Capture Now, written and performed by Josh Jonas, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., Fridays at 8, Sundays at 5 p.m., (310) 397-3244
David Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure, get introduced to this very addictive, informative game, UCLA Live, UCLA Campus, Westwood, 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.
*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 are “Tirade for Three,” “Gary’s Walk,” and “Girl on a Bed,” through May 8, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, (310) 823-0710 #4 or [email protected]
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.
*Seussical, the Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department production of the musical, directed by Terrin Adair-Lynch, has added three performances for this weekend, April 8-10. Tickets will be sold only at the door, a half-hour before performances. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. Hangar Stage, SMC’s Airport Campus, 2800 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, $15 general, $10 students, (310) 434-4319.
Three Travelers, the world premiere of Richard Abrons’ play, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., WLA, through April 24, (310) 477-2055.
Thursday, April 7
The Dastardly Ficus and Other Comedic Tales of Woe and Misery, previews begin tonight, opens April 14, Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, through May 15, (818) 765-8732, ext. 14, www.interactla.org.
My Back Pages, recent works by Vincent Rames, Sixteen: One, 2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B, through May 8, (310) 450-4394.
Friday, April 8
David Holmes’ Flying Trucks and Ferris Wheels, and Anselmo Swan’s “Recent Works,” Keller & Greene Contemporary Fine Art, 158 N. LaBrea Ave., L.A., through May 21, (323) 525-1576.
*In the Beginning was the Word, a three-day festival of poetry and multi-media performance, in honor of National Poetry Month, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., $15, $40, through April 10, (310) 315-1459.
Fred Williams: The Later Landscapes , 1975 – 1981, LA Louver Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, through May 14, (310) 822-4955.
The Conscientious Objector, a screening about WW II veteran Desmond T. Doss, potluck dish gets you in, also bring your own beverage, 7 p.m., EZTV, 1629 18th St., Ste. 6, (818) 764-2406.
The world premiere of Questa, written by Victor Bumbalo, directed by Joe Cacaci, Court Theater, 722 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (818) 508-1754, [email protected]
Saturday, April 9
*The Marriage of Art and Science, Everett Dance Theatre, performing a blend of scientific experiment and dance performance, in conjunction with the Einstein exhibition, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 4 p.m., (866) 468-3399.
The Patchwork Girl of Oz, with the Louise Reichlin and Dancers, The Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 2 and 5 p.m., $10, (213) 385-1171.
Raymond Saunders’ eighth solo exhibit, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, through May 28, (310) 828-1133.
The Night of the Black Cat, Edgemar Center for The Arts, through May 21, 2437 Main Street, $22.50 for general admission and $18.50 for students, (310) 392-7327 or visit www.edgemarcenter.org.
Free to a Good Home, gritty film about girls fighting to save homeless animals, screening at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., tickets $25, [email protected], (310) 492-3569, www.freetoagoodhomemovie.com.
Larry Cohen: Paintings, Marc Valesella: Parked (photographs), Richard Ehrlich: Belmont Park (photographs), Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 828-6410.
Sunday, April 10
Spring Festival, a celebration of International Dances, costumes welcome, free admission, lots of free parking, Culver Blvd. at Overland, Culver City, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., (310) 202-6166.
Tuesday, April 12
Life Bound Bronze and Oil, with artists Daniel Rotblatt and Charisse Abellana, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, through May 7, (310) 455-7909.
A Screening of Blows Against the Empire, media archaeologist Craig Baldwin will present 24 short and excerpted works united by tactics of creative resistance and “political pranking,” 7 Dudley Cinema, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, (310) 306-7330, free admission, 8 p.m., www.81x.com/7dudley/cinema, come early – seating is limited.
Wednesday, April 13
*Noir Abroad Double Feature American Cinematheque at the Aero, featuring A Lady Without Passport (1950): Gorgeous Hedy Lamarr craves a passport out of pre-Castro Cuba, so she lets herself be used by undercover agent John Hodiak who wants to bust up a smuggling ring; and Singapore (1947): Smuggler Fred MacMurray, who lost his lover in a Japanese air attack, returns to post-WWII Singapore only to discover his old flame (Ava Gardner) is still alive, and suffering from amnesia! Screening begins at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $9, and may be purchased in advance from the box office, 1328 Montana Ave. For more information, call (323) 466-FILM.