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The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a play set in Ireland, through June 8, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays/6pm Sundays, $20, Malibu Stage Company, 29243 PCH, Malibu, 310.589.1998.

 

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

 

Homer in Cyberspace, a new musical by Mel Shapiro, based on The Odyssey, through June 7, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm May 31 and June 7, $7-$17, MacGowan Little Theatre, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.

 

Bob Dylan’s American Journey, 1956-1966, through June 8, $5-$10, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 866.722.4849.                 

 

Hammer Projects: Aaron Morse, through June 12, $3-$5, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 310.443.7000.

 

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.

 

M.A. Peers, through June 7, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1075.

 

Two Unrelated Plays by David Mamet: The Duck Variations and Keep Your Pantheon, through June 8, 8pm Tuesdays-Saturdays/4pm Sundays, $20-$50, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., CC, 213.628.2772.

 

Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, through June 8, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., WW, 310.443.7041.

 

THIS WEEK

                 

June 5

 

Leaders For Change Coming of Age, honoring Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, presented by the Liberty Hill Foundation, 6:30pm, $500, Sony Pictures Studios, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., CC, RSVP 310.453.3611 x117.

 

June 6

 

The Book of Uncommon Prayer, recital of work by John Musto, also “An American Songbook,” featuring favorites with Musto at the piano accompanying the Stern Fellows singers, 7pm, free, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, songfest.us.

 

Dirk De Bruycker, new paintings, opening reception 7-9pm, through July 9th,Gebert Gallery, 1345 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, 310.450.9897.

 

First Fridays on Abbot KInney, stores open until 10pm, Abbot KInney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.2525.

 

Human Anatomy: From Mummies to Plastination, lecture by anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, 2:30pm, free, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4051.

 

Kids Ocean Day, day of adopting beaches, kids will create art and clean up the beach, 5-11:30am, free, Dockweiler State Beach, PDR, volunteer@surfriderwlam.org.

 

Spring Choral Concert with the Santa Monica High School Chorale, 7pm, $5-$10, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.395.3204.

 

Storm the Beaches for Peace, communal gathering for prayer and silent contemplation for peace on the anniversary of D-Day, noon, free, beach at end of Ocean Park Blvd.,

stormthebeachesforpeace.org.

 

Summer Star Party Planner, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

 

June 6-8

 

Contemporary Crafts Market, 10am-6pm, $7, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 310.285.3655.

 

Trail to the Stars, hike, 8pm, free, Upper Los Virgenes Open Space Preserve, LA, enter at Victory Trailhead, 310.858.7272 x117.

 

Vrihatnala, The Warrior Becomes A Dancing Girl, a dance performance by Sri Dance Company, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 7pm Sunday, $15-$20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710 x2.

 

June 7

 

Feria de Libro, book fair on the streets surrounding Los Angeles City Hall, 10am-5pm, free, 200 N. Spring St., LA, 818.506.6428.

 

Hope and Unity Awards, presented by Pico Youth & Family Center, honorees include Council member Kevin McKeown and  Police Chief Timothy Jackman, 6-9pm, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 2011 Colorado Ave., 310.396.7101.

 

Huck, an adaptation of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, presented by West of Broadway and Reading Is Fundamental, through June 28, 1 and 5pm, $10-$15, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.428.3343.

 

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of an overly ambitious warlord, 8pm Saturdays through June, 4pm Saturdays in July, 7:30pm Sunday June 29, $8-$28, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Magic Words, musical fantasy about a magician, presented by Kentwood Players, 2pm, $7, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156. Also plays June 14.

 

Andrew McDonald, The Sleepers, art exhibit, reception 6-9pm, through June, Kulturas, 1700 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.8707.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, lovers and fairies in Shakespeare’s classic comedy, 4pm Saturdays, $8-$28, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Sanctuary: Lisa Gerrard, film about the singer/songwriter/film  composer, 2:30pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

 

Senior Gala Recital, concert in honor of graduating seniors, featuring graduating musicians, 7pm, $5-$10, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.395.3204.

 

Walk For Wishes, first annual walk for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, check-in 9:30am, walk 10am, $25 per person,

Stotsenberg Track, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.788.9474.

 

Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition Annual Meeting, 11am, free, Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.840.2257.

 

What the Buddha Really Meant, with Venerable Marut, 7:30pm, donation, Mahasukha Center for Buddhist Studies, 6512 Arizona Ave., LA, lauren.benjamin@aci-la.org.

 

June 7-8

 

Oresteia, staged reading of Aeschylus’s trilogy about family problems in ancient Greece, 3pm Saturday-Sunday, free, Auditorium, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.

 

Santa Monica Contemporary Ballet, 8pm, $10-$20, Diavolo at The Brewery, 616 Moulton Ave., LA,.wcbartsfoundation.com.

 

June 8

 

ArtLoud, show of Samohi artists, reception and show 4-7pm, students free, general public $10, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, williamturnergallery.com.

 

Botanicum Seedlings, development series for playwrights, this week’s play is Which One’s Tommy by Kurt W. Thum,        11am, free, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723, theatricum.com.

