Catch, new dance works by Cid Pearlman, 8pm, $15, $5 for students, Amber Studio, Glorya Kaufman Hall, UCLA campus, 310.825.2101. Also November 4.
Half Baked, humorous memoirs-in-progress by Melanie Chartoff and Laraine Newman, 8pm, $20, mature content, proceeds to Save The Playhouse campaign, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2. Also November 4.
Kiwango, gallery show of works about Africa, including photos and t-shirts, by Thomas Brodahl and Peter Reid, opening reception 7pm, proceeds from sales of prints and shirts will fund an orphanage in Mozambique, epoxybox, 602 Venice Blvd., 310.862.4242.
Ragtime To Rap, dance program with Diane Davisson Dancers, Fri. and Sat. 8pm /Sun. 2pm, $15, Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 800.838.3006. Also November 4 and 5.
Too Much Freedom, a multimedia art event happening at various Los Angeles venues, opening weekend features receptions, video installations and projections, 7-11pm, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., 323.871.1950. Also November 4.
Who Needs HST? Show about the fate of the Hubble Telescope, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7pm, $5, lecture in Science Lecture Hall 140, Sky Show in Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
A Curious Show: The Collective Works Of Pressure Printing, opening reception 8-11:30pm, through December 2, Copro Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station, www.copronason.com.
All About Santa, a musical about the adventures of Santa Claus, Sat. and Sun. 12:30pm and 3pm, through December 17, $10.50 children, $12.50 adults, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2.
Bicycle Nature Ride In The Ballona Wetlands, riders meet at Daniel’s Bicycles at Fisherman’s Village at 2:15pm, ride is from 2:30 to 4:30pm, all participants must wear helmets, bring bottled water, 310.821.9045.
Family Christmas Bazaar, with crafts and spaghetti lunch, 9am-3pm, $6 adults, $4 children, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., 310.451.1303.
Lawrence Gipe, Zirkus und Variete, new paintings, through December 23, opening reception 5-7pm, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.
Heat And Light: A Pan-American Music Marathon, presented by the Jacaranda Concert Series, concerts at 4pm, 7:30pm and 10pm, $25, $20 students, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., email@example.com.
The House Is Small But The Welcome Is Big, exhibit of photographs taken by HIV-positive South African women, Venice Arts Gallery, 1809 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8533.
Naomi Karz Jacobs discusses her new memoir The Builder’s Daughter, 2pm, free, Palisades Branch Library, 861 Alma Real Dr., PP, 310.459.2754.
Learn To Sew Open House with American Intercontinental University’s Loree McConnell, 10:30am-12pm, free, lunch served, AIU Campus, Rooms 305-310, 12655 Jefferson Blvd., LA, 310.923.5393.
Tom Murrin, Stephen Holman, exhibit of masks, paintings and “ephemera,” opening reception 6-9pm, through November 18, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.
Susan McDougal, author of The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk, in conversation with Robert Scheer, 3-5pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Purpose Open House, a new nonprofit therapy center, 10am-4pm, 300 Corporate Pointe, #468, CC, 310.410.4551.
Greg Santos: These Things Happen, opening reception 4-6pm, through December 2, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.
Sculpture From The Sixties, work of six sculptors, through December 30, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
SOLA Contemporary Dance Theatre performs at Santa Monica Pier, 11am and 2pm, 310.292.7024.
St. Martin Of Tours Carnival, with rides, petting zoo, face painting, raffle and refreshments, 11am-5pm, free, corner of Sunset and Saltair, Brentwood.
Storytelling With Ellaraino, teller of African and African-American stories, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.BOOK.
Travel Workshop On Europe, part of Hostelling International’s World Travel 101, 11am, $5 members, $10 non-members, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
20/20, group show of Polaroids based on the 20 Questions game, through December 22, reception 6-8:30pm, 18th St. Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711. Reception also for Does Religion Kill?
The Verdi Chorus presents a concert of selections from Mozart, Massenet, Puccini and Verdi, Sat. 7:30pm/Sun. 4pm, $10-$35, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 310.826.8309. Also November 5.
Discover The Magic Of Reading, PS #1’s Festival of Books, 11am-3pm, free, PS #1, 1454 Euclid St., 310.394.1313 x101.
International Folk Art Market, 10am-4pm, $5, Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave., CC.
MOCA’s Mark Rothkos, exhibit of Rothko’s work from the permanent collection, through January 21, 2007, MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., WH, 213.626.6222.
Nature Walk In The Ballona Wetlands, with biologist and naturalist Roy Van de Hoek, walk begins at 2pm, meet at Pacific Ave. in parking lot north of sports fields, for reservations call 310.821.9045.
The Electric Lodge Presents Max 10, with 10 performers doing 10 minutes of whatever they want, 7:30pm, $8, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.306.1854.
Full Moon Hike, 6:30pm, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.
Ilfochrome Exhibit, color prints by well-known photographers, opening reception 6-8pm, November 18, show runs through December 9, SMC Photography Gallery, Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4289.
Mark Mack, Venice-based architect, lecture, 6:30pm, free, 1308 Perloff Hall (Decafé), UCLA campus, WW, 310.267.4704.
SMC’s Political Film Series screens Thank You For Smoking, a satire on big business, 6:30pm, free, Science Lecture Hall 145, SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
Peggy Post discusses her book on etiquette, 7-9pm, free, with limited seating, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
SPARK Storytelling Series, this month’s theme is “Unmentionable,” 8pm, donation $10, The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.OFF.MAIN.
Joel Stein, TV writer and newspaper columnist, speaks as part of the SMC Mary Pickford Speakers Series, 7pm, free, SMC’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology’s Screening Room, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Among The Righteous: Lost Stories From The Holocaust’s Long Reach Into Arab Lands, reading and book signing with Robert Satloff, 7:30pm, free (with reservation), Museum of Tolerance, 1399 S. Roxbury Dr., LA, 310.772.2527.
Creative Capital Community Workshop, town meeting to discuss plans for the future of Santa Monica culture, 4-10pm, Multi-Purpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Environmental Lecture Series at SMC presents “Making Santa Monica Bay Beaches Safe for Swimming and Surfing,” 6:30pm, free, Room 123, SMC Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., 310.434.4743.
Films About New Orleans including Never A Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band, Below Sea Level Stories and Always For Pleasure, 6pm, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Jesus Hopped The A Train, performance of a play recorded for radio broadcast, presented by LA Theatre Works, through November 12, Wed.-Fri. 8pm/Sat. 3pm/Sun. 4pm, tickets $20-$46, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.827.0889.
Damn Yankees, the musical about baseball, through November 18, 7:30pm, $10-$20, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Don’t Miss Your Life, lecture by Joe Robinson, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942, lecture by Donald Young, founding director of the Fort MacArthur Museum in San Pedro, 10am, free, Flight Path Museum, LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, LA, 310.215.5291.
How Did This Coward Get In My Life? A comedy about a “scaredy-cat,” 8pm, $16, proceeds benefit the Save The Playhouse Fund, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1. Also November 17.
The Village at the Civic Center Community Meeting, workshop #2, design feedback from workshop #1, 6-8pm, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., 310.434.2647.
Mark Your Calendar
Nov. 12, Amnesty International USA Group 96 – Santa Monica presents Darfur Nightmare and the American Response, Santa Monica Public Library.