Gordon Chandler, The Game Show, through November 9, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.
Stephen Gamson, Portraits and Conversations, paintings, through November 5, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Maketa Groves, Agneta Falk, and Jack Hirschman, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
The Bourgeois Gentilhomme, by Moliere, translated and adapted by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe, through December 21, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 5:30pm Sundays, $10-$20, Sundays are pay-what-you-can, City Garage, 13401/2 4th St., citygarage.org.
Chinese-American Film Festival presents The Marriage Trip, a comedy about dating and marriage customs in modern China, followed by Q& A with director Zhang Cheng, 7pm, free, Art Lecture Hall 214, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 626.856.3889.
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Blvd., shops open until 10pm, Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.2525.
Introduction to the Book of Exodus: “Forbidden Tales of the Torah,” a woman’s commentary, 9:15am, free, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue, 16019 Sunset Blvd, PP, 310.459.7539.
The Odd Couple, through December 13, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $16-$18, Kentwood Players, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Sex, Lies + Corsets, two short plays, August Strindberg’s The Stronger, and Rosemary With Ginger by Edward Allan Baker, through November 22, 8pm Thursdays, 8:30pm Fridays-Saturdays, $20, Edgemar Center For The Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
Special Observing Events: The Moons of Autumn, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
You Can’t Take It With You, comedy by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman, through December 14, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $14-$18, Theatre Palisades Pierson Playhouse,941 Temescal Canyon Dr., PP, 310.454.1970.
Synapse Dance Theatre, 8pm Friday-Saturday, $12-$15, Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St, 310. 434.3000.
RePlay! a series of plays by children and adults in collaboration, produced by Virginia Avenue Project, 7:30pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday, $5 donation or pay what you can, Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.264.4224.
Artists’ Paint-Out, sponsored by Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, Inc., bring your own supplies and lunch 9:30am, free, Peter Strauss Ranch, 3000 Mulholland Dr., Agoura,
Autumn-California Style, hike, 10am, free, meet in first parking lot, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 W. Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.
Europe By Rail, travel seminar, 11am, $5-$10, Hostelling International USA Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.3413.
Faces, oil paintings by Alfred Benjamin, reception 3-5pm, through November 30, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.315.0056.
Family Christmas Bazaar, 9am-3pm, $4-$7, First Presbyterian Church,
1220 2nd St, Santa Monica, 310.451.1303.
Fata Morgana, a comedy by Ernest Vajada, through December 21, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, $20-$25, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8392.
Figure Painting, Portrait Drawing, Portrait Painting and Photography Student Exhibit, through November 22, Brentwood Art Center, 13031 Montana Ave., LA, 310.451.5657.
Freshman In The Kitchen, with Eli and Max Sussman, cooking recipes from their new book, noon-4pm, free, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd., CC, 310. 559.4770.
Jazz Funk Fest, live music, 7pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Literature Book group discusses The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Musical Dialogue with Vadim Repin and Nikolaï Luganski, 8pm, $15-$56, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Planet Siqueiros Peña hosts Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water, 7:30-10pm, $20, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560 x10.
The Poet as Activating Force, reading in memory of Vincent Ferrari, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Rawness and Polish, art by Jay Kelly, reception 7-10pm, through December 20, Commissary Arts, 68 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.990.9914.
Penelope Barnes Thompson and Nan Hunt, poetry, 7:30pm, donation $5-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310. 828.3951.
Unchaining the Mind and Changing the World, lecture on Bob Avakian’s book, with Michael Slate of KPFK and Sunsara Taylor of Pacifica radio, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Victoria Burnett, storytelling, 11:30am, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Children Uniting Nations 10th Annual Day of the Child, featuring Maria Conchita Alonso, Tommy Davidson and Miguel Nunez, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Vivica A. Fox, Daphne Zuniga, Catherine Keener, Los Angeles Sheriff Baca, High School Musical’s Olesya Rulin, Doug E. Fresh, and others, rides, games, live entertainment, food and fun, 10am-3pm, free, Santa Monica Pier, childrenunitingnations.org.
Henry Hopper, paintings, reception 6:30-9:30pm, by invitation only, through December 3, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Jazz Vespers, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Kristallnacht, 70 Years Later, a remembrance with Dr. John Roth, and a service featuring Fr. Alexei Smith, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, a representative of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the clergy of University Synagogue, 7pm, free, University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., LA, 310.472.1255.
Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine and Disaster Capitalism, discussion, Humanist Association of Los Angeles (HALA), 11am, free, Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310.479.2236.
Lyrical Beings in Ordinary Life, Portraits, Landscapes and Large Mythological Works, by Kathryn J. Hall, Words of Wonder, 2918 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.463.5657.
Oranges and Sardines: Conversations in Abstract Painting and Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now, through February 8, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310.443.7000.
Nude and Sunflower by Reba Waters Thomas, play reading, 1pm, free, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
New West Symphony, with the Ventura County Ballet Company, 4pm, $25-$98, Barnum Hall. Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Boulevard, 866.776.8400.
Pacific Palisades Residents Association 50th Annual Meeting, with guest speakers Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Executive Director Joe Edmiston, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and a representative from Santa Monica Baykeeper, 7pm, free, Pacific Palisades Women’s Club, 901 Haverford St., PP, pprainc.org.
What Would Jesus Buy? documentary about anti-corporate activist Reverend Billy, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Got Scrotum? Ask The Platypus, lecture on reproductive biology, with Dr. Ted Hsu, 11:15am, Science Lecture Hall 145, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310. 434.4303.
The Los Angeles Computer Society, with guest Patrick Gee from Samy’s Camera, 7pm, informal computer meeting 6-6:50pm, free,
Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester, 310.398.0366.
The Living Trust Advisor with attorney/author Jeff Condon, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble Santa Monica, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.
American Jewish University, informational evening to prepare students for careers in the medical and healthcare professions, 7:30- 9:30pm, free, AJU Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Dr., LA, 310.476.9777 x581.
Chris Madans, It Appears To Be True, reception November 15, 4-6pm, through December 20, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Mystery Book Group discusses Thirteenth Night by Alan Gordon, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
7th Annual Spirit of Chrysalis Awards, honoring the Chrysalis Foundation, 6pm VIP Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction, 7pm Dinner, Awards & Entertainment, $350-$500, St. Vibiana’s Church, 210 S. Main St., LA, 310.401.9393.
Westside Writers’ Shmooze, 7-9pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Flu Shots, 4-7pm, $15, Santa Monica Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 800.516.5323.
26th Annual Malibu Tennis Event, tennis game 8:30am, Pepperdine Tennis Courts, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, boutique and luncheon 11am, Stone Manor, parking at 28635 PCH, tennis and lunch $90, lunch and boutique $75, 310.457.3972.
Jamie Mitchell, Electric Guitar, 4:30pm, free, SMC Emeritus College, Room 107, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.
Our House: A Night For Hope, fundraiser for Our House, 7-10pm, $50, Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway, ourhouse-grief.org.
Santa Monica Farmers Market: Edible Landscaping, gardening and cooking experts explain how to grow edible plants in your yard, edible treats served afterwards, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
David Shannon Storytelling and Drawing Demonstration, ages 4 and up, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.2665.
John Updike, author of The Widows of Eastwick, with LATimes Book Review editor David Ulin, 8pm, $15-$38, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Mark Your Calendar
SMC Student Films, November 14
Los Angeles Asian & Tribal Art Show, November 15
Eco Gift Fest, December 14-16