Dirk De Bruycker, new paintings, through July 9th,Gebert Gallery, 1345 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, 310.450.9897.
Joshua Podoll, abstract paintings, Takehito Koganezawa, sculpture, video, and paper works, through July 5, Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave., 310.567.3373.
Swope X 4, art by members of the Swope family, through July 5, Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.392.0846.
Juan Usle, Recent Paintings, through July 5, LA Louvre Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.
New Moon Night Hike, sponsored by SM Mountains Conservancy. Two hours, moderate hike, all ages welcome. 7:30pm, King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302, parking $5. Meet at the parking lot to the left of the bridge. For more info contact Lisa Ann Carrillo 310.858.7272 x115 or email email@example.com
Fireworks, 9pm, free, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, MDR, 310.305.9545.
Safety Harbor Kids presents the 3rd Annual Topanga Community Picnic and Bar B-Q, 11am-3pm, $20 suggested donation, Cali-Camp on Big Rock Ranch, 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.0354.
Sing!Sing!Sing! 4th Of July Program, with songs that reflect Americana, 8pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC,
Venice Beach Walking Tours, 11:00 am at the base of Navy Street and Ocean Front Walk. The first 30 people to sign up will be entered into the Grand Opening Raffle. For more information and to book a tour, go to venicebeachwalkingtours.com, or call Jeffrey Solomon at 310.396.1585.
Free Salsa Saturdays, performances and free salsa class, with Ana Maria Alvarez and Contra-Tiempo, through July 26, noon-2pm, free, Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice, 310.980.5085.
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, is discussed, 11am, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.2804.
Mondongo: Gaslighting, exhibit by Argentine artist collective, opening reception 6-9pm, through July 26, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.
Debra Edler-Brown and Daniel Garcia, poetry, plus open reading, 5pm, free, sign-up at 4:30pm, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Getting Out The Secular Vote, with Stuart Bechman, Humanist Association of Los Angeles (HALA) meeting, 5pm, free, Community Room, Yahoo Center, 2500 Broadway, 310.479.2236.
Same Sex Weddings, performed by Reverend Janet McKeithen, everyone welcome, couples of all persuasions may participate but must RSVP, 10:15am, free, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631 X2.
Laurie Notaro signs Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble; 1201 Third Street Promenade; 310.260.9110.
Family Fun Night, marshmallow roast and storytelling, 7-8:30pm, free, through August 26, King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, 310.858.7272 x115.
Karen Essex signs Stealing Athena, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble; 1201 Third Street Promenade; 310.260.9110.
Green Living Workshop, advice from Sustainable Works, 7-8:30pm, through July 15, suggested donations $25, 1744 Pearl St., 310.458.8716 x1.
Gene Simmons signs his new book Ladies of the Night, 7pm, free, Borders Books and Music, 1360 Westwood Blvd., WW, 310.475.3444.
Foreclosure Workshop, how to get started finding and buying foreclosure properties, 6:30-8:30pm, free, 2450 Colorado Ave., 310.379.0101.
Green Living Workshop, advice from Sustainable Works, 7-8:30pm, through July 16, suggested donations $25, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8716 x1.
The Muppet Movie, with Kermit and many other fuzzy friends, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600
Venice Town Hall on Homelessness and Criminalization, 6:30pm, Venice United Methodist Church,1020 Victoria Ave, Venice,310.365.0985.
Family Fun Night, marshmallow roast and storytelling, 7:30-9pm, free, through August 28, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.
Fleet of Foot, discussion with Lynne Cooke, curator of Dia Art Foundation and Ivo Mesquita, curator, 2008 Sao Paulo Bienal, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488 x119.
Classical Concert with cello soloist Marek Szpakiewicz, 7pm, free, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, MDR, 310.305.9545.
Subjects That Matter Revisited, juried student art exhibition, opening reception 5-6:30pm, through August 15, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.
Summer Sing-Alongs presents Mozart’s Requiem with Iris Levine , 7:30pm, $15, First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica,
1008 11th St., 310.393.8258.
Gasp in bewilderment and giggle without restraint as extraterrestrial vampires in space ships made from hub caps attempt conquest of Earth in Ed Wood’s classic film, Plan Nine From Outer Space, first of the new five-week series, The Incredibly Strange Film Series, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Mark Your Calendar
Paula Poundstone at the Wadsworth Theatre, July 12
GLOW, July 19