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La Jolla’s Best Bets for events Feb. 26-March 5

Three Concerts in La Jolla

Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham, named by TIME Magazine as “The outstanding American violinist of his generation,” will perform an all-Bach program as a guest of La Jolla Music Society, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. Tickets: $35-$99. Pre-concert dinner 6:15 p.m. La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St. for $60. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org

Kris Bowers, winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, will perform 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Price Center Loft at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. Bowers was schooled in jazz and classical music, raised on rap and hip-hop of the 1990s and inspired by composers. Tickets: $12-$28. (858) 534-8497. artpower.ucsd.edu

Tom Cunninghan Band
Tom Cunninghan Band

■ The Tom Cunningham Band will perform bluegrass and Americana tunes to benefit the Interfaith Shelter Network, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Ave. Beer, wine and appetizers will be served. Featuring Cunningham on vocals, fiddle, guitar and mandolin; Mark Rounds on acoustic guitar; Kevin Gore on banjo; and Gene Libbea on string bass. Tickets: $10-$20. (646) 457- 8707. bodhitreeconcerts.org

Family-Friendly Fun

‘Laugh-In’ at MCASD includes family-art activities Feb. 28
‘Laugh-In’ at MCASD includes family-art activities Feb. 28

■ Take a tour of the galleries to learn about the ongoing exhibition “Laugh-In: Art, Comedy, Performance” and enjoy family art and improv workshops, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. For ages 5 and older. $15 includes admission and material for two adults and up to three children. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org

■ Spend the afternoon scrapbooking, card-making and dabbling in other arts and crafts, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. For ages 13 and older. Donations accepted. Participants must bring their own scissors. Class limited to 15, registration required: (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

San Diego Junior Theatre stages the C.S. Lewis novel Feb. 27-March 15.
San Diego Junior Theatre stages the C.S. Lewis novel Feb. 27-March 15.

■ A San Diego Junior Theatre production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” C.S. Lewis’ classic tale of the four Pevensie children who stumble upon the magical land of Narnia through a wardrobe, will open 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Casa del Prado Theatre, 1650 El Prado, Balboa Park. Show continues through March 15. Tickets: $11-$15. (619) 239-8355. juniortheatre.com

Ballet at Spreckels

City Ballet of San Diego presents “Balanchine Spectacular,” 8 p.m. Friday, March 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. An on-stage Champagne reception to meet the dancers follows the Saturday show. Tickets: $29-$79. (858) 272-8663. cityballet.org/performances/balanchine.php

Chinese Healing

Dr. Daozheng Li will present a lecture, demonstrations and a reception on traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, Guasha (scraping of the skin), cupping (applying local suction) and massage, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541-B Second Ave., downtown San Diego. Admission $4, free for members of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. RSVP: (619) 338-9888. sdchm.org

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Author Visit

Warwick’s Books will host Stephen Metcalfe, presenting his new young-adult novel, “The Tragic Age,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 at 7812 Girard Ave. Metcalfe wrote production drafts for the movies “Pretty Woman,” “Dangerous Minds” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” Only books purchased from Warwick’s will be signed. $18.99. (858) 454-0347. warwicks.com

La Jolla Community Center Open House

■ Curious about what goes on at La Jolla Community Center? Then check out its Open House, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tour the facility, mingle with members, board members, instructors and friends, and then see a film made by the Voice of Peace Network about La Jolla’s Community Center. Registration: (858) 459- 0831. ljcommunitycenter.org