Agamemnon, the first play of Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, through September 27, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, $32-$38, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.
And Awaaaay We Go To Wonderland! a musical based on fairy tales, through September 28, Saturdays-Sundays 12:30 and 3pm, $10.50-$12.50, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2.
As You Like It, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy set mostly in a forest, through September 28, 3pm Sundays, $20-$28, The Will Geer
Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723,
4th Annual Blab Show, through September 27, Copro/Nason Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.2156.
Bury The Dead, Irwin Shaw’s anti-war play, through September 27, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays, $25, Actors Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.4264.
Fowler In Focus: Ceramics of Papua New Guinea, through September 28, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Hugh Hamilton, Valerie Mendez, Hayley Tolkin, through September 27, TAG – The Artists’ Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
IC Green, exhibit of pre-fab dwellings made from converted oversea shipping containers, through September, epOxybOx, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.568.2100.
It’s Raining Art Dolls, doll exhibit, through September 30, Venice Ten Women Gallery, 1237 Abbot Kinney Blvd., 310.452.2256.
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.
Macbeth, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of an overly ambitious warlord, through September 28, 4pm August 30, 7pm Sundays, $8-$28, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
The School For Scandal, dish, gossip, and big hair in Sheridan’s 18th century comedy, through September 27, 4pm August 30, 4pm Sept 6, 13, 27, 7:30pm September 21, $8-$28, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
You’re On The Air, a comedy by Michelle Danner, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30pm Sundays, through September 28, $25, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
Anatta, a program of new contemporary music and dance works by Michael Sakamoto, Amy Knoles, Bob Bellerue, and Waewdao Sirisook, part of World Festival of
Sacred Music, 8:30pm, $15-$20, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., 310.315.1459.
First Lutheran of Venice 60 Year Celebration, noon-4:30pm, dinner 6:30pm, Saturday, 11am service and dedication ceremony Sunday, free, First Lutheran of Venice Church and School, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice, flvenice.com.
September 26-October 4
American Reflections: Broadway in Concert, a show composed of numbers from classic Broadway musicals, SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd, 8pm September 26, 27, October 3,4, 2pm September 28, October 4, 5, $15-$20, 310.434.4319.
Bus of the Future, a special event at AltCar Expo, presentation and symposium on bus design, with a design team from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, 10-11am, free, AltCar Expo, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., busofthefuture.com.
Dollar $tore, Greg Santos, art exhibit, reception 6-9pm, through October 3, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.
Faithful, a play by Chazz Palminteri, through November 16, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday, $12-$15, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.
Mariama, a tale of freedom and grace, a solo dance show by Marian Oliker, through October 5, 8:30pm September 26, 8pm September 27, October 3, 4, 2pm September 28, October 5, $20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
Material and Design, an evening of green-oriented art and performance, 7-11pm, free, epOxybOx, 602 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.578.2123.
Publication Party for Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive, by Martine Ehrenclou, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.458.6047.
String Theory, 6:45pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655.
Akayaa and Bolga Zohdoomah, noon-2pm, $5-$10, Café Z, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4544.
Art Night at 18th Street, 6-9pm, free,18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 18street.org.
Budget Travel Workshop, Southeast Asia, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
Anne Bunney, local author, discusses trials and tribulations of getting published, 2pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Chili Roaster at the Pico Farmers Market, 9am-noon, free, Pico Farmers Market, Virginia Park, Pico and Cloverfield Blvds., 310.458.8712 x2.
Gardenerd Fall Garden Planning Workshop, 3-5pm, $40, gardenerd.com/fallclass.html.
John Lautner: Between Architecture and Cinema, class led by Jon Yoder, 10am-3pm, $85-$95, UCLA Extension, 10920 Lindbrook Dr., Room 202, WW, 310. 825.9061.
Pico Art Walk and Car Show, art gallery open house along Pico Blvd., music and food at Virginia Avenue Park, vintage car show at SGI parking lot, 2601 Pico Blvd., 10am-5pm, free, Pico Blvd. from Centinela to Main Street, Picopassport.com.
Planet Siqueros Pena presents Desborde (Overflowing), an evening of Nueva Cancion, 7:30-10pm, $10, Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560 x10.
Same Time, Same Place, exhibit with Sharon Tanner, Debbi Green, John Brunnick, reception 5-8pm, through October 19, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 Pine Tree Circle, Topanga, 310.455.7909.
Tides of Emotion, art by Katina Zinner and Christa Zinner, reception 7-10pm, through October 16, James Coleman Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., 310.393.7436.
Venice Cabaret, 8pm, $10-$15, Blankenship Ballet StudioTheatre, 132 Brooks Ave., Venice, 866.922.5538.
Walk For Farm Animals, to benefit Farm Sanctuary, registration: 9am, walk 10am, $20, City Hall, 1685 Main St., walkforfarmanimals.org.
War as a Way of Life, group show curated by Clayton Campbell, reception 6-9pm, part of Art Night at 18th Street, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St, 18street.org.
ZJ 20-Year Festival, celebration of 20 years of the ZJ Boarding House surf shop, noon-4pm, free, The Victorian, 2640 Main St., 310.392.5646.
2008 Abbot Kinney Festival, local artisans and businesses display their wares and information, live music and food, 10am-6:30pm, free, Abbot Kinney Blvd. (between Venice Blvd. & Main St.) 310.396.3772.
Peter Alsop’s Kids Concerts at Theatricum Botanicum presents The SqueeGees, 11am, $8, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Angels’ Smiles/Sonrisas de los Angeles, art show and auction to benefit dental care for special needs patients, 2-8pm, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 323.655.1352.
Defying Gravity: Stephen Schwartz and Friends, with vocalists Scott Coulter and Debbie Gravitte performing Broadway show tunes, 2pm, $45, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4556.
The Glory of the Gershwins, program of Gershwin music, 4pm, $25, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., CC, 310.271.9039.
Max 10 Fundraiser, for the monthly arts show, eight performers are scheduled, two performance slots will be raffled off, 7pm, $20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, electriclodge.org.
From Baghdad to L.A.: Journalism as Transformative Literature, talk with LA Times reporters Molly Hennessy-Fiske and John Mitchell, 11:15am, Theatre Arts Studio, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4340.
The Tell Tale Heart, presented by UCLA Live Theatre Festival, through October 5, 8pm Wednesday-Saturday, 7pm Sunday, $46, UCLA Freud Playhouse, MacGowan Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Dya Singh, 8pm, $15-$25, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 877.SCC.4TIX .
Pandemic Influenza: Is a Global “Perfect Storm” on the Horizon? with speaker Dr. Melinda Moore, part of Global Connections Lecture Series, 11:15am, free, Art Lecture Hall 215, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Pepperdine University Orchestra, with Tony Cason, conductor, performing Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss, 7:30pm, free, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Robert Wagner, actor, is interviewed by his daughter, entertainment reporter Katie Wagner, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Mark Your Calendar
Sustainable Literature Awards, October 4
2008 World Magic Awards, October 8
Other Venice Film Festival, October 9-12
Venice Arts 15th Anniversary, October 25