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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library hosts concerts, lectures and art events.
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At The Athenaeum

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host an opening reception for “On the Money,” an exhibition by San Diego native Wick Alexander; “Piñata/Drone/Bust” by Anna Stump; and “Booklyn in Brooklyn: Artist’s Books from the Athenaeum Collection,” 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12 at 1008 Wall St. The works will be on view Jan. 6-Feb. 10. (858) 454-5872.

28th annual Athenaeum chamber concert series will present clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan, pianist Anton Smirnoff and soprano Shoushik Barsoumian in one of the most famous, yet rarely heard live due to its difficulty, “The Shepherd on the Rock” (German: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen), D. 965, by Franz Schubert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8 at 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872.

soundOn Music Festival opens with “Exotic Images from an Inner Journey,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at 1008 Wall St. Program includes Toshio Hosokawa’s “Stunden-Blumen (Toki no Hana),” Anne LeBaron’s “I am an American ... My Government Will Reward You,” Juan Pablo Contreras’ “Palimsesto,” Roger Reynolds’ “imagE/viola” and the world premiere of Adam Greene’s “Absence.” Tickets $25, with discounts. (858) 454-5872.

Theater for Kids

“Pirates Past Noon Kids” is a stage adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s adventure books from the Magic Tree House series. In this production, Jack and Annie’s treehouse takes them to an exotic island inhabited by pirates, where the two discover the power of friendship and the simple pleasures in everyday life. See it matinees and evenings, Jan. 5-21, at Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place in Balboa Park, San Diego. Tickets: $12-$18. (619) 239-8355.

Listen Up!

French president Emmanuel Macron will be the topic of discussion at La Jolla Library. Courtesy

La Jolla Library and San Diego French-American School will present “The Politics of Emmanuel Macron” a lecture about the current French president, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

The San Diego Chapter of the American Cetacean Society will host Sam Ridgway, one of the founding fathers of marine mammal medicine and executive director of the National Marine Mammal Foundation, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Sumner Auditorium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 8595 La Jolla Shores Drive. Ridgway’s topic is “Working with dolphins and belugas: What they can teach us in open water.” Free. Street parking only.

Tapestry: A Community Celebration of Learning” will bring hundreds of people together 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. The evening begins with a Community Havdalah and continues with two sessions (24 topics to choose from) and concludes with a dessert reception. Tickets: $40-$45 in advance, $55 at the door. Classes will be filled on a first-come basis. Last year sold out in advance. (858) 457-3030.

Mike Birbiglia, the comedic mind that recently filmed two stand-up comedy specials for Netflix (“My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” and “Thank God for Jokes”), brings his latest “The New One” to La Jolla Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9-14 (4 p.m. shows Saturday, Sunday), 2910 La Jolla Village Drive on the UC San Diego campus. Tickets $45-$55. (858) 550-1010.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia will perform a one-man show at La Jolla Playhouse. Courtesy

Two Concerts to Catch

Opera Wednesdays opens the 2018 season 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Performers include Metropolitan Opera Competition Winners, active San Diego Opera performers and guest artists who have sung all over the world. $10 suggested donation. (858) 459-0831. 6811 La Jolla Blvd.

The San Diego Early Music Society will pay tribute to composer Vivaldi (1678-1741) with a program featuring his final violin and strings concerti and rarely heard works, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Fabio Bondi will play violin and provide direction. Tickets from $40. (619) 291-8246.