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Performances:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, the most magical outdoor setting in Topanga, becomes the enchanted woods of Athens in this second offering of the Theatricum’s repertory season. 8 p.m., through September 24, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com.

Baby, the musical, Theatre Palisades, 941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, through July 31, (310) 454-1970.

Beyond Therapy, Chrusripher Durang’s classic. Extended through July. With a new cast. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., near Santa Monica Airport, Fridays at 8, Sundays at 5. (310) 397-3244

Ecstasy and the Ice Queen, A Los Angeles Premiere, will run Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm thru July 17, 2005. No performance July 2nd or July 3rd. The Promenade Playhouse is located at 1404 3rd Street Promenade, through June 26. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the box office directly at (323) 960-7846. There is street parking available near the theater.

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

How I Learned to Drive, presented by Vox Humana, the Pulitzer-prize winning play comes to the Century City Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., through July 10, (323) 769-5794.

Pecker Patter, the Penis Must Be Heard! Giving voice to the penis (once it gets talking, will ever shut up?), through July 24, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, (323) 960-1053.

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

“Sight Unseen’s 2005 Summer Theatre Festival,” through June 26, The Black Box Theatre, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., 7:00 p.m., (1-877-986-7336).

Nigel Waymouth’s “Art in Heaven,” Keller & Greene, through July 9, 158 N. LaBrea Ave., (323) 525-1576.

Thursday, June 23

Keith Glassman’s “Audacious” and Meg Wolfe’s “Thirst,” Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street, $18, for reservations, (310) 315-1459.

Friday, June 24

“Two Gentlemen of Corona” will continue for six weeks, through July 21, ticket prices are $20 for all performances ($18 Student/Senior discount). Opening Night Gala – $50. Groups of 10 or more are $15. 522 North La Brea Ave., between Melrose and Beverly 323/525-0022 or visit www.wcensemble.org.

The Play Between, curated Lee Kwan Hun / organized by Andrewshire Gallery, through July 30th, Arena 1, 3026 Airport Ave., (310) 397-7456.

Saturday, June 25

Staged reading of play festival winner, “Scenes from my Life,” will be performed at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 East Anaheim Street on Saturday, 2:00 p.m. The reading is open to the public, admission-free, with seating on a first-come-first-seated basis. www.lbph.com.

Patty Chang: Shangri-La, Fiona Tan: Correction through October 16, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Gallery talks free with Museum admissions, (310) 443-7000.

Oliver Michaels, New Video Works, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, through July 30, opening reception, 5 – 7 p.m., (310) 453-1595.

Next! Living the Lie, a musical day in the life of eight Hollywood child actors, also June 26, 7:30 p.m., Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth Street, (310) 394-9779.

“Art Works – An Afternoon of Contemporary Art,” features Laddie John Dill and Other Prominent Artists:

Benefit for Alcott Center for Mental Health Services, live art auction and cocktail reception will benefit non-profit Alcott Center. $40. 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbott Kinney Blvd.

Sunday, June 26

AIA/LA Santa Monica Home Tour, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., homes designed by John Friedman, Alice Kimm; Larry Scarpa, AIA; Roger Sherman; Robert Thibodeau, Venice Will Call Station open day of tour 10:30 am—12 noon only, Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice 90291 (betw. Brooks & Westminster), $65, $80, (213) 639.0777.

Tuesday, June 28

City of Angels, recent work of the Echo Park Film Center, a compilation of 19 films produced by teenage students of the center, The Skirball Cultural Center, through August 14, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., (310) 440-4500.

Spiritual Abstractions, author and independent scholar Erik Davis, a discussion, Santa Monica Museum: Of Art, Bergamot Station, 7 p.m., (310) 586-6488.

Wednesday, June 29

Curtis Hoekzema’s “Recent Work,” through July 30, First Independent Gallery Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, (310) 829-0345.

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