Arts Calendar: February 15, 2007


Jewish Film Festival

The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture presents the 17th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival through Feb. 18. La Jolla screenings will take place at AMC La Jolla 12 and at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

The festival closes Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with “What a Wonderful Place,” which features three absorbing stories about the impact of immigration on Israel.

For tickets and a full listing of showtimes for the more than 40 films featured at this year’s festival, visit

New Members

The La Jolla Village Gallery presents “New Members,” an exhibition of painting, photography, digital art and sculpture by the twelve members of the association, through Feb. 25. An artists’ reception will be held Feb. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gallery is at 7932 Ivanhoe Ave. and hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call (858) 459-1196.

Jem Southam

The Joseph Bellows Gallery presents the first West Coast solo exhibition of British photographer Jem Southam through March 9. The gallery will feature one of his earlier series, “The Red River,” and the recent “Upton Pyne.”

Southam has been an important figure in British photography for more than 25 years.

The Joseph Bellows Gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (858) 456-5620 or visit

ABC’s of Yiddish

The Gotthelf Art Gallery presents a selection of limited edition books by renowned artists Sybil Rubottom and Jim Machacek on Feb. 22. Since founding Bay Park Press in San Diego in 2000, they have collaborated on fine and intricate letterpress books covering a variety of subject matter from poetry to opera.

This show will debut their latest limited edition, “The ABC’s of Yiddish.” Most works are for sale and benefit the Gotthelf Art Gallery and San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.

Hours are from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

The Gotthelf Gallery is at 4126 Executive Drive in the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family JCC.

Abstract acrylics

The R. B. Stevenson Gallery exhibits paintings by Jimi Gleason and Thomas Zitzwitz through Feb. 16. Both Gleason and Zitzwitz create abstract paintings using acrylic and interference paint.

The gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. Suite 201. For more information, call (858) 459-3917.

Parisian Romance

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts announces the opening of its February show, “Parisian Romance,” through Feb. 28. Artists like Eugene Galien-Laloue, Edouard Cortes, P. Pissarro, Alexander Kuznecov, Payes, Fischer, Szertz, Tomaylla and Wilkinson offer a glimpse into the heart of Paris, a city not only for romantic lovers, but also a city of global importance.

The gallery is at 7932 Girard Ave. and opens daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Stephen Shortridge

The Monarch Gallery presents Romantic Impressionist Stephen Charles Shortridge. The exhibition features his most current collection of original oil paintings and personally enhanced, limited edition giclees on canvas, as well as his new book “Created Creator - Works and Words.”

The gallery is at 1205 Prospect St. For more information, call (858) 454-1231.

Alexandra Nechita

The Wentworth Gallery is showing the works of Alexandra Nechita. The abtract painter, known as the “petite Picasso,” began drawing at age two and had her first exhibition when she was just eight years old. Now she has been awarded and honored by different organizations all over the world for her extraordinary artwork and vision. The exhibit features over 150 pieces including watercolors, original acrylics on canvas, etchings, original drawings and sculptures.

The gallery is at 1025 Prospect St. For more information visit or call (858) 551-7071.

The Black Cowboy

Through Feb. 28, “The Black Cowboy: Real to Reel,” associated with the Black History Month, will be held at the Geisel Library. This exhibition celebrates real stories of black cowboys of the Old West and celebrates the fascinating silent cowboy movies and early cowboy musicals that featured all-black casts.

The exhibition is in Geisel Library’s lower level, West Wing at UCSD. For more information, call (858) 534-8074.


Jupiter String Quartet

ArtPower UCSD presents the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Neuroscience Institute. Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel play the violin, Liz Freivogel plays the viola, and Daniel McDonough is on the cello. Join an informal pre-performance conversation with the artists from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Their program includes Franz Joseph Haydn, Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms.

Tickets are $34 for adults and can be purchased via phone by calling (858) 534-8497 or online at

Peng Peng

On Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. the La Jolla Music society presents the pianist Peng Peng at the Neuroscience Institute. At 13, Peng Peng was already a seasoned veteran of the concert stage.

