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La Jolla’s Best Bet for events Feb. 19-26

Musical Interludes

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Venice.

■ Classic rock/folk/pop group Venice performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego, for the Fleet’s Rock in the Park concert series. Parking is free in the lot at Space Theater Way off Park Boulevard. Standing-room only. 21 and older event. Tickets: $24-$32 (858) 238-1233, ext. 806. sandiego.strangertickets.com or rhfleet.org

■ Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” the latest San Diego Opera production, takes the stage 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave. Performance in Italian with projected English translations. Other shows sold out. Tickets from $45. (619) 533-7000. sdopera.com

San Diego Master Chorale
San Diego Master Chorale

■ San Diego Master Chorale will perform as guests of La Jolla Presbyterian Church’s 53rd annual concert series, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7715 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 454-0713. sdmasterchorale.org or ljpres.org

■ Pianist and 2013 Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner Sean Chen will share the spotlight with Inder Verma, professor in the laboratory of genetics, for another presentation of the Salk Institute’s Music and Science series 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road. Event opens with a concert, followed by a scientific talk, intermission and a concert finale. Tickets: $35. (858) 453-4100 ext. 2098. music.salk.edu

Kid-Friendly Happenings

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■ Big Science for Little People returns to La Jolla’s Riford Library, 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 7555 Draper Ave. Who will be there you ask? Hoo? Hoo? Owls from the Living Coast Discovery Center! Learn about owls native to San Diego. Free. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org/kids0.aspx

■ Salute to American Jazz Greats, presented by Classics 4 Kids, will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown San Diego. It’s an audience-interactive all-American tribute to jazz icons in honor of National Black History Month. Tickets: $10-$20. Concerts for student groups at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 and 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20. (858) 570-1100. classics4kids.com/family/family-programs

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■ San Diego Dance Theater Young Choreographers Showcase, which celebrates the next generation of dancers and choreographers, gets underway 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 650 D Ave., Coronado. A panel of four expert judges (and the audience) will award $5,000 in prize money in four categories. Admission: $20. (619) 225-1803. sandiegodancetheater.org

Wine Time

■ Flying Goat Cellars, the makers of three different varieties, will host a wine tasting 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. “Flying Goat” focuses on vineyard designated Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris; “Goat Bubbles” offers four vineyard designated sparkling wines; and “YNOT” is a Pinot Noir blended from Santa Barbara County vineyards. Food pairings included. Tickets: $25-$35. Registration required (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.com

Art by Ernest Silva
Art by Ernest Silva

Artists’ Reception

■ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host an opening reception for “Memory, Voyage, Full Moon” by Ernest Silva and “New Works” by Joshua Miller (on display through March 21) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 1008 Wall St. Free. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

Art for Show & Sale

■ Gifts of the Heart, a one-day pop-up art show features 20 local artists offering work in a variety of media, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. Free. (619) 972- 9970. ljpres.org

Writers Lectures

■ New York Times bestselling-author Paul Greenberg will speak at The Bishop’s School as Endowed Scholar-in-Residence, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 25. He will offer a public lecture, “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.” Free. 7607 La Jolla Blvd., Ellen Browning Scripps Hall. (858) 459-4021. Reservations suggested at bishops.com/paulgreenberg

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■ For this month’s Authors at the Astor program, the Jewish Community Center will welcome “City of the Sun: a novel” author Juliana Maio, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 4126 Executive Drive. Book signing after the program. Maio was born in Egypt but was expelled from the country with her family during the Suez Crisis. Tickets: $8-$10. RSVP (858) 362-1150. sdcjc.org/ajl/lectureseries.aspx

■ Point Loma Nazarene University’s 20th annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, runs Feb. 24-26 with workshops and speakers, including Lysley Tenorio, Destin Daniel Cretton and Joyce Carol Oates. 3900 Lomaland Drive. Tickets: $5-$15. (619) 849- 2297. pointloma.edu/writers