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.
Rogue Wave, work by emerging artists, through September 19, LA Louver Gallery, 45 North Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.822.4955.
Extra Space Storage Opening Event, with the Laker Girls in person, 11am-2pm, free, 1707 Cloverfield Blvd., 310.979.0137.
Two Remarkable Journeys: The Need to Know by April Fitzsimmons, 8pm Thursdays, 2pm Saturdays, and Sock and Shoe by Daisuke Tsuji, 9pm Fridays, 8pm Saturdays, through October 24, $10-$15, presented by the Actors Gang, Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., CC, 310.838.4264.
Cuba! Africa! Revolution! film, 7pm, free, 601 9th St., 310. 780.7363.
Drive-In Movies at the Pier continues with Hairspray, 8pm (sunset), doors open at 7pm, free, Santa Monica Pier, smpier.org.
Cleo Laine and John Dankworth Group, 8pm, $50, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055.
A Night of Chamber Music by the Divan Consort, 7:30pm, free, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., TheBroadStage.com/tickets.
Tilt! Equinoxed and Solstices Explained, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $4-$5, Planetarium 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Chili Roast, $2.50 per pound, every Saturday through September 26, 9am-1pm, free, Santa Monica Farmers Market, Virginia Avenue Park, 310.458.8712 x 2.
Coastal Cleanup Day, presented by California Coastal Commission and Whole Foods Markets, 9am-noon, free, for volunteering and information, 1.800.COAST 4 U or coast4u.org.
Coastal Cleanup Day at Grand Canal Lagoon, 9am-noon, free, meet at bridge over Strongs Drive, Washington Blvd., MDR, ballonainstitute.org.
Five Poets Poetry Bash, with John Harris, Gerald Locklin, Zachary Locklin, Patricia Cherin, and Michael C. Ford, 7:30pm, $15 donation but no one turned away for lack of funds, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.828.3951.
Guitar Master Class with Christopher Parkening, 2-6pm, free, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University,24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4462.
Milton Rogavin: Buffalo, through October 31, Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0043.
Tashlich, Jewish ritual of renewal for the New Year, presented by Santa Monica Synagogue, 3:30pm, free, Ocean Park Beach at foot of Ocean Park Blvd., thesms.org.
Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts presents Debi Derryberry, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
I Love a Good Story, storytelling series returns, with Amy Simon, Bernadette Cummings, Janet Blake, Rachelle Benveniste, Chris Pina and musical guest Jesse MacLeod, produced by Laurie Fraser, 4pm, $10, Westside Comedy Theatre, 1323 Third Street Promenade, 310.850.8814.
Fiddlesticks and Ivory, jazz forum with live jazz music, 1-5pm, $12-$15, The Moose Lodge, 1600 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.831.6774.
Jazz at Palms Court, champagne brunch 11am-2pm, benefits Venice Community Housing Corporation, followed by Venice Music Festival, 2-5pm, $20, Palms Court, 733-743 Palms Blvd., Venice, 310.399.4100.
Kids in the Courtyard: The Perfect Blend, children’s workshop on tea, 4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
The Passing Zone, juggling, comedy, and stunts, 2pm, $10-$35, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4055.
4th Annual Polo in the Palisades, hosted by John Goodman with other celebrities in attendance, benefiting Miriam’s House, 10am-2pm, $250, Will Rogers State Park, promisesfoundation.org.
Joy Gregory, TV and theatre writer, 7pm, free, AET Screening Room, Academy of Entertainment and Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Life Skills Training, Mondays through October 5, with Carlan Robinson, Ph. D, 3-4pm, free, DeWInd Room, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., ymcasm.org.
RIP,documentary of mixed media by Brett Gaylor, 6-10pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.306.7330.
What the Nose Knows, by Avery Gilbert, is discussed by the Meetup Book Group, 7pm, free, Community Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Green Living Workshop, Tuesdays through September 29, 7-8:30pm, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., sustainableworks.eventbrite.com.
Dylan Landis discusses and signs Normal People Don’t Live Like This, 7pm, free, Diesel Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., 510.653.9965.
Latinos & the American West, talk by UCLA’s Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, 11.15am, free, Humanities & Social Science 165, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4209.
Light at the Edge, a Jacaranda Concert, with pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, Alyssa Park, violin, and the Denali Quartet, 6:30pm, free, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH, eventbrite.com.
Tree-Hugging Day, ceremony of tree-hugging, noon, free, Children’s Tree of Life, Palisades Park, 310,399.1000.
Bereavement Group Meetings, every Wednesday for six weeks, 3-4;30pm, DeWind Room, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., ymcasm.org.
Brand New Tools for Building a Brighter Life, film of lecture by Guy Finley, 7:30pm, $3, 2nd Floor Community Room, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., guyfinley.org.
Green Living Workshop, Wednesdays through September 30, 7pm, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., sustainableworks.eventbrite.com.
Our Water Crisis, environmental lecture, 6:30pm, free, Bundy 217, SMC Bundy Campus, 3117 S. Bundy Dr., LA, 310.434.4743.
The People’s Theatre, collective experience of theatrical entertainment, every Wednesday through September 30, and Thursdays through October 1, 7:15pm, $15-$20, Bravo Cucina, 1319 Third Street Promenade, (upstairs), thepeoplestheatre.com.
Los Angeles Irish Film Festival, opening night at Linwood Dunn Theatre, 1313 Vine St., LA, remainder of festival at Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., for schedule and times go to lairishfilm.com.
James Conlon, conductor, presents a lecture on Wagner’s Ring operas, 7:30pm, free, Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., TheBroadStage.com/tickets.
Days of Awe Concert with Yuval Ron Ensemble, 8pm, $17-$20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, panioloproductions.com/ tickets.html.
Machu Picchu: A Visual Visit, slide show by Mike Torrey, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
A Muslim Writer’s Perspective: Hollywood & the Publishing Industry, lecture by Kamran Pasha, 11:15am, free, Humanities and Social Science 165, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Y Seniors Open House, tours, 9am-2pm, lectures 10am-1:30pm, free, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., ymcasm.org.
Mark Your Calendar
Abbot Kinney Festival, September 27
Altcar Expo, October 2-3
Sustainable Literature Awards, October 3
Pico Art Walk, October 17