La Jolla’s Best Bets for events June 19-26

Exhibit Opens with Reception

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will host artist’s books, collages and prints by Artist-in-Residence Sibyl Rubottom through July 26. Also on view will be the work of Bay Park Press interns Leah Goren, Anthony Lukens and Morgan Miller III. A reception for the shows is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 at 1008 Wall St. “24 years ago my first show at the Athenaeum was titled ‘1x1 and then some,’”writes Rubottom. “This show, ‘REDUX,’ revisits recurring themes to indicate a return to and revival of archetypal imagery, such as astronomy, botanicals, physics, textiles, typography, water, and, of course, elephants.” (858) 454-5872.

Festival of the Arts this Weekend!

The 28th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts returns to UC San Diego’s Warren Field, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. The juried show, produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club to benefit people with diasabilites, will offer fine art, local cuisine, a kids area, and music, including a performance by “American Idol” finalist Casey Abrams, 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $11 single day, $13 weekend pass. At the door: $14 single day, $16 weekend. 9500 Gilman Drive. (760) 753-1670.

Tunes from the Great White Way

If you’re a fan of Broadway, but can’t see every show that comes to San Diego, get tickets to “Out of Time,” which features musical highlights from productions like “Hair,” “Newsies,” “Ragtime,” “Aida,” “Evita” and more — all wrapped up into one show. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Garfield Theatre in the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. (858) 457-3030.

True Crime Stories

La Jolla Library will present “True Cop Stories Turned into Literary Gold,” noon, Saturday, June 21 at 7555 Draper Ave. Tom Basinski and David Putnam, former police officers/authors, will discuss turning their experiences on the job into gripping fiction, moderated by author Matt Coyle. Free. (858) 552-1657.

Meet the Artist

Monarch Fine Art Gallery invites you to a meet-and-greet and a live demonstration with San Diego artist Julia San Roman, 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26 at La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., on The Med Patio. Light refreshments. Free. (858) 454-1231 or (858) 382-9467.

Musical Mystery

Teatro Máscara Mágica (TMM), the 2013-14 Resident Theatre Company at La Jolla Playhouse, will present its second project, “Journey of the Skeletons,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through June 22 in the Shank Theatre. Written by Max Branscomb and directed by William Virchis, “Journey” reveals what happens when Memo, a Latino Angel, invites his friends back to Earth to visit his family’s altar. They must trek through dangerous Mictlan, the Aztec underworld, and their perilous but uplifting journey leads them to a conflict with the deadly Aztec prince of darkness, the evil Miclantecuhtli. Tickets: $10-$25. (800) 838-3006.

Friendly Sharks

For more than six years, Scripps oceanographer Andy Nosal has been studying the secret lives of local leopard sharks. He’ll talk about his discoveries and future research goals, 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21 at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Discussion included with admission: $12.50-$17. (858) 534-3474.

Simple Sumi

Japanese Friendship Garden featured artist, Lauris Phillips, will offer a Sumi (Japanese ink) art class, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Basic ink-and-brush skills sharpen the painter’s ability to see the essence of the subject. Painting materials provided. Admisison: $30-$40. (619) 232-2721 ext. 105. Or click


Organ Festival Opens

Spreckels Organ Society’s 27th annual Summer International Organ Festival opens 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 23 with Baroque interpreter Anthony Newman. Pre-concert dinner: $40, $25 for ages 12 & under. All festival concerts will be free, 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 25. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. (619) 702-8138.