Looking for something to do this weekend? The Santa Monica Mirror has you covered with local events, live music, theater, and art gallery listings in Santa Monica and the Westside.
Last Chance In Santa Monica
TAG Gallery, concludes an exhibit this Saturday, July 14 featuring artists Suki Kuss, Cheryl Meadow, and Grace Swanson who are all local to Los Angeles. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net.
This Week In Santa Monica
Friday, July 13
Beth Shir Shalom, will hold a family picnic Shabbat service in its outdoor Gan Shalom (Garden of Peace) today as well as July 20 and 27. These special evenings will include a bring-your-own picnic dinner, themed activities for children, and music. Picnic at 5:30 p.m., activities for children from 6 p.m. onwards. 1827 California Ave. 310.453.3361.
Saturday, July 14
DOSA for SMMoA. The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s gift shop, GRACIE, will hold an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for its unique art installation “dosa for SMMoA” and shop featuring stunning pieces from the internationally acclaimed dosa clothing line and its renowned designer Christina Kim. dosa for SMMoA, in the Museum’s Project Room 1, will feature an exquisite collection of clothing, accessories, and house wares from the dosa Spring 2012 and Standard Issue collections. 2525 Michigan Ave. G1 (Bergamot Station). 310.586,6488, smmoa.org.
Mohan Bhasker: Photography from Antarctica Expedition Exhibit. Visit Hamilton Galleries for an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a photographic exhibit from photographer Mohan Bhasker. Mohan’s landscape photography has been described as a gateway to the appreciation of Mother Nature. The exhibit will be held today only from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave Ste 1800. Free. 310.451.9983, hamiltongalleries.com.
Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, Inc hosts an artist paint-out at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Monica Palisades Park. Meet at the northwest end of the park, where San Vicente Blvd ends at Ocean Ave. New or experienced artist, join in for an exciting day of painting. 310.383.1374, 310.339.8396. allied-artist.com.
Free Compost. Residents may stop by the City Yards, 2500 Michigan Ave. from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fill up five large burlap sacks with compost. 310.458.2223, smgov.net/r3.
Edgemar Center for the Arts Fourth Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament. Star-studded night with poker, food, drinks, and celebrities. Play with professional poker icons Annie Duke, Joe Reitman, and surprise guests during the evening of poker and prizes. 6 p.m. registration. 7 p.m. tournament begins. $75 buy-in and $10 registration fee includes all you can eat and drink. Spectator tickets are $40 and include all you can eat and drink. For tickets, call 310.392.7327 or online at edgemar.org.
Sunday, July 15
Australian activewear label Lorna Jane, which has just launched in the USA, is celebrating the opening of its flagship store at Santa Monica Place with a summer workout series co-hosted by Lorna Jane and Equinox. Equinox group fitness manager and Lorna Jane ambassador Amy Dixon has curated a workout series on the dining deck, Sundays at 9 a.m. through August (July 15-Aug. 19). For more information, contact the Lorna Jane Santa Monica Place store at 310.260.8333.
Mt. Olive’s 70th Birthday celebration. Celebrate Mt. Olive’s 70th birthday with a luncheon, music, and special congratulations from community leaders. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1342 Ocean Park Blvd.
Tuesday, July 17
Westward Ho! Visualizing the Frontier. Shana Klein presents Westward Ho! Visualizing the Frontier in Santa Monica at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. Klein is a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and will be an Andrew Wyeth fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum this fall. Free and open to the public. Seating is on a first arrival basis. 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Improvisation and Public Speaking for Wallflowers. Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 17, 24, 31, and August 7. Do you wish you could think and speak on your feet? Are you uncomfortable in large groups? Does your voice shake when sharing your best ideas? Do you have things to say that you just don’t say? Then come out to practice! This is 90 minutes where no one is judging you. Through social improvisational games, basic acting technique, and vocal exercises. $75 for the four-week series, $20 drop-in. smywca.org.
Wednesday, July 18
Santa Monica Public Library presents an evening with Chip Jacobs. Local author and journalist Chip Jacobs discusses his book The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman with celebrity attorney Paul Fegen. In this true crime story, Jerry Schneiderman’s orderly world vanished when his business partner was executed by assassins in 1979 Los Angeles. Though the killers were caught, the trauma annihilated Jerry’s family and robbed his trust. Recovery only came years later with Jerry’s improbable rebirth as a prank-loving activist who defended the weak. 310.458.8600. smpl.org.
