Born in England to Indian parents, Iyer, 57, spent his formative years in Berkeley, where his father was a professor at UC Berkeley. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, he became a journalist and has been a frequent contributor to TIME, Harper’s and The New York Times. Iyer divides his time between Santa Barbara and rural Japan, admitting he’s “ever grateful” for the convenience of jet travel.
Piano and Cabaret Series
■ The season’s Cabaret Series ends with Ann Hampton Callaway singing a classics from five decades of Barbra Streisand’s career, including “The Way We Were,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “Evergreen” and “I’ve Dreamed of You,“ 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Tickets: $27-$87. (858) 459-3728.
Art in the GardenBird Rock Artist Guild will present its annual “Art in the Garden,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at 5571 Bellevue Ave. There will be a variety of works for show and sale. Donations will be collected for Art Reach and the La Jolla Historical Society. email@example.com
Author VisitsThe “Authors at the Astor” program will present Sam Halpern speaking about his book, “A Far Piece to Canaan: A novel of friendship and redemption,” 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $8-$10. (858) 362-1348.
Time with MomSpend the day with mom this Mother’s Day weekend surrounded by begonias and fuchsias, free tea and cookies, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, at Weidner’s Gardens, 695 Normandy Road, Encinitas. (760) 436-2194.
Global Warming LectureUC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies Professor David Victor, who recently wrote “Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet,” will speak on climate change. 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Tickets: $5-$8, RSVP: (858) 534-5771.
Glass WorksArt Glass Guild will host its annual Spring Show and Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11. Blown, fused, torch worked, stained, cast, etched and mosaic pieces will be featured by some 30 juried glass artists. Spanish Village Art Center, in Balboa Park, 1770 Village Place, San Diego. (858) 576-9466. firstname.lastname@example.org