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The Emerging Landscape, photography exhibit, through July 27, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., #109, Topanga, 310,455,7909.

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.

Imagining Christ, through July 27, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions From Big Sur, through July, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4851.

Leaving My Found Eden: A Poetography Exhibit, by Ron L. Zheng, through July 27, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins, children’s play adapted from the book, through July 27, 11am Saturdays-Sundays, $5-$7, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310828.7519.

Mondongo: Gaslighting, exhibit by Argentine artist collective, through July 26, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.

Remembering Bobby Kennedy, photography exhibit by Jim Hubbard, presented through Venice Arts, through July 31, Universal Art Gallery, 2001 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.302.8909.

Spring’s Awakening, new translation of Wedekind’s controversial drama about teens and sex (the basis for the Broadway musical), by the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, through July 26, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, also 8pm Wednesday July 23, $20, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.396.3680 x3.

Ami Tallman, When The Sun Shines, It Does Not Need Proof, through July 26, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.


July 25

Mars Phoenix Update, 8pm, preceded by “The Night Sky Show,” 7pm, $5 or $9 for both, John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

The Wizard of Oz, presented by The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department, through August 3, 7pm Fridays, 1 and 7pm Saturdays, 1pm Sundays, $5-$10, Theatre Arts Building Studio Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.

July 26

Achieving Success in Life, a talk with Swami Kriyananda, 7:30pm $49, Olympic Collection, 11201 Olympic Blvd., LA,

Annual Chili Cookoff, 3-5pm, free, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3400 Sawtelle Blvd., LA, 310.496.4282.

Breaking The Silence: Music In Afghanistan, film, 2:30pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

East Indian Cooking Demo with Chef Sukhi Singh, noon, free, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd., CC, 310.559.4770.

Looky See, group art show, opening reception 6-8pm, through September 13, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, LA, 310.665.6905.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’ Neill’s autobiographical drama, through September 27, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, $15-$28, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

The Puppet Show, Part I, three puppet plays with adult content, 6 and 8:30pm, $10-$15, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

Some Like It Hot, classic cross-dressing comedy with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Staring At The Sun, staged reading of a play based on transcripts of the oral memoir of WWII survivor Maria Fabian, 8pm, free, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.

Summer Group Show, opening reception 7-10pm, Applegate Gallery, 3101-A Main St., 310.396.7600.

Venice Cabaret Theatre, music with Stephanie Valadez Ensemble, Michael Mishaw, Jodi Siegel, Jane St. Clair, Richard Stekol, and emcee Jeff Norman, 8-11:30pm, $10-$15, Blankenship Ballet Theatre, 132 Brooks Ave., Venice, 866.922.5538.

July 27

Entre Ciclones/Hurricanes, a Cuban comedy film, 7pm, $5, Workmen’s Circle and Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310.552.2007.

Family Fun Night, marshmallow roast and storytelling, 7-8:30pm, free, through August 26, King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, 310.858.7272 x115.

Farewell Event for Scott Wannberg, gathering for the celebrated local poet who is moving to Oregon, 1pm, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Grace Light Intensive with Enlightened Master Dattatreya Siva Baba, 10am-5pm, $100 pre-register, $125 at the door, Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 West Century Blvd, LA,

Kids In The Courtyard presents Moon Sand Mermaids, a sand-sculpting workshop for families, 1-4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655

Rigoletto, presented by Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club and the Casa Italiana Opera Company, followed by dinner, opera will feature English translation projected above the stage, 2pm, $50, Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th St., 800.595.4849.

Summer Sunset Concert with My Barbarian performance troupe, 4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655.

July 28

2nd Annual Golf Ball Drop, presented by the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, 8am, $20 donation per golf ball, MountainGate Country Club, 12445 MountainGate Dr., LA, 310.394.3773.

The 11th Hour, environmental documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio, 2pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Reading/Signing with Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.0158.

July 29

Rita Lowenthal talks about her book One Way Ticket, the chronicle of her son’s drug problems, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Surfrider Monthly Chapter Meeting, 7-9pm, free, 102 Washington Blvd., Venice,

July 30

Activist Support Circle, meeting will be dedicated to recently passed activist Don White, topic of discussion is “What Qualities and Inspirations Make for Effective Activism?” 7pm, free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.

T. J. English signs Havana Nocturne, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.0158.

Gardenerd Gardening Series returns with “The Basics 1-Soil, Soil Amendments and Fertilizers,” 5-7pm, $40, for location go to or call 310.391.3949.

Our Antonia, author Lionel Rolfe talks about Willa Cather, whose novel My Antonia is the basis for the currently running play, with music and readings by cast members, 8-10pm, $12, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd, Venice, 310.822.8392.

Spa Night For Dogs, 4-7pm, $10 donation, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Much Love Animal Rescue, Three Dog Bakery, 411 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.260.9604.

July 30-August 3

27th Annual KLOS/American Red Cross Blood Drive, give blood and receive concert tickets and other prizes, donors must be over 17 and at least 110 pounds, Santa Monica Red Cross, 1450 11th St., 800.448.3543.

July 31

Family Fun Night, marshmallow roast and storytelling, 7-9pm, free, through August 28, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.

The Thing With Two Heads, a social satire disguised as a horror flick, part of the Incredibly Strange Film Series, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.450.8600.

Summer Sing-Alongs presents Requiem Brahms (in English) conducted by Peter Rutenberg, 7:30pm, $12, First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th St., 310.393.8258.

Mark Your Calendar

Venice Neighborhood Barbecue, August 2

Activist Support Circle Annual Picnic, August 10

City Council Candidates Forum, August 14

Emphasis Santa Monica Art Show, August 20

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