La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, July 7-13

Art Explosions!

R.B. Stevenson Gallery presents “Into Nature“ with works by Astrid Preston and Sasha Koozel Reibstein. The exhibition will open 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9 with a reception and will remain on view through Aug. 13, at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 201. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (858) 459-3917.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego at 700 Prospect St., presents its summer Shore Thing events 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, with the next on July 7. Enjoy free admission, exhibit tours of “Holdings: Selections from MCASD’s Collection,” the sculpture garden, cocktails (for purchase) and music by The Roots Factory Art Collective, light bites for $25 or bring-your-own-picnic. (858) 454-3541.

La Jolla Art Association presents its annual fundraiser 2-5 p.m. (with music starting at 1 p.m.) Saturday, July 9, when member artists donate 60 of their finest pieces to be auctioned through the purchase of 50 ticket holders who make a $200 donation for each ticket. La Jolla Art Association Gallery, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso. (619) 252-9564.

Paintings found in the “Excavating” exhibit by Paul Kauffman represent a period of time spent in soul searching. Some are serene and prayerful, while others are exuberant; bordering on manic with explosions of color and impatient brushwork. See them at the opening 6 p.m. Friday, July 8, with live demonstrations 2-3 p.m. July 9, 16 and 30, at 1201 Gallery, 5745 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 831-8669.

In an unusual art collaboration, the work of Mohan Sundaresan and Remington Weinger will come together 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at The Remington Weinger Gallery, 7863 Girard Ave., Suite 109. Sundaresan’s latest technique is making two paintings, cutting them into thin strips, and then weaving them together into one masterpiece. Weinger’s style is abstract and distinct, with vivid colors. or

There’s Music in the Air

As part of the summer reading program through Aug. 15, La Jolla’s Riford Library presents Music with Craig Newton, 10 a.m. Friday, July 8 at 7555 Draper Ave. Newton will play 10 instruments throughout the morning. (858) 552-1657.

Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s greatest musicians, broke through every artistic ceiling to become the world’s musical ambassador. Combining first-person narrative, and his own music, as well as music that inspired him, Hershey Felder becomes Bernstein in “Maestro,” a tale spanning the entire 20th century, through July 17 with matinee and evening shows at Lyceum Stage of San Diego Rep, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. Tickets from $20. (619) 544-1000. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Summer Festival kicks off 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10 when pianist Gustavo Romero performs the works of Robert Schumann, including “Romanze, Op. 28, No. 2,” “Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11,” and Lavista’s “Simurg.” Series continues Sundays, July 17, 24 and 31. Single tickets: $45-$165, series $132-$620. Scripps Research Institute Auditorium, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. (858) 454-5872.

Clarinet player Philip Lipton presents a concert of classics from Goodman and Bach, as well as his own compositions at a free concert, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Opera Wednesdays continues 7 p.m. July 13 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Second Wednesdays. Suggested donation: $10. (858) 459-0831.

Et tu Brute?

The Shakespeare First Folio film screenings continue 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7 with “Caesar Must Die,” directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani in 2013. Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and betrayal is reimagined in this visceral, contemporary production. Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego. Free, but seats limited. Reservations required: (619) 234-5623.