Sacred Cow and Desert(s), two dance works by Amy Knoles and Michael Sakamoto, 8:30pm, $20, $15 students, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., 310.315.1459.
Spike and Mike’s Twisted Festival of Animation, midnight, plays Fridays and Saturdays at midnight through December 16, Laemmle’s Monica 4 Theatre, 1332 2nd St., 310.394.9741.
World AIDS Day, series of events including speakers, performances and films, noon-6pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, UCLA North campus, WW, 310.825.4361.
Amadeus, famous play about Mozart and his rival Salieri, presented by SMC Drama Department, 8pm, Fri-Sun/2pm matinee on December 9, through December 9, $10-$15, Main Stage, Theatre Arts Building, SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
High School Students Rally For World AIDS Day, with guest speakers SM Councilmember Bobby Shriver (approximately 8:15am and 9:30am) and Vicky McCarty (approximately 11:40am and 1:20pm), producer of the film 3 Needles, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.901.2320.
Pajama Story Time, a special storytelling event, 6:30pm, free, P.S. 1 Elementary School Library, 1454 Euclid St., 310.394.1313 x408.
Star of Wonder, astronomy show about the Star of Bethlehem, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC campus, 310.434.4223.
International Gem and Jewelry Show, noon-6pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday, $7, children under 16 free with adult, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., www.intergem.com.
Annual Parking Lot Sale, 8am-3pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., to schedule drop-off of items call 310.399.1631.
Artists Confronting AIDS, performances and installations in honor of those who have died, 3:30pm, free, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., to submit memorabilia to be exhibited in the show, call 310.453.1755.
Antoine Bonsorte, exhibit of photographs, opening reception 7-11pm, through December 17, Bonsorte Studio, 2401 Lincoln Blvd., 310.450.5200.
Ballona Bicycle Nature Ride, led by biologist/naturalist Roy van de Hoek, 2:15-4:30pm, free, participants urged to wear helmets and bring water and layered clothing, meet at Daniel’s Bicycles at Fisherman’s Village, MDR, 310.821.9045.
Famous, Almost Famous and Infamous, art event with auction and wine sampling to benefit Venice Community Trust, 2-8pm, Ravensworks Studios, 1611 Electric Ave., Venice, firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Fee, Jerry McMillan, Mark Swope, exhibits of photographs and paintings, opening reception 4-6pm, 6:30pm, through January 13, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410. Memorial for James Fee on December 7,
Muir Art and Antique Fair, art, antiques and entertainment, 8am-3pm, corner of Lincoln and Ocean Park Blvds., 310.399.7721.
Robert Rauschenberg, 28 shirtboards, collages, through January 20, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.0640.
Andrew Schoultz: Loud and Quiet, opening reception 6pm-9pm, through January 13, Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310.559.9156.
Synapse Dance Theatre, program of contemporary dance, 8pm, Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 1501 California Ave., 310.434.3000.
Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo, the first-ever exhibit of photography by Duke himself, private opening reception 7-9pm, through January 6, M + B Gallery, 612 N. Almont Dr. LA, 310.550.0050.
Whale Rescue Team Fundraiser featuring a raffle, silent auction, vegan refreshments and music by Brittney Elizabeth, 7-11pm, $20, Epoxybox Gallery, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.455.2729.
What Is The Strategic Purpose of the U.S. On The World Stage?, conference with many guest speakers, presented by UCLA Extension, 9:30am-4pm, $75, Bradley International Hall, UCLA Campus, www.uclaextension. edu/theworldstage.
Ballona Nature Walk, led by biologist/naturalist Roy van de Hoek, 2-4pm, free, meet at Del Rey Lagoon Park, reservations requested, 310.821.9045.
Susan Krebs and her sextet perform Jazz Aviary, a musical celebration of birds, 4pm and 7:30pm, $20, Topanga Christian Fellowship Church, 269 Old Topanga Rd., Topanga, 1.888.869.4037.
The Mansfield Chamber Singers present a concert of works pertaining to light, 4pm, donation requested, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 958 Lincoln Blvd., 310.471.1247. Also December 10.
Media That Matters: Can Environmental Films Help Save the World? presentation by SMC adjunct communications professor Sheila Laffey, 7pm, City TV, Channel 16, http://citytv.org/.
Peter Stumpf, cellist, performs music by Bach, sponsored by Chamber Music in Historic Sites, 2pm and 3:30pm, $80-$90, Pali-Fekete Residence, 8609 E. Washington Blvd., CC, 213.477.2952.
SPARK, the Powerhouse Theatre’s monthly storytelling series, presents stories on the theme of “Roots,” 7:30pm, $10 or pay what you can, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.OFF.MAIN x5.
Jerry Calumn, comedian/writer/producer, speaks at SMC’s Mary Pickford Speakers Series, 7pm, free, screening room, Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Nanotechnology at SMC, final lecture in the Distinguished Scientists Series, 11:15am, free, Science Lecture Hall 105, SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4003.
Ten Canoes, a new Australian film in the Aboriginal language, 7:30pm, Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., RSVP by noon, December 5, email@example.com.
The Traveling Arts Information Workshops presents a workshop for artists, with information about fundraising, residencies, tax tips and more, 6-9pm, free, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., register at www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=37532826140.
Chess Grandmaster Lecture by Var Akobian, followed by Akobian playing 23 games simultaneously, 7-9pm, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Maggie Anton discusses her book Rashi’s Daughters, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Alternative Car and Transportation Expo, December 9-10, Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Air Center.