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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.


Happy End, written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Boulevard, (310) 822-8392.


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 reservations@paduaplaywrights.net.


Puppetolio, a puppet variety show for ages 3 and up, Santa Monica Puppet and Magic Center, 1255 2nd St., runs indefinitely, (310) 656-0483.

Thursday, May 5


Cinco de Mayo celebrations, activities for children, storytelling, music, on display a “Mexican Mansion,” a dollhouse from Puebla, Mexico dating back to 1890, Angels Attic, 516 Colorado Ave., through May 15, (310) 394-8331.


Friday, May 6


Cinema’s Legacy: How Great Filmmakers Inspire Great Filmmakers, Don Roos Screens Robert Altman’s Nashville, 7:30 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, (310) 440.4500.


Shirley Valentine, Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, through June 11.  Preview performance.  Tickets at 2 for $20 or $12 each. Saturday, May 7, is the opening performance, which is followed by a champagne reception with the Director, Cast, Crew, and Playhouse Staff with tickets at $25.00.  Sunday matinees are May 15 & 22 at 2pm and regular Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8pm.  Ticket Prices are $20.00. $18.00 for seniors and students.  $10 tStudent Rush tickets available 10 minutes prior to performance. 562-494-1014.


Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner, a Sort of Romantic Comedy, by Alan Zweibel, The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Plays subsequent Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.  The show closes Sunday, May 22.   $15.00 and all proceeds go to Gilda’s Club Western New York.  (323) 845-9569. 


“Einstein’s Revolution” is scheduled for 8 p.m., also May 13, preceded by “The Night Sky Show.” John Drescher Planetarium, which features the state-of-the-art Digistar projection system. Second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd. $5 each or $9 for the “double bill,” with discounts for children and senior citizens. For information, call (310) 434-4223.


Company, performed by the Kentwood Players, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, through June 18, (310) 837-3609.


Los Angeles Modernism 2005, celebrates the style and design of the 20th century, 1900 – 1970, through May 8th, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Pico and Main, (818) 244-1126.


UGLy: A story of unconditional love and how it masks a multitude of sins, through May 21, Main Stage at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, (310) 960-7735.



Saturday, May 7


Artnight at 18th Street, an evening of free art and performance, featuring Osseus Labyrint, 6 – 8:30 p.m., 1639 18th Street, (310) 453-3711.


John Drake, Blue Seven Gallery, through June 2, 3129 Pico Blvd., (310) 449-1444.


Grand Opening and Reception, from 5 to 9 p.m. Abbot Kinney Gallery, 1301 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The Gallery represent 15 artists, including three Westside

Residents – Cynthia Kagan of Santa Monica, Carney  McGilvray of Pacific Palisafes and Sandra Cooper of Bel Air.  


23 Hours, durational performance, Crazy Space, 1651 18th Street, through May 8, (310) 453-1755.


The End of Suburbia, oil depletion and the collapse of the American Dream, Velocity Café, 7 p.m.,

2127 Lincoln Blvd, (310) 314-3368.


Lost: Photography by Rena Bass Forman, through June 1, Live performance by Grammy winning Grey Delisle at reception, 6 to 9 p.m. MB Fine Art, 612 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood, (310) 550-0050.


Malibu Art Association, Juried Exhibition, 2005. Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Hangar Gallery North, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Avenue. Through May 28.


Shades of Time, the Extended Family of Shelley Adler, opening reception, 7 – 9 p.m., The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., through July 1, (310) 552-2007.


Storytelling & Autographing with Barney Saltzberg, author of “Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed, Children’s Book World. 10580 ? W. Pico Blvd., ages 3 – 8, (310) 559-2665.


Sunday, May 8

Out of Print, a conversation with F. Scott Fitzgerald, written and performed by Larry Vanderveen, Pierson Playhouse, Temescal Canyon at Haverford St., 8 p.m., $15, (310) 454-8040.


Monday, May 9

 On Moral Grounds, a screening of a documentary brings to light the saga of Holocaust restitution and the stories of those who have sought justice, Museum of Tolerance, Simon Wiesenthal Plaza, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., (310) 772-2527.


Tuesday, May 10

 Susan Jane Belton, David Duncan, and Stephanie Weber, an exhibition of paintings, George Billis Gallery, through June 18, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 838-3685.

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