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La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events Feb. 5-12

Museum Month is on

For museum month, Feb. 1-28, participating museums in San Diego offer 50-percent off admission to residents. Museum Month participants can pick up a free pass at any local Macy’s store. La Jolla museums include La Jolla Historical Society, Birch Aquarium and Museum of Contemporary Art. Additional participating museums and more information at sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month

Six Concerts Set

Cellist Maya Beiser last performed with the orchestra in 2007.
Cellist Maya Beiser last performed with the orchestra in 2007.
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■ 1) Internationally acclaimed cellist Maya Beiser will perform with La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. On the program: Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul — a cello concerto written for Yo-Yo Ma, and Khse Buon — a piece for unaccompanied cello by UCSD composer Chinary Ung. Tickets: $15-27. (858) 534-4637. lajollasymphony.com

■ 2) Mainly Mozart’s 19th winter-spring Spotlight Chamber Music Series will kick off 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 with a trio of concerts featuring violinist Erin Keefe, cellist Ronald Thomas and pianist Adam Neiman. Auditorium at TSRI, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets: $55. (619) 466-8742. mainlymozart.org

Ross Karre
Ross Karre

■ 3) Fresh Sound San Diego, a concert series that avoids the mainstream, will bring Ross Karre to San Diego, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. His program, “Opera with Objects,” is comprised of several works from the last 50 years involving objects as a means of containing (or liberating) larger worlds of perception. Tickets: $10-15. (619) 987-6214. freshsoundmusic.com

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■ 4) Kevin Hays and his New Day Trio will make a rare West Coast appearance, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 when they perform at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. Hays is considered one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation. Tickets: $21-$26. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

Jeannie Cheatham
Jeannie Cheatham

■ 5) In honor of Black History Month, international jazz legend Jeannie Cheatham presents a treatise on Kansas City Blues with live music, storytelling, and recently rediscovered video, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive. Free. (858) 822-5758. spaulson@ucsd.edu

■ 6) Clarinet player Phillip Lipton will perform the music of Benny Goodman — and pair it with classical compositions for solo clarinet, with a Spanish flavor, including waltzes and a flamenco piece — 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

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Book Signing

■ A book signing with local author Sid Shapira, “Danny Dog — A rescue dog finds his forever home,” (based on a true story) is set for noon Sunday, Feb. 8 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. (858) 926-8695. dannyrescuedog.com

Time for Comedy

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■ Tickets are expected to sell out for the “Laugh-In Live” stand-up comedy show, held in connection with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Laugh-In. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. Stars comedians Eric Andre, Byron Bowers, Neil Hamburger, Ever Mainard and Dynasty Handbag. Tickets: $20. 21 and older event. (858) 454-3541. mcasd.org/events/laugh-live

Four Stage Shows

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■ 1) UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance Winter 2015 will present Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Venus,” the story of a girl from South Africa known for her large posterior who tours the United States as part of a freak show to show off her ... assets. Parks became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4-7, Shank Theatre, 9500 Gilman Drive, UCSD. Tickets: $10-$20. Contains brief nudity. (858) 534-4830. theatre.ucsd.edu

■ 2) The San Diego Ballet presents “Sweet Synergy Suite,” an original ballet that incorporates Afro-Cuban, Latin and Be-Bop Jazz rhythms featuring a performance by local jazz icon Charles McPherson, 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza, 79 Broadway Circle, downtown San Diego. Tickets: $30. (619) 544-1000. sandiegoballet.org

Cotter Smith reprises his role as sports giant Al McGuire in Dick Enberg’s play, ‘McGuire.’ Courtesy photo
Cotter Smith reprises his role as sports giant Al McGuire in Dick Enberg’s play, ‘McGuire.’ Courtesy photo

■ 3) “McGuire,” the larger-than-life tale of Hall of Famer basketball coach Al McGuire written by Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg, takes the stage 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Talkback with Enberg follows. Tickets from $50. (858) 481- 1055. northcoastrep.org

■ 4) San Diego Junior Theatre presents the premiere of “The Flight of the Lawnchair Man,” the story of Jerry Gorman, a regular guy from New Jersey who just wants to fly. Jerry soars to 16,000 feet with nothing but a lawnchair and 400 helium balloons, 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6-15, Roosevelt Middle School, 3366 Park Blvd. Tickets: $11-$15. (619) 239-8355. juniortheatre.com

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‘The Marvel Experience’
‘The Marvel Experience’

Marvel In It

■ Want to get personal with the heroes (and villains) of Marvel? Then check out The Marvel Experience when it comes to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Feb. 7-22. As S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit, you’ll swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man and more than 20 Marvel characters in next generation hyper-reality. Tickets: $24.50-$29.50. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. themarvelexperiencetour.com

Browse for Bargains

■ St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church is gearing up for its 83rd annual White Elephant Sale, Feb. 6-8. Sale kicks off 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday with $20 first-choice admission. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free admission. Sunday noon to 3 p.m., with free admission and half-off everything. Cuvier Club, 7776 Eads Ave. and the St. James Van Schaick Room, 743 Prospect St. Benefits non-profit organizations. (858) 459-3421. sjbts.org

‘Cancer’ Documentary Debuts

■ “The Cancer Mirror,” a personal documentary about supporting a terminally-ill loved one, will have its San Diego premiere at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Filmmaker Sophie Tuttleman, who grew up in La Jolla, lost both of her parents to cancer. (858) 362-1348. sdcjc.org/sdjff