La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, April 21-28

Julio de la Huerta and friends

Concert Time

Julio de la Huerta will be joined by vocalist Deborah (just Deborah!) and pianist/composer, David Owen for a sizzling night of sassy Latin Jazz tunes, 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets $23 in advance, $25 at the door, includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres and free valet. (858) 459-0831.

The Athenaeum’s Acoustic Evenings Series continues 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 at 1008 Wall St. with Eve Selis, Trails and Rails and Guiro Grass. Selis and her mix of country, R&B, blues, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll signals into a “megawatt zap.” Grass is a duo featuring a flatpicking guitarist with deep roots in Appalachian music and a WW II Veteran. Tickets: $30 members, $45 nonmembers. (858) 454-5872.

Pianist Murray Perahia returns to La Jolla Music Society to give a solo piano recital 8 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. Program includes Haydn’s Andante and Variations in F Minor, Hob. VII: 6; Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A Minor, K.310; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’ and Brahms Ballade in G Minor, Op. 118, No. 3, Intermezzo in C Major, Op. 119, No. 3; Intermezzo in E Minor, Op. 119, No. 2; Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2; and Capriccio in D Minor, Op. 118, No. 2. Tickets from $40. (858) 459-3728.

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, an a capella quartet, presents a concert “From Baroque to Classical,” with sacred ecclesiastical selections popular in the churches of Europe, 2 p.m. Sunday April 24 at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 7669 Girard Ave. Suggested $20 donation. (858) 454-2631

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble

See It While You Can

Two exhibits are closing at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego on Sunday, April 24: Ed Ruscha “The & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s” and Alvaro Blancarte “Marking the Present,” at 700 Prospect St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday. (858) 454-3541.

Art Opening Receptions

Madison Gallery presents Hunt Slonem and his exhibit “When Art Meets Design,” on view May 7-June 11 at 1055 Wall St. The show celebrates Slonem’s approach to color and defined aesthetics with new selected works featuring his popular series of bunnies, butterflies, birds and new landscapes. An opening reception will be 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7. (858) 459-0836.

Work by Hunt Slonem

The San Diego Sculptors Guild presents “Tortured Souls: Explorations in Art,” April 23-30 in the Spanish Village in Balboa Park. Features a new series of ceramic and metal sculptures by Tracie Monk, live music with members of the Cactus 5 and reception, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 23. (619) 238-0522.

Shakespeare at the Library

Honoring the work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, La Jolla Library will host the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble in its presentation of the “Ultimate Shakespeare Proof” by local playwright Gary Seger. It’s a modern retelling of King Lear that touches on the “authorship questions,” 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24 and 7 p.m. Tuesday April 26 at 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

William Shakespeare

Ladies Night

Gather the girls for a collection of stories by and about women presented by Write Out Loud, and featuring Linda Libby and Amanda Sitton. For one night only, 7 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Old Towne Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. Tickets $20. (619) 297-8953.