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September 14

Accent Jewelry 20th Anniversary Event, free, 7:30-11pm, 10 percent of sales benefits Venice Arts, 2900 Main St., info@venicearts.org.

Bagavagabond Bohemian Circus, 8pm, $12, epOxybOx, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, bagavagabonds.com.

Cassini at Saturn: The Adventure Continues, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $4-$5, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

David Leavitt signs The Indian Clerk, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

My Beauty Camp’s Back to School in Style, beauty workshops, hosted by Monique Coleman and Jordan Hinson, 5-8pm, FORME Salon and Spa, 517 Santa Monica Blvd., RSVP 310.359.5317.

No Shame Theatre, plays conceived in one hour before showtime, every Friday through May 9, 11pm, $5, The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.396.3680 x10.

September 14-15

Ecumenical Worship Music Event to unite Christians of all denominations, 7:30pm Friday/8pm Saturday, $10-$15, St. Monica’s, 725 California Ave., tickets 310.566.1500.

Weekend of Film and Historic Lectures, screening of Boy on a Dolphin 5:30pm Friday/dinner and concert program with “dance doctor” John Cassese 5:30-10pm Saturday/lecture with Christi Walden 3pm Sunday/lecture with Amy Green 3:45pm Sunday, tickets $15-$25, La Senora Research Institute, 565 Dryad Rd., Santa Monica Canyon, 310.459.1310.

September 14-16

Latino New Works Festival, performances and visual arts, 8:30pm Friday-Saturday/3:30pm Sunday, $10-$20, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., 310.315.1459.

September 15

Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Ojos en los Ojos, The Eyes in His Eyes, through October 31, Rosegallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.8440.

Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Day, 9am-noon, free, Santa Monica Beach by the Pier, healthebay.org.

Herbicide, one-man show by Herb Astrow, 8pm, $20, proceeds to benefit the Save the Playhouse campaign, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1. Also September 16.

Made in California: Contemporary California Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, through December 16, reception 6-8pm, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4851.

Ann Nietzke reads from and discusses her fiction, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Save the Waves film tour, screening of Lost Jewel of the Atlantic, presented by Surfrider Foundation, 7pm, $10, Virginia Avenue Park Community Center, 2200 Virginia Ave., surfrider.org/malibu/

Simon Norfolk, Beirut: How Did You Come to Smell of Smoke and Fire? exhibit of photographs, opening reception 5-7pm, through November 3, Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0043.

Max Sindell signs The Bright Side: Your Guide To Surviving Your Parents Divorce, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

The Smothers Brothers, 8pm, $10-$65, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Supermodel Makeovers at Sephora, offered by Too Faced Cosmetics and Miss Sixty, noon-6pm, Sephora Santa Monica, 1349 Third Street Promenade, call for appointments 310.395.3460.

Johnny Swing, Fast and Present, opening reception 6-9pm, through November 11, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.

Urban Stills, by Anne Ward Sures, opening reception 5-9pm, through October 20, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.

September 16

Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts presents Jumbo Shrimp Circus, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Fundraiser Walk for the Foundation for Prader-Willi Syndrome Research, with Congresswoman Jane Harman, 10am-1pm, $5 children, $25 adults, Mar Vista Elementary School, 3330 Granville Ave., 310.994.3570.

Reef Check International Ocean Festival, 2-10pm, $250-$25,000, Malibu West Beach Club, 30756 PCH, Malibu, reefcheck.org.

Sing! Sing! Sing! presents “Gershwinner,” a program of songs by George Gershwin, 4pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.271.9039.

Joel Stern demonstrates the art of origami and signs Animated Origami Faces, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Venice Music Festival and Jazz at Palms Court Champagne Brunch, brunch 11am-2pm, reservations only, music festival 2-5pm, featuring Ashley Maher, Los Pinguos and silent auction, 733-743 Palms Blvd., vchcorp.org.

Weaver’s Perspective: An Insider’s Look at Japanese Bast Fiber Textiles, with Melissa M. Rinne, assistant curator of Japanese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.

Your Heart’s Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature, discussion of Phillip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, led by scholar Barbara Bilson, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

September 17

An Inconvenient Truth, 3pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Joanne Baron, actress, comedian, producer and acting coach, speaks at the Mary Pickford Entertainment Speakers Series, 7pm, Screening Room, SMC Academy of Entertainment & Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.

15th Annual Malibu Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, hosted by Cheech Marin, 10:30am-6pm, $150, Malibu Country Club, 901 Encinal Canyon Rd., Malibu, 310.456.9025.

The Oscar Levant Show, rare TV special, 8pm, plus other documentaries, 6pm, free, Documental, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.

PICAS Singles Dinner Party at C&O Cucina Restaurant, 7pm, $2-$4 plus cost of dinner, 3016 Washington St., MDR, RSVP 310.450.3465.

Mark Shapiro signs Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Starship Troopers, science fiction political satire about war, 6:30pm, free, Science 145, SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588. See page 27 for more information.

