Thursday, May 18
Venice Pop-Up Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Bring a meeting, lunch or project, use the free Wi-Fi, or simply come and enjoy. 1021½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free.

Beach Eats, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545;

LAX Coastal Chamber Networking at Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ditch your pitch and meet other professionals in a casual setting. Networking allows people to get to know one another personally through group conversation before bringing up professional opportunities. Bowlero Los Angeles, 8731 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. $10. (310) 645-5151;

Venice Art Crawl, 6 to 10 p.m. Experience performances, installations and visual art displays at various locations along Venice Boulevard from the beach to Oakwood Avenue. Highlights include “Sago Plastico,” an experimental theater piece written by Miranda Friedman (at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.); the ARTravenous celebration of art, culture, poetry and music (at Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave.); a curated series of video installations (at The Lincoln, 2356 Lincoln Blvd.) and a new series of paintings of endangered species by Louis Masai, who did
The Lobster behind G2 Gallery (at C.A.V.E. Gallery, 55 N. Venice Blvd.).

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 “An Obvious Fact” by Craig Johnson. Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454;

“Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House,” 7 p.m. Kim Bixler’s family owned Wright’s 1908 Edward E. Boynton House in Rochester, New York from 1977 to 1994. Bixler recounts the joys and pitfalls of owning and living in a Wright-designed home. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave.,
El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2722;

Heart-Centered Toastmasters Open House, 7 p.m. Learn to grow your speaking skills in a safe, encouraging environment. There will be food and an informal social hour at 7 p.m. The program begins at 8 p.m. SHARE Center, 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City. (201) 650-5333;

“Awesome,” 7 p.m. Is there a moment when you were absolutely awestruck? Shine storytellers share tales about real experiences that filled them with awe. Venice singer-songwriter Christopher Hawley performs his danceable grooves. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321;

Serving Up Comedy, 7 p.m. Featuring a new lineup of standup comics each week, the main show is followed by an open mic at 8:30 p.m. at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover; suggested charity donation. (310) 823-5451;

Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7:15 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey.

Genius Loci Fest Lineup Release Party, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Celebrate the official lineup release for Genius Loci Fest with performances by The Electric Frontier, Henry Pope X Littlefoot, Loboman, Massio and in the basement. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5; $10 after 10 p.m. (310) 392-4040;

Friday, May 19
Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 to noon. Each Friday the Mar Vista Seniors Club meets for trip, tours, speakers, bingo, and live entertainment. Ages 50+. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876

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;

Dogtown Allstars Jam, 7 to 10 p.m. The classic rock and vintage surf-influenced band makes its Venice Boardwalk debut. All drummers are invited to show up and play “Wipeout” on a communal drum. Bring your own sticks. Guitarists welcome to jam on “Crossroads.” Bring your own guitar. Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No cover. (310) 392-3997;

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. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056;

Ben Bostick at Bareburger, 8 p.m. Emerging “outsider country” singer-songwriter Ben Bostick, a frequent busker on the Santa Monica Pier, recently released the five-song EP “My Country.” Hear him do a solo set indoors at Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. No cover.

Anais Mitchell, 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell brings her folksong sound to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497;

Saturday, May 20
Woodies Picnic and Car Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans of the Beach Boys or the surfer glory days of the ‘60s will revel in these Woodie cars, “the ultimate surfing car.” Enjoy food and live music by Jetpack. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. Registration $15 to $20. (310) 909-0950;

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Public Programs Manager Jenna Segal leads kids on an exciting undersea adventure, teaching them about the aquatic world with puppets, real marine artifacts and engaging stories about marine life. The fun continues with a marine-themed craft activity afterward. Ages 3 to 8. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 559-2665;

“Little Ree” Storytime, 11 a.m. New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star Ree Drummond launches her first picture book with stories inspired by life on the ranch. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213;

L.A.’s MarinaFest & Boat Show, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy food trucks, wine & beer garden, deejay & live music, 40-plus exhibitors, historic water tours, an expansive in-water boat show, a classic car show, and kids’ activities galore. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free; boat show $10.

Del Rey Health, Wellness & Safety Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This small community festival features free health screenings, free healthy food, free live entertainment by the Del Rey Jazz Band and jumpers for kids. Exhibitors include Venice Family Clinic, MOA Wellness Center, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, NAMI and the Holistic Chamber of Commerce. Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Rd., Marina del Rey. Free.

Playa Vista Library Origami Party, 2 p.m. In celebration of Asian & Pacific Islander-American Heritage Month, learn the ancient art of origami paper folding. Supplies and snacks provided. All ages welcome. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. Free. (310) 437-6680;

OY!STARS Concert, 2 p.m. Klezmer band OY!STARS performs lively Yiddish jazz with infectious upbeat tempos and achingly soulful ballads intercut with humor and wacky abandon. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2728;

6th Annual Merchants of Venice Showcase, 2 to 5 p.m. Local business leaders join together to showcase over 100 products and services to the community. Guests can enjoy raffle prizes donated by exhibitors and sponsors, a kid’s corner with yoga, face painting and other activities. Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free; food tastings $10.

Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B, soul and funk concert by Rhythm Crewe. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

“Hal David: His Magic Moments” Book Discussion, 3 p.m. Author and philanthropist Eunice David discusses her new book and her musician husband Hal David’s legacy. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival, 4:30 p.m. This film festival features works by, for and about the Garifuna community, a unique culture of descendants from the only black Africans who were never enslaved in the Americas, as well as indigenous people from across the world. Through May 27. The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $15 to $20. (310) 663-5813;

Play Reading, 6:30 p.m. This workshop allows guests to participate in a cold reading of an entire play. Open to all experience levels. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769;

Jenny’s Benefit Concert, 7 p.m. Roses & Cigarettes does a benefit show for singer Jenny Pagliaro, who is battling stage four breast cancer. The Garage, 3387 Motor Ave., Palms. $10. (310) 559-3400;

Venice Design Series Closing Party, 7 p.m. The architectural-themed fundraiser for Venice Community Housing Corp. concludes with a champagne gala event at the former Hughes Aircraft Co. executive headquarters—now 72andSunny in Playa Vista. Special guests include Venice landscape artist Jay Griffith and UCLA basketball great Michael Warren, who will relive national championship games on the original floor of Pauley Pavilion, repurposed as part of the 72andSunny retrofit. $500.

