Betty’s Summer Vacation, by Christopher Durang, a Los Angeles premiere, through Nov. 27, The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave. Venice.
Blue Dahlia thru December 18.Stage adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s screenplay. 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.
Frozen, by Bryony Lavery, directed by Paul Wager, through November 27, Ark Theatre, 1647 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Happy End, Pacific Resident Theatre, written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Boulevard, (310) 822-8392.
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.
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 through Sunday, November 19. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. $20.00 ($15.00 for students, and seniors). (877/986-7336).
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.
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. 6773 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. (323) 960-4420 or go to www.sableandbatalion.com.
Thursday, November 3
The Wedding Journey: Paper – An original evening length work blending real life events with high impact dance and aerial theater performance. Also November 5, 8 p.m., UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall, 120 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, $8 and is available in Lot 4. (310) 825-3951.
Free Stand-Up Comedy Seminar, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space, 1211, 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Space is limited. (310) 285-3799. Website: www.stand-upcomedy.com.
Friday, November 4
“Mars Returns,” a look at the planet as it returns to our skies closer than at any time in the last two years, feature show and guest lecture are at 8 p.m. Each is preceded by “The Night Sky Show” – which re-creates the night sky and provides the latest information on space exploration – at 7 p.m. John Drescher Planetarium, 1900 Pico Blvd. The guest lecture is in Science Lecture Hall 140. (310) 434-4223 or (310) 434-3000.
Music Docs at Midnight, as part of AFI Fest 2005, to screen, “Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music,” Saturday, “The Buena Vista Social Club,” and more throughout the week, AFI FEST Rooftop Village, ArcLight Hollywood Parking Structure, 7th Floor, 6360 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” EZTV, 1629 18th Street, Ste 6, 7 p.m., (818) 764-2406, or email: email@example.com.
“All About Santa,” musical matinee series, through December 18, Birthday, Holiday and Tea Parties, hosted by one of the gaily costumed Playhouse actors are available in conjunction with the play for every performance. (310) 394-9779 x2. Santa Monica Playhouse is located, 1211 4th Street, (310) 394-9779 ext. 2.
Saturday, November 5
Botanicum Seedlings, a Reading Series for Playwrights furthers new works and new voices, presenting public readings of new plays. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. (310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com.
Local Artists Studio Show and Sale, five artist ceramics show, also November 6,
3028 Pico Boulevard, (310) 392-4626.
Tuesday, November 8
McReele, with Eric Stoltz and Lauren Tom, as part of The Play is the Thing Radio Series, through November 13, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, (310) 827-0889 or www.latw.org.
Wednesday, November 9
McLuhan’s ABC, a film by David Sobelman, 7 Dudley Cinema, SPONTO Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., (310) 306-7330.