Thursday, July 20
Coloring for Adults: Greeting Cards, noon to 1 p.m. Coloring is a great way for adults to relax. Choose from several designs printed on card stock and create a beautiful greeting card using colored pencils. All materials provided. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 821-3415;

WeWork TheyPlay Kitten Adoption, 1 to 5 p.m. There is a kitten epidemic in Los Angeles. Kittens rescued from local neighborhoods by Jackie’s Purrfect Match Rescue are in need of loving homes. Every kitten has been fostered, socialized, vetted and prepared for adoption. WeWork Playa Vista, 12655 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista.

Venice Jam Session and Music Workshop: Exploring the Blues, 2 to 4 p.m. A new program for musicians, the Venice Jam Session encourages the community to bring their instruments and play. Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, 201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. $5 monthly fee. (310) 396-0205;

Beach Eats, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop continues its run at Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545;

Mar Vista Community Council Aging in Place Committee, 6 p.m. Guest speaker Allison Beale discusses “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” for those caring for an aging loved one who has dementia or is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The committee meets the third Thursday of each month. Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd., Room 1030, Mar Vista.

Venice Art Crawl, 6 to 10 p.m. Experience performances, installations and visual art displays at various venues all around Venice. Highlights include a locals-only pop-up photo exhibit with live music at Paper Scissors Rock, 1711 Pacific Ave. Free.

West Coast Swing, 6:30 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and 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 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;

West L.A. Hike, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A community of friendly people gathers each Thursday for one of five West L.A. routes. Check website for weekly location.

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;

Marina del Rey Symphony, 7 p.m. The marina’s outdoor summer concert series continues with a performance of Craig Safon’s score for Chaplin’s “The Kid,” plus Korngold’s “Violin Concerto” by soloist Will Hagen. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 305-9545;

Twilight Concert Series: Eric Burdon & the Animals and Mr. Elevator, 7 p.m. The English band behind “We Gotta Get Outta This Place” and “House of the Rising Sun” is back with frontman Eric Burdon. Up-and-coming psychedelic rockers Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel open. Santa Monica Pier. Free.

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.

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

Howl, 9 p.m. A dance party featuring music by LoboMan and The Venice Tribe DJs in The Del Monte. DJ Vinyl Don spins at 10 p.m. in the Townhouse bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speak-
easy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;


Friday, July 21
LAPD Pacific Area Carnival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday. A three-day event that benefits the Pacific Division’s youth program and station fund. Along Culver Boulevard between Centinela Avenue and Inglewood Boulevard. (310) 482-6397

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 and enjoy. 1021½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free.

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

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Screening, 6:30 p.m. Mind Over Movies screens David Gelb’s documentary about famed sushi chef Jiro Ono, owner of the award-winning Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant. A discussion and Q&A follow the film. The Christian Institute, 1308 Second St., Santa Monica. Free.

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;

Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with food and drinks at this weekly open house. Oaklands Apartments Conference Room, 4111 Via Marina, Marina del Rey. (563) 508-0260;

Beach Movie Night: “Finding Dory,” 8 p.m. Memory-impaired blue tang fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) embarks on a mission to find her family with the help of friends Nemo and Marlin in this sequel to the animated blockbuster “Finding Nemo.” Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 726-4128;

Shelby Lynne, 8 and 10 p.m. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne gives two country rock shows featuring new songs from the upcoming album “Not Dark Yet.” McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 828-4497;

Monsters of Lincoln Boulevard Rock Show, 8 to 11 p.m. Two of the most popular Venice cover bands team up for this show. Skeeters Pool Party plays at 8 p.m. followed by the Dair Band at 9:30 p.m. Dance to surf music and classic rock at this boardwalk bar and pub. Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Free. (310) 392-3997;


Saturday, July 22
Life Rolls On: They Will Skate Again, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A small army of volunteers comes together to make sure paralysis won’t stop kids and adults from doing what they love — in this case, shredding up the bowls at the Venice Skate Park, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Free.

Citrus Care, 9 a.m. Learn how to grow bounteous crops of juicy fruit. Armstrong Garden Centers, 3226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 829-6766;

Friendship Force Los Angeles Meeting, 10 a.m. Friendship Force International (FFI) is a non-profit cultural organization focused on promoting understanding, cultural education and citizen diplomacy through homestay journeys and personal friendships. Learn about the organization and make new friends while enjoying light refreshments. Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 Manchester Ave., Westchester. Free. (310) 645-3665

“What Do You Do With A Problem?” Storytime, 11 a.m. This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when
the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be different than it appeared. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213;

KJazz Champagne and Brunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. Jazz lovers can enjoy this two-hour harbor cruise with live music, a brunch buffet and free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m.
at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $67.95. (310) 301-9900;

Bergamot Station Summer Celebration, 1 to 5 p.m. Reports of Bergamot Station’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Find live music and dance, artist talks, workshops, exhibit openings, pop-up sales, documentary screenings, food trucks and a craft beer tent at this celebration of Santa Monica’s thriving arts enclave. Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica.

