Western Lands, group art exhibit, through October 24, The Balmoral, 1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.3635.
Edward Weston: Enduring Vision, through November 25, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Suzan Woodruff: What Water Dreams, through October 16, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0909.
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome, through January 6, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
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.
Bridge and Tunnel, written and performed by Sarah Jones, through October 21, 8pm, $30-$65, Brentwood Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., (at the V.A.), 213.365.3500.
The Count of Monte Cristo, adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas classic by Sam Roberts, through October 21, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays/4pm Sundays, $20-$30, The Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 877.986.7336.
Gulliver’s Travels, adaptation of the classic fantasy by The Actors’ Gang, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays/3pm Sundays, through October 27, $20-$25, The Actors’ Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., LA, 310.838.gang.
The Hasty Heart, WWII drama by John Patrick, through October 14, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays/3pm Sundays, $20-$25, free tickets for veterans on Sunday October 7, Pacific Residence Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8392.
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.
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.
Burn, film about revolt on a Caribbean island, with Marlon Brando, benefit for the Cuban 5, 7pm, $5, 601 9th St., 310.451.2752.
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, shops open until 10pm, Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.2525.
Friday Night Lights screens at Movies Under the Stars, 7pm, free, Malibu Pier, Malibu, 888.310.pier.
Late Night Catechism, play by Maripat Donvan and Vicki Quade, 8pm, $10-$40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Mentors Walk, sponsored by Oxygen, Deloitte, and Time Warner Cable, with Jamie Lee Curtis and other celebrities, 6:30-9am, see website for fee, meet at beach in front of Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, oxygen.com/mentorswalk/register-LA.aspx.
Mt. Wilson and the Dawn of Astrophysics, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $4-$5, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Not About Iraq, dance work by Victoria Marks, 8pm Friday/2pm and 8pm Saturday-Sunday, $10-$15, Glorya Kaufman Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.3951. Also October 6.
Absolutely Halloween, a play about the holiday, through October 28, 12:30pm and 3pm Saturdays and Sundays, $10.50-$12.50, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2.
Blessing of the Animals Service and Festival, 10am, free, Courtyard, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 310.393.8258.
CHA Benefit Concert with Monika White and The Westside Voices, 7:30pm, $25, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.576.2550 x363.
The Children’s Dimetap Breathe and Boogie Tour, music with Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could, 9am-noon, free, Santa Monica Pier.
Citywide Community Workshop, to discuss transportation needs and development of new LUCE, 9am-2pm, free, John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St., 310.458.8341.
Come On Down! Behind The Big Doors At The Price Is Right, book event with author Stan Blits, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Communitas Awards, presented by the Church in Ocean Park, recipients include Rev. Jim Conn and Susan McCorry, Julie Lopez Dad, and The Honorable Sheila Kuehl, buffet 6pm, awards 7:30pm, $20-$50, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Dancing With My Demons, performance piece by Ruthy Otero, 8pm, $15, The Other Space, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.
Carol Davis reads from “Into The Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersberg,” 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263._
Electronic Recycling Event, 10am-3pm, free, Tyler Drive, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.452.0910. Also October 7.
Innocent When You Dream, play about Japanese-American war veteran by Ken Narasaki, through October 28, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, tickets 800.838.3006.
An Inspirational Global Pursuit For A Cure, a gala to benefit brain cancer research, 6:30pm, $325, Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.5074.
Alice Lunsford, watercolors and collages, Doug Spesert, costume illustrations, opening reception 6-9pm, through November 3, Blue Seven Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., 310.449.1444.
Rally for Recreation, to protest the County shutting down the picnic table area to build a hotel, 10am-3pm, free, Mother’s Beach, MDR, 310.305.2626, weamdr.com.
Reef Check Ocean Festival, entertainment including a screening of Surf’s Up, 5:30pm, free, Malibu Bluffs Park, Malibu, 310.230.2371.
Townhall Forum with Congresswoman Jane Harman and Others, including Marcy Winograd, hosted by the Democratic Club of Westside Progressives, St. Bede’s Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., MV, 310.490.3858.
Where We Live: Student Perspectives, show of work by student photographers, opening reception 6-8pm, through November 2, SMC Photography Gallery, Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4289.
Creative PlayGround presents Aesop’s Fables, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
The Enchanted Forest: Luxelab Benefit for AIDS research, hosted by Marcia Cross and Desperate Housewives producer John Pardee, 10am-4pm haircuts $80, reception with fairy tale theme, 7-10:30pm, $100-$200, Luxelab Salon, 1408-1410 Montana Ave., RSVP 310.358.2423.
Great Tastes in Brentwood, annual food and art festival with tasting samples from local restaurants and entertainment, benefiting local public schools, noon-5pm, $2 admission (free with a canned item to donate to the Westside Food Bank), tastes $2-$6, San Vicente Blvd. between Darlington and Bringham Aves., Brentwood, 310.442.1384.
Malibu Family Wines Seventh Annual Harvest & Crush Event, fundraiser benefiting City Hearts, 12:30-3:30pm. $35-$100, Malibu Family Wines, 32111 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, malibufamilywines.com.
National Coming Out Day, a day for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community to celebrate who they are, services at 9am and 11am, free, Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 1260 18th St., 310.829.5436.
Quintet Playing In A Minor Key, poetry with Wanda Coleman, Michael C. Ford, Mindy Nettifee, Austin Straus, and Amber Tamblyn, 3pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Santa Monica Symphony, featuring work by Elgar, Britten, and Haydn, pre concert talk at 6:45pm with Professor Raymond Knapp, kids welcome, 7:30pm, free, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., smsymphony.org.
