Abstract and Art of Color Student Exhibit, through April 26, Brentwood Art Center, 13031 Montana Ave., Brentwood, 310.451.5657.
Danger Dogs from Nepal, folk art from the Himalayas, through April 26, Copro Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.2628.
Chie Fueki, In the Woods, through April 26, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.7535.
Julio César Morales and Eamon Ore-Giron, through April 30, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.
NOW, group exhibit, 7-9pm, through April 26, Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7456.
Pepperdine Student Art Exhibit, titled Ransomed, through April 26, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4851.
Through His Lens: Harry Benson’s Portraits of Our World, through May 1, Blue Building Lobby, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., WH, 818.986.1105.
Grand Opening of Gebert Gallery, 7-10pm, 1345 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katharine Holabird reads from her book Angelina Ballerina, accompanied by a local ballerina, ages 3-up, 3:30-4:30pm, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
The International Year of Astronomy, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Lifecycle Songs, benefit performances of music to raise funds for AIDS Lifecycle Ride in June, 7:30pm, $25 suggested pledge, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.962.6534.
Leokane Pryor, program of Hawaiian music, 7:30pm, free, The Stage at Santa Monica/Second Space, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Blvd., 1310 11th St., 310.434.3414.
25th Anniversary Party for Santa Monica Review, with readings by Jim Krusoe, Lee Montgomery, and Andrew Tonkovich, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
A Venice Collective, an exhibition of Venice photographers, opening reception 6-9pm, Beady Minces Gallery, 1311 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1873.
AltBuild Expo, exhibits of building, design, and landscaping materials and products, 10am-5pm, free, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 310.390.2930.
Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945-1975, two-day symposium on the arts, 9am-7:30pm Friday/8:30am-6pm Saturday, $10, receptions $25, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7304.
Los Angeles Ballet, summer repertoire, 7:30pm, $30-$95, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.998.7782.
Los Angeles Antique Show, 11am-8pm Thursday-Saturday/11am-5pm Sunday, $15, Barker Hangar, 310.455.2886.
Trunk Show and Earth Weekend, a collaboration of Heal the Bay and Fred Segal employees, with silent auction, raffle, food, and entertainment, 6-9pm Friday, plus store events all weekend with $10 reusable shopping bags from Heal the Bay, 10am-5pm, free, Fred Segal, 500 and 420 Broadway, 310.451.1500 x137.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, book prizes ceremony Friday, 8pm, $18-$65, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, book exhibits, panels, author signings, children’s events, 10am-6pm, free, UCLA, WW, latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks/.
Elena Allen and Joe Romano, paintings, opening reception 5-7pm, through May 24, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Avenel Chamber Players in concert, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Foreclosure Prevention Workshop, hosted by Governor Schwarzenegger’s task force on non-traditional mortgages and Los Angeles neighborhood housing services, 10am-2pm, free, California Science Center at Exposition Park, LA, 916.653.4090.
S. David Freeman, Los Angeles Harbor Commission President, signs his book Winning Our Energy Independence, 4pm, free, Café Milan and the Shallow Water Nature Store, Matilla Village Center, 221 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, 310.578.5888.
Group Show, opening reception 6-9pm, through May 24, Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7449.
Health Festival, presented by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, 10am-3pm, free, 1200 and 1300 blocks of Third Street Promenade, 310.393.8355.
It’s The Money, Stupid, group art show about art and money, opening reception 6-8pm, through June 14, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7493.
Junior Blind Olympics, challenges for visually impaired young people ages 6-19, 9am-2pm, Junior Blind of America Los Angeles headquarters, 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., LA, juniorblind.org.
Opening Reception: Betty Sheinbaum, From Beach to Beach, Joe Pinkelman, Beneath the Surface, Joan Vaupen, Beneath the Surface, 5-8pm, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Raising Readers, Children’s Literacy Festival, noon-4pm, free, Clock Tower Quad, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.452.3325 x237.
Theatre Party, sponsored by PICAS Singles, play is Black and Bluestein, 8pm, $20-$25, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., RSVP to 310.450.3465.
Passover Seder, sign up to bring a traditional dish and/or help with set-up, 6:30pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.828.3951.
Poets’ Seder, a new version of the Seder with poets reading their poems about various aspects of the Seder, Passover food and music included, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
SMC Applied Music Program members in concert, 8pm, $12, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4323.
World Travel 101 presents a workshop on traveling in Southeast Asia, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
The Answer Model, two-day addiction treatment model, co-created by Santa Monica resident Dr. John Montgomery and Canadian Todd Ritchey, 10am-5pm, $595, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
Operation For The Arts Pier Party, benefiting For The Arts, performances, guitar hero contest, and more, 11am-5pm, free, Santa Monica Pier, forthearts.us.
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Earth Weekend, workshops, arts and crafts, face painting, and more, 11am-6pm, $2, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, healthebay.org.
YWCA Focus Awards for Women, cocktails 6pm, dinner and awards 7:15pm, $225, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, tickets at 310.452.3881.