Expo Light Rail Phase 2 Update Presentation and Open House, will be held at the Civic Auditorium, East Wing from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Formal presentation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open House Session. Parking is free. 1855 Main Street.
Montana Avenue Branch Book Group. Discussion of “Sex, Mom, & God” by Frank Schaeffer. The author constructs a moving, and, at times, hilarious account of growing up in one of the Christian right’s most influential families. 7 p.m. Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave. smpl.org.
Thursday, July 19
U.S. Post Office Relocation Meeting, will be held at the Ken Edwards Center at 5 p.m. Santa Monica Post Office, located at 1248 5th Street, may be relocated to the Santa Monica Carrier Annex building, located at 1653 7th Street. Public comment will be heard. Ken Edwards Center is located at 1527 4th St. #106.
Santa Monica Public Library presents an Evening with Chris Cleave. 7 p.m., in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. In 2010, Chris Cleave was the featured author for Santa Monica Citywide Reads. He is on tour to promote his hotly-anticipated, new novel, “Gold,” the story of two elite female athletes who are training for the London Olympics and whose worlds are turned upside down when the young daughter of one of the women is diagnosed with a dire illness. 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. smpl.org.
Music In Santa Monica
Friday, July 13
Ryan Fitzgerald, Brothers Gow, The Sogo Takeover @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez and KG Superstar @ Zanzibar
Orlando Napier, Justin Hopkins @ Harvelle’s
Ian Whitcomb, Fred Sokolow @ McCabe’s
Other Mother Band @ Bar Pico
Jamie Alimorad, The Sun Kings, BoomSnap @ TRiP
oOoOO with Sahy Uhns (Proximal Records), Blacks&, Datsyuk, and Freshair @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Saturday, July 14
DJ KevvyKev @ Bar Pico
Lefty, Igor & The Red Elvises @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Blowin’ Smoke and the Fabulous Smokettes @ Harvelle’s
Ray Wylie Hubbard @ McCabe’s
Roulette Dares with Garrett Lee Robinson, and special guest @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Quality with DJs Haul & Mason @ Zanzibar
Brady Harris, SuperUltraMegaTones? @ TRiP
Sunday, July 15
The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s
Nicole Lexi Davis, Michael Greenberg, Eddie Grey, The Foot @ TRiP
Susie Glaze, The Hilonesome Band @ McCabe’s
Monday, July 16
Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar
Susan Toney, Ville Kulla, Oh No Yoko, Supercassette @ TRiP
The Milky Way with The Zzyzzx, Jawa @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s
Tuesday, July 17
The Alli Breen Comedy Show @ TRiP
Vignatis, Open Mic @ Bar Pico
Blondfire with In The Valley Below, Lovers Drugs, and Special Guest @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
La Vie and Friends @ Harvelle’s
Wednesday, July 18
Luminous Movement @ Zanzibar
The TRiP Tease Burlesque Show @ TRiP
House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s
Thursday, July 19
Up and Coming Cali Music Showcase @ Bar Pico
Afro Funke Thursday @ Zanzibar
VERSUS presented by GottaDanceDirty and Danceism Show @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
City of Blue, The Rubbish Zoo, Kyle Hunt and the King Gypsy @ TRiP
Harlow Gold @ Harvelle’s
Permashine @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
“Touch Me Touch You” at TAG Gallery. Julienne Johnson’s exhibition embodies the spirit of her previous Ashes For Beauty series, in which memory, texture, and fleeting connections to the world around us inform our very place within it. Runs from July 17 through August 11. Reception Saturday, July 21, 5-8 p.m. 2525 Michigan Avenue, D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net.
Art Exhibits In Santa Monica
United Cerebral Palsy Exhibit. United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) present Current Current, on display at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel through August 2. This group exhibition brings together works focused on the diverse movements of like. Whether with transitions of subtle colors or explosive bursts, the gestures within these works convey deep emotion and immense physicality. There are long, nomadic narratives and fast jabs of abstraction working together within these paintings to build actions and timelines, which draw us deep into their swirling energy. Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 818.782.2211. ucpla.org.
