The Gardens: Recent Paintings by Curtis Hoekzema, through Dec. 24, FIG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Rachel Lachowitz, through Dec. 24, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.453.7535.
Orchestre Surreal, zany orchestral sounds with Elvis Schoenberg (AKA Ross Wright), 8 and 9:30 p.m., free (reservations recommended), Typhoon Restaurant, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop, 310.390.6565.
The Best of TAG, group art show featuring TAG’s 40 artist members, reception Jan. 8, 2011 from 3 to 6 p.m., through Jan. 22, TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.9556.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2:30 p.m., free, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard., 310.458.8600.
Workshop for Investors and Realtors, with Lloyd Segal, presented by California Foreclosure Institute, 6 to 8 p.m., free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, www.ForeclosureWorkshop.net or call 310.379.0101.
Jill Stewart, award-winning journalist, is guest speaker at the Activist Support Circle, 7 p.m., free, Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard Street, 310.399.1000.
Venice Poetry Renaissance, celebration of 42 years of the Free Venice Beachhead, with readings by local poets and Venice Beachhead contributors, followed by after-party with live music, location TBA, 6-8:30 p.m., free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.396.2525.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
New Year’s Eve at Ye Olde King’s Head,
Penguin Swim, Venice Beach, Jan. 1
Photo LA, Jan. 13-16, 2011
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events, Jan.14-17