La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, June 16


Concerts at the Fair

Included in San Diego County Fair admission: 3 Doors Down, 7:30 p.m. June 16, reserved seats $35-$45; Grand Funk Railroad, 7:30 p.m. June 18, reserved seats $16-$37; Roberto Tapia, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, reserved seats $31-$37; Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler’s Last Deal, Final World Tour” with special gust Linda Davis, 7:30 p.m. June 22, reserved seating $31-$37, dinner package $110. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

It’s a Shore Thing at MCASD

Here’s a treat! There’s free admission, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., for the summer launch of Shore Thing when guests may enjoy tours of exhinits, soundscapes from DJs of The Roots Factory Art Clollective, light bites and a cash bar. Bring your own picnic dinners and stretch out on the greens of the seaside Sculpture Garden. Currently on view, “Selections from the Permanent Collection,” guaranteed to give you food for thought and conversation, and Damon Davis’ “All Hands on Deck.” (858) 454-3541.

In Appreciation of History

Who built one of the first homes in La Jolla and where was it located? What was the reason for the great “Whale Barbeque” in 1917 at La Jolla Cove? What were the rules and regulations in La Jolla’s first Bathing Suit Ordinance in 1927? Join Linda H. Pequegnat for the answers to these questions and more at This Month in La Jolla History, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Admission: $5. (858) 459-0831.

There’s a new comedy by Phil Jonson and Marni Freedman, directed by David Ellenstein, and featuring Phil Johnson. The one-man show, “A Jewish Joke,” tells the story of an MGM curmudgeon comedy screenwriter who comes up against the Blacklist in 1950s Hollywood, armed with stories about the great era of Jewish humor. See it 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20 at North Coast Repertory Theater, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickets: $25. (858) 481-1055.

Through July 10, see the “Hail to the Chief! Presidential Papers: An Election Year” exhibit, featuring materials from the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives, written by, to or about many of the 44 U.S. Presidents. It’s on display at Geisel Library on the UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. Free. (858) 534-2533.

Journey to Cambodia

La Jolla Phototravelers Club meets, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20 at Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., Pacific Beach, to view and discuss Bill and Nancy Bamberger’s photos from the “real” Cambodia. Ten years ago, the Bambergers started the Cambodian Village Fund, a nonprofit with the mission of educating Cambodia’s children. They have visited several times since. No admission, free parking. Refreshments served.

Critters Visit the Library

It may not be lions, tigers and bears, but some pretty wild animals will make an appearance in La Jolla, 10 a.m. Friday, June 17 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Brought by handlers at Pacific Animal Productions, six unusual creatures will be there — live and up close. Free. (858) 552-1657. Free.

60 Voices Strong

The Choral Consortium of San Diego will bring 60 singers together to perform Haydn’s “Sancti Nicolai Mass,” Harris’ “Shakespeare Songs,” and Hayes’ “Te Deum,” led by Keith Pedersen (Point Loma Nazarene University and La Jolla Presbyterian Church), 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. Admission: $10. (609) 937-6619.

Under the Full Moon

The summer season of full moon walks on Scripps Pier with aquarium naturalists kicks off 7-8:30 p.m. June 18-19. Depart from Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Walks continue weekends in July and August. $30 per person (members $25), ages 9 and older only with adult. RSVP required: (858) 534-7336.

Debuting at the Athenaeum

Two exhibits, featuring the works of Jean Lowe and Adrienne Joy, will be unveiled for display June 18, with a public reception 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Through the “pages” taken from imagined ephemera auction catalogs, Lowe’s work in “Lost Time” is a circuitous and humorous musing on the themes of aging, perception and the construction of value. Joy presents an intimate suite of expressionistic oil paintings that are based on photos from London, Glasgow and Paris. (858) 454-5872.

Old Globe Shakespeare Celebrations

Family Day is set for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18 on Copley Plaza at The Old Globe in Balboa Park. The event will feature music, storytelling in the garden, theatre crafts, Bard games, and free backstage tours at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. (Tours are first-come, first-served and open to ages 9 and above). Free.

Summer Shakespeare Festival kicks off 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19 with “Macbeth.” Tempted by an evil prophecy, and encouraged by his wife to go ever deeper into his own dark ambition, Macbeth murders his way to the throne of Scotland. Production runs through July 24. Directed by Brian Kulick. Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, San Diego. Tickets: $29. (619) 234-5623. or