Best Bets for things to do in and around La Jolla, Oct. 14-22

Of Form and Chaos

Rita Miglioli was born and trained in Italy as an artist and architect. After working in New York as a textile designer, she moved to San Diego, and in 2003 embarked on a career in painting. Mostly in acrylics and a variety of other media, her series of abstract canvasses focus on “the juncture where form breaks down into, or emerges from, chaos” and explore an interest in cosmology and spirituality. Her exhibition, “Immaterial,” opens Friday, Oct. 14 at the UCSD Faculty Club, curated by professor Alain Cohen. Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The show runs to mid-January. (

858) 534-0876


Don’t Be Late

San Diego Ballet will present a Madhatter’s Tea on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Westgate Hotel. The noon event will be followed by a 2 p.m. performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” choreographed by Javier Velasco, across the street at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. The program will also feature the premieres of the sultry “Echale Salsita,” and the classical “Suite Italienne.” Guests are encouraged to wear hats, costumes and rabbit ears. There will be photo ops with Alice and her friends. In addition to traditional “tutu” ballet, the audience will see modern/ballet fusion staging and hip-hop dance by Culture Shock San Diego. For reservations, call (619) 294-7378; or visit

Flowers of Fall

Tiger Palafox from Mission Hills Nursery will discuss seasonal vegetables and flowers at the next La Jolla Garden Club meeting, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7117 La Jolla Blvd. There will be a tea/coffee hour after the presentation, which is free and open to members and guests. To join the club, contact Judith George at

(858) 459-3076


Pictured: ‘Madame Valpinon with Chrysanthemums,’ by Edgar Degas

Slide Show

The La Jolla Photo Travelers Club will host a free photographic odyssey by Faye Girsh that chronicles her July trip to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia in South Africa. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 in the auditorium of Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., east of Soledad Mountain Road in Pacific Beach. Refreshments will be served. Free parking.

Splash Bash

The Coggan Family Aquatic Complex will host a fundraiser for the community pool from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Admission is $5 and includes food, raffles, music, kids’ entertainment, and a swim-a-thon with prizes like paddleboards, surfboards, skateboards, and a Beach Cruiser. The center sits on the southeast side of La Jolla High School where Nautilus Street and Fay Avenue meet. (858) 456-0945.

For All the Girls

The film festival dedicated to promoting women’s issues, highlighting female filmmakers, and bringing people together in their communities, comes to La Jolla, Friday, Oct. 14 at Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. A wine reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. The films start at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the Junior League of San Diego. Tickets, $40-$65,


and at the door.

Gifts of Glass

The Art Glass Guild will offer its Fall Patio Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16 at Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park. The event features the work of some 30 juried glass artists of the Art Glass Association of Southern California — blown, fused, torch worked, stained glass, cast, etched, and mosaic. There will also be music, craft demonstrations, and a public project. (619) 702-8006.

Writers Wanted

Diane Malloy of San Diego Writers, Ink welcomes creative writers of all levels to the free, drop-in group she hosts from noon-1 p.m. Thursdays in Room 106 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Participants need only bring a pen and paper and be ready to let their ideas flow. During the workshop, two separate prompts are given, followed by a timed writing session. Members then have the opportunity to read their works to the group. There’s never any pressure to read, and there’s no critiquing. “It’s safe, informal and might just kick-start someone’s next great novel,” Malloy said. The meetings are sponsored by the Friends of the La Jolla LIbrary (858) 552-1657