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Gunnar Ahmer, Horses, through March 20, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.

Julie Davidow: The New Strain, through March 15, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.4752.

De Facto, group exhibit, through March 18, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, 1714 21st St., 310.829.7391.

Patricia Terrell O’Neill, The Myth of Frankenstein, through March 14, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.

Robots Vs. Fake Robots, a comedy about a robot-dominated world, by David Largman Murray, through March 15, 8pm Fridays/8pm and 10:30pm Saturdays (no 10:30 show March 16)/7pm Sundays, $15-$20, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.396.3680 x3.

Arlene Shechet, Now and Away, through March 15, Bergamot Station, 310.458.7435.

Top Girls, play about women by Caryl Churchill, through March 16, 8pm Saturday/7pm Sunday, $12, Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, 310.656.8070 x17.

Us Versus Them, art by Asad Faulwell, Roni Feldman, and Ivan Limas, through March 15, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.


March 14

Catherine Delours signs Mistress of the Revolution, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Fafalo, comic play with puppets and masks, presented by Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, through April 13, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/3pm Sundays, $15-$20, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.842.5737.

Gypsy, musical about the stripper and her stage mother, through April 19, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $18-$20, Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.

The Moe Green Poetry Show, with Rafael Alvarado, S.A. Griffin, Bill Gainer, Karen Harryman, Nila Northsun, and Conney Williams, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Mobius, with Xak Bjerken, piano, Michael Fitzpatrick, cello, and Phil Johnson, violin, 8pm, $10-$20, Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, 15821 Sunset Blvd, PP, 323.731.2009.

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.

Shabbat in Dance, with Israeli dance instructor David Katz, 7:30pm, free, Social Hall, Beth Shir Sholom, 1827 California Ave., 310.453.3361.

March 15

American Red Cross of Santa Monica Red Tie Affair, with awards and celebrities, 6pm, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., 310.394.3773.

Backstage: Impressions of Mood, group show, opening reception 6-9pm, through April 22, Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., 310.449.1444.

Black and Bluestein, dramedy about ethnic relations by Jerry Mayer, through May 4, 3/8pm Saturdays, $25, The Other Space, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 800.838.3006.

Bridging the Past to the Future, senior event on how to protect and archive family treasures, 11am, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

California Video, survey of video art, through June 8, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.

Domenic Cretara, opening reception 5-7pm, through April 12, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.

Disassociate: Vanessa Matthews, opening reception 7-10pm, through June 15, DC3 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.9856.

Heal the Bay Habitat Restoration at Malibu Creek State Park, participants must be at least 14 years old, must sign liability waiver form, and must bring sunscreen, hat, and water bottle, 9am, free, meet at lower parking lot of Malibu Creek State Park, 310.451.1500 x130.

Bob Holman 60th Birthday Tribute, with Wanda Coleman, Jerry Quickley, and others, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Chip Jacobs signs Wheeling the Deal, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Latino/a Youth Conference, registration 8-9am, John Adams Middle School, 17th and Pearl Streets/main event 8am-3pm, free, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.8520.

Ed Moses: Paintings, opening reception 5-7pm, through April 19, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.

NOW, group exhibit, opening reception 7-9pm, through April 26, Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7456.

Playing For Change, documentary about the power of music, 7pm, free, Westside Waldorf School, 17310 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7064.

Henry Royer, Sculptural Encounter, opening reception 6-9pm, through May 18, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.5707.

Joanie San Chirico, opening reception 6-9pm, through April 13, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.

Storytelling with Jon Reed, ages 4-8, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580.5 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.

2008 Day of Service for Mar Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Councilman Bill Rosendahl, 8am-2:30pm, free, Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Ave., MV, for information and to volunteer email volunteer@lacity.org.

March 15-16

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Cooking Demos, with Gavin the Healthy Irishman, noon-1pm Saturday. Sunday with Trish Bohan, noon and 2pm, free, Surfas, 8824 National Blvd., CC, 310.559.4770.

March 16

Kit Armstrong, pianist, 2pm, $10-$25, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, with Richard Kaufman and Alvin Mills, conductors, and pianists Nelson Kole and Rachel Hyojae Chung, 3pm, free, Paul Revere Middle School Auditorium, 1450 Allenford Ave., Brentwood, 310.829.3149.

Canto Domini presents J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, with chamber orchestra and soloists, 7pm, $15-$20, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 323.662.5007.

