First Art Exhibit for the Next Generation, art show with work by local high school students, benefiting the SPIRAL Foundation, 7-10pm, $10-$20, Arena 1, 3026 Airport Ave., spiralfoundation.org.
Life in the Chaparral, hike and campfire, 7-8:30pm, free, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.
Pet Poetry, come read your poems about cats, dogs, etc, 7:30pm, free, My Pet…Naturally, 12001 W. Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.477.3030.
Star Parties, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5/$9 for both, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Taught 2 Dance, a musical memoir with Melanie Chartoff, 8pm, $18, proceeds to Santa Monica Playhouse Save the Playhouse campaign, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779×1. Also May 18.
Connie Arismendi, Paradise, new paintings, opening reception 5-8pm, through July 7, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.
Black & White: Gabriel Figueroa-Flores, Chris Gwyn, Jeff Charbonneau and Eliza French, opening reception 5-8pm, through July 7, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.
Combing Thru the Kinks, film screening and artist talk with Stacy Pyles, 7pm, free, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.
Compost Giveaway Day, in honor of Compost Awareness Week, free compost will be given out, 8am until supplies are gone, City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave., 310.458.8546.
In Plain Sight, Margi Scharff, Orville Stoeber, opening reception 7-10pm, through June 17, Overtones Gallery, 11306 Venice Blvd., LA, 310.915.0346.
Memories of John Browning: The Lhevinne Legacy Continues, film about composers John Browning and Rosina Lhevinne, director Salome Ramras Arkatov in person, 2:30pm, free, Cinema Z series, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Mother-Daughter Tea Party, for girls in grades K-5 and their moms or guardians, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
May Poetry Evening, poets TBA, also open reading, 7pm, admission $1.09 or pay what you can, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Revlon Run/Walk for Women, hosted by Sheryl Crow and Michael Chiklis, check-in 6:30am, opening ceremonies 8am, run 8:45am, $30, race begins and ends at LA Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park, LA, 310.322.3344.
David Shannon, author and illustrator, signs copies of Pirates Don’t Wear Diapers, 4-5pm, free, Every Picture Tells a Story, 1311-C Montana Ave., everypicture.com.
Spring Glam, designer sample sale, hosted by Fashion Elements (fem), 11am-5pm, $15 VIP admissions before 2pm, $5 general public, 2-5pm, Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., gotofem.com.
State Senator Sheila Kuehl speaks about her universal health care plan, 10:30am-12:30pm, $10 donation, Santa Monica Democratic Club, 939 San Vicente Blvd., 310.266.7315.
Topanga Children’s Festival, 11am-4pm, $5, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723, topangachildrensfestival.com.
Kathy Vargas, Recuerdo, new photography, opening reception 5-8pm, through July 7, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.
A View from Within, Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, through August 5, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4851.
Water’s Edge: Sally Lamb and Humbert Curcuru, art exhibit, opening reception 5-7pm, through June 9, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
A World of Art Workshop: Weaving Memories, bring photos and other mementos to make a gift for Mom, 1-4pm, $5-$15 materials fee, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
World Travel Workshop, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Centre, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
Judy Abdo, former mayor and councilmember, speaks at morning services, 10:15am, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Citywide Reads discussion on The Time Traveler’s Wife, 4pm, free, It’s A Grind, 602 Santa Monica Blvd., information 310.458.8600.
Free Ferris Wheel Rides for mothers, all day, 11am-9pm, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, 310.260.8744.
Arianna Huffington speaks about her book, On Becoming Fearless, 2-4pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Jazz Vespers concert series with pianist Gary Fukushima, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Mother’s Day For Peace, ceremony to honor mothers and to rally for peace, 2-4pm, free, Arlington West, on the beach north of Santa Monica Pier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oy, My Son the Klezmer, a Mother’s Day klezmer concert with Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz and Mark Dresser, 3pm, $15-$20, Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310.552.3417.
Private, an Italian film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 6:30pm, free, History and Social Science 105, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
What’s the Story? solo performance works in progress, 8pm, $10, The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.
Workshop for Voter-Owned Elections, 7pm, free, Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., 310.775.1686.
Basic Bike Maintenance, 6:30-8:30pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.
Chautauqua, Tracking Topanga’s Terrific Turtles, 7:30-9pm, free, Dining Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.
Citywide Reads Discussion on The Time Traveler’s Wife, for teens, 6pm, free, Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Somewhere in Time, film about time travel with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, 2:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Rita Williams, author of If the Creek Don’t Rise, 7:30pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Business at Sunset, mixer presented by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30pm, $10 members, $20 non-members, Le Merigot Hotel, 1740 Ocean Ave., information, 310.393.9825.
Discussion on Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Fast Food Nation, film about the risks of fast food, part of the Sustainable Film Series, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Free Seminar on Identity Theft, 12-1:15pm, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.637.8344.
Punking Out, film about punk scene, 8pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave, Venice, 310.306.7330.
Bike to Work Day Pit Stop, ride your bike to work and stop at REI to win prizes, 7am-1pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.
Make Your Home Healthy, discussion with Rebel Clair about environmental issues in the home, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Mark Frost discusses The Second Objective, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.454.4063.
LA Opera Series, discussion of the 2007 season, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
2nd Annual Marina del Rey Boat Show, 11am-7pm Thursday-Friday/10am-7pm Saturday/10am-6pm Sunday, $10, Burton W. Chace Park, 3650 Mindanao Way, MDR, 949.757.5959. Runs through May 20.
Pacific Palisades Film Festival, opening night film LA Blues, 7pm, $10 film only, $50 for opening night party, Theater Palisades, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd., PP, festival continues through May 19, friendsoffilm.com.
Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz presents Music of India Ensemble and Music of the Balkans Ensemble, 7pm, free, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.206.3033.
Don Suggs, Concentric, through June 16, opening reception May 19, 6-8pm, LA Louvre Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.
Mark Your Calendar
Altbuild Expo, May 18, 19.
Brentwood Garden Tour, May 20.
Venice Architecture and Art Walks, May 19-20.
Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest, May 20.
Artists for the Arts benefit with Jackson Browne, David Crosby, June 2.
The Montana Avenue Merchants Association (MAMA) has launched a fundraising campaign to support summer camp programs for children with HIV/AIDS. T-shirts bearing supportive messages will be available for $30 until Mother’s Day, May 13, at shops on Montana Ave., 310.394.0044.
Paid Internships are available at 18th Street Arts Center. All interns must be continuing undergraduate students either residing or attending colleges or universities in Los Angeles County and not graduating before December 20, 2007. To apply, e-mail, fax or mail cover letter and resume to Michael Sakamoto, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., SM, CA 90404, tel 310.453.3711 x103 or fax 310.453.4347.
The new PVNET Annex Computer Technology Center is currently holding registration for its summer classes, “Intro to Digital Animation” and “The Producer,” a class that allows students to create a short, animated movie. For more information, please visit palosverdes.com/annex.