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La Jolla's Best Bets for Events: Jan. 25

Concerts to Catch

Paivikki Nykter artistic director of Chamber Music Series Lappeenranta, Finland and Paul Kenyon, former chair of Point Loma Nazarene University Music Department, will present a free concert of music by Franz Schubert, Arvo Part and Cesar Franck. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (619) 507-9915.

Art of Élan presents “The Ecology of Sound,” an evening of music, art and creative experimentation that showcases the wide variety of artistic talent in Southern California and Baja, 7 p.m. (pre-concert panel discussion 6:15 p.m.) Tuesday, Jan. 30, at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, House of Charm. Tickets: $10. (619) 236-0011.

UC San Diego’s 22nd annual Lytle Scholarship Concert, “Jazz Piano Summit,” will feature a unique solo improvisation set from visionary musicians Cecil Lytle, Kei Akagi, Mike Wofford and Tobin Chodos, capped off by a show-stopping finale that will merge the talents of all four performers, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego campus, corner of Rupertus Lane and Russell Lane. Proceeds benefit undergraduate scholarships. Tickets: $50, discounts. (858) 534-1507.

Stage Presence

Following the sold out Off-Broadway run, “Wrestling Jerusalem” comes to San Diego, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Set in America, Israel and Palestine, “Wrestling Jerusalem” follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Community conversation follows the performance. Tickets: $45-$69 in advance, $50-$74 at the door. (858) 362-1348.

‘Wrestling Jerusalem’ follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Courtesy

La Jolla Theatre Ensemble will offer a staged reading of four plays that explore vulnerability and personal evolution, 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Themed “Opening Up,” plays include Elizabeth Coley’s “A Lease on Life,” Jeanette Farr’s “Gray Matter,” Werner Hashagen’s “Yes! Come and See Us ... However ... ” and Kim Cromwell’s one-act “Catfish.” Suggested donation: $10. (858) 459-0831.

The Butterfly Project

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27), the San Diego History Center will present “The Butterfly Project,” with film screenings, crafts, scavenger hunt and more, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1649 El Prado, Suite 3 in Balboa Park, San Diego. (619) 232-6302. or

Whoa! Girlfriends

The latest exhibit at the Women’s Museum of California —Beauty or Torture?” — explores how women across the ages have gone to extreme measures to alter their looks, often in painful ways, in order to conform to beauty standards of the time. The exhibit closes Jan. 28 at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, in Liberty Station, Point Loma. Admission: $3-$5. (619) 233-7963.

Magical Musical

Singin’ in the Rain,” the 1952 classic about the debut of “talking pictures” and starring the late-greats Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, screens 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Popcorn provided. Free. (858) 552-1657.

This classic musical screens 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29 at La Jolla Library. Courtesy

Author Talk

Award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Fred Dickey will discuss his new book, “Stories With Faces: The Tightrope Lives of Next-Door People,” 2 p.m., Sunday Jan. 28 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Free. (858) 456-1800.

Art History Lecture

The Age of the Baroque: Splendor and silence from Caravaggio to Vermeer,” continues into week three (with the same lecture given both days) 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29 and Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Art historian Linda Blair will discuss one of the premier artists of the Baroque Age, Velazquez. Tickets: $14-$19. (858) 454-5872.

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