La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events: Nov. 3


See It While You Can

Check out the decorated book sculptures by Nikko Mueller and paintings on wood panels by Mark Perlman that make up the “Passages” exhibit at R. B. Stevenson Gallery through Nov. 12 at 7661 Girard Ave. Suite 201. Free. (858) 459-3917.

Original works of art, artists’ books and unique archival pieces from Special Collections provide documentation of the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates in the Visual Arts Department in the “Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts” exhibit. An opening reception will be 3-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 with former Visual Arts faculty member, Moira Roth. Exhibit on display until Jan. 4, 2017. Free. Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive (at Library Walk). (858) 534-2230.

Speed artist Amy Burkman (she can complete a painting in less than five minutes) will be a guest of La Jolla Community Center during its “Live Art With Heart” event, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Watch Burkman complete a painting (the final product may surprise you!), view art for sale and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free. (858) 459-0831.

Got Time for a Concert?

San Diego Bluegrass Society presents Sideline, consisting of seasoned pros who have been getting busier and busier since this “side project” became a main gig for its members, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at La Jolla Christian Fellowship Church, 627 Genter St. Sideline consists of Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar), Jason Moore (bass), Brian Aldridge (mandolin), Nathan Aldridge (fiddle) and Brad Hudson (dobro). Mohavi Soul opens at 7 p.m. Free, donations accepted. (858) 679-1225

Beautifully romantic sounds from South America will fill the air when Ossie Arciniega performs a medley of musical numbers (many of them originals) 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Rounding out the program will be Carlos Velasco, a master musician, guitarist and singer; Kevin Moraine on bass; and harp music by special guest, Miguel Lopez. Tickets $25. (858) 459-0831.

In the second concert of the San Diego Early Music Society 2016-2017 season, Hana Blažíková’s soprano converses with Bruce Dickey’s cornetto performance on an instrument renowned in the 16th and 17th centuries for its ability to imitate the human voice, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at St. James By-the-Sea church, 743 Prospect St. Tickets from $10. (619) 291-8246.

The Zwilich Septet (comprised of the Calidore Quartet and Neave Trio), perform 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Program includes Arthur Foote’s “Piano Trio in B flat op. 65,” Robert Schumann’s “String Quartet Op.41 No.3” and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet.” Series: $228-$258, individual concerts $40-$45. (858) 454-5872.

Directed by UCSD music professor and cellist Charles Curtis, Camera Lucida’s 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 concert features San Diego Symphony Concertmaster Jeff Thayer, Formosa Quartet violist and USC faculty member Che-Yen Chen and concert pianist Reiko Uchida. Program includes Beethoven’s “Piano Quartet in D major, WoO 36,” and “String Trio in E-flat major, Opus 3” and Dvořák’s “Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major,” UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive, off Russell Lane. Tickets: $33, discounts available. (858) 534-8497. or

The first and second installment of Jacquelyne Silver’s “The Great American Songbook” lecture concert series are this week: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 with “In the Beginning: A style is born” and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 with “The melody lingers on — and on” at the Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. Admission: $17-$22. (858) 454-5872.

Catch a Rising Star

A couple of years ago, eighth-grade singer-songwriter from All Hallows Academy, Sophia Bacino, won a New York Times vocabulary contest with her music. The now 15-year-old singer/songwriter is having a CD release party and show for her debut album 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

Book Talks

Headlining the Jewish Book Fair’s closing event is Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Fred Kaplan, in conversation with NPR’s Brooke Gladstone, discussing cyber attacks and how we are fighting them in his book, “Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $19-$22. (858) 457-3030 (front desk) or (858) 362-1348 (box office).

As part of the 10th annual “One Book, One San Diego” initiative (designed to encourage the community to read and discuss the same book), UCSD professor Babak Rahimi will facilitate a discussion with author Zohreh Ghahremani about her novel, “Sky of Red Poppies,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. Free. RSVP requested:

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination invites all to a moderated conversation between Peter Diamandis (founder, XPRIZE Foundation), Julian Guthrie (author of “How to Make a Spaceship”) and Brian Binnie (SpaceShipOne pilot) about the historic race that reawakened the promise of manned spaceflight. Following the discussion, there will be a book signing, Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Free. Great Hall, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 534-6875.