Ray Brown, Selected Works, through June 27, FIG, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Jo Ann Callis, photographs and paintings, through June 27, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy 1850-1900, through June 28, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310.443.7016.
The Miracle Worker, William Gibson’s famous play about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, through June 28, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, 1pm May 31, 3pm June 7, $25, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
Shakespeare Santa Monica Presents Much Ado About Nothing, through June 27, 8pm, free, (donation requested), Reed Memorial Park, corner of 7th and Wilshire Blvd., ShakespeareSantaMonica.com.
Made Me Nuclear, two-night return of the one-man musical about surviving cancer, written by and starring Charlie Lustman, 8pm, $25, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.
Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF), films from all over the world, features and shorts, student and independent films, film discussions and lectures, various locations and times in Westwood, LaFilmFest.com.
B.H. Fairchild and Alba Cruz-Hacker, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Out of the Blue singer/songwriter showcase with Kathy Leonardo, Dave Morrison, John Zipperer and Uncle Charlie, hosted by Andrew Kelsey, 7pm, free, Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.450.6052.
TeAdaWorks: Healing Aloud, theatre festival with works about health issues by four artists, through July 5, 8:30pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$20, July 2 performance is pay-what-you-can, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.998.8765.
Martiros Adalian, Awakenings, Chris Mason, On and Off the Wall, reception 6-9pm, through September 6, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.
Celebration of Lummox Press and R.D. Armstrong, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov’s play about a Russian family, transposed to the post-Civil War South, through September 26, 7:30pm opening night, 8pm Saturdays July 4-18, call for other showtimes, $10-$30, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
SMC’s Celebrate America, music and fireworks show, 6:30pm, free, Corsair Field, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3001.
Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Summer Benefit Concert & Dessert Night, benefit for the holiday nativity scenes, with music and silent auction, 7pm, $30, Cantwell Auditorium, St. Monica Church’s, 725 California Ave., 310.435.1477.
Prison Nation: Albania 1944-1990, documentary by Rose Dosti about Albania’s regime, noon, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Skate Games, all kinds of skate events, hosted by Christian, noon, free, SPAUSA Mini Ramp, 2210 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.261.2816.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, the classic musical, through August 1, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $18-$23, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
Trailer Music Live, a multi-media event featuring music from more than 2500 theatrical movie trailers, $30-$50, Broad Theatre, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3200.
Stephanie Visser, Anne M. Bray, Darlyn Susan Yee, reception 6-9pm, through July 18, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Culver City Garden Club 56th Annual Show & Plant Sale, 10am-4pm, free, Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., CC,
Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts presents organic kid-folk duo Hullabaloo, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Chai Tea for Younger Seniors, with entertainment by actor, director and storyteller Orson Bean and the “Diva Deluxe of Venice” Suzy Williams, presented by the Israel Levin Senior Center of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, 3-6pm, free, 201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice , 310.399.0622.
Mamifero, fusion music group, 4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655.
Open House and Closing Party for UCLA/ SPARC/Cesar Chavez Digital Mural Lab, 2-5pm, perfomance by the Lefteous Sisters 4pm, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.
The Spirit of Hope and Change, poetry with Fernando Castro, Hector Herrera, Arlen Jones, and a tribute to U. Utah Phillips, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Elaina Archer lectures on the films of Marion Davies, 6pm, free, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, 310.458.4904.
Cast In Bronze, French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, through September 27, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310.440.7360.
Playing for Change & Bushman (next generation Roots Reggae from Jamaica), 7:30pm, free, Twilight Dance Series, Santa Monica Pier, twilightdance.org.
Mark Your Calendar
Main Street 4th of July Parade, July 4
Joan Baez @ Twilight Dance Series, July 9
Westside Standup Comedy Festival, July 9-11
California Regionalism: Oils on Canvas, through August 23, California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., 310.392.8537.
Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, traveling exhibit of artist-decorated fiberglass globes with global warming messages, through July, Santa Monica Airport Park, corner of Bundy and Airport Dr., 310.458.8350.
Stephen Courtney, Affair in the Garden, exhibit of fine art furnishings, continues indefinitely, James Coleman Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., 310.393.7436.
Daughters of India: Photographs by Stephen P. Huyler, through July 26, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.8655.
Draw The Line, drawings by selected artists, through July 25, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.
Field of Vision, art by students in the SMC Emeritus art program, exhibit 1, through July 3, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.
Fowler In Focus: Masks of Sri Lanka, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Barkley L. Hendricks, Birth of the Cool, paintings 1964-2007, through August 22, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya, and Innovations in Western Desert Painting, 1972-1999: Selections from The Kelton Foundation, exhibits through August 2, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.
In The Garden, exhibit by six women artists, through August 13, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Ben Jackel, Compliance Solutions, through July 3, LA Louver Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.4955.
Jason Kowalski, through July 18, Terrence Rogers Fine Art, 1231 5th St., 310.394.4999.
On Location in Malibu 2009: Paintings by the California Art Club, reception 5-7pm, through August 9, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4851.
6 Visions, exhibit by six adult artists, through July 6, Venice Arts, 1702 Venice Blvd., Venice, Venice-Arts.org.
Thirty-Six by Twenty-Seven, Stories of Santa Monica Beach, through September 30, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH, 310.458.3850.
Alessandro Balteo Yazbek, Cultural Diplomacy: An Art We Neglect, through July 3, Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave., 310.587.3373.