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Last Days of Judas Iscariot, official debut of Rise Above Theatre Movement (RATMO), directed by Kenne Guillory, concludes this Sunday, Sept. 18, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., $10-40, Studio/Stage, 520 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles. 323.960.1055,

Treat Yourself Like Cary Grant, a critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning drama concludes this Sunday, Sept. 18. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. The Elephant Lillian Theatre, 6332 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles. 323.960.7745

Just Imagine, transports you to another place and time, putting you “one on one” with the musical legend John Lennon. Concludes this Sunday, Sept.18. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. 2509 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 323.960.4442


Friday September 16

After Us the Savage God, a staged reading of an award-winning play about a farm family facing a global warming-caused drought and financial ruin – with their only hope the shady mayor of the nearby town. Reading at 8 p.m. Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. 310.434.4209,

A Salmon Poetry Event, a book launch/reading by Salmon Poetry’s publisher Jessie Lendennie, who is flying in from Ireland for this, and John FitzGerald, Irish and American poet also published by Salmon Poetry from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special guest John Menaghan, who teaches Irish studies at LMU, music by Kelli Noftle. Frank Pictures Gallery, Bergamot Station (Gallery A-5), 2525 Michigan Ave.

Screenwriting Expo, returns for its 10th year bringing with it the Golden Pitch Festival, a unique opportunity for screenwriters to pitch their scripts to top Hollywood executives through Sept. 18. Westin LAX Hotel. 5400 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, celebrates the works of famed American science fiction and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft through screenings of cinematic adaptations of his work by professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world. Today and tomorrow at 7 pm. Tickets $11-$80. Warner Grand Theater. 478 West Sixth Street, San Pedro.

Saturday September 17

Good Food Festival & Street Fair, enjoy workshops about gardening and urban homesteading, music, great people, and the beautiful campus of Santa Monica High school from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. Entry $10. 601 Pico Blvd.

YWCA Family Photo Event, take your holiday family photo and support the YWCA between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at El Segundo beach. Sign up for a 15-minute photo session for $35 on the beach in El Segundo and the YWCA will receive 70 percent of proceeds. To reserve a time, call 310.452.3881 ext. 111.

4th Annual Senior & Family Arts Festival: Celebration of Life, a free community day featuring music, dance, art exhibitions and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Monica Senior Center. 1450 Ocean Blvd.

Memorial for Scott Wannberg, remembrances of Los Angeles’ wild and wacky beat poet, open mike, bring poetry, food, and thoughts, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., free, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.822.2006.

Pregnant And Milking It, join the YWCA from 7 p.m. for a night of fabulous funny stuff including comedians, authors, and an improv group to support its new Family Cooperative Preschool. Food, drinks, and a silent auction. YWCA Santa Monica/Westside, 2019 14th Street.

Saturdays with LA Opera, learn about the operas before attending them. The first talk in the series starts today at 3 p.m. with Eugene Onegin hosted by community educator, Leonard Lipman. Main Library’s Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., on Saturdays at 3 p.m., 310.458.8600

Spitfire Grill Wine Tasting, head on down and enjoy tastings from an Australian classic winery – Peter Lehmann – at 6:30 p.m. $45 per person plus tax/gratuity. 3300 Airport Avenue. Reservations call 310.397.3455 or email

Kids Carnival and Celebration, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica invite the community down for a free family carnival with moon bouncers, games, arts and crafts, and much more. Free, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1238 Lincoln Blvd. Venice. RSVP: 310.394.2582

Austrian-American Day, 30-year Austrian-American Council North America celebration at the Wilshire Country Club. 301 N. Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles. 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner and dancing. Reservations: 818.507.5904, Council invitation.pdf

The Artificial Jungle, Chester Nurdiger lives in the back of his pet shop with his mother and his bored wife until one day, a drifter comes along and they hire him to work in the shop. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 6. $25. Lounge Theatre 1, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood 323.960.7863,

Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia, exhibition co-curators Judith Bettelheim and Janet Catherine Berlo introduce the work of José Bedia and converse with the artist about his artistic and spiritual journeys from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Opening party from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. Fowler Museum, UCLA, Westwood. Parking maximum $10 in Lot 4 (at Sunset Blvd. at Westwood) 310.825.4361 or visit

4 Your Health Expo, the largest, best-attended Consumer Wellness Expo in the region, delivers qualified attendees eager to purchase products and services to help them and their families stay healthy and fit. Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

Free Field Trip to the Mountains, the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority holds a trip to Zuma Canyon in Malibu. Pick-up Washington Elementary School, 1421 N. Wilmington Avenue, Compton. Arrive at 8:45 a.m. to board bus by 9 a.m. Returning between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Reserve your spot, call 310.858.7272 ext. 131

Sunday September 18

Community celebration, see the new Santa Monica Campus of UCLA Health System for yourself between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tours, health screenings and literature, children’s activities, musical entertainment, giveaways, and refreshments. 16th Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue. Parking at 1311 16th Street.