The young Chinese has been recently featured in the Juilliard School’s 100th Anniversary gala concert and won numerous prizes with his exceptional artistry and powerful technique. From 2:30 through 2:45 p.m., there will also be a performance by a young San Diego musician.

For more information, visit and for tickets call (858) 459-3728.


On Feb. 16 Hapa, a group of gifted Hawaiian musicians, performs at the Sherwood Auditorium at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call (619) 426-1953. Tickets can be purchased through and are $37.50 and $42.50.


The Mainly Mozart String Quartet features works by Franz Joseph Haydn who epitomized the accomplishments of the Classical Era. The all-star quartet consisting of Martin Chalifour and Jun Ching Iin on violins, James Dunham on viola, and Desmond Hoebig on cello performs on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at 8 p.m.

The event takes place at the Neuroscience Institute at 10640 John Hay Hopkins Drive. For tickets, call (619) 239-0100 or visit The tickets are $42.

Allessio Averone

The La Jolla Library presents pianist Alessio Averone on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Averone has established himself as a soloist, chamber musician, and a soloist with orchestra. He was born in Italy and has played the piano since he was 5 years old.

The La Jolla Riford Library Center and Jacobs Annex is at 7555 Draper Ave. For more information, call (858) 552-1657.

Mozart sonatas

On Feb. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. the award-winning duo of Andres Cardenes, violin, and Anton Nel, piano, performs sparkling Mozart sonatas as part of the Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight Series. The artists frequently perform together during the annual Mainly Mozart Festival and winter-spring Spotlight Series of chamber music concerts.

The concert takes place at the Neuroscience Institute on John Jay Hopkins Drive. For tickets, call (619) 239-0100, they cost $42. For more information, visit


‘Legends of Broadway’

Bruno Leone returns to the Athenaeum with a New Lecture Series titled “Legends of Broadway and Other Tales” on Feb. 27, March 6 and March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Leone combines piano artistry, humor and a wealth of narratives and anecdotes about the lives and times of America’s leading composers and lyricists.

The event takes place at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 1008 Wall St. Tickets for the series cost $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers, the prices for the individual lectures are $12 for members and $17 for nonmembers.

For more information, call (858) 454-5872 or visit

John Barry

On Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. the award-winning author John Barry exposes the startling history of the deadly 1918 flu epidemic that left millions of causalities and wreaked social upheaval worldwide. His book “The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History” was published in 2005.

After the talk, Barry will join a panel discussion on the government’s response to the crisis and how it provides vital lessons for present-day disease control.

The event takes place at the Neurosciences Institute. For tickets or more information, call (858) 534-3400 or (858) 882-8000 or visit

James Salter

On Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. the award-winning novelist and short story writer James Salter holds a lecture and a reception at the Geisel Library. Salter is regarded as one of the finest living practitioners by his fellow writers, critics and readers familiar with his work.

The Geisel Library is at UCSD. For more information, call (858) 534-1272.

Terrorism and religion

On Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. the UCSD economist Eli Berman gives a talk about terrorism, economics and religion. Berman is among the world’s leaders in a small but growing field of study that uses economic principles to gain deeper understanding of racial religious groups. He will share his insights during this year’s first installment of the UCSD Economics Roundtable Series.

The event takes place at the UCSD Faculty Club. For tickets or more information, call (858) 822-0510 or visit

Heather Fowler

As part of the New Writing Series Heather Fowler will present her two novels and three books of short stories Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Visual Arts Peformance Center. Fowler is a Southern California native working a day job at the UCSD literature department.

The event takes place at the Visual Arts Performance Space at UCSD. For more information, e-mail


‘Good Breeding’

On Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m., the award-winning playwrighter and director Robert O’Hara presents the nationally acclaimed UCSD Professional Theatre Training Program actors, designers and stage managers in his world premiere adaption “Good Breeding” of the Greek tragedy “Oresteia” inspired by the works of Aeschylus and Euripides.

The curse on the house of Atreus is turned upside down in this erotic exploration of love, lust and revenge.

The event takes place at the Mandell Weiss Theatre. For tickets and more information, call (858) 534-4574. or visit