Sunday, May 21
Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country concert by Jimi Nelson & The Drifting Cowboys. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Orchestra Santa Monica Concert, 2:30 p.m. Orchestra Santa Monica performs Damian Montano’s “Three Night Pieces” for bassoon and strings, Haydn’s “Symphony No. 22” (“The Philosopher”), and Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5.” Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 525-7618;

Subversive Cinema, 7 p.m. Curator Gerry Fialka screens experimental and political activist films, provoking new questions and igniting fiery discussions. This month’s screening is “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.” Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006;

The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. This long-running cabaret show continues to shake up Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676;

Monday, May 22
Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330;

Magic Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Albie Selznick hosts a rotating cast of master magicians and variety acts at 8 p.m. each Monday, with a special interactive performance in the lobby a half-hour before showtime. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 394-9779;

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 Monica. $12. 21+. (310) 451-2221;

Tuesday, May 23
LAX Chamber Speed Networking, 7:45 to 9 a.m. Connect and build business relationships through three- to five-minute one-on-one networking sessions. LAX Coastal Chamber, 9100 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. $10. (310) 645-5151;

Playa Vista Fiction & Mystery Book Clubs, 6:30 p.m. This month readers can attend a joint book club meeting to discuss “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” by John Le Carre. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. Free. (310) 437-6680;

“Poetry & the Natural World,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Poet Harryette Mullen reads a selection of tanka and haiku, while painter Lisa Slavin responds in real-time with her artwork. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free. RSVP.

Tuesday Night Jazz, 9 p.m. Every Tuesday night The Julian Coryell Trio hard grooves for two sets of organ trio jazz at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010;

Wednesday, May 24
Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Make connections and discover ways to give back to your community while having breakfast at Whiskey Red’s, 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $25. Call Brady Connell at (323) 459-1932 for reservations;

L.A. County Beach Commission Meeting, 9:30 a.m. The commission meets on the fourth Wednesday each month to review contracts and policies related to county beaches. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 821-5245

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;

CTRL Collective “Innovation Day,” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CTRL Collective invites all pioneers, innovators, creators, artists and inventors to Playa Vista to celebrate a day of imagination, highlighting some of the best and brightest start-ups and entrepreneurial endeavors. CTRL Collective Playa Vista, 12575 Beatrice St., Playa Vista. (310) 301-0003;

Chef Kim Vu’s Strawberry Pop-up Dinner, 6 and 8:30 p.m. In collaboration with the LA Times Food Bowl, the head of Vucacious Catering is cooking up a Vietnamese-inspired, French-influenced five-course meal with cocktail pairings — all related to the strawberry. 1828B Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $72 to $99.

Unkle Monkey Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Local favorites perform acoustic music and comedy each Wednesday in the Tiki Bar with special guest appearances including an Elvis impersonator. The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451;

Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Education Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.

Mar Vista Community Council Planning and Land Use Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista.
Grand View Market Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Each Wednesday night, Grand View Market serves up a side of entertainment to go with its juice bar, deli 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.  Strada Swing, whose music echoes the sounds of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France, lead a night of dancing to live and deejay music from 8 to 11 p.m., preceded by a half-hour beginner swing class (no partner needed). $15 cover, includes the class Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.  (310) 606 5606;

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;

Humpday Karaoke, 8 p.m. It’s karaoke on the beach every Wednesday, with $3 beer and tacos. The Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach. (310) 392-3997;

Venice Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Locals can come check out the constantly rotating arsenal of Venice’s best local talent as they grace the spotlight at Larry’s, 24 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 399-2700;
Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

TRiPTease, 10 p.m. See 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;

Galleries and Museums
Pacific Art Guild Spring Show, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 20 and 21). See more than 200 works created by the guild’s 100-plus members, with many of the pieces available for purchase. Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester.

“Aerials to Animals” & “Emerging IX”, through Saturday, May 20. Travel photographer Andrei Duman presents bold aerial shots, photos of African animals and new images from the Galapagos Islands in his “Aerials to Animals” exhibit. Holly Peskin’s “Emerging IX” features black-and-white avian photography of Southern California egrets, herons and pelicans. The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $10. Admission and art sale proceeds benefit Audubon California and Eastern Sierra Audubon Society. (310) 452-2842;

“Pretty Deep Shit” and “Axiom,” through Saturday, May 20. Painter Seth Armstrong explores L.A. as a dystopian landscape in “Pretty Deep Shit,” capturing the simultaneity of the city as a place of endless, contingent narratives, jarring interruptions and suspenseful pauses with a tongue-in-cheek nod to the weight of simple things. In “Axiom,” Brian Mashburn creates detailed oil paintings of foggy landscapes in which remnants of the natural world exist uneasily alongside evidence of its all but complete industrialization. Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 558-3375;

“Welcome Home,” through Sunday, May 21. Alec Egan’s work has been defined by his robust painting approach, using multi-dimensional surfaces to construct narrative scenes, paint globs and smears that cover matte surfaces and detailed patterns. In “Welcome Home,” Egan reverts the California Heritage Museum second story exhibition space back into the initial layout of the home by mirroring the original architecture of the space with the subject matter of the paintings. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537;