Junko Chodos: The Intersection of Art and Religion, through March 13, Dortort Gallery, UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Avenue, Westwood, 310.208.3081 x 108.
John de Heras, new work, through March 12, FIG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.0345.
Oceans Four: Mixing Media, exhibit with four artists, through March 13, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, www.annenbergbeachhouse.com
Galaxies, Galaxies Everywhere, 8p.m., preceded by The Night Sky Show, 7p.m., $5, Planetarium, Room 223, Drescher Hall, SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3000.
Plan Columbia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure, film screening, 7 p.m., $5 donation, 601 Ninth Street, 310.780.7363. Also screens March 13, 3 p.m.
A.K. Toney, poetry, $5 to $7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.822.3006.
Bob Branaman, Opening of City Light: New Work from the Purple Mist Series, art exhibit, 2 p.m., Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.822.3006.
Lynn Emanuel and John Hogden, poetry, 7:30 p.m., $5 to $7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.822.3006.
Holistic Group Consults, with a panel of four health experts, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., $20 to watch, $25 for a consult, The Gateway, 2503 South Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles, 310.479.0430.
MESS, talk with filmmaker Bill Daniel, 3 p.m., free, Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Boulevard, 310.315.0056.
Picturing Health, photography exhibit by youths across Southern California, reception from 5 to 8 p.m., through April 30, Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, 310.392.0846.
Gali Rotstein, Flying Crooked, art exhibit, reception from 6 to 9 p.m., through May 8, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, 310.829.6990.
Volunteering in the Mountains, training for positions as a natural or cultural history guide, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays through April 23, King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Highway, 310.858.7272 x115.
Workshop for Homebuyers, the process of buying a home, getting a property for the price you want, pitfalls to avoid, zero down financing, and other topics, with Kimberly Burnett, 10 a.m., free, Memorial Park 1401 Olympic Boulevard, 800.351.8005 x800.
Evening of Song, with Gale Oliver and Gregory Schreiner, 2 p.m., free, Edye Second Space, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street, 310.434.3005.
The Good Death, with End-of-Life Quality Ethicist Dr. Melvin Kirsch, presented by Humanist Association of Los Angeles, 11 a.m., free, Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, 310.479.2236.
Groove Kid Nation, release party for “The Wheels on the Bus” CD, music for the whole family, 4 p.m., $15 to $25, Capoeira Besouro Studio, 2901 Ocean Park Boulevard, 310.314.2617.
Hike with the Pastor, hike organized by Church in Ocean Park, 12 noon to 4 p.m., free, meet at the Church, 235 Hill Street, 310.399.1631.
Hitched: Writing in Political Oppression, with Sholeh Wolpe, Alicia Partnoy, Melinda Palacio, Ramon Garcia, and Bilal Shaw, hosted by Xochitl Julisa Bermejo, 4 p.m., $5 to $7, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.822.3006.
Street Fair and Purim Carnival, games, music, photo booth, used book sale, teen video gaming room, Purim costume contest and parade, refreshments, bake-off, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free, Santa Monica Synagogue, 1448 18th Street, 310.453.4276.
Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talk with artists Meena Nanji, Phyllis Green, and Analia Saban, 6:30 to 8 p.m., free, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, www.annenbergbeachhouse.com
San Andreas-The Big Fault, culture in the canyon at the Chautauqua Series, lecture with Dr. David Lynch, 7:30 p.m., free, Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, 310.858.7272 x131.
SMC Drives toward Sustainability, lecture, 6:30 p.m., free, Room 123, SMC Bundy, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, 310.434.3909.
Green Living Workshop, Wednesdays through April 6, 8:30 p.m., free, Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, http://sustainableworks.eventbrite.com
Poetry in Motion, hosted by Eve Brandstein, 7 p.m.,, $10, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 310.822.3006.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Los Angeles Marathon, March 20
Tree-Hugging Weekend, March 18 to 20
Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, March 24 to 27