Dr. David Pierce, climatologist from the climate research division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, spoke recently as part of the La Jolla Community Center's Distinguished Speaker Series. Pierce discussed the importance of reviewing all phenomena and examining all evidence before attributing the warming of the planet to either natural or human causes. He pointed out that the warming in recent decades is due to human-emitted greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. He added that understanding recent temperature changes means examining all possible causes—from the natural and human, to greenhouse gases, solar and volcanic activity—in explaining observations such as decreasing snowpack, rising land and ocean temperatures, etc.
The next Distinguished Speaker Series featuring doctors Scott Lipmann and Wael Al-Delaimy will be held Nov. 12. They will be discussing cancer prevention and treatment. For further information or to make a reservation for the free event, visit ljcommunitycenter.org or call 858-459-0831.
‘MY SON PINOCCHIO JR.’ OPENS AT LFJCC
Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” opens at 8 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive. Come see local kids sing and dance their hearts out. Performances are held through Nov. 17, at 8 p.m., on Saturdays and noon and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $19 for students and $17 for JCC members. Group rates available. For tickets and more information, visit sdcjc.org/garfield/boxoffice.aspx.
SACRED OBJECTS: SACRED WISDOM
The exhibit “Sacred Objects: Sacred Wisdom: The Art of Divination” will open with a reception from 7-9:30 p.m., Nov. 2, at Africa and Beyond, 1250 Prospect St. The exhibit showcases 75 objects from more than a dozen tribes across eight countries in West Central and Southern Africa.
The reception will feature a presentation and light refreshments. Tickets are $25 a person, and proceeds go to benefit the nonprofit Save The Children. Visit africaandbeyond.com for more information.
LA JOLLA SYMPHONY & CHORUS LAUNCHES 65TH SEASON
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will open its 65th season with a dynamic program of music that includes “The Overture to William Tell,” “First Violin Concerto of Florence Price,” and Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra,” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2, and 2 p.m., Nov. 3, at Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego. A pre-concert lecture by Steven Schick is given one hour before concert start. Tickets are $18-$39. Parking is free on weekends. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 858-534-4637 or visit lajollasymphony.com.
DENGUE FEVER AT ARTPOWER
Dengue Fever will perform at 8 p.m., Nov. 5, at the Price Center East Ballroom, 9500 Gilman Drive. Recognized for their trademark blend of 1960s Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock, the group was founded in 2002 by brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman, along with saxophonist David Ralicke (Beck/Brazzaville); drummer Paul Dreux Smith; bassist Senon Williams (Radar Brothers); and singer Chhom Nimol. Dengue Fever’s music has appeared in films such as “City of Ghosts” and “The Hangover 2” as well as television series “True Blood,” “Weeds,” and “CSI: Las Vegas.” Tickets cost $9 for students and $20 for nonstudents. For more information, visit artpower.ucsd.edu.
SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Pacific Arts Movement will open the 20th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival at 7 p.m., Nov. 7, at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center with the film “The Paradise We Are Looking For,” a collection of four short documentaries that celebrate historically AAPI neighborhoods and stories in San Diego. SDAFF will run through Nov. 16, showcasing more than 170 films from 29 countries in more than 40 different languages in various venues around San Diego. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sdaff.org.
WHISKEY, WINE AND MINT JULEPS
Estancia La Jolla’s next garden party, “Whiskey, Wine & Mint Juleps,” will be held from 6-9 p.m., Nov. 8. This feast features a menu of comfort food favorites washed down with whiskey, bourbon and endless amounts of mint juleps as live music and bonfire sparks float on the night air. There will also be a costume contest for the couple with the best derby outfit! Prizes include a complimentary stay and spa services at Estancia La Jolla. For more information, visit meritagecollection.com/estancia-la-jolla.
MODERNIST CUISINE AT SAN DIEGO BAY WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
In association with the San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, Modernist Cuisine Gallery will host a night of art, wine, light snacks and the chance to meet artist Nathan Myhrvold from 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 13, at 1241 Prospect St. RSVP is required. For more information, visit modernistcuisinegallery.com/the-gallery/lajolla/.