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February 23-25

Bollywood-Tech, dance programs set to Bollywood-style music, 6pm Friday-Saturday/1pm Sunday, $15-$18, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.

February 23

Flamenco Concert with Rocio, 8:30pm, $26.50 advance, $30 at door, The Other Space Theatre, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., tickets 323.333.7067.

Maquilapolis: City of Factories, a documentary about Tijuana’s assembly plants, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

Eyeballs on the Moon, 8pm, outside viewing, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5/$9 for both, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

No Deal or Deal, a comedy show spoofing the TV game show, 8pm, $10, The Westside Eclectic, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850.

February 24

Family Festival with music, art, performances and storytelling by Yuval Ron Ensemble, SK Near East Music, St. Sophia Cathedral Dance Program, Alidz Agbabian, Carl Weintraub, David Orozco and Elmira Adamian, 10am-6pm, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.6198.

Married Flutes: Sounds, Sights and Stories, music program with Peter Sheridan and Lisa-Maree Amos, 7pm, $10, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

Realizing the Dream: Santa Monica Men of Courage, a panel with former Mayor Nat Trives and other community leaders, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8629.

Valentine’s Day Dance with Traditional Tango and Silent Auction, auction 4-9pm, dance 5-9pm, free, drink and food tickets $1-$3, Edison Language Academy, 2425 Kansas Ave., 310.396.1153.

VOOM, portraits by Robert Wilson, through April 21, ACE Gallery, 5514 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323.935.4111.

Paul Williams, Architect to the Stars, one-day class with decorative arts lecturer and art historian Eleanor Schrader Schapa, MBA, 10am-1pm, $75, Room 202, UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center, 10920 Lindbrook Dr., WW, 310.825.9061

February 24-25

Art Odyssey for Families, family tours of the museum galleries, 2pm, every weekend through June 30, free with advance tickets, sign-up at 1:45pm, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, Malibu, 310.440.7300.

Family Art Stops, half-hour art shows for families with children five and older, 2:30pm, every weekend through May 20, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.6198.

Weekend Scenic Excursions, three-hour train trip between Fillmore and Santa Paula, visit Heritage Valley avocado and citrus groves, departs Fillmore noon, returns 3pm, rain or shine, Fillmore and Western Railway, 800.773.8724 or fwry.com.

February 25

George Harrison 64th Birthday Event with music, poetry and guest speakers, noon, free, in front of Capitol Records Building, Vine St., Hollywood, 310.399.1000.

A World of Music, the SMC Emeritus College Band playing a program of Ravel, Rossini and Wagner, 3pm, free, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4306.

February 26-28

Annual Lenten Mission with guest speaker Father Edward L. Beck, 7:30-9pm, free, St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 725 California Ave., 310.566.1548.

February 26

Cynthia McClean, voiceover talent agent, speaks at SMC’s Mary Pickford Entertainment Speakers Series, 7pm, free, Screening Room, Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St, 310.434.3777.

Scott Ritter, political commentator, 7-9pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Story and Craft Hour, featuring stories and crafts related to the Purim holiday, hosted by Chabad Jewish Community Center and the Palisades Jewish Early Childhood Center, 4-5pm, Palisades Public Library, 861 Alma Real Dr., PP, 310.459.2754.

Three Kings, film about the Gulf War with George Clooney, screens as part of SMC’s Political Film Series, 6:30pm, free, Room 105, Humanities and Science Building, SMC Main Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.

February 27

Dream Workshop. Learn how dreams can reveal the hidden side of you and facilitate self-knowledge and growth, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Giving New Hope, benefit for the Children’s Burn Foundation, cocktails and silent auction, 6pm, followed by dinner and entertainment, 7:30pm, Beverly Hilton Hotel, BH, information 818.907.2822.

Open House at New Roads School, 6:30pm, free, New Roads High School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., RSVP by February 20 to 310.828.6561.

Rancho Monterey, Spanish Revival and Mexican Decorative Arts In California, opening reception 6-8pm, through October 28, California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., 310.392.8437.

Harry Shearer appears for an evening of conversation, 7-9pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

February 28

Activist Support Circle Second Annual Public Gathering, celebrates two years of meetings with guest speaker John Johnson of Change/Links, 7pm, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.

Christ in Passover, a presentation about what Jesus’s Last Supper and Passover have in common, 7pm, free, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd., 310.829.4113.

March 1

The Crucible, opera by Robert Ward based on Arthur Miller’s play, 7:30pm, $10-$15, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522. Also March 3.

Film Screenings: A Torah Returns To Poland, Klezmer Musicians Travel “Home” to Krakow, From Kristallnacht to Crystal Day: A Synagogue In Wroclaw Glows Again, in conjunction with “Cyrk: Polish Circus Posters” exhibit, 7pm, free, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.

New Ireland: Art of the South Pacific, lecture with Michael Gunn, 7pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, WW, 310.825.4361.

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fair, with food samples, cooking demonstrations and silent auction, 10:30am-2pm, $125, and 6-9pm, $175, proceeds to Planned Parenthood, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 310.395.0098.

SMC’s Literary Series begins its spring program with poet Uri Hertz and music by pianist Steve Correll and bassist Glen Mont, 11:15am, free, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.

Mark Your Calendar

VacationFest, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, March 4

Community Announcements

Art classes are starting now at Los Angeles Arts Academy, with classes for kids, teens and adults. LA Arts Academy, 1925 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.829.ARTS.

Bilingual Computer Literacy Classes are now being offered, Saturdays, 8:30am -12:45pm, free, University High School Campus, 11800 Texas Ave., WLA, 323.477.2084.

Lenten Worship Services, 7pm, Wednesdays through March 28, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd.

Pottery Wheel Throwing Classes, 8 weeks, $350 clay and firing included, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10am-noon/Thursdays, 7-9pm, Jennifer Joyce Pottery Studio, 3028 Pico Blvd., 310.392.4626.

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital seeks volunteers to spend four hours a day helping patients. Adults and teens may apply. Free open house information sessions will be held February 23, 10am-11:30am, March 14, 10am –12noon, and April 26, 2pm-4pm. For reservations and to learn more call 310. 825.6001.

Santa Monica Playhouse’s Youth Play Production Project is open for enrollment for students 6-14. Classes begin February 14, culminating in a live performances May 21-31. For information and to set up an interview call Tammy Truong, 310.394.9779 x673.

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 to smpl.org/greenprize.htm before April 30, 2007. Prizes will be awarded in September 2007, 310.458.8600.

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