Larry Bell, Works on Paper, through March 8, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Group 2008, through March 9, Gallery of Functional Art, Lois Lambert Gallery, 310.849.6691.
Curtis Hoekzema, Paintings, through March 8, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Jump Start, group art show, through March 8, Applegate Gallery, 3101-A Main St., 310.396.7600.
The Magnificent Piranesi, exhibit of work by Italian artist and book designer, through March 10, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.
Gali Rotstein, through March 9, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.849.6691.
In Search of History: Five Points Gang, film about New York slum area, 7pm, $5 donation, 601 9th St., 310.451.2752.
Marilyn Hacker and Margo Berdeshevsky, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Harvard Westlake Students read from their work, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Impacts: Life in the Solar System Shooting Gallery, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Judaism: An Attempt to Make the World More Feminine, lecture with Chana Weisberg, 7pm, Chabad JCC, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783.
Mexican Culture in the Photographs of Graciela Iturbide, lecture by Stanley Brandes, 1-5pm, free, Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
Stairway to the Stars, annual talent show starring SMMUSD students, 7:30pm, $10, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, smmusd.org.
Eugenia Leon in Concert, Mexican singer, 7:30pm, $20-$25, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
Microscopic Histories, dance works from around the country, 8pm, free, Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre, UCLA, WW, 310.825.3951.
Artists Revealed, black and white photographs by Kathleen Buckalew, opening reception 6-8pm, through April 19, SMC Photography Gallery, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4289.
Raymond Chandler’s Bay City, a bus tour of Westside locations based on the writings of the detective novelist, check-in 12:30pm, tour departs at 1pm, $55, meet at Museum of Jurassic Technology, 9341 Venice Blvd., CC, RSVP to 310.995.4591.
Hannah Dennison reads from A Vicky Hill Exclusive, 3pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Fashion Sketching Seminar, 10am-noon, free, AIU, 12655 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA, http://aiula.com/rsvp.
francEyE Book Publication and 86th Birthday Party, celebrating the poet’s “Grandma Stories,” 8pm, $5-$10 admission (sliding scale), Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
G2 Gallery Opening Night, debut of new environmentally conscious art gallery, with works of wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen, 6-9pm, free, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.452.2842.
Original Understudies, improv group, 10:30pm, $10, Westside Eclectic Theatre, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850.
David Ossman and Rex Butters, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Paint-Out, artists bring own materials and paint in an outdoor setting, presented by Allied Artists, 9:30am, free, Point Dume Headlands/Westward Beach, Point Dume, 310.338.0333.
Alison Saar, Hither, opening reception 6-8pm, through April 5, LA Louvre Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.
South Central Farm: Oasis in a Concrete Desert, film about the attempt to save a community farm, by Sheila Laffey, 12:30pm, $10, Palisades Theatre, 941 Temescal Canyon Blvd., PP, 310.453.4272.
Soulmates or Stalemates? A Kabbalistic Exploration into the Differences between Men and Women, 12:30pm, suggested donation $18, Chabad JCC, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783.
Starting Your Own Restaurant, part one of a two-day seminar, with restaurant expert Janet Lowder, 9am-4pm, $280, Room 201, UCLA Extension, 10920 Lindbrook Center, WW, 310.825.4192.
Storytellling with Kathleen Zundell, ages 3-8, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580.5 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
Super Seuss-a-Thon, with movie screening, crafts, reading of Dr. Seuss books by celebrities, magic and comedy shows, and more, 10:30am-5pm, free, Multipurpose Room and MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Top Girls, play about women by Caryl Churchill, through March 16, 8pm Saturdays/7pm Sundays, $12, Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, 310.656.8070 x17.
Town Hall Meeting for International Women’s Day, 1:30pm, free, Southern California Library, 6120 S. Vermont Ave., LA, 323.276.9833.
2008 Nonprofit Festival (postponed from February 23), presented by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, 10am-3pm, free, Third Street Promenade between Wilshire and Arizona, nonprofitfestival.com.
Whole Planet Foundation Bar-B-Q, noon-3pm, $5 per plate, Whole Foods Market, 11737 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.826.4433.
