Upcoming regional events: Jazz, theater and more

Athenaeum Jazz

The nine-member Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble, with trumpeter and fluegelhornist Harrell and his jazz quintet (Wayne Escoffery on saxophone, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums) plus four chamber players (flutist Charles Pillow, violinist Meg Okura, cellist Rubin Kodheli and guitarist Rale Micic), will take the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the auditorium at TSRI, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. Tickets: $32 $37. (858) 454-5872. www.ljathenaeum.org/jazz

‘Hello, Gorgeous!’

JCompany Youth Theatre will stage the musical “Funny Girl,” Oct. 19-28 in the Garfield Theatre at the JCC, 4126 Executive Drive. Point Loma teen Rebecca Myers will take on the Streisand role in this production. Taking on the role of Nicky Arnstein is University City resident Joshua Shtein. Both attend High Tech High International and are JCompany veterans. Tickets: $16-$20. (858) 362-1348. www.sdcjc.org/jcompany

A New Beat

Congolese street performers Staff Benda Bilili will bring their customized tricycles, tin-can guitars and vibrant vocals to Mandeville Auditorium, 8 p.m., Oct. 23, as guests of ARtPower! There will be a 6 p.m. pre-performance community dinner at UCSD International Center. Tickets: $12-$38. (858) 534-8497. www.artpower.ucsd.edu

Opening Night

The intimate North Coast Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of the musical “WORDS BY, Ira Gershwin and the Great American Songbook,” matinees and evenings, Oct. 20-Nov. 18, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. What could have been a one-man show turned out to be one man, two singers, and a four-man band, including playwright/pianist Joe Vass. “Ira talks to the audience and the singers help him tell his story,” Vass said. “And the band, onstage all the time, is a character, too.”

Tickets: From $51. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org

Got Water?

The next family-friendly SEA Days adventure at Birch Aquarium will focus on urban runoff, water quality and conservation concerns with hands-on exploration, special activities and a chance to interact with Scripps Oceanography scientists, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2300 Expedition Way. Admission: $14-$8. (858) 534-3474 http://aquarium.ucsd.edu

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