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Athenaeum Book Sale!

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10-AM -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.

Write Out Loud

Monday, January 26, 2015, 7:30PM
$14 members, $19 nonmembers

Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:30PM
$14 members, $19 nonmembers

Write Out Loud


Orpheus Speaks, the popular literary series by Write Out Loud, a theater company that specializes in reading literature aloud, will continue on November 10, January 26 and March 30, 2015 in the Music Room of the Athenaeum.
Each Orpheus is actually a “concert” of short stories in which actors elevate their stories off the page and into vivid life. An artist or an art is central to every Orpheus selection. In a recent issue of the San Diego Jewish Journal, arts writer Pat Launer wrote “[Write Out Loud] brings San Diego’s finest performers to the stage . . . and they read high quality literature to rapt listeners.” Executive Director Walter Ritter describes an Orpheus performance:  “This is theater at its most elemental: An actor, a story, and an audience. It is rich and powerful.”

Many Athenaeum members and their guests have become regular attendees at Orpheus concerts, which typically last 90 to100 minutes (in addition to an intermission during which wine is served in the Athenaeum entrance hall). Programs feature four or five actors, and often include a musical accompanist who performs between and beneath stories. 

Though only in their eighth season, Write Out Loud has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants and were recently selected by the California Council on the Arts to lead Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest for high school students (sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts), throughout San Diego County. In the 2015 Orpheus season look for outstanding selections, including stories by Scott Theroux, Isaac Babel, Doris Lessing, Bernard Malamud, Haruki Murakami, Elizabeth Bowen, Isabel Allende, W. Somerset Maugham, James Thurber, Mark Helprin, Guy de Maupassant, and Nadine Gordimer.

Write out Loud:
Love Notes: Stories of Love and Romance at the Athenaeum
Saturday, February 14, 7:30 PM, $25/30

Write Out Loud presents an evening of stories about love and romance in the Athenaeum’s intimate Music Room. Gifted actors will bring stories of love, passion and romance to life. Infuse your Valentine’s Day with the spirit of romance. Love Notes will feature both classic and contemporary stories that stir the heart and quicken the pulse. The program will last just two hours, including an intermission that features complimentary champagne with succulent chocolates and voluptuous fresh fruit.
Walter Ritter, who is the Executive Director of Write Out Loud, has a confidential suggestion for men who may have had some difficulty with Valentine’s Day in the past:
“Gentlemen, were your previous Valentine’s Day efforts incomplete successes? Did they lack a certain verve? Did you need just a touch more romantic sizzle (but with style, sophistication, and a touch of panache) to produce the desired response? If so, you must seize this opportunity to do it right at last.  Book your reservation immediately!”

It is not too early to make your reservation now for Love Notes. There will be only one performance of this unique Valentine’s Day event.

Murals of La Jolla Tour led by Lynda Forsha

Murals Map

January 28, 2015: 4:30PM

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 4:30 p.m, beginning on Janurary 28. 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

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