Popped, a dance program by the casebolt and smith dance company, dealing with personal and behavioral issues in the form of dance, $20, $15 for students, 8:30pm Thursday-Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., 310.315.1459.
Angels of The East, singers Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark perform, 7:30pm, free (reservations required), Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Grease, 1978 film of the 1950s high school musical will be shown at the school where it was filmed, Venice High School, as a benefit for the school’s journalism and drama programs, $4 in advance, $5 and $7 at the door, students urged to dress ‘50s style, 7pm, Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd, Venice, 310. 306.7981 x384.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: Aerobraking at Mars, a lecture with Forest W. Fisher of the JPL/Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7pm, $5, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., lecture in Science Lecture Hall 140, Sky Show in Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
The Peony Pavilion, a 400-year old Chinese Kun opera, performed by the Suzhou Kun Opera Theatre of Jiangsu Province, Part I at 8pm, Royce Hall at UCLA, 310.825.2101. Part II on September 30 at 8pm and Part III on October 1 at 7pm,
Introductory Yoga Class for Kids, free, 4pm-5pm, Sivananda Yoga Center, 13325 Beach Ave., MDR, 310.822.9642.
September 29-October 1
Los Angeles Asian and Tribal Art Show comes to Santa Monica with work by the 2008 Olympics official artist Guan Yuliang and many other artists, $12, 11am-7pm Friday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, 310.455.2886.
Santa Monica’s Octoberfair and Santa Monica 5K Race are traditions at St. Monica’s Church with raffles, refreshments, rides, games and the race of course, at 8:30am Saturday. $2 adults, children under 12 free, Friday 6-10:30pm; Saturday, 10am-10:30pm; Sunday, 10am-9pm, St. Monica’s Church, 725 California Ave., 310.566.1500.
Absolutely Halloween, a holiday-themed musical for the family, returns for a five-week run, through October 29, 12:30pm and 3pm Saturdays and Sundays, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2.
Intersections, exhibition of non-Western art, free, noon-9pm, Fowler Museum at UCLA, north campus, WW, 310.825.4361.
Jamaica Farewell, an autobiographical solo performance by Debra Ehrhardt presented as a benefit for the Santa Monica Playhouse, $20, 8pm, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.
LA Theatre Works presents The Real Dr. Strangelove by Peter Goodchild, a play about the creation of the A-bomb and the conflict between its creators, starring Simon Templeman, Joe Spano and John de Lancie,10pm-midnight, 89.3 KPPC-FM.
Tale of 2 Cities, a play about the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to LA, starring playwright Heather Woodbury and John C. Reilly, through October 8, 2pm (Part I) and 7pm ( Part II) weekends, 8pm weeknights, Freud Playhouse at UCLA, 310.825.2101.
Through the Eyes of a Sculptor, a film exploring the career of sculptor Emmanuel Fillion, followed by discussion with Fillion and filmmaker Gina Minervini, free, 3pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
September 30 & October 1
7th Annual Creepy Crawly Creature Feature includes entomology for kids, edible insects, freaky creepy creature fear games and more, STAR kids free, 10am-4pm, STAR ECO Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., CC, 310.842.8060 x122.
Family Storytelling at the Getty features storyteller Ashas Baba, free, 11:30am 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.0440.7360.
Free showing of Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth followed by a group discussion, 5pm, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St.
The Legends of King Arthur, a play with audience participation, with King Arthur telling of his adventures and Merlin performing magic, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Kids In The Courtyard: A Banner Day For Fowler, a day of children’s activities including Mexican-style paper-cutting, free, noon-5pm, Fowler Museum at UCLA, north campus, WW, 310.825.4361.
OPCC’s 7th annual Victory Cup polo match to benefit its Santa Monica Access Center, also pony rides, a petting zoo, a silent auction and more, 10am-1pm, Will Rogers State Park, PP, 310.264.6646 x235.
Pablo Sainz Villegas, classical guitarist, 2pm, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University Campus, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
SMC Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series continues with “Swarm Engineering: Is There a Bot in Your Future?” a lecture on robot behavior by Dr. Sansa Kazadi, free, 11:15am, Science Lecture Hall 145, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd, 310.434.4003.
Botanical illustration four-day workshop with Anne-Marie Evans, The Virginia Robinson Gardens, 1008 Elden Way, BH, 310.276.5367 x60 or www. robinson-gardens.com.
Hot Topics, Cold Facts, a public forum on the propositions in the upcoming election, sponsored by California Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, UCLA School of Law Program, the EasyVoter Guide Project and Smart Voter, free, 12:15pm and 4:30pm, UCLA School of Law, Room 1357, RSVP 213.252.4552.
The Net: The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet, a documentary about the counterculture and the Unabomber, plus shorts and music by the Original Booty Burglars, free, pre-show at 6:30pm, films at 8pm, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave, Venice, 310.306.7330.
60 years of LAX Airline service will be celebrated with a benefit dinner at Los Angeles International Airport’s Flight Path Museum, reception 5:30pm, dinner 7pm, LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, LA, 310.215.5291.
Children’s Nature Walk, led by volunteers from the children’s Nature Institute, 10am, Temescal Canyon, PP, reservations 310.860.9484 or www.childrensnatureinstitute.org.
From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter; German Paintings From Dresden, through April 29, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.