Art Best Bets

La Jolla Light's Best Bets for events: March 8-14

Sunday Concerts

The San Diego Early Music Society will present The Pandolfo Quartet in an evening of viola da gamba, harpsichord, theorbo and guitar titled “Paris 1689: A Revolution for the Sun King,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Tickets: $10-$40. (619) 291-8246.

A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s music is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the 28th annual Athenaeum Music & Arts Library chamber series opener at 1008 Wall St. Performers include David Shifrin (clarinet) and Dominic Armstrong (tenor) with the Zorá String Quartet (quartet-in-residence) and student Jiacheng Xiong (piano). Tickets: $40-$45 individual. (858) 454-5872.

Organist Chelsea Chen Courtesy

Considered a La Jolla Presbyterian Church favorite, organist and composer Chelsea Chen will perform 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at 7715 Draper Ave. A La Jolla native, Chen has taken her music all over the world. Donations accepted. (858) 454-0713.

Free Opera

Pulling from Metropolitan Opera Catalog of live performances, the Our Mother of Confidence Church will stream “Nabucco,” 1 p.m. March 11 at 3131 Governor Drive. It tells the story of an aging king who descends into madness while his bloodthirsty daughter begins a reign of terror, leaving a defenseless populace to battle for freedom from their oppressors. Free. (858) 453-0222.

‘Giselle’ at the Ballet

Giselle,” the San Diego City Ballet adaptation of a story of a girl that dies of a broken heart, rises from the grave to show the power of love and forgiveness, is on stage 8 p.m. March 9, 8 p.m. March 10 and 2 p.m. March 11 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. $25-$85. Accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra. (858) 272-8663.

'Giselle' at City Ballet

Listen and Learn

Historian Marci Shore will read from and discuss her book “The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800.

Justin Viezbicke, the Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, will discuss how rescue teams, not only work to free these whales, but also collect information to help prevent future entanglements, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the San Diego Chapter of American Cetacean Society meeting, Sumner Auditorium, 8595 La Jolla Shores Drive. Free.

The three-night Goldberg Series, in its second decade, presents “The New Middle East Landscape: Israel Turns 70” March 12-14 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Topics include: “New Middle East Landscape: Ascendance of Iran,” 7 p.m. Monday, March 12; “In the absence of an active U.S., can Saudi Arabia lead Sunni-Arabs against Shiite-Iran?” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 and “Israel at 70: Strategic challenges, domestic polarization and a thriving economy,” 7 p.m. Wedneday, March 14. Tickets: $20-$25 one lecturel, $45-$57 series. (858) 362-1348.

Work from “Aesthetic Engineering” by Kraig Cavanaugh Courtesy

Athenaeum Art

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents “In and In-Between,” by Antonio Adriano Puleo; “Aesthetic Engineering” by Kraig Cavanaugh; and works by Claire Van Vliet and Janus Press from the Athenaeum’s Artists’ Books collection, on view through March 24 during business hours at 1008 Wall St. Free. (858) 454-5872.

Butterfly Jungle

Butterfly Jungle, with 30 species of butterfly and 18 of exotic birds, opens Saturday, March 10 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido. Butterfly Jungle is included with admission. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and runs until April 15.

Book Bargains

A fundraiser to benefit the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, the annual Used Book Sale opens with pre-sale shopping 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, and continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at 4126 Executive Drive. Books for children and young adults, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction, Judaic topics, gifts, art and more with prices from 50-cents, or all the books you can fit into one grocery bag (some exclusions apply) for $10. Pre-sale shopping is $20. (858) 362-1141.

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