19th Annual Venice Music Festival, will bring music and the community together from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 743 Palms Blvd, Venice. Afternoon concert: $10. Cash only at door. Brunch is $125 by reservation only. 310.399.4100 ext. 103.

Mt. Olive’s Classical Music Series, enjoy the music of Terry Sakow, Trumpet & Pat Maimone, Organ, and The Instrument of Kings meets the King of Instruments. Free. 3 p.m. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.452.1116,

Discover Palisades Park, a walking tour through time, revealing landscapes, historical structures, fascinating people, monuments, and works of art. Starting point 1400 Ocean Avenue. Every 30 minutes from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Conservancy members $15, Public advance ticket $15, or day of event $20. 310.496.3146,

Liver Life Walk, a leisurely walk that brings together friends and community to support the American Liver Foundation’s mission to promote liver health. Registration: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Start time 9 a.m. Ocean View Park, 2701 Barnard Way. 310.610.4624,

The Promises Foundation, hosts its 6th Annual Polo in the Palisades fundraiser, benefiting Miriam’s House, a transitional living home for low-income women and their children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Will Rogers Historic State Park, Pacific Plsds. Tickets $250,

Kids in the Courtyard: Gourd Birdfeeders, a guest artist will lead participants in making Native American-inspired gourd birdhouses to feed our feathered friends from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Adorn the residences and be inspired by the images from Plains Indian ledger drawings on view with the art of José Bedia. Free. Fowler Museum, UCLA, Westwood. Parking maximum $10 in Lot 4 (at Sunset Blvd. at Westwood) 310.825.4361 or visit

Monday September 19

An Evening With Liz Callaway, the latest in Reprise Theatre Company’s tradition of presenting Broadway stars and legendary entertainers. 8 p.m. $35-$75. UCLA’s Freud Playhouse., 310.825.2101

Tuesday September 20

Wilderness Survival Skills, learn the skills, knowledge, and commitment to survive in the wilderness and do so responsibly. Free at 7:30 p.m. for 90 minutes. Temescal Gateway Park. 15601 W. Sunset Blvd. Pacific Palisades, 310.858.7272, ext. 131,

Author Event, Vanessa Diffenbaugh presents her debut novel “The Language of Flowers”. Barnes and Noble at 7 p.m. 201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110

Wednesday September 21

Author Event, mummies, mysteries, and secrets abound in the final installment of Pseudonymous Bosch’s “Secret Series.” Come to the event and be one of the first to know it all, mostly. Barnes and Noble at 7 p.m. 201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110

Grit and Whimsy II: The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema, a program showcasing a different recent Belgian film every third Wednesday of the month. 7:30 p.m. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave. 323.466.FILM

Downtown Culver City’s Third Wednesdays, enjoy everything from cheap margaritas to Lychee Fusion Cocktails, all-you-can-eat mussels to pork bao and paella, Frank Sinatra karaoke to Flamenco from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Between Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave.

Professionals in Human Resources Association, the District 5 (W. Los Angeles Chapter) of the networking group designed for Human Resources professionals of all levels has its meeting at 7:30 a.m. $35 Members with reservations; $40 non members with reservations. Olympic Collection at 11301 West Olympic Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

St. Anne’s Church, will host Jackie Goldberg who will address the Santa Monica Democrats on Public Education Under Siege at 7 p.m. Community Room, 1519 20th St. Free and open to the public

Thursday September 22

Senior Open House, the Santa Monica Family YMCA will host an open day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Facility tours, educational seminars, exercise classes, and receive a free guest pass for seven visits. 1332 Sixth St., 310.393.2721

Author Event, International superstar chef Bobby Flay takes you on a cross country tour in Bobby Flay’s “Bar Americain”. This will be a wristband event. Check website and visit the store for more information. Barnes and Noble at 7 p.m. 201 Third Street Promenade, 310.260.9110,

Cycling for Beginners: Health Benefits and Tips for the Street, the Santa Monica Public Library presents an overview on the benefits of cycling. 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Presented by Dr. Sharon Ignarro, from the UCLA Medical School, and Dr. Michael Cahn, from Sustainable Streets., 310.458.8600

A Doll’s House, Calista Flockhart, Gregory Itzin, and JoBeth Williams head the cast when L.A. Theatre Works records Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama at 8 p.m. Additional performances through Sept. 25. $15-$49. James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. 235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. 310.827.0889,

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