Best Bets: A quick guide to online and in-person entertainment and experiences

This is an ongoing list of online activities and local in-person events.

Lectures and lessons

• Global Hong Kong Studies @ University of California, UC San Diego International Institute and others in attendance “The Changing Contours of Hong Kong Civil Society” at 16:00 on Friday, November 4, online. A panel of experts will discuss how Hong Kong has adapted and transformed in the wake of the National Security Law. Free.

The La Jolla Community Center will present

The La Jolla Community Center will present “Fighting Cancer with Precision Medicine” with Julia Civardi on Thursday, November 10, online.

(Provided by La Jolla Community Center)

• La Jolla Community Center presents “The fight against cancer with precision medicine” at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 10, online. Julia Civardi will discuss the non-profit organization she founded, the Soteria Precision Medicine Foundation. Free.

• League of Women Voters San Diego presents “2022 Election Review: What the Midterm Results Mean for the Future at the State, Local and National Levels” at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, in the seventh floor conference room at the UC San Diego Social Science Public Engagement Building, 9625 Scholars Drive North, La Jolla. Thad Kousser, professor in UCSD’s Department of Political Science, will provide an overview of the election results. Free.

• Gifts of the Church of the King’s Cross “Explored Life” to 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20 at 7818 Ivanhoe Ave., La Jolla. The forums discuss spirituality and are open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Free.

• To Pen-on-paper class held Thursdays at 1:00 pm at the La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The weekly class is open to writers 18 and older of all experience levels. Free. (858) 552-1657

Families and children

• La Jolla Village Merchants Association presents “Fall Back Storytime and Scavenger Hunt” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Sotheby’s Plaza, 1111 Prospect St. The La Jolla/Riford Library’s Storytime Warwick’s Katia Graham and Warwick’s Storytime Sonia will read aloud at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Afterwards, participants can visit local merchants to solve a word puzzle and collect free gifts. Free.

Health and fitness

• Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center presents a preview of it “Essential Meditation Series” at 5:45pm on Monday, November 7, online and in person in La Jolla. Meditation teacher Erhard Vogel will lead the discussion. Free; donations will be accepted. Call Pam at (858) 395-4033 or email [email protected] to book a seat and get the address.

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• La Jolla Woman’s Club presents “gentle yoga” at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at 7791 Draper Ave The weekly class is for all levels and is open to the public. 15 dollars.

Art and culture

• The Qualcomm Institute opens the exhibition “Be: An Interactive Musical Journey in VR” to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at UC San Diego’s Atkinson Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. The operatic virtual reality experience is based on a poem by 13th-century Persian poet Mowlana Rumi and will run until Friday, December 2. Free. Sign up for email opening at [email protected]. For more information, visit

• The La Jolla Music Society presents “Nat Geo Live: Exploring Mars” at 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 3, at 7600 Fay Ave. NASA mechanical engineer Kobie Boykins will talk about uncovering the mysteries of space and the latest chapter in Mars exploration. $20 and up.

• La Jolla Village Merchants Association presents “La Jolla First Friday Art Walk” at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 4, at various locations in the Village. Some galleries will be open late and food and entertainment will be provided in partnership with local businesses. Free. Friday

• The La Jolla Music Society presents Time for three at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at The JAI, 7600 Fay Ave. The trio combines modern pop and classical music. $55 and up.

• The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library presents three exhibits through Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. “Continuum: The Art of Faiya Fredman” is an intimate look at the life’s work of Fredman (1925–2020), whose 70-year career produced an eclectic body of work fueled by experimentation with unusual formats and unconventional materials. “Derek Boshier: The Professions” is a visual study of the various humorous professions depicted in Boshier’s characteristic heads. “Work towards a hundred” is a selection from the Athenaeum’s Erika and Fred Torri artist book collection. Free.

• Gallery St. James by the Sea presents “The Seven Series” starting Sunday, Nov. 6, at 743 Prospect St., La Jolla. La Jolla artist Cherry Sweig’s retrospective exhibition will include seven of her collections with descriptive commentary. Sweig will also offer art demonstrations on different days. The exhibition will run until Sunday, December 18. Free.

• UC San Diego Library presents “A Conversation with Author Rex Pickett ’76” at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9, at the Ida & Cecil Green Faculty Club, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. The discussion, moderated by university librarian Erik Mitchell, will feature Pickett, author of “Sideways” and “The Archivist”; Brian Schottlaender, university librarian emeritus; and Caryn Radick, a digital archivist at Rutgers University. Free.

Norma Navarrete will perform as part of the La Jolla Community Center's Opera Wednesday on November 9th.