Super Size Me, film about a man’s journey through fast-food hell, 6:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

September 18

Black Watch, play about Scottish soldiers in Iraq, presented by the National Theatre of Scotland and UCLA Live, 8pm Fridays/2pm and 8pm Saturdays/7pm Sundays, through October 14, $38-$46, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.

Celtic History, Stories and Song, with Celtic musician Ken O’Malley, 7:30pm, free, Woodland Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.

City Council Hearing for the Historic-Cultural designation of the Barry Building, 2pm, City Hall, Room 350, 200 N. Spring St., LA. A bus will be provided, friendsofbarrybldg@gmail.com.

Roger Director signs I Dream In Blue, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Dr. Kate Gale, Poetry and Writing, The Way Into Your Best Work, lecture, 11:15am, free, Art 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.

The Graduate, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Shakers and Stirrers, business networking social, 6-8pm, $10-$15 in advance, $20 at door, Sheraton Delfina, 530 Pico Blvd., networkingforprofessionals.com.

Venice Beach Free World Film Festival, features, short films and awards, pizza at 5:30pm and 9pm, films at 7:30pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.581.4130.

September 19

Art Heals 2007, an evening to benefit Step Up On Second, with art work by Step Up members, 6:30-9pm, tickets $100 and up, The Lowe Gallery, 2034 Broadway, 310.394.6889.

Ismael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, discussion, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Junot Diaz signs The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Michael Levine, business executive and author, will speak about how to “Tune-Up Your Business,” 7:30pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Making Los Angeles A Liveable Place, with Jennifer Allen, policy analyst, presented by the WLA Democratic Club, 7pm, free, Venice Center for Peace with Justice and the Arts, 2210 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.390.3849.

MedEia, presented by Amsterdam theatre group Dood Paard, through September 23, 8pm Wednesday-Saturday/7pm Sunday, $32, UCLA Live, MacGowan Hall, WW, 310.825.2101.

Maura A. Ryan, professor at Notre Dame University, speaks at the 2007 Bioethics Institute Lecture, 7:30-9pm, free, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester, 310.338.4205.

Benny Zenga Films: The Winking Circle and Ski Boys, 8pm, plus other films, live music with Joy Rippel, 7pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

September 20

Anenu: Selihoth and Sacred Music from the Middle East with members of The Yuval Ron Ensemble, 7pm, $25-$75, 10505 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.474.0559.

The Bridge on the River Kwai, with a talk by producer/director Richard Gladstein, 7:30pm, $6-$10, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, tickets 866.468.3399.

Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry, Part I, workshop with Dr. Rachel Ballon, 7:30pm, $15, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., uclaartsandhealing.net.

Eve Kerrigan, owner of Reform School Pilates, discusses the benefits of Pilates, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Lara Santoro signs Mercy, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

SPARK presents an evening of storytelling followed by a reception, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.396.3680 x5.

The Story of Ferdinand, presented by performers from Creative Playground, for children ages 4 and up, 3:30pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8621.

Sustainable City Report Card Breakfast, 8-10am, RSVP by September 14, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.2213 or environment@smgov.net.

Team Women networking group kicks off the first meeting of its new Venice chapter, 7pm, Loja Designs, 1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 760.639.2823.

Mark Your Calendar

Cure in the Canyons Beauty Fest, September 22

2nd Annual Malibu Celebration of Film, September 26-30

Abbot Kinney Festival, September 30

2007 Green Prizes for Sustainable Literature, September 30

Community Announcements / Ongoing Events

Beatles fans: submit your Beatles-related art for The Beatles Art Explosion, an art show to be held September 28, benefiting For The Arts Foundation. Deadline for art submissions is Monday, September 24. For submission or other information, contact@bagavagabonds.com.

Docent Training is being offered by Topanga Canyon Docents, beginning Saturday September 15, for 10 six-hour sessions at 9:30am. $50 fee covers materials, memberships and introductory walks. Contact Bev Weil, 818.758.1964.

Montana Avenue is having a $2500 shopping spree between September 1 and 19. Shoppers can register to win up to once a day at any participating shop on Montana. Winner will have one hour to shop on September 29, ilprimopasso.com.

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.

Mt. Olive Film Night, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., entertaining and thought-provoking films shown on 2nd and 4th Saturdays, supper at 6pm, films start at 7pm, free, 310.452.1116.

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts is registering artists for its youngARTS 2008 program. High school seniors in the 2007-2008 school year or graduates who will be 17 or 18 years old on December 1, 2007 are encouraged to apply for individual cash awards of up to $10,000 and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Call 800.970.ARTS. Deadline is October 1.

The Oscar Niemeyer Centennial Photo Contest is accepting entries. Take a picture of a Niemeyer building anywhere in the world and submit before October 30, 2007. See neimeyer-madeira.com for details.

Project Nightlight’s latest billboard is up on Abbot Kinney Boulevard at Westminster Avenue. Project Nightlight is devoted to helping children tell someone if they are being abused. The billboard contains the organization’s phone number.

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