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25th annual gala

Celestial Soirée
Celebrating 25 Years of Starry Nights

The 25th anniversary of the Athenaeum Gala!

Celestial Soiree

September 5, 2014

The Athenaeum is happy to annouce that we are now accepting RSVPs for our 25th Anniversary Gala! Please call 858 454 5872 to make your reservations!

Archangels: $500 per person
Angels: $350 per person
General: $250

Angel table for ten people: $3500
General table for ten people: $2500

Raffle tickets are also available for purchase over the phone!$20 per ticket, or 3 tickets for $50

We look forward celebrating with you!

Murals of La Jolla Tour led by Lynda Forsha

Murals Map

July 30–September 24, 2014, 5:30PM, Free

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to host walking tours of the Murals of La Jolla. Tours start at the Athenaeum the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Join fellow art enthusiasts and learn more about the artists and their artworks created specifically for Murals of La Jolla during a guided walking tour led by project curator Lynda Forsha. During the tour you will learn more about each artist and the type of work they make beyond the Murals of La Jolla Project. Each mural has its own story and by the end of the tour you will know more about the inspiration and concept behind each image.   

Thirteen murals are currently on view, and each tour features more than half of these. The route changes each time to accommodate new murals and is approximately 90 minutes. It is a gentle walk around the village but we ask participants to please wear comfortable shoes. We will end the tour with a wrap-up reception at the Athenaeum.

Murals of La Jolla, founded by the La Jolla Community Foundation, is a project of the Athenaeum. Murals of La Jolla demonstrates that commissioning artists to create works for public spaces brings energy and vitality to a community.

Over the past four years, large-scale artworks have appeared in a variety of locations throughout the village of La Jolla, some prominently displayed while others are tucked away in more discreet locations. 
To date, new works by John Baldessari, Gajin Fujita, Anya Gallaccio, Robert Ginder, Ann Hamilton, Robert Irwin/Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Nina Katchadourian, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness, Roy McMakin, Richard Allen Morris, Catherine Opie, Julian Opie and Fred Tomaselli have been installed throughout La Jolla. 

This is a free event. Reservations are suggested: (858) 454-5872
For more information, visit: http://www.ljathenaeum.org/specialevents.html and

Flicks on the Bricks 2014

Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:30 PM, doors open at 7PM
Series: $60 members, $80 nonmembers

Individual screenings: $17 members, $22 nonmembers

The Flicks on the Bricks series is back for the seventh year with classic movies and wines on the patio of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. Wine expert Barbara Baxter will introduce the wines paired with each movie! Come and enjoy glamour, drama, hot popcorn, and special wines on warm summer nights.

Thursday, August 7: North by Northwest (1959, 136 min)
Individual screenings: $17 members, $22 nonmembers

North by Northwest

The apotheosis of Alfred Hitchcock's Hollywood career, North by Northwest is fast, funny, and exciting. The film contains far too many highlights to detail in this limited space; standout bits include the crop-duster dusting where there aren't any crops, the riotous auction scene, and, of course, that nail-biting Mount Rushmore finale. Author: Hal Erickson. With Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint.

Thursday, August 14: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, 129 min)
Individual screenings: $17 members, $22 nonmembers

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, magnificently embodied by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham).

Thursday, August 21: Singin’ in the Rain
(1952, 103 min)

Individual screenings: $17 members, $22 nonmembers

We're sorry this showing is sold out

Singin' in the Rain

Hollywood, 1927: the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Lockwood can't stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he met while escaping his screaming fans.

Thursday, August 28: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999, 113 min)
Individual screenings: $17 members, $22 nonmembers

When a priceless Monet painting is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the police find themselves wondering which world-class art thief pulled the job. What they don't know is that the thief wasn't a professional, but an amateur. Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) was born poor but made his way through Oxford on a boxing scholarship. With his sharp sense for business and ruthless ambition, Crown has become a self-made billionaire; but despite his wealth and power, he still seeks new challenges, and he steals art not for the profits but for the sheer excitement. However, as fun as art theft might be, it's still illegal, and investigator Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) is brought in to track down the culprit.

Subject to change!

Athenaeum Book Sale!

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10AM-4PM
For over 20 years, the Athenaeum has enticed members, students, and passersby with quarterly book sales. Some real gems have been found nestled under otherwise steadfast and comfortable bricks of literature. Depending on your taste, we're bound to have the book for you at the sale. Stop by and see for yourself. Visit the library while you're at it and check out artisan goods on the portico. Expect some delights of spring, including music to peruse by.

The Athenaeum is actively seeking more books to sell in the following genres: novels, histories, biographies, and piano sheet music. They must be gently used; any soiled or damaged books will not be accepted. We are also searching for more volunteers to help sort and price books and work the sales. For more information, please contact Carol Buckley at cbuckley@ljathenaeum.org.


Holiday Bookstore in the Athenaeum Studio
December 2-30, 2014, 10AM-5PM, Tuesday-Saturday

Over the last few years it has become a tradition at the Athenaeum to set up a holiday bookstore in the La Jolla Studio during the school hiatus from just after Thanksgiving to the New Year. Members and visitors alike have enjoyed browsing among art, literature, music, history books, among others, and vinyl records and CDs. A couple of Athenaeum artisans have also had jewelry and artwork, including one-of-a-kind cards, on sale. It is a festive event.

Write Out Loud

Monday, Octover 6, 2014, 7:30PM
$12 members, $17 nonmembers

Write Out Loud

Orpheus Speaks, a series especially created for the Athenaeum by Write Out Loud, in which all the stories deal with the arts and artists in a wide variety of contexts. Stories range from the rarely read classics to very new and contemporary treasures. Write Out Loud is particularly fond of digging a forgotten gem out of its jewelry box and letting it glitter again in the light. The performances are invariably delightful, moving and amusing.

Athenaeum Baja Trip: Appreciating Artists and Wine of the Border

Friday, October 24, 2014, 8AM-8PM (approximate times)
Limited to 35 Participants
$130 member, $150 nonmembers
Please call 858 454 5872 to reserve your spot!

Lunch at Baja Winery

Defined by Newsweek as "one of the most important new cultural meccas," the work of Tijuana's artist community is receiving international recognition. Active independent artists, many self-taught, express in their work a natural response to social issues such as the city's and the border's rapid growth, environmental challenges, and the controversial implications of its strategic proximity to the United States. The trip begins at 8 a.m. at the Athenaeum and will include a visit to La Caja Gallery to see the work of a collection of Tijuana artists followed by a private lunch at one of the medium size, family owned wineries in Guadalupe Valley. Learn the process for producing premium wines followed by wine tasting. We will return to Tijuana by the inland route and stop in Tijuana at CECUT Cultural Center. The visit includes El Cubo gallery, which promotes emerging local artists, and Alvaro Blancarte's mural entitled Origenes. We will arrive back in San Diego at approximately 8 p.m. Participants will need a valid passport.

Karl Strauss
The Athenaeum thanks Karl Strauss for their support of our special events.