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La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: May 25

80 x 90 x 2 inches | Mixed Media on canvas | 03.30.2017
Work from James Verbicky’s ‘Luminescent Mind: A Decade of Works’

Art Openings

James Verbicky’s ninth solo exhibition, “Luminescent Mind: A Decade of Works,” showcases the artist’s creative progression through abstractions and mixed media. An opening reception is 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at Madison Gallery, 1055 Wall St. Artist lecture at 7 p.m. Exhibit continues through July 2. (858) 459-0836.

Aesthetics of Human Form,” a show that explores the human figure portrayed through bronze and ceramic sculptures alongside detailed and colorful oil paintings, opens with a wine and cheese reception with the artists, 5 p.m. Friday May 26 at La Playa Gallery, 2226 Avenida De La Playa. (858) 454-6903.

Four award-winning artists Kenda Francis, Ellen Parry, Julianne Ricksecker and Pamela York present “Where We Wander,” through June 16 at the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation visitor and interpretive center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. (619) 286-1361 or (619) 668-3280.

“Mara Leopard’s Den” by Pamela York as part of ‘Where We Wander’ exhibit
"Mara Leopard’s Den" by Pamela York as part of ‘Where We Wander’ exhibit

For Women After 50

La Jolla Community Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series presents, “The Seasons of a Woman’s Life” with Moira Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., N.D., 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Travel through the peri-menopausal journey and look at ways to create greater balance, health and empowerment for the second half of life. Ends with a short ritual to honor all women. Free. Register: (858) 459-0831 or

Who is Tinkerbell?

Do you know your Disney? The Loft at UC San Diego presents Disney Trivia Night, with collectibles and prizes up for grabs, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at Price Center East, 9500 Gilman Drive off Russel Lane. Free.

Care to Dance?

The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical classic, “Top Hat,” (1935) screens 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free admission and free popcorn. (858) 552-1657.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to UC San Diego with Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Dance, which includes two works: “Ravel: Landscape or Portrait?” and “Story.” Both are accompanied by music performed by Quartet Nouveau, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive, off Mandeville Lane. Tickets: $9-$46. (858) 534-8497.


Concert Time

Fourth Friday Jazz presents The Danny Green Trio (winner of two San Diego Music Awards for “Best Jazz Album”) performing a night of originals and jazz standards, 8 p.m. Friday, May 26. La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Pianist Danny Green is joined by bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm. (858) 459-0831. $18-23 in advance, $25 at the door.

Danny Green
Danny Green

Cantor Cabaret, featuring popular Jewish and Israeli songs, cantorial favorites and musical theater selections, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at the JCC, 4126 Executive Drive. Performers include Sam Radwine, Jonathan Friedmann, Joseph Gole, Lisa Peicott, Cheri Weiss, Ruth Weber and Diane Benaroya. $30 in advance, $36 at the door. (858) 829-8178.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s fall acoustic series concludes with Trails and Rails, MohaviSoul and Jefferson Jay, 7:30 p.m. Friday May 26, 1008 Wall St. Trails & Rails combines their Western history interests with their love of cowboy and train songs; guitarist Mark Miller and mandolin player Randy Hanson formed MohaviSoul; Jefferson Jay is considered a “lightning rod on the San Diego music scene.” $12-$17. (858) 454-5872.