The Decorated Letter, exhibit of decorated initials in manuscripts, through January 27, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
Resisting Loss, Weaving Tradition, art by Pantaleon Ruiz, through January 26, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.
Sacred Steps: Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, photo exhibit, through January 31, Covel Commons, UCLA, WW, 310.825.1046.
Julia Schwartz, Stephanie Visser, Gary Polonsky, through January 26, T.A.G. Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
SMC Faculty Art Show, through January 31, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Performing Arts Center and Music Academy, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3434.
Art: LA, the Los Angeles Art Show, Friday-Saturday noon-8pm/Sunday noon-6pm, $20, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave., 323.857.6149. Also January 26-27.
Michael Asher, opening reception 7-9pm, January 26 through April 12, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Brody Condon, opening reception 7-9pm, through April 12, Project Room 1, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Election, the sharp political satire by Alexander Payne, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, presented by director Jason Reitman, 7:30pm, $6-$10, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 866.468.3399.
Hammer Projects: Aaron Morse, through June 12, $3-$5, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 310.443.7000.
Anthony Horowitz, author of Snakehead, talks about and signs his book, 4pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8621.
Mary McNamara signs and talks about Oscar Season, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
The Silver Key: A Search for the Way Out, a musical myth, presented by the Young Professionals Company at Santa Monica Playhouse, 7:30pm, $17.50, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779. Also February 29.
Spotlight Talk: Seated Poet and Sirens, presentation on ancient art, 11am, free, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through January 31, Museum Galleries, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.
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.
Mark di Suvero, sculpture, opening reception 7-9pm, through March 1, LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.
Theatre Party, presented by PICAS Singles, play is “Alice Sit-By-The-Fire” at the Pacific Resident Theatre, 705.5 Venice Blvd., Venice, 7:30pm, $25 members, $28 non-members and guests, RSVP to Adrienne Penner, 310.450.3465.
Company Ea Sola: Drought and Rain Vol. 2, dance program based on traditions of Vietnam, 8pm, $15-$40, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
The Odd Couple, staged reading of the ever-popular Neil Simon comedy with Martin Short and Jason Alexander, 8pm, $17-$197, Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood, 213.365.3500.
The Difference between Reversible Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, information from UCLA neuropsychologist Linda D. Nelson, 1pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Entrepreneur Workshop, 10am-noon, free, AIU, 12655 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA, aiula.com/rsvp.
Europe by Rail, presented by World Travel 101, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
The Future of Nations, opening reception 4-8:30pm, free, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.
Judith Gerber, certified master gardener, talks about California food production, 2pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Green Living Workshop, 1-2:30pm, donation $25, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., 310.458.8716 x1.
Arleen G. Hendler, artist, talks about her work, 4pm, free, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Launch for Alliance for New Humanity, presented by the Westside Waldorf School and the Chopra Institute, 7pm, free, Westside Waldorf School, 17310 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7093.
Natural Love, new works by Robert Twomey, and Les Lawrence, opening reception 7-10pm, through February 23, Sixteen:One Gallery, 2116-B Pico Blvd., 310.450.4394.
Deborah Dozier Potter signs Let Buster Lead, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Amelia Saltsman, author of the Farmers’ Market Cookbook, talks about local edible treasures at the Market, 3pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Strategies of Voiding the Void, lecture on the art of Michael Asher by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, 4pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Stress Reduction Workshop, learn relaxation techniques using guided imagery, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Storytelling with Kathleen Zundell and her puppet friends, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580.5 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
Theatre Acts and Scenes, featuring “Hal and Cathy” a one-act from Lovers and Other Strangers, with Maryjane and Bob Lipson, presented by Santa Monica College Emeritus Program, 1pm, free, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Aromatic Treasures from the Global Farmacy, workshop on herbs and floral essences with David Crow, 10am-6pm, $75 pre-register, $90 at door, Farmacy Venice, 1509B Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.3890.
Irving Berlin, from Second Avenue to the Great White Way, an evening of songs and stories with Barbara Minkus and Scott Record, 7:30pm, $45, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, 310.440.1246.
Cause for Paws, dog and cat benefit, with pet adoptions and training sessions, 10am-4pm, free, Star Eco Station, 10117 W. Jefferson Blvd., CC, 310.842.8060.
Robert Gottlieb signs Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Music from the Shadowlands, original works by composer/professor Teresa LeVelle, 2pm, free, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4462.
The Santa Monica Conservancy Preservation Awards, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 323.804.1527.
Spiritually Incorrect Comedy, performances by cutting edge comedians, 8pm, 6:30pm music pre-show with Venice Blues Mama Joy Rippel, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
UCLA Women’s Gymnastics vs. Stanford, 2-4pm, $6-$12, Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, WW, 310.ucla.win.
Us Versus Them, art by Asad Faulwell, Roni Feldman, and Ivan Limas, opening reception 4-8pm, through March 15, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.
Chamber Music Palisades with Ida Levin, violin, Michael Grego, clarinet, Susan Greenberg, flute, and Delores Stevens, piano, performing Bartok’s Contrasts For Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, 8pm, $25, St. Matthew’s Parish, 1031 Bienveneda, PP, 310.459.2070.
The Hospitality and Tourism Workforce in 2018, forum on hotel and tourism industry concerns, speakers include Michael Farzam, CFO/Director of Operations, Ocean Avenue Management in Santa Monica, 8-11am, free, Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside Hotel, 5990 Green Valley Circle, CC, 310.398.0953.
The Laramie Project, play by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, about the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard, for mature audiences, 7:30pm Tuesdays-Fridays/2pm and 7:30pm Saturdays, $10-$15, Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055. Also January 30-February 2.
Pacific Serenades, chamber ensemble, presents “Between the Thoughts,” a new work for flute and string quartet by jazz trumpet virtuoso John Daversa, 8pm, $32, UCLA Faculty Center, 405 N. Hilgard Ave., WW, 213.534.3434.
Special Policy Meeting of Venice Neighborhood Council, to consider enforcement of city’s height limits for fences and hedges, 7pm, free, Westminster Elementary School library, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.305.9660.
Green Living Workshop, 7pm, free, Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Seminar on Inheritance Planning, with Jeffrey L. Condon, 11:30am-12:45pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA,1332 6th St., 310.393.2721 x129.
Emily Tanaka, New Wonder, and Joan Horsfall Young, Thick and Thin, opening reception February 2 5-8pm, through February 23, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Treesaver Activists will speak about their struggle to save downtown Santa Monica’s ficus trees, 7pm, free, Activist Support Circle, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.
Voices of Los Angeles Poetry, with Gretchen Mattox and Amy Newlove Schroeder, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Focus the Nation Global Warming Teach-In, 8am-5pm, free, Amphitheatre, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.458.8716 x1.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30pm, donation $25, REI, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8716 x1.
Mamak Khadem, Persian singer, 8pm, $20-$30, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Phase 4 Active Women’s Ladies Night, workouts and activities for women only, 7-9pm, free, Phase IV, 1544 20th St., 310.582.8212.
Whim, rock band in concert, 6pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.267.4007.
Mark Your Calendar
The Conscious Life Expo & Conscious Business Symposium @ The LAX Hilton, February 8-11
Bob Dylan’s American Journey, Skirball Museum, February 8
Vendors Day at Whole Foods Market, Brentwood, February 9