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Hart Pulse Dance Company, an evening of Scottish dance and music, through July 12, 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2 and 6pm Sunday, $20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 661.755.2182.

Westside Standup Comedy Festival, 8 and 9:30pm nightly, through July 11, 11pm show Friday, $10, All-Access Festival Passes $35, Westside Eclectic, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, 310.451.0850

THIS WEEK

July 10

An Evening with Askew Poetry Journal, readings by contributors, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

Drive, a play by Emily Dodi, through August 15, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $18, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.

Inside Out Community Arts 2009 Summer Neighborhood Arts Project, Fridays through July 31, 10am-4pm, free, Venice Center for Peace with Justice & the Arts, 2210 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.397.8820 x104.

Less is More, an interactive green event, with art and music, 7-10pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.

Terry McCarty: The Imperfectionist Poetry Tour, poetry reading with McCarty, Mani Suri, Brenda Petrakos, Dave Nordling, Joe Camhi, 8:30pm, free, The Rapp Saloon at Hosteling International, 1436 2nd St., 310.326.4246.

Mutiny at Port Chicago, a play by Paul Leaf based on a true Navy incident, through August 15, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$20, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, through July 19, 7pm Fridays, 1 and 7pm Saturdays, 1pm Sundays, $5-$10, SMC Theatre Arts Studio Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319.

July 11

Beautiful Simplicity: Arts and Crafts Architecture in Southern California, documentary film, 1pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Helen Frankenthaler, Woodcuts, David Hockney, Prints of Celia, reception 5-7pm, through August 29, Greenfield-Sacks Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.0640.

Ethan Frome is discussed by the Literature Book Group, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Grassroots Acoustica #25, 2nd Anniversary Edition, music show, 7-10pm, free, Talking Stick Coffee Lounge, 1411C Lincoln Blvd., Venice, childrenofthenight.org.

Lyle Crocodile, children’s play about a tap-dancing croc, through July 26, 11am Saturdays-Sundays, $6-$8, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.

Pictures of the Year International, exhibit of prize-winning photojournalism, through November 2, Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, LA, 213.403.3000.

Positive Energy Class, 2pm, free, Community Meeting Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.930.2450.

Si Se Puede, Yes We Can! lecture with Julie Chavez Rodriguez, daughter of Cesar Chavez, 4pm, free, SGI USA Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., 310.260.8900.

Southern California Mormon Choir, 7pm, free, 3400 Sawtelle Blvd., LA, 310.689.6111.

Julia Stein and Alexis Krasilovsky, poetry, 7:30pm, donation requested, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.

July 12

Allied Artists presents The Best of The Best, an exhibit and sale of paintings by Allied Artists, 1:30pm, free, followed by folk music concert, 3pm, free, Peter Strauss Ranch, 3000 Mulholland Ave., Agoura, allied-artists.com.

Ash Grove Summer, concert with Michelle Shocked, Bernie Pearl, Sheila Nicholls, Roy Zimmerman, S. Pearl Sharp, S.H.I.N.E Mawusi, Get Lit, Conjunto Los Pochos and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash, 1:30pm, $40, location at private home, call 310.391.5794.

Concerts in Harmony, folk music, 2-5pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.

Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts presents Rhythm Child Norman Jones 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Susie Hansen’s Latin Band performs at Mount Olive Jazz Vespers, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.

Paintings by Carolyn Fernandez, reception July 11, 5-7pm, through September 30, SemiPrecious Gallery, 1028 Montana Ave., 310.899.0910.

July 13

Green Living Workshop, six consecutive Mondays, 7-8:30pm, donation, The Green Life, 2409 Main St., SustainableWorks.org.

Vision Core, documentary short films, 6-10pm, free, Documental, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.

The Women, the updated version of Clare Booth’s classic comedy about women, 2pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave, 310.829.7081.

July 14

Bicknell Avenue Green Street, grand opening for the City’s new storm water runoff project, 10am, free, 100 block of Bicknell Ave., 310.458.8223.

Generation Next: Mickalene Thomas and the Legacy of Barkley L. Hendricks, artist MIckalene Thomas in conversation with Lisa Melandri, 7pm, free, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.6.

July 15

Childrens’ Art Workshop, canvas projects, printmaking, mosaic tiles, theater arts, games, every Wednesday through July, 11am-2pm, free, The Christian Institute,1308-10 2nd St, 310.394.4178.

Dante’s Inferno is discussed by the Montana Branch Book Group, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave, 310.829.7081

July 16

Jack Ballentine discusses and signs his book Murder For Hire, 7pm, free, Barnes & Noble Santa Monica, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.

Lynndie England, the controversial figure behind the Abu Ghraib photos, tells her side of the story, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Field of Vision, art by students in the SMC Emeritus art program, exhibit 2, through August 14, Emeritus College, 1227 2nd St., 310.434.4306.

Sgt. Garcia, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca perform at the Twilight Dance Series, 7:30pm, free, Santa Monica Pier, twilightdance.org.

Mark Your Calendar

The Lit Show with Suzy Williams, Beyond Baroque, July 18

La Monica Ballroom @ Twilight Dance Series, July 23

Festival of the Chariots, August

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