Alex Couwenberg, through February 21, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0909.
Russell Crotty, Surf Works 1988-2008, through February 21,Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.1595.
Fata Morgana, romantic comedy by Ernest Vajda, through February 22, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays, $20-$25, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8392.
Fowler In Focus: Ancient Ceramics From Columbia, through February 22, 2009, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.
Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim, and Harriet Zeitlin, All Hands on Deck, through February 21, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.4678.
Nancy Monk, Painting Over, through February 21, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Audacity of Unity, panel discussion, dinner, and drum circle in honor of Black History Month, 6pm, $10-$15, Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, CC, 310.578.1080.
Change Movement Party, a one-month follow-up to the Inauguration, 7-10pm, free, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Werner Herzog, famed film director, in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, plus performance of Herzog’s cine-concert Requiem For A Dying Planet, 8pm, $28-$48, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Robert Mezey and Peter Eyewine, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Special Observing Event: Gems of the Winter Sky, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.
Ron Allen, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Cause for Creativity: Earth, Water, and Color with Portia Hein, Loren Holland, Kim McCarty, Aaron Morse, Martin Mull, and Lori Precious, a workshop on saving water, 6-9pm, $10-$15, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488 x118.
Homicide in Hardcover, by Kate Carlisle, is discussed by the book group, 2pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
Judith Howells, reception 5-7pm, through March 21, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Illiterature, group art show, reception 6-9pm, through March 21, Arena 1, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7456.
Cindy Kolodziejski: Secret(ions), reception 5-7pm, through March 28, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Malone Mills, Orbgasm, reception 6:30-9:30pm, through March 11, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
John Muir School Flea Market, 8am-3pm, free, 2510 Lincoln Blvd., 310.570.6483.
Wes Nisker, author, Buddhist teacher, comedian, and radio commentator, performs, 7-9pm, free, and also conducts a workshop, February 22, 9:30am-5pm, free, Santa Monica Meditation Center, 1001 Colorado Ave., insightla.org.
Christopher Parkening Guitar Master Class, 2-6pm, $12.50-$25, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4462.
Planet Siquieros Pena, 1st Anniversary Dance Celebration, Tango Aficionados, with Juan Pedro Estanga and the Afro Tango Ensemble, 7:30-10pm, $5-$10, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, sparcmurals.org.
Songs and Fun with Mr. David, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd, LA, 310.559.2665.
Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann, reception 6-9pm, through March 29, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.
Meeson Pae Yang-Steve Burtch, Refraction, reception 7-10pm, through March 21, Lawrence Asher Gallery, 5820 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, LA, 323.935.9100.
Continental Rifts: Contemporary Time-Based Works of Africa, and Transformations: Recent Contemporary African Acquisitions, two exhibits, through June 14, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Music, Poetry, and Conversation with Tom Morello, K.B. Solomon, Aquilana Ariano, and Nelson Motto, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
David Polonsky, art director of Oscar-nominated animated feature Waltz with Bashir, speaks at the Entertainment Speakers Series, 7pm, free, Screening Room, Santa Monica Academy of Entertainment & Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310. 434.3777.
Public Health Seminar, with three leading physician researchers from the John Wayne Cancer Institute, 7:30pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.582.7085.
T.C. Boyle Presents The Women, the noted author talks about his novel about Frank Lloyd Wright and the women who loved him, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
An Owner’s Guide to the Body: An Interactive Program, eight-week interactive exercise program, 7-9pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 12, $160-$240, Marina Physical Therapy/ Physiotherapy Associates, 4702 Lincoln Blvd., MDR, 310.452.1439.
2009 Economic Summit, with top experts invited by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, noon-2pm, $10-$40, Villa Graziadio at Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.456.9025.
Fourth Anniversary Meeting of Activist Support Circle with Eric Mann, host of KPFK’s Voices From The Frontline, 7pm, free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.
Senior Workshop on Reverse Mortgages, learn about Government insured, and “Jumbo” reverse programs, new laws, and higher loan limits, 1:30pm, free, Marina Del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, MDR, 310. 920.7610.
15,000 Plastic Bottles: JUNKRafting to Hawaii, lecture about a voyage on a raft made from plastic bottles, with Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, kicks off the Global Connections Lecture Series, 11:15am, free, Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall, Room 165, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
GoEatLA, benefit for Aid For AIDS, eat at participating restaurants and help raise money, find list of local restaurants at GoEatLa.org
Mark Your Calendar
Purim Carnival, Santa Monica Synagogue, March 8
PXL This 18 Film Festival, March 9
Keith Jarrett/ Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette at UCLA Live! March 11
Presidential Inauguration Reflection, a community event with community leaders, sponsored by The Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council (HRC), 5-7pm, free, Roosevelt Elementary School Auditorium, 801 Montana Ave.