Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party, through March 21, 12:30 and 3pm, $10.50-$12.50, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4 th St., 310.394.9779.
Digging Up Dad, world premiere of a play by Chris D’Annunzio, through March 20, 8pm Fridays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, $15-$20, Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., 310.397.3244.
Escapes: Polish Art in the Communist Era, through March 21, Laband Art Gallery, Fritz Burns Fine Arts Bldg, LMU, 1LMU Dr. LA, 310.338.2880
James Evert Jones aka Maverick, poetry, 8:30pm, free, Rapp Saloon, 1436 2nd St., http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rapp-Saloon-Poetry-Reading.
Startling Facts to Free You from the Fear of People, part of Wisdom’s Way, video talk series with Guy Finley, 7-8pm, $3 donation requested, Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310.266.9930.
U.S. Human Spaceflight Update, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5, Planetarium, Room 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
The Water Project, student art exhibit, reception 6pm, through April 3, Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3434.
Susan Wheeler, Claudia Rankine, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Black Hole, a performance workshop of a new play by Peggy O’Brien, 7:30pm, $15, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.
Proof, the award-winning play by David Auburn, 8pm Friday, 2 and 8pm Saturday, 2 and 7pm Sunday, $10, SMC Theatre Arts Complex, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319.
Gemini Adams, Writing is the Goal, writing workshop, 2pm, free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.458.8683.
Airport Avenue Art Walk, 1-5pm, free, Airport Avenue between Bundy Drive and 23rd Street, www.smgov.net/departments/airport.
Marcia Cohee, Bruce Boston, Charles Bivins, poetry, 7:30pm, $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Painted Light, art by Robin Becker, reception 4-7pm, through April 11, Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite #109,310.455.7909.
Seminar on Living Wills & Trusts, with Caprice Collins, 10am, free, Westchester Loyola Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., LA, 310.677-9787 x 5.
George Takei, actor/activist, will speak on “Embracing Change” 7:30pm, free, Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th St., 310.829.5436.
Up, the Oscar-winning animated film, 3pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, with works by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Dvorak, Schubert and Puccini, 3pm, free, Paul Revere Middle School, 1450 Allenford Ave., Brentwood, www.brentwoodwestwoodsymphony.org.
Emeritus College Band, 3pm, free, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3005.
Happy 325th Birthday J. S. Bach Concert, with Pat Maimone, organist, choir director and Bach-specialist, 3pm, free, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.452.1116.
Daniel Hope, violinist,7pm, $18-$100, Royce Hall, UCLA, WW, 213.622.7001 x215.
I Love a Good Story, storytelling series, 4pm, $10, The Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., MV, 310.850.8814.
Poets Against the War, presented by Caza de Poesia & Veterans For Peace, noon-4pm, free, Arlington West, beach north of Santa Monica Pier, http://poetsagainstwar.blogspot.com.
WordTheatre, with John Edgar Wideman, 3pm, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.915.5150.
An Intimate Evening with Marvin Hamlisch, 8pm, $50, Freud Playhouse, UCLA, WW, 310.825.2101.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30pm, $25 donation, The Shores, 2700 Neilson Way, sustainableworks.org.
Artie Coltrella Benefit Birthday Show, benefit for longtime Venice resident, with Lisa Nemzo, Frank Stallone, Freebo, David Woodford, Elsie May Larsen Kunkel, Lee Curreri, Billie Burnor, Lauren Wood, Mark Islam and Peter Bunetta, 7-10pm, donation, Talking Stick, 1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.450.6052.
Freedom from Smoking, eight-session program developed by the American Lung Association, 7-8:30pm, $80, also meets Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, 310.829.8453.
Go Out to O’Brien’s, a gathering to benefit the Church in Ocean Park, ten percent of bar tab goes to Church, 6-11pm, O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2941 Main St.,
Good Hair, documentary about African-American hair styles, 7pm, free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.8681.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30pm, $25 donation, Sustainable Works, 1744 Pearl St .sustainableworks.org.
The Lives of Others, German film, 6:30pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Pelvilates, exercises to strengthen the pelvis, with Elizabeth Pinter, noon, free, DeWind Room, Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.393.2721 x129.
Soweto Gospel Choir, 7:30pm, $10-$40, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30pm, $25 donation, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., sustainableworks.org.
Activism in the Age of Obama, lecture with Randy Shaw, 11:15am, free, HSS 165, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Gala Opening for LA Women’s Theatre Festival, with awards ceremony hosted by Hattie Winston and Ted Lange, plus performances and champagne and refreshments, 7pm, $40-$75, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, 818.760.0408.
The Healthy Digestive Tract, lecture by Drs. David Allen and Allen Green, 7pm, free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, 7pm, The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 213.622.7001.
Stairway of the Stars, performances by students, 7pm, $12, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 310.450.8338 . x338. Also March 26.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Montana Avenue Tax-Free Day, April 10
Festival of Books, UCLA, April 24-25
Move LA Transportation Conference, April 29