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.

Conferences and learning

• Global Hong Kong Studies @ University of California, UC San Diego International Institute and others present “The Changing Landscapes of Hong Kong Civil Society” at 4:00 p.m. 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)

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

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

• Features King’s Cross Church “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.

• The Pen-to-paper writing class is held at 1 p.m., Thursdays 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

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

Health and fitness

• The Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center presents a preview of its “Fundamental Meditation Series” at 5:45 p.m. 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 place and receive the address.

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

Art and culture

• The Qualcomm Institute opens the exhibition “Becoming: An Interactive Musical Journey in VR” at 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 runs until Friday 2 December. for free Sign up for opening by email at [email protected]. For more information, visit

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

• The La Jolla Village Merchants Association presents “First Friday La Jolla Art Walk” at 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 4, in various places in the Village. Several galleries will be open late and food and entertainment will be offered in partnership with local businesses. Free.

• Presents the La Jolla Music Society Time for three at 6:30pm and 8:30pm on Saturday, November 5 at The JAI, 7600 Fay Ave. The trio mixes modern pop and classical music. $55 and up.

• The Athenaeum Music & 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 work of Fredman (1925–2020), whose 70-year artistic career produced eclectic work driven by experimentation with unusual formats and unconventional materials. “Derek Boshier: Occupations” is a visual study of various humorous occupations depicted in Boshier’s characteristic heads. “Working towards a hundred” is a selection from the Ateneo artist Erika and Fred Torri’s book collection. Free.

• Gifts St. James Gallery by the Sea “Seven Series” beginning 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 several days. The exhibition will remain until Sunday, December 18. for free

• The 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 debate, moderated by university librarian Erik Mitchell, will feature the participation of Pickett, author of “Sideways” and “The Archivist”; Brian Schottlaender, university librarian emeritus; and Caryn Radick, digital archivist at Rutgers University. Free.

Norma Navarrete will perform as part of the La Jolla Community Center's

Norma Navarrete will perform as part of the La Jolla Community Center’s “Opera Wednesdays” on November 9.

(Provided by La Jolla Community Center)

• The La Jolla Community Center presents “Opera Wednesdays” at 7pm on November 9th at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The performers will include 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 actor John Ross Bowie at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9 at 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Bowie will talk about his new book, “No Job for a Man: A Memoir.” Free or $27.95 for a reserved seat and a copy of the book.

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

La Jollan and local judge M. Margaret McKeown will discuss their new book on Saturday, November 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 p.m., Saturday, November 12, at 7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla. McKeown will discuss his new book, “Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas.” Free.

• Le Salon de Musiques presents “Schubert, a touch of heaven” at 4 pm on Sunday. Nov. 13, at the La Jolla Woman’s Club, 7791 Draper Ave. The program will feature the violinist Ambroise Aubrun, the cellist Juliette Herlin and the pianist Francois Chouchan. $95

• 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 or more.

• 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 “Swanky” through Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Jean Lowe’s solo show turns the gallery space into an “unlicensed car dealership,” the centerpiece of which is an 18-foot papier-mâché replica of an electric Hummer truck.

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• The La Jolla Community Center and the La Jolla Art Association present a art exhibition through Friday, Dec. 2 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Media featured include watercolor, photography, 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.

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

• Presented by the La Jolla Historical Society“Earth’s Smallest Show: Paper Theaters Explored”through Sunday, Jan. 22, at 780 Prospect St. The exhibit features paper theater replicas, posters, and prop displays showcasing iconic local stages of yesteryear.

• The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art 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. $

Galas and events

• La Jolla Country Day School presents aopen daynoon to 3 p.m., Saturday, November 5 at 9490 Genesee Ave. Guests can meet faculty and students, tour classrooms, and learn more about the curriculum and community. It is not necessary to confirm attendance. LJCDS is an independent school serving students ages

• Gelson’s gifts“An online tasting with Gelson’s Wines”at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10. The live class with winemaker Julien Fayard will include wines and a personalized cheese and charcuterie platter. A cheese plate for two and wines will be available for pickup Nov. 9-10 at 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 reservation and cheese plate; wines are $29.99 and up. Sign up until 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 San Diego Brewers Guild)

• The San Diego Brewers Guild presents abeer in the gardento noon Sunday, Nov. 13, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. The event, part of the 14th Beer Week, will feature 28 breweries accompanied by 14 chefs. $

• The Lodge at Torrey Pines presents“Beyond the Cellar”to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. The event will include winemakers and winery owners who will showcase rare and high-end vintages that are not available to the public. $250.

Do you have an event, online or in person, that you would like to see here? Email your submissions to [email protected] by noon on Friday to be published in the following week’s edition.


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