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June 8

Art Squeak, exhibit of art from the SMC Mentor Program, opening reception 6-9pm, through June 23, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7449.

The Boomerang Kid, an interactive comedy by Chris Econn, though July 14, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays/7pm Sundays, $25,The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.off.main x9.

A Few Good Men, courtroom drama by Aaron Sorkin, through July 15, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $16-$18, Theatre Palisades-Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd., PP., 310.454.1970.

From Ancient Observers to Modern Cosmology, guest lecture by astronomer Nicholas Read, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5/$9 for both, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

La Raza Humana, a new choral piece by Edward Korvin, performed by the Santa Monica High School Choir, 7pm, $5-$10, Barnum Hall Theatre, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.458.5939.

Mental: The Musical, about a wacky family, by Fiona Hogan and Courtney Kramer, through August 26, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/7pm Sundays, special performance June 14, 8pm, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.

Michele Mikesell, Short Tails, art based on Grimm Brothers’ characters, through June 30, 6-9pm, Altered Space Gallery, 1221 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.452.8121.

UCLA Festival 2007: New Creative Work, festival of work by students of theatre, film and television, times and venues vary, schedule at tft.ucla.edu/festival2007. Through June 15.

June 9

Francisco Aguabella, Afro-Cuban conga drum player, 2:30-4:30pm, free, Café Z, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

Antique and Contemporary Tile Sale, 9am-4pm, $5-$10, California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., 310.392.8537.

Basics of Buying and Selling on eBay, 9am-noon, and Beyond the Basics of Selling,1:30-4:30pm, training seminar with Greg Kusch, $124 plus $15 materials fee, $199 for both classes, Best Western Hotel, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.712.2556.

Black and White: Larry Bell, Wouter Dam, Craig Kauffman, Tony Marsh, Ed Moses and Cheryl Ann Thomas, opening reception 5-7pm, through July 14, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.

Key Memories: Ellen Starr; Animalia: Cheryl Medow; Paintings: Cornelia Ford, opening reception 5-8pm, through June 16, Tag Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.

Masanga Marimba Ensemble, marimba group from Zimbabwe, noon-2pm, free, Café Z, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, through July 21, 8pm Saturdays/7:30pm Sundays, $8-$25, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

New West Symphony Gala, bid on celebrity violins and more, proceeds to New West Symphony and its children’s programs, 6pm, $250 per person, Regency Club, 10900 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 310.694.3550.

Paul Panossian, California Nationalism, through July 28, Cambridge Art Gallery, 200 S. 26th St., 310.451.2888.

Photography and Experimental Work, from young women, ages 14-16, in the Venice Arts Advanced Studies Photo Program, opening reception 5-7pm, through June 30, Venice Arts Gallery, 1809 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8533.

Real. Imagined, reception 7-10pm, through July 8, Sixteen:One, 2116 Pico Blvd., 310.450.4394.

Timeline, works by Kathryn Burmester, Chris Oatey, Amy Tallman and Maria von Kohler, opening reception 6-9pm, through July 28, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.

Andy Warhol, Still Lifes: Parts 1 and 2, opening reception 5-7pm, through July 14, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.204.0640.

June 10

Memorizing Rome by Richard Martin Hirsch, play reading, 11am, free, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Memory and Memorabilia Archival Show and Tell, reunion for Venice High students, presented by the Venice Historical Society, 1-3:30pm, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.967.5710.

Showtime: From Broadway to London, program of selections from hit Broadway shows and Beatles favorites, by the SMC Emeritus College Band, 3pm, free, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4306.

June 11

Jewish Women’s Circle of Discovery art event with watercolor artist Harriet Glaser will feature painting colorful butterflies. Each participant will create a work of art to take home, 7:30-9pm, $10, plus $5 materials fee, Chabad Jewish Community Center of Pacific Palisades, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, RSVP 310.454.7783 x206.

Masters of Graphic Design: Catalog Covers of UCLA Extension, exhibition presented in cooperation with AIGA, the professional association for design, through August 31, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., WH, uclaextension.edu/master/covers.

What’s the Story? storytelling series continues, 8pm, $10, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.

June 12

Fernando Richardson’s Treacherous Brain: A Story About Amnesia, Love and the Things You Never Meant to Say, by Monica Trasandes, staged reading, 8pm, free, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 323.860.6625.

June 13

James Joyce’s Bloomsday, live performances by members of Marshall McLuhan-Finnegan’s Wake reading club, 6pm/rare films, 8pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

June 14

The Belly of Paris: Flaubert, Maupassant, and Zola on Film, series begins with Gervaise, 7:30pm, free Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300. Additional films June 15-16.

Greeks on the Black Sea: Ancient Art from the Hermitage, through September 3, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, Malibu, 310.440.7300.

Michael Muller: Another Night Upon Us, opening reception 7-9pm, through June 23, M+B Gallery, 612 N. Almont Dr., LA, 310.550.0050.

Small Business Roundtable Workshop, working lunch meeting, noon-2pm, $20, Malibu Performing Arts Center, 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu, 310.456.9025.

Mark Your Calendar

Juneteenth Celebration, Virginia Avenue Park, June 16.

Topanga Blues Festival, June 16.

Free Roller Coaster Rides for Dads, Pacific Park, June 17.

Main Street Summer Solstice, June 24.

Green Gems of Santa Monica Walking Tour, June 28-30.

Community Announcements

Building inspections are now available online. The City of Santa Monica has launched a new Internet service, eInspections.smgov.net, enabling homeowners and contractors to schedule building inspections online. Another option is to call interactive voice response (IVR) system at 310.458.2202.

The Children’s Nature Institute is training volunteers to lead nature walks. Ages 6-up may apply. Training sessions will be held July 21 and 22 at Franklin Canyon Park. $60 donation covers materials. 310.860.9484.

Community Art School is now open in Santa Monica. Classes are offered in a garden setting and are in conjunction with an online learning center, 310.804.0335 or go to campbellart.com.

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

The Fairview Library is looking for volunteer library tutors who will meet once a week with children in grades 1-5. To apply, call Sylvia Anderle, Fairview Branch Children’s Librarian, 310.450.0443.

Into EdVentures is looking for families to host international exchange students. Call 1.877.522.4868.

“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.

Leads Club is an international organization that offers a weekly forum for business people. The Santa Monica branch meets for breakfast every Thursday from 7:30-8:45am at Bravo Cucina, 1319 Third Street Promenade. For information, call 310.442.5752.

Mother’s Prayer Group meets Wednesdays at 10am and allows mothers to get together for prayer, teaching, camaraderie and support. Childcare provided for small fee. Westside Vineyard, 3838 S. Centinela Ave, LA, 310.391.7366.

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.

Recycle your old electronics. To request a pick-up go to californiarecycles.com.

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

The STS Foundation is looking to place international students in Santa Monica homes for the 2007-2008 school year. The host family provides a separate bed, family meals and a safe environment. If your family would be interested in being a host family please call Sean at 800.522.4678 or Emily at 323.256.1920.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets and baby sweaters and hats for those in need. Call Kathy Silverton at 866.472.6903.

Team V of the Gulf Coast Work Project is in need of medical supplies and basic equipment to help people recovering from the Gulf Coast disaster. Call Jim Krause at 310.839.5455.

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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