Aside from honoring the brave men and women of our armed services who served in times past to the present, La Jolla has a lot going on this Memorial Day weekend. And true to its friendly community, La Jolla has something to offer to people of all ages.
2 p.m. Sunday at La Jolla Playhouse
The world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” carries on with its extended, successful run at La Jolla Playhouse this Memorial Day weekend. Envisage a locale where the sun is ever brightly shining, the ocean is warm like bath water, and the drinks are as frosty cold as they are abundant. This is Margaritaville, the veritable island utopia where people from the cities are able to escape from their humdrum lives and where the locals get into the type of conflict that they are able to sweet talk their way out of each and every time.
The new musical play features classic Jimmy Buffett tunes that are able to charm the Devil himself. The story follows a part-time barkeep and part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls head over heels for an attractive tourist, a delightful lady who causes him to examine the life he believed he had all planned out. Playwrights Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”, “Raising Hope”) and Mike O’Malley (“My Name Is Earl”, “Justified”, “Glee”) blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. For those who are unable to make it this Sunday, take heart, because the musical continues until July 9th.
Sunday May 28 11:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., Birch Aquarium
Unlike left-handed smoke shifters grunion are the real deal. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a grunion run on La Jolla beaches, you might want to check your San Diego credentials because you have definitely missed out! This veritable Southern California experience is a wet and wild adventure par excellence. Participants are able to see hundreds upon hundreds of little silver fish named grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. However, prior to hitting the beach, participants will be able to observe grunion hatch right before their eyes during a special presentation about this baffling fish.
Attendees should plan in advance for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight for the night grunion run. Minors are obligated to be present with a paid adult, for ages 6 plus. Please note that the Grunion run does not meet at Birch Aquarium. Pre-purchase tickets are required. Prices are $15 for Birch Aquarium members and $17 for non-members. Birch Aquarium is conveniently located at 2300 Expedition Way in scenic La Jolla.
Hotel La Jolla, Saturday, May 27, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Youza! Are you ready to take hold of your straws and mini umbrellas? This Saturday, patrons can get their groove on and will be able to taste in excess of a dozen brands of rum and tiki-inspired adult beverages while chilling out poolside at the trendy Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla. A special bites menu will also be available. Conveniently located at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, the cost is $10 to $15 for adults 21 and over.
Friday, May 26, 5:00 p.m., La Playa Gallery
Art lovers dare not miss the Aesthetics of Human Form this Friday. La Playa Gallery is nestled in the very center of La Jolla Shores. It features a selection of paintings and jewelry from both local and area artists. La Playa Gallery has an affinity for experimenting with special themed shows, bringing a diversity of art that isn’t likely seen at other galleries. Such is the case this Friday evening when this memorable show explores the human figure depicted through bronze and ceramic sculptures alongside detailed and colorful oil paintings. A tasty wine and cheese reception will introduce featured San Diego artists Julia S. Rasor, Dottie Stanley, and Khalid Alkaaby. By all means, seize the chance to mingle with the artists and converse about the creativeness behind their specific works. La Playa Gallery is located at 2226 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla.