La Jolla’s Best Bet for events Feb. 12-19

New Gallery and Artists’ Reception

■ The La Jolla Gallery, which opened Feb. 2 at 1274 Prospect St. (near Eddie V’s restaurant), will host a grand opening reception 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. The owners are curator Elisabeth King and partners Jack McGrory and Alley McGrory Reyes. Inaugural artists exhibiting work the gallery include Jerome Lucani, Laurie Pace, David Palmer, Matt Story, Nick Veasey and Dennis Wojtkiewicz. (858) 263- 4715.

This Talk Will Bug You

■ La Jolla Garden Club’s February meeting will feature insects “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7111 La Jolla Blvd. Master Gardener and professional photographer Meredith French will discuss garden practices, which promote the stay of beneficial insects that keep pests under control. Free. (858) 454-6227.

Set in Stone

■ More than 20 intricately carved and lifelike animal sculptures by world-renowned gemstone carvers Gerd and Patrick Dreher will be on exhibit at Gemological Institute of America, starting Thursday, Feb. 19. GIA’s museum is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. Free. Reservations required 24 hours in advance at (760) 603-4116 or e-mail

Community Theater

■ The La Jolla Theatre Ensemble presents its first performance of the New Year with Jean Kerr’s romantic comedy “Mary Mary,” 7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 17 and Friday Feb. 20. Debbie Reynolds starred in the 1965 film. Suggested donation: $10. La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

Hear It Live!

■ Iranian-American comedian, Maz Jobrani, will talk about his newly published memoir “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV,” 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Great Hall, International House, UC San Diego campus, 9500 Gilman Drive. The memoir recounts his struggles building an acting career in post–9/11 Hollywood. Free. Information and map:

■ “L’Amour,” an evening of music and love, featuring singers from the Opera Chorus performing works by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Donizetti and Puccini, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $30, benefits San Diego Opera. (858) 459-0831. n San Diego Early Music Society welcomes Les Voix Humaines with Charles Daniels, “Perchance to Dream,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect Street. Tickets $23-$30. (619) 291-8246.

Book Signing

■ After 30 years as an Episcopal parish priest, Blayney Colmore of La Jolla retired to write. “Dead Reckoning,” his fourth novel, is a memoir/novel that touches on the changing role of women in culture, strategies for addressing spiritual issues in a post-modern world, and more. Colmore will discuss and sign his book, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. Free. (858) 454-3541.