La Jolla’s Best Bet for events March 19-26


There’s Music in the Air

■ The Fresh Sound concert series — which seeks to highlight the contributions of professors, grad-students and alumni from the percussion department at UC San Diego — presents a concert with Eric Derr from Philadelphia and Aiyun Huang from Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. Tickets: $10-$15. (619) 987- 6214.

■ In collaboration with the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, San Diego New Music presents “Visibility” featuring the music of Helmut Lachenmann and Vinko Globokar, performed by Jessica Aszodi, Judith Hamman Todd Moellenberg and Rachel Beetz, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at the Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $10-$25. (858) 454-5872.

San Diego Sings! Festival 2015 brings together 20 of San Diego’s top choral groups in Balboa Park for a free day of singing 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Individual choir performances and combined choirs (totaling 1,000 voices) will perform the world premiere of “How Can I Keep From Singing” by local composer Bradley Nelson. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 1549 El Prado.

■ Erica Poole and Glenn Vanstrum present a program of “Piano Four Hands” including Mozart Sonata in D Major, the Schubert Fantasie in F minor, and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Tim Foley and his Irish band Skelpin, featuring guitar, mandolin, violin, and uilleann pipes, perform in a family-friendly concert 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Complimentary admission/free will offering. (858) 454- 7108.

Celebration Art

■ Artist John August Swanson will speak about his Lenten Art Exhibit as a guest of St. James By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 8:45 a.m. Reception follows at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, March 22, 743 Prospect St. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21, 22, 28, 29 and April 4. Swanson is donating 20 percent of any sales to be shared by Casa Cornelia and the St. James Visual Arts Fund. (858) 456-5065.

■ In an artistic expression of how faith meshes and contemporary life, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture presents “Seeing if believing: A reinvention of articles of faith,” on display through May 27, at Gothelf Gallery at the JCC, 4126 Executive Drive. Free and open to the public.

■ Monarch Arredon Contemporary and La Valencia Hotel will present painter Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze, as part of a collaborative art program, 5:30 p.m. (artist talk at 6:30 p.m.), Saturday, March 21. Guests will meet the artist and have appetizers and fine wine as they browse Edlinger-Kunze’s works on display at La Valencia, 1132 Prospect St. Free and open to the public. RSVP requested:

■ The Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram will be celebrated at the 13th annual Friends of Taka Sumi-e Art Society show and sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 21-22 at Casa del Prado, Room 101 Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado. In addition to works of Japanese brush paintings, the show features a narrated tea ceremony, painting demonstrations, fashion show and music. (619) 282-6094.

Cultural Festivals

■ The six-day annual Indian Music and Dance Festival returns to the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, March 24-29, 4126 Executive Drive. Seventy-six artists from India are scheduled to attend and the festival will celebrate the 95th birthday of Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar. Ticket prices vary based on event. Schedule:

■ Nearly 100 artists, craftsmen and international-cuisine chefs will participate in the Latin American Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 21-22 at the NTC Arts & Culture District in Liberty Station. 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16. Free. (619) 752-6118.

Dancing Queens (and Kings)

San Diego Ballet closes its 25th anniversary season with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Carnival of the Animals,” in repertoire 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21. “Carnival” features modern/ballet fusion staging and hip-hop dance performed by alumnus of San Diego’s, Culture Shock San Diego. Tickets from $27. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave. (858) 570-1100.

Nations of Dance International Dance Festival, a project from the producers of the San Diego Fringe Festival, comes to downtown San Diego with evening and matinee performances March 20-22 to showcase dances and music from around the world. Spreckles Theatre, 121 Broadway. (619) 235-9500. Tickets: $20-$30. Schedule:

STEM Event for Kids

■ Big Science for Little People continues, 10 a.m. Friday, March 20 at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. This month, Mad Science presents the “Sounds Like Science.” Targeted to ages 5-8. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Poetry Reading

■ New York poet Joseph Fasano will read from his new book “Inheritance,” nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the James Laughlin Award, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Fasano teaches literature and writing at Manhattanville College and Columbia University. (858) 456-1800.