Eric Johnson, Recent Works, through October 17, William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.0909.
The Little Dog Laughed, by Douglas Carter Beane, through October 17, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$18, Morgan Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., 310.828.7519.
John Montich, abstract photography, through October 16, SMC Emeritus Art Gallery, 1227 2nd St, 310.434.4306.
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, by Charles Busch, through October 17, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $18, Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310.645.5156.
The Other Venice Film Festival, 6:30-10:30pm Thursday-Friday, 11am-midnight Saturday, 11am-6:30pm Sunday, venues include Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, Digital Domain, 300 Rose Ave., Venice, for tickets and other information see othervenicefilmfestival.com.
MoZaic, performing arts show with Kathy Leonardo, Dez Hope, Mike The Poet, Mr. Poetix, Ted Souder, A.K. Toney, Matt Sedillo, and Dave Romero, 7pm, free, Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.450.6052.
Illumination, photography by Bob Poe, reception 5-7pm, through November 14, Bob Poe Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.582.2278.
NASA’s Human Spaceflight Future, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5, Planetarium, Room 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Young Musicians Foundation Benefit Concert, 6pm, $300, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1314 11th St., 310.859.7668.
Asset Protection Seminar, learn how to avoid being a victim of lawsuits, taxes, and disability, presented by Caprice Collins, 10:30am, free, Westchester Loyola Village Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., LA, 310.677.9787 x5.
The Backboners, CD release party with special guest Michelle Philips, 7-10pm, $10, The Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, 310.450-6052.
Jesse Cook, guitar, 7:30pm, $32-$55, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center,1314 11th St., TheBroadStage.com/tickets.
45 Minutes From Broadway, world premiere of a new play by Henry Jaglom, starring Tanna Frederick, through December 20, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 5pm Sundays, $25, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
It’s Criminal! The Comedy, one-man show with Murray Meyer, 8pm, $16, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1.
Robin Mitchell, paintings, Dan McCleary, new flower paintings and prints, reception 4-6pm, through November 21, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.6410.
Pumpkinliner, Halloween train ride, through October 31, Saturdays-Sundays, noon, 2 and 4pm, $10-$17, Fillmore & Western Railway, 805.524.2546.
Storytelling with Ilene Cohen, ages 3-7, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.
Without a Car In The World, exhibit of photographs by Diane Meyers with accompanying narratives from persons who live without a car in Los Angeles, reception 6-9pm, through December 11, 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., 310.453.3711.
A Year in Tuscany, paintings by Dominic Cretara, reception 5-7pm, through November 11, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
First Annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday, $10, Aero Theatre: 1328 Montana Ave. 310.601.7956.
Santa Monica Art Studios Open House, 6-9pm Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday, 3026 Airport Ave., 310.397.7749.
Absolutely Halloween, holiday-themed musical, through October 31, Saturdays-Sundays 12:30 and 3pm, $10.50-$12.50, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.
Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore 7th Annual Art Exhibition, 11am-5pm, free, Malibu Nature Preserve, 33509 PCH, Malibu, 310.457.9130.
Creative Playground presents The Velveteen Rabbit, 11am, $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Does Christian Science Really Heal Sickness and Sin? talk by John Adams, 2pm, First Church of Christ, Scientist, 505 Arizona Ave., 310.395.1411.
Eric Ekstand Trio, live jazz, 1-5pm, $15, $12 seniors, The Lodge, 1600 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.459.3540.
I Love a Good Story, storytelling series at new location, 4pm, $10, The Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., MV, 310.622.2046.
Venice Movie Locations Walking Tour, presented by Venice Historical Society, with author Harry Medved and locations manager Barry Gremillion, 9:30am, $8-$10, meet at Rose Café, 220 Rose Ave., Venice, 310.967.5170.
YWCA’s 1st Annual Hidden Treasures, Special Places Tour, 1-4pm, $25-$30, YWCA, 2019 14th St., smywca.org or 310.452.3881.
Black Panther Films, discussion with editor Dennis Hicks, preceded by rare James Brown, Sly Stone and P-Funk films, 8pm, free, Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, 310.450.6052.
Anne Garcia-Romero is guest speaker at the Mary Pickford Speakers Series, 7pm, free, Screening Room, Academy of Entertainment & Technology, 1660 Stewart St., 310.434.3777.
Suzy Williams, music, 8:15pm, free, Angel’s Piano Bar & Supper Club, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., 310.828.2115.
Chamber Music Palisades, with a program of both popular and rarely performed works, 8pm, $25, St. Matthew’s Parish,1031 Bienvenida, PP, 310.463.4388.
Culture in the Canyon: Malibu Potteries: Stories in the Tiles, lecture with Christi Walden, 7:30pm, free, Temescal Gateway Park,15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115.
Green Living Workshop, Tuesdays through November 17, 7-8:30pm, P.S. 1 Elementary School, 1454 Euclid St., sustainableworks.eventbrite.com.
Bereavement Group Meetings, every Wednesday for six weeks, 3-4;30pm, free, DeWind Room, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., ymcasm.org.
The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice is discussed by the Montana Branch Book Group, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.829.7081.
Green Living Workshop, Wednesdays through November 18, 7pm, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., sustainableworks.eventbrite.com.
The Power to Never Again Feel Powerless, film of lecture by Guy Finley, 7:30pm, $3, 2nd Floor Community Room, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., guyfinley.org.
Thomas B. Sawyer discusses and signs No Place to Run, 7pm, free, Diesel Malibu, 3890 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 510. 653.9965.
Quality of Life Forum, with Mark Thornton lecturing on stress management, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
St. Martin of Tours School Open House for Parents of Prospective Students, (K-8), 8:30-10:30am., 11955 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood, 310.472.7419.
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea, talk with curator Roy Hamilton, noon, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Jeff Kinney Book Signing, 5-9pm, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.
National Teen Driver Safety Program, with driving quiz, celebrity bad driving quiz, teen-produced PSAs and more, 5:30pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St,, 310. 392.3804.
Mark Your Calendar
Left, Right, and Center, Broad Center, October 25
Halla Gala, Santa Monica Museum, October 31
Fancy Dress Fall Ball, Church in Ocean Park, October 30