La Jolla News Nuggets: the “X” of the UCSD professor at the Met Opera; census data; Heather Fox Day; Following



Met Opera to feature UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ ‘X’ in 2023

The Metropolitan Opera will present “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” by UC San Diego professor Anthony Davis starting November 3, 2023.

The company said Robert O’Hara’s staging will be directed by Kazem Abdullah.

“X” had its world premiere at the New York City Opera in 1986. Davis, the 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner for music for “The Central Park Five,” will rewrite “X” to have one intermission instead of two.

Baritone Will Liverman will sing the title role and soprano Leah Hawkins will also sing in the production. – Associated press

State publishes census data for redistribution

California recently released the 2020 U.S. Census data needed to perform the redistribution procedures.

According to the data, the city of San Diego has about 1.39 million people, so each of its nine city council districts will need about 154,400 people. However, District 1, which includes La Jolla, has a population of around 166,600, which is an increase of 12.8 percent from the 2010 census and almost 8 percent from the desired number.

Nine meetings have been held in recent weeks, focusing on each district of the council. Going forward, meetings will discuss trends and themes and review recommended changes.

Recently, the San Diego Redistricting Commission launched an online mapping tool that allows residents to draw their own proposed maps. “It’s actually very user-friendly and lets you see how many residents are assigned to each district you create and provides demographic information such as the racial makeup of your districts,” Commissioner Lora Fleming said. “You can also see what others have submitted. “

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City Council proclaims Heath Fox Day

Former La Jolla Historical Society CEO Heath Fox (pictured with wife, Terry) was honored with Heath Fox Day on September 24.

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San Diego City Council recognized September 24 as Heath Fox Day in honor of the former executive director of the La Jolla Historical Society.

A proclamation presented by City Councilor Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, read in part: “Heath Fox … has developed innovative programs related to cultural heritage, environmental issues, climate change, sustainable cities , health care research, the history and diversity of women. awareness, which has contributed to the advancement of public discourse around these current issues. … [His] his dedication and commitment to the arts and culture in promoting community well-being has not gone unnoticed, and his work has made the city of San Diego a better place.

After nine years, a complete rehabilitation of the Historical Society’s Wisteria Cottage, a programming redesign and more, Fox retired this fall to conclude a 25-year career as a museum director and arts and professional professional. Culture.

“My most sincere thanks to the mayor [Todd] Gloria, District 1 Council Representative Joe LaCava and the rest of San Diego City Council for the recognition of this proclamation, ”Fox told La Jolla Light. “During my career in the arts and culture sector, I have found success thanks to the support of others – fellow staff, board members, volunteers and community stakeholders. It is truly wonderful to reflect on this support as I receive this proclamation, and I am very honored and grateful to receive it.

The association of traders in the village of La Jolla organizes elections

The vote is open for the election of the board of directors of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. Ten candidates are running for 10 open seats; the ballots are due Wednesday October 6.

Incumbents Natalie Aguirre, Amber Anderson, Morgan Barnes, Cody Decker, Andy Fotsch, Michael Matthews, Kelli Metcalf and Lauren Turton are on the ballot, along with first-time nominees Nicole Perez and Karen Roque.

Eligibility to vote is based on current membership in the La Jolla Business Improvement District, and ballots must include the name of the business and the name of the owner.

Ballots can be downloaded from or requested by calling (858) 230-2725. Ballots can be dropped off or mailed to the LJVMA office, 7734 Herschel Ave., Suite C, La Jolla, CA 92037.

The ballots will be opened and counted at the regular meeting of the LJVMA at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13.

La Jolla author Vivianne Knebel signs the second book

La Jollan Vivianne Knee wrote his second book, “Lessons Learned about Life and Love: Living with Intention and Wisdom from Great Minds”.

The memoirs share some of the lessons Knebel learned from writers and thinkers such as Wayne Dyer and Dr Viktor Frankl, incorporating them into his own experiences.

The book, which also includes anecdotes about Knebel’s daily rituals and memories of his travels around the world, is available at

UCSD receives grant from US Economic Development Administration

The United States Economic Development Administration on September 30 awarded UC San Diego a grant of $ 929,000 to further develop its Talent Foundry Accelerator, which supports technology start-ups. Over the next three years, TFA plans to serve 90 entrepreneurs and start-ups in the San Diego area.

UCSD was one of 50 grant recipients nationwide under the federal government Build to scale initiative to support programs that fuel technology-based economic development.

Farmers Insurance Open will move to Saturday in 2022

The traditional Sunday arrival of Opening of farmers’ insurance La Jolla golf tournament will be absent in January. With the professional football season stretching for an additional week until February, the conference championship games are scheduled for January 30 – the same Sunday that the Farmers Insurance Open was scheduled to end.

To avoid a conflict, the PGA Tour and Farmers Insurance have announced that the tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course will increase by one day and start on Wednesday January 26 and end on Saturday January 29. – The Union-Tribune of San Diego

UCSD professor selected as researcher at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Elizabeth Villa, professor at UC San Diego, was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2021.

Elizabeth Villa, professor at UC San Diego, was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2021.

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Elizabeth Villa, associate professor of biological sciences at UC San Diego, was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 2021.

As one of 33 scientists representing 21 institutions chosen from over 800 applicants, Villa will receive approximately $ 9 million over a seven-year period, renewable pending scientific review.

Villa, a biophysicist who is developing new visualization techniques to explore the internal mechanisms of cells, was selected along with fellow 2021 researchers for their potential to radically change the way people perceive biology, health, and disease.

HHMI will invest at least $ 300 million in the new investigators. that of the institute community of investigators currently includes around 250 scientists.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light ??



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