La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events July 9-15


Concert on the Beach

■ The 11th annual Switchfoot Bro-Am benefit surf contest and concert will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Colony House perform, surf contest begins 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit San Diego-based children’s charities. Free.

Art Openings

■ George Yepes, known as one of the painters from the Chicano Mural Movement of the late 1970s, will have a solo exhibition in La Jolla at Monarch/Arredon Contemporary Art, 7629 Girard Ave., Suite C2. “George Yepes: A Retrospective of Mexican American Fine Art,” runs July 11-Aug. 16, with an artist reception 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11. (858) 454-1231.

■ La Playa Gallery presents “Surf Culture Art Exhibition” July 11-Sept. 11 at 2226 Avenida de la Playa. A wine and cheese reception will be 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11. The gallery will show a selection of sophisticated and symbolic surf-related paintings, mosaics, photography, canvas, clay and surfboard sculptures. (858) 454-6903.

■ “Silver Deposit,” the third solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles artist Jimi Gleason, will be on display at R.B. Stevenson gallery, July 11–Aug. 22. An opening reception will be 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 201. The artists’ silver deposit surfaces act as enigmatic mirrors up for viewer interpretation. (858) 459- 3917.

■ “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008” is the first major museum exhibition to explore the lure of this legendary playground through the lens of art. See it July 11-Oct. 13 at San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free with a valid 2015 San Diego County Fair ticket stub, $4.50-$12. (619) 232-7931.

Movie Night

■ San Diego Jewish Film Festival will host an exclusive public screening of the new feature documentary “Marilyn Monroe Declassified,” 6 p.m. Sunday, July 12 at the Garfield Theatre, in the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Screening will be followed by a discussion with director Paul Davids that involves audience participation in reviewing and evaluating the film. $25. (858) 362-1348.

■ The Old Globe Theatre continues its 2015 Summer Film Series, featuring Shakespeare on screen, 7 p.m. Monday, July 13 with “Chimes at Midnight,” directed by Orson Welles in 1965. Series celebrates The Globe’s 80th anniversary and Balboa Park’s Centennial. Free, reservations recommended. (619) 234-5623.

Expand Your Horizons

■ Join the La Jolla Library Wet Lab for a special workshop on using a microscope and making slides to explore the diversity of phytoplankton, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9. Phytoplankton provides nearly half of all the oxygen on Earth. Free. 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

■ Beat the summer heat with the La Jolla Community Center International movie club (all films have subtitles). “El Niño,” a thriller/action film from Spain, screens 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. $5 admission, free for members. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

Special Events

■ A celebration of travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower, “Stagecoach Days,” kicks off noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Continues certain Saturdays in July and August. Living history activities and demonstrations, stories and songs. Free. 4050 Taylor St. (619) 220-5422.