April 23-25Stains, Junk, and Other Necessities of Life, a multi-media performance by SM Playhouse Young Professionals Company, 7:30pm Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30pm Saturday, $20, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.April 24Campus Cleanup, 11:30-2:30pm, meet at Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3909.S.E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.Dr. Robert Pappalardo, NASA/JPL speaks at the Planetarium, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4223.Tommy Tune, 8pm, $10-$65, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522. 25th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, reception April 30, 5-7pm, through May 9, Laband Art Gallery, Burns Fine Art Center, LMU, 1 University Dr., LA, 310.338.2389. April 24-26Frankenstein, A Reanimation, presented by Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department, 8pm Friday, 2 and 8pm Saturday, 2 and7pm Sunday, $10, Theatre Arts Studio Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319.April 25Marlene Capell, recent work, reception 4-6pm, through May 23, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.Celebrating the Art of Poetry, local poets read for National Poetry Month, 3pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.Dino Fair, annual family festival event with moon bounce, volcanoes, petting zoo, games, music, food, prizes and more, 11am-4pm, free, The Growing Place, 401 Ashland Ave., 310. 399.7769.Europe By Rail, travel workshop, 11am, free, Hosteling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., 310.393.6263. How To Survive a Hospital Stay, informational lecture with Martine Ehrenclou, noon, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.Living Cinema Happening, multi-media show, 7:30pm, $10,Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.Love and Friends Benefit Concert, with mezzo-soprano Mouchette Van Helsdingen, 5pm, $15, First Lutheran Church in Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice, bcrfcure.org.A Night of Tango, with Juan Pedro Estanga and the Afro Tango Ensemble, presented by Planet Siquieros Pena, 7:30-10pm, $10, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560 x10.Our Town, presented by the Actors Gang, through May 30, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$25, The Actors’ Gang at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.4264.Picnic on the Quad, a family event with food, displays, and entertainment celebrating the new SMC library quad, 11am, free, Library Quad, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3001.Donna Sternberg & Dancers, 8:30pm, $20-$25, Edye Second Space, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.260.1198.Universal Energy Field Workshop, with Ray Slayton, 10am-2pm, $45, The Hub, 2001 Barrington Ave., suite 150, LA, 310.317.4292.Venice Arts Student Art Exhibit, reception noon-2pm, through May 22, Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, 310.392.0846.Village Samba, dance party, presented by Swing Brazil, 3-5pm, $5-$10, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, myspace.com/swingbrazil.Who’s In Charge, seminar on law, presented by H.E.L.P., 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.April 25-26Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, books for sale, authors in person, panel discussions, readings, and more, 10am-5pm, free, UCLA, WW, latimes.com.April 26The Accomplices, play about the Holocaust by Bernard Weinraub, through May 31, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $30, Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 323.663.1525. Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption Festival, 11am-4pm, free, Manchester Park, W. 7000 Manchester Ave., Westchester, bestfriendsevents.net.Beyond Music, with Judicanti Responsura, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.Canyon Charter School’s 115th Annual Fiesta and Silent Auction, 10am-4pm, free, 421 Entrada Dr., shuttle bus from Marix Restaurant, 118 Entrada Dr., canyoncharter.com/fiesta.MaliBlue Art and Music Festival, benefit for Surfrider Foundation, 2-6pm, $10, Malibu Pier, 23000 PCH, Malibu, emergencblue.com.New West Symphony Orchestra plays Lizst’s Hungarian Rhapsody, 4pm, $20-$100, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., 866.776.8400. Pacific Palisades Garden Tour, self-guided tour of six Westside gardens and a plant market, noon-4pm, $25-$30, call for locations and meeting place, 310.454. 7826.Hank Rosenfeld discusses and signs The Wicked Wit of the West, at Friends of the Brentwood Library, 2-4pm, free, Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.575.8273. April 27Amy Krouse Rosenthal, storytelling and book signing for Little Oink, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.2665.Bond Wright, Reichian therapist, MESS Salon, 7:30pm, free, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd, 310.306.7330. April 28Community Volunteer Fair, hosted by WISE & Healthy Aging, noon-2pm, free, Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., first floor, 310.394.9871 x 450.Stacy Perman talks about In-N-Out Burger, a look behind the fast-food chain, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.April 29Blaise Bonpane, longtime activist, is the guest at Activist Support Circle, 7pm, free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.April 30Breaking Through The Orange Curtain, group art show, reception May 2, 6pm-midnight, through May 30, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.315.0056. Jump, documentary about the Calaveras County frog-jumping contest, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.Evelyn Meyer and the Narrative Between Patron, Mentor and Artist, reception 5-6:30pm, through May 22, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.
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