Norma Navarrete will perform as part of the La Jolla Community Center’s Opera Wednesday on November 9th.

(Provided by La Jolla Community Center)

• La Jolla Community Center presents “Opera Wednesday” at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The performers will be soprano Norma Navarrete, mezzo-soprano Mary Boles Allen, tenor Cole Tornberg and baritone Soren Pedersen, accompanied by pianist Michelle Scanlan. Suggested donation of $10.

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• Warwick Bookstore presents the actor John Ross Bowie at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, November 9, at 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Bowie will discuss his new book, No Job for a Man: A Memoir. Free, or $27.95 for a reserved seat and copy of the book.

La Jollan and local judge M. Margaret McKeown will discuss her new book Nov. 12 at DG Wills Books in La Jolla.

La Jollan and local judge M. Margaret McKeown will discuss her new book on Saturday, Nov. 12, at DG Wills Books in La Jolla.

(Provided by M. Margaret McKeown)

• DG Wills Books presents the La Jolla judge and author M. Margaret McKeown at 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 12, at 7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla. McKeown will discuss her new book, “Civil Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas.” Free.

• Le Salon de Musiques presents “Schubert, a touch of heaven” at 16:00 on Sunday. Nov. 13, at the La Jolla Women’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave. The program will feature a performance by violinist Ambroise Aubrun, cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Francois Chouchan. 95 dollars.

• La Jolla Playhouse presents “As You Like It” beginning Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theater, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. The reimagined production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy runs through Sunday, December 11. $25 and up.

• BFree Studio presents “Subject to change” from Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7857 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The exhibit features paintings by local artists Jeff Yeomans and Brent Jacobs. Free.

• Quint Gallery presents “Swank” through Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The one-off exhibition by Jean Lowe transforms the gallery space into an “unauthorized automotive site,” the centerpiece of which is an 18-foot papier mache replica of an electric Hummer truck.

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• The La Jolla Community Center and the La Jolla Art Association present one art exhibition through Friday, Dec. 2, at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Media featured include watercolors, photographs, oils, digital art and acrylics by artists Peggy Hinaekian, Eileen Mandela, Gwen Nobil, Dottie Stanley, Salli Sachse and Laura Wheeler.

• Tasende Gallery presents new acquisitions by the artist Fernando Botero through Thursday, Dec. 22, at 820 Prospect St., La Jolla. The exhibition includes three paintings and three works on paper from Botero’s personal collection.

• La Jolla/Riford Library presents“Re…”through Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7555 Draper Ave. The exhibition features works by artists True Ryndes, Robert Treat and Pat Kelly.

• La Jolla Historical Society presents“The Smallest Show on Earth: Exploring Paper Theaters”through Sunday, Jan. 22, at 780 Prospect St. The exhibit features paper theater replicas, posters and accessory exhibits that showcase iconic local scenes of yesteryear.

• The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents“Alexis Smith: The American Way”through Sunday, Feb. 5, at 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. The exhibition features Smith’s mixed-media collages, which draw heavily on film, literature and pop culture. 25

Gala and event

• La Jolla Country Day School presents aThe open housefrom noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, November 5, at 9490 Genesee Ave. Guests can meet teachers and students, tour classrooms and learn more about the curriculum and community. No RSVP is necessary. LJCDS is an independent school serving students ages 3 through

• Gelson’s gifts“An online tasting with Gelson wines”at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10. The live class with winemaker Julien Fayard will include wines and a custom cheese and shrimp platter. A cheese plate for two and wines will be available for pickup Nov. 9-10 from Gelson’s Markets in Pacific Beach, 730 Turquoise St.; Del Mar, 2707 Via de la Valle; and Carlsbad, 7660 El Camino Real. $28.99 for a topping and cheese plate; wines are $29.99 and up. Register by Sunday, November 6

The San Diego Brewers Guild will present a beer garden on Sunday, November 13, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla.

The San Diego Brewers Guild will present a beer garden on Sunday, November 13, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla.

(Provided by the San Diego Brewers Guild)

• San Diego Brewers Guild presents abeer gardennoon Sunday, Nov. 13, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. The event, part of the 14th annual Beer Week, will feature 28 breweries paired with 14 chefs. 145

• Lodge at Torrey Pines presents“Beyond the Basement”to 5:00 PM on Saturday, November 19, at 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. The event will feature winemakers and winery owners showcasing rare and high-end vintages not readily available to the public. 250 dollars.

Have an event – online or in person – that you’d like to see here? Email your entries to [email protected] by noon Friday for publication in the following week’s edition.


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