Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Dec. 28-Jan. 5


In the Know

The outdoor interactive exhibit Boundless Energy, which opened in July, continues to interest visitors to Birch Aquarium. Learn how renewable resources can produce clean electricity, the benefits and challenges of deriving energy from these sources, and the innovations bringing it to the marketplace. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 2300 Expedition Way, Admission $12-$8.50. (858) 534-FISH.

Final Days

Director Des McAnuff is at the helm of the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ production at La Jolla Playhouse through Saturday, Dec. 31. The legendary rock opera, created by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice, first appeared on Broadway in 1971. ‘Superstar’ is loosely based on the last week of Jesus’ life and is newly interpreted under McAnuff’s direction. 8 p.m. today; 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD campus, Tickets from $58.

(858) 550-1010.

Art Exhibit

‘Phenomenal’ takes an in-depth look at 13 artists whose work with light as a medium in the 1960s and ‘70s defined an era of art making in California. See the designs of Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Ron Cooper, Mary Corse, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Bruce Nauman., Eric Orr, Helen Pashgian, James Turrell, DeWain Valentine and Doug Wheeler, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through Jan. 22. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Wednesdays. Admission: $10-$5. Third Thursdays to 7 p.m. and free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541.

At The Nat

The San Diego Museum of Natural History has several exhibits on view through the holidays, “All that Glitters” examines the splendor and science of gems and minerals with a focus on Southern California finds. “Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins,” reveals the unique nature of the Polar Regions and how they indicate planet climate change. Visitors can also relive polar expeditions through the eyes of great explorers, learn about the formation and size of icebergs, and conduct experiments. The Ice Cave Theater has a report on polar bears and penguins. “Among Giants,” is an art exhibit by National Geographic (and San Diegan) Flip Nicklin along with whale sculptures by Randy Pucket. The film “Ocean Oasis” is also playing. “Fossil Mysteries and “Skulls” conclude the lineup. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, Admission: $17-$11. (619) 232-33821.

On the Waterfront

A visit to the Maritime Museum San Diego along the North Embarcadero on Harbor Drive, allows for tours of eight historic vessels – including The Star of India, Berkeley, Medea, Californian, Pilot, HMS Surprise, and two submarines. In the museum proper, the exhibit “Cook, Melville and Gauguin: Three Voyages to Paradise runs through March 1. (619) 234-9153. Admission: $14-$8.

Student Works

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park, continues its 2011 “See/Saw: Annual Youth Exhibition,” through Jan. 29. The show represents the most creative, original works that result from MOPA’s in-depth educational programming serving thousands of local students. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sundays. Admission: $6-$4. (619) 238-7559. Pictured is a work by eighth-grader Jashery Rivera.

International Auto Show

View more than 400 new model vehicles, concept cars, and alternative fuel vehicles, browse educational displays, and enter to win prize drawings, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 29-Jan. 1, at the San Diego Convention Center. Admission $12-$8. (858) 550-0080.