Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Members of Red Fish Blue Fish
Members of Red Fish Blue Fish

Cosmic Collisions

UC San Diego’s percussion ensemble, Red Fish Blue Fish, directed by Steven Schick, will give a rare performance of Gerard Grisey's “Le Noir de l’Etoile,” with six performers spread among the audience to provide complete immersion in sound, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Mandeville Auditorium on campus. Inspired by the 1967 discovery of pulsars (pulsing radio waves from massive stars that disintegrated eons ago), Grisey composed the work in 1989 for his son. Tickets: $15.50, free to students. (858) 534-3448.

Members of Red Fish Blue Fish

It’s a Tragedy

Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus,” directed by Joshua Brody, is the next UC San Diego Theatre & Dance Department offering, Feb. 6-16 at Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse on campus. General Titus returns home from war mourning the loss of his 22 sons, only to find his government run by his mortal enemy. In this world, those who can learn to be cruel, survive. Those who can’t, perish. Tickets: (858) 534-4574.

Bring a Friend!

February ushers in the 24th annual Museum Month at 42 celebrated institutions throughout San Diego. Stop by any Macy’s department store to pick up a free pass for up to four half-price admissions at any of the participating museums and gardens around town -- through Feb. 28. For exhibitions, dates and times, visit

Copley Day at MCASD

On Thursday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will offer free admission to honor David Copley, the organization's late board president and longtime benefactor whose birthday falls on that day. MCASD invites the public to visit the exhibitions at both its locations  —  700 Prospect St. in La Jolla or 1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd. in downtown San Diego —  as a way of saluting Copley's vision of making art accessible to all. At the La Jolla galleries is “Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums,” and “Photography in Mexico: Selections from the Collection.” Visitors to the downtown galleries may view “The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection.”

Conversations with Stalin

Performance Art

Eleanor Antin will “read” from her coming-of-age memoir, “Conversations with Stalin,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. This no holds barred, black comedy is part of a North American tour. Free for members; Non-members pay museum admission.

Author Visits

Former Oklahoma Governor David Hall will discuss and sign his book, “Twisted Justice,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave., La Jolla. After 30 years of silence, Hall reveals his story of a public servant targeted for personal and political destruction during the darkest days of the Watergate conspiracy. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Classics Concert

As guests of Mainly Mozart, The Szymanowski Quartet will perform Mozart's Divertimento in D, K. 136; Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95; and Ravel’s String Quartet in F at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb.1 at The Auditorium at TSRI (formerly Neurosciences Institute), 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. Tickets, $55, include a 6:30 p.m. wine reception. (619) 466-8742.  



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