Abstract Feline Fables, art by Anthony Ausgang, through November 6, Copro Gallery, Bergamot Station, www.copronason.com.
Phoebe Beasley, retrospective, through November 6, M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main St., 310.392.8820.
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.
Stephanie Schneider, Instant Dreams, through November 11, Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.828.0211.
Lee Webster Shaw, through November 11, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.5757.
Velocity=Change, art by Joan Robey, through November 7, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.
Annie, the musical about the little orphan girl with curly hair, through December 11, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, $23, Kentwood Players at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester, 310. 645.5156.
Magic Meathands, with the Waterbrains and Mission: IMPROVable, comedy, 8 p.m., $10, Westside Comedy Theatre, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, www.MagicMeathands.com.
Diane K. Martin, Rick Bursky, and Millicent Borges Accardi, poetry, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Putting it Together, revue by Stephen Sondheim, through December 12, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, $18-$22, Theatre Palisades’ Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Dr., PP, 310.454.1970.
Telescope Buyer Survival Guide, 8pm, preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7pm, $5, Planetarium, Room 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Synapse Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $15-$20, Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.3005.
UMW Holiday Boutique, presented by United Methodist Women, premiere night Friday with pasta dinner, 5- 8 p.m., open sale Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 11th St., 310.829.1431.
The Boys Next Door, play about disabled men by Tom Griffin, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, $10, Theatre Arts Studio Stage, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4319.
Contemporary Crafts Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, $8, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., 310.285.3655.
The Disobedient Sisters, an African fable dramatized by the Virginia Avenue Project kids and adults, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, $5 suggested donation, Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., www.virginiaavenueproject.org.
Demystifying Birth Myths, presentation on birthing options, 3 p.m., free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
An Evening of Song: Gale Oliver and Gregory Schreiner, performing nearly 200 years of classical songs, 7:30 p.m., free, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.434.4323.
Dave Friedman: My Life in the Movies, photo exhibit, reception 6-8 pm., through December 10, SMC Photo Gallery, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.4289.
Group Art Show, Teresa Accardi, Suzanne N. Federico, Ralph A Gonzalez, Dianne Nueman, Mark Saterlee Geneva Simmons and photographer Gershon Kelman, 6-9 p.m., VOCA Art Gallery, 215 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 310.866.2722.
The Journey of the Italians in America: An Author’s Presentation, with Vincenza Scarpaci, 3 p.m., free, Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
The Survivor, a play about teenaged smugglers in the Warsaw Ghetto, by Susan Manus, through November 14, 8 p.m. Thursday November 13, Fridays -Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, $10, Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice 453.4376.
2010: A Beyond Baroque Odyssey, a celebration of the new decade in poetry, marathon reading of 140 poets 10 a.m.-midnight, Saturday, music and performances noon- 2 p.m. Sunday, panel discussion 2-6 p.m. Sunday, free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Art Recycling Event, bring old T-shirts to recycle into reusable bags, which will be used to bundle donations to OPCC, 2-5 p.m., free for SMMOA members and drive donors, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 310.586.6488.
JoAnn Cianciulli and Sharone Hakman discuss and sign MasterChef Cookbook, 3 p.m., free, Diesel Brentwood, 225 26th St., 510.653.9965.
Clarity, a new faith-based group, meets every Sunday evening, 7-8:15 p.m., free, Magicopolis, 1418 4th St., www.clarity.la.
Open reading with featured poets Paul Kareem Taylor and Lisa Marguerite Mora, 7 p.m., free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
The Parker Quartet, 2 p.m., $10-$25, Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310. 506.4522.
Dance Films, 6-10 p.m., free, Documental, UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., 310.306.7330.
Free Flu Shots, for active adults 60 and over, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th St., 310.393.2721 x
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, performed by Mark Rhodes as Eliot, 7:30 p.m., donation, Church In Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., 310.399.1631.
Rebecca D. Costa discusses her new book The Watchman’s Rattle, 3 p.m., free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600.
After the Fall: From Punk to Porn-etration to ‘Facebook Friendz,’ lecture on subcultures by Dick Hebdige, 7:30 p.m, free, Broad Center, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., 310.665.6885.
Health Answer Session with Dr. Jonathan Herbert, 6 p.m., free, Suite 203, 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, 310. 445.3350.
Hello Dolly, through November 20, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday November 14, $10-$20, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 310.506.4522.
Poetry in Motion, hosted by Eve Brandstein, 7 p.m., $10, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.3006.
Protecting Your Children Against Colds, with Kumiko Yamamoto, L.Ac., 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tao of Wellness, 3rd floor, 1131 Wilshire Blvd., 310.917.2200.
Veteran’s Vox, an evening of veterans reading work by veterans, with introduction by Los Angeles City Council member Bill Rosendahl, featuring SMC professor Daniel Cano, Lorna Duyn, Christopher A. Sweeney, and the writing of William D. Lansford read by Enrique Castillo, 8-11 p.m., free, Pete Valdez Sr. Amvets Post II, 10858 Culver Blvd., CC, 310.559.2116.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Free Thanksgiving Dinner, Santa Monica Civic, November 25
Main Street Holiday Event, December 4