La Jolla Best Bets for Events Sept. 17-24

Concert Comebacks

■ A clarification from last week’s preview of the concert series: Join Victoria Martino (violin) and James Lent (piano) for a series of three concerts celebrating milestone anniversaries of three major Northern european composers. The series kicks off 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. All three concerts will feature compositions by Jean Sibelius (born 1865), Carl Nielsen (born 1865) and Arvo Pärt (estonia, born 1935). The other concerts are Friday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Nov. 20, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. $30-$35 concerts, $84-$99 series. (858) 454- 5872.

■ Tenor René Barbera, who made his San Diego Opera debut in April in the company’s 50th anniversary celebration concerts, returns to sing 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Balboa Theatre in his American recital debut. Barbera is the winner of the inaugural Polly Puterbaugh Emerging Artist Award. 868 Fourth Ave. tickets from $20. (619) 533-7000.

Art Shows

■ San Diego Sculptors Guild’s latest exhibit and fundraiser “Aquamarine,” will focus on sculptures with a marine ecosystem preservation theme. See it Saturday, Sept. 19 with a day full of events 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Spanish Village, balboa park, 1770 Village place. (619) 917-5447.

■ The first Art at La Jolla Shores — a pop up project by talmadge Art Show — will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at Laureate park off Avenida de la playa. presented by La Jolla Shores Business Association, the event features more than 35 artists, including Shores’ locals Surf Diva with surf-themed jewelry and Upwelling underwater photography.

World Travels

■ La Jolla Photo Travelers Club will explore the secret kingdom of North Korea at its next meeting, 7:30 p.m. monday, Sept. 21 at Wesley palms, 2404 Loring St. Faye Girsh recently spent a week visiting North Korea and will discuss her impressions.

■ Timed to coincide with the opening of munich’s Oktoberfest — a 16-day festival of German food, beer, music and dance — Congregational Church of La Jolla will have its own Oktoberfest, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Admission $15 for a dinner package with brat and roll, salads, sauerkraut, dessert, and coffee or water. beer, wine and soda at an additional cost.

■ Wine tasting with vino from around the world. Admission includes six samples and food pairings that will accentuate their flavors, along with information on the wines served, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla blvd. $15-20. rSVp requested: (858) 459-0831.

Dance Event

■ The PGK Dance Project brings nine choreographers, 10 world premieres/audience favorites to the Lyceum Theater’s main stage. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19, 2 p.m. Sept. 20. Sean Curran’s “Folk Dance for the Future,” where Irish Folk and modern Dance collide, closes the show. Tickets $20, with discounts. Westfield Horton plaza, 79 Horton plaza, downtown. (619) 886-7924.

Music-Themed Movies

■ The Historic balboa Theatre launches Cinema @ The Balboa with a series of music-themed movies, Sept. 20-27. The lineup includes: “Frozen: The Sing-along,” Sept. 20; “Tupac Resurrection,” Sept. 21; “Stop Making Sense,” Sept. 22; “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” Sept. 23; “Grease: The Sing- and dance-along,” Sept. 24; “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sept. 25; and “Mary Poppins: The Sing-along,” Sept. 27. “Frozen” and “Mary Poppins” screen at 1 p.m., all others 7 p.m. 868 Fourth Ave. Downtown San Diego. $6- $25.

Water Wise Tips

■ La Jolla’s Monarch | Arredon Contemporary Art partners with The Garden, a non-profit water conservation organization from el Cajon, to hold two lectures this month at the gallery. The first is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 on how to create a drought tolerant garden/backyard, the second will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 on water conservation efforts, with activities for children. Free. Gallery address. (619) 660-0614.