Bettina Brendel, art exhibit, through December 13, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3434.
Desperate Writers, play about trying to sell a script, by Joshua Grenrock and Catherine Schreiber, through December 14, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 7pm Sundays, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 800.595.4TIX.
Michelle Gomez & Melissa Sims, new paintings, through December 17, Applegate Gallery, 3101-A Main St., 310.396.7600.
Green Living Workshop, through December 15, 7-8:30pm, donations $25-$50, The Green Life, 2409 Main St., sustainbleworks.org.
Martin Kersels: Heavyweight Champion, through December 13, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, Visions From Big Sur, through December 14, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4851.
The Odd Couple, through December 13, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $16-$18, Kentwood Players, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Portraits of Tibet, through December 12, SMC Photo Gallery, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4289.
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.
Two Projects: Henry Taylor, Girrrrrl! (Project Room 1), Bruce Pollock: Circling West (Project Room 2), through December 13, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
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.
Star of Wonder, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Rita Lowenthal, author of One Way Ticket, 7:30pm, free, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue, 16019 Sunset Blvd, PP, 310.459.7539.
Artists’ Paint-Out, sponsored by Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, Inc., bring your own supplies and lunch 9:30am, free, Soka/King Gillette Ranch, corner of Mulholland Highway and Malibu Canyon/Las Virgenes Rd, Malibu, 310.338.0333.
Big Blue Bus Community Meeting, 10am-noon, free, Santa Monica Main Library, Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., bigbluebus.com.
Death of the Bush Era-Just How Does A Patriot Act? closing reception, 7-10pm, free, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.
Gordon Getty Concert: Ciaramella, 8pm, free, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7300.
Grassroots Acoustica 2nd Annual Lotta Love Edition remembering Nicolette Larson, 7-10pm, donations, Talking Stick Coffee Lounge
1411C Lincoln Blvd Venice, 310.450.6052.
Gulliver’s Travels, discussed by the Literature Book Group, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Nasreen Haroon, reception 3-5pm, through January 7, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Kung Fu Panda, family film, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Menu Food’s Chef Aldo prepares Italian specialties, noon-4pm, free, Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd, CC, 310.559.4770.
Iraqi Marshlands Then and Now: Photographs by Nik Wheeler, through March 22, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Chautauqua Series: Illuminating the Winter Solstice, 7:30pm, free, meet at Woodland Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.
How To Cook Your Life, documentary film on the role of food in the physical and spiritual life, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Janet Fitch, author, interviewed by Gerry Fialka, 8pm, free, MESS Salon, Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, 310.823.3878.
PICAS Singles Supper Club meets at Warszawa Polish Restaurant, 7pm, $2-$4, 1414 Lincoln Blvd., 310.215.1892.
One Thousand White Women, by Jim Fergus, discussed by the Montana Book Club, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Space Panorama and Quatre Mains, two plays by Andrew Dawson, 8pm Wednesday-Thursday, 2 and 8pm Friday-Sunday, MacGowan Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.4401.
Mark Your Calendar
Movies at Santa Monica Main Library, December 26-30.
Penguin Swim at Venice Beach, January 1.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 19.