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‘San Diego’s Historic Places’ on KPBS-TV will feature the 1915 Expo Centennial at Balboa Park. Sevilla Productions
‘San Diego’s Historic Places’ on KPBS-TV will feature the 1915 Expo Centennial at Balboa Park. Sevilla Productions

Must-See TV

■ “San Diego’s Historic Places” returns to KPBS television Jan. 8 with a series honoring Balboa Park’s centennial celebration. Using rare, historic photos and film, the segments promise to give viewers a glimpse into the 1915 Exposition. Host Elsa Sevilla will explore Balboa Park’s founding as City Park, going behind-the-scenes on tours of the park, as well as its museum vaults and historic buildings. Viewers can watch 8 p.m. Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. Sundays; and anytime at video.kpbs.org

• Jan. 8: Early Balboa Park plans, early architect plans, Museum of Man design, St. Frances Chapel

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• Jan. 15: Expo planning, Spreckles Organ Pavilion, early park landscaping, California Building tower tour

• Jan. 22: Rare Expo black-and-white film, Foreign Arts Building, San Diego History Center ephemera, Expo artifacts

• Jan. 29: Marston House & Park, Kate Sessions, Cabrillo Bridge, Grant Hotel, streetcar

• Feb. 5: Overview Balboa Park, 7th Avenue homes & park, Spreckles Theater, MCRD, Navy

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• Feb. 12: Expo isthmus, architects, St. James Hotel, carousel Five

Captivating Concerts

■ 1) San Diego Early Music Society starts the second half of its 33rd season with the award-winning women’s ensemble, Tapestry, in “Song of Songs: Return to the Garden,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 at St. James-by-the- Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Tickets: $23-$30. (619) 291-8246. sdems.org

Tapestry performs ‘Song of Songs: Return to the Garden,’ 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
Tapestry performs ‘Song of Songs: Return to the Garden,’ 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

■ 2) California’s new Early Music Ensemble, the San Diego Baroque Soloists, will perform a debut concert, “The British Collection,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. The program will include music from “rock stars” of 18th century England, including Purcell, Boyce, Eccles and Handel. Tickets: $10-$20; free for ages 15 and younger. (619) 494-0415. sdbaroque.com

■ 3) Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego hosts The Depicted Vibrations Vol. 2, a collection of original compositions performed by Mark Dresser, Grant Clarkson, Ted Hughart, Michael Patterson, Paivikki Nykter, Megumi Yonezawa and Chikaki Iversen, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 at Sherwood Auditoirum, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. Tickets: $25. (619) 519-1457. musicatorreypines.com

■ 4) The Social Service League of La Jolla opens its monthly Winter Classical Music Series, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 with a concert by Anthem Trio in the living room of the Darlington House, 7441 Olivetas Ave. The series benefits affordable housing for seniors. Tickets for three concerts and refreshments are $100 per person; $40 for individual concerts. Send payment to Social Service League of La Jolla, 7441 Olivetas Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037. (858) 454-7625.

■ 5) Join the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library for its first chamber concert of 2015, when it welcomes The Calidore String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at 1008 Wall St. The quartet features violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi. Tickets: $40-$45. (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org

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The Calidore String Quartet plays 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.
The Calidore String Quartet plays 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.

Powerful Poetry Party

■ The seventh annual “Jewish Poets — Jewish Voices” is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Astor Judaica Library in the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Featured poets are Michael Mark, Lauren Ponder and Heather Horvitz, who will read their works during the first hour, followed by a half hour of open mic during which members of the audience may read individual poems. Free. RSVP: (858) 362-1150. lfjcc.org

■ San Diego performance artists Chris Mosher, Shannon Perkins and musician Nathan Hubbard will present spoken word and music, followed by People’s Choice Poem Awards, Friday, Jan. 9 at the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 at the door, or bring wine to share and get in free. (619) 236-0011. sandiego-art.org

Fun in French

■ The La Jolla Community Center will present “La Soiree des Jeux — a French Game Night!” with games and dialogue in French, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The party will continue every second Wednesday of the month. Tickets: $10- $12. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org

Lunch with the League

■ The League of Women Voters of San Diego will host a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive. The topic is “To Be or Not to Be — Our End of Life Choices.” Speakers will address the pros and cons of freedom to choose death with dignity. Tickets $30 before Jan. 12; $35 after. Register online at lwvsandiego.org — then use PayPal and click the ‘“donate” button to enter the amount, and put January luncheon under “purpose.”

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Artist Receptions

■ Quint Gallery in La Jolla hosts the opening of Monstera Deliciosa, a sculpture and works-on-paper exhibition by Thomas Glassford, with a reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7547 Girard Ave. The exhibit is on display through March 7. Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (858) 454-3409. quintgallery.com

■ R.B. Stevenson Gallery will host a reception for Astrid Preston and the exhibit, “Coming to the Edge,” 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 201. The work will be up through Feb. 28. (858) 459-3917. rbstevensongallery.com

Dutch Art Lectures

■ The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present “17th Century Dutch Art,” a new five-part series from historian Linda Blair, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 12 in the library’s music room, 1008 Wall St. The Jan. 15 class will examine Dutch economic, political and religious factors, seeking clues to explain why such artistic genius flourished in this time and place. Doors open at 7 p.m. Series tickets: $60 members/$85 nonmembers. Individual lectures $14/$19. Reservations: (858) 454-5872. ljathenaeum.org/lectures