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. Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre: 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, is in its third season 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. Frank Romero and Gilbert “Magu” Lujan’s New Works: Paintings & Sculpture, Patricia Correia Gallery, through April 16, Bergamot Station, (310) 264-1760.
Thursday, March 17 Portraits from the Belly of the Whale, by Michael Garlington, Stephen Cohen Gallery, through May 7, 7358 Beverly Boulevard, through May 7, please call 323.937.5525 or visit www.stephencohengallery.com. The Sand Storm, stories from the front. A play in one act by Sean Huze, Elephant Asylum Theater, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., through April 23, (310) 968-4410. A Bit of Irish with Chris Sullivan, 8:00 p.m., $15 & $10 (proceeds benefit the Save the Santa Monica Playhouse Campaign). A benefit auction will be held immediately following the performance. 1211 Fourth Street (between Wilshire & Arizona), (310) 394-9779 ext 1.
Friday, March 18 Films for Peace presents “The Fourth World War”: From the front lines of conflicts in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Palestine, and Korea — from Seattle to Genoa, and the “War on Terror” in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq comes the story of resistance. 7 p.m., Velocity Café, 2127 Lincoln Blvd, at Pacific St. (310) 452-9681. $5. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Based on her one woman nightclub act, Alison Arngrim (formerly Nellie Oleson from the hit series Little House on the Prairie) gives audiences a reality check on “the facts of life” like no one else has ever done before, also March 19th at 8pm., The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, $20 (All Seats) 323-860-7300.
Saturday, March 19 Groves of Gold, California Fruit Box Labels, opening at California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main Street, through August 14, (310) 392-8537. One Hundred Seasons, new works by Tiffany Bozic, BLK/MRKT Gallery, through May 7, 6009 Washington Blvd., (310) 837-1989. William and Frances Attaway, exhibiting at BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, through April 17, (310) 315-9502.
Sunday, March 20
Dan Zanes and Friends, delightful children’s music, 1 and 4 p.m., Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, $17.50, (310) 506-4522. Relatively Speaking, a visit with Albert Einstein, as channeled through Marc Silver, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., $24, $20, (866) 468-3399.
Monday, March 21 Spring Break Workshop, for kids 6 – 14, who will meet in two one-week sessions, this session, through March 25, the second session from March 28 through April 1, kids will create their own costumes, make-up, characters and props as they put on a play in five days, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth Street, (310) 394-9779.
Wednesday, March 23 David Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure, get introduced to this very addictive, informative game, UCLA Live, through April 10, 8 p.m., for more info, call CTO at (310) 825-2101, or visit www.UCLALive.org. New Work Festival, new play reading fest as part of the New Theatre for Now Events, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, through March 27, (213) 972-7376.