La Jolla’s Best Bets for events Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Bounty of Book Events

■ Noting banned books: As UC San Diego students return to campus for fall instruction, the UCSD Library will recognize Banned Books Week by reading excerpts from banned books in front of Geisel Library 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. There will also be a free screening of “Fahrenheit 451,” 5:30 p.m., Seuss Room. 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 822-5758.

■ Used book sale: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library offers its quarterly sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 1008 Wall St. (858) 454-5872.

■ Author lecture/visit: To help you cope, Barb Schmidt penned “The Practice: Simple tools for managing stress, finding inner peace and uncovering happiness.” She will discuss the book and her personal story, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave. Free admission, books purchased at Warwick’s will be signed. (858) 454-0347.

Foodie Friday at Playhouse

Theatergoers with a love for beer and eats are invited to attend La Jolla Playhouse’s 8 p.m. performance of “Kingdom City,” Oct. 3, where a ticket also includes access to complimentary microbrew tasting by Stone Brewing Co., and the option to purchase from food trucks, serving 6-7:50 p.m. Located on the UC San Diego campus via the Revelle Entrance at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. Tickets: From $15. (858) 550-1010.

History of the Torrey Pines

James Lightner, author of “San Diego Native Plants” will discuss the discovery of the Torrey Pine tree near La Jolla, by California’s first botanists, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Musical Renaissance

Bach Collegium San Diego, the only group in San Diego that exclusively performs music from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras (pre-1750) on period instruments, opens its 2014-15 season, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, St. James By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St. Tickets from $30. (619) 341-1726.

Jazz Series Opens

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library hosts the San Diego debut of jazz septet The Cookers, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, opening the 2014 Jazz at The Scripps Research Institute series, which continues 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Sound Prints Quintet; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 with Greg Osby Four. 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive. $30-$35. (858) 454-5872.

Sculptor Exhibit

Artist Nasser Pirasteh will hold an exhibition of his fine art sculpture, as well as photographs by John Humphrey, 4-8 p.m. Sept. 27- 28 in his studio at 6706 Avenida Manana. Pirasteh uses contemporary expression to transform natural elements into works of art, incorporating stone, wood, metal, bronze and other materials. (858) 603-7547.

Class Act Brass

Pacific Sound Brass Quintet presents a family-friendly concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. R.B. Anthony (French horn), John Reynolds (trumpet), Jay Posteraro (trumpet), Andrew Moreau (trombone) and Jenn Opdahl (tuba) will perform. Freewill offering. (858) 454-7108.

Artist Visits

Fred Krakowiak — painter, sculptor, author, illustrator, photographer and safari expert — will stop by the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 28, to sign his books, demonstrate his painting methods and tell his safari tales. 7946 Ivanhoe Ave. (858) 551-2010.

World Music Concert

Hear music from around the world without leaving La Jolla, when the San Diego Public Library Singers visit La Jolla’s Riford Library, 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 to perform music from Kenya, Scotland, Syria, India, Sweden, Venezuela, China, Ireland, Japan and more, sung in native languages. 7555 Draper Ave. Free. (619) 361-1361.

Bach to Bebop

La Jolla Community Center’s Fourth Friday Jazz Series presents “From Bach To Bebop,” an evening combining chamber music and jazz with two pianists and flutist Lori Bell, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Ticket includes admission, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking. Pre-sale tickets $18-$23, at the door $20-$25. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

Modern Architecture on View

This year’s Modern Home Tour, which gives people a chance to view and explore examples of modern architecture via a self-guided driving tour, features homes across San Diego, with two in La Jolla. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $30. Benefits San Diego Architectural Foundation. (888) 611-6882. List of homes: