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Adventures in Art

After a year of renovation, Tasende Gallery at 920 Prospect St., opens Sept. 1 with an exhibition “Signs of the Times,” featuring 19 works from 19 artists. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit is on view through Nov. 4. (858) 454-3691.

Through Sept. 3, Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, 7946 Ivanhoe Ave., presents the largest show to date for California-based painter Stephanie Paige, called “Let It Flow.” The abstract paintings are intended to bring tranquility and harmony. Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. (858) 551-2020.

The Athenaeum’s Night Owls and guests will put their stamp on the Annual Juried Exhibition by voting for their favorite work from the show that features 56 works during “Noche de la Lechuza: Member’s Choice,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at 1008 Wall St. Also included: beer and tequila tastings, art viewing and music by Red Pony Clock. Recommended for ages 21 to 40-somethings. Admission: Free for Night Owl members, $5-$10 non-members. (858) 454-5872.

Athenaeum Night Owls to pick their favorite works.
Athenaeum Night Owls to pick their favorite works. (Courtesy)

Big and Small Concerts

BIG: San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert series concludes with “1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” aka booming cannons, blazing brass and fireworks, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1-3 at Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. Tickets from $18. (619) 235-0804.

SMALL: UC San Diego’s 17th annual Toy Piano Festival brings new works for tiny piano, songs from “The Cat in the Hat Songbook” and a tribute to John Cage, the first composer to write “serious” work for toy piano, noon, Tuesday, Sept. 5 at Geisel Library, Seuss Room, on the UC San Diego campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 822-5758.

Science Lectures

Of all the possible extraterrestrial habitats in our solar system, Jupiter’s moon Europa is perhaps the most enticing (largely because Europa acquires enough energy to maintain a liquid ocean). Dr. Britney Schmidt of Georgia Tech University speaks about this during, “Europa in Our Backyard: Robots, Radar and the Search for Life Beyond Earth,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Samuel Scripps Auditorium, 8610 Kennel Way. Free. or

UC San Diego biomedical sciences Ph.D. student Julia Nussbacher is the next speaker in the La Jolla Riford Library Citizen Science lecture series, and will talk about “MicroRNAs: One biologist’s junk is another cell’s regulatory molecule,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

To Be or Not to Be?

William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” takes the stage evenings through (an extended) Sept. 22 at the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic and family saga, the production stars Grantham Coleman, Opal Alladin, Michael Genet, Patrick Kerr, Ian Lassiter, Jonny Orsini and Cornell Womack. Barry Edelstein directs. Tickets from $30. (619) 234-5623.

Hamlet is on stage through Sept. 22
Hamlet is on stage through Sept. 22 (Courtesy)

Festival of Sail

More than 20 tall ships and other fascinating vessels from around the world will visit San Diego Sept. 1-4 as part of the Port of San Diego 2017 Festival of Sail. Visitors will tour the ships, sample food and drink for purchase, experience a petting zoo, pirates, cannon battles on the bay, sunset cruises and shopping along North Embarcadero, between Ash and Grape streets, downtown San Diego. Tickets $11 (with discounts). (619) 234-9153.

13 Lucky Spots to Hear Live Music in La Jolla

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters: (acoustic and open mic) 10 a.m. to noon Saturday-Sunday, 5627 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 551-1707,

Beaumont’s Eatery: (acoustic, covers, funk and more) 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. most Sundays, 5662 La Jolla Blvd.

Café Milano: (light jazz) 5-10 p.m. Saturday, 711 Pearl St.,

The Cottage: (acoustic guitar) 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 7702 Fay Ave.

Duke’s: (Hawaiian or Island-inspired) upstairs, 4-6 p.m. Fridays, 1216 Prospect St.

Eddie V’s: (jazz, R&B, blues) 6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1270 Prospect St.,

Hennessy’s Tavern: (Irish tunes) 9 p.m. Tuesdays, (other acoustic music) 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7811 Herschel Ave.

Herringbone: (acoustic) 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays; Noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2-6 p.m. last Saturdays of the month Local Ales & Acoustics with tap takeovers, 7837 Herschel Ave.

La Valencia Hotel: (pop, jazz, Flamenco, piano, guitar), 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in The Med; 6 p.m. first Fridays-Sundays in La Sala lounge; 6 p.m. most other nights on The Patio, 1132 Prospect St.,

The LOT movie theater: flamenco, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays; Cover music, 7-10 p.m. Thursdays; Latin music, 6-9 p.m. Fridays, European house music (DJ), 8-11 p.m. Saturdays; acoustic 6-9 Sundays. 7611 Fay Ave.

Lupi Vino Cucina: (Love Songs of Sergio) 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. 5518 La Jolla Blvd.

Manhattan: (piano/vocalist, classic/modern standards), 7-10 p.m. Wednesday; 7-10 p.m. Thursday; 8-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7766 Fay Ave.

Porters Pub & Grill: (hip-hop, indie) 8 p.m. dates vary, 9500 Gilman Drive,

Compiled by Ashley Mackin-Solomon