Aurelia’s Oratorio, a combination of dance, puppetry, and theatre, with Aurelia Thierree, through April 12, 8pm Wednesday-Friday/2 and 8pm Saturday, $15-$34, UCLA Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Michael Asher, through April 12, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Boats on a River, a play about sex-trafficking in southeast Asia, by Julie Marie Myatt, presented by The Play’s The Thing (to be recorded for radio broadcast), through April 13, 8pm Wednesday-Friday/3pm Saturday/4pm Sunday, $20-$47, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.827.0889.
Brody Condon, through April 12, Project Room 1, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Domenic Cretara, through April 12, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Danza de la Cabrita/The Goat’s Dance, photographs by Graciela Iturbide, and Seven Decades, photographs by André Kertész, through April 13, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.6473.
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.
Fools Fest Art Show, paintings, photography and assemblages by Venice artists, reception 6-10pm, through April 11, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave, Venice, 310.306.7330.
The Full Monty, musical about factory workers turned male strippers, through April 12, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/2pm Sundays, $18-$23, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
Greater Tuna, a comedy about a small town in Texas, by BacktoE Productions, 8pm, Sundays, through April 13, $20, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Hamlet, through April 12, 7:30pm, $10-$15, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
2008 Group Exhibition, through April 12, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
The Hundred Dresses, children’s play based on the award-winning book by Eleanor Estes, through April 13, 11am Saturdays-Sundays, $5-$7, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
Gabriel Rivera and Terrell Moore, through April 15, Applegate Gallery, 3101-A Main St., 310.396.7600.
Joanie San Chirico, through April 13, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.
Richard Serra: Paths and Edges, and Jasper Johns, Black and White Prints, through April 12, Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.0640.
Carmina Burana, a cantata by Carl Orff, presented by Santa Monica High School Choral Program, 7pm, $5-$10, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.395.3204 x403.
Israeli Women, A Portrait in Photographs, through August 10, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Philoktetes, classic play by Sophocles, 8pm Friday-Saturday/3pm Saturday-Sunday, $7, Auditorium, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300. Also April 12-13.
Ziva Sivan, Painting is Her Home, exhibit of Israeli artist, through June 30, $7-$10, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Barbara Smith’s 21st Century Odyssey, performance documentary, 7:30pm, $10, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
AFCI Locations Trade Show, 3-8pm Friday-Saturday/11am-5pm Sunday, free registration, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., afci.org/events/lts.htm.
Reclamation, new works from the Walking Theatre Workshop, 8pm, $10, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.306.1854.
Abstract and Art of Color Student Exhibit, reception 6-8pm, through April 26, Brentwood Art Center, 13031 Montana Ave., Brentwood, 310.451.5657.
Bi-Annual Art Night at 18th Street, open studios, concert by Nailah and Hillard Street, spoken word by Mr. Foster, hosted by Michael Datcher, 6-9pm, free, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.
Celebrate National Poetry Month, reading by friends and poets, 3pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Connecting the Dots Workshop, on joint uses of the Civic Auditorium and Santa Monica High School campus, self-guided tour 10-11:30am, Civic Center parking lot; workshop noon-2pm, Santa Monica High School cafeteria, 601 Pico Blvd., civiccenter.smgov.net.
Craft Fair/Student Art Exhibit and Autism Expo, celebrating Autism Awareness Month, 9am-3pm, free, Village Glen West School, The Help Group, 4160 Grand View Blvd., CC, 310.751.1161.
Culture Jam: Around the World in 4 Hours, festival to begin National Library Week and Citywide Reads, food, crafts, music, noon-4pm, free, North Entry Courtyard, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Finding Your Path Through Life, talk by Richard Blacker, 2pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Five O’Clock with Venice Arts, an art event with food, no host bar, and auction, 5-8pm, $25/$30, 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, venice-arts.org.
Job Search Workshop, covers resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies, 10am-noon, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., register at 310.450.0443. Also April 19.
KLUB, a play described as A Chorus Line in reverse, by Mitch Watson, through May 10, 8pm Fridays/8 and 10:30pm Saturdays, $15-$25, The Actors’ Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.GANG.
Mar Vista Library Book Sale, 10am-4pm, 12206 Venice Blvd., MV, 310.390.3454.
Paint Out, artists in all media are invited to bring materials and paint the natural beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains, sponsored by Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, Inc., 9:30am, free, Circle X Ranch, off Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, 310.338.0333.
Resurrection: A Tribute to Poets Who Have Moved On, poetry reading with John Harris, Michael C. Ford, Steve Goldman, Los Angeles Poetry Society, and open mike, 8pm, donation requested but no one turned away for lack of funds, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Seattle Symphony with Nadja Salermo-Sonnenberg, violinist, 8pm, $20-$85, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Ara Shirinyan, Joseph Thomas, and Dan Machlin, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Showstoppers III: The Bad Girls of Broadway and a Few Bad Boys, show of musical numbers from Broadway shows (parental guidance suggested), through April 19, 2 and 8pm Saturdays/7pm April 17/8pm April 18/2 and 8pm April 19, $10-$15, Humanities Center Theatre-English Building, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.458.5939.