World Travel 101 Workshop on Europe, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
A Year with Frog and Toad, musical based on the children’s books, 11am and 1pm, $10-$15, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Barrage in High Strung, a fiddle-fest for the family, 2pm, $20-$35, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Corinne Heather Copnik signs and discusses Cryo Kid, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Get it Together: Organizing Your Medical Information, with registered nurse Camille Jones, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Griots in the Gallery, “Ananse the Spider,” storytelling show with Michael D. McCarty, 7pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Jazz Vespers with Barry Zweig, jazz guitarist, Ron Anthony, guitarist, and John Belzaguy, bassist, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Safety Last, film with Harold Lloyd, 2pm, $15- $25, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
The Sandcastles Program, a workshop that assists children in dealing with divorce or separation, 1-5pm, $100, Crossroads School, 1714 21st St., 310.377.6771 x105.
Santa Monica Symphony, with Allen Robert Gross, conductor, 7:30pm, free, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 310.395.6330.
Sing! Sing! Sing! presents a program of standards by Vernon Duke, 4pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave, CC, 310.271.9039.
Spiritually Incorrect Comedy, with Peter Demain, 8pm, live music 6:30pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
UCLA Gymnastics vs. Alabama / Arkansas / Cal State Fullerton, 2-4pm, $8-$12, Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, WW, 310.206.5990.
Margo Berdeshevsky and Nita Donovan, poetry, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.454.4063.
Is There Sex After Death? Alan Abel’s documentary featuring Buck Henry and others speculating about the title question, 6pm, plus Abel Raises Cain, 8pm, free, Documental, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330. See page 17 for review of Abel Raises Cain.
Paths of Glory, early Stanley Kubrick anti-war film with Kirk Douglas, screens as part of SMC Political Film Series, 6:30pm, free, Room 165, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
Jeremy D. Popkin signs and discusses Facing Racial Revolution, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Erica Sardarian and Edgar Metro, filmmakers, speak at SMC’s Entertainment Speakers Series, 7pm, free, Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
What’s the Story, storytelling series, 8pm, $10, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.
A Bit of Irish, with singer/actor/raconteur Chris Sullivan, 8pm, $15, proceeds to benefit the Save the Playhouse Campaign, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.
Betsy Brown Braun signs Tell Me What To Say, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Dinner at Eight, classic MGM all-star movie, 2:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Lessons from Bernard Rudolfsky, exhibit of the works of the architect and designer, through June 8, Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
Spring Sprinkles, children’s program, ages 3-7, 3:30/4:30pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Camnet, work by the Venice Camcorder Network, 8pm, live comedy with Beth Lapides 7pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Cold Case by Stephen White, is discussed, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Exploration and Evolution: Discoveries in the Lakes of Palau and the Deep Basin of the Celebes Sea, lecture by Dr. William Hamner, UCLA Professor Emeritus, sponsored by Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and COSEE-West (Center for Ocean Sciences), 7-8:30pm, free, Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.206.8247.
Green Living Workshop, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Angelique Kidjo, eclectic African vocalist, 8pm, $15-$46, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.5202.
Leslie Lehr signs Wife Goes On, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
2008 Group Exhibition, reception March 15, 4-6pm, through April 12, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Katie Arnoldi discusses and signs The Wentworth, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
A Digital Dream, 2nd Annual Student Juried Photo Exhibit, opening reception 5-6:30pm, through April 25, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.
Hometown Santa Monica, authors of the new book about Santa Monica talk about and sign copies, 7:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
A Little Night Conversation, Stephen Sondheim in conversation with Frank Rich, 8pm, $25-$74, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.4401.
Judith Palarz Book Group welcomes author Katie Arnoldi, 5pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Annual Food Fair, food samples, silent auction, entertainment, 10:30am (daytime events), 6pm (night events), advance tickets $125-$150, day of show $175-$200, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 323.223.4462 x3201.
David Was, producer of Bob Dylan, appears as part of the Bob Dylan’s American Journey exhibit, 7pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, tickets at 877.scc.4tix.
Mark Your Calendar
Senior Arts Forum, Santa Monica Library, March 15
Kids Art Exhibit, Brentwood Art Center, March 15
American Red Cross “Red Tie” Fundraiser, March 15
An Evening with Garrison Keillor, UCLA Live, March 20