La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events July 30-Aug. 6


Outdoor Concerts

La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2015 kicks off with a free outdoor concert, “SummerFest Under the Stars,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. Bring a picnic and head down to Ellen Browning Scripps Park next to the Cove for works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Moszkowski and Bach. Free. (858) 459-3728. Note: Tickets are on sale for the 29th annual chamber music festival, Aug. 5-28, with most concerts at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium at and (858) 459-3728.

■ Twilight in the Park Summer Concert Series welcomes Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra at 6:30 p.m. during a special event “1915 in the Park,” with antique cars, barbershop quartet and dancing lessons at 5:30 p.m. Free. Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego.

Movie Screenings

■ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s outdoor film and wine series, Flicks On The Bricks, kicks off 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 with “When Harry Met Sally,” paired with Champagne presented by La Jolla wine expert Barbara Baxter (I’ll have what she’s having!). Series continues Thursdays in August on the patio at 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $17-$22 individual screenings, $60-$80 series. New this year: A short film by a local artist/filmmaker will precede each flick. (858) 454-5872.

■ The Old Globe Theatre continues its 2015 Summer Film Series, featuring Shakespeare on film, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3 with “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Joss Whedon in 2012, at The Old Globe’s Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage. The event celebrates the Globe’s 80th anniversary and Balboa Park’s Centennial. Free, reservations recommended. (619) 234-5623.

■ The last chance to watch family-friendly movies from the La Jolla YMCA pool will be 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, when Disney’s “Big Hero 6” screens. The critically acclaimed, computer-animated 2014 film is not your normal hero story. 8355 Cliffridge Drive. Free. (858) 453-3483.

Town Hall: Public Protection

■ To address a rise in consumer scams, Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins will host a Public Protection Town Hall 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Topics will include identity theft, fraud, scams and ways to keep yourself safe, with a question-and-answer session following. RSVP: (619) 645-3090.

Stage Shows

■ An ensemble of circus artists seek to deconstruct the political, cultural, economic and psychological barriers that divide in their new show “FRONTIER(A)” which will debut in the San Diego International Fringe Festival with matinees and evening shows through Aug. 2 at the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego. Tickets: $10. or

■ Maria Bermudez’ Sonidos Gitanos Flamenco, a show featuring seven Flamenco music and dance artists from Spain, comes to La Jolla as part of an international tour (including Europe, Asia, Australia and Scandinavia), 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. Tickets: $40-$50.

Theater Benefit

Cygnet Theatre will host a staged-reading of the Tony Award-winning musical “Evita,” 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town San Diego. The all-star cast includes San Diego’s musical theater greats. $50 tickets support the actors, designers and directors working in Cygnet’s Season 13. (619) 337-1525.

Lecture Series: First Ladies

■ This week, La Jolla Community Center launches the first in a five-week series (drop-ins welcome), “Politically Influential First Ladies of Modern Era,” 2-3:30 p.m. Mondays Aug. 3-31 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Taught by Dr. Parvine Ghaffari, retired history professor at San Diego Miramar College, the series opens with Eleanor Roosevelt. Refreshments served. Tickets: $49-$69 series, $15-$20 drop in. Schedule: or (858) 459-0831.