En Route. New serigraphs by Los Angeles artist David K. Thompson who has been making serigraphs, or silkscreen prints, for more than 40 years. Over that time, his interests and approach to the medium have evolved considerably, from an initial interest in geometric and calligraphic images to representational work. The exhibition runs through July 21. Schomburg Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. E3A (Bergamot Station). 310-453.5757, SchomburgGallery.com.
Malibu Artist Gay Summer Rick: Series in Sand and Sky. Bleicher Gallery presents a new show by Malibu artist Gay Summer Rick through July 29. The series, titled “Series in Sand and Sky” is the exciting follow up to her previous show “Series in Fog and Sun.” The new series is inspired by her drives on the historic Pacific Coast Highway. Bleicher Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave. 310.451.9983. santamonica.bgartdealings.com.
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, has launched an online exhibition space, which will run independent of, and alongside the on-site gallery exhibitions. Each digital exhibition will be presented only on the Shoshana Wayne Gallery website and all exhibitions will be archived there as well.
New contributions will be posted in turn Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 18. 2525 Michigan Ave., B1 (Bergamot Station). shoshanawayne.com.
Dnj Gallery, presents two new exhibitions through July 21. “By the Sea” by Dale Johnson will be exhibited in the main gallery space while Gallery II will feature “Blinded by Science” by Dan Shepherd. 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite J1 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.3551, dnjgallery.net.
Theater In Santa Monica
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Meet Lilly – “Queen of the World” and Lover of Everything at Morgan-Wixson Theatre. Lilly loves cheese snacks, her new red boots, her best friends Wilson and Chester, her new teacher Mr. Slinger, and especially her brand new purse that plays music whenever it’s opened. In fact, she loves her new purse so much that it gets her into trouble – and she learns that making mistakes is all a part of growing up. This enchanting, whimsical, fun-filled adaptation of the book by Kevin Henkes will delight audiences of all ages. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. through July 29. $10, $7 children 12 and under. 310.828.7519, morgan-wixson.org.
“Plays In The Park” at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Written and directed by Brian Connors. Presented by George Schott. A guest production at Santa Monica Playhouse starring Edward Asner and Mark Rydell. Connors, Asner, and Rydell are re-teamed in the presentation of a themed program of short plays called “Plays in the Park,” unified by their locale. The show will consist of readings of “Park Strangers” and “Swans,” and “Oxymorons.” Runs through Sunday, August 12. Regular show times: Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Main Stage, 1211 4th St. Tickets $20. 323.960.7788, santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Last of the Knotts. The semi-autobiographical, solo show written and performed by poet/hipster Doug Knott and produced by Meadowbrook Entertainment, will be staged at Santa Monica Playhouse’s The Other Space Theatre with performances July 26, Aug. 30, and Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. Doug endures a childhood of severe abuse by his alcoholic father, a Florida judge obsessed with his own legacy. To spite his father, Doug declares he will be the “Last Of The Knotts.” He then embarks on a carefree life to avoid the bourgeois anchor of family. 1211 Fourth St. Tickets $25. 800.838.3006, santamonicaplayhouse.com.
An Oz-Some Experience for All Ages. Santa Monica Playhouse Musical Matinee Series presents the internationally acclaimed Dorothy’s Adventures In Oz. It is a joyous family-friendly musical comedy for anyone between the age of 2 and 102, playing Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. through Sept. 30. General admission is $12.50; $10.50 for kids 12 and under. 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext. 2. SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com.
Sideways The Play. Adapted by Rex Pickett from his own novel, is the story of two friends – Miles and Jack – and their journey across the Santa Ynez wine country, on one last blowout trip before Jack gets married. Miles and Jack must face their uncertain futures…just as soon as they figure out how to survive their chaotic present. Pinot Tasting included. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 22. Tickets $25; seniors/students $20. Ruskin Group Theatre. 310.397.3244, ruskingrouptheatre.com.
Ongoing Events In Santa Monica
28th Annual Twilight Dance Series. The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert Series’ key elements are music, community, and discovery each Thursday throughout summer from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A highly anticipated summer tradition now in its 28th year, the Series will again present free concerts across the musical spectrum drawing an audience as diverse as the acts onstage. twilightdance.org.
