The Back Home Set, an original play by Sam Riley, presented in conjunction with the exhibit Michelle Rogers: Trouble At Home, 8pm, $5, Track 18 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678. Also April 14.
Life, Death and Entertainment, solo show by Susan Damante, benefit for Santa Monica Playhouse, 8pm, $16, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.
Playing Between, dance program with Cynthia Lee, 8pm, $5-$15, Amber Studio Theater, Glorya Kaufman Hall, UCLA, 310.825.2101. Also April 14.
Publication Party for The Heart of Mars by Chuck Rosenthal, 7pm, Equator Books, 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.399.5544.
Omar Faruk Tekbilek, CD release party, doors open at 8:30pm, performance 9:30pm, $30-$35, Bonsorte Studio, 2401 Lincoln Blvd., 310.450.5200.
Wounded, play about returning soldiers, presented and written by the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, through May 19, 8pm, $15-$25, The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.396.3680 x3.
What on Earth? plays by children from Santa Monica’s own Virginia Avenue Project performed by adults, 7:30pm Friday and Saturday/3pm Sunday, $5 donation or pay what you can, 24th Street Theatre, 1117 W. 24th St., LA, reservations 310.264.4334.
Word is Bond Poetry Festival, 8:30pm Friday, Saturday $15-$20/3pm Sunday, free, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., 310.829.2166.
Born, art by Andrea LaHue, and Bound, art by Stephen Crane, opening reception 7-10pm, through May 30, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.0815.
David Bungay: High Sierra and Wyoming and Brian Forrest: Dusk, opening reception 3-5pm, through May 19, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Earth Day on Third Street Promenade, environmental exhibits and activities with a family theme, 10am-7pm, free, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley at a Mobile District Office, 10am-noon, Third Street Promenade, 888.295.8372.
Family Drawing Hour, guided drawing workshop for children and their parents, 3pm, free, meet at information desk, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Free E-Waste Disposal Event, obsolete electronic appliances can be dropped off, 9am-noon, Castle Heights Elementary School, 9755 Cattaraugus Ave., LA, 866.548.8100.
GV6 The Odyssey, film about poets, also Q&A with the filmmaker Bob Bryan and live reading, 8pm, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.315.0056
A Million More: Celebrating Our Visitors, a family carnival to honor the milestone of having had one million visitors since the re-opening of the Main Library, 10am-4pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Murder Mystery Dinner Train, “Mission Implausible,” departs 6:30pm, returns 9:30pm, $89 per person, Fillmore & Western Railway, 800.773.8724.
Judith Orloff, M.D. leads a workshop about positive energy, 9:30am-3:30pm, $85, Seaver 200, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester, 310.338.2899.
The San Andreas Fault, facts about the fault, 9am-5pm, $65, Math Sciences, Room 4000A, UCLA, WW, 310.825.7093.
Singles Event, rapid dating with Renee Piane, registration 10am, event 10:30am-12:30pm, mingling 12:30pm-1pm, $30 advance, $40 at door, Creative Chakra Spa, 3401 Pacific Ave. 2A, MDR, creativechakra.com.
Surf Contest for Los Angeles surfers, presented by Freedom Artists and surfwise.org, 8am-2pm, free, Westward Beach, Malibu, 310.883.5021.
Wonder Cabinets, exhibit of shadow boxes, opening reception 5-7pm, through May 5, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Sounds of LA: Celso Duarte Ensemble, 8pm Saturday/3pm Sunday, free, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Verdi Chorus Concerts, 7:30pm Saturday/4pm Sunday, $10-$35, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 310.826.8309.
Fundraising Dinner for the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, with dishes prepared by gourmet chefs, silent auction and raffle, hors d’oeuvres reception 6pm, dinner 7:30pm, $100, group tables $1,000, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., reservations, 310.455.0181.
LA Café Plays, five short plays from conception to production in 10 _ hours, 7:30pm and 9pm, $10, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., 310.397.3244.
Piano Recital, with Steven Vanhauwaert, 2pm, donation $5-$10, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., 310.451.1303.
Rewind/Fast Forward, vintage Polaroids, opening reception 6:30-9pm, through May 24, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0221.
Ron Smotherman, author, speaks at the Santa Monica Zen Center Guest Speaker Series, 9:45-11:15am, free, 1001-A Colorado Ave., 310.572.9070.
Club de Brulos, documentary about magic, plus Popular, documentary on Cuban music, director Jennifer Paz in person, 8pm, free, rare Cuban films 6-8pm, Documental, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.
Do The Right Thing, Spike Lee film about racial conflicts, 6:30pm, free, History and Social Sciences 105, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4098.
Images of Pacific Palisades, program with Randy Young and Betty Lou Young, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Tiburon International Film Festival presents Nihi and Yeah Right!, 7pm, free, Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice, 310.396.8783.
AAA Great Battery Roundup, car battery recycling event, for each battery returned AAA will donate $1.50 to Surfbus, 8am-5pm, Westside Tow, 2200 Centinela Ave., 310.207.7909.
April Jollies, puppet show and storytelling, 3:30pm, free, tickets required, Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
ArtScene: The Los Angeles Art Awards, 5:30-9:30pm, $200, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 213.482.4724.
Best Spring Day Hikes, lecture, 7pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.
Business at Sunset, cocktail party presented by SM Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30pm, I Cugini Restaurant, 1501 Ocean Ave., $10 members, $20 non-members, RSVP smchamber.com/events/event.
Dysfunctional Family Film Festival will screen Pieces of April, followed by discussion with family therapist Kathie Adams, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Radical Communications: Japanese Video Art, video screenings, 7:30pm, free, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Valentine Achak Deng, subject of the book What Is The What? by Dave Eggers, will read from the book, 7pm, Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, 2916 Main St., RSVP 310.450.3701.
Orson Welles’ Multi-Verse, program saluting 50th anniversary of Welles’ Touch of Evil, with Brian Chidester, 8pm, surprise guest at 9:30pm, pre-show with music 6:30pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Flying The Friendly Skies, lecture on United Airlines, Flight Path Museum Speaker Series, 10am, free, Flight Path Museum, Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, LA, 310.215.5291.
Jim Krusoe and Dyland Landis reading in celebration of 20 years of the Santa Monica Review, 11:15am, free, Art Lecture Hall 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Dino Saluzzi and Anna Lechner in concert, 8pm, $20-$30, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, tickets 866.468.3399.
Mark Your Calendar
Hello Dolly at Samohi, April 20-28
Readers: A Literary Fest, SMC, April 21
Dino Fair, The Growing Place, April 28
The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is accepting applications from area nonprofits for capital and equipment funding requests. Grant applications for the Community Grants Program are due April 30. Applications and instructions can be obtained by contacting the Rotary Club at 310.917.3313.
Santa Monica Citywide Reads invites everyone to read and discuss The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, this year’s selection for the program. Book clubs around the city will discuss the novel from April 18-May 19. Copies of the book are available at Santa Monica Public Library branches. For information, call 310.458.8600.