Childrens’ Art Workshop, canvas projects, printmaking, mosaic tiles, theater arts, games, through July 29, 11am-2pm, free, The Christian Institute, 1308-10 2nd St, 310.394.4178.
Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, traveling exhibit of artist-decorated fiberglass globes with global warming messages, through July 31, Santa Monica Airport Park, corner of Bundy and Airport Dr., 310.458.8350.
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.
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.
Made Me Nuclear, last chance to see the acclaimed one-man musical about surviving cancer, written by and starring Charlie Lustman, 8pm, $20, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 866.468.3399.
The Mousetrap, SMC Theatre Arts’ production of the durable Agatha Christie play, through August 2, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $10-$15, SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319.
Peta Orbach, through August 2, Bolivar Café, 1741 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.581.2344.
Present Laughter, by Noel Coward, through August 2, 8pm Thursdays-Fridays, 2pm Sundays, 8pm Saturday August 1, $15, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
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.
International Youth Soccer Tournament, sponsored by the Santa Monica Sister City Association, welcoming ceremony at noon, July 29, John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St., other events at Corsair Field, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.393.0701, schedule at http://santamonicasistercity.org/ce.htm.
Ray Bradbury Adopt-A-Colonnade Restoration Project, with the noted writer in person talking about his career, also films and refreshments, sponsored by the Venice Historical Society, 7pm, $45-$60, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.967.5170.
Topography, Light and Magic, closing reception of exhibit by conservation photographer Robert McGinley, with special guest Ed Begley Jr., 7-9pm, Blue Seven Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., 323.936.1447.
The Vanishing of the Bees, screening of documentary film, followed by Q & A with filmmakers, 7pm, $10 donation, G2 Gallery,1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.452.2842.
Aesop’s Fables, presented by Kentwood Players, Saturdays through August 15, 11am and 2pm, $10, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Art Night at 18th Street, with Francisco Aguabella and his Latin Jazz Ensemble, 6-10pm, free, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St, 310.453.4347.
Carole Garland, Ernie Marjoram, Ellen Starr, art exhibit, reception, 5-8pm, TAG Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.829.9556.
Groove Therapy-Dancing with the Doctor, salsa lesson with John Cassese “The Dance Doctor,” 3:30pm, free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600. Also August 8.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer, is discussed by the Book Group, 11am, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.392.3804.
My India, slide presentation by Etan Doronne, 1pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.
Post-American LA, exhibit of artists who question the scope of American influence, reception 6-10pm, through September 26, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St, 310.453.4347.
Santa Monica Pet Fair and Chip-a-Thon, a day of pet activities, with low-cost vaccinations, free micro-chipping, training demonstrations, adoptions, contests, and more, 10am-4pm, free, Clover Park, 25th St. and Ocean Park Blvd., smgov.net/smoaid/.
Third Annual Venice Community BBQ & Picnic, with meat grilled by the Venice Firefighters and other dishes provided by guests, prizes for dishes in each category, music and fun, noon-5pm, free, Oakwood Park, 767 California Ave., Venice, 310.305.9660.
West Coast Sculpture: Larry Bell, Robert Graham, Robert Hudson, John Mason, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos, reception 5-pm, through August 29, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.264.3866.
Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts presents Mark Lewis, songwriter-storyteller, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Festival of the Chariots, procession down Main Street, followed by festival at the beach with cooking demos, free food, music, and Hindu culture, procession 10am, free, starts at Civic Center, 1855 Main St., festivalofchariots.com.
Free to Breathe 5K Walk/Run, with special guest Kathryn Joosten of Desperate Housewives, registration opens 7am, 5K run/walk and 1.5 mile walk begins at 8:30am, $30, Dockweiler State Park, 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, freetobreathe.org.
The Moment Has Come, a talk by Benjamin Creme, 3pm, free, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., CC, 818.785.6300.
Owen Schmidt, Footprints on Air, reception 6:30-9:30pm, through September 8, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211
Green Living Workshop, six consecutive Mondays, 7-8:30pm, donation, The Green Life, 2409 Main St., SustainableWorks.org.
Sustainable Movement 24/7 Introductory Class, 7-9pm, $15, Marisa Leif conference room, 3rd floor, 300 UCLA Medical Plaza Building, WW, 310.452.1439.
2009 Summer Exhibition, reception August 8, 5-7pm, through September 5, FIG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Introduction to Transmission Meditation, with Benjamin Creme, 7:30pm, free, Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 1707 4th St., TheEmegence.org.
Fresh from Paris, fashion photography exhibit, reception 6:30-8:30pm, through September 7, ArtLab, 1410 Montana Ave., 310.394.5200 and LuxeLab,1408 Montana Ave., 310.255.9900.
Surfing and Improvisation, lecture-demonstration with violinist Gilles Apap, 6:30pm, free, Garden Terrace Room, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH, http://beachhouse.smgov.net/.
Autism: The Musical, Screening, 6pm, $23, Theatre Palisades, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd., PP, tcpalisadesmalibu.org.
Bolt, family-friendly animated film, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
An Evening with Thom Hartmann, lecture with Thom Hartmann, author and host on Sirius XM Radio, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
The Receptionist, new comedy by Adam Bock, starring Megan Mullaly, through September 20, 8pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7pm Sundays, $25, Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, odysseytheatre.com.
Koffeehouse Sessions, music showcase with J.D. Webb, Holly Conlan, Brandon Rogers, and Emily Jaye, 7:30pm, $10, Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., 310.395.1676.
Malibu Film Festival, through August 8, film screenings, opening night, 8pm, Malibu Cinemas, Malibu, other screenings at Ocean Avenue Screen Room, 1401 Ocean Ave., $10-$20, call for showtimes, 866.468.3399.
The Wild Magnolias, New Orleans-style music, 8pm, free, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310.440.4500.
Mark Your Calendar
Activist Support Circle Picnic, August 31
Patti Smith, Twilight Dance Series, September 3
Santa Monica Pier Centennial, September 9