La Jolla’s Best Bet for events March 12-19


Concerts Galore!

■ Violinist Jennifer Koh will present “Bach and Beyond III,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Koh’s album with works from her first “Bach and Beyond” recital was chosen as one of the best recordings of 2012 by the New York Times. Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872.

Torrey Pines Chamber Players will close the Winter Classical Musicales series, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Darlington House, 7441 Olivetas Ave. Champagne/ wine reception precedes the concert. Artists reception follows. Tickets $40 to benefit Social Service League’s affordable housing for seniors. (858) 454-7525.

The Western Collective will perform at Riffs Acoustic Night, 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14 in the backyard space at 5510 La Jolla Blvd. The Collective offers a blend of Americana music, from fast bluegrass jams to slow ethereal ballads, and tells stories of life, love, happiness and hope. Tickets $10 at or (858) 456-2477.

Pacific Coast Harmony Men’s Barbershop Chorus will perform selections of doo-wop, country, patriotic, gospel, swing and Broadway tunes as guests of La Jolla Presbyterian Church’s 53rd annual concert series, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 7715 Draper Ave. Freewill offering accepted. (858) 729-5511.

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea open the La Jolla Music Society’s 46th jazz series, 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. The two combined have 36 Grammys, and the performance marks Hancock’s Music Society debut. Tickets: $27-$99. (858) 459-3728.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will stage Berlioz’s “Requiem,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday March 15 at UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive. Steven Schick conducts with guest artists tenor John Tiranno and San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Tickets: $15-$36. (858) 534- 4637.

Everything Irish

■ 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry & Prose invites members of the public to read selections from the greats, 7 p.m. (until it ends) Tuesday, March 17 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Free. Harp and Guinness beer available. (858) 456-1800.

Voices of Ireland — Stories by and about the Irish will be an evening of tales and music featuring actors Ron Choularton, Linda Libby, Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter, along with The Celtic Echoes, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets: $25. (858) 481-1055.

Art Reception

■ “Lightening,” the sixth solo exhibition for Roman de Salvo at Quint Gallery since 1995, opens 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14 with a reception at 7547 Girard Ave. The show runs through April 4. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. (858) 454-3409.

Watch What He Says

■ Language guru Richard Lederer will perform excerpts from his book “Amazing Words,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Before intermission, Lederer will be auctioned off to the highest bidder for winner’s choice of poker lessons or language presentations at a home, school or club. $15-$20. (858) 481-1055.

Methodist church hosts Lenten labyrinth walk

■ La Jolla United Methodist Church invites the community to walk the labyrinth in its Fellowship Hall to experience the blessings of this ancient mystical tool. A staff person will be available to answer questions and help process the experience 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 18 and March 25 at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. A light soup supper will be served 5:45-6:15 p.m. and a DVD resource for the Lenten sermon series will be available for viewing in the library. (858) 454-7108.