Dietrich and Chevalier, romantic play by Jerry Mayer, through May 3, 3/7pm Sundays, $25, The Other Space, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 800.838.3006.

Hours of Devotion, discussion of prayer book with poet Dinah Berland, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, 310.458.8600.

Kids Student Art Exhibit, reception 1-4pm, through March 29, Brentwood Arts Center, 13031 Montana Ave., Brentwood, 310.451.5657.

The Island on Bird Street, preview screening of new film on the Holocaust, with panel discussion featuring Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Sholom, and others, 4pm, free, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, rsvp@firstlookstudios.com.

The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers, photographic exhibit by Rick Nahmias, through April 25, Museum of Tolerance, 9786 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.553.8403.

PICAS St. Patrick’s Day Party and International Potluck, 3pm, $10 plus a dish that reflects one’s heritage, 6301 W. 79th St. Westchester, RSVP to 310.450.3465.

Please Listen, People: Addressing HIV/AIDS in Bengali Scroll Paintings, through July 12, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.

Purim Carnival, games, music, crafts, costumes, goodies, 11:30am-2:30pm, free, The Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St., 310.453.4276.

Rossetti String Quartet, 7pm, free, The Stage at Santa Monica/Second Space, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3414.

Kathy Seal signs Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids, 2pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

March 17

SMC Faculty Photography Exhibit, reception March 22, 6-8pm, through April 19, (gallery closed April 7-12 for spring break), Photography Gallery, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3434.

Reel Talk, with film critic Stephen Farber, presents a preview of 21 and talk with Farber and director Robert Luketic, 7pm, $20, Wadsworth Theatre, Veterans Administration, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., WLA, 213.365.3500.

March 18

Little House on a Small Planet, lecture based on the book, with Shay Solomon, 7:30pm, free, Woodland Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.

Michelle Aharonian Marcom signs Draining the Sea, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting, 7pm, free, Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.305.9660.

Women’s Business Networking Lunch Event, 11am, register at ewomennetwork.com, Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles, 6101 W. Century Blvd., LA, 310.433.6886.

Whales and Minnows: Filling All the Niches in Art’s Ecosystem, lecture and dialogue with Michael Govan, Director and CEO of LACMA, and art critic Blake Gopnik, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488 x119.

March 19

Children’s Nature Walk, 10am-noon, $17 for first child, $8 for each additional child, Temescal Canyon Park, 310.860.9484.

Green Living Workshop, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Marlo Morgan’s Mutant Message Down Under is discussed, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Judith Palarz Book Group, 10am, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Reading by students of Laurel Ann Bogen’s poetry class, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Voice in the Well presents “What’s She Up To?” with singer/songwriter and comedienne Kathy Leonardo, readings and poetry by Theresa Hulme, Callie Solano, and others, 7:30pm, Warszawa Restaurant, 1414 Lincoln Blvd., 310.489.0299.

Westside Business and Consumer Expo, 5-7:30pm, free, sponsored by SM Chamber of Commerce and LA Car Guy, Double Tree Guest Suites, 1707 4th St., 310.393.9825.

March 20

Noel Alumit, author, discusses his book Talking Moon, 11:15am, free, Art Lecture Hall 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.

Behind the Scenes at LA Opera, once a month event, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, 310.458.8600.

Rachel Cline signs My Liar, 7pm, free, Dutton’s, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.476.6263.

Dance: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, dance workshop with Donald McKayle, 10am, free, Gym 102, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4856.

March 20

Purim in the Wild West, costume party and dinner with Megillah reading and music, 6pm, $10-$15, sponsored by Chabad of Pacific Palisades, Stewart Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783.

SMC General Advisory Board Meeting, topics are “SMC’s Global Initiative” and “Student Services Building: Changes on Pico Blvd.,” 7:30am, free, SMC Bundy, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, RSVP by March 17 to 310.434.4001.

Treesavers Meeting, 7pm, free, Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., 310.399.1000.

March 20-21

Purim Celebration, Megillah Reading 7:30pm, party 8pm, Thursday/reading and festive meal, 6pm, Friday, $8-$15, 843 16th St., #106, RSVP to 310.280.6598.

Mark Your Calendar

Greenopia Book Signing, Village Books, March 27

Santa Monica Airport Art Walk, March 29

Fools Fest, Sponto Gallery, April 2-4

Malibu Film Festival, April 4-6

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