Best Bets for things to do around La Jolla, Sept. 8-15

Get the Picture?

The La Jolla Historical Society has a new exhibit, “Leopold Hugo: La Jolla as Muse in Pictorialist Photography,” at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St. now through Nov. 20. It examines Hugo’s place in the history of photography and the role La Jolla played as his inspiration. Visitors will also learn Hugo’s personal story, rescuing an important early La Jollan “from the anonymity brought on by the passage of time and changing artistic tastes.” Free, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. (858) 459-5335.

‘Surfing’ for Medical News

A hands-on computer class will reveal how to access free health information from the databases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22 at The Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Learn how to use MedlinePlus, Pub Med and government websites. All are welcome to the free event that will also include brochures, giveaways and snacks. (858) 459-0831.

Generations of Fun

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park is offering free admission for grandparents and their grandchildren from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 for Grandparents Day. Visitors can pick up a Gallery Pass at the ticket counter upon arrival. (619) 238-1233

Artistic Traditions

“L’Dor V’Dor: From Generation to Generation,” an exhibition of Jewish “family” art will open with a free, public reception at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Gotthelf Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. The show runs through Nov. 16. Participating artists include Lizet Benrey, Ken Goldman, Becky Guttin and Vivien Ressler. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Friday. (

858) 362-1154


Concert in Memory of 9-11

San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus, Robert Plimpton, returns to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 to play a free program “Remembering 9-11-01.” The music will include Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” “Piece Heroique” by the French composer Cesar Franck, “Marche Heroique” by the English composer Herbert Brewer, selections from “Phantom of the Opera” and “Thou Art the Rock.” Particularly poignant is the celebrated “Adagio in G minor.”

Moving Tribute

The Eveoke Dance Theatre will perform “Les Mariposas,” Sept. 8-25 at Shank Theatre at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr. Performances 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Post-show discussions Sept. 10, 17 and 24. The dance is based on a sacrifice made 50 years ago when on Nov. 25, 1960 three sisters known as “the butterflies” were brutally murdered for their participation in the resistance movement against Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. A fourth sister survived to share their story of courage and conviction. Tickets $25-$20. Walk-up tickets pay-what-you-can one hour prior to show time. (619) 238-1153.

Italian Poster Art

Meyer Fine Art presents its fourth annual exhibition of Vintage Italian Posters with original first and second printings of lithographs by artists like Cappiello, Mauzan and Boccasile through Oct. 29 at 2400 Kettner Blvd. Suite 104, San Diego. There will also be works by other European and American poster artists to complement the collection.

An opening reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 during a special “Kettner Night,” presented by galleries and artists of the Art and Design District of Little Italy North.

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

(619) 358-9512


Words to Live By

New York poet Marie-Elizabeth Mali will read form her new book, “Steady, My Gaze,” 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800.