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Theater:

Capture Now, written and performed by Josh Jonas, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., near Santa Monica Airport, Fridays at 8, Sundays at 5. (310) 397-3244

David Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure, get introduced to this very addictive, informative game, UCLA Live, 8 p.m., through April 10, (310) 825-2101, www.UCLALive.org.

The Mousetrap, a thriller by Agatha Christie, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, through April 9, (562) 494-1014.

Neal Fox’s one-man multimedia show, “Pigeonholes.” Live performance interacts with video and animation. Stella Adler Studio Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 8 p.m. with Sat/Sun matinees at 2p.m., free, through April 3, (323) 692-1074.

No Shame-LA in association with the Powerhouse Theatre Company, The Powerhouse, 3116 2nd St., Santa Monica (just south of Marine). The show will run—fittingly—through April 1st, with shows Friday nights at 11p.m. Tickets are$5, reservations, (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.

The Sand Storm, stories from the front.  A play in one act by Sean Huze, Elephant Asylum Theater, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., through April 23, (310) 968-4410.

Three Travelers, the world premiere of Richard Abrons’ play, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., W.L.A., through April 24, (310) 477-2055.

Thursday, March 31

*Padua Playwrights presents the world premiere of “The Gary Plays,” the first three in a quartet of new work by multiple-award-winning playwright Murray Mednick.  “Tirade for Three,” “Gary’s Walk,” and “Girl on a Bed” make up “The Gary Plays,” Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, through May 8, (310) 823-0710 ext. 4, email: [email protected]

 

Friday, April 1

 

Tom Jones, will be the featured movie at Santa Monica College’s “Literature to Film” series at 6 p.m., Room 214, SMC Art Complex, 1900 Pico Blvd. The event is free, and ample free parking is available. (310) 434-4588.

 

Moon Over Buffalo, a comedy by Ken Ludwig, opens

At Theater Palisades, 941 Temescal Canyon Road. Through May 8. For tickets, 310 822 0463.

 

Saturday, April 2

 

The Manor, murder and madness, Theater 40, hosted by the City of Beverly Hills Recreation & Parks Department, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, continuing April 3 and 9, $35, (310) 550-4753.

Diary of a Mad Poker Player Launch Party and Art Exhibit, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2 – 5 p.m., (310) 828-6410.

 

Night People features jazz photography by Ron Javorsky, opening reception, 5 – 7 p.m., Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, through April 30, (310) 453-5757.

 

Private Drama, group show, figurative paintings, circa 1930 – 2005, Obsolete, 222 Main Street, Venice, through May 2, (310) 399-0024.

 

Painting History, will be in view, reception and slide show with the artists from 7 to 9 p.m., Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., (310) 552-2007.

 

Patricia Chidlaw’s “On Blue Highways,” Terrence Rogers Fine Art, 1231 Fifth St., through May 7, (310) 394-4999.

 

Shizuko Greenblatt’s “Infinite Growth Series,” and Steve Banks photographs, reception 5 – 7:30 p.m., The Artists Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., through April 23, (310) 829-9556.

 

*Vietnam in War and Peace, North Vietnamese Propaganda poster post-2000 images, Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., 7 – 10 p.m., (310) 322-2341.

 

Sunday, April 3

 

Drag Nuns in Tinseltown, the Sisters of Perpetual Benefit, by documentarian Ren Blood, 7:30 p.m., Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, #15, (310) 315-1459.

 

Monday, April 4

 

SMC’s Mary Pickford Speakers Series presents David Glubok, a civil litigator known for his story-telling techniques both in and out of the courtroom.  He will discuss the art of “legal story telling” and the critical elements necessary to make a story presentable and plausible.  SMC Academy of Entertainment & Technology (AET), 1660 Stewart St., (310) 434-3777, www.smc.edu/schedules/2005/spring/events/.

 

Tuesday, April 5

 

The Grapes of Wrath, theatrical adaptation of the novel by John Steinbeck, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 7:30 p.m., tickets $15/6, (310) 506-4522, www.pepperdine.edu/arts/.

 

Wednesday, April 6

 

Plaster Caster, filmmaker Jessica Villines traces the career of renowned artist and super-groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster, (in)famous for casting rock stars’ penises. With Noel Redding, Eric Burdon, Jello Biafra, Wayne Kramer, Pamela DesBarres and Camille Paglia; also: Boyz Up Unauthorized Max Kucar’s inside look at the rise of a controversial boy band. Special pre-show festivities at 7 p.m. with The Boners (Suzy Williams, Bill Burnett & friends) playing music to inspire artist Buckley Smith to create his amazing painting live onto a canvas. 8 p.m., “7 Dudley Cinema,” Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., free, (310) 306-7330.

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