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
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 go to www.edgemarcenter.org
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. Taken as a whole, Tirade for Three, Gary’s Walk, and Girl on a Bed, through May 8, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, (310) 823-0710 #4 or email@example.com.
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, April 14
It was 25 Years Ago – the Films of the 1980s, Boxing Demonstration, followed by a screening of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, American Cinematheque at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., 7:30 p.m., (323) 461-9737.
The Dastardly Ficus and Other Comedic Tales of Woe and Misery, previews begin, opens April 14, through May 15, t Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. For Tickets, please call 818-765-8732 Ext. 14. www.interactla.org.
Darko Fritz Propaganda, a free artist talk by the visiting artist-in-residence, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, 7:30 p.m., (310) 453-3711.
Friday, April 15
Brazilian Dancer Cristina Moura will perform at Highways Performance Space, also April 16, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, 8:30 p.m., $15, (310) 315-1459.
Don’t Dress for Dinner, a farce by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, through May 28, (562) 494-1014.
Dougo (aka Doug Smith) shows his paintings at Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, through April 21, 6 – 9 p.m., (310) 306-7330.
Films for Peace presents “Chavez, Venezuela, and the New Latin America,” 7 p.m. at Velocity Café, 2127 Lincoln Blvd, at Pacific St. FilmsForPeace@excite.com, or call Mona at 310-452-9681 .
It was 25 Years Ago – the Films of the 1980s, presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 8 p.m. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., 7:30 p.m., (323) 461-9737.
Japanese Death Poem, by D.T. Arcieri, through May 22, Theatre 40, 241 Moreno Drive, (323) 876-0227.
Two of Greta Garbo’s best, Queen Christina and Anna Karenina, UCLA Film and Television Archive, 7:30 p.m., UCLA James Bridges Theatre, (310) 206-FILM.
Huge Fine Art & Antique Sale, through April 17, BackStreet Gallery, 25 artists, over 200 artworks, discounted 30-70%, all original art, 1744 Berkeley St. (310) 828 7742.
Saturday, April 16
Contemporary Mainland Chinese Films presents “Look Around,” and “Peacock,” UCLA Film and Television Archive, 7:30 p.m., UCLA James Bridges Theater, (310) 206-FILM.
Richard Gate’s “Fafrotskies,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, through May 21, Bergamot Station, (310) 829-3300.
Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook, the popular children’s stories come to life through puppetry, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, (310) 506-4522.
Time to Pause (The Program), new works by Poor Al, through May 14, Walled City, 309 West 7th Street, San Pedro, (310) 985-9714.
Sunday, April 17
It was 25 Years Ago, the Films of the 1980s screening series at the Aero and the Cinematheque continues with Jonathan Demme’s Melvin and Howard at 5 p.m., following by John Sayles’ The Return of the Secaucus 7, American Cinematheque at the Egyptian, Lloyd E. Rigler Theater, at Hollywood and Highland, (323) 206-FILM.
L. A. Café Plays, five short plays created from conception to execution in 10 1/2 , Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Drive, Santa Monica, 7:30 – 9 p.m., $10, (310) 397-3244.
Monday, April 18
Out of the Past screening series presents Sunrise, in person: Michael Pogorzelski, UCLA Film and Television Archive, 7:30 p.m., UCLA James Bridges Theater, (310) 206-FILM.
Santa Monica College 25thAnnual Photography Show – featuring the works of students and faculty – SMC’s Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is at the college’s Madison campus, Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. (310) 434-4289 or (310) 434-3434.
Wednesday, April 20
Contemporary Mainland Chinese Films presents “Letter from an Unknown Woman,” and “An Estranged Paradise,” UCLA Film and Television Archive, 7:30 p.m., UCLA, James Bridges Theater, (310) 206-FILM.
It was 25 Years Ago – the Films of the 1980s, presents The Blues Brothers, and Friday, the 13th, 8 p.m. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., 7:30 p.m., (323) 461-9737.
The Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra’s 68th Anniversary Concert Spectacular, under the baton of founder-conductor, Dr. Ernst Katz, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., music includes Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, (323) 272-3667.