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November 16

Gajin Fujita: Twilight Blush, exhibit of art, opening reception 7-9pm, through December 30, LA Louver Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.

November 17-19

My Favorite Bead Show, exhibit of beads and jewelry, Sat. 10am-6pm/Sun. 11am-5pm, $6, children under 16 free with adult, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., www.intergem.com.

Waiting For Godot, classic play by Samuel Beckett, performed by the Gate Theatre Dublin, Fri.-Sat. 8pm/Sun. 7pm, $20-$60, UCLA Freud Playhouse, UCLA North Campus, 310.825.2101.

November 17

Employee of The Month, sketches never seen in their entirety on NBC’s Studio 60, 8pm, Westside Eclectic, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850.

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.

Kiwango Closing Night Gala with KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad, 7:30pm-12am, $5 donation, epoxybox, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, RSVP to kiwango@stolen.la.

Meet the creative team behind Who Killed The Electric Car, also see clips from the film, 8:30pm, free, Vidiots, 302 Pico Blvd., 310.392.8508.

Overtones Gallery presents video works in conjunction with the current exhibit Decoys and Destructions, 8pm, RSVP by November 16, Overtones Gallery, 11306 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.915.0346.

Trail to the Stars: The Wanderers: A Tour of the Planets, an astronomy hike, 6:30pm, $5 parking fee, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.

November 18

Backyard Compost Bin Sale, 9am-2pm, Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St., PP, 213.485.2260.

Lassie, the new version of the canine classic, screens with a special appearance by Lassie at 10am, film screens at 11am, free, RSVP required, Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., 310.899.2727.

Life, Death, Love, War, The Works, art by Margaret W. Gallegos, opening reception 4-6pm, through December 23, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.1345.

Le Noze de Figaro (Marriage of Figaro), performed by SMC music alumni, 7:30pm, $25, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

Makeovers and consultations with Hollywood makeup artist Julie Hewett, 12-4pm, appointments needed, Palmetto, 1034 Montana Ave., 310.395.6687.

Brennan Manning, best-selling author, discusses “the heart of God” as part of “Conversations With Consequence,” 9am-12:30pm, Bel Air Presbyterian Church, 16221 Mulholland Dr., LA, cassie@belairpres.org.

Kan Oshiro, Dan Douke, Driving With Dementia, art exhibit, opening reception 5-7pm, through December 30, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.8488.

Pixel This, the annual festival of films made with the Pixel camera, 7pm and 9pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

The Play’s The Thing presents Johnny On A Spot, a 1940s political satire with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall, John Rubinstein and Gary Kroeger, 10pm-midnight, KPCC-FM, 89.3.

Jon Reed, actor and singer, tells popular children’s stories, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.

The Road Not Taken: Photographs by Andrea Comsky, through January 1, Universal Art Gallery, 2001 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.827.6858.

Spiritual Values And Practice For The Second Half Of Life: A Day with Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau, 10am-4pm, 147 Dodd Hall, UCLA Campus, 310.825.9168.

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Material Histories, exhibit of mixed media, opening reception 5-8pm, through January 6, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.

Patsi Valdez, Turn The Tables, exhibit of paintings, opening reception 5-8pm, through January 6, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.

November 18-19

Annual Holiday Boutique, with crafted items and baked goods for sale, Sat.10am-3pm/Sun. 8am-2pm, St. Joan Of Arc Parish Hall, 11553 Gateway Blvd., WLA, 310.391.2503.

November 19

The Artist In The Cupboard, or the Mystery of the Time Traveling Cabinet Dwellers, time-travel storytelling for kids with Antonio Sacre, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.

Bear Attack Summer, comedy show by the 25th Century Heroes, Sundays through December 10, 8pm, $8, Westside Eclectic Theatre, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850.

Five Golden Rings, jewelry and crafts fair, 1-5pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 213.382.2223.

LA Café Plays, “The Fastest Theatre in Town” with five plays going from idea to production in about 10 hours, 7:30pm and 9pm, $10, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., 310.397.3244.

The Santa Monica CoHousing Group is holding a meeting for those interested in learning about cohousing, 12pm-2pm, Palisades Park, meeting area marked by green flag and green blanket, www.consciousnesscentral.com/cohousing.

Celina Zambon, Passion Flamenco Dance Company, 6pm, $20 in advance, $25 at door, Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 1501 California Ave., 310.625.1715.

November 20

A Clockwork Orange, classic film about a government experiment to reform criminals, screens as part of SMC’s Political Film Series, discussion afterwards with film producer Bernie Williams, 6:30pm, free, SMC Science Lecture Hall 145, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.

Actor John Balma, a veteran of many films and TV shows, speaks as part of SMC’s Mary Pickford Speakers Series, 7pm, free, SMC Academy of Entertainment and Technology Screening Room, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.

Gore Vidal, author and living legend, will be interviewed by Michael Silverblatt of KCRW’s Bookworm, 7pm, free, Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., LA, 213.228.7000.

November 21

The Beautiful Legacy of Dying Stars, a lecture by UCLA astronomy professor Dr. Mark Morris, 11:15 am, free, SMC Science Lecture Hall 145, SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4003.

November 22

27th Annual Traditional Thanksgiving Meal sponsored by the St. Monica Parish Community. St. Monica high school students will help serve over 1,000 meals to the homeless, elderly and those in need in the community. Children welcome. Money and clothing donations welcome ahead of time. The dinner will be held from 3-6pm at St. Monica Catholic Church, 725 California Ave., 310.566.1500 x531. Shuttles available from St. Joseph’s Center at Rose and 4th St.

Mark Your


World AIDS Day at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, December 1.

Community Announcements

November 13-21

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.

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