La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, Sept. 29


Music in the Air

UC San Diego Department of Music opens its fall season with pianist Aleck Karis, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. Concert also launches the 2016-17 installment of the department’s Wednesdays@7 concert series. Program includes “Etudes, Book I” (Claude Debussy, 1915), “Exégesis sobre La Galatea” (Victor Ibarra, 2016), “The Moon is Following Us” (Lei Liang, 2015), “Harrison’s Clocks” (Harrison Birtwistle, 1998). Tickets: $15.50. (858) 534-3448.

Daniel Wnukowski on piano and Marta Potulska on viola will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. The program will feature “Folk, Fairytale and Fantasy” with music by Schumann, Wieniawski and tangos by Astor Piazzolla. Free. (858) 454-7108.

Hirie is a female-fronted reggae band taking the “stage,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Hirie was nominated for San Diego’s best World Music Award. Tickets: $12-$17. (858) 454-5872.

The La Jolla Music Society 2016 season opens its next season with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown San Diego. The nine-time Grammy Award-winner will lead a combination of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players in a celebratory opening concert. Tickets from $30. (858) 459-3728.

Stage Presence

La Jolla Theater Ensemble presents Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 7 p.m. Sept. 29-30 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The play stars Devlin, Navarre Perry, Andrew Oswald, John Tessmer, Hilary White and one cast member soon-to-be determined, and features Kent Gandola and George Weinberg-Harter. Suggested donation: $10-15. (858) 454-0831.

The next La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls (WoW) production brings a reprise of “The Bitter Game,” an acclaimed 2015 WoW Festival theater piece that begs the question: “What does it mean to survive while Black in America?” The show begins 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-9 at Jacobs Center affiliate, Writerz Blok, 5010 Market St., San Diego. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tickets from $10. (858) 550-1010.

Preserving Art

La Jolla Library presents “Save Your Photos” day, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at 7555 Draper Ave. Bring up to 50 of your photos and have them scanned for free using professional picture-saving scanning equipment. Pre-registration required: (858) 552-1657.

The Raiders of the Lost Art Video Series next shines a spotlight on Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” and Jan van Eyck’s “Ghent Altarpiece,” 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Through re-enactment, rare archive and expert comment, see how these treasures were looted, stolen or vanished into the archives. Admission: $5. (858) 459-0831.

Salute to Pilots

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum presents an opening reception for “A Salute to WWII Flying Tigers in China,” an exhibit with photos and artifacts curated by Pedro Chan, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 Second Ave, downtown San Diego. Free. RSVP: (619) 338-9888.

Book Talk

Curling up with a good book is great, talking about that book with friends old and new is even better. The next meeting of Books & Bagels will be 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. The book up for discussion is “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. $55 for the year or $10 per session (Hadassah membership required). (858) 268-3200. RSVP:

Museum Month

Maker Faire, a family-friendly event celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food and sustainability returns to Balboa Park Oct. 1-2. Maker Faire is a place for debuting new technologies and inventions. Two new venues have been added to the two-day festival: The Old Globe Theatre and The San Diego Museum of Man. Tickets from $15 (children: $10).

Organized by the San Diego Museum Council, Kids Free in October is an opportunity for families to enjoy museum experiences when free admission is available for up to two children with every adult ticket purchase. La Jolla institutions participating include Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Historical Society and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. A schedule of events and Kids Free October voucher can be found at