La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events: Dec. 1


See It While You Can

The critically acclaimed La Jolla Playhouse presentation of “Miss You Like Hell” comes to a close Dec. 4. The musical is about an imaginative teenager who goes on a road trip with her free-spirited mother. Tickets from $25. Matinee and evenings at Mandell Weiss Theater, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. (858) 550-1010.

The Fresh Paint exhibit at La Jolla Riford Library ends Saturday, Dec. 3, featuring the works of local artists showcasing their takes on California’s land and sea, open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Lastword Lectures

Author and NPR journalist Lisa Napoli will be in conversation with former KPBS chief Doug Myrland, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Napoli will sign and discuss her book, “Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away” about the Kroc family. (858) 552-1657.

Nine speakers will report on the progress made in the field of brain science at the symposium, “Influence of the Early Experience on Adult Brain Organization and Function,” presented by the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Salk Institute’s Conrad Prebys auditorium, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road. Each speaker will lecture for approximately 20 minutes on different topics. The event will be live streamed online. Free, but registration required:

Nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen will discuss his limited edition images reflecting the intimate beauty of the natural world with stories from his recent travels, at an artists reception 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Images of Nature Gallery, 7916 Girard Ave. Free.

Two Concerts

Camera Lucida, directed by UCSD Professor of Music and cellist Charles Curtis, presents a concert of violin and piano 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive, off Russell Lane. Program includes: Ives’ “Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano,” Kodály’s “Duo for Violin and Cello” and Schumann’s “Piano Trio in G minor, Opus 110.” Tickets: $33. (858) 534-8497. or

Under the direction and conduction of Jeff Edmonds, the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra returns to La Jolla Music Society, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at MCASD Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. Violist Richard O’Neill will play Tchaikovsky’s arrangement of the Shostakovich sinfonia for Solo Viola and Strings. Tickets: $20. Children: $5. (858) 459-3728.

Historic Battle Re-enacted

In honor of the 1846 Battle of Pasqual (a series of military skirmishes that ended with both sides claiming victory, during the Mexican-American War in what is now the San Pasqual Valley community of San Diego) California State Parks and the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association present Battle Day, a family friendly North County event featuring re-enactors, stories and enhanced living history activities, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Free. (760) 737-2201.

Planetarium Show

Join the Fleet Science Center for a journey through space, where an astronomer narrates a planetarium show, “Moons of the Solar System,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. Active volcanoes, seas of methane and surfaces covered with water ice can all be found on different moons in the solar system. Due to the darkness required in the theater and the sophisticated nature of the material, planetarium shows are not recommended for children 5 years and under. Tickets: $16.95. (619) 238-1233.

Athenaeum Book Sale

The annual Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Book Sale kicks off 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 and continues through Dec. 30 with hundreds of CDs, some LPs, and a thousand books (many of them related to art), including a few rare books, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872.