La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events, Oct. 2-8, 2014

Storytime for Adults

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library series “Orpheus Speaks!” (which features dramatic readings by local actors) returns 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 to 1008 Wall St. Stories range from rarely read classics to new and contemporary treasures, and long-forgotten gems that deal with art and artists in different contexts. Tickets: $12-17. (858) 454-5872.

Let’s Talk Opera

San Diego Opera will present its first community conversation of the season with “Mimì’s Malady: Tuberculosis in Art, Life and ‘La bohème,’ ” 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at the Civic Concourse, 202 C St., downtown San Diego. Nicolas Reveles hosts the discussion with guest Cathy Gere, Ph.D. from UC San Diego Department of History; and musical guest, soprano Cherylyn Larson of the San Diego Opera Chorus. Free. (619) 533-7000.

Versatile Voices

St. James by-the-Sea Church kicks off its 2014-15 musical season with the award-winning Swingle Singers, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 743 Prospect St. The group consists of seven young and versatile voices performing a cappella folk ballads and funk. They have released more than 50 recordings and won five Grammy Awards. Tickets start at $30. (858) 459-3421, ext. 109. or

Dazzling Designs

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum hosts the latest exhibition of original work by artist and scholar, Li Huai, opening 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 and running through Dec. 6. Works incorporate Chinese ink, charcoal, phosphorescent paint, wax on paper and canvas. Li Huai will open the show with a presentation at the Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 Second Ave., downtown San Diego. Admission: $4. (619) 338-9888.

Disney on Ice

When the Disney On Ice production of “Worlds of Fantasy” comes to San Diego, Oct. 2-5, characters from “Toy Story,” “Cars” and “The Little Mermaid” will come to life. Day and evening shows. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. Tickets: $17- $60. (888) 9AXS-TIX, Valley View Casino Center Box Office or

Scupltor Show

San Diego Sculptors Guild welcomes Tracie Monk as October’s artist for the month. At a reception 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Monk will unveil three new sculptures: one of steel, one of stone and one of ceramic. 1770 Village Place, No. 36, Balboa Park. Free. (619) 238-0522.

Art to Ponder

Cathy Breslaw’s solo exhibition, “Contemplation,” is on display through Nov. 26 at the Gotthelf Art gallery at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. The installation piece created for the exhibition is “The Call: 100 Sounds,” and is based on the Shofar, the ancient instrument created from a ram’s horn. Free. Center hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (858) 362-1114.