Arts Calendar: January 4, 2007


Fourth Power of Art

An exhibition of painting and photography by four San Diego artists will be on display through Feb. 15 at La Jolla Riford Library’s Community Room. The exhibition will feature the work of Kari Goldsmid, Dana Levine, Coroline Morse and Gwen Nobil.

An artist’s reception with musical entertainment will be held Jan. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The library is at 7555 Draper Ave.

For the Love of Art

Members of the La Jolla Art Association will present a not-to-be-missed sale of original art titled “For the Love of Art” through Jan. 21 at the Village Gallery. Profits from the sale will support the non-profit’s cultural and educational programs.

The Village Gallery is at 7932 Ivanhoe Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Artist’s open houses will be held each Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Call (858) 490-0470 for more information.

David Christopher

The Monarch Gallery of Fine Art presents landscape and art photographer David Christopher. He is an award-winning photographer, and his newest release is “Autumn Whisper.”

The Monarch Gallery is at 1205 Prospect St., Suite B. Call (858) 454-1231.

Artist spotlight

Four artists will be featured at the CenterLight Gallery. The artists are photographer Annalise Cassarino and painters Maria Repke, Lynne Schulnik and Eliza Tolley.

The Center Light Gallery is at 5490 La Jolla Blvd. For more information, call (858) 456-8188.


Cosmopolitan Fine Arts presents “Winterscapes around the World” through Jan. 31. They show paintings from Nekolay Navros, Nasonov, Sorin, Veenstra, James Fetherolf, Margorie Taylor, Fischer, Ivanovich and Galien Laloue. Whether traditional or contemporary, each individual artist interprets their winter surroundings into captivating renditions of gleaming winter landscapes and cityshapes.

Two premier winter scenes, “Place de la Republique” and “Porte St. Martin,” by French painter Galien Lalouem will be unveiled.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts Gallery is at 7932 Girard Ave. For more information, visit

Dennis Ellman

Chabad University Town Center hosts a show of original Jewish art featuring drawings and paintings by Dennis Ellman on Jan. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. It includes expressionistic figurative work as well as Jewish figurative work. The art will be on sale and part of the proceeds will go to Chabad UTC.

Chabad UTC is at 3813 Governor Drive. For more information, call (858) 453-9600.

Velvet Paintings

The Quint Gallery exhibits “Velvet Paintings” by Mel Bochner through Feb. 10. A reception will be held Jan. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Quint Gallery is at 7739 Fay Ave. Hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and by appointment.


Joan Collins

Hollywood icon Joan Collins will sign “The Art of Living Well, Looking Good, Feeling Great” on Jan. 11 at noon at Warwick’s Bookstore. The actress reveals the secrets of looking good at any age and shares many of her life experiences.

Warwick’s is at 7812 Girard Ave. Call (858) 454-0347.

Love and Darkness

Acclaimed Israeli author and activist Amos Oz speaks about his memoir “A Tale of Love and Darkness” on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. A book signing will follow.

The lecture is part of Expressions on Eretz Yisrael, a series of community-wide activities celebrating Israel Week in San Diego from Jan. 21 through Jan. 28.

The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center is at 4126 Executive Drive. For more information, call (858) 457-3030 or visit


Tokyo String Quartet

The La Jolla Music Society presents the Tokyo String Quartet at Museum of Contemporary Art’s Sherwood Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m.

Founded more than 30 years ago, this supreme chamber ensemble performs hundreds of concerts worldwide each season, has released more than 40 landmark recordings, and has been featured on numerous television programs.

For more information, call (858) 459-3724, ext. 212.

Peter Sprague

Jazz guitarist and composer Peter Sprague will perform at UCSD as part of the Short Attention Span Chamber Music Series. The UCSD alum has performed with artists such as Chick Corea and Sergio Mendes and has an international following.

The performance will take place Jan. 12 at 12:30 p.m. on the lower level, west wing of UCSD’s Geisel Library. Admission is free.

Call (858) 534-8074 for more information.


The rock band Mursic is performing a benefit concert for an accident survivor at the Jewish Community Center Theatre on Jan. 13.

Philip Maslow had a motorcycle crash in October, which left him with life-threatening injuries including serious head trauma. Now he is facing an intense and costly rehabilitation program. In order to help, Tony Montemaramno, the lead singer of Mursic and best friend of Maslow, decided to hold a benefit concert.

“Nightmare Made Reality” has been an underlying theme for Mursic’s first album and Maslow’s accident brought this theme to life for the members of the band.

The concert will be held at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4126 Executive Drive.

For more information, call (619) 838-5369 or visit

Emerson String Quartet

The stunning Emerson String Quartet, winner of six Grammy awards, is one of the world’s most remarkable chamber ensembles, equally skilled playing classical and contemporary music. They will perform Jan. 29 at UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium. The program will include Beethoven’s “String Quartet in F major,” Carl Nielsen’s “At the Bier of a Young Artist,” Anton Webern’s “Five Movements” and Franz Schubert’s “String Quartet in D minor.”

Tickets cost between $32 and $36. Call (858) 534-8497.

Brazilian Folk Art, Music and Stories

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Institute of the Americas exhibits Brazilian folk carvings and the traditional illustrated story pamphlets known as folhetos or literatura de cordel, which encompasses the full range of popular literature. There will be a talk, followed by a reception, and music by Rob Custo and his “Forro for All.”

The band is described as a melding of many traditions, cultures and musical styles of Brazil’s northeast, with African, Portuguese and Native American influences. They have toured across the United States and Canada.

The Institute of the Americas is at 10111 North Torrey Pines Road. For more information, call (858) 453-5560 or visit www.

Anonymous 4

On Jan. 14 at 4 p.m., the St. James Music Series presents a concert featuring Anonymous 4, with special guest instrumentalists Darol Anger and Scott Nygaard. The program will feature music from their recently relaesed CD entitled “Gloryland.” Their repertoire contains religious ballads, folk songs, folk hymns and gospel songs.

The St. James Church is at 743 Prospect St. Tickets are $25, students and children are admitted free at performance time, space permitting. For more information, call (858) 459-3421, ext. 109.


Paper Theatre

The staffs of the Art Libraries at UCSD present the Paper Theatre Exhibit and Festival through Jan. 30.

It is being held at UCSD’s Geisel Library lower level, in the west wing. Call (858) 534-8074 for more information.