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Theatre:

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, 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 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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