Open Mic for Musicians, 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;

Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a blues concert by Hound Dog Dave & The Meltones. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

An Armchair Visit to Edinburgh, 3 p.m. Writer and anthropologist Sheila Stone shares her experiences in Edinburgh, taking guests on a tour of the big sights, such as Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as lesser-known places such as Greyfriars Cemetery, Dr. Neal’s Garden and St. Giles Cathedral. Find out about Edinburgh’s foodie scene, too. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Street Food Cinema: “Pretty in Pink,” 5:30 to 10 p.m. In this Brat Pack classic, when high school outsider Andie (Molly Ringwald) catches the eye of rich and popular Blane (Andrew McCarthy) they find their different social circles make it hard to be together. That Andie’s best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) has a crush on her only adds to the drama. Enjoy live music and food trucks also. Syd Kronenthal Park, 3459 McManus Ave., Culver City. $6 to $21.

Akbar Wine Tasting Dinner, 7 p.m. Kistler Vineyards and Occidental Wines bring five outstanding wines to pair with a gourmet meal created by Akbar owner and Chef Avinash Kapoor. Reservations required. Akbar, 3115 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. $120. Advance reservations required. (310) 574-0666;

Folk Rock-n-Blues Night, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Live performances of folk and blues by Stefani Valadez, Steve Moos, Rick Moors and Christo Pellani. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056;
Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 7:45 to 10 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at

Janiva Magness, 8 p.m. Soulful, elegant singer-songwriter Janiva Magness performs songs about the concept of love as a physical, psychic and spiritual force that has the strength to conquer negativity, sadness and personal demons. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497;

The Lit Show, 8 p.m. The 12th annual celebration of song and literature with Suzy Williams and Brad Kay performing songs based on words by Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay, J.D. Salinger, Samuel Beckett, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, Vladimir Nabokov, Rudyard Kipling and more. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20.

Marina Movie Night: “Singin’ in the Rain,” 8 p.m. Gather the whole family for an outdoor screening of this romantic musical of all musicals starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del
Rey. Free. (424) 526-7900;


Sunday, July 23
Old Fashioned Day in the Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Classic Yacht Association’s annual public festival turns Burton Chace Park into a haven for pre-1950s wooden yachts and antique cars. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free.

17th Annual Bronx Reunion Picnic, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All former Bronxites are welcome to attend this free event celebrating all things Bronx, concurrent with Old Fashioned Day in the Park. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free.

Single Seniors Book Club and Potluck, 10:30 a.m. Seniors can make new friends while enjoying good food and good books. Address supplied upon request. Free. Alan Ross at

Sunday Morning Meditation, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 11:15 to 12:45 p.m. Learn how to develop inner peace with this class series “Understanding the Mind: Buddhist Psychology and Meditation” at two locations. Euclid Park Meeting Room, 1525 Euclid St., Santa Monica and R Studio, 10604 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $12 donation.

Sunday Boat House, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring deejays, weekly themed events and luxury cabana rentals, this Sunday pool party is back by popular demand to keep you refreshed throughout the summer. Ends Sept. 3. Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-1000;

Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 7 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;

Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz funk concert by 2Azz1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Concert in the Park: No Duh, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nationally touring tribute band revives the sound, style and spirit of Gwen Stefani and No Doubt at the pinnacle of ’90s OC ska. Central Park Bandshell, 12405 E. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Free.

“The Life & Times of Dr. Henry Perrine” Screening and Patrick Gleeson Concert, 7 p.m. Steve DeGroodt’s 30-minute documentary about Florida’s first visionary botanist and plant explorer screens, followed by a rare solo concert with musician and synthesizer pioneer Patrick Gleeson. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006;


Monday, July 24
Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330;

Culver City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free.

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;

The Red Tent Los Angeles Moon Ceremony, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Red Tent is a gathering of women filled with ritual and storytelling in celebration of women’s mysteries. Participants gather around the crackling fire on the sand for dancing, drumming, sharing and sisterhood. Dockweiler State Beach, 12001 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. $20 to $30.

Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. Alton Clemente, Dorian Bey, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Town-
house & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

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, July 25
Zumba Outdoors, 11 a.m. Zumba is easy-to-follow dance fitness set to great Latin music, suitable for all levels. Shake it with Julie Schatz. It’s exercise in disguise. Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 458-2239;

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;

Tuesday Night Jazz, 9:15 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, July 26
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;

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;

Summer Sunset Cocktail Cruise, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Be on the water during summer sailing races with this two-hour cocktail cruise along Marina del Rey harbor. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $37. (310) 301-9900;

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;

Grand View Market Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Each Wednesday night, 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

Zen Buddhist Meditation, 7 p.m. Ocean Moon Sangha Zen practice group offers mediation practice and instruction each Wednesday, with instruction for beginners prior to meditation periods at 7:25 and 8:45 p.m. The Hill Street Center, 237 Hill St., Santa Monica. Free.

“The Taming of the Shrew,” 7 to 9 p.m. Shakespeare by the Sea performs near the blue basketball court on Venice Beach. Free. (310) 396-6764

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 local talent in 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, singers, comedians, magicians and more. Live music begins at 8:30 p.m. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010;

Thursday, July 27
Annenberg Beach House Community Picnic, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Pack a dinner and bring family and friends to the beach house for an evening of good old-fashioned fun for all ages. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free; RSVP required. (310) 458-4904;

Twilight Concert Series: Miami Horror, Cleopold, 7 p.m. The Australian indie-electronica trio Miami Horror shares the bill with fellow Aussie electronic music artist Cleopold. Santa Monica Pier. Free.

Galleries and Museums
“Stories of Wilderness” Artist Talk, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 21. Stanford Professor of Biology Susan McConnell explores the notions of wilderness and wild places through the lens of nature and wildlife photography, focusing on African elephants and lions, whose numbers are diminishing due to poaching and conflict with local communities. Her talk is in conjunction with her exhibit “On the Shoulders of Giants,” which runs through Aug. 5. The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 452-2842;

David Labkovski Project, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 26. A student-curated exhibit of Jewish life in Vilna, Lithuania, before, during and after the Holocaust, as painted by the artists who survived a Siberian prison for three years and documented his memories. English Village, Loyola University Hall, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester.

Marian Crostic: “Salt/Air,” through Saturday, July 22. Venice-based photographer Marian Crostic showcases three recent bodies of work from her “Salt/Air” series. Each focuses on a different aspect of Venice Beach, documented during Crostic’s morning walks, revealing an abstracted, introspective view of the beach and ocean environment. Venice Arts Gallery, 13445 Beach Ave., Venice. (310) 392-0846;

Eric Denver: “Light, Energy and Matter,” through July 30. This exhibit of 45 paintings brings the viewer on a journey similar to the path of the artist. Denver’s approach embraces color’s shifting correspondence with light (white), energy (red) and matter (black), and echo Denver’s studies of material nature and the gunas, which in Samkhya philosophy are subtle qualities woven together that underlie all existence. William H. Hannon Library, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. (310) 338-2788;

“Mark My Words,” through Aug. 5. Stalwart of the international Street Art movement Kid Acne presents work that explores a variety of themes, from colloquialisms and typography to mythology and architecture. Most notable are his depictions of a self-realized tribe of enigmatic female warriors known as Stabby Women. C.A.V.E. Gallery, 55 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 428-6387;

“Reveries,” through Aug. 11. Threadwinner artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn present an immersive installation of various crocheted landscapes, including flower and succulent gardens, a massive waterfall and a park-like lawn area. The imagery found in each environment ranges from realistic renderings of foliage to metaphorical gardens found in the human body and skeleton. The work reflects on how humans are both stewards and consumers of the earth, simultaneously cultivating and destroying the world around us. Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Ste. 3, Inglewood. (310) 395-3880;

“Flea Circus: The Art of Mark Waldman,” through Aug. 12. “Flea Circus” is a sensory tour of Waldman’s handcrafted curiosities in all shapes and sizes. The show’s centerpiece, “Step Right Up,” is a massive 5’x6.5’ electric installation of 40 pieces wired together to choreograph sight and sound. El Cuervo Gallery, 417 Main St., El Segundo. (310) 335-9928;

“Moments in Time,” through Aug. 12. Photographers, painters, sculptors and glass artists with the Blue 7 Collective display a variety of work to spark the imagination, whether one drives a Bentley or rides the No. 7 Big Blue Bus. Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444;

“Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us,” through Aug. 13. In this two-person exhibit, Pat O’Neill and Jesse Fleming use film and video to raise questions about the self in relation to others, collective norms, and the built environment, directing us to see the links and fissures in our lives and the larger system that we attempt to grapple with. Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800;

“I Wish I Was a Telephone,” through Aug. 19. The motivation to make is rooted in an impulse to communicate and connect. Artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal take intricate moments, building on each to form loose, poetic narratives that require the viewer’s interpretation. A figure or expression emerges in one work and reappears in another from sculptural collage to a painting on canvas. Bolsky Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800;