Athenaeum art exhibit opening and annual Festival of the Arts top the offerings for Best Bets in and around La Jolla, June 21-30


The Athenaeum will host a public opening for “Scriptorium: Devout Exercises of the Heart,” an exhibition by Robert Kushner in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 at 1008 Wall St.

The exhibit consists of hundreds of small drawings and paintings executed on pages of old books and manuscript, which will be pinned to the wall with simple dressmaker’s pins. The pages have been removed from discarded and damaged books from America, England, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Tibet and Japan circa 1500-1920. Kushner’s works are in the permanent collections of museums around the world.

The show runs through July 28. For more details, call (858) 454-5872, visit

Art Festival Weekend Ahead

The annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts, produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Foundation to raise funds for recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at UCSD’s Warren Field at Gilman and Voigt Drives. Musical guests at the juried art fair include Rockola, Fred Benedetti and Peter Sprague, Dave Scott and Monsoon Jazz, and the Bayou Brothers. Discount tickets online


through June 22 for $12; at the door $14. There will also be food booths, chalk-art demonstrations and a Volvo car show.

You’ll Hear Bells

Pianist Clipper Erickson will be joined by handbell artist Rise Kagan in a musical program that will include Chopin’s Sonata No.3 in B Minor and a Clara Schumann selection along with classical J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff and Grieg plus original handbell pieces. The music begins at 4 p.m. June 24 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Find Your Roots

The Computer Genealogical Society of San Diego welcomes guests to its next meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 23 in the Robinson Auditorium complex at UCSD. Jean Wilcox Hibben will present “Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles.” Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any space other than those specifically reserved for UCSD vehicles. Signs will mark directions to the meeting room.

Pakistani/Indian Cooking Class

Learn how to make mouth-watering vegetarian cuisine and perfect Basmati rice from the Punjabi region of Pakistan and India with a “Culture and Cuisine” cooking lesson presented by the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, Participants will receive a discount card for three local international markets. Tickets: $30-$35. RSVP at (858) 459-0831 or

Miniatures on Display

The third annual Miniature and Collectors Show and Sale runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday June 24 at Al Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road. Admission: $4-$7. (858) 454-4959.

Show Stoppers Sought

The Riford Library and The Women’s Club 030812 will host a talent show audition from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at 7555 Draper Ave. The show will be presented the following Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more details, call Joyce at (858) 888-2839.