Cinema On The Street In Downtown Santa Monica. Downtown Santa Monica is proud to present “Cinema on the Street,” a series of weekly summertime movies on Third Street Promenade every Friday in July. Come and unwind in a unique outdoor setting under the stars. Bring a blanket or beach chairs, a date, family and friends to enjoy your favorite classic movies. Start time is 7:30 p.m. The outdoor movie screen will be located on Third Street Promenade at the 1200 Block, just outside Chipotle. Attendance is free and open to the public. 310.393.8355.
YWCA Adult Commercial Acting Classes. For those interested in a career change or adding to their income, this course will cover on-camera acting techniques and improvisation skills. Previous students from this course have appeared in regional and national commercials, films, videos and reality shows. The instructor, Adrienne Omansky, has been teaching commercial acting for over 20 years. Classes are on Saturdays form July 7 through August 11, from 10:30 to noon for $80. The YWCA is located at 2019 14th Street. Call 310.452.3881 or go to smywca.org for information and registration.
Sunset Swim. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Annenberg Community Beach House invites adults to enjoy the pool on Tuesday evenings through Labor Day. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. 310.458.4904. annenbergbeachhouse.com.
KCET Cinema Series. KCET’s quarterly screening series is back for summer. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, the KCET Cinema Series previews eight major new films prior to their local release and a classic Johnny Mercer scored film at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica every Tuesday through August 7. A lively Q&A follows each screening with the filmmakers and top movie talent. $168 per person for current KCET Members Only $185 per person non-members. Aero Theatre,1328 Montana Ave. 747.201.5800, kcet.org/socal/cinema_series.
Beach Volleyball Games. Saint-Tropez in Santa Monica. Join The Vilebrequin Beach Volleyball Games at the Miramar Beach Club every Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 1, 2012. Up to six players per team. 930 Pacific Coast Highway.
Casa Del Mar Spiked Snow Cones and ElliptiGO. In celebration of summer at Casa del Mar, guests and locals alike have been enjoying the spanning views of the Pacific from the wide veranda while sipping on spiked snow cones in a variety of flavors. Casa del Mar has launched their new snow cones for adults, available each day in the lobby lounge and Catch Restaurant. ElliptiGO bikes are also now available in the hotel’s Beach Activity Center; guests can rent these unique bicycles for $10/hour, $17/two hours, or $25 for the day from the Beach Activity Center in front of Shutters on the Beach, or from the valet at Casa del Mar.
Olympic High School, hosts a weekly fundraiser Food Truck Night every Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The best food trucks are brought in each week, offering different cuisine choices from all over Los Angeles. Be sure to come out and enjoy live music and/or a DJ while you eat. Free parking – enter lot on Pine Street.
Free easy 60 minute workout. Take part in a free ‘Community Get in Shape’ program in the park starting Sunday March 4 offered for the next 90 days. Enjoy a great outdoor workout for men and women. A professional instructor trained to help you achieve results no matter where you’re with your current fitness level. They are dedicated to helping you have a healthier life style through better nutrition and exercise. Call Patricia now to reserve a space and find out which park at 310.453.2630 or email [email protected]
Santa Monica Farmers Markets. The Downtown Farmers Market is held Wednesdays on Arizona Ave (between 4th and Ocean) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays on Arizona Ave. (between 4th and 2nd streets) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pico Farmers Market is held Saturdays at Virginia Park at Pico and Cloverfield from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Main Street Farmers Market is held Sundays at 2640 Main Street (in Heritage Square) from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of these markets are widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and feature field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music, and more. 310.458.8712, smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket.
Do You Have the Heart for Hospice? Roze Room Hospice seeks volunteers to provide support and companionship to terminally ill patients and their families. Training is free. We have patients at home and in nursing facilities throughout the Westside and Los Angeles. For more information, contact Kathleen McMahon, Volunteer Coordinator, at 323.938.1155 or [email protected]
Donate blood on Monday and Wednesdays at the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, 1450 11th St. Hours for donations vary, so call to schedule an appointment. 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or 1.888.POR.FAVOR.
Free help with anxiety, depression, stress, and anger. Recovery International provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions and improve life-coping skills. This worldwide non-profit organization, founded in 1937, holds weekly meetings every Saturday, 12 p.m., at Trinity Church, California and Eleventh Street, Santa Monica. Donations are requested but not required. For more information, call Randy at 310.828.9328 or go to lowselfhelpsystems.org.
Homeless discussion and advocacy group, Side By Side, for homeless and non-homeless citizens every first, third, and fifth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Community Center, located at 1527 4th St., Any resident interested in listening to and talking with local homeless can come to this regular meeting. Side By Side has met continuously at Ken Edwards since 1996.
Joel S. Goldsmith Tape Group meets Mondays to listen to the taped class work of Joel S. Goldsmith on his spiritual teaching known as The Infinite Way. 7:15 p.m. (silent meditation), 7:30 p.m. (tape played), 8:30 p.m. (silent meditation). New Age Bible and Philosophy Center, 1139 Lincoln Blvd. (rear entry only off alley) in rear classroom. $5 minimum donation appreciated. 310.963.9377 or email [email protected]
INERGETIX-CoRe System Demonstration. An information session about the energy medicine system used to evaluate and treat humans, animals, buildings, plants, and more with resonant frequencies, biofeedback, and broadcasting. Presented by Dr. Bonnie Hemauer, Ph.D. with more than 25 years in the healing profession. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. 635 Santa Monica Blvd. Must RSVP: 310.433.2382.
Meals on Wheels West needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound people in Santa Monica. Deliveries are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. To volunteer call 310.394.7558.
Free Qigong class for cancer survivors in Clover Park, located at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. These classes are offered through the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center, and are taught by Michael Sieverts, an 11-year brain cancer survivor. For more information, call CSC at 310.314.2555 or go to www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org.
Zen meditation group led by Sensei Daishin Buksbazen, teacher at Zen Center of Los Angeles meets weekly on Wednesday evening at the Hill Street Center, 237 Hill St., Santa Monica. Meditation instruction for newcomers held from 7 to 7:30 p.m., Zazen from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Dharma talk the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Sensei Daishin at 310.315.3506.
Get into shape or learn a new skill with YWCA Santa Monica’s summer class sessions. $30/year (seniors 55+) and $45/year (adults), you can become a member of the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and receive discounts at YWCA events, a free subscription to YWCA Newsletters, and easy access to life-changing programs that advance the goals and pursuits of women and girls at every life stage. To sign up for one or more of any of the above classes, visit smywca.org or call 310.452.3881.
This Week In Malibu
Rockin’ Truck Grub this Saturday, July 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Admission is free and open to the public with parking onsite and on Malibu Canyon Road. Gourmet Food Trucks that will be in attendance include Baby’s Burgers, Café Lobos, Lobsta Truck, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, Breezy Freeze, California Grill Truck, and Calbi Fusion Tacos and Burritos. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs and/or blankets to enjoy the food on the grass.
Let’s Move! this Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m. at Leo Carrillo State Beach, Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Be part of the Nationwide “Let’s Move!” Initiative that promotes healthier lifestyles. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend to get physically active in the great outdoors with a physical fitness obstacle course. Prizes will be awarded. Meet on the beach at lifeguard tower one.
Topanga Canyon Gallery’s annual exhibit “Visions Six” concludes this Sunday, July 15. It features the works of Linda Bolhuis, Hadiya Finley, Susan Haskell, Carmen Monne, Kay Ruffini, and Carole Spence. 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 109. topangacanyongallery.com.
Malibu Farmer’s Market are held every Sunday – rain-or-shine – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Malibu Library Parking Lot at 23555 Civic Center Way. Enjoy a break with family or friends at the Market’s food court where fresh delights are prepared right there for you. Meet the wonderful farmers and food vendors who will be supplying Malibu with freshest, tastiest fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, chicken, eggs, and baked goods. cornucopiafoundation.net.
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is currently presenting four plays. They are “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Measure for Measure,” “Heartbreak House,” and “The Women of Lockerbie” on various days and times through September. 1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga. $10-$33. 310.455.3723, theatricum.com.
Pepperdine University’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art presents the exhibit “On Location in Malibu 2012: Paintings by the California Art Club,” through Aug. 4. 24255 PCH, Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 310.506.4851, arts.pepperdine.edu/museum.
