You Make Me Physically Ill and So Damned Heavenly Bound, these two one-acts conclude Saturday, Sept. 10. Elephant Stage Theatre. $20 Friday/Saturday 8 p.m. 6322 Santa Monica Boulevard. Los Angeles. Plays411.com/physicallyill
Friday September 9
Beatrice Wood: Career Woman-Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects, opening reception 6 to 7 p.m. Members’ Preview; 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Public Opening. Santa Monica Museum of Art. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue. 310.586.6488, www.smmoa.org
Films4Cuban5, presents “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?” a 90-minute documentary about the trial of “The Cuban Five.” To be shown at the home of Rachel and Jay, 601 Ninth Street, Santa Monica. Meet at Izzy’s Deli, 15th and Wilshire before the film at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. screening. $5 donation. First 20 to RSVP to email@example.com, 310.780.7363
LA BBQ Festival, returns to Santa Monica Pier Sept. 9-11. It will feature authentic ‘cue from Texas, Kansas City, Chicago, Santa Maria, Memphis, etc. Also desserts, over 30 beers on tap, wine, cocktails and, live music. $60. Friday, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Today is last day to buy tickets, visit www.labbq.com
Santa Monica College Friday Night Movies, free screenings begin tonight with “Moulin Rouge.” 6:30 p.m., Humanities and Social Science Lecture Hall 165, main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. Parking is free on Friday evenings.
John Drescher Planetarium, at Santa Monica College presents “Apollo 15 + 40 Years,” a retrospective of the amazing mission to the moon four decades ago that yielded spectacular images and video. Tickets are $5 each or $9 for the “double bill,” with discounts for children and senior citizens. Second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd. 310.434.3005 or www.smc.edu/eventsinfo
Hart Pulse Dance Company, opens its 5th annual MixMatch Dance Festival today, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Boulevard, Sept. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and September 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. www.HartPulseDance.com
Saturday September 10
Day At The Airport, the Friends Of Santa Monica Airport Event hosts a day of activities, displays, and opportunities to fly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 3223 Donald Douglas Loop S. http://fosmo.org
Slithering Out of a Bad Rap, join Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority volunteer naturalist Trisha to learn more about snakes than the “average bear” at 9 a.m. King Gillette Ranch. 26800 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. $7 parking fee. 818.878.0866 ext. 228, lamountains.com
Two back-to-back lectures on Beatrice Wood, “Not the Mama of Dada: Beatrice Wood’s Early Career in New York” and “Eighty-Five Percent of All Centenarians are Women: LouiseBourgeols and Beatrice Wood”. Free from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue. 310.586.6488. www.smmoa.org
Author event, meet Sam Scholfield, author of “Awkward: What to Do When Life Makes You Cringe – A Survival Guide.” Barnes and Noble at 4 p.m. 201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110
Women Painters West, a juried exhibition of 34 artists that includes paintings, watercolors, pastels, and mixed media artwork opens today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, E3A. 310.453.5757, www.schomburgallery.com
Ten-Year Anniversary, celebration of the “Previews” Concert Series Recital by New York-Based Pianist Kariné Poghosyan at 2 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1340 Eleventh Street, Manhattan Beach. www.PalosVerdes.com/TLCmusic/TLCMBs2.htm, 310.316.5574
Literature Book Group, discusses “The Day of the Locust” by Nathanael West at 11 a.m. Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard. Free. 310.458.8681
The Garden of Forking Paths, at Track 16 Gallery features new work by artists Loren Holland and Nzuji de Magalhaes. Opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; runs through Oct. 15. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1, www.track16.com, 310.264.4678
Hostages, a two-act drama about gender and power in the work place premieres at 8 p.m. $10. Saturdays Ruskin Group Studio Theater. 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, 310.397.3244, http://www.ruskingrouptheatre.com/
Layers of Landscape, a new exhibition at TAG Gallery has its opening reception from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lorraine Bubar offers a blueprint for the multi-layered environments that surround us. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-3, http://www.taggallery.net, 310. 829.9556
Seeing through the Eyes of the Mona Lisa, a group exhibition of random photography curated by Yossi Govrin and Krista Augius has its opening reception with Baroque Music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ARENA 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave, www.santamonicaartstudios.com, 310.397.7449
Venice Arts’ Art Mentoring Workshops, current students only may register for its upcoming 2011-2012 Art Mentoring Workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vera Davis McClendon Youth and Family Center. 610 California Avenue, Venice. http://www.venice-arts.org, 310.578.1745
Community Dance, enjoy all kinds of fun dancing including square, line, and contra from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Light refreshments. Free to new dancers. Marine Park Auditorium, 1406 Marine St. For more information, call Kathy 310.312.0410.
