La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for Events: March 9

Four Concerts, Six Days

Sounds of the Baroque, a four-concert series spanning six days, opens with the La Jolla Music Society debut of Brad Mehldau, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. and continues with the Music Society presentation of Bach’s “The Circle of Creation,” 8 p.m., Friday March 10 at Sherwood Auditorium. Then the Bach Collegium San Diego presents “Agony & Ecstasy: Bach’s Muses,” 3 p.m. Sunday March 12 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Series concludes with the San Diego Early Music Society presentation of “Of Frogs and Men: The Nature of the Baroque,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 also at St. James by-the-Sea. Tickets: or

Film Screening

For the first time in San Diego, the 2016 César Award for Best Documentary Film in France, “Demain,” will screen 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the San Diego French-American School, 6550 Soledad Mountain Road. “Demain” (Tomorrow) is focused on solutions to make the world a better, greener and more sustainable place. French with English subtitles. Tickets: $10.

Art Exhibits of Note

Monarch Arredon Contemporary gallery’s first show in its new showroom is “Dancing Shadows,” a collaborative exhibition by father and daughter artists Randy and Carol Cooper, featuring 25 “Shadow Sculptures.” Artists’ reception 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11 (exhibit up through April 22), 862 Prospect St., Suite A. Free. (858) 454-1231.

“Icons in Transformation,” with 90 pieces of art by Russian-Swedish abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska, is on exhibit through May 7 in the nave of All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd. in Point Loma. Pawlowska was born to exiled parents in a Soviet gulag in Kasakhstan. Besides its iconic inspirations, of interest is how art may transform the worship space, or how the art may be transformed by the church building, in this case, a significant mid-century modern structure by the late, La Jolla architect Robert Mosher. Free docent tours Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, plus other related events. (619) 223-6394.

The La Jolla Louvre opens with work by Southern California artist Josh Serafin, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 at 7629 Girard Ave. Serafin has been a staple in the beach, surf and ocean art scene since 1999, when he created a name for himself with his sunset resolution photographic diary of a year of sunsets. Free.

Applause! Applause!

San Diego Opera’s “Shiley Dētour Series” continues with “The Tragedy of Carmen,” in evening and matinees, March 10-12 at the Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown San Diego. Production is Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s beloved opera and tells the story of the soldier Don José who leaves his sweetheart for the fiery and passionate Carmen. Tickets from $20. (619) 533-7000.

Little Shop of Horrors,” this year’s high school spring musical, is on stage 7 p.m. March 10-11 and March 17-18 at La Jolla High School Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. Story focuses on lovestruck Seymour and his man-eating plant, and stars students Robert Mackey and Blue Shroeder. Tickets $10-$12. (858) 454-3081.

Listen Up!

The “Silk Road” of northwest China and Bhutan is the focus of the La Jolla Photo Travelers Club meeting, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., Pacific Beach. Nancy and Roger Harmon will present their photographs and tell stories of encounters in this sensitive and unusual part of the world. Free.

Following his sold-out “Giants of Broadway” lecture/performance in 2016, Bruno Leone presents a two-part series, “Music of the Movies.” Part one, “Movies and Music” is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Series continues March 21. Tickets: $17-$22, $30-$40 for both. (858) 454-5872.

In honor of La Jolla Landmarks Week (hosted by La Jolla Historical Society), a lecture, “Architectural Styles and Landscape Design in San Diego,” by architects Todd Fry and Jennifer Phelps, will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at La Jolla Historical Society, Balmer Annex, 7846 Eads Ave. Free. (858) 459-5335.