Storytelling with Jon Reed, ages 4-8, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580.5 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
100% Other: Artists and Psycho-Demographic Transitions, group art exhibit, opening reception 6-9pm, through June 13, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.
The Verdi Chorus sings selections from Verdi, Offenbach, and Strauss, 7:30pm, $10-$30, First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th St., 310.390.7778.
World Travel 101 Workshop For Women Traveling Solo, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.6263 x24.
Dog DNA Swab-a-Thon, dog owners can have their pets tested to find their lineage, noon-4pm, $119.95 for non-invasive test, Doggie Styles, 9467 Charleville Blvd., BH, doggiestylesonline.com/.
Explore-A-Story, put on by The Wonder of Reading, celebration of books and reading with celebrity readers including Julie Andrews, puppet shows, Radio Disney performers, 10:30am-3pm, $75, $250 for family of 4, ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 323.634.7112.
Exploring Our Environment with Jean-Michel Cousteau, 2pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Five, a one-act opera by Ellen Burr, 7:30pm, $15, The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
Jazz Vespers, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
5K Run/Walk to benefit Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, 7am, registration $10-$15, Bruin Plaza, UCLA, WW, 310.825.5433.
Pacific Palisades Annual Spring Garden Tour Plant Market, self-guided tour of six Westside gardens and Plant Market, 1-5pm, rain or shine, $25-$30, call for tickets and meeting place, 310.476.1318.
Publication Party for Ronald Alexander’s new novel The War on Dogs, 4pm, free, James Beach Restaurant, 60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.399.8420.
Tactics for Defending the Faith, video and discussion course, 10am, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd., 310.829.4113.
30th District Obama Delegate Democratic Caucus, 2pm, free, Rancho Park Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Ave., LA, pdla.org.
Debra Weller, storytelling, 11:30am, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30pm, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., 310.440.7360.
80 Years of Service and Innovation, Big Blue Bus 80th Anniversary Celebration, vintage bus and photos, VIP speakers, huge bus-shaped cake, live entertainment by the Blue Notes, giveaways, and more, 11am, Third Street Promenade at Broadway, 310.451.5444.
Erica Garber of E! Network, speaks at SMC’s Entertainment Industry Speakers series, 7pm, free, Screening Room, Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, German film about individual freedom, state power, and media manipulation, followed by discussion, 6:30pm, free, HSS 165, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4510.
Treesavers Meeting, 7pm, free, Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., 310.399.1000.
What’s The Story? storytelling series, 8pm, $10, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.
Los Angeles: From Pioneer Town to Paradise Metropolis, talk and book signing with authors Tom Zimmerman and Nat Read, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
My River Home: A Journey from the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico, talk by author Marcus Eriksen, 11:15am, free, SMC Concert Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Movin’ On Up, The Music of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, documentary on the singer/songwriter, 8pm, live music at 6:30pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave, Venice, 310.306.7330.
Nature’s Heritage in American Quilts, Chautauqua lecture, 7:30pm, free, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.
Non-Partisan Forum on June Ballot Propositions and Candidates for the LA County Superior Court, sponsored by the West LA Democratic Club, 7pm, $5 requested donation, Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave., Venice, westlademclub.org.
Venice Neighborhood Council Board Meeting, 7-10pm, free, Westminster Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.305.9660.
The World Today: Dangers New and Old, from Terrorism to North Korea, talk by journalists and university professors Tom Plate and Mike Chinoy, 11:15am, free, Art Lecture Hall 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Sam Amato, A Selection of Recent Paintings, reception 4-6pm, through May 17, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Blues and Jazz Voices, films with legends of blues and jazz including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé, Fats Waller, and others, 8pm, plus live show 6:30pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Business at Sunset, mixer presented by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30pm, $10-$20, Finn McCool’s, 2700 Main St., smchamber.com/events.
Elliot Elgart, Computer Images, reception 4-6pm, through May 17, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
The Gospel of Luke, discussion, 7pm, free, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1730 Wilshire Blvd., 310.829.4113.
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch, this year’s Citywide Reads book, is discussed, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Azar Nafisi and Marjane Satrapi in Conversation, two Iranian authors discuss issues in Iran, 8pm, $15-$36, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
All for a Few Perfect Waves: Rebel Surfer Miki Dora, talk with author David Rensin and Surfer Magazine editor Chris Mauro, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Behind the Scenes at LA Opera, an opera talk, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Jeanne Birdsall, author of The Penderwicks, talk and book signing, ages 8-up, 10:30-11:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580.5 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
Dine Out LA, a day when restaurants donate 80 percent or more of their proceeds to Aid For AIDS, local restaurants participating include Dhaba, Il Carpaccio, Jodi Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom, Big Chill, Olivier, and Vincenti, for more restaurants and other info go to dineoutlaorg.
The Female Brain, lecture with Louanne Brizendine, MD, 7pm, free, Willows Community School, 8520 Warner Dr., CC, 310.815.0411.
May Pang, former companion of John Lennon, signs Instamatic Karma, a book of snapshots she took of herself and Lennon, 6-9pm, free, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Mark Your Calendar
Topanga Earth Day, April 19-20
AltBuild Expo, April 25-26
Green Gardens Tour, April 26