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The Talk of the Town | Annual Benefit Celebration

April 14 @ 6:30 pm

$250 – $1000

…celebrating a new era at the Athenaeum while honoring our history.

Join us as we toast the town in our version of the exuberant art scene of the 1920s! Kick up your heels with pizzaz to celebrate the Athenaeum’s past and bright future at our historic 1921 William Templeton Johnson building in downtown La Jolla.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the era and come dressed as whichever character in the arts of the 1920s takes your fancy. Will you be a poet, songwriter, playwright, artist, musician, composer, or historian? Be prepared to savor the delicacies and indulgences to be expected from a party worthy of the Great Gatsby. Joyous jazz will fill the air and dazzling art will grace the walls of our gallery as you are treated to the cornucopia of the arts the Athenaeum is known for. After a crafted martini or a taste of Bee’s Knee’s bathtub gin, be ready to join the Flappers and Moguls on the dance floor for the Charleston, Foxtrot, Waltz or Tango.

Shush…Silent is not the word for our out-of-this-world auction cache. The offerings promise to knock your socks off. Run, don’t walk to “The Auction House” for the very best find. Our ‘S Wonderful VIP ticket holders will be invited to arrive early. Upon announcing their identity they will be ushered into Athena’s Speakeasy where champagne, martinis, charcuterie, and caviar will abound.

We know this spectacular evening will be “The Talk of the Town”, attendance will be limited, so get in on the gig before the best tickets in town are all gone.


Ain’t We Got Fun Tickets: $250


  • Entry into The Talk of the Town event

  • Food and open bar included

  • $50 is tax-deductible

Got No Blues Tickets: $500


  • Ain’t We Got Fun benefits plus:

  • Limited Edition Art Print by local artist

  • $300 is tax-deductible

‘S Wonderful VIPs: $1,000


  • Got No Blues benefits plus:

  • Early Entry

  • ‘S Wonderful Bubbly Bar Reception

  • $800 is tax-deductible

The Athenaeum is a non-profit 501(3)C organization. Please respond by April 1, 2023. For more information call (858) 454-5872.

This event will be presented in compliance with State of California and County of San Diego health regulations as applicable at the time of the event.

Masks optional. If you have a fever, cough, or flu-like symptoms, please stay home.


April 14
6:30 pm
$250 – $1000
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Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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(858) 454-5872
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