La Jolla Best Bets for Events Oct. 1-8

Four Art Escapes

■ “Phel Steinmetz and James Soe Nyun: Zero- Zero-P-S (Oops)” is on exhibit through Nov. 7 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Steinmetz (1944-2013) was regarded as one of the pioneers of conceptual art in california. the arid landscape of Southern california and its rapid development gradually became the focus for his environmental photography. Local artist James Soe Nyun works in a variety of media, including photography, film and music composition. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tuesday-Saturday, and to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. (858) 454-5872.

■ San Diego Watercolor Society presents its 35th International Exhibition with the work of award- winning artists from 22 countries 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, with an opening reception 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 with docent-led tours upon request. 2825 Dewey road, Studio 105, in Liberty Station. Free. (619) 876-4550.

■ For the next La Jolla Nights — a celebration of what Prospect Street has to offer — student art from the children’s School will pop up at local galleries and there will be a student talent show, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Gallery exhibits, live music, food and drink samples, retail discounts and more, from more than 35 Village businesses. Free. More information on Facebook by searching “La Jolla Nights.”

■ Art history lecturer Derrick Cartwright, Ph.D., returns to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library for his new four-lecture series, “Notes on Pop, 1910-1990: A Short History of a Long Cultural Phenomenon,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 7-28. the first talk considers Pop art’s forerunners, primarily in Western europe, 1008 Wall St. $50-$70 series, $14-$19 individual lectures. (858) 454-5872.

Calling Animal Lovers

■ Claudine André, founder of Lola ya Bonobo (a sanctuary for endangered bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo), will be on hand to promote her film “Bonobos: Back to the Wild,” 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at ArcLight Cinemas, 4425 La Jolla Village Drive. Tickets: $15. The film is about Beni, an orphaned bonobo that was rescued from the illegal pet trade after his mother was killed.

■ The first Pets and Kids Carnival to benefit the San Diego Humane Society will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Turquoise Animal Hospital, 950 Turquoise St., Pacific Beach with vendors, games, silent auction, pet adoption, raffles, prizes and more. Free. (858) 488-0658.

Special Presentations

La Jolla Theatre Ensemble presents a staged reading of Chekhov’s moving comedy, “The Seagull,” perhaps the russian playwright’s most personal work about the theater itself, artists and writers, mothers and sons, and lovers and love, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 5. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

■ San Diego Floral Association and California Garden and Landscape History Society will host “Cultivating Identity: Balboa Park as Cultural Landscape,” 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at San Diego Museum of Photographic Art Theatre, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. $10 SDFA members, $25 nonmembers.

Concert Time

■ Ease the pain of Mondays with two hours of jazz at North Coast Repertory Theatre. The Monday Night Jazz series kicks off 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 with Kevin Toney 3. 987 Lomas Sante Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana beach. Tickets $22 with discounts. (858) 481-1055.

■ Congregational Church of La Jolla presents an evening of instrumental music with “Guitarra! Guitarra!” 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1216 cave St. Program includes compositions influenced by a spectrum of musical genres ranging from Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, classical, bossa Nova, and classic rock. Performers include guitarist Scot Taber. $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Fun and Educational

■ The Science Center’s latest exhibit, “Imaginate” aims to inspire the innovator in you by making innovation accessible, replicable and fun. create, explore and test your ideas to learn exactly what it takes to be an innovator. Opens Saturday, Oct. 3 and runs through Jan. 4, 2016. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. (619) 238-1233.

■ Join the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum in celebrating the brightest full moon of the year at the 15th annual Family Moon Festival, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, with arts and crafts, mooncakes (and how to make them!), calligraphy demonstrations and more. RSVP requested to or (619) 338-9888. Chuang Archive and Learning center at 404 Third St. downtown San Diego.