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February 9-10

Billy Wilder Films At The Billy Wilder Theatre

The UCLA Film and Television Archive is opening a regular film series at the Hammer museum’s new Billy Wilder Theatre with a weekend salute to the German-born writer-director whose films pinpointed a darkly humorous view of American foibles. The series begins Friday at 7:30pm with the Oscar-winning The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in a story about office politics and sex, and continues on Saturday at 7:30pm with Some Like It Hot, with Lemmon and Tony Curtis as two unlikely cross-dressing musicians playing in a band with Marilyn Monroe. Just remember: nobody’s perfect! $8-$9, Billy Wilder Theatre at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 310.443.7000.

February 9

Alan Rachins: Ready! Aim! Slit Your Wrists! My Army Story, kicks off the What’s the Story Festival, 8pm, $10-$15, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.

An Unreasonable Man, documentary about Ralph Nader, 4:30pm, 7:15pm and 9:55 pm, Nader, director and cast in person, Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.281.8223.

Free Energy: The Race to Zero Point, documentary about theories of energy with director Chris Toussaint in person, 7:30pm, donation $5, Café Bolivar, 1741 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.9681.

David Hockney, the East Yorkshire Landscape, opening reception 7-9pm, through March 17, LA Louver Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., 310.822.4955.

The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

No Shame Theatre, five-minute comedy sketches created less than an hour before showtime, 11pm (early arrivals can be in the show), ongoing Fridays through May 18, $5, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.396.3680 x10.

The Relevance of Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century, part three of a four-part series, presented by the Anti-Defamation League, 4:15-8:30pm, registration fee $75, ADL Office, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.446.8000 x228.

Rimi Yang, opening reception 6-9pm, through March 9, Bill Lowe Gallery, 2034 Broadway, 310.449.0184.

February 9 – 11

The Busy World is Hushed, starring Jill Clayburgh, recorded with a live audience for KPCC’s The Play’s The Thing, 8pm Friday/3pm Saturday/4pm Sunday, $20-$46, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.827.0889.

Life in a Jar, a play about a woman who rescues children during the Holocaust, written and performed by high school students from Kansas, 1:30pm Friday, free, St. Monica’s Catholic High School, 725 California Ave. Also 7:30pm Sunday, donations accepted, Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Dr., LA, 310.889.2282.

Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, readings by actors including Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Neil Patrick Harris and John Lithgow, 8pm Friday-Sunday, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.

Southern California Linux Expo, 10am-7pm, $10-$60, Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., LA, socallinuxexpo.org/scale5x.

February 10

Blacks in Film, talk by SMC’s Anne Powers, 1pm, followed by screening of Vincente Minnelli’s Cabin In The Sky, 2:30pm, free, MLK Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Marlene Capell, Variations, opening reception 4-6pm, through March 10, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.8600.

CSI Forensic Workshop and Open House, 10am, free, American Intercontinental University, 12655 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA, register at 310.923.5393.

Moumir Fatmi, Something is Possible, opening reception 5-7pm, through March 17, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.7535.

Knowledge Symposium, sponsored by Educate LA, to help middle and high school students and their families learn about higher education opportunities, 10am, free, Ackerman Union, UCLA Campus, WW, 310.645.0188.

3D Animation Workshop with animation artist James Ovelmen, 10am, American Intercontinental University, 12655 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA, register at 310.923.5393.

Tony Marsh, ceramic artist, opening reception 5pm-7pm, through March 10, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.

Mask Making Workshop, 1-4pm, free (materials fee $25 members, $35 non-members), Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.7325.

Miniature Fantasy Show and Sale, 10am-5:30pm, $3-$6, Radisson Hotel, 6161 W. Centinela Ave., CC, 310.649.1776.

Storyteller Jon Reed, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross will help you recycle your old electronics, 10am-2pm, Wild Oats Market, 1425 Montana Ave., 310.394.3773.

