Art After White People: Time, Trees & Celluloid, William Pope.L, opening reception 7-9pm, SM Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Blvd., stores open until 10pm, Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.2525.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Rupert Holmes, audience interactive version of the Dickens classic, through October 20, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays $18-$20, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.837.3609.
Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, featuring documentaries, dance, Q&A, and a “sustainable drive-in event” free to people who arrive by alternative transportation methods, 8pm Friday/3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, $10, Electric Lodge, 1316 Electric Ave., Venice, tickets 800.838.3006.
LA Greek Festival, hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, 5-11pm Friday, free/1-11pm Saturday, $5/noon-1pm Sunday, $5, St. Sophia’s Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave., LA, lagreekfest.com.
Dance Studio Number 1 Open House, 4-7pm, free, 2037 Granville Ave., WLA, 310.235.2193.
Woods Davy: Cantamar (sculpture) and Richard Ehrlich, Vancouver Island (photographs), opening reception 4-6pm, through October 13, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Fabulous Flora, lecture on landscaping of the Main Library, 10:30am, free, north entrance, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Family Fun & Safety Day, with safety workshops, arts and crafts, climbing wall, nature trails, zip line and a children’s playground, 10am-3pm, The Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, 818.206.2222.
Teo Gonzalez, new work, opening reception 5-8pm, through October 20, d.e.n. Contemporary, 6023 Washington Blvd., CC, 310.559.3023.
Lauren S. Henry, With A Brush Of Love, opening reception 6-9pm, through October 7, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.
Robert Hudson: Sculpture, opening reception 5-7pm, through October 13, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Ice Cream Social with the Santa Monica Oceanaires, a capella singing and tribute to The Music Man, 7pm, $10-$15, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 310.472.1382.
Veronica Kellndorfer, Lichtspiel, opening reception 7-9pm, through October 13, Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave., 310.587.3373.
Russ Lippit signs Lion’s Share, 7pm, free, Dutton’s Brentwood Bookstore, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Kim MacConnel, opening reception 5-7pm, through October 6, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.8488.
Brian Mains, Purification and Renewal, opening reception 5-7pm, through October 27, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.
Mariza and the Story of Fado, documentary about Portuguese dance, 2:30pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4595.
Joseph Maruska, new paintings, opening reception 5-8pm, through November 3, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.
Christoph Schmidberger, Divide et Impera, paintings, opening reception 6-8pm, through September 29, Patrick Painter Inc., Bergamot Station, 310.264.5988.
Lee Webster Shaw, opening reception 5-7pm, through October 6, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, schomburg.com.
Brad Spence, Art Therapy, opening reception 5-7pm, through October 27, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.1595.
Top Hat with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Klaus Wanker, opening reception 5-7pm, through September 29, Mark Moore Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.3031.
Alexis Weidig, Small Things/Te Voglat, opening reception 7-11pm, through October 20, Overtones Gallery, 11306 Venice Blvd., LA, 310.915.0346.
Susan Woodruff: What Water Dreams, opening reception 6:30-8:30pm, through October 16, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0909.
Gil Garcetti: Women, Water and Wells, photographs of West Africa, opening reception noon-5pm, through November 25, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Kathleen Grace, Jazz Vespers, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Jewish Stories of Love and Family for the New Year, 2pm, free, Children’s Activity Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Joke Artist, live performances by cutting edge comedians, 8pm, media artist MS Garvey’s “Letters to the President,” 6pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon, 6:45am pro start, 6:55am elite start, 7am amateur waves start, fees $50-$185, race begins at Venice Beach, latriathlon.com.
Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts presents Limpopo, “Russian Entertainment Extraordinaire,” 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Andrea Meyer signs Room for Love, 2pm, free, Dutton’s Brentwood Bookstore, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Music Jam For Peace Concert, featuring pop vocalist Shine, jazz and spoken word artist Brooke Benson and Michael Maury’s a capella group, 4pm, free, Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., 310.260.8900.
Topanga Nights presents Old Bull and a screening of Jeremiah Johnson, gates open at 6pm, $7-$12, Topanga Community House Ball Field, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.2851.
UCLA Extension Writers’ Faire, open house for the Writers’ Program with panels and discounts for classes, 11am-3pm, Young Hall Courtyard, UCLA campus, WW, 310.825.9415.
Mike Farrell, actor and activist, discusses and signs his autobiography Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Allen Reidel, author of Best Hikes with Dogs, talks about hiking, 7pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370.
United 93, film about the heroic flight of a plane downed on September 11, 2001, first film in a new series dealing with election-year issues, discussion 6:30pm, film 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Tree-Savers Meeting, discuss strategies to reverse a recent City Council decision to uproot and relocate trees on 2nd and 4th streets, group walking tour to follow, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Place Community Focus Gallery, Broadway and 4th streets, 310.399.1000.
High Holidays Services, 6:30pm Wednesday-Friday/10am Thursday and Friday/children’s service 11am Thursday and Friday/traditional Tashlich 4:30pm Thursday at Will Rogers State Beach, Chabad Jewish Community Center of Pacific Palisades, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783.
Canvas, world premiere of play by SMC’s own G. Bruce Smith, through September 16 only, 8pm Thursday-Saturday/2pm Sunday, $20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, tickets 323.860.6625.
Future By Design, film about futurist and inventor Jacques Fresco, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
The Makers of Weather, exhibition of work by Joshua Elias, opening reception 6-9pm, through October 27, DCA Fine Art, 3107 Pico Blvd., 310.396.8565.
Metropolis screens at Santa Monica Pier’s Drive-In movie series, 8pm, free, tickets required (available at Vidiots and all SM Convention and Visitors centers), Santa Monica Pier, santamonicapier.org. See page 23 for more info.
Santa Monica Lifeguards (and LA County Lifeguards), presentation by Arthur C. Verge on the history of lifeguards at local beaches, 7pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Workshop about getting money for college, with speaker Shanee Chavis, business owner and college expert, 7-8:45pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.581.7954.
Mark Your Calendar
The Smothers Brothers, Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre, September 15
Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15
Taste of Santa Monica, September 16
Cure in the Canyons Beauty Fest, September 22
2nd Annual Malibu Celebration of Film, September 26-30
Abbot Kinney Festival, September 30
Community Announcements / Ongoing Events
Auditions for the Kentwood Players Production of Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade will be held September 8, 10am-3pm, at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, kentwoodplayers.org. Also September 10, 7-10pm.
The 18th Street Arts Center is building a new facility and needs an artist or artist team to add to the design group. The design team will create Santa Monica’s first “green” art center. This is an open call for artists to submit their qualifications for consideration. Deadline to apply is September 14, 2007, 18thstreet.org/artistRFQ.html.
The Friends of Ballona Wetlands and Santa Monica Bay and Los Angeles Audubon Chapters are offering a six-week training program for volunteers to lead tours of schoolchildren through the Ballona Wetlands. Training begins September 11, 9am-noon, and goes for six Tuesdays. For more information, call Cindy Hardin at 310.301.0050.
Heal the Bay needs volunteers for Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15. Volunteers are encouraged to join the EcoSmarte Home Water team at Santa Monica beach by the Pier from 9am-noon, ecosmarthomewater.com and click on the “Heal The Bay” fish.