La Jolla’s Best Bets for events: Feb. 25-March 3, 2016

There’s Music in the Air!

St. James By-the-Sea Music Series presents Voces8 in a concert titled, “Underneath the Stars,” 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at 743 Prospect St. The British ensemble will perform works by William Byrd, Felix Mendelssohn, Ben Folds, Duke Ellington, the Mamas and the Papas, and more. Tickets $30. (858) 459-3421 ext. 109.

As part of the Fourth Friday Jazz series, John Reynolds and his quintet of musicians — award-winning students from San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts and local professionals — will present a night of music encompassing different eras of jazz. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets $18-$25. (858) 459-0831.

San Diego Bluegrass Society presents Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper in concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at La Jolla Christian Fellowship Church, 627 Genter St. Opening band: Lighthouse 7 p.m., Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper 7:30 p.m. Free. (858) 679-1225.

Get your passport ready! Kalabash School of Music & Arts kicks off its “Passport to Worlds of Music” concert series 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 with USD ethnomusicologist and performer Christopher Adler and his wife, musician Supeena Insee Adler presenting “Music of Thailand,” 5725 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets $15. (858) 882-7734.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents two 7:30 p.m. concerts this week, each at 1008 Wall St. Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet takes the stage Thursday, Feb. 25 as part of the jazz series (tickets $21-$26); on Friday, Feb. 26 the Orion String Quartet performs as part of the chamber concert series. Tickets $45-$50. (858) 454-5872.

On Stage

For The Sender: Love Letters from Vietnam,” features songs inspired by the extraordinary correspondence between a passionate (yet deeply flawed) soldier and his daughter. A concert version will be read and sung by Alex Woodard and Molly Jenson, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at North Coast Rep Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $25. (858) 481-1055.

Family Event at MCASD

In connection with the exhibit, “Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s,” the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will host a family art workshop, 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 27 at 700 Prospect St. Following a gallery exploration, guests will create a text-based watercolor painting. Free for members/military families; $15 for general public. (858) 454-3541.

Three Fundraisers

A Chinese New Year celebration will be held 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the UC San Diego International Center, 9500 Gilman Drive, to raise funds for the center’s scholarship foundation. Guests will be served a traditional dinner (no vegetarian option) and afterward professor Chris Willis will present “Sail Away to Raja Ampat.” Tickets $60. E-mail or visit

The 14th annual Black History Month Scholarship Brunch welcomes actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 to Price Center Ballroom, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. The event raises funds for scholarships and recognizes student achievement. $70 in advance, $75 at the door. (858) 822-5248.

In honor of Black History Month, The Bishop’s School presents “Collaboration Across the Arts,” featuring former English department chair Anna Roseboro in a program of dramatic readings, art exhibits, dance and music by faculty, students and alumni, 3:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29 at 7607 La Jolla Blvd. Free. Proceeds from Roseboro book sales benefit the school’s financial aid program. RSVP: (858) 875-0728.

Floral Design Display

The Ohara Ikebana Society of San Diego, co-sponsored by San Diego Botanical Garden Foundation, presents “The Natural Beauty of Ohara Ikebana” to showcase and demonstrate the Japanese style of flower arranging, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. Demonstrations: 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free.