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 Bruce Busby: Super Faulty Reconfiguration, through August 9, Project Room 1, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

 Dogs of Venice, photographs by Susan Rennie, through August 9, Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, venice-arts.org.

 Israeli Women, A Portrait in Photographs, through August 10, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

 Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas, traveling exhibit of African art, through August 10, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.

 Park Studio: Shadows and Gags, shadow puppets, prints, and animation by students mentored in the Park Studios program, through August 9, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

 The Puppet Show, puppet imagery in contemporary art, through August 9, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.

 Ten Years in Focus: The Artist and the Camera, through August 10, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7304.

 Darlyn Susan Yee, Tying The Knot, Caryn Baumgartner, art, through August 9, TAG-The Artists Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.

 THIS WEEK

 August 8

 Preview: NASA Returns to the Moon, 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.

 LearnAboutWine Release Party for Bottleshock, the movie about wine, film screenings 7 and 9:55pm, parties 8 and 9:30pm, $32.50, see goldstar.com for location and reservations.

 August 9

 Customer Appreciation BBQ with 365 & Value Products, 11am-3pm, free, Whole Foods Market, 11666 National Blvd., WLA, wholefoodsmarket.com.

 Grand Opening for Smile Pediatric Dentistry, presented by for Kits by Kids Are First, family event with activities and Child I.D. kits, 11am-2pm, free, 10582 W. Pico Blvd., LA, 310.837.6453.

 David Ryan Harris performs at Café Z, noon-2pm, $5-$10 table minimum, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310. 440.4544.

 Immortal Soul: A Tribute to Mimma Salinas, reception for art exhibit, 5-8pm, free, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 S. Topanga Cyn Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.7744.

 The SoCal Bench Project Artisan Fair, arts and crafts and raffle to benefit New Directions, 9:30am-3pm, free, The Veterans’ Memorial Complex,4117 Overland Ave., CC, socalbenchproject.com.

 Thoroughly Modern Millie, musical movie about the 1920s with Julie Andrews, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 Midaq Alley by Najob Mahfouz, is discussed by the Fairview Book Group, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

 Paint Out, monthly outdoor painting get-together, bring snack, your own art supplies, 4pm-sunset, free, Palisades Park Bluff, look for person with red flag, call Carole Garland, 310.338.0333.  

 Kathleen Tyler and Jawanza Dumisani, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.828.3951.

 WWE Summerfest, live wrestling in a ring on Venice Beach with real live wrestling stars, music, interviews, 11am-5pm, free, Venice Beach at foot of Windward Avenue, Venice, 203.406.3651.

 August 9-10

 Garden Concert for Kids, 4 and 5pm, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, 310.440.7300.

 King O’ Leary, a children’s play adapted by the Actors’ Gang, from Shakespeare’s King Lear, through August 31, 11am Saturdays-Sundays, free, Media Park, next to Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.4264.

 August 10

 Peter Alsop’s Kids Concerts at Theatricum Botanicum presents Justin Roberts, 9:30 and 11:30am, $8, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Ed Begley, Jr, guest speaker, 10am, free, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th St., 310.829.5436.

 California Spirit 24th Annual Gourmet Garden Party, presented by the American Cancer Society, 4-8pm, at a private estate in West Los Angeles, call 213.427.7384.

 Drum Class, for kids ages 7-15, presented by Break Point Bridge Christian Church, 10:30am, free, Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th St., edmarz.com. Also meets August 17, 24.

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

 Far Yugnt/For Youth: The Yiddish Songbook of S. Polonsky, world premiere recital, 2pm, free, Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310.552.2007.

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

 Jazz Vespers with the Paul Kreibich Quartet, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.

 The Longing, a film about South American Jews, 7pm, free, followed by a brief Tish a Ba’av service, Beth Shir Sholom, 1827 California Ave., 310.453.3361.

 August 11

 Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, will speak about her book Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters, 7:30pm, $30, American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Dr., LA, 310.440.1246.

Annie Reiner & Carolyn Howard-Johnson, poetry, plus open reading, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.454.4063.

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

 August 12

 Michael Kun and Adam Hoff discuss and sign their book The Football Uncyclopedia, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble Santa Monica, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.

 Rock and Roll Films, with a top-secret underground movie starring many top musicians (hint: Bob Dylan), 6pm, plus documentary Rock ‘n’ Roll Made In Mexico, 10pm, live music at 7pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

 The Searchers, John Wayne western, 1:30pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

 August 13

 California Open Group Exhibition, curated by D.J. Hall, reception August 16, 5-8pm, through August 30, TAG -The Artists’ Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.

 E.T. The Extraterrestrial, the classic close encounter movie, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 Gardenerd Gardening Series, Seed Starting, Transplants and Heirlooms, 5-7pm, $40, for location go to gardenerd.com or call 310.391.3949.

 Hors d’oeuvres & Words, poetry and food Open House event for LMU Extension, with writers Hélène Cardona, Brenda Petrakos, Stephanie Waxman, and Peg Dobreer, and musician Don Preston, 5:30-8:30pm, free, Marymount Center, LMU, 1 University Dr., LA, 310.338.1971.

 Frank Feldinger, investigative reporter, speaks about his book A Slight Epidemic; the Government Cover-up of Black Plague in Los Angeles, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

 Mystery Book Club discusses Anne Perry’ s novels Bethlehem Road and The Face of the Stranger, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

 The Silent Revolution of Truth, film about the existence of extraterrestrial life, 8pm, free, plus live music 6:30pm, free, plus “Politaoke,” a new twist on karaoke with political speeches instead of songs, 5pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

August 14

 Yair Dalal and Naser Musa, Israeli musicians, 8pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

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

 Santa Monica Farmers Market presents Sweet Treats: A Passion for Pastry, with berry farmer Py Pudwill and pastry chefs Sherry Yard and Zoe Nathan, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

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

 Tree Speech Candidates Forum, candidates for City Council will answer questions regarding their views on trees, urban forestry and related issues, moderated by former mayor Michael Feinstein, 6:30pm, free, Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., treesavers.blogspot.com.

 Mark Your Calendar

 Emphasis Santa Monica Art Show, August 20

 Sri Lanka Day, August 23

 Sweet and Hot Music Festival, August 29-September 1

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