La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: Oct. 26

Halloween Happenings

Halloween storytime with trick-or-treating 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 26 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Costumes encouraged.

Warwick’s will host four “California Screamin’ ” authors (an anthology of dark fiction that takes readers on a hellish road trip down the 101) — Alexandra Neumeister, Chad Stroup, James Jensen and Lori R. Lopez — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at the bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave. Free. (858) 454-0347.

Humans vs Zombies Capture the Flag Tournament, for kids in grades 7-12, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. No registration required. Snacks provided. (858) 552-1657.

La Jolla Rec Center’s Halloween Carnival, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at 615 Prospect St. Games, jumpers, costume contests and more. Costume contest schedule: 1:30 p.m. ages 2 and younger; 2 p.m. ages 3-4; 2:30 p.m. ages 5-6; 3 p.m. ages 7-8; and 3:30 p.m. ages 9-10. Wrist bands $5 each for games/activities. Food tickets 25-cents each. (858) 552-1657.

For this year’s Pillage the Village, a trick-or-treating event, 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, sponsored by La Jolla Village Merchants Association, participating merchants will show their spooky spirit by carving pumpkins and displaying them. As in year’s past, Girard Avenue businesses with posters in their windows will be handing out candy or treats. Realtors from REBA will provide bags and host the costume contest. More details at

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street comes to San Diego Old Town this month, when “Sweeny Todd” takes the Cygnet Theatre stage. Sean Murray stars in the title role. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondhiem, 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31, 4040 Twiggs St. $40. (619) 337-1525.

Art Experiences

The Art of the Surfboard, an exhibition of works by artist and board-shaper Tim Bessell, opens with a reception 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church gallery space, 743 Prospect St. The exhibit continues through Nov. 26. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment. (858) 459-3421.

'The Art of thge Surfboard'
'The Art of thge Surfboard' Courtesy

James Austin Murray’s “Light on Black,” a collection of large-scale, monochromatic ebony oil paintings, closes Nov. 1 at Madison Gallery, 1055 Wall St. Murray’s work “titillates the viewer to look beyond the black canvas and see infinite colors and forms.” (858) 459-0836.

Works by Susan J. Osborn, award-winning artist and 17-year teacher at The Bishop’s School, is on display in “Fields of Color,” through Nov. 3 at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego. Free. (619) 286-1361 or (619) 668-3280.

Free art classes for teens continue, 4 p.m. Friday Oct. 27 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. studio. Classes include phone photography and video, drawing using various media, and animation on tablets. (858) 454-5872.

At the next Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego eXit pARTy, enjoy hands-on activities, performance art, cocktails and more, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd., downtown San Diego. Brazilian Thalma De Freitas and Brian Cross, aka B+ perform. Admission: $25, free for members. Age 21 and older event. (858) 454-3541.

Auf Wiedersehen

The final “German Art of the 20th Century” art history lecture is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. “The Art of Two Germanys (1945-1989)” focuses on works from East and West Germany, which shared a history, but developed distinct political systems during the Cold War era. Tickets: $14-$19. (858) 454-5872.

Catch a Concert

The next Fourth Friday Jazz Concert will pay tribute to the music of Duke Ellington, 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Christopher Hollyday, Ed Kornhauser and Bob Magnusson will perform classics such as “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Mood Indigo,” “Caravan” and “Take the A Train.” Tickets: $18-$25. (858) 459-0831.

Saxophonist Christopher Hollyday will join the tribute to Duke Ellington at La Jolla Community Center.
Saxophonist Christopher Hollyday will join the tribute to Duke Ellington at La Jolla Community Center. Courtesy

UCSD Music Department grad students will present individual and collaborative works, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, 9500 Gilman Drive on campus. Free.

Eight person international super-group, Crosscurrents, which blends jazz and the music of India, will perform in a La Jolla Music Society concert, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. Tickets from $23. (858) 459-3728.

Junie B. Jones

Christian Youth Theatre presents “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at the CPMA Theater, 5050 Conrad Ave., Clairemont. Tickets: $17 in advance, $19 at the door. (619) 588-0206.

Dinner & Music Spots

Beaumont’s: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 5662 La Jolla Blvd. Café Milano: 5-10 p.m. Saturdays, 711 Pearl St. The Cottage: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 7702 Fay Ave. Duke’s: upstairs, 4-6 p.m. Fridays, 1216 Prospect St. Eddie V’s: 6 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1270 Prospect St. Hennessey’s Tavern: 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7811 Herschel Ave. Herringbone: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 7837 Herschel Ave. La Valencia Hotel: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in The Med; 6 p.m. first Fridays-Sundays in La Sala lounge; 6 p.m. most other nights on The Patio, 1132 Prospect St. The LOT movie theater: (flamenco) 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays; (covers) 7-10 p.m. Thursdays; (Latin) 6-9 p.m. Fridays, (Euro house music with a DJ) 8-11 p.m. Saturdays; acoustic 6-9 Sundays, 7611 Fay Ave. Lupi Vino Cucina: 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 5518 La Jolla Blvd. Manhattan: 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7766 Fay Ave.