Best Bets

La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: March 15

New La Jolla Symphony and Chorus choral director Patrick Walders

Directorial Debut

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ new choral director Patrick Walders makes his conducting debut with Franz Liszt’s “Les Preludes” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” 7:30 p.m. March 16 and 17, and 2 p.m. March 18 at Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive at Mandeville Lane. Guests include soprano Tasha Koontz, tenor John Russell and baritone Kyle Ferrill, and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chamber Chorus and the North Coast Singers. (858) 534-4637.

Listen Up!

Garden Spaces: Growing Outside the Box,” focuses on the latest trends in backyard gardening and offers a lineup of speakers from across the county, via 15 classes and five workshops spanning a range of subjects. 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at San Diego County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego.

In conjunction with SWAN Day (Supporting Women Artists Now), La Jolla Theatre Ensemble presents a staged reading of “Six Little Love Stories,” 2 p.m. Sunday March 18 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Plays by Liz Coley (La Jolla Country Day, Class of 1979; Yale, Class of 1983) and Alexa Samaniego (La Jolla High, Class of 2016; UCSD, 2020). $10 suggested donation. (858) 459-0831.

Breaking News @ the Library, a series of talks on the media being held at various San Diego libraries, presents “Women in the Media,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Panelists include filmmaker Senain Kheshgi, SDSU Women’s studies Department chair Doreen Mattingly, La Jolla Light editor Susan DeMaggio and San Diego City College communications chair Laura Castañada. Free.

The Roustabouts Theatre Co. presents “A Jewish Joke,” matinee and evening shows through April 8 at MOXIE Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. David Ellenstein directs the story of one man’s journey through a historical reality, as well as into the depths of his own soul, in this multi-layered play. $38. (619) 728-7820.

Visit to Indonesia

Focusing on Java, Sulawesi and Bali, traveler and photographer Christa McReynolds will discuss “Indonesia” at the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 La Jolla Photo Travelers meeting, Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., Pacific Beach. Photos document a 2006 trip with only seven travelers. Free.

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All About Art

The Language of Things,” an exhibition by U.S./Mexico-based multimedia artist Roberto Romero-Molina, explores the complex relationship between our experience and how we represent it. This installation features multi-channel sensors that draw from numerous samples of audio and visual material to create a dynamic sensory world within the exhibition space, through March 17 at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. $5 admission. (619) 236-0011.

Into the Center,” the works of Michelle Mansour and Ricardo Xavier, are on display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 24 at R.B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave. (858) 459-3917.

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On the Big Screen

The 25th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival features more than 160 movie premieres, music, food, opening and closing night parties and more, March 15-25 at AMC Fashion Valley 18, 7037 Friars Road, San Diego. Festival passes from $225, individual screenings from $12. (619) 230-1938.

The 1927 silent-film “Metropolis,” by German expressionist director Fritz Lang, will get some dramatic accompaniment from Russ Peck on the Fox Theatre Pipe Organ when it screens 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. The classic depicts class struggle and the dangers of society’s servitude to technology. Tickets from $20.