Udo Noger, Me Water, through December 10, Gebert Gallery, 1345 Abbot Kinney blvd., Venice, 310.450.9897.
David K. Thompson: Real Pizza, new serigraphs, through December 10, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Beyond Film: The Signature of All Things, film for the centenary celebration of Kenneth Rexroth, 7:30pm, $5-$7,Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Kate DiCamillo talks about and signs her Newberry-winning book, The Tale of Despereaux, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble Santa Monica, 2101 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.
Finding Employment Opportunities, information about local job search resources and major employers, 11am-1pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Blvd., shops open until 10pm, free, Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.2525.
Roger McGuinn, in concert, 8pm, $40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Rosenthal Malibu Wine Estate Wine Tasting, 5-6pm, $7, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd. CC, 310.559.4770.
2nd Annual Holiday Party & Fundraiser To Benefit Veteran Trauma, with Lauren Monroe, Rick Allen and world percussionist Reid Defever, presented by Raven Drum Foundation, 7-10pm, $50, Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Blvd, Topanga, 310.779,1767.
SMC Chamber Choir In Concert, 8pm, $10, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3000.
Santa Monica Museum of Art/Venice Holiday Party/Silent Auction, 7-11pm, $20, Equator Books, 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.399.5544.
Special Observing Event: 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.
Folklorico de SMC, world dance program, 7:30pm, $12-$15, Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3000.
She Loves Me, musical based on The Shop Around The Corner, presented by Santa Monica High School Theatre, 8pm Fridays, 2 and 8pm Saturdays, through December 21, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 310.395.3204 x239.
How We Got Where We Are ­, musical revue, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday, $10, SMC Theatre Arts Studio Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310. 434.4319.
Ralph Bacerra, A Survey of Late Work, reception 5-7pm, through January 10, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Family Festival, with jewelry workshop, storytelling, and music, 10am-5pm, free, Getty Villa, 17985 PCH, PP, 310.440.7300.
James Oliver Goldsborough presents The Misfortunes of Wealth 1pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Green Living Workshop, through December 15, 7-8:30pm, donations $25-$50, The Green Life, 2409 Main St., sustainbleworks.org.
Gumbo Family Musicians In Concert, CD sales benefit Students Run LA, 1-5pm, free, Santa Monica Pier, thegumbobrothers.com,
Uri Hertz, Doren Robbins, and Sharon Doubiago, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7,Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Jessica Lange discusses and signs 50 Photographs, 3pm, free, Barnes & Noble Santa Monica, 2101 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.
Alan Kupchick One-Day Art Show and Sale, 5-8pm, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
John Muir Art, Antique Fair and Flea Market, 8am-3pm, free, 2510 Lincoln Blvd., 310.570.6483.
Pixel This 18, annual screening of films made with Pixel toy camera, 7 and 9pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Planet Siquieros Pena, 6-10pm, $10, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, sparcmurals.org.
Holly Prado reads from her new poetry book From One to the Next, also an interview with Steve Goldman, 7:30pm, $5-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Rage to Know, part II, with Donna Sternberg Dancers/EZTV, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Tamale Social, with chef Maite Gomez-Rejon demonstrating the art of tamale-making, noon-2pm, $10-$18, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd. CC, 310.559.4770.
Watercolor and Sculpture Student Exhibit, through December 20, Brentwood Art Center, 13031 Montana Ave., LA, 310.451.5657.
Curry Benefit Dinner, with solo human beatbox performer Aymeric Hainaux and dancer Oguri, 4pm, $15 show only,$55 for show and dinner, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, electriclodge.org.
Jack Bowman and JC Sullivan, plus open reading, 5pm, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Diesel Brentwood Bookstore Grand Opening, 1-4pm, free, Diesel Brentwood Bookstore, 225 26th St., 310.576.9960.
Shirley Cannon, The Black Field Paintings, reception 6:30-9:30pm, through January 7, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0221.
Exhibition Tour of La Tinta Grita with Oaxacan artist/activist Jesus Kobe, 2pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.
Fifth Anniversary Gala for Ruskin Theatre, with performances from plays, reception with silent auction, and guests including Ed Asner, Olivia d’Abo, Dylan McDermott, Chris Mulkey, and others, 7pm, $75, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.
Ivanov, Chekhov’s play performed by Berlin’s Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 2pm, $40-$60, UCLA Live International Theatre Festival, UCLA Freud Playhouse Macgowan Hall, WW, 310.825.4401.
Kids in the Courtyard: Lucha Libre, mask-making and a visit from the luchadores of Lucha VaVoom!, 1-4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.
SMC Wind Ensemble, 4pm, $10, Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3000.
Stanley Weiser, writer of the film W, panel discussion, 5pm, free, Santa Monica Zen Center, 1001A Colorado Blvd., 323.255.5472.
Titus Welliver, Abstractions In Nature, reception 6:30-9:30pm, through January 7, Frank Pictures Galery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Wordsmith Creative Writing Workshop, 10am-4pm, $125, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, barringtoneditorial.com.
Big Blue Bus Community Meeting, 6-8pm, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., other meetings are December 9, 10am-noon, Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., December 9, 6-8pm, Westside Pavilion, Community Room B, 10850 Pico Blvd., LA, and December 13, 10am-noon, Santa Monica Main Library, Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., bigbluebus.com.
Compound Eye, a film by Yahn Soon, 8:30pm, free, Documental series, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.315.0056.
What’s The Story? storytelling series, 8pm, $10, Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.450.1312.
Day Is Done, film by Mike Kelley, 7pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
If It’s Weird It Must be A Mushroom, aka Mushrooms 101, workshop about mushrooms with mycologist Florence Nishida, 7:30pm, free, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 818.881.3706.
Name That Tune, an evening of music plus book signings, with Josh Kun and Leonard Nimoy, 7:30pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
The Passion of Joan of Arc, famous film by Carl Dreyer, 1:30pm, free with admission, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4544.
Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals with Karen Dawn, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Winter Orchestra Concert, with Santa Monica High School Orchestra, 7pm, $5-$10, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., samohiorchestras.org.
Robert Carl Cohen’s Concerned Citizen Film Marathon, films about controversial issues, 7pm, free, Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.306.7330.
A Special Evening With Steve Lopez, with musical performances by Ben Hong of the LA Philharmonic, Antonio Lysy, and Santa Monica High School student musicians, 7pm, $5-$15, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., samohiorchestras.org.
Benefit for Inner City Arts, with Gil Garcetti, 6-8pm, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, inner-cityarts.org.
Sustainable Cinema: The End of Suburbia, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Mark Your Calendar
Skirball Hannukah Family Festival, December 14
Musica Angelica Performs Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, December 14
Eco Gift Fest, December 14-16