La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events Nov. 20


In the Art World

■ 2014 Best of Nature Photography Show at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) features 74 landscape, wildlife, flora and nature-based abstract/impressionistic images by amateur and professional photographers, which represent the work of 51 artists. The exhibition is up through Feb. 1. Admission: $11-$17. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. (619) 232-3821.

■ La Jolla Art Association’s “Quartet” exhibition pairs two painters and two photographers in a collective show. The opening reception is 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso in La Jolla Shores. “Quartet” runs through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Free. (858) 459-1196.

■ Artist-in-residence Ann Weber works at Lux Art Institute through Dec. 13. Her larger-than-life cardboard sculptures will be on display until Jan. 10. Weber’s work is described as “neither representational nor abstract.” Hours: 1-5 p.m. Thursday/Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $5. Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 436-6611.

■ Autumn Art for Kids: La Jolla Rec Center will offer three days of craft activities ages 3-12, starting at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 24-26 at 615 Prospect St. On Monday, Nov. 24, children can make a leaf wreath, turkey doorknob hanger, owl and/or turkey ornament, and smiley face leaf necklace. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, crafts include fall color owl ornament, turkey headband, smiley face leave wreath and rhinestone fall leaves. On Wednesday, Nov. 26, crafters make “beary” happy magnets, fall leaves bracelet, magic color scratch fall leaves and color-your-own Thanksgiving pages. Tickets: $5 per child, per day. (858) 552-1658.

‘Early Music’ Concert

■ San Diego Early Music Society continues its 33rd season with the Renaissance band, Piffaro, performing ballads, songs and dances from Elizabethan England, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at St. James-by-the-Sea Church, 743 Prospect St. The rich intersection of music and poetry, of broadside ballads and popular tunes, of high art music and country dances, is brought to life through Piffaro’s varied collection of period wind and plucked string instruments, and the stunning voice of mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano. Tickets: $28-$35. (619) 291-8246.


■ An Evening with Ellen: Local scholar and author Molly McClain Ph.D. will discuss the origins of The Bishop’s School and one of its founders in her exclusive presentation, “Ellen Browning Scripps: Building Community, One Project at a Time,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 on the school campus at 7607 La Jolla Blvd. Free. (858) 459-4021.

■ A Look at Russia Today with Masha Gessen, author of “Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot,” and the national bestseller “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin,” as well as four other books. Gessen will discuss “Putin’s Challenge to the West: From Pussy Riot to Crimea,” 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24 at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 9500 Gilman Drive. Free. RSVP:

■ Cooking Thanksgiving Side Dishes with Chef Danielle Sinn, 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets: $45 members/$50 nonmembers. RSVP: (858) 459-0831.

Special Events

■ The annual Turkey Calling Show, noon, Wednesday, Nov. 26 in the Seuss Room of UCSD’s Geisel Library, is presented in the style of an old-time live radio broadcast, filled with music and “studio audience” participation. Free. 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 822- 5758.

■ A screening of “Jersey Boys,” the story of four young men from New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons, is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The 2014 film was directed by Clint Eastwood and features the hit songs “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Free. (858) 552-1657.

Also at the La Jolla Library:

■ Saturday, Nov. 22: Lecture “The grandeur and antiquity of Syria before the Civil War,” 3:30 p.m.

■ Sunday, Nov. 23: Piano recital with Yvonne Wu, 2 p.m.

■ Tuesday, Nov. 25: Reading of “Julius Caesar” presented by the San Diego Shakespeare Society, 6 p.m.

On Stage

■ Encore ROCKS: A Jukebox Musical! comes to the JCC’s Garfield Theatre 7:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 22 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at 4126 Executive Drive. Hear songs from modern Broadway, feature films and classic favorites, including tunes from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rent, Across the Universe, The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys and more. Tickets: $20-$25. Suggested for ages 16 and older.

■ “Beauty and the Beast,” presented by Christian Youth Theater San Diego, comes to Pacific Beach Middle School, 4676 Ingraham St., 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 at the door. (619) 588-0206.

■ “The hunchback of Notre Dame” continues through Dec. 14 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive on the UCSD campus. Tickets start at $15. (858) 550-1010.

■ “Dr. Seuss’ how the Grinch Stole Christmas” is back at The Old Globe Theatre for its 17th year, with matinee and evening performances now through Dec. 27 in Balboa Park. The family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze)” in the snow-covered Whoville. Burke Moses is The Grinch. Tickets from $37 for adults and $24 for ages 17 and under. (619) 234-5623.