games, arts and crafts, dinner and a movie. Reservations required.

• Summer Camps,
June 20-Sept. 2, science, art, sports, languages, and more interests.

• Summer Luau Senior Dance,
5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Dinner, punch, coffee and dessert, plus entertainment by The A-Team. Tickets $10.

La Jolla YMCA

8355 Cliffridge Ave. (858) 453-3483

• Summer camps run June 14–Sept. 2 with traditional sports and gymnastics programs, plus kayaking, surfing and theme-park camps.

• Swim lessons, adult fitness programs and sports leagues.

La Jolla Youth Sports

• Baseball, softball soccer leagues. Information at

or (858) 677-9810.

Riford Adult Activities Center

6811 La Jolla Blvd.

(858) 459-0831.

Classes in art, exercise, computer use, foreign languages and cooking, plus bridge and dramatic readings programs and more.

Riford Library

7555 Draper Ave.

(858) 552-1657

• Summer Reading Program, June 15-Aug. 15, "One World, Many Stories" and “You Are Here,” will encourage participants to learn about other places and cultures. The library is also launching an Adults Summer Reading Program to include mature programs, online book groups and reading incentives

• Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m. Thursdays

• Family Storytime and Crafts 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art

700 Prospect St.

(858) 454-3541

• Two exhibitions through Sept. 5, “High Fidelity: Selections from the 1960s and 1970s” and “Emperor's River: Philipp Scholz Rittermann.” Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday (Closed Wednesdays) to 7 p.m. third Thursdays. Admission $5-$10, free to ages 25 and younger

• Conversation with Alexis Smith, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, members free, non-members $10. Many of Smith's iconic works are featured in “High Fidelity.”

• Art camps for kids.

Torrey Pines Golf Course

• Two of the most picturesque championship 18-hole golf courses in the world host golf schools for adults and Junior Golf Camps for kids,

San Diego County Fair

“Race to the Fair” is the 2011 theme for 22 days of music, carnival games and midway rides, arts and crafts, agricultural events and food from more than 100 vendors, June 10-July 4 at the fairgrounds in Del Mar. (Closed Mondays June 13, 20 and 27.) Center stage will be exotic cars, luxury cars, star cars, muscle cars, low riders and more as the fair pays tribute to local clubs and collectors.

Gates open daily at 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, July 4. Admission is $13 adults, $7 ages 6-12 and 62 and older.

Schedule of contests, stage shows and special events at

Race Season at Del Mar

(858) 755-1141

The ponies run July 20-Sept. 7. Season highlights include: Opening Day and Hats Contest Wednesday, July 20; Senior Day Free Admission, Program & Seat Thursday, July 21; Family Fun Day/Kid’s Webkinz Plush Horse Giveaway Sunday, July 24; 
$1 Million TVG Pacific Classic and Giveaway Sunday, Aug. 28; Ben Harper Concert & Beer Fest Sunday, Sept. 4

  • Seaside Stage concerts (TBA) start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, free for fans attending the races. Admission Stretch Run $6, opening day $10. Clubhouse


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