Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, world premiere of a new play by Henry Jaglom, through September 19, starring Tanna Frederick, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, $25, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327.
Sally Lamb, Steve Hitter, through September 15, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453. 5757.
Autumn Deep Sky Wonders, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5, Planetarium, Room 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea, reception for photographer Roy Toft, 7:30 p.m., G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.452.2842.
William Carlos Williams Birthday Reading, with SA Griffin, Rafael F J Alvarado, and Michael Leon as well as special guests, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
St. Anne’s Fall Fiesta, a three-day carnival with rides and refreshments, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, free, pre-sale ride tickets $12 for a sheet of 20, St. Anne Church and Shrine, 2011 Colorado Ave., 310.829.4411.
Irene Butler discusses her book “Trekking the Globe with Mostly Gentle Footsteps: Twelve Countries in Twelve Months,” 11 a.m., free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.458.8682.
Chiwan Choi and Melora Walters, Project Room Opening, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Classical Guitar Master Class with Christopher Parkening, 2-6 p.m., free, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University,24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4462.
Cornelia Funke, author, presents a storytelling event, based on her book “Reckless,” presented by Diesel Brentwood, 6:30 p.m., Brentwood Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 510.653.9965.
Meet the Mighty Oak, a hike to see oak trees, 6 p.m., free, meet at front parking lot, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 W. Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x131.
A Shared Perspective: The Case Study Apartments and Beyond, architect Edward B. Sawyer presents a history of his work with fellow architect Alfred Newman Beadle on a series of apartment buildings, 1 p.m., free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Laura Trice talks about her book The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook: More Than 100 Healthy Recipes for Everyday Snacking, 2 p.m., free, Barnes and Noble Santa Monica, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310. 260.0158.
Peter Alsop’s Kids Concerts presents Rhythm Child, 11 a.m., $8, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
Found and Lost Magascene Reading, with Frank T. Rios, S.A. Griffin, Michael Leon, Bob Branaman, and Michael C. Ford, 3 p.m., free, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Harvest Family Fun Fest, presented by Malibu Family Wines, with tea party, crafts, storytelling, wine and food tastings, 12:30-3:30 p.m., $75-$175, Saddlerock Ranch, 32111 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, 310.455.2898.
Tribute to Mexican Folklore, featuring courtyard dancing with local folklorico dance troupes and a concert by The Mariachi Divas, 12:30-3:30 p.m., free (reservations recommended), Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3200.
Daniel Pyne discusses and signs “Twentynine Palms,” 3 p.m., free, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th St., 510.653.9965.
Singing to Sustain the Earth, a pre-GLOW event, with lessons in dance steps and songs, 2 p.m., free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Street Art: Photographic Elevations of Los Angeles, Paris, and Berlin, by Larry Yust, book signing 3 p.m., tours 2 and 4 p.m., through January 16 2011, Fowler Museum at UCLA, WW, 310.825.4361.
Venice Music Festival, benefiting Venice Community Housing Corporation, featuring Luminaries, The 44’s, and Allensworth, with food and silent auction, 2-6 p.m., $10, Palm Court, 743 Palms Blvd., Venice, www.vchcorp.org/vmf.
A History of God by Karen Armstrong is discussed by the Meetup Book Group, 7 p.m., free, Community Meeting Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series features How the Environment Causes Obesity and What We Can Do About It, with Dr. Deborah Cohen, 11:15 a.m., free, Science Lecture Hall 140, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4303.
Neil Sedaka signs his children’s book and album, Waking Up Is Hard to Do, 7 p.m., free, Barnes and Noble Santa Monica, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.0158.
Taste a California Classic-Olive Oil, a Culture in the Canyon Chautauqua Lecture with California olive grower Audrey Burnam, 7:30 p.m., free, Woodland Hall, Temescal Canyon Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., PP, 310.858.7272 x115
Playwriting Workshop, with instructor Anna Stramese, through October 6, 1-3 p.m., free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave., 310.458.8682.
Celebrating Anton Chekhov, with translator Eugene Alper, 7 p.m., free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Dance Master Class, Afro-Cuban dance with Kati Hernandez, 10:30 a.m., free, Gym 104, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3467.
Nora McFarland discusses and signs her book A Bad Day’s Work, 7 p,m., free, Barnes and Noble Santa Monica, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310. 260.0158.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
GLOW, September 25
Abbot Kinney Festival, September 26
Banned Books Week Reading, October 2
Pico Festival, October 16