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October 26

Robert Carroll and Kim Stafford, poetry, $5-$7, 7:30pm, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Mars Exploration, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $4-$5, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

Eric Person Quintet, jazz, 7pm, $10, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4323.

Screwballs, a comedy about the sexes, by Jonathan Edelman, through December 15, $20, opening night gala $25, Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., WLA, 310.477.2055.

That Hoochie, one-woman show with Shoshannah, 8pm, $10, Westside Eclectic Theatre, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850.

2007 Rising Stars Benefit Gala for Big Brothers and Sisters, with emcee Jason Alexander, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, and other celebrities, 6pm, $500, Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., BH, 323.904.4400.

Allen Zadoff signs Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

October 27

Fear and Insecurity as a Cause of Conflict, lecture with Professor Douglas Becker, USC Acting Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, 4pm, free, SGI USA Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., 310.309.3209.

The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, a film by Rory Kennedy, 7pm, free, Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 1260 18th St., information Cathie Gentile, cathiegentile@verizon.net.

Isabelle Hope Grahm: Arrival, opening reception 6-9pm, also November 8, 5-8:30pm, through November 11, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.

Millard Kaufman signs Bowl of Cherries, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Oceanography, dance performance on the beach by Lion’s Pounce Dance Theatre, noon and 3pm, free, Santa Monica Beach, Lifeguard Station #20, 310.396.7324.

One Foot High and Rising, opening reception 6-8pm, through November 24, The Balmoral, 1522 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.3635.

Quick and Easy Basket Workshop, 10am-3pm, $49 plus $14 for materials, Room 428, SMC Bundy, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310.434.3400.

2001: A Space Odyssey screens at Movies Under the Stars, 7pm, free, Malibu Pier, Malibu, 888.310.pier.

War and Peace, opening night gala, presented by Maui Artists for Peace, through November 28, 7pm, EpOxybOx Gallery, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, RSVP info@epoxybox.com

October 27-28

New New New, Synapse Dance Theatre, 2pm and 8pm Saturday/2pm Sunday, $12-$15, Theatre Arts Main Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

Donna Sternberg and Dancers present Uncovered, 2:30pm, $12-$15, Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.260.1198.

October 27-29

WIRED LivingHome, a house designed for green living, presented by WIRED magazine, on view weekends through November 11, 10am-3pm Thursdays-Fridays/10am-5pm Saturdays-Sundays, $35-$40, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood, tickets at wired.com.

October 28

Hillary Carlip signs Queen of the Oddballs And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Creative PlayGround presents Halloween Stories, 11am, also Dia de Los Muertos, stories, 1pm, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Fall Home Tour, presented by AIA, self-guided tours of local unique homes, including homes in Venice, 11am-4pm, $65-$75, tickets and directions 213.639.0777.

The Lover, by A.B. Yehoshua, is discussed as part of the series Sex and Love in Jewish Literature, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Making it in Renaissance Rome, lecture, 4pm, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.

Omfest, a mini retreat and workshop, with special guest Ram Dass via Internet feed, only 200 participants, 3-10pm, $54, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., $54, sacredevent.org.

SMC Concert Band, 4pm, $10, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

Santa Monica Conservancy presents Connections, Historic and Sustainable, with a tour of the home of John and Susan Zimmer, 2pm, $10-$15, 528 21st Place, 310.496.3146.

Tribute to Tony Scibella, remembering a local poet, 4pm, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, RSVP 310.276.4768.

October 29

Green Dot Ball, benefit for public schools with live performance by Ferraby Lionheart, planetarium show, buffet, and open bar, 7-10pm, $225, Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd., LA, 310.899.9191.

The People vs. Larry Flynt, film about the controversial publisher, 6:30pm, free, Political Film Series, Science 145, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.

Singles Supper Club, a PICAS Singles event, 7pm, $2 members, $4 non-members, Chicago For Ribs, 8311 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester, RSVP 310.450.3465.

A Woman’s Dignity in Today’s World, lecture with Sara Levin, 8-9:30pm, $10, Chabad Jewish Community Center, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783.

