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La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: Feb. 15

Ricercar Consort appears Friday, Feb. 16 at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

Four Concerts

Nine musicians of the Ricercar Consort celebrate a woman who inspired great music: Anna Magdalena Bach, second wife of Johann Sebastian, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. “A Concert for Anna Magdalena” includes varied pieces of Bach’s music as it might have been performed in their home. Tickets: $10-$45. (619) 291 8246.

Jazz at the Athenaeum’s 2018 series continues with Dave King Trio, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at 1008 Wall St. Featuring King on drums, Matt Mitchell on piano, and Billy Peterson on bass, King is reported to bring a finely wrought musicality and wicked humor to every project. Tickets: $21-$26. (858) 454-5872.

Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church continues its guitar music series, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at 6551 Soledad Mountain Road, when Fred Benedetti will play Spanish guitar classics. Tickets at the door: $10, $8 seniors, military, $5 students. (858) 248-9300.

Emmet Cahill, award-winning Irish tenor and a principal singer with the show Celtic Thunder, performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. $30 general admission, $45 meet-and-greet. (858) 459-3421.

Listen and Learn

World traveler David Brezic shares his images from a privately-guided trip in Sri Lanka from March of last year, at the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 La Jolla Photo Travelers meeting at Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., Pacific Beach. Highlights included second century Dambulla Cave Temples, manicured botanic gardens and waterfalls, and more. Free.

Writing that Deepens” is the theme of the 2018 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, with afternoon workshops and evening speakers that include Deepak Chopra, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, novelist Jane Smiley, NPR podcaster Krista Tippett, and filmmakers Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, Feb. 19-23. Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive. Tickets: $10-$40. (619) 849-2297.

Before it airs on PBS nationwide, “The Homeless Chorus Speaks” screens to shed light on homelessness in America, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the San Diego Central Library, 220 Park Blvd. Following the film, there will be a question-and-answer session and performance from the Voices of the City Choir. RSVP: and/or

La Jolla Theater Ensemble takes on the story of Frederick Douglass with staged readings of “In Splendid Error,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. In this part of his story, Douglass is living with his family in Rochester, New York where he is active as an abolitionist newspaper publisher and also as a link in the escape chain for runaway slaves. (858) 552-1657.

Ballet Premiere

San Diego Ballet will perform “Ritmos Latinos,” with new music written and performed by Gilbert Castellanos, and sizzling ballet choreography, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 at Lyceum Theater, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. Tickets $35-$50. (619) 544-1000.

Art Exhibit Openings

An opening reception will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, for the works of Antonio Adriano Puleo and Kraig Cavanaugh, which will be on display at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. through March 24. Puleo references Matisse’s late practice, using gouache to create monochromatic color fields on watercolor paper, which are then cut into and layered. Cavanaugh presents an assortment of his recent sculptures and wall works, as well as artwork by artists who inspire him. The reception is free and open to the public. (858) 454-5872.

Into the Center,” featuring the works of Michelle Mansour and Ricardo Xavier, opens with an artist’s reception, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at R.B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave. See it until March 24 during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (858) 459-3917.

Madison Gallery presents Los Angeles-based artist Lori Cozen-Geller and her retrospective exhibition, “Origins,” which opens 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Madison Gallery, 1055 Wall St. “Origins” is on view through March 30. With a white palette, exhibit features architectural sculptures. (858) 459-0836.