La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events: April 20

‘A Step Away: Artists from the MFA Program at UCSD’

An Art Collaboration

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts will present “A Step Away: Artists from the MFA Program at UCSD,” with a 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20 opening at the Museum’s 1100 Kettner Blvd. location, downtown San Diego. Free. On display until May 29. (858) 454-3541.

Stage Presence

Vets at Home: A Showcase of Short Plays,” will feature a dozen pieces written and performed by veterans and civilians, 7:30 p.m. April 21-22 and 2:30 p.m. April 23 at the Veterans Museum, 2115 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park, San Diego. “Vets at Home” uses comedy, drama and dance to explore the variety of challenges facing veterans when they return home. $10 or pay-what-you-can. (970) 903-8924. or

La Jolla Theater Ensemble will offer a staged reading of two seldom-presented plays, 4 p.m. April 22 and 7 p.m. April 25 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Experience Arthur Miller’s radio play “Buffalo Bill Disremembered” and Eugene O’Neill’s one-act piece “Hughie.” Free. (858) 552-1657.

2016 marked the 400th year since William Shakespeare’s death, but through excerpts from his plays and sonnets, San Diego Union-Tribune language columnist Richard Lederer will demonstrate that The Bard is still robust in San Diego. See it 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at North Coast Rep Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $25. (858) 481-1055

Internationally known linguists and co-hosts of the national public radio show “A Way with Words,” Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, will present an interactive look on language, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $18-$22. (858) 362-1348.

Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette present ‘A Way with Words.’

Concerts to Catch

An Imperfect Storm,” a San Diego New Music program, brings its executive director trombonist Eric Starr to the stage along with pianist Tina Chong, bassist Jory Herman, trumpeters John Wilds and Rachel Allen, Danielle Kuhlmann on horn and Luke Storm on tuba, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $20-$25. (858) 454-5872.

Kevin Toney is considered a true modern music renaissance artist and is one of the world’s finest pianists and composers. See him, with special guest Dominique Toney, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at North Coast Rep Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach. Happy hour 6:30 p.m. Tickets $22. (858) 481-1055.

Experience a night of songwriting and acoustic innovation at “Release the Hounds: An Evening with Aoife O’Donovan and Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge,” showcasing acoustic guitar and a blending of music stylings, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at Price Center Ballroom, UC San Diego campus, 9500 Gilman Drive off Matthew Lane. Tickets $35 ($9 for UCSD students).

La Jolla Music Society’s Revelle Chamber Music Series closes with Emerson String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. Program includes: Mozart’s “String Quartet in D Minor,” Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 4” and Dvořák’s “String Quartet No. 11, Op. 61 in C Major.” Tickets from $30. (858) 459-3728.

Emerson String Quartet

Science Time for Kids

Adventurous Architects,” the latest Big Science for Little People gathering, is 10 a.m. Friday April 21 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Hands-on activities in physics, engineering and architecture with the Fleet Science Center. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Festival Fundraiser

La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary’s signature fundraiser, the Quintessential Craft Beer & Wine festival, is 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Nobel Athletic Fields, 8810 Judicial Drive. Unlimited samples from 18 craft brewers, five regional wineries plus eight Southern California distilleries. $30 in advance, $40 at the door, $15 active military. or