La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events: Dec. 10-17, 2015

Two Art Exhibits

Through Dec. 31, Madison Gallery presents “Urban Landscapes, Argentina,” a new collection of works by CEO, philanthropist and artist Bill Rastetter. In this exhibition, Rastetter reflects on Argentina’s political activism and cultural fracture derived from the socio-political tumult of the mid-1960s. 1020 Prospect St., Suite 130. Free. (858) 459-0836.

Thumbprint Gallery offers “Soul Seed,” a solo exhibition featuring new works by Philippine-born Nonie Cruzado, through Jan. 3. An opening reception for the artist is planned 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 with complimentary beverages. 920 Kline St. Free. (858) 354-6294.

Five Concerts

Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski visits La Jolla Community Center from Vienna, Austria before his upcoming tour in China to present a colorful program of piano works inspired by puppet and mask theater, featuring works by Schumann and Stravinsky, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $15-$18. Reservations required. (858) 459-0831.

La Jolla Music Society opens its 47th Discovery Series with violinist Jinjoo Cho, who garnered attention in 2014 for winning first prize at the International Indianapolis Violin Competition, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Auditorium at TSRI, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets: $30. (858) 459-3728.

La Jolla Presbyterian Church will present its many ensembles in “Gloria,” 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7715 Draper Ave. Led by the Chancel Choir and accompanied by a professional orchestra, the concert will highlight Poulenc’s sparkling setting of “Gloria.” Part of the concert will involve readings, carols and anthems old and new, with opportunities for the congregation to sing along. The three Youth Choirs will participate in the 4 p.m. concert, a reception with the musicians will follow the 7 p.m. show. Free.

With a collection of songs from many holidays, Pacific Coast Chorale presents a holiday extravaganza featuring Hanukkah, Christmas and non-denominational tunes, with accompanist Rodney Girvin, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road. (619) 235-9500.

Fresh Sound and San Diego Art Institute have partnered to present a concert by Mary Oliver, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. On violin, viola and fiddle, Oliver performs works by herself and others using exploratory improvisation. Tickets: $15. (619) 987-6214.

Seasonal Celebrations

A Winter Wonderland Dance for those ages 55 and older is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. Dinner, beverages, coffee and dessert will be served. Live entertainment by the A-Team. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Tickets: $15. (858) 552-1658.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Night Owls present “Holidays On Vinyl,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1008 Wall St. Wander between art from the Athenaeum’s Permanent Collection and stacks of books, with bites and brews and music of vintage and contemporary vinyl by Drew Peters, the Songstruck DJ. Live performance at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 for ages 21- to 40-somethings. (858) 454-5872.

Join Ooh La La Dance Academy dancers on a journey to the magical Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in “The Nutcracker Youth Holiday Show.” Set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky and other select groovy songs. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13 at La Jolla High School auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. Admission: $20, free youth tickets at Ooh La La, 7467 Cuvier St. (858) 456-4500.

Meet Santa and stay for a movie, Friday, Dec. 11 at Villa La Jolla Park, 8436 Via Mallorca, between Caminito Eastbluff and Via Marin. Santa will be on-hand for photos from 4-6 p.m. followed a free screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at 6:30 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets.

Cusp Dining & Drinks hosts a special Holiday Jazz Supper Club, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Enjoy the sounds of the Amelia Browning Quartet as they perform holiday classics, and sample a variety of seasonal drinks like cider, mulled wine and Cusp originals. Hotel La Jolla, 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive. Free, drinks for purchase. (858) 551-3620.

Flickering Images

Travel photographer Christa McReynolds regales her journey from Western China to Pakistan and Islamabad, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 at Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., Pacific Beach. The road trip continued from the border with China at the Khunjerab Pass nearly 16,000-foot altitude until Skardu. From there the travelers flew to Rawalpindi to journey to Islamabad. Free.

See the Film Noir classic “Dial M for Murder” (1954), starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly, 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. After learning about his wife Margot’s affair and love for another man, Tony plans to kill her. Free admission. (858) 552-1657.

Theatrical Event

The Old Globe Theatre will host four workshop performances of “When It Comes,” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at The Studio Theatre at University of San Diego, 5998 Acala Park. “When it Comes” is a folktale with music about a young, blue-collar couple who build a house only to discover they need the moon to make it complete. Free, but reservations are recommended at (619) 234-5623.