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Sharon Levy: The Wood, and Loren Holland: Black Magic Woman, through December 8, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

Letters to the President, play by M.S. Garvey, through December 9, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays/7pm Sundays, $20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 800.838.3006.

OH 7 Art Show, through December 7, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

The Perfect Sister, solo play by Carrie Gibson, Saturdays through December 8, 4:30pm, $12, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.

Plays Well With Others, a “topsy-turvy” installation of poppies made from coffee filters, by the PINK artists’ group, through December 8, Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery, SMC Madison, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3434.

Strings and Things With All Their Means, art by Lola, through December 10, Copra Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.2156.

United States of Imagination, neon light art by Joella March, through December 8, Sixteen:One Gallery, 2116-B Pico Blvd., 310.450.4394.

Charles Wilken, Jacob Arden McClure, through December 8, Applegate Gallery, 3101-A Main St., 310.396.7600.

You Are Here, art by Paul Pitsker and Ashley Mclean Emenegger, through December 8, Bandini Art, 2635 S. Fairfax Ave., CC, 310.837.6230.

THIS WEEK

December 7

The Art of the Simpsons, original drawings and limited edition prints from the TV show and movie, free screening of The Simpsons Movie at the Aero Theatre following the opening reception at 6:30pm, through December 31, Every Picture Tells A Story, 1311 Montana Ave., 310.451.2700.

Raise Your Voice For The Animals, entertainment, food, silent auction, and raffle to benefit Voice for the Animals Foundation, 6:30-10:30pm, free, 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.5153.

Sacco and Vanzetti, documentary about the two radicals convicted after a biased trial, 7pm, $5 donation to benefit Change Links, 601 9th St., 310.451.2752.

The Simpsons Movie, screening in conjunction with The Art of the Simpsons exhibit at Every Picture Tells A Story, 7:30pm, free, American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., 323.466.film.

December 8

Cate Adair, designer for Desperate Housewives, hosts a trunk show of her collection of handbags and leather accessories, 10am-5pm, cocktail reception 5-7pm, Platino, 909 Montana Ave., 310.394.0044.

Breath of Light, Healing Images for the Soul, film by Antoine Bonsorte and Abram Zinberg, 7pm, free, Bonsorte Studio, 2410 Lincoln Blvd., RSVP to 310.450.5200.

Dunkin’ Donuts Shopping Cart Derby, with host Maria Menounos of Access Hollywood, benefit for America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, 9am-2pm, free, Santa Monica Pier, register at dunkinathome.com.

Friends of the Venice Library Book Sale, children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, cookbooks, and more, 9am- 3pm, free, Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.821.1769.

John Lennon Remembrance, organized by Jerry Rubin, noon, free, Capital Records, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 310.399.1000.

Los Angeles Clarinet Choir in Concert, 1:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Holaday Mason and Richard Garcia, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Music Jam For Peace, concert with MoZella, Nikko Gray, and Shane Alexander, 3pm, free, Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., 310.260.8900.

The Nerve of Erv, cartoons by Erv Kaplan and book signing by Kaplan and Ray Bradbury for Ob-scenes: For Those Old Enough To Know, opening reception 1-5pm, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.

Venice Art and Fashion Show, fine art by America Martin, fashions by Zsega, 7-11pm, 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, aklofts.com.

West Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, with celebrity guests Luke and Murphy Jensen, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, David Duchovny, and Gavin Rossdale, games 9am-4:30pm, evening gala 7-11pm, Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Dr., PP, 877.888.6433.

December 9

Community Fundraiser for Westside Waldorf School, live music, DJ, giveaways, performance by the Juggling Kid, and an appearance by LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, 3-5:30pm, free, The Outdoor Room, 17311 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7064.

The History of Writing Systems in Africa, lecture with Konrad Tuchscherer, 2pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.

The Illuminated Path with Sylvia Boorstein, workshop with the author of Happiness is an Inside Job, 1-5pm, Roksi Dining Hall, Loyola Marmount University, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester, to register, insightla.org.

Dennis Kucinich, fundraising event for the Santa Monica Democratic Club, 1-3pm, free, request for contributions to be made at event, 939 San Vicente Blvd., 310.266.7315.

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

December 10

American History X, film about a family torn apart by hate, 6:30pm, free, Science 145, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.

Peggy Dobreer and Theresa (Antonia) read poetry, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.454.4063.

December 11

How to Make Tiramisu in a Trifle Bowl, cooking demo, 1:30pm and 2:30pm, free, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd., CC, 310.559.4770.

Native Plant Digital Image Show, for members and guests of the California Native Plant Society, bring digital images on CD or USB Flash Drive to show, 7:30-9:30pm, free, First United Methodist Church,1008 11th St., 818.881.3706.

December 12

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2:30-8:30pm, cafeteria, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., register at 800.448.3543.

The Family Stone, a film about family dynamics, discussion 6:30pm, film 7pm, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Harmonic Alignment, talk by musician Mark Romero about the scientific workings of music, 6-8pm, $40, International Coach Federation, LA Chapter, The Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., WLA, 310.242.6432.

Thomas Perry’s Vanishing Act will be discussed, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Sponto Film Festival, featuring local filmmakers, all shot at the former Venice West Gallery/Sponto, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

December 13

Cooking Decorating and Packaging, cooking demo, 1:30pm and 2:30pm, free, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd., CC, 310.559.4770.

Mark Your Calendar

Getty Center 10th Anniversary, December 15

Eco Gift Expo, Santa Monica Civic, December 15-16

Las Posadas, Olvera Street, Los Angeles, December 16-24

Alliance For Survival New Year’s Eve, December 31

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