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La Jolla’s Best Bet for events April 2-9

SpringFest
SpringFest

Springfest Music

Springfest 2015, the annual showcase of UC San Diego Department of Music’s emerging composers, instrumentalists and electronic musicians, is back April 7-19. The event kicks off 7:30 p.m. Tuesday April 7 at The Loft at UCSD with improvisations and new compositions for bass and innovative jazz works at 9500 Gilman Drive. April 8-11, there will multiple shows daily featuring master works and experimental music at Conrad Prebys Music Center, also at 9500 Gilman Drive. April 19, the experience moves to Birch Aquarium, where students create a musical piece inspired by an ocean animal or ecosystems and either play it live or record it played over loudspeakers, 6 p.m., 2300 Expedition Way. UCSD campus events free, Aquarium events $8-$10. Full lineup: ucsdmusic.blogspot.com

Work by Ebony Patterson
Work by Ebony Patterson
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Adventuresome Art

Kingston-born artist Ebony G. Patterson is the fourth of five artists-in-residence at Lux Art Institute during the 2014-2015 season. She will be working through May 2 with her art on exhibit through May 30. She incorporates glitter, fabric silk flowers, jewelry and more, to draw attention to changing forms of masculinity and working class identity in Jamaican dancehall culture. Studio hours: 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Admission: $5. (760) 436-6611. luxartinstitute.org

Faces of the Forgotten,” by photographer Derek Slevin, is an intimate look into the stories of homeless individuals across the country. Slevin traveled for five years to capture these portraits. Opening reception 6 p.m. Friday, April 3, Outside the Lens Media Lab + Gallery at Liberty Station, 2750 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 15, Studio 103. (805) 807-8461. volunteer@outsidethelens.org

Aladdin, Jr.
Aladdin, Jr.

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Captivating Performances

Visit a whole new world when the Theatre School @ North Coast Rep presents “Aladdin, Jr.” April 2-5, which is based on the 1992 Disney movie. Tickets: $16, $12 for ages 17 and under. The actors are selling $5 handmade bracelets for the Malala Fund, the charity led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, which helps girls in the Middle East get an education. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org

Dance Gallery,” an intimate evening with San Diego Ballet, offers a chance to see emerging choreographers presenting one-of-a-kind works, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Dance Place, 2650 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station. An artists’ reception follows the show. Tickets: $25. (619) 294-7378 or (619) 294-7311. sandiegoballetdancecompany.org

The Athenaeum’s “Art and Music of the Baroque: From Ecstasy to Enlightenment” art/music series continues 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at 1008 Wall St. This week’s lecture explores 1650–1700 France and Germany under the reign of Louis XIII and Louis XIV and its role as the dominant cultural force in Europe. Tickets: $20-25. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

Sisters of Heart and Snow
Sisters of Heart and Snow

Sisters, Science and Selma

Warwick’s Books will host two author discussions about the power of women. Margaret Dilloway, author of “Sisters of Heart and Snow,” will speak 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 (book $26.95). Judy Reeves, author of “Wild Women Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness” will speak 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 (book $15.95). Free. 7812 Girard Ave. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

The Bishop’s School’s annual science lecture series closes 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 with Dr. Jerold Chun, a professor in the molecular and cellular neuroscience department at The Scripps Research Institute, whose lab is exploring new ways to understand diseases that affect the brain. Free. Teitelman Science Center, Bishop’s campus, 7607 La Jolla Blvd. community@bishops.com

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Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights activist and NAACP Chairman Emeritus, will speak 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the UCSD Price Center Ballroom on “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Building on the Legacy of Selma.” Evers-Williams is the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who was murdered in Mississippi in 1963. Free (parking $4). (858) 822-2026. helenedison.ucsd.edu