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March 9

Biloxi Blues, Neil Simon’s comedy, through April 14, $16, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.

Postcards From Jupiter, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5/$9 for both, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC Campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

William Blum speaks on “Is it a War on Terrorism or an Expansion of the Empire?” 7:30pm, $10 donation, Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave., Venice, 310.838.8131.

March 10

Arbor Day Tree Planting, sponsored by REI, 9am-noon, 600 W. Imperial Ave., El Segundo, 310.458.4370.

Art Walk, sponsored by the City of Santa Monica, includes Santa Monica Art Studios, Barker Hangar, SMC Ceramics Department and individual artist studios, 1-5pm, free, Santa Monica Airport, 310.458.8350.

Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb in concert, 8pm, $60, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Eat, Drink and Be Profitable, talk on becoming a food writer with Rose Dosti, 10am-1pm, $39.99-$49.99, Creative Chakra, 3401 Pacific Ave. 2A, MDR, 310.478.6677.

Films on Artists and Musicians by Terry Sanders, 2-4pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Garland and Andy McKutcheon, 7pm, free, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.315.0056.

Robert Hernandez, new paintings, artist reception 5-8pm, through May 5, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.

Hill Street Center Third Anniversary Party with performance by Adaawe, 8pm, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.281.7572.

Laura Karetsky: Outside In, opening reception 5-7pm, through April 21, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.

Rabbi William Cutter lectures on “Literary Looks at Jewish Mothers and Fathers and Families,” 7:30pm, Kehillat Ma’arav Synagogue, 1715 21st St., 310.829.0566.

Represent Represent! The Tempt One Art Benefit for artist Tony Quan, 7-11pm, URB Art Gallery, 8553 Washington Blvd., CC, temptone.com.

Frank Romero, new paintings, artist reception 5-8pm, through May 5, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.

Ruskin Group Theatre presents selections from its series LA Café Plays in conjunction with Santa Monica Airport Art Walk, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., 310.397.3244.

SMMUSD School Board Workshop, discussion of the Facilities Master Plan, 9am-noon, Santa Monica High School Cafeteria, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.451.5444.

David Thompson, Metaflora, opening reception 5-7pm, through April 7, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.

World Travel 101, workshop on women traveling alone, 11am, $5 members, $10 non-members, Hostelling International Travel Center, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.

Yoga for the Lenten Season, one-day retreat led by Carol Rossi, 9am-4pm, $75, Trapp Center, St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 725 California Ave., 310.319.9764.

Kathleen Zundell, storytelling with puppets, 10:30am, free, ages 3 and up, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.

March 11

American Camping Association’s Camp Fair, 11am-2pm, gym, Norton Campus, Crossroads School, 1715 Olympic Blvd., 310.544.1042.

Flying Karamazov Brothers In Catch! acrobatic show, 2pm, $20-$40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Hollywood Escapes Cinema Bus Tour of movie locations around Venice, led by author Harry Medved and local historian Ron Acosta, 2pm, call to RSVP and for fee information, meet at Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.392.2646.

Michael D. McCarty, storyteller, 11:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, free, Getty Center Museum Galleries, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.

March 12

Book release party for Santa Monica Mountains: Range on the Edge, 7-8:30pm, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Erin Brokovich, starring Julia Roberts as the environmental activist, screens as part of SMC’s Political Film Series, 6:30pm, free, Room 105, Humanities and Science Building, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.

Paul Freedman, writer-producer, is guest speaker at SMC’s Mary Pickford Entertainment Speakers Series, 7pm, free, SMC Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.

Patricia Polacco autographs her latest book, 10:30-11:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.

Psychoactive Cinema and The Subject Is Sex Part II screen in Documental series, 6-10pm, free, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.315.0056.

U.S. Army Concert Band in concert, 8pm, free, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

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

March 13

Basic Bike Maintenance, 6:30-8:30pm, REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.

Billy Connolly Live!, 8pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays through March 24, The Brentwood Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., ticketmaster.com.

Eastern Philosophy Book Group, 7:30pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Spring Sprinkles, puppet show and storytelling for ages 3-5, 3:30pm and 4:30pm, free (tickets required), Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3304.

March 14

Ailey II, dance performance, 8pm, $10-$45, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, film about 1960s pop music, 8pm, pre-show features 60s “children’s show” Shrimpenstein, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

Choosing the Right Business, seminar on becoming an entrepreneur, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.450.3959.

Mass Transit and Our Big Blue Bus, SMC’s Environmental Lecture series, 6:30pm, free, Room 123, SMC Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310.434.4743.

Sick in America, a presentation about health care, 7pm, free with reservation, Venice Family Clinic Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, 2509 Pico Blvd., 310.664.7918.

Yoga, A Better Way To Move, with yoga instructor Sonja Chapnick, 10-11:30am, free, Center For Healthy Aging, 2125 Arizona Ave., 310.576.2550 x390

March 15

Debate on Israel and Palestine: Can a Confederation Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?, 6pm, free (donation requested), Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., information 818.783.2934.

New Beginnings, Los Angeles Ballet, 7:30pm, $35-$95, UCLA Freud Playhouse, WW, 310.998.7782. Also March 16.

Rock Climbing 101, 7pm, free, REI Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.

Brian Selznick signs his latest book, 10:30-11:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.BOOK

Talking, Showing, Creating, dance class with Loretta Livingston, 11:15am, Gym 102, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4856.

Westside Business Expo, 5-7:30pm, free, Doubletree Guest Suites, 1707 4th St., 310.393.9825 x12.

Mark Your Calendar

An Inconvenient Truth – Live! – The Road Show with Al Gore, March 21.

Community Announcements

The Art Institute Of California-Los Angeles announces a High School Scholarship Program. Students graduating in 2007 will receive a full tuition scholarship in Art Institute programs. Submissions must be in by March 31. For details on applying go to aischolarship.com/los angeles.

Lenten Worship Services, 7pm, Wednesdays through March 28, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd., 310.829.4113.

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City Council to Discuss Elections

Voter-Owned Elections will be a topic of discussion at the Santa Monica City Council Meeting, this Tuesday, March 13, 5:45 p.m. at Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street.

Community members are urged to attend the meeting to provide input and learn about campaign finance reform.

A City staff report on the measure is available online at http://pen.ci.santa-monica.ca.us/cityclerk/council/agendas/2007/20070227/s2007022708-G.htm.

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