February 10-11

Heal The Bay celebrates whale migration with a day of whale-themed activities including crafts, displays, films and whale-watching, 12:30-5pm, $5 requested donation for adults, free for children under 12, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 310.393.6149.

Nine By Parks, a performance of nine short plays by Suzan Lori-Parks, 5pm, free, at the end of Santa Monica Pier, 310.392.9396.

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. Also Feb. 17-18, 24-25.

What’s The Story? Festival continues with performances by Lisa Marie Sandoval, 6pm Saturday/3pm Sunday, and Jennifer Pagan, 9pm Saturday/ 6pm Sunday, $10-$15, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.

February 11

The Gumbo Brothers play funky music, 4-8pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

Shiner Sunday, comedy show, 7pm, $8, Westside Eclectic, Third Street Promenade, 310.285.4686.

Storyteller Michael D. McCarty tells tales of one man’s journey from Africa to Europe, for the whole family, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.

Valentine’s Day Tea Festival, with tea ceremonies, food, entertainment, 3-7pm, $10 in advance, $15 at door, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.285.4686.

Walking Tour of Palisades Park with Harry Medved, author of Hollywood Escapes, hosted by Rich Capparela of K-Mozart, free, tour begins at 2pm at Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., 310.496.3146.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? family matinee of the animated/live action movie, 3pm, $7-$10, Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., 323.466.FILM.

February 12

Margarita and Mojito Tasting at Border Grill, presented by SM Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7pm, $20 members, $25 non-members, Border Grill, 1445 4th St., 310.393.9825.

SMC’s Entertainment Speakers Series kicks off the new season with TV writer and LA Times columnist Joel Stein, 7pm, free, SMC Academy of Entertainment and Technology Screening Room, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.

What’s The Story presents its regular Monday night storytelling show, 8pm, pay what you can, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.

February 13

Seminar on Money Management for Women, 6:30pm, $30-$35 at the door, Harbor House, 4211 Admiralty Way, MDR, RSVP 310.202.6360.

What Is The Right Size For the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District? workshop with school superintendent Diane Talarico, 4pm, SMMUSD, 1651 16th St., 310.450.8338.

February 13-14

Take the Love Train, a Valentine’ Day ride with gourmet dinner and entertainment, departs 6:30pm, returns 9:30pm, $89 per person, Fillmore and Western Railway, 805.524.2546.

February 14

Hollywood’s Fatal Premiere, an interactive mystery dinner-show, 7:30-10pm, $72 per person, Harbor House, 4211 Admiralty Way, MDR, 310.399.1507.

Pottery Wheel Throwing Classes, 8 weeks, $350 clay and firing included, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10am-noon/Thursdays, 7-9pm, Jennifer Joyce 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. Call Tammy Truong for more information, 310.394.9779 x673.

The Spirituality of the Icon, symposium hosted by LMU’s Department of Theological Studies, 3-5pm, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount Campus, Westchester, 310.338.7850.

February 15

Marian Howsepian performs in the What’s The Story Festival, 8pm, $10-$15, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312. Also February 16.

Pilobilus Dance Theatre presents new work, Memento Mori, 8pm, $48, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Pixel This, festival of short films made with the Pixel toy camera, 8pm, free, Vidiots, 302 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.

Samohi Jazz Band and Northampton School For Boys Jazz Band, 7-9pm, $5-$10, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.450.8338.

Mark Your Calendar

Mardi Gras at the Farmers Market, Los Angeles, February 17-18.

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.

Face Value, group show with Don Bachardy, Tanya Batura, Llyn Foulkes, Jill Greenberg, Kurt Kauper and Kim McCarthy, through February 9, Sam Francis Gallery, 1714 21st St., 310.829.7391 x425.

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

Flying Saucer Take Me Away, installation by Jay Stuckey, through February 10, Sixteen: One Gallery, 2116 Pico Blvd., 310.450.4394.

Quixotica, art by Warren Long, through February 10, Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave., 310.451.9984.

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