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La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for Events: May 17

Violinist Jonathan Leviim

Let’s Talk Music

Music Lectures at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library from Jacquelyne Silver continue with “Ludwig van Beethoven and the Romantic Era,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 and “The Continuation of the Romantic Era and Impressionism,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24. 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $17-$22. (858) 454-5872.

World-class Virtuoso violinist Jonathan Leviim and pianist Irina Bessonova present a classical concert of popular violin masterpieces with arrangements by Bach, Handel, Dvorak, Paganini, Marcello, Albinoni, Massenet, Schubert, Chopin, Gluck, Mozart, Kriesler, and Rachmaninoff. See “Violin with Love,” 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $35. (858) 740-4049.

Schubert’s Swan Song III,” curated by pianist and incoming SummerFest music director Inon Barnatan, is a three-concert exploration of the late works of composer Franz Schubert, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, Sorrento Valley. Tickets: $30-$80. (858) 459-3728.

The St. James-by-the-Sea Choir & Orchestra will be joined by the American composer, Morten Lauridsen, for a program of his works, 4 p.m. Sunday May 20 at 743 Prospect St. A National Medal of Arts recipient (2007), Lauridsen was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994-2001) and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. Tickets: $30. (858) 459-3421.

Garden Tour Saturday

La Jolla Historical Society’s 20th annual Secret Garden Tour, themed “Courtyards on the Coastline,” runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19. The Self-Guided Tour starts with check-in at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St., where participants get a map of locations and a wristband. Tickets: $50-$60. The associated Garden Boutique is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission. (858) 459-5335.

Senior Dance at Rec Center

The May Senior Dance will rock out beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. Dinner, beverages, coffee and dessert, live entertainment and more. Suggested for those ages 55 and older. Tickets: $15. (858) 552-1658.

Shiver Me Timbers!

Maritime Museum of San Diego will host a two-day Pirate Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19-20, for children and adults. Kids costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, live parrots, mermaid grotto, and scavenger hunt for treasures. Tickets: $18 adults, $8 children, $2 discount if you wear pirate or mermaid costume. 1492 N. Harbor Drive, downtown. (619) 234-9153, ext.101.

Religious Art Lecture

Michael Brown, Ph.D., associate curator of European art at the San Diego Museum of Art, will discuss Zurbarán and the Atlantic World, 7 p.m. Monday, May 21 at St. James-by-the-Sea Church, 743 Prospect St. Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) was the most influential religious painter of Spain’s Golden Age. He was considered a master at conveying and inspiring spirituality. Free. (858) 459-3421.

Bacteria Workshop

The most abundant and diverse organisms on the planet are the tiny microbes we cannot see: bacteria. Learn more about their diversity at a bio-tech workshop, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Bring a laptop if you have one, there will be a limited number for participants to use. Ages 12 and up. Limit 20. Free. (858) 552-1657.