Solar System Explosion, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5, Planetarium, Room 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
West, a play by Steven Berkoff, through February 6, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, $15-$20, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, 310.823.0710.
Gemini Adams, writing workshop, part I, discussion of Adams’ book Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye, 2pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.458.8683.
Aesop Bops! family concert with David Gonzalez, 11am and 1pm, $12-$17, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Don Bachardy and Mark Swope, reception 4-6pm, through February 20, Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828-6410.
Emeritus College Acting Troupe, 1pm, free, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.4306.
500 Days of Summer, acclaimed romantic comedy, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Forth Magazine One-Year Anniversary Event, with readings and art by Gil Garcetti and John Lithgow, 7pm, free, G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, forthmagazine.com.
It’s Criminal, one-man play by Murray Meyer, Esq., through February 13, 8pm Saturdays, $16, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 323.960.7780.
Loyalties, play by Tony Pasqualini, through March 28, 8pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 3pm Sundays, $20-$25, Pacific Residence Theatre, 705 1/2 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.8392.
Nira Pereg: Sabbath 2008, video show, Project Room 2, through April 17, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Run for Your Wife, a comedy by Ray Cooney, through February 13, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd, 310.828.7519.
Storytelling with Ellen Switkes, ages 3-7, 10:30am, free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.
Diana Thater: Between Science and Magic, through April 17, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Jeffrey Wells, Seeing While Seeing, through April 17, Project Room 1, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Discussing the Meaning of Isaiah 2:1-9, with Robert Keeler and Rabbi John Borak, part of a Mormon-Jewish theological series, 7pm, free, 3400 Sawtelle Blvd., LA, 310.689. 6111.
Kids Noisemakers Workshop, 4pm, free, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Meetup for Single Women, ages 55 +, 2:30pm, free, Coogies Café, 2906 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.828.0772.
Rattle Publication Party and Reading, 2-4pm, free, Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
William and Mary in Search of the Miraculous, a solo show by Mary McDonald Hamill, 7pm, $10-$20, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779 x1. Also January 24.
WordTheatre at the Edye, with actors reading the words of Maile Meloy, Luis Rodriguez, and Marisa Silver, 3-5pm, $30-$35 or $25 flex pass for this and future events, Edye Second Space, 1310 11th St., wordtheatre.com.
Shaherezad in Santa Monica, verse drama read by poet Majid Naficy, with musical accompaniment, 6:30pm, free, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH, annenbergbeachhouse.com/events.
Sponto and Venice History Film Festival, 7pm, free, 7 Dudley Cinema, Talking Stick Coffee House, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.306.7330.
Green Living Workshop, 7:15-8:45pm, Santa Monica Yoga, 1640 Ocean Park Blvd., sustainableworks.org.
Rediscovering the Western Rangers, Culture in the Canyon at the Chautauqua Series, 7:30pm, free, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x117.
Bulletproofing Your Business Workshop, presented by attorney Caprice Collins, 6pm, $45, The Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., LA, 310.677.9787 x5.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30pm, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., sustainableworks.org.
Kelly O’ Hara, Tony Award-winning singer, 7:30pm, $55-$100, Broad Center, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., TheBroadStage.com/tickets.
Lisa Jarnot, poetry, 7pm, free, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310.443.7000 or ucla.edu.
Meetup Book Group discusses Barbara Ehrenreich’s Bright-Sided, 7pm, free, Community Meeting Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Montana Book Group discusses Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout, 7pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.458.8682.
Foreclosure Workshop, presented by California Foreclosure Institute, with speaker Lloyd Segal, 5:30-7:30pm, free, Palms- Rancho Park Library, 2920 Overland Ave., LA, 310. 379.0101.
Ghost Town, comedy with Ricky Gervais, 2pm, free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.458.8682.
Bruce Eric Kaplan, cartoonist, discusses and signs his new book I Love You, I Hate You, I’m Hungry, 7pm, free, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th St., 510.653.9965.
Through January 31
Ice at Santa Monica, ice skating, $10 skate rental, 1324 5th St. (corner of 5th and Arizona), 310.393.8355.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Conscious Life Expo, February 13
Santa Monica Citywide Reads Events,
February 12-March 13
Santa Monica Airport Art Walk, March 20