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Palmer Davis in her  ‘Suburban Showgirl’ costume.

NewsDancing Queen

Aug 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

While she grew up in town as Wendy Palmer, breaking sports records at La Jolla High, the daughter of Paul and Marge Palmer, is now playwright, dancer and actress Palmer Davis, who has spent most of her adult life developing a showbiz career and breaking down walls. The story of her life, “Suburban Showgirl,” takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15-17, during North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Variety Nights. It’s a one-woman show, in which she stars.Semi-autobiographical with some artistic license, ...

Winner of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing,’ Dat Phan headlines a night of comedy and music Aug. 7 at The Comedy Store La Jolla.

NewsLaughing It Up in La Jolla: The Comedy Store offers a special Sunday with 'Last Comic Standing' winner Dat Phan

Aug 3, 2016, 9:58 a.m.

What is the funniest place in all of La Jolla? The 900 block of Pearl Avenue. That’s because it’s the home, at 916, of The Comedy Store, a place that has been churning out laughs for the last 40 years — in the same location! It all began back in 1976 when The Comedy Store was opened in South Mission Beach. In 1977, the Store moved to its La Jolla location and it’s been there ever since. The list of ...

Abby Mueller stars in ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ at San Diego Civic Theatre, Aug. 2-7, 2016.

'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' tells singer’s story; performs in San Diego Aug. 2-7, 2016

Jul 29, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

On June 15, as “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” celebrated its 1,000th performance on Broadway, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio declared the day “Carole King Musical Day.” Now Broadway San Diego is bringing the award-winning show about the iconic singer/songwriter to the Civic Theatre for eight performances, Aug. 2-7, 2016. “Beautiful” tells the story of the Brooklyn teenager who became an international superstar. In 1960, at age 17, Carol Joan Klein (already renamed Carole King) and her husband, ...

La Jolla Music Society’s 2016 SummerFest concert series kicks off with the free event, SummerFest Under the Stars, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Time for Three — known for mashing up pop hits with classic sounds — performs at La Jolla Cove’s Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

La Jolla Music Society celebrates 30th SummerFest concert series

Jul 28, 2016, 4:12 p.m.

La Jolla Music Society’s (LJMS) SummerFest turns 30 this year and is celebrating its pearl anniversary. Fittingly, the lineup of musicians performing Aug. 3-26 is studded with gems. In the meantime, SummerFest 2016 begins with its free “SummerFest Under the Stars” program 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at La Jolla Cove. The concert will include the San Diego Youth Symphony’s International Youth Symphony and the unpredictable string trio Time for Three, which performs everything from classical to hip-hop. Altogether, more ...

Time for Three performs at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest Under the Stars free outdoor concert, Aug. 3.

La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, July 28-Aug. 3

Jul 27, 2016, 12:23 p.m.

Summer Sounds La Jolla Concerts by the Sea continues 2 p.m. Sunday July 31 with the lowdown dirty blues of the Bill Magee Blues Band. Series goes on Sundays through Sept. 4. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. Free. Full lineup: ▪ La Jolla Music Society’s 2016 SummerFest concert series kicks off with SummerFest Under the Stars free outdoor show, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Time for Three — known for mashing up pop hits with classic sounds ...

Dancing (sometimes barefoot) is always a part of the show.

NewsSummer concerts return to Scripps Park, July 17

Jul 13, 2016, 12:53 p.m.

For 32 years on summer Sundays, the free La Jolla Concerts by the Sea series has provided a diverse soundtrack to picturesque family outings. Continuing the tradition, the 33rd annual eight-concert series kicks off 2 p.m. July 17 with Sue Palmer & her Motel Swing Orchestra in Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove, and continues 2-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 4.Drawing nearly 1,000 people per concert, emcee of 19 years Ron Jones said the shows are a “Wonderful pastiche of ...

Structurally defined by its exquisite Spanish Mission-style sanctuary, the Congregational Church of La Jolla was designed by Carleton Winslow, who also designed many of the structures in Balboa Park for the 1915 San Diego World’s Fair.

NewsChurch hosts dance party Friday night

Jul 6, 2016, 11:38 a.m.

The Congregational Church of La Jolla invites music lovers of all ages to savor an evening of music and dancing, featuring a signature soundtrack designed by veteran DJ, music historian and La Jolla resident, Ron Jones. “Starry Nights: An evening of music and dancing with Ron Jones” is set for 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 8 in the courtyard patio on the campus of Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and desserts will be provided. Tickets ...

