La Jolla is a coastal town that oozes class and has become a mecca for art, culture and sophistication without toting along a pretentious attitude. The writers at La Jolla Blue Book have pulled out some of the top spots in this Jewel City where you can soak up some culture after you’ve had your fair share of the San Diego sun.
Music: The La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is one of 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the U.S. and is devoted exclusively to music and art. Annual membership costs are $40 per person, or $50 for a whole family, and guests are granted access to their entire collection of rent-able material like books, sheet music, and CD’s; as well as receiving exclusive discounts for various classes, concerts and workshops. Every Monday of this month at noon, members can stop by for a free mini concert with the Neave Trio, Kasey Kay or Adrian Liu. And on November 15 Acoustic Evenings comes to a close with performances by locals artists Mark Boyce, Joanie Mendenhall, and Trent Hancock.
Arts: La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is a diverse space focused on exhibiting and exploring contemporary art created since 1950. On November 2, from 11:30 am to 2 pm, guests get free admission courtesy of Open Door La Jolla, which wishes to showcase the city’s cultural heritage and history. If you want to brush up on your art knowledge, become a student for the museum’s November “Session in Contemporary Art” which will school you on art from the 1970s to today. Another bonus is that one of La Jolla’s top restaurants, the Museum Café, happens to be located inside the MCASD, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Books: Warwick’s, founded in 1896, made the move and began calling La Jolla home in 1939. It is now considered the oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore in the United States. Warwick’s has survived, unlike other bookstores, largely because of the myriad of book signing, author meet and greets, and workshops that they host. Some of their upcoming November events include a poetry writing workshop with poet Kim Dower, a discussion with author Neal Schaffer about social media strategies, and a book signing with Newt and Callista Gingrich.
For more information on La Jolla events and establishments, visit www.lajollabluebook.com!