La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: July 13


There’s Music in the Air

Green Flash Concert Series continues with local rocker Steve Poltz and opener Berkley Hart, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 at the scenic Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way. 21 and older event. Tickets: $30.95-$35.95. (858) 534-3474.

Odeum Guitar Duo, composed of classical guitarists Fred Benedetti and Robert Wetzel, will perform songs of northern European and Mediterranean origins at a concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15 at Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road. $10 with discounts. (858) 248-9300.

The 19th Summer Festival with pianist Gustavo Romero continues, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The four-part series features the works of Enrique Granados. Single ticket with dinner: $165. (858) 454-5872.

Dive, Women, Dive

Women divers will celebrate the third annual Women’s Dive Day, 8 a.m. Saturday, July 15 at La Jolla Shores beach. Organized by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the event welcomes female divers and those interested in hearing their experiences for breakfast and a social hour. At 9 a.m., a diving and snorkeling groups will go out to enjoy the La Jolla Shores Underwater Park and Ecological Reserve. Attendees may RSVP (as soon as possible) by following the instructions at

Off to the Races!

More than 40,000 horse-racing fans are expected to attend one of the most fabulous and fun festivities in the West: Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack, Wednesday, July 19 (2 p.m. first post time). The day is not only about big bets and fast horses, but fashion-minded guests may participate in the Opening Day Hats Contest to compete for cash prizes based on creativity and style. The race season runs through Sept. 4 at Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Opening Day Stretch Run admission $15; Clubhouse $30. (858) 792-4242.

Some things to See

As part of Grace Bell’s exhibit “Music Scene Hear,” there will be guided walk-throughs with the artist and musicians featured in the exhibit, noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays until July 29 (when the exhibit closes) at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Free. (858) 454-5872.

Internationally acclaimed artist Carole Feuerman’s first solo exhibition, “The Bathers,” opens July 15 at Madison Galleries, 1055 Wall St. Feuerman is one of the leaders in the ’70s trend of creating sculptures that portray their models in a lifelike manner. See the exhibit during gallery hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 12. Free. (858) 459-0836.

Women’s Museum of California celebrates the heroism of females in the U.S. military with its latest exhibit, “Heroine in Arms: Women of the American Military,” on display through Aug. 27 at 2730 Historic Decatur Road in Liberty Station, Point Loma. The exhibit explores women’s service within the Marine Corps, Army, Navy and Air Force, from World War I Army nurses to today’s women combat officers. Free, donations accepted. Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. (619) 233-7963.

Poetry at the Library

It’s Poetry Week at La Jolla Riford Library, when the San Diego Poetry Annual publication presents a reading of poems by local writers, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Questions? Call (858) 552-1657. A few days later, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20, a poetry workshop is planned. Bring a poem, either a favorite or your own, to share with other poetry lovers. (858) 412-6351. Both events free.

Book Talk

Kathryn Anthony, author of “Defined by Design: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession” (which features the La Jolla Shores beachside restrooms as a successful example of gender-friendly design that can serve as models elsewhere), will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. Free. Reserved seating available when the book is pre-ordered. Only books purchased from Warwick’s ($18) will be signed. (858) 454-0347.

Shakespeare Screening

See Peter Brook’s “King Lear,” 7 p.m. Monday, July 17, as part of The Old Globe Theatre’s Shakespeare film screenings at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, San Diego. The 1971 movie stars Paul Scofield, Irene Worth, Susan Engel and Anne-Lise Gabold. Seating is first-come, first-served. Free. (619) 234-5623.