La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: April 5
Opera Wednesdays celebrates its fourth anniversary with a special concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Artists will consist of past and present Metropolitan Opera Competition winners, San Diego Opera performers and guest artists who have sung all over the world. $10 suggested donation. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org
Local musicians will take the stage at three concerts, starting April 6, for the 10th anniversary season of the Athenaeum’s Acoustic Evening Series. Robin Henkel, Jesus Gonazales and Breaking the Code launch the celebration, 7:30 p.m. Friday April 6 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $12-$17; $30-$45 series. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/acoustics
Performing music by Corelli, Dvorak and Faure, the Seaside Quartet will take the La Jolla Library stage, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org
Pass the Popcorn
The latest IMAX documentary, “Pandas,” tells a heartwarming story about introducing captive-born giant pandas into the wild. It opens April 6 (with multiple shows daily) at Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. Tickets: $19.95 with discounts. (619) 238-1233. fleetscience.org/shows/pandas
French Film Club of San Diego screens “Faces and Places,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6 at San Diego French-American School, 6550 Soledad Mountain Road. The film is a 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature. English subtitles. Suggested donation $9. frenchfilmclubofsandiego.com
It’s All About Art
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, the latest exhibit at Women’s Museum of California opens 5 p.m. Friday, April 6 and remains up through April 29 at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103 in Liberty Station, Point Loma. According to an exhibit statement: “#metoo is a strong, unified, voice that seeks to put an end to silencing those who have been hurt, and to say out loud, ‘No more!’ ” Admission: $5. (619) 233-7963. womensmuseumca.org
The Allied Artists Association of San Diego presents “A Tribute to Spring,” with a reception, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Features work by Rudy Villaseñor, Nicole Caulfield, Minnie Valero and others. All art is available for sale. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org
“This & That,” a collection of recently excavated pieces brought to light by artist Richard Allen Morris (when he moved studios after 34 years) will be on display, April 7 to May 5 at R.B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave. An opening reception is 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7. (858) 459-3917. rbstevensongallery.com
Art historian Derrick Cartwright’s lecture series “The beautiful and the ugly: Who judges, who cares?” ends 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. “Just Ugly,” looks at what is at stake when something is judged to be much-less-than-beautiful. Tickets: $14-$19. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/art-history-lectures
Sean Penn’s in Town
Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn will read from and discuss his new book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” at two local engagements: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800, and again 5 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at University of San Diego’s Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre, 5998 Alcala Park (sponsored by Warwick’s books). The latter has $26 admission, includes one pre-signed copy. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com Penn is known for his film roles in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Milk,” “Dead Man Walking” and others.
Center for Community Solutions presents its annual “Tea & Tonic,” 1 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Cheryl Strayed, author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, “WILD,” is the keynote speaker. Tickets from $150. (858) 272-5777. ccssd.org
Voices for Children presents its 26th annual Fostering Hope Golf Classic, 5-8 p.m. Sunday, April 8 and 10:20 a.m. Monday, April 9 at a private La Jolla club. (858) 598-2261. firstname.lastname@example.org or speakupnow.org
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