La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Oct. 20

The Athenaeum Presents

  • A gallery walk-through with Tim Samuelson, curator of The Iannellis in California exhibit is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. In connection with the multi-site exhibition on architect Irving Gill, the work of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli is presented in the Athenaeum Library’s North Reading Room through Nov. 5. The Iannellis exhibit is intended to give Gill fans a broader understanding of the community he was working within and the creative atmosphere of his time.
  • Drought & Deluge, a musical interpretation of California’s current drought and the impending deluge of precipitation, features local flutist Rachel Beetz, cellist Jennifer Bewerse, pianist Kyle Adam Blair and percussionist Dustin Donahue performing works by John Cage, Natacha Diels and Kaija Saariaho, and a world premiere by Michael Pisaro. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets: $20-$25, $5 students.
  • The chamber concert series opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 with Henschel Quartett and guest artists, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist Andrew Picken, performing the Brahms Sextet. Series continues 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 with Zwilich Septet with Calidore Quartet and Neave Trio. Series package: $228-$258. Individual concerts: $40-$45.
  • Linda Blair’s lecture series “World of Burgundian Art” concludes 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. Her discussion subjects are Jan van Eyck, whose paintings are known for incorporation of religious symbols designed to connect the natural world and the spiritual world, and the Limbourg Brothers, who created manuscripts recording medieval life. Tickets: $14-$19.

The free Mini Concerts at Noon presents pianist Yuko Maruyama, Monday, Oct. 24. A native of Tokyo, Maruyama graduated from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in Jazz Studies, where she was named the ‘Outstanding Graduate’ by the department.

  • The above events take place at 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872.

Museum Art Day Saturday

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a day of activities, including free admission, a panel discussion with museum leadership, a pop-up park in the parking lot with DJs and live music, food trucks, art-making stations, architectural tours on the hour, and more, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at 700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541.

Pop Artist Visit

As part of the “Peter Max – The Retrospective 1960-2016” exhibit at the Monarch/Arredon Contemporary Art gallery, a meet-the-artist reception will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7629 Girard Ave. The newly curated exhibit features Max’s colorful, pop culture-inspired paintings. Free, but RSVP required for appearances: (858) 454-1231.

Church Happenings

  • All Hallows Church presents a community concert, “Can You Hear Me?” an oratorio style performance that explores “God’s call to humanity and our response illustrated through events in the lives of biblical characters and contemporary believers,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at 6602 La Jolla Scenic Drive South. Free. (858) 459-2975.
  • La Jolla United Methodist Church invites young families to “Messy Church,” 5:30 p.m. every third Friday (next one is Oct. 21). Messy Church started in the United Kingdom and is a two-hour gathering that includes a dinner, activities and crafts done with the entire family. There’s also a 10-15 minute devotion and singing time directed toward the children, and parents are given suggestions on how to continue the conversation at home. 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Free. (858) 454-7108.

French Tunes

Un Concert de Musique Francaise is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Performers include Andy Helgerson and Ray Mak on violin; cellist Cliff Thrasher; pianist Glenn Vanstrum and Penny Bridges on viola. Special guest pianist Erica Pool will play “Faure: Apres un reve” with Helgerson and Thrasher and “Ravel: Ma, mere l’Oye” with Vanstrum. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Tea and Talk

Fans of English novelist Jane Austen are in for a treat when La Jolla author Dori Salerno showcases selected readings from Austen “tribute,” “Mrs. Bennet’s Sentiments,” 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Professional actors will join Salerno in reading passages aloud. $20 admission includes High Tea with scones and sandwiches, literary presentation and a signed copy of Salerno’s book. (858) 459-5045.

Tricks and Treats and Stuff

  • Join La Jolla Riford Library staff for a slightly spooky story time, followed by trick-or-treating around the library, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7555 Draper Ave. Costumes encouraged! The library will also host a Coloring Contest. Pick up a coloring sheet at the library, add your creativity, and then and drop it off by 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. The winner gets a pumpkin. (858) 552-1657.
  • The annual Bird Rock Halloween Window Painting, will run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, along La Jolla Boulevard. Participating businesses are volunteering their windows for little goblins to paint, and the finished works will be on display in the community until Halloween Night.
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography presents its Haunted Aquarium, themed “Spooky Science!” 6-9 p.m. Oct. 21-22 at 2300 Expedition Way. Recommended for ages 2 and older, activities include scientists showcasing exciting projects, seaweed slime making, a costume contest, story time, creepy crafts and music. Guests can check out “Frankensquid,” a huge Humboldt squid; view tiny species under a 3-D microscope, observe spooky species such as sea spiders and critters that create their own glow-in-the-dark light. Pre-sale tickets $13.50-$18.50, at the door $20. (858) 534-7336.