Always But Not Forever, new play by Henry Jaglom, through December 4, 7:30 Fridays-Saturdays/2pm and 5:30pm, Sundays, $20, 310.392.7327.
Fowler in Focus: Doors in Global Perspective, exhibit of decorated doors from around the world, through December 1, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Incognegro, works by Mark Steven Greenfield, and Guatemalan Forced Migration, photos by Manuel Gil with text by Oscar Gil-Garcia, through November 30, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.4347.
Shona MacDonald, Shift, and Hemir Bjorgulfsson, Allure Gone Buffalo, through December 1, d.e.n. contemporary, 6023 Washington Blvd., CC, 310.559.3023.
Curtis Ripley: Nocturnes and Preludes, through December 3, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0908.
Time Lapse, group photography exhibit, through November 30, Peter Boxenbaum Arts Bldg., Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, 1714 21st St., 310.829.7391 x425.
Venice Community Trust Raffle, featuring work of over 40 Venice artists on display to be raffled, including Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, and 10 lithographs by Robert Graham, through December 1, Ravenswork Studio, 1611 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.301.6976. Raffle tickets can be purchased at venicetrust.com.
@Heart, play about family life affected by war and the military, by J. Powers, through January 20, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $15-$20, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.
Benefit for Relief Work, with local musicians The Procession, Zane Carney, Rai, Still Waters Run Deep, and Feedus, 7:30pm, $15, Venice Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave., Venice, myspace.com/thejenefit.
The Dig, solo play by Stacy Chaiken, through December 16, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/3pm Sundays, $12 suggested donation, The Co-Op at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice, 323.460.2508.
Donna Sozio signs Never Trust a Man in Alligator Shoes: What His Shoes Really Say about His True Love Potential, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Star of Wonder, planetarium show, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 for one show or $9 for both, John Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Evelyn Bernstein signs and talks about her book The Spirit of Nature, 11am-3pm, free, Haas Room, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
The Cool School-Hot Art Party, exhibit and sale featuring works by Frank Gehry, Dennis Hopper, Robert Graham, and Ed Ruscha, with live music, film screening and gourmet food, admission: one Venice Community Trust raffle ticket, 7:30-10pm, Ravenswork Studios, 1611 Electric Ave., Venice, venicetrust.com.
Dichotomies, art by Nobuhito Nishigawara and Hiromi Takizawa, opening reception 6-9pm, through January 19, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.
James Galway, Master Class with flutist, 9am-1pm, $20, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
John Huggins, Waves and Slopes, and Jenny Okun, Studio Walls, opening reception 4-6pm, through January 5, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Tribute to Nicolette Larson, 8-11pm, free, donation suggested, Synergy Café & Lounge, 4437 Sepulveda Blvd., CC, 310.482.3490.
Youssou ‘Dour, 8pm, $25-$60, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.4401.
OH 7 Art Show, through December 7, opening reception 6-10 pm, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Akio Takamori: New Work, opening reception 5-7pm, through December 31, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Anne Tardos, Simone Forti, and Steve Roden read their work, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Pascal Theriault, How Can I Tell You/Como Puedo Dicirles, artist reception 6-9pm, The Balmoral, 1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd., 310.392.3635.
Untapped Fury, heavy metal band, free food and drinks, 9pm, Nine Star-West LA, 11103 W. Olympic Blvd., myspace.com/untappedfury.
15% Off Sale at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.454.4063.
Teatr Zar, Gospels of Childhood, theatre piece by Polish company, 8pm, $15-$38, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.206.5305.
The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control, a presentation by Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, 2pm, $25, American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, 310.440.1246.
Hands on Once Again, seminar with Bill Berkson, 4-6pm, $50, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
The Kite Runner, benefit screening, reception 5:30pm, screening 7:30pm, $100, James Bridges Theatre, UCLA, WW, 310.478.1200.
Open Reading with Betsy Kenoff-Boyd, Terry McCarty, and Michael Slobotzky, 5pm, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Out of Thin Air magic show with Bradley Fields, 2pm, $10-$35, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
SMC Jazz Band, 4pm, $10, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Venice Ceramics Group Holiday Sale, reception 2-5pm, through December 5, Seidman Gallery, 2502 Main St., 310.392.0811.
Viz. Inter-Arts, a trans-genre anthology, project room show and reading, 7pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
The Astronaut Farmer, with Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen, 3pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
The Roman Triumph: The Dangers of Winning a War, lecture, 8pm, free, auditorium, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, Malibu, 310.440.7300.
Shanelle Workman, actor, singer, and songwriter, speaks at the Mary Pickford Entertainment Speakers Series, 7pm, free, Screening Room, SMC Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Rent Control Seminar, talk on the basics of rent control with Rent Control staff, 6:30-9pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8751.
Sponto Film Festival, featuring local filmmakers, all shot at the former Venice West Gallery/Sponto, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Upward Bound House Welcome Home Gala Dinner 2007, celebrates 10-year anniversary of Family Place, 6-9pm, Ahmanson Ballroom, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.659.5517.
Pamela Des Barres reads from and talks about her books on the rock scene, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Dame Evelyn Glennie, Grammy-winning solo percussionist, 8pm, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Make it New: Modernism and the Rejection of Realism, lecture and discussion with Dr. Lawrence Driscoll, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
The Magnificent Piranesi, exhibit of work by Italian artist and book designer, through March 10, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.
SMC Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew Altmire, 11:15am, free, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
ZenErotic Writing Group for Women, 7-9:30pm. For location and other information e-mail Carola at CarolaRoswitha@gmail.com.
Raise Your Voice For The Animals, entertainment, food, silent auction, raffle, to benefit Voice for the Animals Foundation, 6:30-10:30pm, free, 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.5153.
Mark Your Calendar
Five Golden Rings Art Fair, Church in Ocean Park, December 8
Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, December 8
SMC Holiday Art Sale, December 11-12
Getty Center 10th Anniversary, December 15
Eco Gift Expo, Santa Monica Civic, December 15-16