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Exhibits A Jewish Portrait Gallery, a group show provoking questions of seeing and looking, A Shenere Velt Gallery, The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson, through March 4, (310) 552-2007. The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880 – 1920: Design for the Modern World, on view at LACMA, through April 3, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (323) 857-6522. Birth of a Culture: 60s & 70s Surf Photography by Leroy Grannis, MB Fine Art, through March 30, 612 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood, (310) 550-0050. Bold Abstraction, features paintings by artists Laura Baltzell, Jane Burns & Joseph Litzinger, through March 2, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 453-5757. Russell Crotty’s second solo exhibition, through March 5, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, (310) 453-7535. *Einstein, a groundbreaking collaboration with the Caltech and the J. Paul Getty Trust and USC, the most comprehensive presentation ever mounted on the life and theories of the greatest scientist of the twentieth century. The Skirball Cultural Center, through May 29, 2005, (310) 440-4500. Follow Me: A Fantasy, a group show, Arena | Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, through April 9, (310) 397-7449. Jimi Gleason’s Guided by Light and Aaron Peterson’s Urban Bop, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station, through April 2, (310) 829-3300. Humanitas, Art Show and Photography Book. Through April 9, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 453-6463.  Iron the Boustier: New Exhibit of Mixed Media Works on Display at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Drive (near Santa Monica Airport), through April 9.  (310) 397-3244. David Levinthal’s Dirty Little Secrets, a photographic exhibit, through March 6th, Cartelle Gallery, 310 Washington Blvd., #119, (310) 574-9689. Mark Licari Exhibition, Equator Books, 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, through April 1, 7 – 11 p.m., (310) 822-3997. Lost but Found: Assemblage, Collage and Sculpture, 1920-2002, showcases nearly 60 assemblages, collages, readymades and sculptures by 30 artists from the Norton Simon Museum’s extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, and explores the myriad ways artists take nontraditional art materials and discarded objects from everyday life and transform them into works of art. Through March 28, 2005. Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Jeffrey O’Connell’s “Recent Work,” new paintings, through March 12, First Independent Gallery (FIG), Bergamot Station, (310) 829-0345. Quiet Time, work by Barbara Drucker, Robin McCauley, Diane Katsiaficas, and Masako Takahashi, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, through April 8, (310) 453-3711. Scape Routes, oil paintings by Santa Monica artist Elena Allen, through Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310-453-5757. Mark Swope’s “Elysian Fields,” and Connie Jenkins’ “Paintings,” Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, through April 2, (310) 828-6410. Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles, featuring 20 up-and-coming, Los Angeles based artists, Hammer Museum, through June 5, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. 310-443-7056. The Tibetan Photo Project, offering young readers the first collection of photos taken by Tibetans living in Exile, images of the Dalai Lama, through April 29, 5:30 p.m., Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, (805) 962-8179. Tree, a group exhibit featuring the photography of Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Judy Fiskin, Rodney Graham, Simone Niewg, John Pfahl, Mark Ruwedel, Arthur Tress, Catherine Wagner, and Henry Wessel, and others, Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, through March 5, (310) 453-0043.

Theater Birthday Girl, through thru March 19, at The Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased by calling the box office directly at (310) 656-8070 ext. 10. Capture Now, written and performed by Josh Jonas. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Drive, near Santa Monica Airport, Fridays at 8, Sundays at 5. ADMISSION: $20. Students and seniors, $15. (310) 397-3244. Corpse, a comic thriller by Gerald Moon, Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, through March 12, (562) 494-1014. Fashion, a play by Anna Cora Mowatt, as part of the annual theatrical season showcasing the work of studentsand faculty, Little Theater, Macgowan Hall, through March 5, $17, parking $7, (310) 825-2101. Happy End, Written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Boulevard, Venice, through Sunday March 27, (310) 822-8392. The Ladies of the Camellias – Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7pm. The Colony Theater, 555 N. Third Street, (818) 558-7110. Ticket prices range from $26.00 – $36.00 (student and senior discounts are available). (818) 558-7000. The Mousetrap, a thriller by Agatha Christie, through April 9, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach. (562) 494-1014. *Matt and Ben, the story of two very lucky guys, played by two very lucky girls, Acme Comedy Theater, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood, $27.50, (866) 811-4111, The Night of the Black Cat, featuring special guest George Clinton, a fun-filled musical night themed after the opening of the French Cabaret, “Le Chat Noir,” in Paris, ’81, Edgemar Center for the Arts, through March 26, 2437 Main Street, $22.50, (310) 392-7327. No Shame-LA in association with the Powerhouse Theatre Company launches the third season of No Shame Theatre with a special six week run at the Powerhouse, located at 3116 2nd Street, Santa Monica (just south of Marine).  The show will run—fittingly—through April 1st, with shows every Friday night (and only Friday nights) at 11:00pm.  Tickets are five dollars, and reservations can be made by calling 323-646-0033. Puppetolio, a puppet variety show for ages 3 and up, Santa Monica Puppet and Magic Center, 1255 2nd St., runs indefinitely, (310) 656-0483. Roar of the Crowd, a play about Fatty Arbuckle, through March 12, Theatre 40, 241 Moreno Drive, (310) 364-0535.  

