La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for Events, oct. 19

Catch a Concert

San Diego New Music opens its 2017-18 season, “iN:transit,” with seven pieces curated by the Hausmann Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The Hausmann Quartet uses freeways and airports as a launching point to explore a program of energy, vitality and living music featuring works. Tickets: $20-$25. (858) 454-5872.

San Diego Opera’s Opera on the Concourse, a series of free, 45-minute lunchtime concerts held on the Civic Concourse (C Street between First and Third avenues downtown) with the stars of the SDO season, opens noon, Thursday, Oct. 19 featuring tunes from “The Pirates of Penzance.”

The 28th annual Athenaeum Music & Arts Library chamber concert series opens with Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook, 7:30 p.m., Saturday Oct. 21 at 1008 Wall St. The 46 brief tunes in Wolf’s song cycle Italienisches Liederbuch, will be performed as a mini-opera and dramatic dialogue by Ashley Robillard, Dennis Chmelensky and Mikael Eliasen. Series: $223-$254. One concert: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872.

This month’s Noche Latina brings together vocalist Eunice Fidawi, guitarist Carlos Velasco and poet Araceli Valenzuela in concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $20. (858) 459-0831.

Listen and Learn!

The focus of the annual Ellen Browning Scripps Luncheon is “Why Old Places Matter,” so Tom Mayes, vice-president and senior counsel for National Trust for Historic Preservation will tell us why, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive. Tickets: $60-$70. (858) 459-5335.

The series “German Art of the 20th Century,” continues with a look at the 5,000 modernist works that Adolf Hitler disliked in “Entartete Kunst: Degnerate Art (1933-1945), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $14-$19. (858) 454-5872.

Contextual Robotics Institute director Todd Hylton, an electrical and computer engineering professor at UC San Diego, will discuss “Of Men and Machines,” as a guest of the Shaffer Family Foundation Endowed Science Lecture, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at The Bishop’s School, 7607 La Jolla Blvd. Free and open to the public. RSVP:

On With the Show

The Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego, along with NaMaargam Dance Company & Talent South, present Antaram, with dance and theatrics that tell the stories of strong feminine characters of Indian mythology and history, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. $30-$50.

Each Write Out Loud program explores a specific theme by weaving a stories, poems and sometimes music, together into a literary tapestry. “The Windy City,” takes the stage 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. Tickets: $25. (619) 297-8953.

Youth Theater

JCompany kicks off its Jubilee Season with Disney’s “The Lion King,” matinees and evenings, Oct. 20-Nov. 5, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. It’s based on the stage adaptation of Disney’s 1994 Academy Award-winning animated film, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Tickets: $19. (858) 362-1348.

Big Science for Little People

You’ll never guess who will be stopping by the La Jolla Library, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Who, you ask? Who? Owls! Big Science for Little People will present “Hooterific,” to teach about owls’ unique adaptations (including their beaks, feathers and wings), at 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Art Reception

The sculpture of John Rogers will be on display in the exhibition “Archaeology Reinvented,” through Nov. 25 at R. B. Stevenson Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave. In 1963, Rogers was appointed an art professor at San Diego State University, where he taught sculpture and three-dimensional design until his retirement in 1999. The exhibit opens with a reception, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. (858) 459-3917.

Military Film Fest

The GI Film Festival exclusively features stories for, by and about military service members and veterans, Oct. 18-22 in venues from Balboa Park to Carlsbad. Films feature diverse stories with themes ranging from women in the military, resiliency and recovery, transitioning, and the LGBTQ+ community. See the lineup at