Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, Feb. 14-Feb. 25


Barbara Cook in Concert

La Jolla Music Society will present Broadway star Barbara Cook, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Sherwood Auditorium, performing her latest one-woman show, “Let’s Fall in Love.” Whether on stages throughout the world or in the intimate setting of New York’s Café Carlyle, Cook’s popularity continues to thrive. During the 1950s and ’60s, her many credits included the creation of three classic roles in American musical theater — Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” and Amalia in Bock and Harnick’s “She Loves Me.” Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. Tickets: $50-$75. (858) 459-3728.

Love Notes Reading

The actors from Write Out Loud will bring stories of love and passion to life, 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in the music room of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. The two-hour program will include an intermission with Champagne, chocolates and fresh fruit. Reservations advised. Tickets: $25-$30. (858) 454–5872.

Organ Music Sunday

Jared Jacobsen will play the new Rodgers Organ Infinity Series 361 during a concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Freewill offering.

Jazz on Wall Street

Road Work Ahead, the band of musician celebs Peter Sprague, Bob Magnusson, Bill Mays and Jim Plank, will close the Athenaeum’s winter jazz series with a concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Tickets: $21-$26. (858) 454-5872.

At the Loft

• Ethiopian-born Meklit Hadero’s soulful voice will blend East and West Coast jazz with folk and art rock, 8 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21, at The Loft at UC San Diego.

• Sybarite5 is a quintet of classical string players who like to combine Stravinsky and Dvorak with Radiohead and Led Zeppelin, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at The Loft. Tickets: $15-$18. (858) 858-534-8497.

Finding Your Roots

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego invites the public to its next meeting, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 16, in Robinson Auditorium at UC San Diego. Barbara Renick will make two presentations: “How computers and gadgets are changing genealogy” at 9 a.m. and “Tackling tough genealogy tasks with 21st century technology” at 10:30 a.m. Renick is the author of “Genealogy 101: How to trace your family’s history and heritage,” and she serves on the National Genealogy Society Board of Directors. Parking details:

Floral Demonstration


he La Jolla Garden Club will host floral consultants Betty Childs and Joanie Espy of “The Flower Girls,” demonstrating how to create and plant unique containers, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. Some arrangements will be raffled as door prizes and perennials will be sold. There will be a reception/tea following the presentation. Guests are welcome.

Wildlife Art Festival

The 40th annual showcase features 100 international artists and carvers competing for awards and exhibiting their work, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, at Corky McMillan Event Center, 2875 Dewey Road, Liberty Station. Admission: $5. (619) 421-1034.

SEA Days Plankton Party

What do algae, crabs and jellies have in common? Believe it or not, all of these ocean-dwelling organisms spend either a portion of or their entire lives as plankton. To learn more about these creatures, join Scripps Institution of Oceanography naturalists, 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at Birch Aquarium. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Admission: $10-14. (858) 534-4109 or

Works in Progress

• Spike & Mikes 30th Anniversary Festival of Animation continues evenings through March 30 at Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. Tickets: $12-$15. Schedule:

• Jewish Film Festival continues through Feb. 17, bringing 47 movies to screens around town. Tickets: $11-$14. Schedule and locations:

• Museum Month continues throughout San Diego County through February, with half-off admission at most major museums and galleries with the free pass available at Macy’s stores. Details: