Thursday, Jan. 19
Working Your Network, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Career coach Alyson Garrido teaches techniques to build and maintain impactful relationships and discusses methods to perfect a pitch, take advantage of networking opportunities and grow a contacts circle in an authentic way. LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 210, Westchester. Free. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

L.A. Opera’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” 1 p.m. This interactive presentation updates the story to the Roaring Twenties, marrying the brilliance of Mozart’s comic gem with the flair of a classic Hollywood comedy. En route from Istanbul to Paris, two beautiful damsels in distress are held captive aboard the luxurious Orient Express by a notorious Ottoman royal. Their faithful lovers must rescue them before it’s too late. Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Family Bingo, 4 p.m. Feeling lucky? Try to win books, bags, gift cards and more. Fun for all ages. Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

AARP Financial Seminars: Taking Charge of Credit and Debt, 4 to 5:30 p.m. This 90-minute interactive session is designed to help you build habits that can improve your financial situation, give you a handle on where you stand financially and make measureable progress toward your financial goals. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org

Venice Art Crawl Mixer, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of friendly networking and socializing while celebrating the beginning of the year with art, culture and entertainment. The Lincoln, 2536 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $5 donation requested. venicechamber.net

Mar Vista Mystery Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Each month join fellow readers for a discussion on a chosen mystery. This month’s selection is “Trespasser” by Tana French. Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454;
lapl.org

West Coast Swing, 6:30 p.m. Move your body and free your mind. Celebrate swing with a class or open dance. Intermediate swing dance classes start at 6:30 p.m., followed by beginner and intermediate / advanced classes at 7:30 p.m., and open dancing with deejays at 8:30 p.m. $15 includes the class; $10 just to dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; philandmindiadance.com

West L.A. Hike, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A community of friendly people gather each Thursday for one of five West
L.A. routes. Check website for weekly location. meetup.com/los-angeles-hiking-group/events

Alsarah & The Nubatones, Buyepongo, Captain Planet, 8 p.m. A night of world music featuring Sudanese-born singer Alsarah and the Nubatones, pan-Latin band Buyepongo and DJ Captain Planet serving up world rhythms, dance and electronic in The Del Monte. DJ Vinyl Don spins at 10 p.m. in the Townhouse bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $10 to $15. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Salsa Night at Wokcano, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dance teachers Nicole Gil and Charlie Antillon lead a beginner lesson at 8 p.m., an intermediate class at 9 p.m. and social dancing from 10 p.m. until close every Thursday at Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. $8. facebook.com/dancesalsala

Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Friday, Jan. 20
Mar Vista Senior Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The club meets each Friday for speakers, bingo, live entertainment, parties, trips and tours for people 50-plus. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 351-9876

Social Media Workshop: Planning for 2017, 10 a.m. Not planning is planning to fail. Explore the who, what, where, when, how and most importantly whys of planning for your marketing year. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Mat Pilates, 11:30 a.m. Work out your core muscles and stretch away stress. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Rotary Club of Santa Monica, noon. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica meets each Friday at Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades. (310) 917-3313

Jimmy Brewster, 6:30 p.m. to close. Get the full American steakhouse and classic cocktail bar experience featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones and The Beatles each Friday night at Dear John’s, 11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 397-0276; dearjohns.net

Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. unurban.com

 

Saturday, Jan. 21
Master Gardeners at the Market, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Master Gardeners provide free gardening tips, solutions to gardening problems, seeds and seedlings as well as their technical expertise. Santa Monica Farmers Market, Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica. smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket

Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. Film composer Andrew and sound designer Polly write and perform friendly, engaging music with a folksy vocal harmony and cornucopia of acoustic instruments for children of all ages. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. (310) 559-2665; childrensbookworld.com

“Mozart in the Jungle” author Blair Tindall, 1 p.m. Author of “Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music,” Tindall exposes the scandalous rock ’n’ roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors and administrators who inhabit the insular world of classical music. Hear Tindall discuss the book that spawned the popular Amazon web series. Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; colapublib.org

Pre-Retirement Planning: Asset Protection, 1 p.m. CEO of The Gold IRA Company Christine von Lieder-
bach and attorney Art Swerdloff discuss trusts and wills, wealth preservation, precious metals, and retirement accounts. Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454; lapl.org

“Sully” screening, 1 to 3 p.m. Academy Award winner Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling account of airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s incredible emergency landing of a packed Airbus A320 on New York’s Hudson River. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 559-1676; colapublib.org