Thursday, March 3 Master Class with Lenka Udovicki, of the Ulysses Theatre in Mali Brijuni, as part of a series, SMC Theatre Arts Department, SMC’a Airport campus, 2800 Airport Ave., seating on a first-arrival basis, for more info, call (310) 434-4393.

Friday, March 4  Films For Peace presents “Bush’s Brain,” a  documentary that introduces the world to Karl Rove, the man known as, “Bush’s Brain” – the most powerful political figure America has never heard of. 7:00 PM, at Velocity Cafe,2127 Lincoln Blvd, at Pacific St. (310) 452-9681.  Donation: $5. Blue McRight: Morandi’s Lawn, and Kota Ezawa: On Photography, Santa Monica Museum of Art, through May 14, Bergamot Station, (310) 586-6488.  Napoleon Complex: Six Films in Search of an Emperor, a film series that explores the life and times of the little man that could, presented with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, beginning with Napoleon, directed by Abel Gance, 7 p.m.  On Saturday, Conquest, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Desiree, 3 p.m.  The series continues through March 13, The Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center Drive, (310) 440-7300.  “Rear Light” set to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” performed by Beijing Modern Dance Company 7:30 pm & Saturday, and March 5 at 8 p.m. Post performance discussion follows each performance.  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. $20.00 – $50.00

Saturday, March 5  George Herms: Hot Set, with guest curator Walter Hopps, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, through May 14, (310) 586-6488.  Katharina Grosse’s New Works on canvas and an installation, Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado, through April 9, (310) 587-3373.  Frank Romero and Gilbert “Magu” Lujan’s New Works: Paintings & Sculpture, Patricia Correia Gallery, through April 16, Bergamot Station, (310) 264-1760. Tomas Kubinek’s Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible, one-man show, Skirball Cultural Center, 7 p.m., 2701 N. Sepulveda, (866) 468-3399.  Three Travelers, the World Premiere of Richard Abrons’ play, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., through April 24, (310) 477-2055.  The Very Persistent Gapers of Frip, a family-oriented musical based on the book by George Saunders, produced by Center Theatre Group’s P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth), directed by Corey Madden, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., through March 19, $20, $10, (213) 628-2772.  View-Master, by R. Kenton Nelson, on display at the Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, through March 29, 40 Mills Place, Pasadena, (626) 535-9757.

Sunday, March 6 Otto Premingr tribute continues with “Carmen Jones,” and “River of No Return,” UCLA Film and Television Archive, James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 7 p.m., (310) 206-FILM.

Tuesday, March 8 Sylvia  Plachy, photographs. Through April 16. The Rose Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.

Wednesday, March 9 Bergamot Books & MESS (Media Ecology Super Sessions) presents Beverly Gray, author of “Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers,”  in dialogue with Gerry Fialka, 7:30 pm at Bergamot Station, Building G-5B, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 310-453-5768. Free admission. Free parking.Enchanted Lunchtime Theatre, Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Weekday Interactive Fairytale Theatre, as part of the Early Education Program, 11:30 to 1 p.m., and continuing every Wednesday, through June 8, Santa Monica Playhouse Arts Complex, 1211 4th Street, (310) 394-9779.

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