La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Nov. 12-19

Time for Music

The next installment in St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church’s concert series, in conjunction with the San Diego Early Music Society, will be amarcord, with its show, “Restless Love,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at St. James by-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St. Features madrigals of the 16th century by Gabrieli, Gesualdo, Schütz, Orlande di Lasso; romantic part songs by Mendelssohn and Schumann; and a selection of international folksongs. Tickets: $10-$35. (619) 291-8246. or

Gregory Page, a London born “croon-adour” will perform 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. With more than 20 CDs in his discography, the newest, “Let’s Fall in Love Again” was produced and recorded in the studios of Page’s longtime friend, Jason Mraz. Tickets: $18-$25. (858) 459-0831.

Villa Musica, San Diego’s only non-profit community music center, is celebrating its 10th year with an anniversary concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at Scripps Research Institute Auditorium, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road. Performances by a variety of Villa Musica vocalists and instrumentalists. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children. (858) 550-8100.

Take a musical journey through the Highlands of Scotland with two-time U.S. Scottish Fiddle Champion Mari Black and San Diego’s own House of Scotland Pipe Band as “Highland Spirit: Music of Dance and Movement from Scotland” takes center stage 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Tickets: $15-$18. (858) 459-5045.

A family friendly bluegrass concert is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd., featuring High Mountain Road, a five-piece bluegrass band with banjo, fiddle, bass, guitar and mandolin. Appropriate for all ages. Complimentary admission/freewill offering.

Poetry Salon

San Diego Actors Theatre presents its Second Sunday Salon with a poetry presentation from Latino Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and female Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (with music and a poetry discussion), 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Suggested $10 donation (cash only).

Book Talks

San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society presents the terrifying documentary “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers her Family’s Nazi Past Community,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. At age 38, Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, received the shock of a lifetime when she learned she was the granddaughter of infamous Nazi commandant, Amon Goeth (portrayed by Ralph Fiennes in “Schindler’s List”). Tickets: $17.50-$20.50. (858) 457-3030.

Liz Goldwyn, author of the No. 1 new release in historical fiction short stories, “Sporting Guide,” will hold a reading and discussion, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Free. Amazon pre-sale at

Sneak Peek

Get a first look at the newly renovated Shepherd YMCA Firehouse in the Village, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the 7877 Herschel Ave. facility. Built in 1937, the historic building has housed a police department, a jail, and a fire department. The La Jolla YMCA repurposed the space in the mid-1980s, however, the facility was in need of major upgrades, so a renovation/restoration began earlier this year. Free. (858) 551-9622.

Special Events

Adelaides co-owner and creative director, Larry Anhorn, will demonstrate how to decorate for the holidays with fruits, vegetables and flowers at the 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 La Jolla Garden Club meeting at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7111 La Jolla Blvd. Anhorn will also raffle off his creations after the demonstration. Free. (858) 456-2285.

The 16th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival screens its closing-night film, “Made in Japan,” 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. “Howdy, neighbors!” so says Tomi Fujiyama to her friends in the United States who are about to discover just what kind of neighbor she is. With cowboy hat and guitar, she’s determined to re-take the Grand Ole Opry stage, where in 1964, she became the country music institution’s first Japanese star in this 2015 musical-documentary. Tickets: $15. (619) 400-5911. Full schedule of films at