October 30

Randy Cepuch signs A Weekend with Warren Buffet, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Glow Community Meeting_4:30-6pm, Ken Edwards Center 1527 4th St., 310.458.8350

Michael Hoeye, author of Time to Smell the Roses, talks about and signs his work, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.book.

Literary Series presents William Hart speaking on “How Ethnic Discrimination Works in Academia Today,” 11:15am, free, Art 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.

Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art, through January 20, 2008, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.

October 31

Bill McCarthy, peace activist and producer of the “Positive Spin” TV show, is guest speaker at the Activist Support Circle, 7pm, free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.

November 1

Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine is discussed by the SMMOA Book Club, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

Dr. Suellen Gauld speaks on “Life, Death, and Dining: Evidence of Cannibalism in Ancient Mesopotamia,” Science 145, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4003.

Your Right to Know, talk on food safety with Andrew Kimbrell, founder and executive director of Center for Food Safety, 7:30pm, free, Barnes and Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.0158.

Mark Your Calendar

Fall Fiesta, Pacific Palisades, November 3.

Citywide Chess Celebration, November 4.

Boys and Girls Club Dinner, Auction and Raffle, November 8.

Halloween Happenings

October 25-31

Halloween Week Special, programs of scary, spooky movies including The Haunting, Demon Seed, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Omen, and an all-night horror marathon on October 26, 7:30-dawn, $15-$20, price includes snacks, American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., 323.466.film. See movie listings for specific films and times.

October 26

Halloween Costume Party Extravaganza, DJ, snacks, costume contest, prizes, 8pm-1am, $20, Ahmanson Ballroom, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, DateinLA.com.

October 27

Tabloid Witch Awards, amateur horror film contest, 10am-5pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

October 28

War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, documentary film narrated by Sean Penn, with guest speaker producer Norman Solomon, presented by the Santa Monica Democratic Club, lunch at noon, speaker 1pm, film 2:30pm, $25 donation, 939 San Vicente Blvd., 310.266.7315.

Wicked Day, an environmental cleanup for Halloween, sponsored by Heal the Bay and the musical Wicked, 9am, free, Venice Beach, end of N. Venice Blvd., Venice, wickedday.com/events-la.html

October 29

High Tension, scary film, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

November 1

Day of the Dead Celebration, with Mariachi Los Camperos and Eugenia Leon, 8pm, $15-$38, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.4401.

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 hamp.simmons@smgov.net

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.

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., info@mobruleinc.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.

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.

The Land and the Spirit is a six-week course about Israel, offered by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. Classes meet on Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm, at Chabad Jewish Community Center of Pacific Palisades, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783 x206.

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.

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.

Free Music Lessons, with Ryan, all ages and levels, by audition only, 310.804.0138.

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 SMC Personnel Commission is seeking public input on its nomination of Dolores Press to fill an upcoming vacancy on the five-member commission. The public is invited to the November 14 meeting at noon of the Personnel Commission to comment on the nomination, room 111 of the SMC Business Building, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4416.

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.

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

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.

Santa Monica Baha’i Center offers Sunday morning prayer services at 10am, followed by class on the theme of “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit,” 3102 Colorado, 310.394.7971 or go to santamonicabahai.org.

The Santa Monica Conservancy’s walking tour of downtown SM 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.

Santa Monica’s Solid Waste Division has a website that answers many residential and business customer queries. To learn how to setup recycling programs at apartment buildings, what to do with unwanted electronics devices, where to drop off bulky items like refrigerators and answers to many more questions go to smgov.net/swm.

Skirball Cultural Center is offering courses through its Continuing Education program. Among the courses are International Dining Club, Demystifying the Los Angeles Gallery Scene, Experiencing the World Through Music, Memory Enhancement and classes in religion, jewelry making, and book discussion groups, 310.440.4500.

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.

Soroptimist is a service organization available to help women and children, meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month, 310.395.6168.

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.

Write Away, share your existing work in a supportive, constructive, free weekly meeting, noon-2: 30pm, Tuesdays and third Monday of the month, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.4675 or writeawaywritinggroup.com.

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