La Jolla’s Best Bets for events May 5-12


Concert Sagas

Rebekah Heller presents an innovative solo bassoon concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. It’s a Fresh Sound music series premiere. Heller’s performances have been described as turning the bassoon into “a fierce creature that cannot be ignored onstage.” Tickets: $10-$15. (619) 987-6214.

MozArt and the Grand Tour “From Rococo to Romanticism, Art and Music in the Courts of 18th-Century Europe,” concludes 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Presented by Victoria Martino and the Musica Pro Arte Ensemble, the event features an opportunity to hear five of his masterpieces in sequence, accompanied by a visual tour through the art and architecture of Mozart’s world. $20-$25. (858) 454-5872.

Jacquelyne Silver continues her tribute to the piano “Keyboard Connections,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. From the depths of the Delta to Carnegie Hall, the music of the blues is born from the heart and soul. Its influences run deep in America’s music, from jazz to rock and roll, right up to the Broadway stage. $17-$22. (858) 454-5872.

Violinist Josef Špaček, the 2009 first prize winner at the Michael Hill Violin Competition, closes the 47th La Jolla Music Society Discovery Series, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at Auditorium at TSRI, 10620 John J. Hopkins Drive. Program includes: Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Unaccompanied Violin, BWV 1004 (1720); Szymanowski’s Myths, Op. 30 (1915); Ysaye’s Caprice, after a study in form of a waltz of Saint-Saëns, Op. 52, No. 6 (1900); Prokofiev’s Sonata for Solo Violin in D Major, Op. 115 (1947); and Saint-Saens’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75 (1885). Tickets: $30-$35. (858) 459-3728.

Michiko Ogawa presents a Clarinets Recital, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. Program includes Giacinto Scelsi’s Preghiera per un’ombra (1954) clarinet solo and Ko Lho (1966) flute and clarinet; Alvin Lucier’s Still And Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas, Part I No. 1 (1980) clarinet in B flat; Richard Barret’s Hypnerotomachia (2005-2009) two clarinets in A; Chaya Czernowin’s Duo Leat (2010) two bass clarinets in B flat; Liza Lim’s Inguz (1996) clarinet, violon and cello. Free.

Gardeners Market

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the La Jolla Garden Club’s annual Gardeners Market will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 on the patio at Chase Bank, corner of Girard Avenue and Silverado Street. Potted plants, flowers and baked goods will be for sale, ready with bows to give to mom the next day. Proceeds support horticulture scholarships for local community college students. (858) 454-6227.

Motivational Speakers

La Jolla Woman’s Club “Women in Leadership” speaker series continues 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at the Club, 7791 Draper Ave., with Doris Howell, M.D., a pioneer in the hospice movement. She will discuss her history and advances of women in science. Open to men and women. Light appetizers and cash bar. Seating limited. Free, but RSVP requested to (858) 454-2354.

Limited seating is available for the San Diego Foundation lecture “Race: Are We So Different?” by Charis Kubrin, 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado in Balboa Park. Free. (619) 814-1337.

Art Exhibit Receptions

Athenaeum’s School of the Arts teacher Jeff Yeomans will present a selection of his oil paintings at Girard Gourmet, 7837 Girard Ave. Opening reception is 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. For the last decade, Yeomans painted the fragile beauty of California and the connected urban landscape that ultimately impacts it. The exhibit will be on display through August. Free during business hours, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. (858) 454-5872.

Works for show and sale by the Allied Artists Association of San Diego will be exhibited in the La Jolla Library art gallery room, 7555 Draper Ave., through May 20. A reception for the show, sponsored by the Friends of La Jolla Library, is set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Free. (858) 552-1647.

Fiesta Time

Grab your amigos and head over to historic Old Town San Diego to spice up your weekend with the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo, 4-10 p.m., Friday May 6; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Live entertainment, food and drinks for purchase, activities for kids and adults. Free family-friendly event. Schedule:

A Classic Ballet

San Diego City Ballet presents “Romeo and Juliet,” 8 p.m. May 6-7 and 2 p.m. May 8 at Spreckels Theater, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. Elaborate costumes, scenery and lighting create a stunning backdrop for this timeless story of a couple who fall deeply in love with tragic consequences. $29-$79. (858) 272-8663.