La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events: Feb. 1


Classic Concert

Featuring three generations of piano mastery, the fifth annual Classical Piano Benefit Recital & Champagne Reception is 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Proceeds benefit San Diego Youth Services and homeless youth causes. Donations accepted. Guests may reserve their seats and make a contribution by

Spoken Word

Gloria Harris, author of “Remarkable Women of San Diego,” narrows the focus for her 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2 lecture at the Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive to “Remarkable Jewish Women of San Diego.” Harris’ research in the archives of the Jewish Historical Society at SDSU revealed the largely untold stories of several women who made significant contributions to Jewish life in San Diego from the 1800s to the present. $10-$13. (858) 362-1348.

Following the sold out Off-Broadway run, “Wrestling Jerusalem” comes to San Diego for the first time, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Set in America, Israel and Palestine, Wrestling Jerusalem follows one man’s journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive. A community conversation follows the performance. $45-$69 in advance, $50-$74. (858) 362-1348.

He Writes, She Writes: A Dialogue of Contrasting Views Written in Verse” is an innovative book of poetry in which Irwin Zahn writes from a male perspective and Natasha Josefowitz responds from a female point of view. The authors will speak 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. Free, but only books purchased at Warwick’s will be signed. (858) 454-0347.

Write Out Loud presents a staged reading of “American Mosaic” a collection of programs that explores specific themes by weaving a variety of stories, poems, and sometimes music, together into a literary tapestry. 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $25 with discounts. (619) 297-8953.


The Women’s Museum of California’s newly revised permanent exhibit, “March to Empowerment,” features historical documents and artifacts pertaining to the Suffrage Movement, as well as focus on the wider societal changes that spawned once women were able to vote. See it during museum hours: noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Liberty Station, Point Loma. $3-$5. (619) 233-7963.

The Age of the Baroque: Splendor and silence from Caravaggio to Vermeer,” carries into week four (with the same lecture given both days) 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 and Thursday Feb. 8 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. with Linda Blair, and focuses on Peter Paul Rubens, acknowledged the greatest painter in Europe, his facility with brush and pigment unmatched. $14-$19 individual shows. (858) 454-5872.

The Invisible World,” an exhibit of Luciano Demasi’s wildlife, deserts and night sky photographs, opens with a reception 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery, 1 Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Exhibit is on display until Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free. (619) 668-3281.

Movie Time

French classic “Maigret sets a trap” screens as part of the French Film Club of San Diego monthly film screening, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. San Diego French American School, 6550 Soledad Mountain Road. In the detective story, Maigret sets a trap for a serial killer. Film screens with English subtitles. Tickets $9, refreshments available. Learn more

The eighth annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival promises a weekend of dynamic films and inspiring conversations Feb.1-4. Filmmakers and Human Rights Watch experts will be present at each screening to discuss many of the issues raised by films. Individual showings $6-$35, festival passes available. Screenings 7 p.m. first two days, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. second two days. Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. (619) 238-7559.