 

Family Fundays returns, Sundays through November 2, today Creative Playground presents Ferdinand The Bull, 11am, $8, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

 

Fowler on the Town: Salt Marshes and Dunes of the Ballona Wetlands, a walking tour with Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, 3-5pm, $10-$15, location information provided upon confirmation of reservation, 310.825.8655.

 

Greater Tuna, return performance of a comedy about a small town in Texas, guest production by Backtoe Productions, 7pm, $20, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.

 

Houseguest, art selected by Jennifer Bornstein from the Grunwald Collection, through September 14, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310.443.7056.

 

Jazz Vespers with musicians Putter Smith, Theo Saunders, Kendall Kay, and Jon Whinnery, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.

 

Los Angeles River Ride, a day of bicycling along the LA river, plus music, food, prizes, and honorary chairman Ed Begley Jr., registration 10am, Family Ride 11am, $49, Griffith Park, Park Center, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., LA, 213.629.2142.

 

Morning Birds Hike at King Gilette Ranch, 8am, free, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, 310.858.7272 x117.

 

Ocean Day At Lush, support World Ocean Day by bringing reusable bags to shop, (a $50 purchase and a reusable bag will be rewarded with a Lush goodie bag), best example of how to recycle plastic bags wins prize, noon-7pm, free, Lush, 1404 Third St. Promenade, 310.255.0030.

A Night at the Opera, with the Santa Monica College Emeritus College Band, 3pm, free, Concert Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310. 434.4306.

 

A Time For Heroes, benefit carnival for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, celebrities, hot dogs, karaoke, restaurant tastes and more, noon-4pm, $250-$1000, lawn in front of Wadsworth Theatre at the Veterans Administration, 310.491.3170 or 310.491.1026.

 

June 9

 

Everything A Writer Needs to Know About Publishing in the Digital Age, with attorney-author Jonathan Kirsch, 6:30pm, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

 

Holaday Mason and Robert Carroll, poetry, 7:30pm, free,Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP. moondaypoetry.com.

 

Tom Hayden, the activist/author/teacher will talk about the war in Iraq and election issues, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Democratic Headquarters, 900 Wilshire Blvd., 310.266.7315.

 

A Visit with Emily, musical settings of Emily Dickinson’s poems by Tom Cipullo, 7pm, free, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu,

songfest.us.

 

What’s The Story? storytelling performance workshop, 8pm, $10, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.

 

June 10

 

American Song is Alive and Well, concert of work by young American composers, 7pm, free, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, songfest.us.

 

Art, Activism and the Politics of Housing in Los Angeles, exhibit of art posters dealing with the housing crisis, 6:30pm, free, Venice Art Gallery, 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.453.3611 x115.

 

Jessica Brody reads from and signs The Fidelity Files, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.0158.

 

Los Angeles Computer Society presents “Share and Preserve Your Photo Memories,” a self-help meeting on digital photo operations, 7pm, preceded by informal computer forum 6pm, free, Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester, lacspc.org.

 

Muscle Beach Party, film about surfers versus bikers at local beach, 1:30pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

 

SMC Graduation Exercises, with keynote speaker UCLA Chancellor Dr. Gene D. Block, 6pm, free, Corsair Field, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4209.

 

Yes! You Can Garden With Native Grasses, with Dr. Connie Vadheim, 7:30pm, free, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 818.881.3706.

 

Yo Quero Yappy Hour, a happy hour for humans and their dogs, with free Mexican “yappitizers,” 7pm, free, Three Dog Bakery, 411 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.260.9604.

 

June 11

 

Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada and the new Chasing Harry Winston, discusses her work with interviewer Gigi Levangie Grazer, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 

The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler is discussed, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310. 458.8606.

 

So Fly, exhibit of art from the SMC Student Mentor Program, reception June 13 6-8pm,through June 28, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Madison Campus, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3434.

 

Talmudic Ethics, through June 18, offering training in Jewish law, class offers Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits by studying the Talmud, 7:30-9pm, $125, Chabad JCC of Pacific Palisades, 15207 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.7783.

 

Writer’s Program Publication Party, featuring writers who teach at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, 7pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.794.1846.

 

June 12

 

Evening of Fine Art Photography, to benefit SPCALA, 7-10pm,  $75-$100, Duncan Miller Gallery, 10959 Venice Blvd., LA, 323.730.5300 x232.

 

Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, author Don Mankin discusses his travels, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 

I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History, salute to producer Walter Mirisch, 8pm, $5, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

 

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, talk on the origins of the animation company, with David A. Price, 7:30pm, free, Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.0158.

 

25th Wedding Anniversary Peace and Environmental Celebration for Jerry and Marissa Rubin, 6-7pm, followed by Treesavers meeting at 7pm, free, Children’s Tree of Life, Ocean and Colorado Aves., Palisades Park, 310.399.1000.

 

 

 

June 12-15

 

33rd Annual Marina Del Rey Boat Show, 11am-7pm Thursday-Friday, 10am-7pm Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday, $10, Burton Chace Park, MDR, 949. 757.5959.

 

Mark Your Calendar

 

Van Dyke Parks at Canal Club, June 17

 

MMA, “Hugging Saint” June 17-18

 

Summer Solstice on Main Street, June 22

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