Charles Christopher Hill, Black and White New Paintings, Robert Motherwell, America-La France Variations, through October 4, Greenfield-Sacks Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.0640.
Dennis Hopper, Colors (photographs), Wendy Burton, Trace Elements (photographs), through October 4, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Nancy Reddin Kienholz, through October 4, LA Louver Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.
Karla Klarin, Paintings and Drawings, through October 4, Schomberg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Liquid Supercool, 6 Artists Working in Resin, through October 4, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0909.
Mariama, a tale of freedom and grace, a solo dance show by Marian Oliker, through October 5, 8pm October 3, 4, 2pm October 5, $20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
John Randall Nelson, Bluntly Limned, through October 8, Gebert Gallery, 1345 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.9897.
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.
Hilary Taub, recent works, through October 4, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.7612.
Two Plays by Glenn Hopkins, Three Made Only of Clay, and Mrs. Roosevelt, through October 5, 3pm Sundays, followed by an encore performance of Mrs. Roosevelt in another language, $20, Venice Mootney Theatre, 2508 Stoner Ave., LA, 310.478.7379.
Melly Trochez, Ghost In The Machine, through October 7, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Theo Westenberger, through October 7, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Asses and Elephants, a comedy by Suzanne Bressler, through November 3, Fridays-Saturdays 8pm,Sundays 7pm, $22, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 323.960.7711.
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Blvd., shops open until 10pm, free, Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.2525.
Kronos Quartet: “Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11,” 8pm, $28-$52, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
The Last Hubble Servicing Mission, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Charles Owens Quartet, jazz, 7 and 9pm, $10, Edye Second Space, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310. 434.4323.
American Reflections: Broadway in Concert, a show composed of numbers from classic Broadway musicals, SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd, Saturday 2 and 8pm, Sunday 2pm, $15-$20, 310.434.4319.
Senior & Family Intergenerational Arts Festival: Celebration of Life, noon-3pm, free, Santa Monica Senior Center, 1450 Ocean Ave., SeniorArtsFoundation.com.
Absolutely Halloween, the children’s Halloween shows returns, through October 26, Saturdays-Sundays12:30 and 3pm, $10.50-$12.50, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x2.
Al Young, California Poet Laureate, reads from his work, 7pm, free, Edye Second Space, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.4209.
Ballet Delight with Number 1 Dancers, 10:30am, free, ages 3-10, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.
Budget Travel Workshop, for Women Traveling Solo, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
Edgemar Center Annual Gala, with Rob Estes, Enrique Murciano, Jeff Richards, and the original cast of the musical Ruthless, 8pm, $100, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
Jacqueline Fuentes in concert, noon-2pm, free, Café Z at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Green Prizes for Sustainable Literature, presented by the Santa Monica Public Library, 1pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Italian Cantatas and Opera from the Time of Bernini, music program, 8pm, $15-$20, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Caras Vemos, Corazones no Sabemos/Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown: The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration, through December 28, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.
Celebracion! Exhibit and performances by members of Culture Clash, 7-10pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.206.7001.
Creative PlayGround presents The Legends of King Arthur, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Fowler In Focus: Ancient Ceramics From Columbia, through February 22, 2009, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.
God: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, lecture with Theodore M. Drange, presented by Humanist Association of Los Angeles, 11am, free, Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310. 479.2236.
Help Us Heal The Bay: Ecover LA Car Guy Car Wash & Wax Launch Event at Lexus of Santa Monica, ecological car wash and wax demonstration, “ecoluxe giveaway bags,” music, and refreshments, 11am-2pm, free, Lexus of Santa Monica, 1501 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.453.1890.
Open Reading with Sabrina Edwards, Jerry Garcia, and Nelson Gary, 5pm, free, open reading sing-up 4:45pm, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Natasha Paremski, pianist, performs in the Stotsenberg Recital Series, 2pm, $10-$25, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055.
Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert, with Peter Himmelman, and performances by gifted local high school classical musicians, Ruth and Judea Pearl, parents of Daniel Pearl, will be attending and speaking, Community Room, Crossroads School, Norton Campus, 1715 Olympic Blvd., 310.452.3244.
Santa Monica Conservancy Bus Tour, with architectural historian Marcello Vavala, tour will visit historic houses and designated landmark structures, 2pm, $30-$35, 310.496.3146, smconservancy.org.
12th Annual Pier Del Sol, with Special Olympics athletes, marine tidepool, games, rides, VIP brunch, and entertainment by roving pirates and Kapt. Kula’s Pyrat Band, 10am-2pm, $45, brunch $150, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, 213.480.3232.
Social and Business Graces Class in proper American-style dining etiquette, with Constance Hoffman, 1-2pm, $60, The Patio, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., learnsocialgraces.com.
Sonidos Tradicionales, Sonidos Actuales, flamenco dance program, directed by Rina Orellana, 7pm, $25, Electric Lodge Theater, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.977.7332.
City Council Candidates Forum, with CRAAP (Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution), moderated by Michael Feinstein, 6:30pm, free, Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., 310.479.2529.
Ben Lyons, producer, director, writer, and film critic, speaks at the Mary Pickford Entertainment Speakers Series, 7pm, free, Screening Room, Academy of Entertainment & Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Goodness, a play by Michael Redhill, through October 11, Tuesday-Friday 7:30pm, Saturday October 11, 2 and 7:30pm, $10-$15, Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055.
Public Meeting regarding the City’s permit policy that regulates surfing instruction on Santa Monica State Beach, 7pm, free, Thelma Terry Building, Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, 310.458.8573 x1.
Teaching Innovation: Building a Creative Workforce, a breakfast dialogue with Richard J. Deasy, 8:30-10:30am, free, East Wing, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 310.458.8350.
Top 10 Best Practices in East-West Communication, lecture with Dr. Jack Lewis, 11:15am, free, Art Lecture Hall 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd. 310.434.4303.
Behind Global Warming, environmental lecture, 6:30pm, free, Room 123, SMC Bundy, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310. 434.4743.
BW Jazz Quartet, 4:30-6pm, free, Room 107, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.
Gandhi: The Man and His Thoughts, lecture with Shri Narayan Mahadev Desai, 7:30pm, free, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester, 310.338.1971.
Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain’s Global Drum Project, 8pm, $28-$52, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
John Lennon Birthday Celebration, with Jerry Rubin and Chris Carter of “Breakfast With the Beatles,” 6pm, free, at the John Lennon star n front of Capitol Records, 1750 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 310.399.1000.
Much Ado About Something: The Latest Information about Breast Cancer, lecture with St. John’s breast cancer team, 5-7pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.8809.
Other Venice Film Festival, through October 12, The Electric Lodge Theater, 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, 310.306.1854, see schedule at othervenicefilmfestival.com.
Randy Travis, 8pm, $10-$65, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.306.4522.
Mark Your Calendar
2008 World Magic Awards, October 11
Venice Arts 15th Anniversary, October 25 Westside Waldorf School Halloween, November 1