Combustione: Alberto Burri and America, plus Italian Artists’ Books (in the Project Room), members’ preview 6-7 p.m., reception 7-9 p.m., Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
Graham Dechter Quintet, jazz, 7 and 9 p.m., $10, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3005.
Dracula, the original vampire, dramatization of Bram Stoker’s novel by Hamilton Dean and John L. Balderston, through October 16, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, $16-$18, Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave, Westchester, 310.645.5156.
Red(D) ress, poetry with Mandy Kahn, Steve Westbrook, and Neil Aitken, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7,
Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Allied Artists Paint-Out, a painting event at dusk, 4 p.m.-until dark, free, Santa Monica Pier, meet at the merry-go-round, 310.338.0333.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is discussed by the Literature Book Group, 11 a.m., free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.8681.
Evgenia Citkowitz discusses & signs Ether, 4 p.m., free, Diesel Malibu, 3890 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, 510.653.9965.
Community Meeting to Discuss Venice Japanese-American Memorial Marker, 2-5 p.m., free, Venice Hongwanji Budhist Temple, 12371 Braddock Dr., CC, www.veniceartscouncil.org.
Sussan Deyhim with Richard Horowitz, John Beasley, and Will Calhoun, Middle Eastern music, 7:30 p.m., $57-$95, Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., www.TheBroadStage.com/tickets.
Claudia Keelan and Donald Revell, poetry, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Elizabeth Shakespeare and the Astute Detective, a look at who really was Shakespeare, by Alan Abraham Ross, through October 24, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, $18-$25, Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St., 310.394.9779.
Kids’ Martial Arts Open House., 1-2:30 p.m., free, Capoeira Besouro Studio, 2901 Ocean Park Blvd. #103, 310.314.2617.
Phoebe Beasley, retrospective, reception September 11, 6-9 p,m., through November 6, M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main St., 310.392.8820.
Storytelling with Ilene Cohen, ages 3-7, 10:30 a.m., free, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 Pico Blvd., LA, 310.559.BOOK.
Velocity=Change, art by Joan Robey, reception and benefit for Upward Bound House, with music by Steve Stajich, 6-9 p.m., through November 7, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.
Peter Alsop’s Kids Concerts presents The Hollow Trees, 11 a.m., $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
The American War Crimes Quagmire: From Bush to Obama, with human rights author Prof. Michael Haas, presented by Humanist Association of Los Angeles. West Side Discussion Group, 11 a.m., free, Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310.479.2236.
Keven Bellow discusses and signs The Blue Darter, 3 p.m., free, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th St., 510.653.9965.
Chopin with Cherries, publication party for a new anthology with 123 poems by 92 international poets, 3 p.m., Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Departures StoryShare, a one-day event in which Venice residents can tell their stories for archiving, presented by KCET-TV and Venice Arts, 11 a.m-5 p.m., free, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, www.venice-arts.org.
Alden Marin and Pablo Capra, poetry, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Resume Workshop, 6:30 p.m., free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.8681.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, 7-10 p.m., Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 800.654.5126.
Where Reality and Magic Intersect, talk with author Graciela Limon, 11:15 a.m., free, Humanities and Social Sciences Building 165, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles, is discussed by the Montana Branch Book Group, 7 p.m., free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.458.8682.
Playwriting Workshop, with instructor Anna Stramese, through October 6, 1-3 p.m., free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.458.8682.
Treating Addiction with Traditional Chinese Medicine, with Thomas Boldt, L.Ac, 6:30-7:30 p.m., The Wellness Store, 1412 14th St., 310.917.2200.
Native Textures, art by Courtney Reid, Michael Giancristiano, Su Beningfield, and Gary Palmer, reception 6-10 p.m., through October 15, David Jones Contemporary Art, 350 Sunset Ave., Venice, 310.3513545.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
GLOW, September 25
Abbot Kinney Festival, September 26
Banned Books Week Reading, October 2
Pico Festival, October 16