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

This is a running list of online activities and local in-person events.

Lectures & Learning

• Compass and Athena advisors present a “Golden Visa Seminar” at 6 p.m. Friday, February 3, 5623 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla. Guests can learn what Golden Visas are, how they work, and what it takes to join the program. For free. To register, call (619) 300-5032 or visit us

• Presence of the International Institute and Scholars at Risk, UC San Diego “Russia’s War on Ukraine: How and Why Putin Wants to Change History” at 11 a.m. Monday, February 6, at SSB 105, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Ihor Lylo, a Ukrainian historian who will be a resident of UCSD’s Department of History this year, will speak. Food is served. For free.

For the record:

5:33 p.m. Jan 31, 2023This article has been updated to correct the name of the February 16 event, Nat Geo Live: Life on the Vertical.

• League of Women Voters San Diego presents “Reparative Justice in Education” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 9, online. During the webinar, speakers will discuss restorative justice and its role in conflict resolution in schools. For free.

• The Pen to Paper Writing Course held Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. at the La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The weekly course is open to writers of all experience levels, ages 18+. For free. (858) 552-1657

families & children

• The La Jolla/Riford Library showcases “STEAM Tuesday Special Edition” Tuesday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m., Draper Ave. 7555. Bishop’s School teenager Athena Coco Hernandez will be discussing her book on programming in Spanish, Cómo Codificar para Niñ@s: Una Introducción a Python (How to Code for Children). : An Introduction to Python). A coding workshop follows for grades 5-10. For free. Capacity is limited and registration is required.

• Yiddishland California presents “Yiddish Art Association” at 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays February 6 through March 6; and Yiddish Art Classes for Children at 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays February 1 through March 8, both at 1128 Wall St., La Jolla. The classes for 5-10 year olds will engage participants in Yiddish culture and heritage through art. $30 per class.


• The La Jolla Cove Bridge Club presents “Breathe, Feel, Stretch, Relax & Heal” at 4:40 p.m. Wednesdays through February at 1160 Coast Blvd. The weekly course is for all levels. $15 per class. E-mail [email protected]

• The La Jolla Woman’s Club Presents “Gentle Yoga” at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at 7791 Draper Ave. The weekly course is for all levels and open to the public. $15.

Art and culture

• Introducing the La Jolla Village Merchants Association First Friday La Jolla Art Walk at 4:00 p.m. on February 3 at various locations in The Village. Several galleries stay open late, and food and entertainment are provided in partnership with local businesses. For free.

• BFree Studio presented “Where are you looking?” at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 7857 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The two-hour Art Club/Salon discusses contemporary art. $10.

• The La Jolla Library Art Gallery is hosting a reception for “California Color” at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 7555 Draper Ave. Featuring contemporary and impressionist color paintings by Cathy Carey, Kate Joiner and Jason Nelson, the exhibition runs through Monday 13 March. For free.

• Camarada presents “The Essence of Tango” Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall at Conrad Preby’s Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. The event will highlight several well-known tango composers and the world premiere of Andrés Martín’s “Tango Bajo el Agua” (Underwater Tango). $35-$95.

• Canyon Crest Academy Envision presentations “Art in the Afternoon at the Athenaeum” Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m. at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. The Envision jazz band, chamber orchestra and singers will perform, and student artwork will be on display and available for purchase. All proceeds go to Envision, the arts program at Canyon Crest. $45.

• Le Salon de Musiques presented “Chopin: A Concerto Inspired by a Blue-Eyed Beauty” Sunday, February 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the La Jolla Woman’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave. The performance will feature soprano Elissa Johnston, violinists Ambroise Aubrun and Benjamin Hoffman, violist Jonah Sirota, cellist Michael Kaufman, double bass player Ryan Baird and pianist Vijay Venkatesh. $95.

BFree Studio Presents Blue Sky: Paintings," an exhibition by Cecilia Wong Kaiser, through Sunday, February 5, in La Jolla.

BFree Studio presents Blue Sky: Paintings, an exhibition by Cecilia Wong Kaiser, in La Jolla through Sunday, February 5th.

(BFree Studio)

• BFree Studio presented “Blue Sky: Painting” through Sunday, February 5, 7857 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The solo exhibition includes works by Cecilia Wong Kaiser. For free.

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

• Warwick’s Bookshop showcases authors James Patterson and Matt Eversman at 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, online. Patterson and Eversmann will talk about their new book, Walk the Blue Line. For free.

• The La Jolla Community Center showcases “Opera Wednesday” at 7:00 p.m. on February 8 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Soprano Michelle Law will perform with three others. $10-$20 suggested donation.

• The UC San Diego Visual Arts Department and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will co-present a Russell Lecture Shizu Saldamando Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Price Center Theater, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Saldamando is a Los Angeles-based mixed media artist primarily focused on portraiture, crafts, and drawing. Free for MCASD members and UCSD faculty, staff and students; $15 for others.

• Yiddishland California presents “Jewish Love Songs with Lisa Fishman” at 7 p.m. Friday, February 10 online and at a private residence in La Jolla. Fishman will sing romantic and comical tunes. $10 and up. Register for the address.

Mark Perlmans "checklist" is on view at the RB Stevenson Gallery's In Monochrome exhibit through Saturday, February 11 in La Jolla.

Mark Perlman’s “Checklist” is on view at the RB Stevenson Gallery’s In Monochrome exhibit through Saturday, February 11 in La Jolla.

(RB Stevenson Gallery)

• RB Stevenson Gallery presents “Monochrome” through Saturday, February 11, 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The exhibition features new and recent work by San Francisco artists Judith Foosaner and Mark Perlman.

• The La Jolla Music Society presents “Nat Geo Live: Living in the Vertical” Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m., 7600 Fay Ave. Big wall climber Mark Synnott’s talk will detail his adventures and research and include questions and answers. $20 and up.

• Gifts from Quint Gallery “A Few Palm Trees” through Saturday, February 18, 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The focus of the exhibition of paintings by San Diego-based artist Perry Vasquez is the palm tree as a symbol of Californian idealism. For free.

La Jolla Playhouse presents The Outsiders beginning Sunday, February 19th.

La Jolla Playhouse presents The Outsiders beginning Sunday, February 19th.

(La Jolla Playhouse)

• La Jolla Playhouse gifts “The outsider” beginning Sunday, February 19 at the Mandell Weiss Theater, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. The musical reinvents the story of the bonds brothers share and the hopes we hold on to. Shows run through Sunday March 19th. $25 and up.

• The Qualcomm Institute presents “Beyond the Metaverse with OurWorlds: Indigenous Stories Are All Around You” through Friday, March 17 at Gallery QI at Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. The exhibit is an educational extended reality platform and mobile app designed to integrate Native American heritage and knowledge into everyday environments. For free.

Galas & Events

• St. Sarkis Armenian Church presents its first anniversary gala Saturday, February 4 at 6 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla Hotel, 4240 La Jolla Village Drive. The optional black tie event includes dinner and the Allen G Orchestra. $250 and up. E-mail [email protected]

• Mission Bay High School’s Preservationist Jazz Band presents a benefit concert Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the La Jolla Woman’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave. Proceeds from the event will support the band on their biannual San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Goodwill Delegation Tour in April, where the band will perform in Japan. $20.

Do you have an event – ​​online or in person – that you would like to see here? Submit your leads to [email protected] by noon on Friday for publication in the following week’s issue.

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