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May 25

An Evening of Balanchine with the Los Angeles Ballet, performances of Rubies, Apollo and Serenade, 7:30pm, $35-$95, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.998.7782.

Improve Your Love Life by Dating Differently, Dating, Love and Soul Mates workshop, with bestselling author Kathryn Alice, 7-9:30pm, $30-$35, Agape, 5700 Buckingham Pkwy, CC, 310.581.1981.

Out of Bounds West Comedy Festival, call for times and prices, Westside Eclectic Theatre, 1323A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850. Also May 26-27.

Rumors, Neil Simon comedy, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, through June 3, $12-$15, SMC Theatre Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

The Silver Key, a modern musical myth, 7:30pm Fridays/2:30pm Saturdays, $17.50, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2. Also May 26 and May 31.

SMC Student Films, 6pm, free, Room 214, SMC Art Complex, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.

May 26

Victoria Burnett, storyteller, 10:30am and 11:30am, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.

An Afternoon with Paul F. Cummins, co-founder of Crossroads and New Roads schools and Mirror contributor, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Health and Beauty Ball at the Mall, health and beauty presentations, photo shoot, poetry contest and more, presented by My Beauty Camp, 9am-9pm, free, Santa Monica Place Mall, 4th and Broadway, mybeautycamp.com.

Operation Gratitude 2007 Patriotic Drive, volunteers will assemble and mail over 50,000 care packages to reach deployed troops by July 4th, 9am-4pm, free, California Army National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, operationgratitude.com. Also May 27. Donations can be sent via PayPal or by check through Memorial Day to 16444 Refugio Rd., Encino, CA 91436.

Diego Teo, visiting artist from Mexico City, one night exhibit and reception, also launch party for RIM magazine, presented by 18th Street Arts Center, 7pm-midnight, free, Libertad Soccer Club, 1410 Olympic Blvd., 18thst.org.

Kunihiro Yamaguchi, opening reception 6-9pm, through June 24, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.

May 27

Canto Domino presents Requiem by Johannes Brahms with Maurita Phillips-Thornburgh, soprano, and Mary Gerlitz and Elizabeth Remboldt, piano, 4pm, $15-$20, St. Augustine By-the-Sea Church, 1227 4th St., information, 323.662.5007.

Refugee Nation, workshop performance with Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng, 2pm, $15, Highways Performance Space, 1655 18th St., tickets, 310.998.8765.

Sing! Sing! Sing! sing-along event celebrating the Big Band era, 4pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.271.9039.

May 28

2nd Annual Small Press Book Fair, daylong exhibit and sale of small press books with readings by Beyond Baroque authors, 10:30am-6pm, free, donation suggested, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.828.3951.

May 29

The Surfrider Foundation WLA/Malibu Chapter’s monthly meeting features guest speaker producer Paul Taublieb , 7pm, Air Conditioned Supper Club, 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

May 30

Collision Festival West at Ruskin, 12 short plays performed over 4 days, 7pm, $10 opening night, $20 for other events, through June 3, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Dr., 310.397.3244. Through June 3.

Driving Through the Decades, an original play by eighth grade students on the dangers of driving, 9am and 11am for faculty and students/7pm for the public, $5, John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St., 310.452.2326 x186.

Intro to Backpacking, 7pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.

Patt Morrison, reporter, TV and radio host and activist, speaks at the Activist Support Circle, 7pm, free, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.

Seminar: Beyond the Grave: The Right and Wrong Way to Leave Money to Your Children, 11:30am-12:45pm, free, DeWind Room, 2nd Floor, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.393.2721.

May 31

Art M.F.A. Exhibition #4, opening reception 5-8pm, through June 14, New Wight Gallery, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, UCLA, WW, 310.825.3281.

Spring Festival of World Music and Jazz, Music of Mexico Ensemble, 7pm, free, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, WW, 310. 206.3033.

Spring Sing with the Lyric Chorus, three-part harmonies with SMC’s Emeritus College’s Lyric Chorus, 10:30am, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Susan Straight discusses and signs A Million Nightingales, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore, PP, 310.454.4063.

Mark Your Calendar

Artists For The Arts Benefit with Jackson Browne, David Crosby, June 2.

Art Show on the Village Green, Pacific Palisades, June 3.

Topanga Blues Festival, June 16.

Main Street Summer Solstice, June 24.

Community Announcements

The Broad Humor Contest is now accepting submissions of feature films and shorts made by and/or written by women. Submissions will be accepted until July 7. For entry rules and submission form go to broadhumor.com or call 310.227.5376.

The 12 Steps for Everybody’s writing meeting, Thursdays 7-8pm, 16730 Bollinger Dr., PP. Call Frank L. at 310.454.5138.

“I’ve Got 7” is a campaign to alert Santa Monicans to disaster preparedness, launched by the Santa Monica Red Cross, the Santa Monica Fire Department and the City of Santa Monica. For information go to ivegot7.com.

Santa Monica College is seeking applications for the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the implementation of Measures U and S, the bond measures that are funding capital improvement projects at the college. Application deadline is June 4, 2007; applicants must be at least 18 years old; must not be a college employee or official; and must not be a vendor, contractor or consultant to the college. Applications are available by calling 310.434.4402.

The Santa Monica Conservancy’s walking tour of downtown Santa Monica is now being offered weekly. Tours meet at 10am every Saturday and cost $10 general, $5 for Conservancy members, reservations 310.496.3146.

Treepeople’s Gift of Life program offers a chance for people to honor loved ones by planting trees dedicated to them. A single tree is $25 and a grove of five is $100. Visit treepeople.org for information.

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