La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, July 14-21

Time for Some Music

Green Flash Concert Series presents The Greeting Committee and Ray Goren, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way. 21 and older event. Tickets: $30.95-$41.95. (858) 534-3474.

San Diego will host the inaugural International Amateur Piano Competition, July 15-17, at Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive. Day 1, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., 30 competitors perform for up to 10 minutes. Day 2, 1-5:15 p.m., the top 12 compete for up to 15 minutes, followed by an evening concert with professionals. Day 3, 10 a.m. to noon, six competitors play their hearts out to be named Best Amateur, followed by a celebratory reception. Free, tickets from $20 for professional concert or reception. (858) 432-3004.

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea begin 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17 with the moovin’ and groovin’ sounds of Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra. Series continues Sundays through September in Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. Free, with concessions for purchase. (858) 454-1600.

In what Riford Library Youth Services Librarian Angie Stava calls a “storytime concert mashup,” members of the San Diego Symphony will host a special musical storytime 10 a.m. Monday, July 18 at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Part of the summer reading program, ongoing through Aug. 15. (858) 552-157.

Sights of Spain

Master traveler and photographer Jim Richter makes a return visit to La Jolla Phototravlers Club, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 18 with pictures from the six weeks he and his wife spent in Spain, mainly Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba and Madrid. Free. Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St.,

Open Mic Night

Off the Wall open mic returns to Hennessy’s Tavern, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Bring three minutes of polished, original prose to read or just sit and be entertained. Emcee: Diane Malloy. 7811 Herschel Ave. $5. Drinks/food available for purchase. (858) 551-8772.

Follow That Car!

San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park presents its new exhibit “Star Cars ... As Seen on TV!” featuring cars from movies and TV. The museum will hold a film festival to celebrate the cars, starting with a screening of “Thelma and Louise,” 8 p.m. Friday, July 29. Tickets: $5. Exhibit on display through Oct. 2. Museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission $9. 2080 Pan American Plaza. (619) 231-2886.

Book Talk

With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, La Jolla Riford Library and Warwick’s present Bob Proehl and his book “A Hundred Thousand Worlds.” Focusing on cult sci-fi TV star Valerie and her son Alex, the story centers on their cross country road trip, with Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way, 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 7555 Draper Ave. Seating is first come, first-served. Free. (858) 552-157. or

Lost Treasures

Throughout history, some of the world’s most amazing works of art have simply disappeared. Through re-enactment, rare archive, and expert commentary we see how these treasures were looted, stolen or vanished into the archives. The La Jolla Community Center film series “Raiders of the Lost Art,” showcases these glimpses into history: 1 p.m. Monday, July 18, “Leonardo and the Mona Lisa.” Series continues Monday, July 25 with “Vanishing Vermeers,” 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $5. (858) 459-0831.

The Force is Strong with this One

On display through July 30, “Dude Vader Draws” is an exhibit of sketches and drawings from Star Wars films, including “Episode VII - The Force Awakens” by steampunk artist and steampunk cosplayer “Dude Vader” (La Jollan Christopher Canole). A reception will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Pannikin Coffee and Tea, 7467 Girard Ave. Free.