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
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.
Japanese Death Poem, by D.T. Arcieri, through May 22, Theatre 40, 241 Moreno Drive, (323) 876-0227.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 21
Watch, presented by Theatre Movement Bazaar, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, $18, for reservations, (310) 315-1459.
Friday, April 22
Mosaic, by artist Byron Spicer, Farmani Gallery, through April 26, a one-week engagement, 844 S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. (818) 632-6788 or visit www.contemporaryartprojects.com.
Santa Monica Antique Show, featuring antiques, decorative arts and collectibles ranging from the 18th, 19th and 20th Century furniture to Art Nouveau and Art Deco accessories, through April 24, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, (310) 458-2288.
Saturday, April 23
Delusionarium 2, a group exhibition organazied by Jesse Benson, White Box Gallery, 310 Washington Blvd., Suite 102, Marina Del Rey, (562) 822-9918.
Patti Heid’s “New Work: Beaded Paintings,” and Paul Botello’s “Energy Allegories,” Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, through June 4, (310) 264-1760.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, a two-day celebration of the written word and one of the country’s premier literary events, free and open to the public, Campus of UCLA, Westwood:, www.latimes.com/festivalofbooks.
The Art Institute of California hosts Open House, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Prospective students are invited to the open house, arts and culinary management. This event is open to the public with no admission cost. 2900 31st Street, 1-888-646-4610 or (310) 752-4700 to R.S.V.P. or for more information.
The Curious and the Profound, a group show, curated by Lisa Adams, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, (310) 453-3711.
Dead Air, paintings and drawings by Alex Donis, Clayton Campbell, Christine Moria, Blair Trethowan and Valerie Chanceaulme, Crazy Space, 18th Street Arts Center, through April 30, (310) 453-1755.
Garbo – The Divine Woman, to screen Susan Lenox, and Grand Hotel, UCLA Film and Television Archive, UCLA, James Bridges Theatre, 7:30 p.m., (310) 206-FILM.
The Murder of Becky, a performance installation, by Lauren Hartman and Curt LeMieux, 8 – 10 p.m., entrance fee, $10. Come and go as you like. Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 264-4678.
Sanity Devices: Paintings by David L. Forbes, and The Insanity Principle: Paintings by Linda Carmella Sibio, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, through June 11, (310) 264-4678.
The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion, featuring grand, full-stage magic, Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, 8 p.m., (310) 506-4055.
Sunday, April 24
Garbo – The Divine Woman, to screen Camille, and Ninotchka, UCLA Film and Television Archive, UCLA, James Bridges Theatre, 7 p.m., (310) 206-FILM.
Monday, April 25
An Evening of Genius, with Brian Eno and Danny Hillis, a musician, and scientist and technical wizard, the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 8 p.m., (866) 468-3399.
Wednesday, April 27
Kusum Harchandrai’s “Box of Truffles,” and Joan Vaupen’s “Shelf Life,” in the West gallery, and Dorothy Anderson’s “Back and Forth,” The Artists Gallery, through May 21, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 829-9556.
P. Adams Sitney relates the avant-garde film tradition to a larger native American tradition, as part of MESS (Media Ecology Super Sessions) and Bergamot Station, 7:30 p.m., Bldg. G-5B, (310) 453-5768.
Dancing Barefoot. An excellent storyteller – Wil Wheaton, star of “Stand By Me” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will appear at ACME for a staged reading of his new book, Dancing Barefoot. 8:00 pm. ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., $12.00 call 323-525-0202