Soloduo, classical guitar duo with Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, 2pm, $10-$25, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
2001 Space Odyssey Blast-Off, benefit for Westside Children’s Center, 11am-3pm, Sony Pictures Studios, 10202 Washington Blvd., CC, westsidechildrens.org.
Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival, short film program, 10am-3pm Sunday, free, Calamigos Ranch, 327 S. Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu, feature film program 6-9pm Monday and 6-9pm Wednesday, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., complete schedule at lachildrensfilm.org.
David St. John and Jeanette Clough poetry reading, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, moondaypoetry.com.
Forme Simple, exhibit by Nathan Marshall, reception October 9, 5-8pm, through November 9, XIT Gallery, AIU, 12655 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA, 310.302.2613.
Improving Your Memory Power, with speaker Lynn Nishimoto, 11:30am-noon, free, YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.393.2721.
Los Angeles Computer Society meeting, topic is “Demystifying Inkjet Printing,” 7pm, free, preceded by Computer Forum, 6pm, free, Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester, lacspc.org.
The Empire Builders, play by Boris Vian, 7:30pm Tuesday-Friday/ 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, through October 13, $10-$15, Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
How Does The Cobbler Make A Revolutionary Shoe? talk by author and playwright Diane Lefer, 11:15am, free, Art 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Rocky Lang signs “Confessions of Emergency Room Doctors,” 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
John Lennon Birthday Celebration, organized annually by Jerry Rubin, 6pm, free, John Lennon’s star in front of Capitol Records Tower, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 310.399.1000.
Pagan Paris and Sacred Feminine Artifacts of the Louvre Museum, lecture by Karen Tate, author of “Sacred Places of Goddess,” 7:30pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Rent Control Seminar, for owners of rental property in Santa Monica, 9:30am-noon, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8621.
Discussion of “The Foreign Correspondent” by Alan Furst, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Gateway to the Pacific, benefit for the Flight Path Learning Center, reception 5:30pm, dinner 7pm, Imperial Terminal, LAX, Westchester, 310.215.5291.
Mitch Golant signs “What To Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed,” 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Alice Pero and Douglas Kearney, poetry reading, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, moondaypoetry.com.
Ribbon Cutting and Reception for the opening of the Hip and Pelvis Institute at Saint John’s Health Center, 4:30pm, free, The Hip and Pelvis Institute, 2001 Santa Monica Blvd., RSVP to Dienna D’Olimpio, 310.829.6517.
Senior Art Forum, first in a series, presents “Catch the Art Train at Bergamot Station” with a panel of art experts, 1pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
For The Arts Benefit Art Auction, 6-9pm, $125 per person, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.396.4557.
A Piece of Work in Progress, written and performed by Juliette Marshall, 8pm, $20, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 323.960.7792. Also plays October 18.
Using Play with Hospitalized Children: The Critical Ingredient, lecture 7:30pm, free, Room 217, SMC Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310.434.4490.
Lula Washington Dance Company, master class, 11:15am, free, Gym 102, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4856.
Mark Your Calendar
For The Arts Auction, October 11
Special Olympics on the Pier, October 14
Hands! The Musical, October 21
Keith Antar Mason and the Hittite Empire, Highways, October 19-20
Community Announcements / Ongoing Events
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers. Positions are available for desk and telephone receptionists, blood services, computer and web design, public relations, class instructors, fundraising, working in disaster preparedness and assisting the chapter’s youth program. To volunteer call Tom Viscount at 310.394.3773 x112 from 1-5 pm, Monday through Thursday.
The new Ananda Los Angeles Center is now open on Main Street in Santa Monica. Ananda means joy. The Ananda LA Center is providing uplifting programs of meditation and yoga in a positive community environment. 2210 Main St., 310.917.2702.
Beyond Baroque offers free literary workshops, including weekly Tuesday night Creative Non-Fiction, 8pm, weekly Wednesday night Poetry, 8pm, and 4th Saturday Poetry and Prose, 11am. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
The Disney Junior Philharmonic Orchestra is auditioning young musicians ages 12 through 25, who play violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, alto sax, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, tympani and percussion. For tryouts call 323.272.3667.
The 18th Street Art Center is looking for an artist or art team to become part of the design team for the new facility planned for the Center. Deadline to apply is October 22, 2007. To apply call Jan Williamson at 310.453.3711 x111 or HYPERLINK mailto:office@18 office@18thSt.org.
The 12 Steps for Everybody’s writing meeting, Thursdays 7-8pm, 16730 Bollinger Dr., PP. Call Frank L. at 310.454.5138.
HGTV’s Over Your Head is casting for its third season and is looking for Southern Californian homeowners with home improvement projects that they can’t finish. Projects must be genuine do-it-yourself projects. Go to overyourhead.tv to contact the producers.
Life Story Writing Class, taught by Jeanette Shelburne, begins October 10, sponsored by Westside Education & Career Center (LAUSD), 2-4:30pm, Simon Wiesenthal Center Library & Archives, 1399 S. Roxbury Dr., LA, 310.772.7605.
The Santa Monica Baha’i Center offers Sunday morning prayer services, followed by class on the theme of “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit,” 10am, free, 3102 Colorado Ave., santamonicabahai.org.
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.
SMC’s Continuing Education Program is offering free ESL and Citizenship classes, 1-4pm Wednesdays, at SMC’s Bundy campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, and at the Madison campus, Santa Monica Blvd. and 11th St. 310.434.3400.
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, treepeople.org.
The West LA Bird Club meets the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm, at the Culver City American Legion Hall, 5309 S. Sepulveda Blvd., CC. Members can bring their feathered friends as long as the birds are clipped, caged or harnessed. There are speakers, refreshments and camaraderie with bird lovers. Bring this listing to a future meeting for complementary one-time guest admission, 310.345.0800.