Barbara Abercrombie signs Courage Into Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
American Tap Masterpieces: The Hollywood Journey – Dance, Music, Film, 8pm, $10-$40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055.
And Baby Makes Two, a one-woman show about adoption, with Nanci Christopher, Friday and 8pm Saturdays/6pm Sunday, through November 18, $25, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 323.960.7846.
Bagavagabond Bohemian Circus, variety and magic show, doors open at 8pm, show 9pm, $12, EpOxybOx, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, bagavagabonds.com.
Celebrating Success, breakfast benefit for Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition, 7:30-9:30am, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., 310.314.0071.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, musical based on an ancient Roman comedy, through October 21, 8pm Fridays and Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $15-$20, Theatre Arts/Main Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000. Also on October 20, 2pm.
The Mummy with Brendan Fraser, screens at Movies Under the Stars, 7pm, free, Malibu Pier, Malibu, 888.310.pier.
Open House for Project7ten, a LEED certified house, benefit for Healthy Child Healthy World, tours 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday/noon-6pm Sunday, $20, 710 Milwood Ave., Venice, project7ten.com. Also October 13-14, October 18-21, and October 25-28.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
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.
Marlena Chumo, Indian Summer, opening reception 5-7pm, through November 13, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Contemporary Chamber Music Concert, 1:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Ron Davis: Noise, opening reception 5-7pm, through November 10, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Isabelle Hope Grahm: Arrival, opening reception 6-9pm, through November 11, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, return of the children’s play, through October 28, 11am Saturdays-Sundays, $5-$7, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
LA Launch Party and benefit, featuring live jazz, an exhibit of photography from New Orleans, and excerpts from the film Mine: Taken By Katrina, 7-11pm, $20 donation, EpOxybOx, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, 415.359.4600.
LA Marathon Kids Kick Off Celebration, 10am, free, UCLA Drake Track and Field Stadium, UCLA, WW, marathonkids.org.
LA Recovery Summit, 8:45am-3:30pm, $35-$45, University Hall, LMU, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester, 310.305.9567.
Rachel McCampbell and Valerie Mendez, paintings, through October 27, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, documentary about Miles Davis by Murray Lerner, 2:30pm, free with admission, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Minnie and Moscowitz, the John Cassavetes film with special guest Seymour Cassel, 2pm, $15-$30, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
Organic Weed and Pest Control, workshop on natural gardening methods, 1pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Patriot Acts, part of a six-month public dialogue project, featuring Louisa Benson Craig and U Gunissara Ashin speaking about the fight for human rights in Burma, 3-5pm, free, Habeas Lounge, 18th Street Arts Center, 1629 18th St., 310.453.3711.
Janette Rainwater signs 2060: A Love Story In A Utopian Future, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Seussical, a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, 11am and 1pm, $10-$15, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055.
Erica Silverman, author of the Cowgirl Kate books, reads from and signs her books, ages 4 and up, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.book.
SLAM, an evening of dance, 4:30pm, $12 in advance, $15 at door, Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., tickets, cheshiremoon.org.
Take-A-Hike, charity hike for Breast Cancer research, with Shannon Tweed and Sophie Tweed-Simmons, 9am, $25 pre-registration, $30 day of registration, Paramount Ranch, Agoura, to register 213.486.4558.
Lynne Thompson reads from her new poetry book, Beg No Pardon, open reading precedes feature, 7-9pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Used Book Sale, 11am-2pm, free, Library Used Bookstore, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.395.1951.
Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, and von Weber, 3pm, free, Paul Revere Middle School Auditorium, 1450 Allenford Ave., Brentwood, 310.829.3149.
Creative PlayGround presents Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
SMC Emeritus College Band, selections from Richard Rodgers’ Victory At Sea, 3pm, free, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4306.
Fall Community Carnival, 11am-4pm, free, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, 3200 Motor Ave., LA, 310.836.1223 x238.
Ina Hillebrandt signs How To Write Your Memoirs, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Honor Thy Father And Mother, benefit for Santa Monica Playhouse, 7pm, $16, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.
Jazz Vespers, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Making Music For A Cure, entertainment to raise funds for FD research, 2-4:15pm, $18-$36, Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Dr., LA, 310.459.1056.
Malibu Art Exhibit, presented by Allied Artists, 11am-5pm, free, Malibu Nature Preserve, 33905 PCH, Malibu, 310.383.1374.
One Key Away Singles Party, 6-9:30pm, $25-$30, Santa Monica Bar & Grill, 3321 Pico Blvd., onekeyaway.com.
Daniel Pearl World Music Days Performance, 4pm, free, Miles Memorial Playhouse, Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.452.3244.
Pico Art Walk, artists’ studios along Pico Blvd. will be open to the public, including LA Marler fine print, Blue 7 Gallery, La Foto, SMC Photo Gallery, Samohi Roberts Art Gallery, UnUrban Coffee House, Virginia Ave. Park and others, noon-5pm, free, Pico Blvd., from Centinela Ave. to Samohi, 310.449.4477.
Shanghai On The Pier, the Special Olympics charity event, 10am-2pm, $150, Santa Monica Pier, tickets 213.480.3232.
A Simple Story by S.Y. Agnon, is discussed as part of Sex and Love in Jewish Literature, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Sing! Sing! Sing! presents Harold Arlen: Get Happy, a salute to the composer, 4pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.271.9039.
