La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: Aug. 23


Art Talks

Join fellow art enthusiasts to learn more about the artists and their works during a guided walking tour of the Murals of La Jolla, led by project curator Lynda Forsha, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Meet at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Free. (858) 454-5872.

As part of the “Gardens of Ink” exhibit (on view through Aug. 31) at the San Diego Botanic Garden, Dr. Philip Bloom from the Huntington Library will discuss the roles that painting, poetry and calligraphy have played in the design of Chinese gardens, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (Mention you received an invitation to the lecture for free admission.)

Pass the Popcorn

The Golden Globe and Oscar nominated musical “The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya, screens 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

The Old Globe Theatre’s Monday Night Shakespeare film-screening series continues with Ian McKellen’s “Richard III,” 8:15 p.m. Aug. 27. A murderous lust for the British throne sends Richard III descending into madness. Free admission. 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, San Diego. (619) 234-5623.

Stage Set for ‘Smokefall’

Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin boys into the world: her husband is secretly planning to leave her, her father is slipping into senility and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. Haunting and slyly funny, “Smokefall” explores the lives of this family in a lyrical treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love. See it matinee and evening shows Aug. 23-Sept. 16 at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. $35 with discounts.

Concert Time

Celebrating the jazz tradition of improvisation, the Fourth Friday Jazz Series presents Peter Sprague, Leonard Patton and Tripp Sprague, in their exploration of The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, and Cream, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $18-23 in advance, $25 at the door. (858) 459-0831.

The Classical Guitar Music series continues with Robert Wetzel on solo guitar in “The Italian Guitar Heritage,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road. Tickets: $10 at the door. (858) 248-9300.

Limited tickets remain for the 2018 La Jolla Music Society SummerFest concluding concert, “SummerFest finale with David Zinman,” 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 24 at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown San Diego. Features maestro David Zinman, pianists Emanuel Ax and Jon Kimura Parker and cellist Gary Hoffman, with the SummerFest Orchestra and San Diego Master Chorale. Tickets from $34.90. (858) 459-3728.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Race Club’s summer season presents concerts after the last race of the day every Friday and almost every Saturday night in the seaside concert area at the west end of the grandstand. See San Diego-based reggae band Tribal Seeds, Friday, Aug. 24, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. (858) 755-1141. Free with track admission.

Book Signing

Author T. Jeferson Parker will signs and speak about his latest work, “Swift Vengeance,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. His story focuses on a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene, and the investigators tasked with finding this killer. Free. (858) 454-0347.

Songs of the Sea

The Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Folk Heritage present the annual Sea Chantey Festival, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 aboard Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship. Sea chanteys and traditional folk music will be performed by local and national artists. Tickets included with $18 general admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive, downtown.