May 15Baby I’m Yours, art by Baby de Selliers, reception 6:30-9:30pm, through May 24, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.Evening of Student Films, 7pm, free, Room 214, Art Complex, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4588.Barkley L. Hendricks, Birth of the Cool, paintings 1964-2007, reception 7-11pm, through August 22, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488. Ben Jackel, Compliance Solutions, reception 7-9pm, through July 3, LA Louver Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.Less Is More, interactive art and music evening, 7pm, free, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.May 15-16Ria Ray, Momentum, reception 6-10pm, Friday, 11am-4pm Saturday, Ria Ray Studio, 1810 Berkeley St., 310.413.9334.May 15-17Oxford Street Dance Theatre presents Fusion, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday, $15-$20, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd, 310.254.5222.The Way Out, a play about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, featuring Shiek Mahmud-Bey, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday, $20, The Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, 323.960.4412. Why Universal Single Payer Health Care? educational forum, 7pm, free, Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., 310.455.9398.May 16Amber Benson reads from and signs her new novel Death’s Daughter, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.Shawn Bjorklund Reading and Book Signing for G Is For Goat’s Groovy Galoshes, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.2665.County Services Fair, opportunity to learn about local service organizations, 10an-3pm, free, Topanga Elementary School 141 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 818.880.9416.Life and Death in the Cosmos: Astronomy 2009, four classes on astronomy, presented through UCLA Extension, 9am-5pm, $35-$70, Dodd Hall, UCLA, WW, 310.825.7093.Montana Avenue Sidewalk Sale, 10am-6pm, free, Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th Streets, montanaave.com.Mother/Daughter “Mad Hatter” Tea Party, 2pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310. 458.8621. On My Own: Being Single & the Cancer Experience, support group with Jill Searle, MFT, 11am-1pm, free, The Wellness Community_West Los Angeles, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 1040, 310.314.2555. Peace Music Concert for No More Victims, 6pm-midnight, donation $20 or what you can afford, Frank, Jane & Emily Dorrel’s, 3967 Shedd Terrace, CC, 310.838.8131.Joan Robey, Natural Ingredients, reception 6-9pm, through June 21, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.SHAPE Magazine Bikini Body Tour, fitness classes and appearance by model Marissa Miller, 9am-6pm, free ($10 fee for classes), Santa Monica Beach Pier Parking Lot #2030 off of Ocean Ave., BikiniBodyTour.com.Show Me the Way, premiere of film documentary on mentoring by Sheila Laffey and William Gazecki, followed by Q & A, 11:30am, $10, Pacific Palisades Film Festival, Palisades Theater, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd, PP, FriendsOfFilm.com.St. Matthew’s Parish School 2009 Town Fair, 10am-4pm, free, 1031 Bienvenida Ave., PP, stmatthewsschool.com.Topanga Philharmonic Orchestra Gala 30th Anniversary Concert, 2pm, $15-$20, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum,1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.,Topanga, 310.455.2322.The True Story of The Three Little Pigs, presented by the Y.E.S. program, through May 31, 11am Saturdays-Sundays, $6-$8, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.The Wicked Wit of the West, book signing with Hank Rosenfeld, followed by screening of a Marx Brothers film, 2pm,free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.You Can Act! A Complete Guide for Actors, workshop with D.W. Brown, 2:30pm, free, Barnes & Noble Booksellers; 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.May 16-17Dreamcatcher, a dance program with Kybele Dance Theatre, 8pm Saturday, 4:30pm Sunday, $15-$35, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave. Venice, kybeledance.com.Stress Reduction to Increase Creativity, with Lance Brunner, 9:30am-5pm, $135-$150, Westside Shambhala, 1430 Olympic Blvd, 323.255.5472. May 17Ella Fitzgerald Tribute by the SMC Jazz Band and the SMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 4pm, $10, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.4323. Musica Sacra, Musica Angelica plays the music of Haydn, 4pm, $15-$55, First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., 310.458.4504.Rummage Sale, 9am-3pm, free, The Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th St., 310.453.4276.May 18Jack Smith and The Destruction of Atlantis, documentary by Mary Jordan about the experimental filmmaker, 8pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Talking Stick, 1411c Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.306.7330.A Waltz With Tennessee, a reading of Tennessee Williams’ plays, poems, and letters, with guests including John Singleton, Clark Gregg, Tony Plana, Erika Alexander, Romi Dames, and others, 7-11pm, $100, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.May 19Ecology from the California Science Center, lecture in the Chautauqua series, with Dr. Chuck Kopczak, Curator of Ecology at CSC, 7:30pm, free, Woodland Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.Edible Education, with Alice Waters, presentation about Waters’ projects of bringing edible gardens to schools, 7pm, $10-$30, proceeds to benefit Canyon Charter School, Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., brownpapertickets.com.An Evening With A Folding Table, short plays by the Mirror’s Steve Stajich, returns for three Tuesday performances, through June 2, 8pm, $12, The Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., CC, 310.795.7469.A Man Named Pearl, documentary about topiary artist Pearl Fryar, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.Meeting of Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association, 7pm,free, Rustic Canyon Recreation Center, 601 Latimer Rd., smcca.org.May 20Discussion of James Carroll’s An American Requiem, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081. Peter Fletcher, guitarist, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.May 21Workshop For Investors, presented by California Foreclosure Institute 5:30-7:30pm, free, Palms-Rancho Park Library, 2920 Overland Ave., Rancho Park, 310.379.0101.
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