Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, March 15-March 25

La Jolla High drama department presents Grease this weekend.
La Jolla High drama department presents Grease this weekend.

Go Grease Lightning!

La Jolla High School’s spring musical, “Grease,” may well be the one that you want to see March 15-17 as juniors Truly Bailey and Giovanni Moujaes tackle the lead roles Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko. Join them and Kevin Cruz as Kenickie, Maddy Harvey as Rizzo, and featuring Andy Hill and Hallie Bodenstab rocking to hits like “Born to Hand Jive,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and "Beauty School Dropout.” Directed by drama department adviser Anne Boutelle, the show takes the Parker Auditorium stage at 7 p.m. 750 Nautilus St. Tickets: $7-$15.

No Blarney Here

To quote the oft-quoted Adrienne Cook: “St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time --  a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic.” Join the members of the Ireland Fund Young Leaders and their non-Irish pals as they launch the transformation, 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 17. The gathering at Barfly/La Jolla, 909 Prospect St., will feature eats and dancing to the music of Desire, a U2 cover band. Tickets, $65 or $100 for two presale/$75 at the door,  include a “Floggin’ Molly” signature cocktail and complimentary buffet. Proceeds benefit the “Promising Ireland” campaign to raise $100 million by the end of 2013 on behalf of charities throughout Ireland. $65 or $100 for two presale, $75 at the door. (858) 212-6080.

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Irish Poetry Reading

If it’s St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to head over to D.G. Wills Books for the 33rd annual Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Praise. “Messrs. Guinness and Harp will officiate the proceedings,” according to the proprietor. Starting at 7 p.m., the public will have a chance to read their favorite passages from the likes of James Joyce, Sean O’Casey and, yes even, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie WillsWilde. The fun continues until it ends. 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800. 

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Sacred Music

On the bill at two March 23 concerts:

•  The San Diego Early Music Society presents La Rêveuse and tenor Jeffrey Thompson, 8 p.m. at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 734 Prospect St. They’ll perform songs by Lambert and Charpentier, for the sound of the French haute-contre voice, as well as instrumental music of the period. Tickets: $18-$25. (619) 291-8246.

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•  The Early Music vocal ensemble, Pacific Camerata, presents a Lenten program of a capella music, 7:30 p.m. March 23 at St. George Serbian Church, 3025 Denver St., Clairemont. Included is Spanish Renaissance master Tomas Luis de Victoria’s “Requiem for Four Voices.” Tickets: $10-$15. (619) 527-4457.

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Straight from Chi-Town

The Second City’s Laugh Out Loud Tour will bring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from the company’s 52-year history to the La Jolla Playhouse Potiker Theatre on the UCSD campus. Performance times vary for the March 21-24 shows. Tickets: $30-45. lajollaplayhouse.org

Orchid Lecture

Want to learn “How to Kill Your Orchids”? Then join grower Jerry Spencer for an entertaining and informative talk on orchid culture when the San Diego County Cymbidium Society meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Ecke Building at the San Diego Botanic Garden. At 6:30 p.m., Harry Clyde, a long-time member of the Society, will present a culture class on "Repotting Cymbidiums." Free, non-members welcome. (760) 931-0502. E-mail

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