Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party, as part of the special family theater summer series, Santa Monica Playhouse, through July 10, 1211 4th Street, (310) 394-9779.
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, Christopher Durang’s masterwork, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., Santa Monica Airport, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 5. (310) 397-3244
Tom Dudzicka’s Over the Tavern at the Playhouse Studio Theatre, through July 23, Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, (562) 494-1014.
Fashion, a comedy of manners from 1845, live music and songs of the era played, directed by Ellen Geer, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, through October 2, (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 7
New Work by Harry Ally, Dusty Griffith and Thrush Holmes, The Lowe Gallery, 2034 Broadway, through August 25, (310) 449-0184.
The Monster Under My Bed Drank My Vodka, original comedy about addiction, neuroses and 12-step dating, for a limited run engagement at Santa Monica Playhouse as part of the Save-the-Playhouse Benefit Series. These are its only local performances prior to its debut in September at the New York International Fringe Festival (Fringe NYC), through July 21 at 8:00 p.m., Tickets $15; All proceeds go to the Save the Playhouse Campaign. 1211 4th Street (between Wilshire & Arizona) (310) 394-9779 ext. 1.
The Reveal, presented by Highways Performance Space and the LA Contemporary Dance Company, Highways, 1651 18th Street, through July 10, $16, (310) 315-1459.
Nick Brandt, On This Earth: Portraits from East Africa, through August 27, Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd.
(323) 937-5525 or visit www.stephencohengallery.com.
Friday, July 8
About Anne, Salome Jens’ performance of the poetry of Anne Sexton, as a benefit fund-raiser for Theatre 40, Reube Cordova Theatre on the campus of the Beverly Hills High School, also Saturday and Sunday, (310) 364-FREE.
Body, Mind & Spirit Expo, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, through Jul 10, (541) 482-3722.
Four Short Plays by Padua Playwrights, Shawna Casey’s “The Aegean Sea,” Sharon Yablon’s “The Party,” Wesley Walker’s “Temple Dog” and Guy Zimmerman’s “The Wasps,” through July 31, Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way, (323) 692-2652 or [email protected]
Bent, Performances areFridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 3:00pm at Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, through Sunday, August 14. Tickets are available by calling 323-960-7740 or by visiting www.plays411.com/bent.
Larry Mantle will celebrate his 20th anniversary with a live remote of AirTalk from the Santa Monica Pier, 10 – 11 a.m., booksigning to follow, for more info, (626) 585-7000.
Saturday, July 9
A Walk through the Past, an interactive family archaeology Tour, created by the whole family, Skirball Cultural Center, through August 13, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., (310) 440-4662.
Ellwood T. Risk, new paintings, and the first solo exhibition at the Berman Turner Projects, Bergamot Station, through August 9, (310) 453-0909.
Sock Hop Reunion. Celebrate your high school reunion with a return to the fun-filled 50s. Harbor House Retaurant, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 7 p.m., $69 per person, includes 4-course dinner, show, tax, tip, 2629 Main Street, #103, (310) 399-1507.
Crossing Delancey, a reading of the play by the Open Arms Community Players, Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 10 at 3 p.m., (10) 552-2007.
Embracing 90 Years … the Artistry of Sylvia Cooper, through August 7, opening reception, 6 – 9 p.m., BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 315-9502.
Laguna Playhouse presents “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! 7:30 p.m., 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach, (818) 508-1754 or at [email protected]
Welly Yang: Finding Home, a Musical Exploration of Familial Roots, 8 p.m., Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Plaza, Westwood, $35 – $100, (626) 596-0692.
Women, featuring the photographs of John Divola, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Lisette Model and Henry Wessel, Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, through August 20, (310) 453-0043.
Monday, July 11
Will Vinton’s Animation Art Collection, through August 31st., The Art Institute of California, 2900 31st Street, Santa Monica
Wednesday, July 13
Valore Ventures Presents ‘Magic’ of Architectural Painting to Designers/Builders Event is Presented Through Pacific Design Center’s ‘Designer Lecture Series, 10:00am (with reception to follow), Pacific Design Center, Blue Conference Center, Suite B259
8687 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles // www.pacificdesigncenter.com, (310) 657-0800.