At the Athenaeum
The following events all take place at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org
“The Beginnings of Opera” lecture series continues 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 4 and 11. In the next two installments, Jacquelyne Silver discusses “Mozart, Salieri and Gluck,” and then “The Art of Bel Canto.” Tickets: $17-$22.
Shining the spotlight on unsung female artists, art historian Cornelia Feye presents the lecture series “Female Artists from the Renaissance to the 21st Century” Tuesdays in October. The first session, “Renaissance to Baroque” is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Tickets: $14-$19.
PEEC (Participate, Explore, Engage, Create) Youth Arts, open studio sessions for ages 13-18, returns 4:30 p.m. Fridays. PEEC Youth Arts offers a rotation of multi-disciplinary art instructors and curricular activities involving the use of the Athenaeum library resources and art exhibitions as starting points for projects. Free.
“The Stories We Tell” is the theme of the San Diego New Music and Athenaeum 2018-2019 concert series, which opens with “Organizes Ruckus, Solemn Stillness,” curated by Charissa Noble, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Tickets: $20-$25.
Symphony Season Opener
The San Diego Symphony 2018-2019 Jacobs Masterworks series opens with Edo de Waart conducts pianist Joyce Yang in her performance of Michael Ippolito’s “Nocturne,” Grieg’s “Pinao Concerto” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 750 B St. downtown. Tickets from $20. (619) 235-0804. sandiegosymphony.org
Explorations in Art
“San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies” looks at San Diego’s four independent terrains — beaches, freeways, sub/urban and the border — and how they are connected through cars. See it noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through January, 2019 at
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s “Sessions in Contemporary Art” series returns to introduce you to important concepts and engaging conversations with artists featured in the exhibition, “Being Here with You/Estando Aquí Contigo: 42 Artists from San Diego and Tijuana.” Curator Jill Dawsey speaks with Carlos Castro Arias, Alida Cervantes, Andrea Chung, and Griselda Rosas speaks about “Postcolonial Legacies,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at The LOT, 7611 Fay Ave. Tickets: $15-$20. mcasd.org/events/sessions-contemporary-art-4
“Journey from Johannesburg” a one-man show written and performed by Toby Tobias, tells the story of Tobias’ hopes during a time of war and upheaval across three continents, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. tobytoby.com or lajollalibrary.org
Written and performed by husband-and-wife team Abigail and Shaun Bengson, “Hundred Days” is about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had a hundred days to live. See it in matinees and evening shows through Oct. 21 at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. Tickets: $20. (858) 550-1070. lajollaplayhouse.org
Italian Film Fest
The 2018 San Diego Italian Film Festival returns through Oct. 14 to showcase the best of Italian film and culture, including a kick-off party, film screenings and a gala at venues across San Diego. New this year is a short independent film screening before main films. Tickets $12 per movie. sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com
Listen to Southern California’s top opera singers at the monthly Opera Wednesday concert (second Wednesdays) at 7 p.m. at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The artists will consist of past and present Metropolitan Opera Competition Winners, active San Diego Opera performers and guest artists who have sung all over the world. $10 suggested donation for the Oct. 10 presentation. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org
Casino Night Benefit
A Bridge for Kids will host its sixth annual DreamMakers fundraiser from 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Aventine La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Music and dancing, a Las Vegas-style charity gambling casino, live entertainment, a live auction, food stations and hosted bar. Proceeds fund services to provide support to high-achieving, low-income teens throughout San Diego County. Tickets $200. abridgeforkids.org