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Constraints: Sculpture by Daniel Rotblatt, through August 8, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.7509.

In The Garden, exhibit by six women artists, through August 13, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.

Malibu Film Festival, through August 8, film screenings, Ocean Avenue Screen Room, 1401 Ocean Ave., $10-$20, call for showtimes, 866.468.3399.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, through August 9, 6pm Saturdays, 4:30pm Sundays, free, West L.A. Civic Center Bandshell 1645 Corinth Ave., LA, 310.575.8461.

Robert Motherwell, prints and unique works on paper, through August 10, Leslie Sacks Fine Art, 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, lesliesacks.com.

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.

Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, recent architectural photographs, Larry Cohen, Views of Downtown Los Angeles (paintings), through August 8, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.


August 7

American Human Spaceflight Under Review, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5 or $9 for both shows, John Drescher Planetarium, second floor, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000. Also August 14.

August 8

Aesop’s Fables, presented by Kentwood Players, Saturdays through August 15, 11am and 2pm, $10, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.

Billy Elliot, film that was the basis for the Broadway musical, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, is discussed by the Literature Book Group, 11am, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.450.0443.

Paint-Out at El Matador State Beach, 9:30-1:30pm, free, PCH west of Kanan, past Trancas, look for the El Matador entrance on the left, meet in the parking lot, 310.338.0333.

Summer Group Show with Richard Bruland, Michael Brunswick, Guy Diehl, Laura Karetzky, Patsy Krebs, Christopher Murphy, Enjeong Noh, Raymond Saunders, Jon Swihart, Tad Wiley, through August 29, Lora Schlessinger Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.1133.

A Summer Night with Maureen Cotter, fifth annual reading and performance, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.

August 8-9

Venice Beach Music Fest 4, two days of music with Horny Toad, Sugar Bitch, Super Duper, The Hard Goodbye, Ninja Academy, Golden Buddha and other bands, 11:30am-7:30pm, free, Windward Plaza, Windward Avenue at the beach, Venice, myspace.com/VeniceBeachMusicFest.

August 9

Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts presents The Hollow Trees, folk and bluegrass, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.

Brentwood Grand Prix, 7am-4pm, men’s pro race 2:50pm, San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, BrentwoodGrandPrix.com.

Cross Hart Jazz Experience performs at Jazz Vespers, 5pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310. 452.1116.

Music and Art Event, exhibit Nature In Art, 1:30-6pm, concert, 3-5pm, free, Peter Strauss Ranch, 3000 Mulholland, Agoura, allied-artists.com.

August 10

Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, lecture, 5pm, free, Room 111, GSE & IS Building, UCLA, WW, calrbs.org.

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

August 11

David Aronson explains Twitter, Facebook, and LInked-In at the Los Angeles Computer Society, 7pm, free, Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester, lascpc.org.

Dreamers in Dream City, reading with author Harry Chandler, 11am-noon, Garden Terrace Room, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH, smgov.net.

August 12

Allison Burnett reads from his new novel UndiscoveredGyrl, with celebrity readers including Kay Panabaker and Amanda Righetti, 6:30-9:30pm, free, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.

The Faithful Spy and Irene at Large, two spy novels, will be discussed by the Mystery Book Group, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave, 310.829.7081.

Madagascar Escape 2 Africa, family film, 2pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

Wisdom of the Last Farmer, talk and signing with author Mas Masumoto, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.

August 13

Shine a Light, Martin Scorcese’s film of the Rolling Stones in concert, 2pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave, 310.829.7081.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes, 6pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4288.

Topanga World Music and Dance Festival, through August 16, dance workshops with drum accompaniment, 8-10pm Thursday, 9:30am-10pm Friday, 9:30am-9:30pm Saturday-Sunday, all classes $15, Yoga Desa,120 N. Topanga Cyn Blvd., Pine Tree Circle Center, and Froggy’s Restaurant,1105 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga, 310.876.8017.

Mark Your Calendar

Activist Support Circle Picnic, August 31

Patti Smith, Twilight Dance Series, September 3

Santa Monica Pier Centennial, September 9

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