Music By Beethoven, Faure And Rorem, performed by the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, 8pm, $25 or Music Guild season pass, St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienvenida Ave., PP, 310.573.7787.
Mark O’Connor, Grammy-winning violinist, accompanied by Appalachia Waltz Trio, 7:30pm, $25 adults, $10 students, Malibu High School Theatre, 30215 Morning View Dr., Malibu, 310.457.4567.
Frank Breuer – Containers And Poles, exhibition of photographs, through January 6, 2007, Gallery luisotti, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0043.
Civil War Battle Reenactments, 12pm, 3pm and 5:15pm Sat./12pm and 2pm Sun., $15 adults, $10 students, children under 6 free, Tijera Rejada Ranch, Moorpark, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also November 12.
Drums In The Night, Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play, presented by the Actor’s Gang, $25, 8pm, Thu-Sat./2pm Sun, through January 27, The Actor’s Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.GANG.
Ginga Arts 1st Annual Fundraiser, 8pm, music, capoeira, and silent auction to benefit programs for at-risk youth, tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at door, Santa Monica Art Studio, 211 Arizona St., www.gingaarts.org.
Happy Feet, sneak preview of George Miller’s new animated film, 10am, American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1326 Montana Ave., 323.466.FILM.
Nasreen Haroon, art exhibit, opening reception 5-7pm, through December 2, Schomberg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Janae Polish, Kristin Ducharma And Jennifer Joyce, exhibit of stained glass, art furniture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more, opening reception 5-9pm, Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., 310.449.1444.
Susan Patron will sign her new book The Higher Power of Lucky, 11am-noon, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.BOOK.
The Play’s The Thing presents Halcyon Days by Stephen Dietz, starring Anne Archer and Ed Begley Jr., 10pm-midnight, KPCC-FM, 89.3.
SOLA Dance Theatre presents two free dance programs, 11am and 2pm, Santa Monica Pier, 310.292.7024.
Tribute To William Pillin, an influential poet, featuring Michael C. Ford, Suzanne Lummis and Wanda Coleman, 7pm, $5-$15 (no one turned away for lack of funds), Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.578.6030.
Watercolor And Sculpture Student Exhibit, opening reception 6-8pm, through November 30, Brentwood Arts Center, 13031 Montana Ave., 310.451.5657.
Is America Becoming A Theocracy? Forum with Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak and Harry Schwartzbart, 1:30pm, free, Workmen’s Circle and Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310.552.2007.
Darfur Nightmare And The American Response, presented by Amnesty International USA Group 96, 1-3pm, SM Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Free Concert of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bill Marx and Jerome Kessler, 3pm, Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., 818.591.8477.
The Ocean Park Association’s annual meeting, 2pm, 2914 Highland Ave.
Oil Is History exhibit benefiting Energy Independence Now, with artists Horace Bristol and Louise Marler, opening reception 5:30-9pm, Frank Pictures, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Inherit The Wind, film about the Scopes trial, part of SMC’s Political Film Series, 6:30pm, free, SMC Science Lecture Hall 145, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
Jon Kroll, executive for New Line Television, at SMC’s Mary Pickford Speakers Series, 7pm, free, SMC Academy of Entertainment and Technology Screening Room, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Pacific Palisades Residents Association 48th annual meeting, guest speaker Councilman Bill Rosendahl, 7pm, Pacific Palisades Women’s Club, 901 Haverford St., PP, www.pprainc.org.
Road Songs And Hitchhiking with Elijah Wald, a program of films and live music celebrating hitchhiking, 8pm, also rare blues films from 6-8pm, free, Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.
Robert Scheer, political columnist, speaks on presidential and election politics, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, SM Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
What’s The Story, storytelling works in progress, 8pm, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.OFF.MAIN.
High Times On The Pier: The Ship Café 1904-1946, lecture by L.A. Times Food Writer Charles Perry, 7pm, free, Venice Public Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.577.9382.
“Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Images From Sinai,” exhibit runs through March 4, 2007, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
International Education Week at SMC with music, food and dances, 11:15am, free, at the campus Clock Tower, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4126.
Senegal: Last Summer, a program by students of stories and dance from Senegal, noon-1pm, free, Kaufmann Family Garden Theatre, UCLA campus, 310.825.3951.
Environmental activist and Palisades resident Laurie David speaks, 11:30am, free, NCJW/LA Council House, 534 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323.651.2930 x503.
TV Junkie, a film about too much TV, plus a preview of Vanishing America, a documentary on Lord Buckley, also live music at 6:30pm, films at 8pm, 7 Dudley Cinema, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Spa Day, a fundraising event benefiting individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Participating local spas that will donate at least 20 percent of the day’s proceeds include Dermalogica, Exhale, Hedonism Salon and Spa LeMerigot, www.spaday.org.
Telling Lives, a panel discussion about the lives of celebrities, 7-8:30pm, MLK Jr. Auditorium, SM Main Library, 601 SM Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Nov. 19, Student presentation of Flamenco Dance, Lincoln Middle School.
Auditions are being held by Kentwood Players of Westchester for Steve Allen’s The Wake. Auditions will be held Saturday from 10am-3pm and Sunday from 6-9pm at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., 310.837.3609.
The Santa Monica YMCA is accepting donations of canned food that will be given to the Sojourn facility for families in crisis. In exchange, donors who bring 10 cans of food per visit can use the pool, fitness center or join any fitness class. Donations can be dropped off at Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.393.2721 x135.
Through November 18
Adopt-A-Platoon program, presented by the American Red Cross and the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, is accepting donations of CDs, DVDs, batteries, stationery and other sundries to send to the troops for the holidays. Contributions should be delivered to the SM Red Cross, 1450 11th St., Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, 310.394.3773.
18th St. Arts center is offering a warehouse space for rental on a short-term basis. The space is adjacent to Highways Performance Space, is 20×27 feet and will be available November 1 through January 31, 2007. Contact Clayton Campbell or Michael Sakamoto, 310.453.3711 or email@example.com.
The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department is accepting applications for its Cultural Transportation Grant program. Funds for transportation to cultural events and venues are available for any Santa Monica-based groups (students, community and social groups). Applications should be submitted to Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division by 5pm on Wednesday, November 15. Contact Hamp Simmons in the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division at 310.458.8350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Veterans Administration and Westside Community Adult School offers Cook Trainee and Food Preparation classes to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the restaurant and food service fields. Registration is $20 with a $30 materials charge. Students may enroll at any time. Classes are held at the Veterans Administration Food and Nutrition Building, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., WLA, 310.210.2086.