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January 12

Across The Atlas, talk by explorers about their trip to the Arctic, 7pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.

Eternal Child, mixed media installation by Patrick Kennedy, through January 21, Highways Gallery, 1651 18th St., 310.453.1765.

Returning to the Moon, Part 1, show about moon exploration, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” 7pm, $5 for one show or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

Strange New World (Extrano Nuevo Mundo), exhibit of art from and about Tijuana and border town culture, opening reception 7-9pm, through April 7, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

Tormé Sings Tormé, tribute to Mel Tormé by Steve March Tormé, 8pm, $40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

January 13

And Away We Go To Wonderland, a fairytale for kids 2 to 102, 12:30pm and 3pm, through February 11, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2.

The Book Of Lies, art and poetry group show, opening reception 6-8:30pm as part of Art Night at 18th Street, featuring Brazilian musician Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro), through March 23, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.

Miguel Rio Branco, I Won’t Take Anything With Me When I Die, Those Who Owe Me Something Will Pay Me In Hell, opening reception 6-8pm, through March 3, Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave., 310.587.3373.

Five Stories Higher: Burt Payne 3, Rachel Lachowicz, Monica Castillo, Douglas Perez and Don Ed Hardy, opening reception 6-9pm, through February 10, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.

Grease Sing-Along, screening of the movie with lyrics on the screen, for the whole family, 12pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

The Group 2007, group show, opening reception 6-9pm, through March 10, Gallery of Functional Art and Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.

How to Rescue Your Home Movies, advice on movie preservation with curator Lynne Kirste, 3-5:30pm, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Jose Lozano, exhibit of art, opening reception 5-8pm, through March 3, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.

Masayuki Oda, Time for a Hundred Visions, Part 3, opening reception 5-7pm, through February 24, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.

Leigh Salgado: Pubescent Beatnik, opening reception 5-8pm, through March 3, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.

Richard Sedivy: Ed’s House, opening reception 5-7pm, through February 24, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.

Self Expression For Teens, presentation by Santa Monica Teen Advisory Council, 3:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8620.

Storytelling in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with storyteller Hope Smith, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.

Henry Wessel, Vintage Works, through March 10, gallery luisotti, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0043.

World Travel 101 Workshop, presented by Hostelling International, 11am, $5 HI members, $10 non-members, Hostelling International Travel Center, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.

January 14

Malone Mills, Night Orbs, recent photographs, opening reception 6:30-9pm, through March 1, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211

Christopher O’Riley, pianist, tapes From the Top at 2pm at Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Storytelling with Asha’s Baba, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, free, Getty Center Tram Arrival Plaza, Getty Cultural Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.

Tribute to Robert Altman, featuring a screening of Mash, Altman’s original, controversial wartime comedy with Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould and Sally Kellerman, 7:30pm, American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., 232.466.FILM.

January 15

What’s The Story? storytelling series, 8pm, $10 or pay what you can, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.

January 16

The Anatomy of Dance, drawings of ballet dancers by graduates of Ryman Arts, opening reception January 20, 5-8pm, through January 27, Tag Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.

Pillow Talk, screening of Doris Day/Rock Hudson classic, 2:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Resurrecting the Los Angeles River, talk by writer Jenny Price, 7:30pm, free, Dining Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310. 454.1395×106.

January 17

The Capitol Steps, political satire troupe, 8pm, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, 310.546.6222.

Clean Water Act: Empower The People #7, a workshop with Santa Monica Baykeeper, with guest speakers Joe Geever of the Surfrider Foundation and Connor Everts of the Southern California Watershed Alliance, 7-9pm, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., 310.822.4522.

The Ear-Brain Connection, free seminar hosted by Dynamic Learning and Listening Center, 7-8:30pm, 1728 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, RSVP 310.827.5059.

Enchanted Lunchtime Theatre, for kids ages 3-5 and their parents, created by Santa Monica Playhouse, every Wednesday through June 6, 11:30am-1pm, $15 (includes all craft materials and lunch), 310.394.9779.

Life Coaching Workshop with Maria Elena Rigo, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Steppenwolf, film version of the Herman Hesse novel by Venice resident Fred Haines, discussion following with Haines, 8pm, live music at 6:30pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

Two Cities, Two Voices, two plays, The Watts Tower Project by Roger Guenver Smith, and Taking Flight by Adriana Sevan, recorded with a live audience for KPCC-FM’s “The Play’s The Thing,” through January 21, Wednesday-Friday 8pm/Saturday 3pm/Sunday 4pm, Skirball Cultural Center, 2710 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.827.0889.

January 18

Film Independent’s Cinema Lounge Short Film Screening Series, free, 7:30, Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd.

16th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exhibition, opening reception 6-9pm with host Graham Nash, through January 21, Friday and Saturday noon-7pm, Sunday noon-6pm, $20 for one-day pass, $30 for three-day pass, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 323.937.4659.

Mark Your Calendar

ART LA 2007 Art Show, Santa Monica Civic, January 25-28.

Community Announcements

The Art Institute of California has added “Sustainable Packaging” as a theme taught in its Graphic Design classes for the winter quarter. Students and professionals interested in the Graphic Design program can call 310.752.4700 for information.

Building inspections are now available online. The City of Santa Monica has launched a new Internet service, eInspections.smgov.net, enabling homeowners and contractors to schedule building inspections online. Another option is to call interactive voice response (IVR) system at 310.458.2202.

Community Art School is now open in Santa Monica. Classes are offered in a garden setting and are in conjunction with an online learning center, 310.804.0335 or go to campbellart.com.

The Fairview Library is looking for volunteer library tutors who will meet once a week with children in grades 1-5. To apply, call Sylvia Anderle, Fairview Branch Children’s Librarian, 310.450.0443.

Host an exchange student. Contact the World Heritage Student Exchange Program, 800.888.9040.

Jury Sanction Hearings for residents who ignored their jury service notices, January 16, January 22 and January 29, 1:30pm, Department A, first floor, Santa Monica Courthouse, 1725 Main St.

The Santa Monica Public Library announces the creation of the Green Prize For Sustainable Literature. Books published in 2006 in both adult fiction and non-fiction categories and youth fiction and non-fiction are eligible. Applicants can submit titles for to smpl.org/greenprize.htm before April 30, 2007. Prizes will be awarded in September 2007, 310.458.8600.

The Santa Monica Public Library is offering an amnesty period on fines for overdue materials the week of January 6-13. Billings for lost or damaged materials and fines on materials from other library systems are excluded from the amnesty program, 310.458.8600.

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