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La Jolla Light Best bets for Events: Nov. 1

Time for Art

Art from the Outside,” an exhibition of works by artists from the Friend-to-Friend Clubhouse in the East Village, opens with a public reception, 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. The exhibition will be open Sundays, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by appointment. (858) 459-3421. sjbts.org

Space is the Place” is the theme of a three-part music lecture series from Charissa Noble, 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Nov. 1, 8 and 15 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Noble will trace the influence of the scientific imagination on art and music from the 1900s to the present. $30-$45 series, $12-$17 individual. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/special-lectures

Athenaeum PEEC (Participate, Explore, Engage, Create) Youth Arts open studio sessions, for ages 13-18, returns 4:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 2, 9 and 30 to 1008 Wall St. PEEC Youth Arts offers a rotation of multi-disciplinary art instructors and activities involving the Athenaeum library’s resources and exhibitions as starting points for projects. Free. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/teen

Soulful Sounds

Soulful singer José James’ latest album, “Lean On Me,” is a celebration of the music of Bill Withers with a contemporary approach to songs, such as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Just the Two of Us,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Garfield Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. $33-$38. (858) 362-1348. sdcjc.org

 
José James’ album ‘Lean on Me’ pays tribute to singer Bill Withers by covering 12 of Withers’ songs. James takes the stage Nov. 8 at the Jewish Community Center. Courtesy

Victoria Martino and James Lent will commemorate the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s death with a performance of his complete works for violin, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tchaikovsky was a highly controversial figure in his own lifetime — both for his unconventional personal life and his unorthodox compositional style. Tickets: $35-$40. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ 2018 season opens with a Young People’s Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at Mandeville Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus, 9500 Gilman Drive (at Scholars Drive South). The music continues 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, with Steven Schick on percussion solo. (See related story, B10.) Tickets from $35. (858) 534-4637. lajollasymphony.com

David Danzmayr conducts Conrad Tao on piano in a San Diego Symphony concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 4 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St, downtown San Diego. Program includes the world premiere of “Brazos de niebla” by Javier Alvarez, and presentation of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 7.” Tickets: $26-$100. (619) 235-0804. sandiegosymphony.org

The 29th annual Barbara and William Karatz chamber concert series continues 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 with Antônio Meneses on cello and Paul Galbraith on guitar at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/chamber

Elijah Rock pays homage to the classics, including Matt Monroe, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, while dazzling audiences with his charismatic voice and tap routines, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $27. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org

Talk on the Wild Side

Meet bear-cats, honey-bears, alligators and more when Wild Wonders executive director Jackie Navarro presents “A Talk on the Wild Side: A glimpse inside the world of wildlife and conservation,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $20. VIP tickets $35 include preferred seating and a meet-and-greet after the presentation. wildwonders.org

 
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Improv Laughs

Five of the National Comedy Theatre’s finest improv-ers will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 3717 India St. in Mission Hills for a spotlight show. Each collective performance is completely improvised and based entirely on audience suggestions. Tickets: $14-$18. nationalcomedy.com <end_bug_diamond>

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