Theater / Performances Amy Brenneman Leads Ensemble Cast in LA Theatre Works’ Top Girls, A Kaleidoscopic Look at The Working Woman, written by Caryl Churchill Also starring Joanna Going, and Megan Austin Oberle, through January 15 at 4 p.m., Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. L.A. Theatre Works Box Office (310) 827-0889 or www.latw.org. The Blue Dahlia, a stage adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s classic screenplay. Thru February 5. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. $20-$27, (310) 822-8392. The Breakup Notebook: The Lesbian Musical, to continue for six weeks through Sunday, January 15 at the Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. (323) 960-5563. The Butler Did It, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, through February 11, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, (562) 494-1014. (Choose option 1). Hamlet, The Artist Formerly Known as PRINCE of Denmark – The Musical, Troubadour Theater Company, through January 29, $25.00, The Falcon Theater is located at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank, (818) 955.8101. Happy End, Pacific Resident Theatre, written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Boulevard, (310) 822-8392. Puppetolio, a puppet variety show for ages 3 and up, Santa Monica Puppet and Magic Center, 1255 2nd St., runs indefinitely, (310) 656-0483. Robert Schenkkan’s “Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates,” World Premiere Production, through January 22, 2006, at the Mark Taper Forum downtown at the Los Angeles Music Center. $20 to $55 (213) 628-2772. David Williams and Robert Sherman, Blue Seven Gallery, through February 3, 3129 Pico Blvd., (310) 449-1444.
Thursday, January 12 Tango Metropolis, work by Thomas Kellner, Stephen Cohen Gallery, through February 25, 7 – 9 p.m., 7358 Beverly Boulevard, (323) 937-5525 or visit www.stephencohengallery.com. Stuck, Through Sunday, February 5. $15.00 for all performances. Meta Theatre, 7801 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. (323) 445-6632 or visit www.metatheatre.org.
Friday, January 13 Breath & Bone, presented by TRIP Dance Theatre in association with Unknown Theater, through January 15, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays / 2 p.m. Sundays Unknown Theater, 1110 N. Steward St., Hollywood, www.unknowntheater.com, (323) 468-9938. Deceit, written and directed by Bruce Kimmel, El Portal Theatre, through February 19 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, (800) 595-4849 or visit www.tix.com. 45 Seconds from Broadway, presented by the Kentwood Players, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, (310) 645-5156.
Saturday, January 14 Sid Garrison’s Signal Drift, through February 18, Sherry Frumkin Gallery 3026 Airport Ave., Studio 21, Santa Monica, (310) 397-7493, http://www.frumkingallery.com. AB OVO, A Project by Steven Hull, through February 11, ARENA 1 Santa Monica Art Studios , 3026 Airport Avenue, (310) 397-7456. Caught in the Crossfire, The Untold Story of Falluja, a new documentary, 7 p.m., Mark Manning & special guest Don Bustany, host of KPFK’s Middle East In Focus Frank and Jane Dorrel’s, 3967 Shedd Terrace, Culver City, (310) 838-8131. Cinderella, coming back for the tenth year in a row, through January 29, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth Street, (310) 393-5573. The Group 2006, a group show of many artists, Gallery of Functional Art, and Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, through March 3, (310) 829-6990. A Musical Pinocchio That Isn’t Just for Kids, the Electric Lodge, also Sunday, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, (310) 823-0710. Masterpieces of African American Art – An African American Perspective Opening Reception, M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main Street, through April 1, (310) 392-8820, www.mhanksgallery.com. Patrick Andrews, work at Cacao Coffee House, 11609 Santa Monica Blvd., through February. Carie Leeb’s New Paintings, and Robert Kingston’s New Paintings, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, through February 25, Bergamot Station, (310) 829-3300. Michel Tabori solo exhibition, through February 18, 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m., Berman / Turner Projects [Gallery E1], (310) 453-0909. Gronk, the Ainadamar Opera Paintings, reception, 5 – 8 p.m., Patricia Correia Gallery, through March 11, (310) 264-1760. The Turn of the Screw, runs through March 12, 2006. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd. in Venice, CA. Tickets are $18-$25 and can be purchased by calling the box office directly at (310) 822-8392.
Sunday, January 15 Crocs and Jocks at Aussie Festival at UCLA, UCLA Pauley Pavilion and Intramural Field, 10:30 a.m., $15 adult, $10 child (3-15), Free for Children Under 3, $40 for Family of 4 (Two Adults and Two Children 3-15). Tickets available at www.australia-week.com or call Ticketmaster on (213) 480 3232 Hammer Conversations with Stanley Crouch & Dana Goodyear, Free, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., 7 p.m., (310) 443-7094.
Tuesday, January 17 Live Comedy night, SPONTO Gallery is located at 7 Dudley Ave, Venice, 310-306-7330, free admission, www.81x.com/7dudley/cinema.
Wednesday, January 18 Dialects of the Heart, Sharon Lawrence and Nicholas Gonzalez Get Philosophical in World Premiere Play at Edgemar Center. 2437 Main Street, (310) 392-7327 or www.venicesky.com.