War Spelled Backwards: A Trilogy, staged reading of three plays exploring war’s various stages, by Gina Victoria Shaffer in collaboration with Julian Spencer, 8pm Saturday/7pm Sunday, free, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
Boho Baby Knits, learn to embroider baby clothes with Kat Coyle, 2pm, free, Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Canyon Charter School 114th Annual Fiesta and Silent Auction, with mariachis, games, crafts, raffle, 10am-4pm, free, Canyon Charter School, 421 Entrada Dr., 310.230.3560 or canyoncharter.com/fiesta.
Children’s Earth Day at STAR Eco Station, games, crafts, activities, healthy cuisine, and live entertainment, 10am-4pm, $6-$8, STAR Eco Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., CC, 310.842.8060.
The Culver-Palms Storytelling Project presents Connections: An Evening of Music and Story featuring Rich Bollin, Leonard Ellis, Steven Henegar, Padraic Keohane, Audrey Kopp, Barbara Wong, and the Extreme Klezmer Makeover Band, 7pm, $5 donation, Culver-Palms Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd., CC, 310.390.7717.
Heartfelt, stories read by actors, comedians, and others, presented by Lauri Fraser, 4-5pm, $10, Westside Eclectic, 323-A Third Street Promenade (in alley behind building), 310.850.8814.
3rd Annual Kids4Kids 5K Run/Walk, benefiting children’s cancer research, 8am registration, 10am run/walk begins, registration fee $10-$20, Century City, registration at 310.207.5330.
Bill Miller, Vintage Linoleum Assemblage Paintings, opening reception 6:30-9:30pm, through May 28, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
New Ways of Life, half-day seminar on better ways of living, 1pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 800.969.5023.
New West Symphony plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125, “Choral” and Anton Bruckner’s “Te Deum,” 4pm, $20-$100, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., tickets at 866.776.8400.
Real Estate Seminar, hosted by Founders of the Green Building Council of Costa Rica and SeaBreeze Mountain, 1pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8606.
SMC Wind Ensemble, 4pm, $12, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4323.
The Yuval Ron Ensemble, A Sufi Prayer for Peace, Sufi music with whirling dervish Aziz and vocalist Najwa Gibran, modest dress requested, 7pm, $25, Village Lutheran Church/Ahavat Torah/Musallah Tauhid, 343 S. Church Lane, LA, 310.575.1972.
All The King’s Men (original 1949 version), the fictionalized story of the rise and fall of Southern politician Huey Long, part of SMC’s Political Film Series, 6:30pm, free, HSS 165, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.
Annie Barrows talks about and signs her Ivy and Bean books, ages 6-up, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
Len Hochberg, writer and sports columnist, speaks at the SMC Entertainment Speakers series, 7pm, free, Screening Room, Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Deep Blue, documentary about the ocean, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
The Dixie Hummingbirds: 80 Years Young, documentary on gospel group, 8pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Library Alehouse Benefit for Virginia Avenue Project, 15 percent of proceeds from lunch, dinner, and drinks will go to the Project, 11:30am-close, Library Alehouse, 2911 Main St., 310.314.4855.
Pacific Serenades premieres Fantasy for Four Instruments, by Jeremy Cava, 8pm, $32, UCLA Faculty Center, 405 N. Hilgard Ave., WW, 213.534.3434.
Self-Defense Course with Chris Tessitore, 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo, 8:30pm, $40, Brentwood location, 213.503.0173.
Expedition Commitment, professional mountain guide Brant Didden talks of his adventure in climbing Mount Everest, 7-8:30pm, Westside Waldorf School’s McComb Campus, 17310 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7064 x118.
Fair Housing Seminar, discussion of rental and lending issues, 9am-12:30pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8345.
Fundraiser for SPARC, with Bingo, 7pm, $20 donation, Hamburger Mary’s, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., WH, sparcmurals.org.
Green Living Workshop, Wednesdays through May 28, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Pathway Art Gala, art show and benefit for the Pathway Scholarship Fund, 7-9pm, $20, UCLA Extension Westwood Center Gallery, 1010 Westwood Blvd., WW, 310.794.1235.
Sustainable Santa Monica? is the topic of the SMC Environmental Series lecture, 6:30pm, free, Room 123, SMC Bundy, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310. 434.4743.
Uncle Ruthie of KPFK fame, talks at the Activist Support Circle, 7pm, free, Friends Meeting House, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.
From Door to Door, play about three generations of women, by James Sherman, through May 31, 8pm Thursdays-Fridays/2 and 8pm Saturdays/2 pm Sundays, $20-$25, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
National Day of Prayer, theme this year is “Prayer! America’s Strength and Shield,” 7am, free, front lawn of Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., 310.656.5221.
Hope Smith, author of The Way a Door Closes and Keeping the Night Watch, reads from her work, ages 10-up, 4:30pm, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2665.
Annual Upton Sinclair Dinner, presented by Liberty Hill Foundation, 7pm, $300-$500, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.453.3611.
Watermarks, film about Anni Lampl and the Jewish Hakoah swim team in Austria, Lampl will appear in person, 7:30pm, Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., WLA, 310.475.4985.
Jennifer Weiner speaks about and signs her new novel Certain Girls, a continuation of her debut best-selling novel Good in Bed, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.
Mark Your Calendar
Venice Arts 15th Anniversary, May 3
Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 4
World Laughter Day, May 4
Small Press Book Fair, May 10
Santa Monica Fine Arts Festival, May 17