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by the band Friends. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

Open Mic, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and enjoy a cold one. Open to all. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Shoe Processing Volunteer Event, 2 to 3 p.m. Volunteers sort and package shoes for the homeless at this one-hour volunteer event. 4123 Jackson Ave., Culver City. (213) 309-4084; americantowns.com/ca/culvercity/events

Ebook Training, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bring your device, LA Public Library card and passwords to the library and learn how to use Overdrive and access the library’s digital collections. Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 348-1096; lapl.org

Science and the Biblical World, 3 p.m. National Geographic author and Fielding Graduate University Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts sheds light on new archaeological discoveries that are changing many ideas about the biblical world. Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458- 8600; smpl.org

El Segundo Centennial Ball, 6 to 10 p.m. Celebrate El Segundo’s rich history at this centennial featuring dinner, cocktails and dancing. Cocktail attire required. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $100. $1200 for a table. (310) 909-0950; elsegundo100.org

Terrace Martin Quartet + DJ Shiva, DJ Vinyl Don, 8 p.m. Multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin and his band play a mix of jazz, funk and soul, then DJ Shiva spins soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop and electro music after
10 p.m. in The Del Monte. DJ Vinyl gets things moving in the Townhouse bar at 10 p.m. $22 to $40. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Sunday, Jan. 22
Sunday Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, 8:30 a.m. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers join the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society the 4th Sunday of each month for a 2 to 3-hour walk exploring the lagoon and coastal region for 40 to 75 various bird species. A shorter walk for children and parents follows at 10 a.m. Parking for Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Hwy and Cross Creek Rd. Participants meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. smbasblog.com

Beach Walk & Sketch with the Audubon Society, 9 to 11 a.m. Bring your sense of wonder and take to the sands to sketch nature’s offerings on a beautiful stretch of Santa Monica State Beach. Binoculars, drawing boards, pencils and newsprint provided. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

Aqualillies Synchronized Swim Class, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Have you always marveled at the beauty of synchronized swimming? Train with representatives of the world-famous Aqualillies to learn sculling techniques, back layouts, ballet legs, and torpedoes and tuck turns. The class includes complimentary hot chocolate. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. $37. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Soulful singer-songwriter Eric Kufs performs a free show during the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz funk concert by 2 Azz 1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 6 p.m. Performances by Almost Vaudeville (1 to 4 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (4 to 6 p.m.) precede the Screenwriting Tribe workshop Meetup group at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd.,
Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com

This is My Brave, 4 to 6 p.m. Created to educate society about the millions of everyday people struggling with mental health issues, This is My Brave provides hope, inspiration and encouragement for the individuals suffering in silence. Twelve participants from the Los Angeles area and musical guests share their stories and songs live on stage, featuring Depressed Cake Shop’s baked goods with proceeds benefitting This is My Brave and TLC Foundation. The Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $100. thisismybrave.org

14th Annual Venice Film Fest, 7 to 10 p.m. Celebrate the colorful history of films made in Venice with live performances and rare video footage including the Sunny Zorro art show at Sponto and more. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006; laughtears.com

“Latin Fever!,” 9 p.m. A night of salsa and burlesque featuring Forbidden Roses Burlesque Troupe, Salerosas, and guest artists. Plus DJ Tito El Guayaco and MC Roman Vasquez spin salsa, bachata, merengue and more in The Del Monte. DJ Vinyl Don spins at 9 p.m. in Townhouse Bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Monday, Jan. 23
SCAQ Swim Club New Year’s Workouts, 6 a.m., 7 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Join the SCAQ swim team to jump-start your resolution and get back into shape after the holidays. Culver City Municipal Plunge, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 390-5700; swim.net

“A Matter of Balance,” 1 p.m. Anyone who has fallen, is concerned about falling or knows someone who has fallen should attend this fall prevention workshop. Gain new skills and meet new friends. Venice Family Clinic Rose Health Center, 604 Rose Ave., Venice. Free. Contact Miriam Caiden (310) 394-9871, ext.  264; wiseandhealthyaging.org

All-Ages Knitting, 3 to 5 p.m. Gather each Monday to meet new friends and knit. All experience levels welcome. Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 348-1096; lapl.org

The Help Group’s After-School Enrichment Program, 4 to 5:15 p.m. Benefiting children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs, The “Kids Like Me” program offers various after-school enrichment classes over an eight-week period adapted to fit the unique needs of the participants and encourage creativity, active participation and the development of important social skills. Staff supervision, snack and homework assistance provided from
3 to 4 p.m. See website for class schedule. The Help Group West, 4160 Grand View Blvd., Culver City. $225 to $400. (310) 751-1486; kidslikemela.org

“Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been” Book Release Event, 6 p.m. Since his American television debut on “The Judy Garland Show” in 1964, comedian Rich Little has had audiences laughing over his wry political satire and spot-on impressions of notable figures. In his new book, Rich shares hilarious glimpses of and stories about some of the many famous people he’s met and imitated over the years and offers funny tales from his lifetime in entertainment. Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8606; smpl.org

Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com

Salsa Night, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. World champion dance instructor Cristian Oviedo leads a beginner salsa class from 8 to 9 p.m. and a beginner Bachata lesson from 9 to 10 p.m. followed by live music and social dancing until 2 a.m. West End, 1301 5th St., Santa Moncia. $12. 21+. (310) 451-2221; facebook.com/westendsalsa

Cine Mondays, 9 p.m. Enjoy drink specials while DJ Vinyl Don spins music to reflect the movies shown.  Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

The Setup Comedy Show, 8 p.m. A rotating comic lineup that you give a “setup” and then they make you laugh with their ad-lib genius performing the first and third Monday of each month. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com
Karaoke at Melody Bar & Grill, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Six-dollar mai tai cocktails loosen up vocal chords and inhibitions on Monday nights at Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 670-1994; melodylax.com

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Westchester Senior Citizen Center Club, 9:30 to 11 a.m. The 2017 membership drive continues each Tuesday. 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. $10 per year. laparks.org/scc/westchester

Meditation, Presence, and the Art of Self-Inquiry, 11 a.m. to noon. This class explores the essential question — Who am I really? — through meditation, dialogue and self-inquiry. Venice-Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Gateway to Go Food Trucks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks gathers each Tuesday at the Sky View Parking Lot, 6101 W. 98th St., Westchester. gatewaytola.org

Gourmet Food Truck Night, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each Tuesday a diverse array of tent vendors and gourmet food trucks take over the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org

Speed Networking, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Connect and build relationships at this fast-paced Santa Monica Chamber networking event giving all attendees the opportunity to talk one-on-one for three minutes with each person. Arthur Murray Dance Center, 928 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 393-9825; smchamber.com

“Healing Pen Ink” Class, 7 to 9 p.m. Get inspired by connecting with others at this retreat-like weekly writing class. One free introductory class happens the last Tuesday each month. The Farmhouse, 2629 Purdue Ave., Mar Vista. $35. (310) 848-4918; writeyourlifela.com

Go Club Beginners and Open Mic Komedy, 7 to 10 p.m. Learn to play Go with Santa Monica Go Club who meet here every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Open Mic Komedy begins at 9 p.m. Sign up at 8:45 p.m. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com

Bachata Night at Wokcano, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dance teachers Nicole Gil and Charlie Antillon lead a beginner lesson at 8 p.m., an intermediate class at 9 and social dancing from 10 until close every Tuesday at Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. $8. facebook.com/dancesalsala

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7 to 8:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Unitarian Universalist Community Church, The Cottage, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 902-3040; foodaddicts.org

Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Make connections in your community each Wednesday at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Call Brady Connell at (323) 459-1932 for breakfast reservations; or for more information call John Marcato at (310) 740-6469 or Michael Warren at (310) 343-5721

Westchester Storytime, 10:15 a.m. Each Wednesday morning kids ages 18 months to 4 years can participate in stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes followed by 15 minutes of free playtime with boardbooks and toys. Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 348-1096; lapl.org

Venice Baby and Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Nurture a love of the library and learn about the five early literacy skills through stories, songs and playtime. Babies through 3 years old. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Westchester Life Story Writing Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memoir-writing workshop meets Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. $10 donation per semester. (310) 397-3967
Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop to develop better presentation skills, experienced Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131; toastmastersspeakersby-thesea@gmail.com

Yoga for Adults, 12:30 p.m. Bring a mat and get ready to breath, stretch and relax. Open to all levels. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Knitting for Beginners, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids are invited to have fun and learn how to knit with knitting expert Meena. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org

Playa Vista Chess Club, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Kids and pre-teens have fun learning the fundamentals of chess, strategies and how to be a good sport with your opponent. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org

LAX Coastal Chamber Young Professionals Fundraiser to Benefit Bob Hope USO, 6 to 8 p.m. Kick off a new year by networking with fellow young professionals and supporting the USO cause. Check website for fundraising items to bring. Avaire South Bay, 11622 Aviation Blvd., Inglewood. Free. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

“Race to Alaska” Yachting Dinner, 6:15 p.m. Join fellow yachting and adventure enthusiasts to hear about the second annual “Race to Alaska” from the Etchells’ crew that successfully competed in the 750-mile, no-engine, no-support regatta up the inside passage from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska. Buffet begins at 7 p.m. followed by presentation. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $26. (310) 823-4567; calyachtclub.com

Start the New Year with Meditation, 6:30 p.m. In this fast-paced world, inner peace can seem elusive. Join Doug Frankel and learn how to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Grand View Market Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Every Wednesday night, Grand View Market serves up a side of entertainment to go with its juice bar, made-to-order deli sandwiches and Area 1 craft beer bar. Anyone can sign up to do a four-minute comedy set or perform two songs. There is an open mic strictly for musicians on Friday nights. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800

Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  The incomparable Barbara Morrison joins Bobby Barron and His Swing Thing Band play for your swing dancing pleasure. Morrison has been compared to some of the greatest female jazz and blues singers —soul-stirring, sizzling, graceful and flawless.  A half-hour beginner swing dance class happens from 7:30 to
8 p.m. (no partner needed) is followed by DJ and live music from 8 to
11:30 p.m.  $15 cover, includes the class. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.  (310) 606-5606; rustyfrank.com

Pop Quiz Team Trivia, 8 p.m. Each Wednesday, take part in a friendly game of trivia while enjoying a burger and any of 20 beers on tap. Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. No cover. (310) 670-1212; t2barandgrill.com

Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque Show, 9 and 11:30 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show. No cover. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

TRiPTease, 10 p.m. Enjoy a different show each week featuring burlesque dancers from all over Los Angeles, singers, comedians, magicians and more. Live music begins at 8:30 p.m. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Thursday, Jan. 26
The Night of Ideas, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. In this event sponsored by the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy, indoor and outdoor spaces host debates and roundtables featuring leading thinkers from various disciplines as well as artistic performances and readings. Confirmed panelists include Chris Kraus, Achille Mbembe, Andrew Berardini, Norman Klein, RoseLee Goldberg, Yuval Sharon, Laure Murat, Celine Spector, Myriam Mechita, Dimitri Chamblas and Luke Fischbeck. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 453-7535; nightofideas.com

Galleries & Museums
“Moving Meditations,” opening reception 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 19. Inspired by fluid movement and organic form, Cheryl Walker’s drawing-centered interdisciplinary practice is informed by automatic drawing and intuitive mark-making. Her use of multiple vellum layers add movement and increase the complexity of image, leading “to a deepening of the process.” Through March 1. Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-4306; smc.edu

Pyschopomp, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21. Patrick Michael Ballard and Nathan Bockelman open the Laband Art Gallery’s Psychopomp exhibit with a performance about youths in the throes of a simulated wig drama. Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. cfa.lmu.edu/laband

“Film Show,” through Jan 22. Utilizing written language, Jessica Diamond examines the metaphysics of movie magic through poetical texts, wordplay and rhyme. The exhibition’s six artworks touch upon diverse moments, people and films from the history of cinema. team (bungalow), 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; teamgal.com

“Uncommon Silence” and “Limpid,” through Jan. 28. Portland-based artist Stephanie Buer captures the vacant and desolate sprawl of abandoned urban space with her realistic paintings and charcoal drawings in “Uncommon Silence.” So Youn Lee’s “Limpid” depicts a pastel-colored world of innocence and whimsy and follows the surreal adventures of a serial character named Mango and her entourage of fanciful, candy-tinted friends. Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 558-3375; thinkspacegallery.com

“motion, listening, movement,” and “Works on Paper,” through Feb. 4. Yda Ziment seeks out the mysteries deep within us, searching for a way to articulate what seems indefinable with her exhibit created during an intense period of personal upheaval. Arleen G. Hendler presents a versatile group of works on paper in watercolor and pastel with an intimate approach to land and cityscape, still life and portrait. First Independent Gallery, Bergamot Station G6, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345; figgallery.com

“Questionable History,” through March 31. Objects from the museum’s collection of Cold War artifacts are presented in a way that highlights what we don’t know, either due to lack of information or contradicting sources. The exhibit raises questions about history and how museums present it. The Wende Museum, 5741 Buckingham Parkway, Ste. E, Culver City. (310) 216-1600; wendemuseum.org