Four-Person Art Exhibit, reception 6-8pm, through February 6, Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3434.
Kehillat Israel Senior Shabbat Dinner, 6-7:30pm, free, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue, 16019 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.459.7539.
The Laramie Project, play about the murder of Matthew Shepard and its impact, by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, through February 14, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $14-$18, Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Lost In Yonkers, by Neil Simon, through February 15, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $14-$18, Theatre Palisades Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd., PP, 310.454.1970.
Mars Exploration Update, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Tiempo Libre, salsa timbre group, 8pm, $40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Photo LA, opening reception 6-9pm Thursday January 8, noon-8pm Friday-Saturday, noon-6pm Sunday, $20-$30, Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., 323.937.4659.
Artists’ Paint-Out, sponsored by Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, Inc., bring your own supplies and lunch 9:30am, free, Nicholas Flats, Santa Monica Mountains, take PCH west of Kanan Rd. to Decker Rd., 310.338.0333.
Birthday Celebration for Paramhansa Yogananda, with Jyotish and Devi Novak, talk, 4:30pm, donation, followed by dinner, 7:30pm, $35-$75, Ananda Los Angeles Temple, 2210 Main St., Suite 208, 310.396.9900.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London is discussed by the Literature Book Group, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Dark Star: Art by John Divola, reception 7-9pm, through March 7, Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0043.
A Day at the Antique Mall, photographs by Robbie Kaye, reception 6-8pm, Bergamot Café, Bergamot Station, 310.828.4001.
Grassroots Acoustica 19#, 8pm, donation, Talking Stick Coffee Lounge, 1411C Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.450.6052.
The Group 2009, group art show, reception 6-9pm, through February15, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.
Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim, and Harriet Zeitlin, All Hands on Deck, reception 6-9pm, through February 21, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.
Ted Orland, Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity, reception 5-9pm, through February 28, Terra Galleria Artworks, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5104.
Pete’s Dragon, family film, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Terry Norton-Wright, reception 5-7pm, through February 7, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Shmuesn un Shpiln: Stories and Music for the New American Shtetl, with Extreme Klezmer Makeover and Uncle Ruthie Buell, 8pm, free, Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310.552.2007.
YMCA Open House, tours, group exercises, kids’ activities, 9am-3pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.393.2721.
Emily Albrink, soprano, 2pm, $10-$25, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Cannondale Demo Ride and Parking Lot Sale at Helen’s Cycles, meet for ride at LA Art Exchange, 2451 Broadway, 7:30am, free, parking lot sale 11am-4pm, Helen’s Cycles, 2501 Broadway, 310.401.3051.
David Florimbi: Portraits, through February 8, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Fowler Outspoken Program: Iraqi Marshlands: Then and Now, discussion of the photographs of Nik Wheeler with Wheeler, Azzam Alwash and UCLA professor Susan Slyomovics, 2pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655.
Humanist Weddings, presented by Humanist Association of Los Angeles, 11am-1pm, free, Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310.479.2236.
Jazz Vespers with jazz singer Janice Anderson and the Geoff Aymar trio, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Luna: Theatre of Light, performance art making use of light, 2pm, $10-$35, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Malone Mills: Orbgasm, through February 8, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Carlos Mencia, comedy concert to benefit Edison Language Academy, 7pm, $20-$40, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., edisoncomedy.com.
Musica Angelica presents Delirio Amoroso, works by Handel, Vivaldi, Couperin and Clérambault, 4pm, $39, Santa Monica First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., 310.458.4504.
Pretenders Studio Center For The Performing Arts Open House, noon-5pm, free, 2912 Colorado Ave., 310.828.3030.
Sponto Memorial, 11am, free, in front of Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave., Venice.
Neil Aitken & Nancy Shiffrin, poetry reading, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.454.4063.
Green Living Workshops, presented by Sustainable Works, six-week workshop series, 7-8:30pm, free, The Green Life, 2409 Main St., also January 13, 6-7:30pm, free, Heal The Bay, 1444 9th St., and January 14, 7-8:30pm, free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., SustainableWorks.eventbrite.com.
Theremin, documentary about the invention of electronic music, 2pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Los Angeles Computer Society, with speaker Dr. Garred Sexton, 7pm, free, Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester, lacspc.org.
Westside Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meeting, 7:30pm, snacks at 6:30pm, $10 members, $15 non-members, Creative Chakra Spa, 3401 Pacific Ave., MDR, 310.490.6862.
Dr. John Dimartini speaks about creating and building wealth, 8pm, $30-$35, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., 866.468.7619.
Relationships between Law and Ethics, five-part seminar series with Rabbi Elliot Dorff, presented by American Jewish University, noon-1:30pm, $75, 1801 Avenue of the Stars, LA, 310.440.1246.
Frank Bidart, poetry reading, 7pm, free, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310.825.4173.
Allen Edwards discusses and signs Shear Force: An Image-Maker’s Memoir, 7pm, free, Diesel, A Bookstore, 225 26th St., 310.576.9960.
Gil Garcetti: 2nd Act, art exhibit, opening reception 5-6:30pm, through February 28, SMC Emeritus College Art Gallery, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, featuring speaker Stephen Rohde, 7:30-9am, $25, Calvary Baptist Church, 1502 20th St., 310.434.4303.
Prevent and Control Diabetes and Heart Disease without Medicine, with Dr. Ben Weitz, 7pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Joel Shapiro, reception 6-8pm, through February 14, LA Louvre Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.