La Jolla Light’s Best Bets for events: Sept. 20


Concert Variety

Enjoy an evening of thrilling fast booms when Taiko Beats, a combination of traditional and modern Japanese taiko drum repertoires (some original compositions), returns to La Jolla, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesee Ave. Free.

Benefitting ElderHelp of San Diego, the next Bodhi Tree concert offers a sing-along of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular tales at “Sing-Along Mikado,” 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd., Point Loma. $25.

The 2018 Green Flash Concert series closes 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 with Venice and Pine Mountain Logs, who bring their repertoire of high-energy hits from Led Zeppelin to the Jackson Five, Tom Petty, TLC, Aerosmith and Outkast to Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Tickets: $33-$38 in advance, $44 at the door. (858) 534-3474.

Folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary performs as part of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s performing arts season, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets from $37 for members, from $44 for non-members, $95 package includes meet-and-greet. (858) 362-1348.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ in La Jolla

As the smash hit “Crazy Rich Asians” dominates the theaters, author Kevin Kwan comes to La Jolla to talk about the three books that together make the plot of the movie during two Warwick’s events — a speaking engagement 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave., is free, and a lunch 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with the location given upon RSVP to (858) 454-0347.

Art Exhibits

Three new exhibits open this weekend at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St.: Perry Vasquez’s “Under the Perfect Sun,” various artists’ tributes in “30 Years of Pam: Portraits of Pam Whidden (1952-2018)” and “The Political Impulse,” a selection from the Athenaeum’s artists’ books collection. Opening reception 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Exhibits on view through Nov. 3. Free. (858) 454-5872.

Summer Selections II features works by photographers — Thomas Barrow, Betty Hahn, Judy Fiskin, Anthony Friedkin, Roger Minick, Grant Mudford, Stephen A. Scheer, John Schott, Sage Sohier, Jack D. Teemer and Roger Vail — that express the subtle joys and grand adventures of summer. See it before it closes Sept. 28 at Joseph Bellows Gallery, 7661 Girard Ave. Free. (858) 456-5620.

At the Library

There are three, free events to catch this week at the La Jolla Riford Library:

1) The “Hidden La Jolla” exhibit is only on view until Sept. 28, and features paintings of some of the more secretive or unknown sights around town. Artists include: Joli Beal, Hillary Gwynn Brady, Leah Higgins, Sally Irwin, Ken Goldman, Stephanie Goldman, Cindy Klong, Patricia Jasper Clark, Dot Renshaw, Rita Pacheco, Salli Sachse, Paul Strahm, Sweig, Richard Warner, Toni Williams, Steve Wilson and Jeff Yeomans.

2) Anna Grigorian and Natasha Gubenko of the Grigorian and Gubenko Piano Duo come will perform a slate of music from French composers, including Claude Debussy, Camikke Saint-Saens, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel and Astor Piazzolla, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

3) The star-studded 2017 “Murder on the Orient Express” screens, 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe and others.

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