Monday Essentials: Upcoming Art, Book, Dance and Lecture Events in La Jolla

Here are five things residents of La Jolla need to know for the week of Dec. 9.

Ken Goldman's art on display at the La Jolla Library through Dec. 31.
Ken Goldman's art on display at the La Jolla Library through Dec. 31.
1. Plein Air and Landscape Art
There are just three weeks left to enjoy the Fresh Paint exhibition in the La Jolla Library/Riford Branch, 7555 Draper Ave. The exhibition, which features some of California’s leading plein air and landscape artists, closes Dec. 31. The show features the works of 15 artists: Brian Blood, Scottie Brown, John Budicin, Patricia Jasper Clark, Mark Fehlman, Ken Goldman, Robin Hall, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Laurie Kersey, Calvin Liang, Michael Obermeyer, Scott Prior, Ray Roberts, Toni Williams, and Jeff Yeomans. The exhibition is open to the public for free during library hours.

Another great art show to attend in La Jolla is Subterranea at the Visual Arts Gallery, SME Building, on UC San Diego's campus. The exhibition, on display through Jan. 16, explores the literal and figurative conceptions of the underground in the areas of video, photography, sculpture and works on paper. It features the work of Sam Durant, Haris Epaminonda, Christopher Kardambikis, Gordon Matta-Clark and Dominic Paul Miller. 

3. Get into the Swing of It

Dance classes continue at the La Jolla YMCA Firehouse location at 7877 Herschel Ave. on Monday.

  • 6:30 - Swing Era Basica (Jitterbug, Lindy, and Charleston in 1 month)
  • 7:30 - Beginner Lindy Hop 
  • 8:30 - Rhythms of Swing - INT/ADV material

For more information or to sign up for classes, visit the Y online.

4. Joy and Luck in La Jolla

Amy Tan, the author of The Joy Luck Club, will discuss and sign copies of her new book—The Valley of Amazement—on Monday at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla (located at 700 Prospect St.). Tan will discuss the book Seth Lerer, UC San Diego's Dean of Arts and Humanities. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of the book. Click here to purchase tickets.

5. Lecture on Saving Endangered Reef Fish

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will host several lectures this winter. The lecture series kicks off with Monday's lecture on an endangered Caribbean reef fish. Historically, Nassau grouper were considered one of the most important shallow water fisheries in the Caribbean, yet today they are rarely caught. Why has the species declined so precipitously, and what can be done to reverse the trend? Join marine ecologist Brice Semmens as he presents findings from the Grouper Moon project, a long-term research program in the Cayman Islands focused on the conservation of one of the last great populations of this endangered Caribbean icon. Time: 7-8 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8 and $5 for students/teachers. RSVP at 858-534-5771 or online at aquarium.ucsd.edu


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