Best Bets for fun things to do in and around LaJolla, Feb. 23-March 1


Fateful Journey

Ever wonder what life was like aboard the R.M.S. Titanic 100 years ago? Well then, make your way over to the NAT in Balboa Park. From now through Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, “

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

,” showcases such items as perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples to perfectly preserve china and even pieces of the ship. View recreations of the staterooms, learn the stories of those who perished when the ship sank on April 15, 1912, and get your replica-boarding pass when you enter. Tickets $12-$27 at

or (619) 232-3821.

Hike Lake Hodges

Take a walk around the east arm of Lake Hodges in Rancho Bernardo with the NAT’s Canyoneers, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. A naturalist will lead the easy, 4-mile hike that will climb to 200 feet along varied terrain and past a waterfall. You’ll learn how the Kumeyaay used plants from the area as you trek the trail. Take I-15 to West Bernardo Drive and park in the dirt lot on the right. Meet at the Bernardo Bay Natural Area.

or call (619) 232-3821, select Option 4.

Historical Perspective

If Renaissance art is up your alley, join Douglas Barker at The Riford Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, as he talks about “The French Ambassadors and the Secret Horoscope.” He’ll discuss the uproar in Europe in 1533 as King Henry VIII makes plans to take over the Church in England and divorce his very Catholic Spanish queen, Catherine of Aragon. Free. Refreshments. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831


Speaker at the Riford

Lt. Col. Charles Hartford, a Bronze Star recipient, will talk about his adventures during 19 years in the Army in the next installment of The Riford Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. A West Point graduate who also holds master’s degrees in history, diplomacy and international commerce, Hartford led the ground convoy portion in the rescue of an American prisoner of war in Iraq. Refreshments. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

Dark Side of Life

North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Off Nights series brings back “Film Noir Unscripted,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. The Impro Theatre gives new life to tough-talking private eyes and femme fatales through unpredictable staging, improvisational wit and verbal dexterity, according to the theater’s website. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $15-20.

(858) 481-1055 or

Banjo Man

The Loft at UCSD brings on Jayme Stone: Room of Wonders, Wednesday Feb. 29. Stone, a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award winner, calls the banjo “the hippest instrument … kind of quirky but it’s really adaptable.” He’ll be joined by Sandra Wong, Andrew Small and Nick Fraser. Also, dinner and drinks at the Zanzibar when doors open at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. on the second floor, Price Center East. Tickets $5-$20 (858) 534-TIXS or

Concert Time

La Jolla Music Society goes from a string quartet to piano concert with two weekend events. The first, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at MCASD’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St., puts the Takács Quartet in the spotlight of the Revelle Chamber Music Series. The award-winning group is based at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Tickets: $25-75.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, the focus shifts to the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., for the Discovery Series with Russian-born pianist Daniil Trifonov, who in 2010-11, won the International Tchaikovsky Competition. His performance will be preceded at 2 p.m. by a presentation by San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory students. Tickets: $5-30. (858) 459-3728

Classical Music

The San Diego Symphony brings chamber music to La Jolla at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 when cellist Johannes Moser and pianist Orion Weiss join members of the symphony for a program that includes Brahms’ first piano quartet. Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive Tickets $30. (619) 234-0804.

Art of Ikebana

Learn the Japanese art of Ikebana flower arranging 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Instructor Jackie Zhang of the San Diego chapter of Ikebana International, teaches the philosophy of the Ohara School, “to observe nature well and emphasize the seasonal qualities, growth process and the beauty of the natural environments.” $19 per class. Sign up at the circulation desk, (858) 553-1657. FYI: Feb. 25-26, the Ikebana chapter hosts its spring flower show in Room 101 at Casa del Prado, Balboa Park.

Film for Thought

“Buck,” examines the life of “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become well known for his approach to the interactions between horses and people. Watch the movie and enjoy some popcorn from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 553-1657.

Piano Man

Mainly Mozart’s Winter Series presents pianist John Lill in concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Lill, who has been performing for more than 50 years, has selected a program that includes Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann. Tickets: $55.

(619) 239-0100, ext. 2