La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events Jan. 15-22

A Cappella Grooves

The Stanford Mendicants and Counterpoint, a duo of touring a cappella groups from Stanford University, will visit St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 with music and merriment. Tickets: $5-$12 at the door, 743 Prospect St. (760) 685-2185. or

Dutch Treat

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present a five-part lecture series about “17th Century Dutch Art,” by historian Linda Blair, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 15 in the library music room, 1008 Wall St. Tickets: $14-$19 per lecture, $60-$85 for series. (858) 454-5872.

Science Center Concerts

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center at 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park is ready to rock with its second, live concert series, which kicks off 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 with Tim Flannery and Lunatic Fringe. Musical genres will include rock, country, blues, folk and soul. Each show features an opening act. A 21-and-older event. Tickets: $24- $32 at the door, or (619) 238- 1233, ext. 806.

Exploring Jewish Culture

Astor Judaica Library at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, will present two evenings of Jewish culture. Author Meryll Levine Page discusses “Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception and Risky Business,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. Tickets: $8-$10. RSVP encouraged: or (858) 362-1150 and “An Evening of Jewish Stories,” starts 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19. Tickets: $10-$12. (858) 362-1348.

San Diego Restaurant Week

Foodies will be celebrating Jan. 18-24, when San Diego Restaurant Week returns with prix-fixe menus at hundreds of area restaurants representing many cuisines. No tickets required, just visit to see if your favorite restaurant is participating (including restaurant week first-timer Draft Republic in UTC, and La Jolla’s Puesto). A two-course lunch runs $10-$20, and a three-course dinner is $20-$50. Search by neighborhood, cuisine or price to find exactly what you are looking for at

Interfaith Activity

Congregants from different faiths will work together to improve Balboa Park for the annual National Day of Interfaith Service (held in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.), 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 19. Meet at Marston House, 3525 Seventh Ave., San Diego. Free. (619) 297-4366, ext. 31.

Road to Morocco

La Jolla Phototravelers Club will celebrate Morocco at its next meeting, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at Wesley Palms Retirement Community, 2404 Loring St., Pacific Beach. Christa McReynolds will present photos from her 2010 visit to the region representing “a kaleidoscope of cultures.” Free.

Big Science for Little People

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center representatives will engage preschool children in experiments that reveal “does it float or sink?” 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Let’s Laugh It Up!

Ready to laugh for up to 10 days straight? The 2015 San Diego Comedy Festival returns Jan. 15-25 with national headliners, surprise guests and newcomers competing for cash prizes. Jeff Dye, a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” performs 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18. The Comedy Palace, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. Full-day passes and individual show tickets available (858) 573-9067.