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Arts Calendar: March 29, 2007

To have an event featured in the Arts Calendar, send entry to Arts Editor Travis Hunter, La Jolla Light, 565 Pearl St., La Jolla, 92037, or e-mail travish@lajollalight.com. Photos are encouraged.

ARTS

All County Art Show

La Jolla Art Association presents its annual All County Art Show, juried this year by well respected artist Reed Cardwell.

The show features some of the best local artistic talent in a variety of media, including acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, photography, sculpture, digital art, mixed media and original prints.

The exhibition runs through April 15 at The Village Gallery, 7932 Ivanhoe Ave. Call (858) 459-1196.

Victoria Montesinos

“Floral Sensuality,” a solo show of oil paintings and limited edition prints by Victoria Montesinos, will open at Fingerhut Gallery of La Jolla on Saturday, March 31 with a reception for the New York artist from 7 to 9 p.m.
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The reception is free, but an RSVP is required. Call (858) 456-9900. Fingerhut Gallery is at 1205 Prospect St.

Ryan McGinness

Quint Contemporary Art presents “A Rich Fantasy Life,” an exhibition of the artwork of Ryan McGinness, from April 7 to May 19. An opening reception will be held April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Quint Contemporary Art is at 7739 Fay Ave. Call (858) 454-3409.

Michael Reafsnyder

“Whirl,” an exhibition of paintings by Michael Reafsnyder, is now on display at R.B. Stevenson Gallery. Reafsnyder creates exuberant abstract expressionist paintings, and his trademark smiley-face is a reminder that his work is about the enjoyment of art and life.
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R.B. Stevenson Gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. Call (858) 459-3917.

J. John Priola

Joseph Bellows Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by J. John Priola. The gallery will feature selections from his series “Paradise,” “Saved,” “Residual” and “Windows.”

“Paradise” features common objects such as a wishbone, feather or wooden box. “Saved” features solitary objects that seem to be straight from an old attic or thrift store. “Residual” implies passing time in photographs of a puff of smoke or a single bubble, objects whose life ended short after the photograph was taken. “Windows” features photographs of San Francisco windows at night, and though they reveal nothing of the homes’ interiors, they possess an erie and voyeuristic quality.

The exhibition continues through April 28. The gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. Call (858) 456-5620.

Grace Slick

Wentworth Gallery will host a special appearance by Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Grace Slick on March 30 and 31 and April 1. Best known as the singer of Jefferson Airplane, Slick retired from music in 1989 and is now focusing all her creative energy on visual arts.

Inspired by her love of rock and roll, Slick’s artwork presents a range of subjects including portraits of old friends and legendary musicians such as Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and more.

The exhibition also features her “Wonderland Suite.”

Wentworth Gallery is at 1025 Prospect St. Call (858) 551-7071.

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Jane Bishop

The Alcala Gallery will show “From the Beach to Borrego,” a special exhibition of local watercolors by La Jolla artist Jan Bishop, during the month of March. The subtle and jewel-like colors in these paintings reflect the artist’s response to our unique local environment. Not a studio artist, Bishop always paints on location.

The Alcala Gallery is at 950 Silverado St. Call (858) 454-6610.

Divine Light of the Riviera

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts announces its March show, “Devine Light of the Riviera.” This exhibition is a tribute to the European Impressionists that were infatuated with the lighting on the French Riviera. The show features modern painters Florian Van Burg, Jean Pierre Dubord, Carebul, Magre, De Fonteneye and Louis Labrofont.

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts is at 7932 Girard Ave. For more information, call (858) 456-9509.

Arthur Meyerson

Roche Bobois presents a visual exploration of the interaction of light and color from world-renowned photographer Arthur Meyerson.

Roche Bobois is at 7611 Girard Ave. Call (858) 459-0297 for more information.

Patricia Patterson

Quint Contemporary Art presents the work of Patricia Patterson through March 31. The exhibition is titled, “Scenes From a Receding Past.”

Quint Contemporary Art is at 7739 Fay Ave. Call (858) 454-3409 for more information.

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Palladian Society of the Athenaeum

Bruce Coats, professor of Art History and Imperial China will continue the Athenaeum’s series of Palladian Society lectures on the decorative arts on April 2. Bruce Coats will survey the extraordinary production of arts in China for the Imperial Palaces in Beijing and for trade with the West during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).

The Athenaeum Music & Arts LIbrary is located at 1008 Wall Street. Contact Kristina Meek (858) 454-5872 or athpt@pacbell.net for more information.

Rotunga Gallery Exhibition

The Athenaeum presents, for the fifth consecutive year, an exhibition of artwork by the scholarship winners of the San Diego State University Art Department. Applications were open to all art majors, in all media, which include: graphic design, ceramics, photography, jewelry and metalsmithing, textiles, sculpture, painting, furniture, and art history. The opening reception is on March 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the exhibit will run from March 31 through April 14.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts LIbrary is located at 1008 Wall Street. Contact Kristina Meek (858) 454-5872 or athpt@pacbell.net for more information.

The Wave

A new exhibition featuring three artists is now on display at CenterLight Gallery of La Jolla. The exhibition is titled “The Wave” and brings together the adventurous surf photography of Warren Bolster and the oil paintings of Lorri Blackard and Maria Repke.

CenterLight Gallery is at 5490 La Jolla Blvd. Call (858) 456-8188.

