La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Feb. 4-11

Cultural Events

In honor of Black History Month, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” screens 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 (dinner 7 p.m.), at The Loft at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (Lyman Avenue at Myers Drive). Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Nina Simone, a classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse and Black Power icon, who some say is one of the least understood artists of our time. Dinner and film: $34; Film only $10. (858) 534-8497.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival runs Feb. 4-14 at five locations. In addition to the feature-length films being screened, there will be a presentation on Feb. 8 of 22 short films at the ArcLight Theatres at La Jolla’s UTC mall. Other festival venues include the Garfield Theater at the Jewish Community Center, the Clairemont Reading 14 multiplex and two North County locations. Tickets: $13.75-$15.75. Schedule: (858) 362-1348.

February is Museum Month with dozens of participating museums in Balboa Park and around town offering half-price admission through the month. Details at

The Holocaust Living History Workshop series will present Moselio Schaechter discussing his family’s “Exile in Ecuador,” 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at UCSD Geisel Library’s Seuss Room, 9500 Gilman Drive. Free. (858) 534-7661.

The Director of Public/Interfaith Relations & Youth Program for Islamic Center of San Diego, Imam Taha Hassane, will speak as part of the “Encounters” classes offered at Congregation Beth El, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8660 Gilman Drive. Free. (858) 452-1734.

Explore the glories of traditional China and the dark world of afterlife beliefs through a collection of ceramic miniatures from Ming Dynasty tombs (1367-1644), at the “Great Ming Unearthed” exhibit, Feb. 6-April at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Ave., downtown. Free. Hours and admission at (619) 338-9888.

Weekend Concerts

The Montrose Trio will perform as guests of the La Jolla Music Society, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Sherwood Auditorium, in the Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. Former Tokyo String Quartet violinist Martin Beaver, cellist Clive Greensmith and pianist Jon Kimura Parker will offer Turina’s Piano Trio No. 2 in B Major, Op. 76; Haydn’s Pianio Trio in E Major, Hob. XV:28; and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50. Tickets: $30-$80. (858) 459-3728.

Looking ahead to Thursday, Feb. 11: LJMS will present six-time Grammy Award-winner Aaron Neville, 8 p.m. at Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego, performing his new album of New Orleans R&B/funk, and hits from his five-decade career. Tickets: 25-$60.

Steven Schick conducts the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus in a musical program of exploration, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 at Mandeville Auditorium on UC San Diego campus.

The concert includes György Ligeti’s Atmosphères (used in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey”), Claude Debussy’s “La Mer,” Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (inspired by the Midwest journey of Lewis and Clark) and the premiere of Erik Griswold’s “Jeux à la fin du monde” (”Games at the end of the world”), 9500 Gilman Drive. Pianist Lisa Moore is the guest artist. Tickets: $15-$29. (858) 534-4637.

Art Exhibits of Note

The opening reception for “William Newport Goodell: painter, craftsman, teacher,” an exhibit partnership between La Jolla Historical Society and Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, will be held 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the Society’s Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St. Goodell is a painter of figurative and landscape work, and a La Jolla resident who served on the La Jolla Country Day School faculty. The collection will be on display at both venues through spring. (See B1 cover story.) Free. (858) 459-5335.

The closing days of the exhibits featuring the artwork of Aren Skalman (Joseph Clayes III Gallery) and Margaret Noble (Rotunda Gallery) end Feb. 13 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. (858) 454-5872.