24-hr Prayer Vigil for 9/11 Anniversary, St. Monica Catholic Community will observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with an overnight vigil from 7 p.m. on Saturday to 7 a.m. on Sunday to pray for world-wide justice, peace, and healing, especially for those touched directly by the terrorist attacks. In addition to regular Sunday masses, the prayer vigil will continue from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Spirituality Center Chapel. On Sunday at 2:30 p.m., they will dedicate its Spirituality Center Garden to those who died on 9/11. All are welcome. St. Monica Catholic Community. 725 California Ave, Santa Monica. Sunday masses are at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. 310.566.1531
Comedy Improv Ensembles, The Magic Meathands and Jump Start each perform a set of family friendly hilarity, entirely made up on the spot, inspired by audience suggestions and participation from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. $7 at the door; $3 for kids 12 and under. Mary Pickford Institute. 8885 Venice Boulevard, Suite 102, Los Angeles, www.MagicMeathands.com
Living Library Project, Living Books share their perspective on life at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Muslim, a homeless advocate, a transvestite, and a Communist are some of the living books who will be available to check out for 30-minute conversations. Reservations begin at 11:00 am; checkouts are from noon to 4:00 pm. humanlibrary.org
Sunday September 11
9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies, to be held at 6:45 a.m. at Santa Monica’s fire stations and should last about 20 minutes. 1444 7th Street; 222 Hollister Avenue;1302 19th Street; 2450 Ashland Avenue.
The Jennifer Keith Quintet, will perform at the Jazz Vespers series at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica at 5 p.m. A jazz performance in the setting of the ancient tradition of evening vespers. Admission, parking and childcare are free. 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard. www.mtolivelutheranchurch.org, 310.452.1116
The Church in Ocean Park, hosts S. Brian Willson speaking on his journey as an American peacemaker. His wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. Free. 10:15 a.m., 235 Hill Street, 310.399.1631.
Monday September 12
Bridge, have fun, meet new people, and challenge your mind playing bridge every Monday. Advanced beginners welcome. 1 p.m. Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard. Free. 310.458.8681
Tuesday September 13
Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence, a free community engagement project at the Skirball Cultural Center begins today. A compelling installation by renowned artist Kim Abeles that tackles the critical social issue of domestic violence. 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. www.skirball.org, 310.440.4500
Somatic Movement Arts Festival, a week of movement workshops, performances, panel discussions, and jams begins today through Sept. 18. 18th Street Arts Complex. For workshop schedule and registration, visit www.somafest.org
Mindful Meditation, refresh yourself with a free 30-minute meditation facilitated by Henry Schipper, a graduate of UCLA’s mindfulness program. 7 p.m. Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard. 310.458.8681
Wednesday September 14
Modelland, join Tyra Banks in an engaging appearance that will include heartfelt and fantastic discussions, lively group interactions and a fun-filled Q and A from the audience. This impactful one-hour event will expose all attendees to Tyra’s core mission to expand the definition of beauty, while inviting them into the wonderful, mysterious and awe-inspiring world of “Modelland” – her debut fantasy novel for young adults. Barnes and Noble at 7 p.m. 201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110. This will be a wristband event. Wristbands will be distributed with book purchase starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Books will be pre-signed prior to the presentation.
Los Doppelgangers, performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña (La Pocha Nostra) and actor/director Richard Montoya (Culture Clash) at 7:30 p.m. Fowler Museum Courtyard, UCLA, Westwood. $25. To reserve, call 310.267.4007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Integrative Approaches to Stress, Anxiety and Depression, join David Allen, M.D. and Allen Green, M.D., Southern California’s leading integrative and anti-aging medicine experts, for this free special lecture on how the integrative medical approach to treating these common conditions can help you achieve an optimum level of emotional, mental, and physical wellness. 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Santa Monica Public Library, MLK Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. www.davidallenmd.com, 310.445.6600
Thursday September 15
The PLATO Society of UCLA invites the public to a free colloquium featuring Peter Bart, 30-year editor of Variety and studio production executive, speaking on the topic “Hollywood: No New Ideas – Why?” Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. Complimentary coffee and cookies at 12:45 p.m. Program starts at 1:30 pm. RSVP: 310.794.0231