Art Best Bets

La Jolla Light's Best Bets for events: Feb. 22

One-Day Love-Fest

A one-day gallery art show featuring 13 award-winning local artists will celebrate love with paintings, multi-media, food sculptures and more, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. The exhibit is a community outreach art program from La Jolla Presbyterian and St. James Episcopal churches. Live music, light refreshments, interactive painting on canvas, portrait drawing for children. Free. (858) 454-0713.

Community Center Happenings

In honor of Heart Health month (February), La Jolla Community Center welcomes back cardiologist, Dr. Mimi Guarneri, who will discuss what you can do immediately to improve the health of your heart, your brain and the planet. Lecture and Q&A, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Free. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

Virtuoso jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, with pianist Joshua White and upright bassist Dean Hulett perform the music of Thelonious Monk in celebration of the centennial of his birth, 8 p.m. (reception 7 p.m.) Friday, Feb. 23, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $18-$23 in advance, $25 at the door. (858) 459-0831.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos Courtesy

Ukrainian-born soprano Anna Belaya, with world-renowned tenor Daniel Hendrick and Roman Palacios, perform in concert, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $40. (858) 459-0831.

Two Book Talks

Village Garden Club of La Jolla presents Alice Waters in a “Meet the Masters” lunch, lecture and book signing, noon, Monday Feb. 26 at The Prado, 1549 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. The event celebrates the release of Waters’ new memoir “Coming to my Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.” Tickets: $150 for Club members, $175 non-members (tax-deductible). Includes a signed copy of the book, valet parking and lunch. For more information, e-mail or

Ahead of the March 4 Academy Awards, Andre Aciman, The New York Times bestselling author of “Call Me By Your Name” (now a three-time Academy-Award-nominated motion picture) will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. Free. Only books purchased from Warwick’s (starting at $17) will be signed. (858) 454-0347.

Concerts To Catch

Award-winning violinist Paul Huang returns to La Jolla Music Society after an acclaimed SummerFest debut in 2016, with a virtuosic program of works by Prokofiev, Kreisler and more. Huang is the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant Winner, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at The Auditorium at TSRI, 10620 John J. Hopkins Drive. Tickets: $30. (858) 459-3728.

Paul Hunag returns to La Jolla Music Society. Courtesy

Jazz at the Athenaeum’s 2018 series continues with Ben Allison & Think Free, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. A quartet led by celebrated NYC-bassist Allison with Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Steve Cardenas on guitar, and Allan Mednard on drums. Allsion’s career spans 30 years. Tickets: $21-$26. (858) 454-5872.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus showcases the winners of its 2018 Young Artists Competition in an intimate recital setting, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at a private La Jolla home. Hear these talented musicians and vocalists perform their winning pieces. Location details will be given upon ticket purchase: $15-$50. (858) 534-4637.

The Hausmann Quartet’s third season of “Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime,” opens 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 with “Early Years,” a focus on Haydn’s entry in the string quartet genre. Maritime Museum, 1492 N. Harbor Drive, downtown San Diego. $10-$50 in advance, $12-$60 at the door. $40 Package deal for museum and concert admission. $80-$160 for the series. (619) 432-2314.

Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

San Diego Opera’s Main Stage Season continues with Puccini’s “Turandot.” Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage, Turandot was last performed by San Diego Opera in 2011 and tells the story of Princess Turandot and her three riddles one must answer to win her heart. See it 7 p.m. Feb. 24, 27 and March 2; and 2 p.m. March 4. Civic Theatre, 1100 3rd Ave., downtown San Diego. Tickets from $48. (619) 533-7000.

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