La Jolla’s Best Bet for events March 5-12


On Stage

■ J* Company Youth Theatre will launch its third show of 2015 with the classic, “Annie.” Directed by Joey Landwehr, this musical tells the rags-to-riches Depression-era story of a spunky orphan at Miss Hannigan’s miserable orphanage. Opens 10 a.m. and noon Friday, March 6, continues through Sunday, March 22 at Garfield Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $18. (858) 362-1348.

■ For one night only (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10) “One Shot, Two Victims” will be at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. The one-act play deals with the affect a single tragedy has upon two families, one white and one black. Post-show discussion with playwright Honorable Judge H. Lee Sarokin. Donations accepted. (858) 481-1055.

■ The family-friendly musical “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical,” will play 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday, March 6-22 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. The story follows Trixie, her father and her favorite stuffed bunny on an exciting adventure to the Laundromat. All is fun until 2-year-old Trixie realizes she left her Knuffle Bunny there! Tickets from $18. (858) 481-2155.

■ Kick off your Sunday shoes and dance over to CYT San Diego Central’s production of “Footloose!” It opens 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, continues through March 14 at Pacific Beach Middle School, 4676 Ingraham St. This show will have the audience’s toes tapping to well-known 1980s songs, such as “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” Tickets: $15-$18. (619) 588-0206.

Two Cultural Events at Jewish Community Center

■ The Red Apple is a New York restaurant that served as a melting pot for the who’s who of entertainment greats from the 1930s to the 1980s. Author Elaine Lindenblatt’s book “Stop at the Red Apple: The Restaurant on Route 17,” gives an insight into the eaterie’s heyday. She will discuss her book, 7 p.m. Monday, March 9. Tickets: $8-$10. RSVP: (858) 362-1150. Jewish Community Center’s Astor Judaica Library, 4126 Executive Drive.

■ The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, in partnership with the Anti- Defamation League, presents the documentary “Defiant Requiem,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. It tells the story of how the unyielding power of music gave a group of Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust the strength to go on. Jewish Community Center’s Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $6.50-$9.50. (858) 362-1348.

Two Concerts at St. James

■ Known for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the women of Anonymous 4 will present “1865,” a program focusing on personal experiences of men, women, and children from the North and from the South, toward the end of the Civil War, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Tickets: $30. (858) 459-3421.

■ San Diego Early Music Society welcomes Musica ad Rhenum in a program titled “Bach Cantatas, Plus” 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Tickets: $28-$35. (619) 291-8246.

Two Art Attacks

■ Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will have its next Thursday Night Thing, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at 1100 & 1001 Kettner Blvd., downtown San Diego. Celebrate the opening of a new exhibit by artist El Anatsui with guided tours, art-making activities, live music, food and drinks. Tickets: $8-$10. Free for members. (858) 454-3541.

■ The Discursive and Curatorial Productions (DCP) initiative in the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts will present, “No Longer Extant: Cayetano Ferrer and Adela Goldbard,” with an opening reception 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, UCSD’s Visual Art Facility Gallery, 9500 Gilman Drive. Gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and by appointment. (858) 534-2860. Directions and more information:

Tennis Anyone?

■ The 126th annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship returns to La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, March 5-8, at 2100 Spindrift Drive. Past participants included Pancho Gonzales, Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Maureen Connolly, Billie Jean King, Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Roscoe Tanner, and John McEnroe. (858) 551-4605.