The Imp-Be Careful What You Wish For, five plays by Steve Stajich, 8 p.m., $12, Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., CC, 310.396.0716.
The Importance of Being Earnest, the perennial Oscar Wilde comedy, through October 24, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. matinee October 23, $10-$15, SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare’s comedy, presented by KCRW’s Globe Theatre, through October 24, 7:30 p.m., Thursday (preview), 7:30 p.m. Friday (opening night), 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, call for other show times, $47-$120, opening night $135-$175, Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., www.TheBroadStage.com/tickets.
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.
Tosca, opera by Giacomo Puccini, through October 24, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Sundays, $20-$25, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., 310.570.6448.
John Beasley Quintet, jazz, 7 and 9 p.m., $10, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 434.3005.
Hen House Studios presents an evening of music and poetry, with Michael C. Ford, Ellyn Maybe, Rich Ferguson, Baba Alade, and Yvonne de la Vega, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Space Shuttle Swan Song, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5, Planetarium, Room 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Citywide Yard Sale, residences and community organizations will hold yard sales to sell recyclable items, 8 a.m-1 p.m., free, around the city, http://www.smgov.net/departments/publicworksrecycling.aspx.
Click, Clack, Moo, a Theatreworks USA musical for kids, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $10-$15, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310. 506.4522.
Barbara Henning and Harryette Mullen, poetry, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Introduction to Memoir Writing, last of three workshops, 1 -2:30 p.m., free, Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 310.458.8681.
Le Tick Tock, a “provocative and seductive” cabaret theatre event, through December 18, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, $34.50, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., 310.392.7327, www.edgemar.org./events.
Live! Theatre! Second Annual Directors Showcase, four award-winning directors present 10-minute scenes of theatre, 1:30 p.m., free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Mythical Legends and The Folk of Lore, including new work by drawing artist Kathryn J. Hall and film screening of The 11th Hour, 7-11 p.m., HHEAL Environmental Arts Lab, 4115 Glencoe, #102, MDR, www.HHealGallery.net.
RIP MD., graphic novel signing with creators Mitch Schauer, Michael Lessa and Justin Yamaguchi, 1:30 p.m., free, Hi De Ho Comics, 525 Santa Monica Blvd., www.lincolnbutterfield.com.
Saturday Night Film Club features Run Lola Run, 8 p.m., free, Vidiots Annex, 302 Pico Blvd., 310.392.8508.
Celebrity Autobiography, a cabaret format show with comedy stars “channeling” celebrity autobiographies, 7 and 9 p.m., $45-$65, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 434.3200.
Clarity, a new faith-based group, meets every Sunday evening, 7-8:15 p.m., free, Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., www.clarity.la.
Creative PlayGround presents Aesop’s Fables, 11 a.m., $8, Will Gear Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.
James Cushing and Kevin Clark, poetry, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Stephanie Schneider, Instant Dreams, reception 6:30-9:30 p.m., through November 11, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
The Local Snake Tour, with poet Lisa Gill, musician Michael Vlatkovich, and Brendan Constantine as The Snake, 4 p.m., $7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Billie Holiday Sang in Yiddish? USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun explores parallels between African-American and Jewish music, 6:30-8 p.m., free, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH, http://beachculture49.eventbrite.com.
The Mandala Project, features the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala by a team of traditionally trained Lamas, through November 7, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310.443.7016.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30 p.m., $25-$50 donation, YWCA, 2019 14th St., http://www.sustainableworks.org/
Halloween Ha-Ha’s, storytelling and puppet show for Hallloween, ages 3-7, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., free, Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St., 310.458.8683.
Race to Nowhere, screening of a documentary that looks at education, followed by discussion, presented by Seven Arrows Elementary and Little Dolphins Preschool, 7 p.m., $10, Little Dolphins Preschool, 1812 Stanford St., www.racetonowhere.com/screenings
Animal Rights Activists share their frustrations and hopes at Activist Support Circle, 7 p.m., free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., 310.399.1000.
Jack Bishop presents recipes from America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook, 7 p.m., free, Barnes and Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110.
The Economics of Being a Woman, with Hollis Harman, five Wednesdays through October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $99, YWCA Santa Monica, 2019 14th St., 310.452.3881.
Green Living Workshop, 7-8:30 p.m., $25-$50 donation, Santa Monica Main Library, Community Meeting Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., www.sustainableworks.org/.
Sergio Aragonés, Mad Magazine artist, discusses and signs MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragonés, Five Decades of His Finest Works, 7 p.m., free, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th St., 510.653.9965.
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, with music by Marisoul, Hector Marquez and Cesar Castro, 6:30-9 p.m., $10 donation, SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.9560.
Frankenstein, the 1931 classic with Boris Karloff, 3 p.m., free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
Poetry Rodeo, with Ellyn Maybe and her band, plus open mike poets reading to the band, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Where the Wild Things Are, film, 2 p.m., free, Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave, 310.458.8682.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Family Fall Harvest Festival, October 30
UMW Holiday Boutique, November 5-6
Sustainable Literature Awards, November 6
Contemporary Crafts Market, November 5-7
Why I Love Santa Monica Forum, November