‘A Beautiful Planet’

NewsLa Jolla's Best Bets for events, June 30

Jun 29, 2016, 10:41 a.m.

Small World, Big World Opening July 2 in the Gould Eddy Gallery onboard the Ferryboat Berkeley, 1492 North Harbor Drive, is “Steering Small – The Wonders of Nautical Models,” which explores a world of scaled down ships. See toy boats, ships in bottles, small crafts, intricate tiny replicas and more through the end of the year. The exhibit is included with museum admission, $8-$16. (619) 234-9153, ext. 101. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s latest IMAX film, “A Beautiful ...

Maestro Steven Schick conducts the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus in ‘Missa Solemnis.’

NewsLa Jolla Symphony & Chorus picks 2016-17 concert theme

Jun 8, 2016, 9:37 a.m.

“Music From the Middle of Life” will be the theme of the next La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) season, which opens Oct. 29 and closes June 11, 2017. Music Director Steven Schick said he built the concerts around music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted as pivot points, leading to new arcs of musical development in their later years. Season highlights of the six-concert subscription series include Beethoven’s Fifth ...

The Mozart family, circa 1780, in a painting by Johann Nepomuk della Croce. The portrait on the wall is of Mozart’s mother.

NewsMozart’s sister ‘back’ for a night at Balboa Theatre

Jun 1, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

Mozart’s sister, nicknamed Nannerl (short for Maria Anna), was a gifted musician/composer who could have been a contender ... if she hadn’t been a girl. Billed as the “Wunderkinder,” Nannerl and Wolfi were a pair of prodigies who performed together, touring Europe under the direction of their father, Leopold, until Nannerl turned 18, when she was sent home to her mother to prepare for a proper marriage. She married late, lived more than twice as long as her famous younger ...

David Chase conducting the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

Father and Son Share the Spotlight

Jun 1, 2016, 12:51 p.m.

When the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus closes its “Soundscape San Diego” season on June 4 and 5 at UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium, it will mark the realization of a long-cherished dream. In his penultimate season as choral director, LJS&C’s David Chase will conduct a performance of Paul Hindemith’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: a Requiem for those we love,” a 1946 work based on the sprawling elegy by Walt Whitman. Hindemith’s work, one of two offerings ...

Marc-Andre Hamelin will perform a world premiere of his ‘New Work for Cello and Piano,’ at SummerFest 2016.

NewsMusic Society plans for 30th chamber classics festival

Apr 27, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

La Jolla Music Society’s (LJMS) SummerFest turns 30 this year and is celebrating its pearl anniversary. Fittingly, the lineup of musicians performing Aug. 3-26 is studded with gems. Among the glitterati is violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman, whose Zukerman Trio also featuring cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng will perform (Aug. 9) selections by Brahms, Dvorak, Gliere and Mendelssohn. Other luminaries include Latvian-born Mischa Maisky, making his SummerFest debut over two nights (Aug. 19-20) and performing all six of Bach’s ...

David and Elaine Darwin with Silvija and Brian Devine, LJMS artistic director Kristin Lancino and Thierry Lancino

Photos: La Jolla Music Society's spring gala hits a high note

Apr 13, 2016, 2:19 p.m.

La Jolla Music Society presented its Spring Gala on April 2, 2016 at Coasterra (880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego) with an intimate performance of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Rodgers & Hammerstein American Songbook Classics by the chanteuse Storm Large and members of her band Le Bonheur. Elaine Darwin and Silvija Devine served as co-chairs of the event. For nearly 50 years, LJMS has brought world-class artists to the San Diego community while promoting educational outreach programs that allow ...

Instructor James Clarkston plays the ukulele and will teach others to do the same at La Jolla Community Center.

NewsStrumming Right Along: La Jolla Community Center to offer ukulele classes

Mar 30, 2016, 3:16 p.m.

There’s just something about a ukulele that makes people smile. Ukuleles are cute, sometimes brightly colored, and invoke a sense of relaxation and fun. To boot, they are lightweight, have soft strings that are easy to pick, and are simple to learn to play — all of which makes them a perfect instrument for the latest class series at La Jolla Community Center. Sponsored by La Jolla Music, the monthly ukulele program will be taught by Classic/Flamenco guitarist James Clarkston ...