The American Typologies, art by Gail Pine and Jacqueline Woods, through February 23, D3 Projects, Bergamot Station, 310.829.9856.
Johan Grimonprez: Dial History, work by video artist, through February 24, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 310.443.7000.
@Heart, play about family life affected by war and the military, by J. Powers, through February 24, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $5 for American military personnel and their families (based on availability), regular tickets $15-$20, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.
In Focus: The Nude, through February 24, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Inside Out 2007, paintings and sculptures by mother-daughter pair Christa and Katina Zinner, through February 28, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.399.3666.
Natural Love, new works by Robert Twomey, and Les Lawrence, through February 23, Sixteen:One Gallery, 2116-B Pico Blvd., 310.450.4394.
Emily Tanaka, New Wonder, and Joan Horsfall Young, Thick and Thin, through February 23, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Saturn Near Opposition, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Colm Tóibín signs Mothers and Sons: Stories, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, a campy comedy, through March 2, 8pm and 10:30pm Friday-Saturday/6pm and 8:30pm Sunday, $12, Black Box Theatre, 12420 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.712.5711.
Flower of the Season, Week 2, with Myra Melford (piano), Roxanne Steinberg (dance) and Oguri (dance), 8pm Friday-Saturday/3pm Sunday, $12-$15, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
Santa Monica Arts Festival, fine arts show with live jazz and blues, noon-7pm Friday/10am-7pm Saturday/10am-5pm Sunday, $7-$8, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., americanartfestivals.com.
Biro, performance by Ntare Mwine about an HIV-positive man, 7:30pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Cause For Creativity: Resolution in the Bag, a bag-making workshop to help people create non-plastic bags, 6-9pm, $15-$20 per bag, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488 x123.
FFEM Zanbeel Exhibition of South Asian Art, opening reception 4-9pm, through March 1, Arena One Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7456
Grand Opening of West Los Angeles Animal Care Center, with LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, 10am-noon press conference and VIP ceremony, noon-5pm public open house, 11361 W. Pico Blvd., WLA, councilmanrosendahl.com.
Green Living Workshop, 1-2:30pm, donation $25, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., 310.458.8716 x1.
Los Angeles Ballet, featuring works by George Balanchine and Melissa Barak, 7:30pm, $24-$85, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.998.7782.
Make Art/Stop AIDS, art exhibit with related events dealing with the AIDS crisis and the need for education and social change, reception 8-11pm, through June 15, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
PTSA Comedy Benefit with Nickelodeon’s Funniest Moms, reception 7pm, show 8pm, $10-$15, Auditorium, John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St. 310.560.0932.
Reinterpretation, art exhibit that reexamines war, opening reception 6-8pm, through April 5, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.
Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Nonprofit Festival, music, entertainment, and exhibits, 10am-3pm, free, Third Street Promenade between Wilshire and Arizona, nonprofitfestival.com.
State Ballet of Georgia, with ballerina Nina Ananiashvili and artistic director Alexei Fadeyechev, 2pm/8pm Saturday, $20-$90, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101. Also February 24, 2pm.
Storytelling with Kathleen Zundell, ages 3-7, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580.5 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
John Valadez: Tales of Oceana, pastels, Connie Jenkins, Channel Islands, paintings, Camille Solyagua, photographs, opening reception 4-6pm, through March 29, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Weekend Scenic Excursions Train Rides, daytime train ride between Fillmore and Santa Paula, depart noon, return 3:30pm, $8-$22, Fillmore and Western Railway, 800.773.8724.
What’s Happening to Our Weather? SMC science professor Bill Selby discusses the weather, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Who Pooped in the Park? A hike to learn tracking skills from animal clues, 10am, free, meet at front parking lot, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.
Flesh and Blood, hip-hop dance theatre piece, part of “Make Art/Stop AIDS” exhibit/event, 1pm, $6, Glorya Kaufman Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.794.9208.
