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September 15

Getting There is Half The Fun (and Most of the Work), the SMC Planetarium’s September show about space exploration, preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7pm, $5, Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

No Shame Theatre returns with an evening of five-minute comedy skits created just before showtime, 11pm, $5, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.OFF-MAIN x10.

Zadie Smith, author, speaks at UCLA Live, 8pm, Royce Hall, UCLA campus, for tickets 310.825.2101 or www.uclalive.org.

September 16

Brighton Beach Memoirs, Neil Simon’s comedy, starring Max Casella, Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman and Joyce Van Patten, will air on LA Theatre Works The Play’s The Thing, 10pm, 89.3, KPCC-FM.

Coastal Cleanup Day, sponsored by REI Santa Monica, with volunteers helping to clean up Santa Monica Pier, 9am-12noon, SM Pier, 310.458.4370 x20.

Dave and Tom’s: A Tribute to Dave and Tom, preview of new show about a fictitious British comedy team, 8pm, through October 29, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.

Depicting Action concludes with exhibits and documentation from all the performances in the series, 18th St. Arts Center, 1639 18th St., www.18thstreet.org.

Drawings by Ed Moses, Craig Kauffman and Larry Bell, through October 28, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.

Light-Sensitive, Heather Carson, Katherine Finkelpearl, Anthony McCall and Iain Slack, Arena 1, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7456.

Maria Von Kohler, exhibit of new work, through October 28, opening reception 6-9pm, Seeline Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.

Ocean Music from Under the Sea, 9-11am, Carousel Deck, Santa Monica Pier. At 1:15pm Billy Ray Cyrus and dautghter Miley will perform in celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids.

Pas de Deux, solo exhibition of work by Alex Donis, reception 6-9pm, through October 21, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7493.

Sarah Perry, Caught from Below, artist reception 5-7pm, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.

The 60’s, a play about the decade and a couple who met in that decade and have now reached that age, reception to follow opening night performance, through November 19, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays/3pm Sundays, Pacific Resident Theatre Main Stage, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice, 323.460.2508.

Water For Life fundraiser for helping an African village, features drinks, dinner, DJ and silent auction, $25, 7-11pm, Rebekah Hall, 406 E. Grand, El Segundo, 310.699.3857 or 310.815.9061.

World Travel 101 – Budget Travel Workshop on Europe, hosted by Hostelling International, 11am, $5, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.

September 17

Aernout Mik: Refraction, video installation by Dutch artist Aernout Mik, through December 31, Armand Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood, 310.443.7000.

Bow Wow Meow Pet Expo offers health screenings, demonstrations, entertainment and exhibits relating to our four-legged friends, free, 10am-6pm,Brentwood, San Vicente Blvd. between Barrington and Gorham, 310.481.0600.

An Evening Down Memory Lane, a benefit for the Assistance League and Leeza Gibbons’ Memory Foundation, buffet, silent auction and a silent movie, 6pm, Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Hollywood, 323.469.1973.

Habitat for Humanity Seminar, 1 1/2-hour orientation, which must be attended to receive an application, 2pm, Santa Monica Main Library Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.323.4663.

LA Café Plays, “the fastest theatre in town” presents its latest installment of five plays written and produced in 10 1/2 hours, 7:30 and 9pm, $10, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., 310.397.3244.

Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher, opening includes tour of exhibition, 2pm and 4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, 310.825.8655.

Family Fun Festival and Polo Match presented by the Promises Foundation, 10am, barbeque at 12:15pm, Will Rogers State Historic Park, PP, for tickets, 310.572.7528.

New West Symphony presents a program of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein, 3pm, Wadsworth Theatre, Brentwood, for tickets www.newwestsymphony.org/wadssgl.cfm.

Taste of Santa Monica, the 5th annual food-fest with music, chef demonstrations and samples of dishes from 40 local restaurants, noon-4pm, tickets $40 adults, $10 children 4-10, ticket price includes all food, Santa Monica Pier, for tickets, 310.393.9825 x10 or www.tasteofsantamonica.com.

