Jazz Giants: The Photography of Herman Leonard, reception 6-8pm September 27, through October 18, SMC Photography Gallery, Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4289.
Little Green Men, the War of the Worlds scare has some campers fearing close encounters in this comedy by Scott Martin, through October 18, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $18-$20, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.837.3609
The Marvel and Measure of Peru: Three Centuries of Artists’ Histories, 1550-1880, through October 19, Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
The Playboy of the Western World and The Shadow of The Glen, by the Druid Theatre Company, through October 18, 8pm, $46, UCLA Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Same Time, Same Place, exhibit with Sharon Tanner, Debbi Green, John Brunnick, through October 19, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 Pine Tree Circle, Topanga, 310.455.7909.
Bruce Williams, John Harris, and John Brantingham, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Astronomy on Your Computer, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Becoming American: Teenagers and Immigration, through January 25, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440. 4500.
Infinity Ate Art Show, reception 6-10pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Unveiling of It’s Our Story Flag, a conceptual art piece for rights for the disabled, noon-4pm, free, Bruin Walk, UCLA, WW.
Earl Newman discusses his art, 8pm, free, Danny’s Deli, 23 Windward Ave., Venice, 310.398.9231, also October 19, 7pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Discovery Shops’ Only The Best Annual Sale, featuring haute couture specials, proceeds go to American Cancer Society, 920 Wilshire Blvd., 800.ACS.2345.
Myth, by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Toneelhuis, a multi-media work by a theatre collective, 8pm, $28-$48, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
An Evening of Experimental Eastern Dance, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 7pm Sunday, $25, The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, eemed.com.
Talk Radio, Eric Bogosian’s play about a “shock jock,” 8pm Friday, 2 and 8pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday, $10, Theatre Arts Studio Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.838.4264.
Ten Minute Play Festival (Group A), 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $10-$15, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 866. 811.4111. Also October 24-26 (Group B).
Babystone, noon-2pm, free, Café Z, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Bizarre Foods Cooking Demo, with food historian Linda Civitello and Patrick from Typhoon Restaurant, cooking Scorpion Toast and Stir Fried Crickets, 2-3:30pm-free, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd., CC, surfasonline.com.
Desperate Writers, play about trying to sell a script, by Joshua Grenrock and Catherine Schreiber, through November 23, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 7pm Sundays, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 800.595.4TIX.
The Enemy Within: 2000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World, lecture by John Demos on history of witch-hunts, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
First Lutheran Church and Fall Festival, dunk tank, bingo, craft booth, raffles, BBQ, snow cones, 11am-4pm, free, First Lutheran Church, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.823.9367.
Barbara Grover, Refuge(e)-Moments with the Darfuri of Iridimi, photographs, reception 6-9pm, through January 11, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.397.7493.
I Am Not A Racist…but, a play about attitudes, by Cynthia Ettinger, through November 15, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays, $20, The Actors Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.4264.
Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island, discussion with author Linda Greenlaw, 2pm, free, followed by film Islander, 3pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St, 310.392.3804.
Luna Luna In The Sky, Will You Make Me Laugh Or Cry? exhibit curated by Stephen Hull, reception 6-9pm, through November 22, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7449.
Mar Vista Library Book Sale, hardbacks, children’s books, gift books, paperbacks, 10am-4pm, free, 12006 Venice Blvd., LA, 310.390.3454.
Nearly Full Moon Hike, 7pm, free, King Gillette Ranch,26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, 310.858.7272 x115.
No Spitting, No Hitting, art by Robbie Conal, reception 6-9pm, through November 22, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.
Painting and Photography Student Exhibit, through November 1, Brentwood Arts Center, 13031 Montana Ave., 310.451.5657.
Veronica’s Napkin, art by Roni Stretch, reception 6-10pm, through November 15, Deborah Page Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.458.4400.
Self-Realization Fellowship Annual Holiday Boutique and Crafts Fair, noon-4pm, free, Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, 17080 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.454.4114.
Creative PlayGround presents The Velveteen Rabbit, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Farewell To Bush, open and featured reading, 4-7pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
I Love a Good Story, storytelling, 4pm, $10, Westside Eclectic, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.850.8814.
Save the Life of a Jewish Woman, lecture on hereditary gene that may cause cancer, with Dr. Richard Frieder and Jessica Queller, 10am, free, Gray Family Chapel, University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., LA, 310.472.1255.
Thomas Kubinek: Certified Lunatic and master of the Impossible, one-man show by an acrobat-storyteller-magician-clown-comic, 2pm, $20-$35, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055.
Labyrinth Walk, 2-4:30pm, free, First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 310.393.8258.
Off The Page, student performances based on history, with students from the Fremont High school project Americana Off The Page, 2pm, free, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.2322 x300.
3rd Annual St John’s Santa Monica 5000 5k and 10k Races, followed by post-event party and and Health & Fitness Expo at the Santa Monica Pier, 5k race 7:30am, 10k race 8am, begins at Ocean Park Blvd. and Barnard Way, stjohns.org.
Talk Radio Town Hall, with radio host Bill Moran and radio personalities: Bill Handel, Thom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, and Alan Stock, 2pm, $25, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., LA, 310.440.1246.
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner is discussed by the Book Group, 7:30pm, free, Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.
Rebecca Campbell, artist, talks with Gerry Fialka at the MESS Salon, 8pm, free, Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, 310.823.3878.
Gardening with California Native Plants, a “chautauqua” with plant expert Bart O’ Brien, 7:30pm, free, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.
Halloween Ha-Has, children’s program, ages 3-7, 3:30 and 4:30pm, free, Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Maintenance of Residential Rental Properties, seminar, 9-11:30am, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600, 310.458.8751.
Yiddish Theatre: A Love Story, film documentary, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
St. Martin of Tours School Open House for Parents of Prospective Students, registration and tours 8:30, presentations at 9 and 10am, 11955 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood, 310.472.7419.
The Future of Food, a documentary about food supply, part of “Sustainable Cinema,” 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Give and Create, a benefit for Children’s Hospital, 6-9pm, $25 donation, 2813 Santa Monica Blvd., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s Magical Flutes, 8pm, $25-$35, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440. 4500.
State of Our Ocean Town Hall Meeting, with speakers from Heal The Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and Algalita Foundation, 6pm, free, Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, grvnc.org.
Mark Your Calendar
Venice Arts 15th Anniversary, October 25
Montana Avenue Merchants Association
Halloween Event, October 31
Westside Waldorf School Halloween, November 1