Forgive for Love, lecture with Dr. Fred Luskin, 1pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Griots in the Gallery: Is it Okay to Touch? puppet performance developed to teach children about HIV/AIDS discrimination, 2:30pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
If These Tiles Could Talk: The Story of the Malibu Potteries, lecture and tour about Malibu Tile, presented by Santa Monica Conservancy, 2pm, $10-$12, Embassy Hotel, 1001 3rd St., smconservancy.org.
Jewtopia, comedy show, presented by American Jewish University, 7:30pm, $45, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, 310.440.1246.
Spiritual Drumming with Drummer Jamie Papish, noon-1:30pm, $10-$15, Pacific Arts Center, 10469 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.455.2706.
Walking Tour of the Venice Canals, a PICAS Singles event, noon, $4 members, $6 guests, meet at northwest corner of Venice and Abbot Kinney Boulevards, Venice, 310.450.3465.
Debra Weller Takes on Rowdy Musicians, storyteller, 11:30am/1:30/2:30/3:30pm, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
George Harrison Birthday Celebration, also features tribute to Johnny Grant, the “Mayor of Hollywood,” 6pm, free, organized by Jerry Rubin, Capitol Records, 1750 North Vine St., Hollywood, 310.399.1000.
Property Tax Assessment Seminar, 10am, free, Culver City Public Library, 4975 Overland Ave., CC, 213.974.1431.
Red Dawn, film about an imagined Russian invasion of the US, kicks off the SMC Political Film Series, 6:30pm, free, Room 165 Humanities & Social Science Building, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
Blues in San Pedro: The Extinct Species That Wasn’t, science lecture by Jana Johnson, 11:15am, free, Science Lecture Hall 145, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, classic comic western with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Rent Control Seminar, renters get help with their questions, 9:30am-noon, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8751.
Surfrider Foundation West LA-Malibu Chapter Meet and Greet, 7pm, Nikki Beach, 72 Market St., Venice, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Hall on Homelessness, presented by Venice Neighborhood Council, 6:30pm, free, Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.606.2015.
Writing and Publishing Your First Novel, talk by Michele Matheson, author of Saving Angelfish, 11:15am, free, Art Lecture Hall 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Activist Support Circle celebrates its third anniversary, 6:30pm, free, Friends’ Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.
Fielden Harper, Sally Jacobs, John Clendening, reception March 8, 5-8pm, through March 22, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Stacy Parks signs The Insiders Guide to Independent Film Distribution and does a film distribution clinic, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.
Lori Petty, opening reception March 1, 5-9pm, through March 30, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.
2008 Private Equity Outlook: Views from America’s Venture Experts, hosted by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Los Angeles Venture Association, 5:30pm, $25-$50, Marina del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way, MDR, 310.568.5639.
Benjamin Ajak, one of the “Lost Boys of Darfur,” 11:15am, free, Art Lecture Hall 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
The Bartered Bride, comic opera performed by The Flora L. Thornton Opera Company, 7:30pm, $10-$15, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522. Also March 1.
Beyond Music, with Thomas Ankersmit, Mitchell Brown, Phill Niblock, and Tom Recchion, 7:30pm, $12, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, western, with James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, 7:30pm, $5, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 877.scc.4tix.
Mardi Gras, to benefit the homeless in New Orleans, 5:30-8pm, free, Allsteel Santa Monica Resource Center, The Water Garden, 1620 26th St., RSVP to 310.264.7900.
The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market in Conversation, local chefs and farmers discuss seasonal produce, food trends, and recipes, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Stars of Design, an evening with celebrity designers hosted by Bobi Leonard, 6:30pm, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Manil Suri signs The Age of Shiva, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Verdi’s Otello, discussion of the opera, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Mark Your Calendar
Transportation Workshop, March 1
American Red Cross “Red Tie” Fundraiser, March 15
An Evening with Garrison Keillor, UCLA Live, March 20