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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.

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, www.MattandBen.com.

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 presents 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.

Mark Swope’s “Elysian Fields,” and Connie Jenkins’ “Paintings,” Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, through April 2, (310) 828-6410.

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.

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.


Friday, March 11


Carlos Estrada-Vega, between 12 and 5,000 paintings, d.e.n., 6023 Washington Blvd., Culver City, through April 30, (310) 559-3023.


Group Sexy, a group show with ten emerging artists, from Los Angeles, Texas, New York and Germany, Cartelle Gallery, 310 Washington Blvd., #119, Marina Del Rey, through April 17, (310) 574-9689.


Saturday, March 12


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.


Puppet “Carnival of Animals” Featured in SMC’s Theater for Children series, with Jim Gamble Puppet 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd. Parking is free. Tickets are $6. Call (310) 434-3000.


Neon Artist Lili Lakich’s Show Opens at the Culture Shop Gallery in Venice. From 4-8 p.m., 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, (310) 452-8121.


Sunday, March 13


Santa Monica Red Cross: A History of Helping, a new exhibition at the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum opens Sunday, with a lecture starting at 2:30pm and reception.  1539 Euclid Street between Broadway and Colorado.  Limited parking is available behind the museum from the alley, and additional parking is available at Santa Monica Seafood parking lot on Colorado at 12th Street.  For more information, call the museum at (310) 395-2290.


Synapse Dance Theater spotlights alumni, a program of dance by alumni of Santa Monica College Contemporary Dance Ensemble, 7 p.m., Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, $15/$12, (310) 315-1459.


Tuesday, March 15

The Carpetbaggers Children, to play through April 7, West Coast Ensemble Theater, 522 N. La Brea Ave. in Hollywood (between Beverly and Melrose). Ticket prices are $15; $13 for senior citizens, union members and students with IDs and $10 for groups.  (323) 525-0022.


Gen Art, “The New Garde,”  its seventh annual event dedicated to launching three innovative Los Angeles/Pacific Rim designers into the fashion community will be the kickoff party to Los Angeles Fashion Week. Collections from three avant-garde fashion talents will be showcased. VIP Tickets are $70/person and $60 for Gen Art members and include early entry to the show pre-reception and access to all VIP areas. General Admission Tickets are $35/person, and $25 for Gen Art Members. Gen Art LA Platinum Members receive two free VIP tickets. 866-861-8072.


Wednesday, March 16

Absence and Presence, meeting and communication in different cultures, 7:30pm-9:00 p.m. Internationally-renowned photographer Jaakko Heikkilä will give a free artist talk and discussion on his acclaimed photo essay work in communities across Europe and America. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, (310) 453-3711, office@18thstreet.org.

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