The Bald Soprano, absurd comedy by Eugene Ionesco, through February 3, 8pm Saturday/5:30pm Sunday, $10-$20, City Garage, 1340.5 4th St., 310.319.9939.
Arleen G. Hendler, Selected Works, and Small Works by Gallery Artists, through February 2, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Saturu Hoshino: Ceramic Sculpture, through February 2, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Pacific Breeze, paintings by Humbert Curcuru, Fielden Harper, Art Mortimer, through February 2, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Peter Case, 7:30pm, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
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 Tuesday-Friday/2pm and 7:30pm Saturday, $10-$15, Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055. Also February 2.
Los Lobos, 8pm, $15-$52, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Pajama Story Time, 6:30pm, free, PS#1 Elementary School Library, 1454 Euclid St., 310.394.1313 x119.
Penelope, one-woman theatre piece by Ellen McLaughlin, 8pm Friday-Saturday/3pm Saturday-Sunday, $7, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, Malibu, 310.440.7300. Also February 2-3.
Salt of the Earth, banned film about a New Mexico miners’ strike, 7pm, $5 donation for Change-Links, 601 9th St., 310.451.2752.
Winter Sky Highlights, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
The Wonderful Wizard of Song, a tribute to composer Harold Arlen, 8pm, $10-$40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Bunnicula, a children’s fantasy play, through February 17, 11am, $5-$7, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
Culinary Basics, a beginning cooking class with Chef Eric, Saturdays through February 23, 2-5pm, $350, 2366 Pelham Ave., LA, 310.470.2640.
Lu Ann Darling reads from and signs Discover Your Mentoring Mosaic, A Guide To Enhanced Mentoring, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.0399.
The Difference between Reversible Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease with UCLA Assoc. Professor Linda D. Nelson, 1pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Green Living Workshop, 1-2:30pm, donation $25, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., 310.458.8716 x1.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis, 5:30pm/8pm, $10-$75, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Mary Oliver, poet, 8pm, $24-$38, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
New Beginnings, silent auction event, presented by Hamilton High School Academy of Music, 6-10:30pm, Temple Isaiah, 10345 Pico Blvd., LA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venice Beach Marching Society presents Califia’s Topsy Turvy Cabaret, produced by Voice in the Well Ensemble 7:30pm, $10, Warszawa Restaurant, 1414 Lincoln Blvd., ktrpromo @yahoo.com.
Woman, A Celebration, photographic images of famous women, opening reception 3-5pm, through March 1, The Gallery at the Archer School for Girls, 11725 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood, 310.873.7043.
You Were Never Lovelier, screening of film with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, a film for which George Hurrell shot the promotional stills, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, 310.458.8600.
Mardi Gras Celebration, with a costumed pet parade, mask and hat-making workshops for kids, music, food, and more, noon-3pm Saturday/1-4pm Sunday, free, Farmers’ Market, 3rd and Fairfax, LA, 323.933.9211.
Whale of a Weekend, two days devoted to whale-related activities, 12:30-5pm, free for children under 12, $2 or more donation for 13 and older, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, 310.393.6149.
Darfur Now, screening of new documentary, 4pm, $10, American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, 310.440.1246.
Fowler OutSpoken Panel: The Word in LA, discussion with art historian Elizabeth Harney and local artists Robbie Conal, Alexandra Grant, and Lezley Saar, 4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.
Ray Lanthier, Mariano Zaro, and Jeanne Marie Spicuzza, poets, plus open reading, 4:45pm sign-ups, 5pm reading, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, 310.822.3006.
Sing! Sing! Sing! presents a Valentine’s tribute to the music of Doris Day and Bing Crosby, 4pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.271.9039.
Faith…Across the Generations is the theme of this month’s SPARK storytelling series, 7:30pm, $10, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.off.main.
David Rieff signs Swimming in a Sea of Death, A Son’s Memoir, 6pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.0399.
Favorite Hikes of New Zealand, with hiking expert and author Peter Potterfield, 7pm, free, REI of Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.4370. Also February 6.
A Heart Full of Laughter, stories and puppet show, ages 3-7, 3:30/4:30pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
L’il Abner, the musical about the denizens of Dogpatch, through February 17, $20-$75, UCLA Freud Playhouse, WW, 310.825.2101.
MTA Public Update Meeting on Westside Extension Transit Corridor Study, 6-8pm, free, Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 213.922.6934.
Zero Impact Malibu, educational forum on environmental construction, 4-6pm, free, Malibu Performing Art Center, 23805 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu, 310.456.9025.
Beyond Belief, a six-week course on Jewish faith, reason, and experience, 7:30-9pm, through March 10, $125, Chabad JCC of Pacific Palisades, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783 x208.
Business at Sunset Mixer, 5:30-7:30pm, $10-$20, Santa Monica Place, 310.393.9825 x10 or RSVP to smchamber.com/events.
Green Living Workshop, 7pm, free, Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Rima Greer signs The Real, Low Down, Dirty Truth About Hollywood Agenting, 6pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.0399.
Curtis Hoekzema, Paintings, opening reception February 9, 4-6pm, through March 8, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Peta Orbach, Works in Progress, opening reception February 9 5-8pm, through March 2, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.392.3634.
Trespassing, documentary about the protection of sacred Native American lands, by Carlos DeMenezes and Susana Lagudis, 8pm, live music at 6:30pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.652.2247.
Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena, Santo y Seña (Signs and Wonders), 8pm, $28-$54, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
SMMUSD Public Input Sessions for parents of special education students, 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday/10am-noon and 2-4pm Thursday, District Office Boardroom, 1651 16th St., and 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, Malibu High School Library, 30215 Morning View Dr., Malibu, 310.450.8338.
Terri Cheney signs Manic: A Memoir, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.0399.
Le Corbusier’s Toward an Architecture: From the Bildungsroman to the Manifesto, lecture by Jean-Louis Cohen, 4pm, free, Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.6473.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30pm, donation $25, REI, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8716 x1.
Sander Hicks, writer, publisher, and author of The Big Wedding, reads from his work, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, 310.822.3006.
Spoken Word with Jo Todd and special guest, flamenco guitarist Bill Freeman, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Mark Your Calendar
The Conscious Life Expo & Conscious Business Symposium @ The LAX Hilton, February 8-11
Friends of the Library Book Sale, February 9
Bob Dylan’s American Journey, Skirball Museum, February 8
Vendors Day at Whole Foods Market, Brentwood, February 9