Upcoming regional concerts and more

Dance to the Music

Music and dance come together at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, when the world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group performs in the La Jolla Music Society’s Dance Series. The performances at the Birch North Park Theatre will show off MMDG’s commitment to live music, which the New York Times has said “gives his choreography such primal elegance.” The San Diego program, which includes a pre-concert lecture by Peter G. Kalivas an hour before each performance, features “Silhouettes,” ”Going Away Party,” ”Ten Suggestions” and Grand Duo.” 2891 University Ave. $30-65. (858) 459-3728.

Author! Author!

SDSU Professor David Matlin will read from his new novel “A HalfMan Dreaming,” 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. A novelist, poet and essayist, Matlin weaves together history, archaeology and mythology in a Melvilleian quest to discover the Leviathan heart of America’s love affair with death and destruction. The book takes its narrator, Lupe, from a childhood encounter with the Enola Gay on the edge of the Californian desert, to the war in Vietnam, to prison in Detroit. Free. (858) 456-1800.

Camarada Tangos

A “Tapas and Tango Festival” wraps up the Camarada chamber music series, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Neurosciences Institute auditorium, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Emphasizing camaraderie and genuine passion of making music together, Camarada’s program starts with a tapas reception and features all-new arrangements by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, telling the dramatic story of the intimate, intense dance called Tango. Music begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25-30. (619) 231-3702.

Emanuel Ax Visits

La Jolla Music Society brings Emanuel Ax to MCASD’s Sherwood Auditorium to close the Frieman Family Piano Series, 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. In 1974, Ax won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv; a year later, the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, and four years later, the Avery Fisher Prize. The LJMS program will include works by Beethoven and Schumann. Steven Cassedy, UCSD literature professor and associate dean of graduate studies who is a classically trained pianist, will deliver a pre-concert lecture, “What Makes a Variation a Variation?” at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25-75. (858) 459-3728.