Best Bets for things to do in and around La Jolla, Feb. 9-19

Got Cats?

Cats, cats and more cats will be performing -- REALLY! -- Feb. 16-19 at the Jewish Community Center’s Garfield Theater when feline behavioral expert Samantha Martin brings the Amazing Acro-Cats to town. Watch the circus-like cats ride skateboards, walk tightropes and jump through hoops.

And if that’s not enough, listen to “The Rock-Cats” and Hen-diana Jones (a chicken, in case you were wondering) get into a Latin groove with an island rhythm section. 2 and 8 p.m. 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $12-$18. (858) 362-1348.

Dance of Nations

More than 150 performers will show off traditional dance from 15 cultures on Feb. 10-12 in the 2012 Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival at Coronado High School. First held in 1993, the event aims “elevates these traditional art forms … for a wide audience to enjoy,” according to the program’s website. You can see Bollywood, flamenco and Irish dancers and more. Each show is different, so check

for times and programs. Tickets: $15-$30. (619) 504-3052.

Gifts of the HeArt

A dozen artists from La Jolla Presbyterian Church will share Gifts of the HeArt with visitors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the church’s Life Center at 7715 Draper St. The inaugural Women’s Ministry exhibit is designed to promote fellowship through the arts. Meet painters, interior designers creating vignettes, a quilter, and two women who work together using photography and paint. Refreshments and a raffle, too. Suggested donation: $10. Free parking in garage off Kline Street. Artists are Donna Baker, Shannon Cunningham, Dianne Dammeyer, Kathleen Deane, Sally Irwin, India Kern, Betsy Locke, Ginny Nau, Sarah Sedgwick, Pam Taunton, Victoria Towner and Heather Wied.

Chicago’s Symphony

Renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb., 19, at Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 7th Ave. The first of three concerts in the La Jolla Music Society’s Celebrity American Orchestra Series will include works by Schubert and a piece by Anna Clyne, “Night Ferry,” commissioned for the orchestra. Founded in 1891, the CSO’s recordings have earned 82 Grammy Awards. Tickets: $27-97. (858) 459-3728.

Vocal Ensemble

Described as one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, amarcord comes to St. James By-the-Sea, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, with a repertoire that ranges from chant through Lassus and Walter to Stefanini and Heinrich Schütz. Presented by the San Diego Early Music Society, the group was founded by members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir at Bach’s church in Leipzig. Its website touts its “unique tone, breathtaking homogeneity, musical authenticity, and a good dose of charm and humor.” Tickets: $18-$35.

Whale of an Opera

Get ready for the West Coast premere of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick.” The San Diego Opera  brings Herman Melville’s story to the Civic Theatre stage with evening performances Feb. 18, 21 and 24 and a matinee Feb. 26. Computer-generated effects pull audience members into the emotional action, which features Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab and Talise Trevigne as Pip. Third Avenue and B Street, downtown San Diego. Tickets: $50-$210. (619) 533-7000 or



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