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THIS WEEK:

January 16

Beau Jest, comedy about a nice Jewish girl’s dating life, by James Sherman, through February 14, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$18, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.

Hallie Ephron signs her book Never Tell A Lie, 7:30pm, free, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., PP, 310.454.4063.

Dr. Robert Troy, guest speaker, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.

Cecilia, Cuban film by Humberto Solas, 7pm, $5 donation, 601 9th St., 310.451.2752.

Light and Pulse, evening of music, video and performance, 8pm, $10, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.

January 17

A Tribute to Cowboy and Western Poetry, presented by Rattle Magazine, 3-5pm, followed by publication party for Tim Green’s American Fractal, 7pm, admission by sliding scale, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.

Jona Frank, reception 6-8pm, through March 15, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7493.

The Immigrant, play by Mark Harelik, through March 1, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays, $15-$20, Promenade Playhouse, 1404-B Third Street Promenade, 323.960.4418.

Debra Ehrhardt’s Jamaica Farewell, solo show, benefit for the Santa Monica Playhouse, 8pm, $25, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.

John Jorgenson Quintet, 8pm, $40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

Nancy Monk, Painting Over, reception 4-6pm, through February 21, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.

Still Life, reception 5-7pm, through February 14, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.

Booth 1812, group artist show, reception noon-5pm, through February 28, See Line Gallery, 1812 Berkeley St., 310.829.1727.

January 17-18

Andy Statman, musician, 7:30pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday, free,

Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr.,

LA, 310.440.7300.

January 18

Breeyah Interfaith Service, geared to special needs kids and their families, 10am, free, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.

Defying Gravity; Stephen Schwartz and Friends, the composer of Wicked, along with vocalists Debbie Gravitte and Scott Coulter, 5pm, $45, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.

I Love A Good Story, storytelling series, 4pm, $10, Westside Eclectic, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.850.8814.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Concert, featuring the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Allen Robert Gross and pianist Jovanni De Pedro, 3:30pm, free, SGI-USA Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., 310.434.4303.

TCG 2009 Juried Open, reception 2-5pm, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.7909.

Isabelle’s Salsa Sundays Fiesta, grand opening, salsa lessons 7:15-9pm, $15,dancing 9pm, free, Allora Lounge, Organic Panifico Restaurant, 4211 Admiralty Way, MDR, also Salsa Wednesdays, January 21, Club Main, 2941 Main St., isabellesalsa.com.

January 18-19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations, with performances by Living Voices, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm, and screenings of Mighty Times: The Children’s March (noon, 1 and 3pm), free with admission to museum, Museum of Tolerance, 9786 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.553.9036.

January 20

All-Day Inauguration Celebration, watch the ceremony on TV, end the day with the Church’s inauguration ball, 8:30am-10pm, free, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.

Autism: The Musical, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Birds: The Local Story, with Santa Monica College biology professor, Walt Sakai, 7:30pm, free, Woodland Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.

The Times of Harvey Milk, documentary on the life of the man who also inspired the current movie Milk, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

January 21

Discussion of Joshua Henkin’s Matrimony, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.

Gil Garcetti: Second Act, the former LA County District Attorney talks about his second career as an urban photographer, 11am, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Relationships between Law and Ethics, part two of 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.

January 22

Abismos de Pasion, a Mexican version of Wuthering Heights by Luis Bunuel, 7pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310. 825.8655.

Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary-On Tour, featuring Bill Charlap, Peter Bernstein, Ravi Coltrane, Lewis Nash, Nicholas Payton,

Peter Washington, and Steve Wilson, 8pm, $15-$50, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.

Macbeth, presented by Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, through February 14, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, $20-$25, The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., 310.396.3680.

Maestro Glen Roven Explains Classical Music, 7:30-9pm, $25, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr. LA, 310.440.1246. Also January 29.

Simon Shaheen Ensemble, 8pm, $20-$30, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 877.SCC.4TIX.

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