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Brian Asher, art exhibit, through August 2, Sunset Grill, 1701 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.7546.

Cabaret, the musical about Berlin between the wars, through August 3, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $18-$23, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.

Camilla d’Errico Waterfall of Dreams, through August 2, Copro Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station, copronason.com.

Dreamscapes, exhibit of art by John Moore, through August 1, DCA Fine Art, 3107 Pico Blvd., 310.770.2525.

Lawrence Gipe, new paintings, through August 2, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.

Hi-Fructose Group Art Exhibition, through August 2, Copro Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station, copronason.com.

Bruce Houston, sculptures, through August 2, Lora Schlesinger Gallery Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.

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, through August 3, Santa Monica Red Cross, 1450 11th St., 800.448.3543.

Mamafied, a new solo comedy about pre-partum depression written and performed by Susanna Brisk, through August 3, dark July 4-6, 8:30pm Fridays-Saturdays/7:30pm Sundays, $25, previews $20, opening night gala $50, students & seniors $15, group discounts, Edgemar Center, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.399.3666, edgemarcenter.org or mamafied.com.

My Antonia, an adaptation of Willa Cather’s novel by Scott Schwatz, with music by Stephen Schwartz, through August 3, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays, $20-$25, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8392.

Pulchritudo Vaga; Masterworks by Regina Wilson, through August 3, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7456.

Unbeatable Harold, a play about a young man with big dreams, by Randy Noojin, directed by John Ruskin, through August 3, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.

Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, through August 3, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4851.

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.

THIS WEEK

August 1

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

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.

Night Hike, 7:30pm, free, meet parking lot left of bridge, King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, 310.858.7272 x115.

Night Hike, 7:30pm, free, first parking lot, Temescal Gateway Park 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.

Social Meetup at St. Joseph’s Center, refreshments, entertaiment, 6-9pm, free, St. Joseph’s Center, 1212 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Suite A, Venice, stjosephctr.org/1stfridays.

Ten Women Gallery Event, meet artists and share art and refreshments, 6-9pm, free, Ten Women Gallery Venice, 1237 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.455.7744.

August 1-3

Coriolanus, weekends through September 6, presented by Shakespeare International Renaissance Festival, LA, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 4pm Sundays, free, West Los Angeles Civic Center Bandshell, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., WLA, 310.559.2116.

Shakespeare International Renaissance Festival, LA, sponsored by the office of LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, through September 6, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 4pm Sundays, free, Civic Center Bandshell, 1645 Corinth Ave., WLA, 310.575.8461.

August 2

Club Twilight Party for Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, 10pm, free, Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., MDR, 310.306.3213.

Benjamin Crème, author, speaks of the teachings of Maitreya, 7:30pm, free, Courtyard Marriot Hotel, 13480 Maxella Ave., MDR, 818.785.6300.

Joel Josephs, opening reception 6-9pm, through August 31, James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.315.9502.

The Need To Know, one-woman show about the military by April Fitzsimmons, 8pm, $5, veterans free, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., CC, 310.880.0911.

Poetry Gets The Blues, performances by Sherman Pearl, poet, and Bernie Pearl, blues musician, 3pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.

The Puppet Show, Part 2, three puppet plays with adult content, 6 and 8:30pm, $10-$15, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

Snow in the Summer: Cien, group exhibition to benefit Pico Youth and Family Center, with special performance by Chicano Secret Service, Chiquele Studios, 351 Sunset Ave., Venice, 310.396.7101.

Vegan/Raw Food Extravaganza and Ed Begley, Jr. Book Signing, 11am-3pm, free, Whole Foods Market, 11666 National Blvd., WLA, wholefoodsmarket.com.

Venice Community BBQ and Picnic, grilling by Venice fire fighters, bring salads, sides and desserts, prices, games, entertainment by locals, noon-5pm, free, Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice, 310.606.2015.

August 3

Martin Chalifour, violinist, presenting “A Passport through Europe,” 4pm, free, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., CC, 310.397.2490.

Family Fun Days at Theatricum Botanicum presents singer Debi Derryberry, 11am, $8, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

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

Free To Breathe, benefit for National Lung Cancer Partnership, 5K run and 1.5 mile walk, $25-$30 to register, registration 7am, walk and run 8:30am, Dockweiler State Park, 12001 Vista Del Mar, PDR, freetobreathe.org.

Humanist Association of Los Angeles Westside Meeting, with Mel Kirschner M.D, on Health Care In California, 11am, free, Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310.479.2236.

Jazz on the Lawn, concert with Michael Sullivan, 5-7pm, free, front lawn, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., 310.458.8350.

Summer Merchandise Sale with Venice Historical Society, 10am-3pm, free, Mar Vista Farmers’ Market, Grand View and Venice Blvds., MV, venicehistoricalsociety.org.

August 4

Blue is the theme of this month’s SPARK storytelling series, 7:30pm, $10, The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 866.OFF.MAIN.

Transmission Meditation, presentation and meditation, with British author Benjamin Crème, 7:30pm, free, Courtyard Marriot Hotel, 13480 Maxella Ave., MDR, 818.785.6300.

August 5

The Informer, John Ford’s classic film about betrayal during the Irish civil war of 1922, 1:30pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

National Night Out 2008, block party hosted by the Santa Monica Police Department, with raffle, games, dunk tank, music, and more, 6-8pm, free, front of Public Safety Building, 333 Olympic Blvd., 310.458.8474.

August 6

Gardenerd Gardening Series, “Small Space and Container Gardening” 5-7pm, $40, for location go to gardenerd.com or call 310.391.3949.

My Bad Dad, film about an unlikely father, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Ratatouille, animated Oscar-winner about a gourmet chef rat, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.450.8600.

August 7

Florence “Pancho” Barnes, pioneer woman aviator, will be spotlighted by TV producer Nick Spark, 10am, free, Flight Path Learning Center and Museum, LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, LA, 310.215.5291.

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 Incredibly Strange Film Series concludes with a three foot tall secret agent in the spoof For Your Height Only, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.450.8600.

Sid Laverents 100th Birthday Celebration, featuring shorts “The Sid Saga” and “Multiple SIDodis,” Laverents will appear, health permitting, 7:30pm, $10, James Bridges Theatre, Melnitz Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.206.8013.

Organic Vegetable Gardening with Christy Wilhelmi, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.450.8600.

Sunset Dance series, with instructor Alondra Ramirez, Thursdays through August, 7pm,free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655.

Perfect Day Surf Camp is a day of surfing to benefit for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 9am-noon, north of Santa Monica Pier (parking lot #9, tower 6), 310.985.1458.

Mark Your Calendar

Activist Support Circle Annual Picnic, August 10

City Council Candidates Forum, August 14

Emphasis Santa Monica Art Show, August 20

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