Porochista Khakphour signs Sons and Other Flammable Objects, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Syriana, film about the oil industry starring George Clooney, part of Political Film Series, 6:30pm, free, SMC, Science 145, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
What Harvest For The Reaper and The Poor Pay More, documentaries, 6pm, free, Documental, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.
Halloween Ha Ha’s, children’s program with puppets, 3:30pm and 4:30pm, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Harold and Maude, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Erin Hunter talks about and signs books in her Warrior series, 10:30-11:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.book.
Illymanya, documentary on the music of Guinea and its influence on Americans, 9pm, preceded by films on Sun Ra, 8pm, and George Clinton, 7pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Ron Marasco signs Notes To An Actor, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Sara Gruen’s Water For Elephants, discussion, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Boys & Girls Club Art Show, 6-9pm, free, Keller Williams, 2701 Ocean Park Blvd., #140, 310.482.2200.
Food For Thought Discussions: The Secret Within The Secret, talk by Laurie Hacking, presented in collaboration with Co-Opportunity, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
A Forest Of Symbols: The Historical And Social Palm Tree In LA, discussion with environmental historian Wade Graham, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
The Fortune Teller, a marionette show by Eric Sanko, through October 28, call theatre for show times, $32, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Melinda Henneberger signs If They Only Listened To Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians To Hear, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Living Life To The Fullest, cancer awareness event with cancer survivors telling their stories, 12:15-1:30pm, free, St. Robert’s Auditorium, LMU, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester, 310.338.4547.
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.
Saving Stuff, a Conservation Matters lecture, with Smithsonian Senior Conservator Don Williams, 7pm, free, Harold Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Singles Dinner For Six, 7:30pm, $15, Violet, 3221 Pico Blvd., pre-register with Tasty LA Singles Dining Network, tastyla.com. Also October 19 and 20.
Westside Transit Meeting, 6-8pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 213.922.6932.
Mark Your Calendar
Keith Antar Mason and the Hittite Empire, Highways, October 19-20
Royal Shakespeare Company at UCLA, October 19-28
Hands! The Musical, Church of the Nazarene, October 21
Halloween Horror Film Marathon, Aero Theatre, October 27
Marquez Halloween Festival, Marquez Charter School, October 27
Mar Vista Farmers’ Market Halloween Festival, October 28
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 LA Center is now open on Main Street, providing uplifting programs of meditation and yoga in a positive community environment, 310.917.2702.
The City of Santa Monica is offering an Arts and Cultural Transportation Grant Program, through Los Angeles County. Santa Monica Arts and Cultural Transportation Funds may be used for transportation to bring Santa Monica residents to arts destinations. Applications should be submitted by 5pm, November 16, 2007 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LA Arts Academy is offering classes in Art for Kids, Art for Teens, Ceramic Functional Art and Sculpture, Haunted House Workshop and Winter Art Camp. Call 310.829.ARTS.
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.
Bilingual Computer Literacy Classes are now being offered, Saturdays, 8:30am-12:45pm, free, University High School, 11800 Texas Ave., WLA, 323.477.2084.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire (BBBSLAIE) is looking for male volunteers to become Big Brothers to boys in need. Call Jenny Biechele at 310.338.0055.
Building inspections are now available online. The City of Santa Monica has launched 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.
California Adult Education Center has classes in citizenship, computer skills, ESL, GED preparation and testing, math and reading labs and high school diploma labs and testing. Classes are available for adults 18 and older, 310.664.6222.
The Christian Science Reading Room offers professional guidance, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, October 9-30, noon-4pm, 132 Brooks Ave., Venice,310.396.1390.
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.
Community Classes in Theatre Games, offered by Mob Rule Inc., a community outreach project, Sundays at 6pm, $5, fanaticsalon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Hire A Hero is a nonprofit program which helps the military community to network and find careers, hireahero.org/donate.
“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, 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, 310.442.5752.
LAUSD offers classes for veterans at Westside Education and Career Center. Classes are held at the University High School campus, 11800 Texas Ave., WLA, $20, 310.914.3565.
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 Marshall McLuhan-Finnegan’s Wake Reading Club meets first Mondays from 6-8pm at the Venice Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., free, 310-306-7330 or jesgrew.org/wake.
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.
Naked In Paradise, by Len Richmond, a novella taking place in Santa Monica, is now out from Sybaritic Press, sybpress.com.
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.
The Promenade Conservatory is offering arts training classes for the fall semester. Classes include Audition For Film and Television, Commercial Audition Technique, Improvisation, and Writers Becoming Directors. For information, call 310.656.8070 or go to promenadeplayhouse.com.
Recovery Inc. is a nonprofit self-help mental health group that conducts free (donation requested) weekly meetings. Meetings are Fridays, 6pm at SHARE! 5521 Grosvenor, LA, 310.306.6766.
Recycle your old electronics. To request a pick-up go to californiarecycles.com.
Relief Beads are handmade bead bracelets that raise money for Relief International’s work in Darfur. To purchase a bracelet go to reliefbeads.org.
Sand & Sea Speakers is a top-ranking Toastmasters club. Learn to become a more confident, poised speaker, Best Western Gateway Hotel, Carousel Room, 1920 Santa Monica Blvd., Monday nights, 7-9pm, 310.474.7704.
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.
Santa Monica Oceanaires barbershop harmony chorus invites men of all ages and voice parts to sing each Tuesday, 7-10pm, Church of Christ, 9733 Venice Blvd., WLA, oceanaires.org, 310.202.1380.