Lita Albuquerque, through January 15, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.
The Cool School Revisited, exhibit of works by Frank Gehry, Dennis Hopper, Ed Moses, and Ed Ruscha, sales benefit education programs of the Venice Community Trust, through January 11, by appointment only, Ravenswork Studios, 1611 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.954.7339.
Richard Deacon, in association with Matthew Perry, sculpture, through January 12, LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.
Erv Kaplan, The Nerve of Erv, humorous paintings, through January 15, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.
Ester Partegas, What You Are, The World Is, through January 12, Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave., 310.587.3373.
Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome, through January 14, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.
Pascal Theriault, How Can I Tell You/Como Puedo Dicirles, through January 12, The Balmoral, 1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd., 310.392.3635.
The Catholic Girl’s Guide To Losing Your Virginity, new comedy by Annie Hendy, through March 1, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, $17.50-$20, Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., WLA, 866.811.4111.
Tad Daley will speak on “Solving the Iran Crisis Without War,” and “Envisioning the Road to Abolish War,” 7:30pm, free, Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 1260 18th St., 310.829.5436.
R.B. Kitaj: Passion and Memory: Jewish Works From His Personal Collection, through March 30, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Proof, play by David Auburn, through February 16, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $16-$18, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Starbirth in Orion’s Sword, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Charles Arnoldi: Wood, opening reception 6-8pm, through March 30, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 25255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.7257.
Jim Brickman, piano soloist, 8pm, $10-$50, Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Xavier Cazares Cortez, Make It (K) New, opening reception 5-8pm, through February 9, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.
Concert Celebrating Edvard Grieg, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Mike Disfarmer: Rare Vintage Photographs, through March 1, RoseGallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.8440.
For the Bible Tells Me So, documentary film that challenges traditional religious views on homosexuality, preceded by dinner, film followed by discussion, 6pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Roy Freinch reads from and signs Winged Creatures, 3:30pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
The Future of Nations, group exhibition that examines the election year, opening reception January 26, 6-9pm, through March 28, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.
Ron Griffin: Forgotten Paper, opening reception 6-8pm, through February 8, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Bergamot Station, tarrynteresa.com.
Group 2008, opening reception 6-9pm, through March 9, Gallery of Functional Art, Lois Lambert Gallery, 310.849.6691.
HeArt Benefit, fundraising reception for the nonprofit organization that supports overlooked teens in their quest to develop artistic talents, 7-9pm, M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main St., 626.791.3847.
The Magic Meathands, improv, 8pm, $5, The Spot Cafe & Lounge, 4455 Overland Ave., CC, 310.559.8868.
Yamamoto Masao, photographs, opening reception 10am-noon, through February 16, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Becca Midwood, recent works, opening reception 5-8pm, through February 9, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.
Gifford Myers, Wait A Minute/New Objects, opening reception 5-7pm, through February 16, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.
New Year’s Potluck and Open House, bring a dish and/or beverage to share, 6-9:30pm, free, Creative Chakra Spa, 3401 Pacific Ave. #2A, MDR, 310.823.9378.
Paint-Out, sponsored by the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, Inc., 10am, free, bring your own art supplies and lunch, Charmlee Regional Park, Malibu, 310.338.0333.
Gali Rotstein, opening reception 6-9pm, through March 9, Lois Lambert Gallery, 310.849.6691.
St. Monica’s Habitat for Humanity Bayou Bash, benefit for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, with jambalaya, drinks, and live music, 6-11pm, $35, private location, RSVP for address to [email protected]
Rock ‘n’ Roll Made in Mexico: From Evolution to Revolution, film by Lance Miccio, plus shorts, 8pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Julia Schwartz, Stephanie Visser, Gary Polonsky, reception 5-8pm, T.A.G. Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Ernest Silva, Vigilance, Full Moon, opening reception 5-8pm, through February 9, Patricia Correia Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.1760.
Vernacular Photography Fair, exhibit of photographs that have been separated from their owners or lost in time, 10am-6pm, free, D3 Projects, Bergamot Station, 310.829.9856. Also January 13.
Ted Wiley, Recent Paintings, opening reception 5-7pm, through February 16, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.
World Travel 101 Workshop on Europe, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
Icons of Rock and the Imagination, photography by Lynn Goldsmith, opening reception 6:30-9:30pm, through February 13, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Jazz Vespers, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Let’s Face the Music of Irving Berlin, presented by Sing! Sing! Sing!, 4pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.271.9039.
Open House with the New West Symphony, 4:30pm, followed by orchestra rehearsal at 6:30pm, free, Barnum Hall, Samohi, 601 Pico Blvd., newwestsymphony.org.
The Women, George Cukor’s film of the Claire Booth comedy with an all-female cast including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell, 6:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Robert Burns Day Celebration, with haggis and bagpipes, 7:30-9pm, free, Woodland Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.1395 x106.
Michael and Kitty Dukakis will debate the Israel-Palestine issue with Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of congregation Beth Shir Sholom and Josef Avesar, president of the Israeli-Palestinian Confederation, 7-9pm, $7.50-$15 donation, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., aboutipc.org.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Breakfast, presented by the Westside Interfaith Council, 7:30-9am, $20, Calvary Baptist Church, 1520 20th St., RSVP for tickets to 310.829.4411 or 310.450.0103.
Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting, 7-10pm, free, Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.606.2015.
Yina Tong, cellist, presented by Young Artists Concert Series, 11am, $15, $30-$35 with lunch, Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, 310.440.1283.
Blades of Glory, with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, 3pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Business at Sunset Mixer, 5:30-7:30pm, $10-$20, First Private Bank and Trust, 520 Broadway, RSVP to smchamber.com/events.
Judith Palarz Book Group discusses Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, 10am, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263. Also January 24.
Green Living Workshop, first in a six-week series, through February 20, 7pm, free, Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Modern Art in Los Angeles, African American Avant-Gardes, 1965-1990, panel discussion, 7:30pm, free, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.6473.
Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert, will be discussed, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Sustainability and Architecture of the Library: A Tour, 11am, free, meet in lobby, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Touchpoints in Development: A Model for Early Intervention, seminar with Dr. T. Barry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow, presented by The Reiss-Davis Child Study Center of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, 9am-4pm, $100, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, registration and information, 310.836.1223 x238.
Deborah Voigt, An American Songbook, 8pm, $55-$125, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30pm, suggested donations $25-$50, REI, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., register at 310.458.8716 x1.
Philharmonic Echoes Lecture Series discusses Indivisible By Four by Arnold Steinhardt, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Mark Your Calendar
Art LA, Santa Monica Civic, January 24-27
Hollywood Homicide: Mystery Authors at the Santa Monica Public Library, January 24
Mel Brooks in Person Retrospective, Aero Theatre, January 23-30