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SoftMachine: UT, the first of a three-part series of exhibits concludes Oct. 23, curated and created by Mike Saijo. Inspired by William Burroughs’ 1964 sci-fi novel Soft Machine, this exhibit explores the novel’s concept of undifferentiated tissue, a tissue which causes the protagonist to metamorphose and change identities throughout the course of its story. Sunday through Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave. 323.545.6018,

Santa Monica College Emeritus College Art Gallery, the works of its art faculty concludes today. The artists are Jacquelyn Brutsche, Evelyn Debes, Mara Deluca, Mary Goodwin, Christopher Hero, Fred Manseau, Lee O’Keefe–Hardy, Mary Pillot, Trenton Reynolds, Susan Ryza, Ruth Sanpietro, Valerie Taylor, Catherine Tirr, and Bruce Trentham. First floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second Street in downtown Santa Monica. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 310.434.4306


Friday, October 21

Fall Jazz Concerts, will continue with the Jon Mayer Quartet at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at The Edye Second Space at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street. For tickets 310.434.3005,

Saturday, October 22

Free Yoga and Tai Chi, Heal One World non-profit will be conducting free classes in conjunction with Heal the Bay’s monthly Beach clean-up at 9 a.m., Venice Beach, entrance on Rose Ave. 310.826.1971,

TEDx Event, “Fabric as a medium for beauty” will be held at 4:30 p.m. with guest speakers. $20 suggested donation. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Reservations: or 310.349.7044

Family Photo Event, take your holiday family photo and support the YWCA Santa Monica /Westside. Sign up for a 15-minute photo session to take place on the beach in El Segundo between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and the YWCA will receive 70 percent of proceeds. $35 per family.

The Beauty Social, a two-day event today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Loews Beach Hotel Santa Monica, with top beauty sponsors like Cover FX, Benefit Cosmetics, Fresh, and many more. $50. 1700 Ocean Ave., 415.729.5474

Beyond Gesamtkunstwerk, a multi-media event at 7:30 p.m. for all the humans dedicated to civil disobedience where the question will be raised: which is more effective? Admission $7. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice 310.822.3006,

Rummage Sale, bring the whole family to SMASH (Santa Monica Alternative School House) for its Annual Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s sale has clothing, appliances, books, toys, furniture, and collectibles from 152 families. Proceeds provide for programs in art, science and technology. Free. Early Bird entry 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., $5/person, 2525 Fifth Street, 310.396.2640,

An afternoon with actress and author Linda Evans, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. The “Dynasty” and “The Big Valley” star will discuss her new book, “Recipes for Life,” with guest moderator Dennis Hensley. 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8600

Out of the Darkness Community Walk, will begin at 9 a.m. to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Check in from 7:45 a.m. Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street. 818.788.2423,

Pumpkin Decorating, will be held at Santa Monica Pico Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Locally grown, bright orange round pumpkins are the perfect canvas for glitter and googly eyes. Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave. 310.458.8712

Sunday, October 23

Author Discussion, best-selling YA authors Lauren Kate, Jessica Brody, Lisa Yee, and Amy Koss join a panel discussion of their anthology, “Dear Bully” at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble. Hear their stories on this important subject, which effects youths everywhere. 1201 Third Street Promenade,, 310.260.9110

Inside Out Community Arts, presents The Taste of Abbot Kinney, which features a VIP Tasting Package from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and a Tasting Tour Package from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. DJ, live music, exclusive tastes, cocktails, and demonstrations from some of the street’s Executive Chefs including Joe Miller and Yoshi Shima. VIP Tasting Package is $100; Tasting Tour Package is $60. For tickets, visit www.

Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure, this fundraising walk will benefit the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. 11a.m. check-in, 12 p.m. start time. Santa Monica Beach Park 1, 2600 Barnard Way, 800.929.4040,

Walk to Defeat ALS, this great family friendly event starts at 9 a.m. and will feature live entertainment, food trucks, activity for kids as well as two-mile walk down scenic Ocean Ave in Santa Monica starting and ending at Santa Monica City Hall., 818.865.8067

Monday, October 24

Bipolar Advantage, sponsors a talk by Tom Wootton called “From Bipolar Disorder to Bipolar IN Order” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Main Library, MLK Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 415.992.5315

Violinist in concert, see acclaimed experimental violinist Iva Bittová in concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Czech avant-garde violinist and singer Iva Bittová describes her work as, “my own personal folk music.” For her Beach House appearance, she will play improvisations and her own compositions as well as works by a variety of other composers, program to be announced from the stage. Free. Annenberg Community Beach House.

Campus Sustainability Week, SMC holds four days of activities. Campus wide potluck in celebration of National Food Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food Day is a national movement aimed at promoting healthy, sustainable affordable and just food systems in America. The Quad, 1900 Pico Blvd., 310.434.3909

Tuesday, October 25

New Organic Learning Garden, Santa Monica College holds a grand opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. for its garden that features beets and lettuce, bok choy and fava beans, carrots and kale, and much more that have been planted as the beds of soil come to life. The ceremony will feature live music, speakers, and food. SMC, 1900 Pico Blvd.,

Author Event, local and also best-selling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl continue the Caster Chronicles with the third book in their “Beautiful Creatures” series at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble. 1201 Third Street Promenade,, 310.260.9110

Wednesday, October 26

Meet the candidates, the three declared candidates for the new 50th Assembly District, Richard Bloom, Betsy Butler, and Tori Osborn, will attend Drinking Liberally LA between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Trip Bar, 2101 Lincoln Blvd.

All you can carry Pumpkin Patch, who has more fun – onlookers or participants? It’s hard to tell, but everyone is sure to have a wonderful time at the Downtown Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which features the most beautiful, round, bright orange, California grown pumpkins you can find for $5 (one trip per person). 310.458.8712,

The Santa Monica Democratic Club, join Madeline Janis, guest speaker who will put the spotlight on the labor movement, at its monthly general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Free. St. Anne’s Church, 1519 20th Street, 310. 829.4411

Activist Support Circle, hosts former Santa Monica Activist Mayor and Minister James Conn as guest speaker at 7 p.m. Refreshments from 6:30 p.m. Free. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard Street. 310.399.1000,

Upper West & Heaven Hill Distilleries, presents “Southern Hospitality” at this night of American Whiskey with Andie Brokaw from 7 p.m. combined with a food pairing menu created by Executive Chef Nick Shipp. $55 per person plus tax and service. Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd. 310.586.1111,

Thursday, October 27

Circus Vargas, opening night at 7:30 p.m. See an entirely new animal-free production that takes the audience on an artistic journey, encompassing the cultures of the world, in a series of vignettes depicting the experiences, memories and visions of a traveling circus performer. Tickets from $15. Westfield Culver City., 877.468.3861

Nine Billion People Talk, Prize Winning NY Times Writer Andrew Revkin will give an illustrated talk with the intriguing title, “9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?” at 11 a.m. at the SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd. 310.434.3909

Green Prize Awards, the Santa Monica Public Library will present the fifth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards at the program Sense & Sustainability at 7 p.m. This year, the Library will award prizes in 10 categories. Free. The program will take place at the Main Library, in the MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.458.8600,

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