La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, June 2


Concert Time

San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory presents its Spring Finale concert 7 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at Crill Hall, Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Dr. Top students from SDYS Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and the Ovation Saxophone Ensemble perform works by Gringer, Rimsky-Korsakov and Beethoven. Tickets: $35. (619) 233-3232.

Jazz at the Athenaeum presents an international piano series by four acclaimed jazz artists. Opening with Fred Hersch/Anat Cohen Duo, 7 and 9 p.m. shows on Thursday, June 9; the John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet, June 25; Dayna Stephens Auintet, July 21; Curtis Taylor Quartet July 28; 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $21-$26. (858) 454-5872.

The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra will present an afternoon of music 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, with all six of the program’s ensembles – from Suzuki Strings to the Advanced Orchestra, and ending with students playing side-by-side with the Festival Orchestra. Hear works by Copland, Ellington, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Holst, and a special guest performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major with soloist David Shifrin. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Tickets: $15-$35. (619) 239-0100.

Fascinating Talks

UC San Diego alumnus and Nobel laureate Bruce Beutler returns to his alma mater 4 p.m. Friday, June 3 to discuss forward genetics. While scientists can find mutations that cause (or mitigate) disease, advancements from Dr. Beutler’s lab now make it possible to find many of the genes needed for particular biological functions. UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, 9500 Gilman Drive (off Osler Lane). Free.

La Jolla Community Center presents the lecture series, “Politically Influential First Ladies of the Modern Era,” 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. June 8: Lady Bird Johnson, June 15: Rosalynn Carter, June 22: Nancy Reagan, June 29: Roundtable on Contemporary First Ladies. Tickets: $5-$10. (858) 459-0831.

Warwick’s Books and La Jolla Library present “The Perfect Storm” author Sebastian Junger on his latest, “Tribe: On homecoming and belonging,” 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Art Openings

A reception for the “Black and White Mostly” exhibit, featuring the work of Charles Andrew Seaton, will be 5 p.m. Friday June 3 at a private gallery, 2690 Historic Decatur Road, Studio 202. Seaton works to expose the individual among the mob in a consumer targeted and driven culture. In this new show he combines digital image with illustration, creating a unique form of photo-montage. Free.

A reception for “Nouns,” featuring the work of Jeffrey Brosbe and Nicole Caulfield will be 5 p.m. Friday, June 10 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Exhibit on display through July 30. Free. (858) 459-0831.

International Children’s Day

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and the Gaslamp Museum presents International Children’s Day, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. Activities include Chinese folk games, calligraphy and paper-cutting. Come and meet Bum, the Town Dog, from the 1890s and hear him “tell” his own story. Free. (619) 338-988.