La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Aug. 18-24


There’s Music in the Air!

The Hot Pursuit Band will perform tunes from the 1940s to today, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove as part of the free Concerts by the Sea series, which runs through Sept. 4. (858) 454-1600.

The SummerFest Chamber Festival, presented by La Jolla Music Society, continues with concerts through Aug. 26 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. At 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 it’s “Bach Cello Suites with Mischa Maisky” Part 1; and Part 2 begins 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 (preludes at 7 p.m.). “Great Quintets” is the theme of the 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 concert with Bolcom’s “Three Rags for String Quartet,” Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 6 in E-flat Major” and Schumann’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 44” from musicians Paul Huang, Cho-Liang Lin, Robery Brophy, Rainer Crosett, Andrew Wan, Luke Hsu, Cynthia Phelps, Abigail Rojansky, John Sharp, Sheryl Staples and Shai Wosner. Hear “Virtuoso Winds,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 (7 p.m. prelude) with the Verona Quartet and others, and spend “An Evening With Marc-Andre Hamelin,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Concert Finale with James Conlon and Gil Shaham, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, with Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major,” Prokofiev’s “Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 34 in C Major.” Tickets from $45. (858) 459-3728.

Movie Time

The San Diego premiere of “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” directed by Roger Sherman, will screen 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Garfield Theater in the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. It’s the centerpiece of the 27th season Underwriter Kick-off Party for the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. Tickets from $13.75. (858) 362-1348.

Bring a blanket, chairs and the kiddos for “The Peanuts Movie,” screening 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. Pre-movie activities include a bounce house, arts and crafts, and snack bar. Free. (858) 552-1658.

The Flicks on the Bricks summer series concludes with “To Catch a Thief” (1955) starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, wherein a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation and has to find the real thief to prove his innocence, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio, 1008 Wall St. On the menu: Italian Riviera wines and sliders from Burger Lounge. Tickets $17-$22. (858) 454-5872.

Theatrical Productions

Congregational Church of La Jolla presents the final weekend performances of the heart-warming production “Last Train to Nibroc,” 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1216 Cave St. The bittersweet comedy features Chad Therieault and Lindsey O’Connor and is set against the backdrop of the early days of World War II. Tickets $25 (military, senior discounts). (619) 269-5350.

Following a three-week summer intensive, City Ballet will offer a free performance of intermediate and advanced dancers, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. Seating is first come, first served. (858) 274-6058.

Two Fun Festivals

The seventh annual TwainFest will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Hear works by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edgar Allan Poe and others, read aloud by San Diego actors, throughout the park. Free. 4002 Wallace St. (619) 297-8953.

The 15th annual Paper Theater Festival runs noon-4 p.m. Aug. 20-21 and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. It includes performances and displays of Victorian Era-inspired scale model toy theaters, as well as modern takes on the paper theatrical toy. Free. (858) 822-5758. or

A Word About Toxic Chemicals

Following the success of the magnetic slime program “Hazardous materials: The science of toxic chemicals” will take place 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. It’s an interactive and surprising look at the science behind toxic chemicals and how the county HAZMAT team keeps the public safe. Recommended for elementary school-aged children and older. Free. (858) 552-1657.