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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

BARK! will continue through Sunday, August 28th at the Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. $40.00 for all performances. Tickets are available online at or by calling 800/595-4849. For more information, please visit www.BARKthe

Bent, Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 3:00pm at Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, through Sunday, August 14. Ticket prices are $20.00. Tickets are available by calling 323-960-7740 or by visiting

The Birds: A Tail of Ornithic Proportions, McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 McCadden Place, Hollywood, through August 28, $20.00. Student discount price: $15.00 benefit for GLAAD – $30.00,(818) 464-3706.

Buddies, through September 11, $25.00 for Fridays and Saturdays; $20, Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. For Tickets, please call 323/957-1884.

Beyond Therapy, Christopher Durang’s master- work. Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., near Santa Monica Airport, Fridays and Satuedays at 8, Sundays at 5. (310) 397-3244.Through August 20.

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

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

The Intern through Saturday, August 27. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm at Theatre Tribe, 5267 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Ticket prices are $20.00 at the door – $15.00 through Theatremania; tickets are available online at or call 866-811-4111.

Lessons, starring Mare Winningham and Hal Linden, to run through Saturday, August 27. $25.00 for all performances. Groups of 8 or more receive a $3.00 discount. Lee Strasberg Institute’s Marilyn Monroe Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. For Tickets, please call 323-650-7777 or visit

The Odd Couple, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, through August, (562) 494-1014.

Oklahomo! For a run six week run, through Saturday, August 20. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm at the Third Stage, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Ticket prices are $18.00 ($5.00 discount for students, seniors and 4-A union members). (818) 842-4755.

Postmodern Renewal, works by selected SMARTS Artists, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, through August 26, (310) 453-3711.

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 Ride Down Mt. Morgan runs Saturdays at 8 pm, through September 24, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, (310) 455-3723 or visit online at

7 Redneck Cheerleaders, Lillian Theatre, 1076 Lillian Way (between Vine & Cahuenga, 8PM (Closing Performance), through September 10, $15, (323) 960-7784.

“When They Speak of Rita” through September 12, 2005. Performances are Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. Tickets are $18-$23.50 and can be purchased by calling the box office directly at (310) 822-8392.

Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, through September 3, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach. $20.00. $18.00 for seniors and students. $10 Student Rush tickets available 10 minutes prior to performance. (562) 494-1014.

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.

Thursday, August 11

Fornicationally Challenged. Judi Lee Brandwein’s autobiographical comedy. For Mature Audiences. $15.00. 1211 Fourth Street (between Wilshire & Arizona, (310) 394-9779 ext. 1 or online at

Tao Soup, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, through August 20, $18 Seniors/Students – $15

Free parking in Lodge parking lot. (310) 823-0710, .

Friday, August 12

The Execution of Wanda Jean, 7:30 p.m., 1629 18th Street, Ste 6, Santa Monica 90404 (access north from Olympic only – parking lot across from Crossroads school). Free. (818) 764-2406.

Saturday, August 13

George Ernston’s “New Waves,” through September 11, opening reception, 6 – 9 p.m., (310) 315-9502.

Earth, Sea & Sky, recent works by Mark Venaglia, BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 315-9502.

Karen Hansen, acrylics on canvas, Abbot Kinney Art Gallery, 1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, through Sept. 4; opening reception, 5-8pm (310) 664-9030.

Love Sonnets translated as comics and in visual forms, a solo art exhibition featuring Conceptual Artist, Edwin Ushiro presenting his current body of work, reception, 7 – 10 p.m. This exhibition is to be held at Bolivar Café and Gallery 1741 Ocean Park Blvd.

Monday, August 15

Artful Animal Afternoon, a garden party and exclusive, original art and craft fair to benefit “Volunteers of America’s Senior Companion Animal Program, 2 – 6 p.m., $10, Angels’ Attic Museum, 516 Colorado Ave., (310) 394-8331.

Tuesday, August 16

The Sting, with Robert Redford and Paul Newman, Drive-In at the Santa Monica Pier, admission is FREE but tickets will be required for entry. Tickets can be found at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: 1920 Main Street, Suite B, CVB Kiosk at 1400 Ocean Avenue, Visitor’s Center on the 2nd floor of the Santa Monica Place mall. Call the CVB at (310) 319-6263 for more information. Check or call 458-8900 for additional outlets. Doors will open at 7:00.

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