Event briefs: July 6

Debbie and Tom Donald at a recent Twilight Concert in Del Mar.
(Jon Clark)

Summer Twilight concert July 11

The Del Mar Foundation’s next Summer Twilight concert will be held Tuesday, July 11 at Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, with DSB - The Next Best Thing To Journey performing. All concerts are free and open to the public. The concert begins at 7 p.m., preceded by a 6 p.m. opening performance. Visit delmarfoundation.org. 

Kentucky Derby novel launch at Del Mar Library

Del Mar Library will host the book launch for a novel by Solana Beach singer-songwriter and storyteller Ross R. Moore on Wednesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. The novel, Third Monday in May, is set in 1875 during the first Kentucky Derby. Moore was the educator at the Kentucky Derby Museum for 12 years.

Part historical narrative/part suspense novel, Third Monday in May spins an imaginative tale. What if Abraham Lincoln had survived to attend the first Kentucky Derby? What if there was a conspiracy to assassinate him during the running of the race?

The Del Mar Branch Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. For information about San Diego County Library and other events, visit www.sdcl.org.

Simplified Stress Reduction workshop at DM Library

Del Mar Library will host a Simplified Stress Reduction workshop on Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. Vanessa Chicca, M.A., author of the book Simplified Stress Reduction, will discuss an efficient method for understanding moment-to-moment experiences in order to help you cope with stress and everyday challenges.

The Del Mar Branch Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 755-1666. Visit www.sdcl.org.  

SB Concerts at Cove 

The Solana Beach Concerts at the Cove summer series runs every Thursday with a different musical group through Aug. 24. Bring beach chairs, blankets, picnics and friends. Next up: July 6: Hullabaloo Band; July 13: Ginger Cowgirl. 

For more information, visit cityofsolanabeach.org or call the city at 858-720-2453.  

‘Tuesday Night Comics’ returns to NC Rep

The local favorite variety night show, Tuesday Night Comics, returns to North Coast Repertory Theatre on July 18 at 7:30 p.m. Mark Christopher Lawrence, San Diego Critic’s Circle’s 2012 Outstanding Actor Of The Year, hosts the North Coast Rep stage with his extensive list of talented comedian friends from all over the country with late night credits as well as credits from Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime etc. This show includes: Bill Jubran as the Opening Act, Monique Marvez as the Headlining Act, Bijan Mostafavi as the Featured Act, and Tiffy Jane as the Musical Act. This show is rated R.

Tickets for the one-night-only performance are $23. Visit northcoastrep.org, or call the box office at 858-481-1055.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075. 

San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival

After a 12-year hiatus, the San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival presented by Payne Pest Management and Rainbow Promotions returns to San Diego July 7 – 9 at the picturesque Embarcadero Marina Park North. The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival celebrates the long-lived musical style and features a great line-up of hot summer night smooth jazz. This three-day event is open to the public on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 and unites music lovers from around the world and combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience. Visit sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com

NC Rep to present ‘At This Evening’s Performance’

North Coast Repertory Theatre closes Season 35 with the San Diego premiere of At This Evening’s Performance, an uproarious comedy about a bohemian theatre troupe appearing in an Eastern European police state. However, there is more drama backstage than onstage, with romantic entanglements, political intrigue and a wildly funny climax. This laugh-a-minute farce will have audiences reveling in the merriment.

At This Evening’s Performance previews begin Wednesday, July 12 with Opening Night on Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m. There will be a special talkback on Friday, July 21, with the cast and artistic director. Visit www.northcoastrep.org to purchase tickets. 

West Side Story July 21-30

The Star Theatre Company will present a fantastic production of this classic Broadway musical West Side Story July 21-30. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets on-line (no transaction fee): $10 children, $15 seniors, students, and military, $20 adults. Visit www.StarTheatreCo.com for tickets and information. This cast is comprised of 45 performers aged 15-plus. The Star Theatre Company is located at 402 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054.

‘Best in the West’ by North Coast Symphony Orchestra

The North Coast Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Swem, will perform “Best in the West” on Saturday, July 15, 2:30 p.m. at the at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas, at the corner of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. Besides selections from Copland’s “Rodeo,” and several other western-themed pieces, the concert features movie medleys from, “Beauty and the Beast,” “Frozen” and others. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max. For more information, visit www.northcoastsymphony.com. The orchestra is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation.

Shakespeare in the Park

“King Richard II,” the first production in The Old Globe Theatre’summer season, closes July 15. All performances 8 p.m. Robert Sean Leonard (TV’s “House,” The Old Globe’s “Pygmalion”) returns to The Globe in the title role of one of the greatest of Shakespeare’s towering cycle of history plays. The Old Globe’s outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, San Diego. Tickets from $30. (619) 234-5623. theoldglobe.org

SD Botanic Garden Insect Festival

Aspiring entomologists are invited to San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 – 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to intrigue bug-devotees of all ages. The event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches.Bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, as well as tasty cooked mealworm larva – in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbeque – are just some of the engaging activities scheduled at the Festival. Local bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 educational booths will instruct and entertain children and adults alike. Visit sdbgarden.org/insect.htm

Happily Ever After Dog Adoption and Pet Faire

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society will match shelter dogs with their forever homes on July 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive.

The free event also include pet-friendly vendors, services, kids crafts, face painting, raffles, food trucks and Danny Dog.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2ta2L7Q.

Tony Bennett at Summer Pops

The one and only Tony Bennett performs 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 as part of San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops concert series. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown San Diego. Tickets from $18. (619) 235-0804. sandiegosymphony.org