This Week In Marina del Rey
Taste of Sea Kayaking this Saturday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. Curious about Sea Kayaking? Try a three-hour “tasting course,” which includes paddling demonstration and then a guided paddle through the Marina with an experienced instructor to get just a small taste of the open ocean beyond the breakwater. $20-$35. 310.306.5994, marinaaquaticcenter.org.
Free guided tour of freshwater marsh, birds, and native plants this Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tour begins on south side of Jefferson Blvd., near Playa del Rey. Call for directions. 310.306.5994, marinaaquaticcenter.org.
Fisherman’s Village Weekend Concert featuring Estaire Godinez (Latin Jazz) this Saturday, July 14 near the lighthouse in Fisherman’s Village, weather permitting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.
Fisherman’s Village Weekend Concert featuring R.A. (60’s & 70’s Bandstand) this Sunday, July 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.
Summer Sights and Sips Cruise this Wednesday, July 18 at 5:45 p.m. Relaxing two-hour cruise, complimentary appetizers, bar specials and a front row seat to view local yacht club sailboat races and a beautiful sunset over the Pacific. Boarding at 5:45 p.m. for cruising from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Reservations required. $30 per person. 310.301.6000, hornblower.com/hce/home.
California Yacht Club’s Sunset Sailing Series this Wednesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. Enjoy sunset from waterfront restaurants, Fisherman’s Village, and the North Jetty during Marina del Rey’s largest sailing event as scores of sailors compete. 310.823.4567, calyachtclub.com.
This Week In Venice
Venice Media District Midsummer Soiree Mixer, will be held at Grainey Pictures 4220 Glencoe Ave, Ste. #100 in Marina del Rey this Wednesday, July 18 from 6-9 p.m. $10 Donation at the Door.
The Electric Lodge will feature the works of local artist, Angélique Glennon, including some of her fabulous era-based paintings, ranging from the years 1986-2012. The paintings will be on display from the date of the art opening, Friday, July 20, through Sunday, August 26. In addition, the show’s opening day reception will be a special presentation of EcCeptical – sculpture in the shape of jewelry. 1416 Electric Ave, Venice. 310.306.1854, electriclodge.org.
Live music at Danny’s every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. 23 Windward Ave, Venice. www.dannysvenice.com
Venice Art Crawl is held every third Thursday (July 19) of the month by the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice local businesses and residents become pop-up art galleries. There are parties, live music, themed events and most of all, lots of great art! veniceartcrawl.com.
Live Burlesque Show every Wednesday night at the Townhouse. Show starts at 10 p.m. 52 Windward Ave, Venice. townhousevenice.com.
Venice Farmers Market is held every Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 501 Venice Blvd. 310.399.6690.
First Fridays. The first Friday of every month the merchants on Abbot Kinney Blvd. stay open late. There are art openings, grand openings, give aways, complimentary refreshments, food trucks and more. The next date is August 3.
This Week In Hollywood
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at the Hollywood Bowl this Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. The celebrated American humorist hosts his much-loved radio show, featuring the unique blend of music and comedy that audiences have come to treasure. $6-$146. Hollywoodbowl.com.
Grease Sing-A-Long at the Hollywood Bowl this Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 p.m. Now a new tradition, the fun-filled Grease Sing-A-Long features pre-show festivities and the beloved film projected on the Bowl’s giant screen. Grease is the word! $9-$75. Hollywoodbowl.com.
Reggae Night – Tuff Gong Worldwide & Ziggy Marley Salute Legends of Reggae at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m. The Bowl rocks with the very best roots reggae artists from Jamaica and beyond! $12-$136. Hollywoodbowl.com.
Joshua Bell Plays Mendelssohn at the Hollywood Bowl this Tuesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m. Virtuoso bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, who has amassed countless fans through his stunning playing and uniquely American music, joins Joshua Bell to give the West Coast premiere of Meyer’s Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass. $1-$133. Hollywoodbowl.com
La Cage Aux Folles starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber at the Pantages Theatre continues through July 22. The production tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. $20-$125. 800.982.2787, broadwayla.org.
Blackbird runs July 28 through August 2 at The Studio E Theatre at Stella Adler, 6773 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, second floor. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets $10. Running time is 120 minutes with an intermission. Parking in the Hollywood/Highland center ($4 with validation from the theatre). 323.960.7770, plays411.com/blackbird.