La Jolla’s Best Bets for events Nov. 6-13, 2014


Ode to Scotland

World champion fiddler Mari Black will perform with members of the House of Scotland Pipe Band, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Black won the 25th Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in October — the first North American to be invited to compete! Tickets $18- $20 at the door. (858) 459-5045.

Foodie Friday Returns

During the run of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” La Jolla Playhouse will host a Foodie Friday 6 p.m. (last call for food 7:50 p.m.), Friday, Nov. 7. A ticket to select performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks, plus a complimentary microbrew tasting. Cost of food not included in ticket price. Ticket prices vary. Playhouse Theatre District, UC San Diego campus. (858) 550-1010.

Jazzy Spirituals

Brass Roots Trio — whose previous performance venues include Oxford University, Chicago Brass Festival and the White House — come to La Jolla 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 when they play at All Hallows Church, 6602 La Jolla Scenic Drive South. According to press materials, “the trio redefines the chamber music genre with the fusion of classical, jazz, Americana and Latin styles, performing jazz arrangements of spirituals.” Free. (858) 459-2975.

Church Harvest Festival

La Jolla Presbyterian Church will host an old-fashioned Autumn Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 on church grounds, 7715 Draper Ave. Admission is $5. Pony rides are $5 extra. There will be food and water for purchase. $20 unlimited activity pass for jumpy houses, dunk tank, pie-eating contest, balloon animals and children’s games. (858) 454-2677.

Chamber Music Concert

David Finckel and Wu Han will perform “The Passionate Cello,” with works by Strauss, Chopin, Messiaen, Albeniz and Glazunov, for piano and cello, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Part of the St. James Music Series at St. James By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Tickets: $30. (858) 459-3421.

Mozart’s Musical Mentors

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library will present a special concert with Victoria Martino on violin and James Lent on piano, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 1008 Wall St. The twosome will perform a selection of works by Gluck and C.P.E. Bach that exemplify the empfindsamer stil (sensitive style) created by these two composers. Tickets: $25-$30. (858) 454- 5872.

Flower Power

Using technology employed by NASA on Mars, photographer David Leaser has released a collection of botanical images that shows large-scale flowers with intense detail. See his work at the San Diego Art Show, noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 9 at the Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd. Admission: $10- $20. Another not-to-miss at the show is the work of La Jolla artist Lisa Hill. (858) 254-3031.

Rockin’ Down the Rabbit Hole

Join The Bishop’s School Performing Dance Group for a rock ‘n’ roll trip down the rabbit hole during the fall concert “Multitudes of Alice,” 5 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-8, 7607 La Jolla Blvd. The concert will feature tunes from Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who and more. Tickets: $7.50. (858) 459-4021.

La Jolla in a Silent Film?

La Jolla Historical Society will present an evening of silent films with live musical accompaniment by Scott Paulson and the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra (pictured), 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. The main feature will be “Uninvited Guests,” the story of a haunted British manor house, which was filmed in the 1920s in La Jolla. Free. (858) 459-5335.

Let’s Talk Sex, Power, Opera!

San Diego Opera presents “Community Conversations,” lectures that explore various aspects of San Diego Opera’s 2014-2015 season with San Diego Opera’s director of education Dr. Nicolas Reveles (pictured) and speakers who are experts in their fields. The 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 lecture will discuss “Sex and Power in Don Giovanni.” Free. Civic Concourse, 1200 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. RSVP required: (619) 533-7000.

Two Art Show Openings

Mixed Media, a group exhibition featuring six artists (Jimi Gleason, James Hayward, Dana Oldfather, Michael Reafsnyder, Maggie Tennesen and Ricardo Xavier) will be featured at the R.B. Stevenson Gallery, Nov. 8 to Dec. 19, 7661 Girard Ave., Suite 201. An opening reception will be 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, (858) 459-3917. See new sculpture and paintings by Jane Burton, Paul Ecke and Tyler Burton will be unveiled at an opening reception with the artists 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, 7946 Ivanhoe Ave. (858) 551-2010.