The Tillamook Treasure, the Newport Beach Film Festival award-winning film by Santa Monica residents Jane Beaumont Hall and Richard Doyon, will be an official selection at the Beverly Hills Fine Arts Industry Showcase, 1pm, Beverly Hills Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., BH.

September 18

Documental series presents Animal Charm, a film that uses cut-ups from various media for subversive and comic effect, free, 6-10pm, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.

14th Annual Summer Golf Classic, Malibu Country Club, for information call the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, 310.456.9025.

PICAS Singles Party at The Wild Thai Restaurant, Howard Hughes Center, 6081 Center Dr., Westchester, followed by walk around neighborhood, 310.215.0209.

SMC’s Entertainment Industry Speakers Series features Tracy Speed, director of publicity for Lifetime Television, free, 7pm, Academy of Entertainment & Technology’s Screening Room, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.

Santa Monica College Monday Night Political Film Series begins with Confederate States of America, 6:30pm, Room 16, SMC Math Complex, 1900 Pico Blvd.

What’s The Story? Performances of works in progress, 8pm, Powerhouse Theater, 3116 2nd St., reservations needed, 1.866.OFF.MAIN x5

September 19

Butterflies of the Santa Monica Mountains, a talk by Margaret Huffman, program chair of the North American Butterfly Association, 7:30pm, free, Temescal Dining Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.

The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Education Fund, CityTV and the Center for Governmental Studies are sponsoring a forum on local ballot measures, 4:30pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Luncheon with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, sponsored by West L.A. Chamber of Commerce, 11am, $40, Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood, reservations, 310.481.0600.

Santa Monica Drive-In’s Free Films at the Pier presents Grease, the popular 1950s high school musical. Doors open at 7pm, free, tickets available at SM Visitors Centers, chairs for rent, proceeds to Arts Fighting Cancer.

60th Anniversary Salute to TWA features speaker Jon Proctor, former editor of Airliners Magazine, free, 10am, Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, LA, 310.215.5291 www.flightpath.us/.

Viridiana, the classic film by Luis Bunuel, presented by Dennis Hopper as part of the AFI/Skirball Cultural Center’s Cinema Legacy series, 7:30pm, Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

September 19-21

Green Business Boot Camp, a series of training courses on running sustainable businesses, 8:30am-4pm, presented by UCLA Faculty Center, UCLA Campus, www.cleanerproduction.com.

September 20

Godfellas, a new musical satire by the legendary San Francisco Mime Troupe, through September 24, presented by the Actors Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 415.285.1717.

Environmental Lecture Series at SMC continues with “Media that Matters: Can Environmental Films Help Save the World?” 6:30pm, free, Room 123, SMC Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., 310.434.4743.

The Ring, film about a Mexican-American boxer, plus clips about East LA and Latino heroes, free, 8pm, 7 Dudley Cinema at Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

September 21

Children’s Nature Walk, led by volunteers from the children’s Nature Institute, 10am, Sullivan Canyon, 13500 Bayliss Road, WLA, reservations 310.860.9484 or www.childrensnatureinstitute.org.

Real Estate Sales Career Seminar, presented by real estate consultant Dana Erlich, 11am-12:30pm, free lunch served, Keller Williams Santa Monica, 1333 2nd St., 5th floor, 800.577.7489 x3001.

Santa Monica Farmer’s Market: Finding The Best in California, a panel of farmers, food writers and chefs will share their experiences, 7-9pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

SMC Literary Series continues with crime novelist Denise Hamilton speaking about her Eve Diamond crime novels and the craft of writing, free, 11:15am, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd, 310.434.4303.

Community Announcements

American Cancer Society Shop recently moved to 920 Wilshire Blvd., after being forced to leave their longtime location at the Brentwood Country Mart. Stop by for designer clothing and accessories for men, women and children, as well as other items. Open everyday.

SMC is accepting applications for a seat on the Personnel Commission through September 18. The term will be from December 1 of this year through December 1, 2007. Applicants must be residents of, and registered voters in, the Santa Monica Community College District. For more information, call 310.434.4402.

Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children needs volunteers to answer the hotline, facilitate support groups, and provide emergency response to police and medical facilities. Training sessions start September 19 and goes through November 16, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, 310.264.6646, x221.

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