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August 29-30

At the Tone, performances of one-act plays by children and adults, presented by the Virginia Avenue Project, 7:30pm Friday, 3 and 7:30pm Saturday, $5, UCLA Little Theatre, UCLA, WW, 310.264.4224.

Inara George and Friends in a Tribute to David Bowie, with Greg Kurstin, Mike Andrews, Eleni Mandell, Becky Stark, and others, 7:30pm, $25-$35, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

August 30

Bright Light Chamber Players, performance of Brahms piano quartet, 2:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Stephen Courtney, exhibit of fine art furnishings, reception 7-10pm, proceeds benefit for Guide Dogs for the Blind, James Coleman Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., 310.393.7436.

Masanga Marimba Ensemble, noon-2pm, free with museum admission, Café Z, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.

Moving Beyond Tolerance in Race and Human Relations, lecture by Robin Toma, 4pm, free, Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., 310.260.8900.

Planet Siqueiros Peña, artistic critical expression with music, drama and spoken word, 7:30pm, $10, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, sparcmurals.org.

Venice Cabaret, with singer/songwriter Alfred Johnson, Elena Degl’innocenti & the Innocents, Maria Fabian, ZAN and Patrick Barnitt, and emcee Kathy Leonardo, 8pm, $15 advance/$20 at door, Blankenship Ballet Company Theatre, 132 Brooks Ave., Venice, 866. 922.5538.

August 31

Art Collective Open Studio, a benefit for Chiquele Studio, 4-10pm, 351 Sunset Ave., Venice, 310.980.2517.

Jazz on the Lawn wraps up with Opa-Opa, 5-7pm, free, lawn in front of Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., 310.458.8350.

Peter Alsop’s Kids Concerts at Theatricum Botanicum presents Katherine Dines, 11am, $8, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

September 2

Once On This Island, a musical retelling of “The Little Mermaid,” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, through September 14, 8pm Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 8pm Saturdays, 2 and 7pm Sundays, $20-$75, Freud Playhouse, MacGowan Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.

September 3

Hugh Hamilton, Valerie Mendez, Hayley Tolkin, opening reception September 6, 5-8pm, through September 27, TAG – The Artists’ Gallery

2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.

Dennis Hopper, Colors (photographs), Wendy Burton, Trace Elements (photographs), reception September 6, 4-6pm, through October 4, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.

Metro Westside Extension Update Community Meeting, 6-8pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 213.922.6934.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen, documentary on the songwriter by Don McGlynn, 7pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.

“Sustainable Works: More Efficient Homes and Businesses” kicks off SMC’s Environmental Lecture series, 6:30pm, free, Room 123, SMC Bundy, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310.434.4743.

September 4

Agamemnon, the first play of Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, through September 27, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, $32-$38, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.

Vincent Bugliosi, noted prosecutor, discusses his book The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

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