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Performances:

Absolutely Halloween, by Evelyn Rudie, through October 30, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 Fourth Street, (310) 394-9779, ext. 2.

Betty’s Summer Vacation, by Christopher Durang, a Los Angeles premiere, through Nov. 27, The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave. Venice.

Biro, Written, Directed and Performed by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, one man’s epic journey from the Ugandan insurgency of 1979 to a present day jail cell in Texas, evoking the plight of illegal immigrants in the face of AIDS, war and dashed dreams. Through Sun, Oct 30 at 7 p.m., UCLA, Freud Playhouse, Tickets: $35, 28 (students $15)

Frozen, by Bryony Lavery, directed by Paul Wager, through November 27, Ark Theatre, 1647 S. La Cienega Blvd.

Gorey Stories, based on the works of Edward Gorey, a theatrical interpretation, Sacred Fools, 660 North Heliotrope, Hollywood, through October 30, with a special Halloween presentation on October 31, (310) 281-8337.

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

Laughter on the 23rd Floor, by Neil Simon, Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim Street, through November 26, $25, (562) 494-1014.

Lucid Sound begins a six week run, through Sunday, November 19. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. $20.00 ($15.00 for students, and seniors). (877/986-7336).

Simon Nieweg, new photographs, gallery luisotti, through November 5, Bergamot Station, (310) 453-0043.

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

Walter Rane Art Exhibit, Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center, 10777 Santa Monica Blvd.,West LA Twenty of Walter Rane’s most famous religious paintings will be on display until November 14. Hours: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. daily. (310) 474-1549.

Wife Swappers, will through Saturday, November 19. Third Stage, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. (818) 842-4755.

Thursday, October 27

One Hundred years of Solitude: Chronicles of (Un) Homely Labyrinths, inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, 1714 21st Street, (310) 829-7391.

Friday, October 28

Haywire! will open with a Gala Halloween Costume Party ($35 performance and party) and run for six weeks through Sunday, December 4 at the art/works theatre, 6569 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood (between Highland and Vine). (323) 960-7744 or visit www.plays411.com/haywire.

Saturday, October 29

Blue Dahlia to run thru December 18. Performances are Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 1/2 Venice Blvd. in Venice. Tickets are $20-$27, (310) 822-8392.

Day of the Dead Celebration during Fall Festival, a free community event featuring live musical performances, authentic Mexican food, children’s entertainment, a costume parade, Haunted House, Rock Climbing Wall, games, crafts, plus a raffle for a chance to win $500. It will also feature the largest Day of the Dead Exhibit on the Westside. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Edison Language Academy, 2425 Kansas Ave., (310) 396-1153.

Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard, by Allen Whiting, Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave.. through November 21, (310) 451-9983.

World Premiere of “J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera” explores eternal question:

‘Why do bad things happen to good people, yo?’ Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Through November 27. The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. For reservations and information, call the Box Office at (323) 960-4420 or go to www.sableandbatalion.com.

Sunday, October 30

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, 2 p.m., UCLA Film and Television Archive, UCLA, (310) 205-FILM.

Carnalville, 2 p.m., featuring performance installations by many different artists, Highways Performance Space, 2 p.m., 1653 18th St., (310) 315-1459.

Wednesday, November 2

Mikiztli: Dia de Las Muertos, All Souls Day, includes community altar building, verse writing, and rituals for the dead is conducted in the spirit of ancient pre-Hispanic Day of the Dead celebrations of Mexico, SPARC is located at 685 N. Venice Blvd.

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