Alexandra Nechita

The Wentworth Gallery is showing the works of Alexandra Nechita. The abtract painter, known as the “petite Picasso,” began drawing at age 2 and had her first exhibition when she was just 8 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

www.wentworthgallery.com

or call (858) 551-7071.

“Figurative Masterpieces”

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts announces the opening of its April show “Figurative Masterpieces” from April 1 through April 30. The show debuts a collection, featuring highly praised figurative artists from around the globe. Accomplished artists An He, Loboda, Marie Witte, De Cezare, Romero, Kelvin Lei, Volegov, and Pervuninsky emphasize the emotionally provocative and figurative language of painting. Figurative art, though sometimes controversial, has outlasted fading trends and superseded the sometimes-rigid religious and political mandates imposed throughout history.

The gallery is located at 7932 Girard Ave. For more information visit www.cosmopolitanart.com or call (858) 456-9506.

Jim Machacek

San Diego-based artist Jim Machacek will present an exhibtion of new work entitled CODES in the Athenaeum’s Main Gallery. The works will include etchings, collages and artist’s books that tell their own stories - reflecting his recurring interest in symbols, secrets and codes, and exploring how they intersect our lives.

The opening reception is on March 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m and the exhibit will run from March 31 through May 5. Machacek will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition on April 14 at 11 a.m.

The Athenaeum’s Main Gallery is located at 1008 Wall Street. Contact Kristina Meek (858) 454-5872 or visit

www.ljathenaeum.org

for more information.

Artwork by Scholarship Winners of SDSU Art Department

The Athenaeum presents an exhibition of artwork in the Rotunda Gallery by scholarship winners of the San Diego State University Art Department for the fifth consecutive year. Eight students from the upper division of the undergraduate, or from the graduate program have been selected, based on scholarship applications, by the SDSU Art Council.

The opening reception is on March 30, 6:30 to 8:30 and the exhibit will run from March 31 through April.

The Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery is located at 1008 Wall Street. Contact Kristina Meek (858) 454-5872 or visit

www.ljathenaeum.org

for more information.

MUSIC

Brahms Chamber Ensemble

Johannes Brahms is the featured composer for the finale of Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight Series 2007. On March 30 and 31 his works will be performed by five musical virtuosi at the Neurosciences Institute.

Mainly Mozart and Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, Gotheberg Symphony concertmaster Sara Troback, New York Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra principal cellist Roland Thomas and pianist Arthur Rowe will interpret some of Brahms’ deeply expressive works. The program includes “Violin Sonata No. 2 in A,” “Piano Quartet in G minor,” and “Piano Quartet in F minor.”

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. The Neurosciences Institute is at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Call (619) 239-0100 for more information.

Benefit Concert

Villa Music is pleased to announce its first annual concert to benefit the Monarch School, featuring three local young singers performing classic Broudway show tunes, as well as jazz, classical and folk standards. The concert on March 31 features Bishop’s senior Cressy Birder, La Jolla Country Day junior Charlotte Ostrow, and Francis Parker senior Claire Theimann. The Monarch School, founded in 1988, provides homeless and at-risk children with accredited education while caring for their basic needs.

The performance will take place at 7 p.m. at University Lutheran Church, located at 9595 La Jolla Shores Drive. Tickets for the concert cost $12 at the door, fchatwin@villamusic.org for more information.

Muzik3 Festival 2007

Celebrating its 10th season, Muzik3, San Diego’s most innovative annual music festival presents the New York-based ensemble Polygraph Lounge on April 14 and 15. There’s is no telling what they will perform but look for political satire and musical humor.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at The Other House. The Other House is located at 7813 Esterel Drive. Call Susan D. DIlts (505)474-6367 for more information.

Russian Pianist Olga Kern

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal winner Olga Kern closes this year’s Piano Series of La Jolla Music Society on Friday, April 13.

Olga Kern started playing the piano at the age of 5 and since her triumph at the Van Cliburn, she has toured around the world winning audience acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect Street. Bryan Verhoye, concert pianist, composer and arranger, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets are between $25 and $75 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society box office, (858) 459-3728 and online at

www.LaJollaMusicSociety.org.

POETRY AND PROSE

Jodi Picoult

Bestselling author of “My Sister’s Keeper” and “Vanishing Acts,” Jodi Picoult will read and sign “Nineteen Minutes,” her most absorbing novel yet. Jodi Picoult will be at Warwick’s Bookstore on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Warwick’s Bookstore is located at 7812 Girard Ave. Call the store at (858) 454-0347 for more information. All events are free and open to the public.

Dave Winfield

San Diego Padre Hall of Famer Dave Winfield will read and sign “Dropping the Ball,” a compelling plan of action for saving baseball from self-destruction, at Warwick’s Bookstore on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Urbane and entertaining, his work inspires readers to get out of the armchair and into the action. Warwick’s Bookstore is located at 7812 Girard Ave. Call the store at (858) 454-0347 for more information. All events are free and open to the public.

PERFORMANCES

The Stinky Cheese Man

The San Diego Junior Theatre announces The Stinky Cheese Man, a play that is directed by Becky Cherlin Baird and based on the story by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.

The stories start as familiar fairy tales: The Little Red Hen, Cinderumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk - then something happens. Did the plots get mixed up? How will they end?

The show will be performed at the La Jolla YMCA Firehouse on the following dates: March 23, 7 p.m., March 24, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., March 25, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., March 30, 7 p.m. and March 31, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. It is recommended for all ages.

The La Jolla YMCA Firehouse is located at 7877 Hershel Avenue. Call (858) 619-239-1311 for more information.