Thursday, Oct. 19
L.A. Opera Talk: “Pearl Fishers,” 1 p.m. L.A. Opera community educators present a story of a veiled priestess with a hidden past, pursued by two lifelong friends and romantic rivals. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

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; jfsla.org

LAX Coastal Chamber Networking @ Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join the Chamber for an evening of food and networking on the waterfront. Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Check web for price. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

City of Champions Toastmasters Club, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Practice the art of public speaking and hear amazing speeches and inspiring stories. The club is open to everyone. Faithful Central Bible Church, 333 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood. Free. (213) 200-5429; pgb914@hotmail.com

Modern Calligraphy, 6 to 9 p.m. Angelique Ink calligrapher Angi teaches the art of creating beautifully styled script lettering. In this beginner class you learn the tools, how to properly hold a pen, pen strokes and connecting letters. Each student receives a take-home calligraphy supply set. Mar Vista Art Dept., 12513 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. $145; registration required. mvartdept.com

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; philandmindia-dance.com

Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Governmental Affairs Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. ncwpdr.org

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. meetup.com/los-angeles-hiking-group/events

Jimmy Brewster with Suzanne Taix, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Singing all the classics, Sinatra to rock-n-roll, Jimmy Brewster and Taix perform every Thursday at Billingsley’s Prime Rib & Steak House, 11326 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. (310) 477-1426; billingsleys-restaurant.com

“Spooked,” 7 p.m. Shine storytellers share their tales of facing fears and achieving personal triumphs with stories to leave you in shivers. Live music provided by singer-songwriter Sahara Grim. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com

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. delreync.org

Howl, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. A dance party featuring music by LoboMan and special guests. DJ Vinyl Don spins at 10 p.m. in the Townhouse bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

 

Friday, Oct. 20
Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Each Friday the Mar Vista Seniors Club meets for trips, tours, speakers, bingo and live entertainment. Ages 50+. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876

Digital Media Speakers Series: Mathew Foster, Radical Co-Operative, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Foster shares his decade-long experience as a multidisciplinary designer and creative director as well as how he collaborated with small independent businesses and international corporations. The Forum at Otis College, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu

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. venicechamber.net

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; lapl.org

Front Porch Cinema: “Beauty and the Beast,” 6 p.m. The Santa Monica Pier becomes a cozy setting for the new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson. Enjoy food, themed drinks and family activities prior to the 7:30 p.m. screening. Free. frontporchcinema.com

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

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. Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark at (562) 508-0260; facebook.com/toastedfridays

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; unurban.com

G2 Green Earth Film Festival, 7 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday. This weekend-long festival features environmental film screenings, expert panel discussions, receptions and more. The weekend begins with films that inspire activism for wildlife by highlighting the human-animal bond. Loyola Marymount University, Mayer Theatre, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. Free. greenearthfilmfest.com

Jake Xerxes Fussell, 8 p.m. Singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell plays folk and blues with special guest Joachim Cooder (son of Ry Cooder) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

The Haunting of Hannon, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The book stacks of Hannon Library are haunted. This year’s theme is Murders in the Rue Bibliothèque, bringing to life the stories, mystery, imagination and paranormal investigators of literature. Costumes encouraged. Hannon Library, LMU, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. Free. librarynews.lmu.edu

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

 

Saturday, Oct. 21
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 9 to 10:30 a.m. A 12-step program for anyone struggling with their relationship with food. Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Youth Center, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. Free. (310) 902-3040; foodaddicts.org

Financial Mastery for Soulful Women, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Identify and overcome the emotional and psychological blocks impeding financial success by exploring Barbara Stanny’s 7 Steps to Financial Mastery Program. 10317 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. $40. (310) 733-7401; eventbox.ir/financial-mastery-for-soulful-women
Whale Tail License Plate Beach Cleanup Event, 10 a.m. to noon. Celebrate 20 years of the fundraising license plate program while cleaning up the beach and taking your chances at a raffle prize. Toes Beach – Tower 41, 6200 Pacific Ave., Playa del Rey. healthebay.org

Mista Cookie Jar Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. “Kindie rocker” Mista Cookie Jar serenades the crowd with his urban-island folky rock ‘n’ roll sound on his stars-and-moon steel guitar. All ages. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 559-2665; childrensbookworld.com

“Good Day, Good Night” Storytime, 11 a.m. From the author of “Goodnight Moon” comes Margaret Wise Brown’s previously unpublished picture book about a little bunny and his surprising tale. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; barnesandnoble.com

Venice Lutheran Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate fall with this family-friendly event featuring a pinewood derby competition, fun jumpers, face painting, themed photo booth, live music, raffles, a bake sale and many carnival games. First Lutheran Church of Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free entry. vlschool.org

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

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

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

Paul Livingstone Duo Concert, 2 p.m. One of the leading sitarists in America today, Paul Livingstone plays traditional Indian classical raga music at El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2722; elsegundo.org

Acoustic Carnival Concert, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Come out and stomp your feet to this contemporary bluegrass group with a free, family-friendly concert in Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. facebook.com/cityofsantamonica

“Sweet Serenade,” 6 p.m. The Santa Monica High School Choral Program performs its first concert and biggest fundraiser of the year. The alfresco event features dinner and performances by all five of the high school choirs as well as solo and small ensemble pieces. Santa Monica High School, Centennial Plaza, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. biddingforgood.com/sweetserenade

“Eight Great Spiritual Facts of Life,” 7 to 9 p.m. Counselor Dick Larson reveals what people need to know for a new way of life with spiritual guidance to illuminate their path. Unity of the Westside, 10724 Barman Ave., Culver City. (310) 444-2978

Sofar Sounds: Mar Vista, 7:45 to 10 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Mar Vista. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

 

Sunday, Oct. 22
Aqua Aerobics, 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Build strength and endurance during the early shallow-water workout or the later deep-water workout at the Santa Monica Swim Center, 2225 16th St., Santa Monica. $2.75 to $11. (310) 458-8700; santamonicaswimcenter.org/adult-fitness

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, 8:30 a.m. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers join the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society the fourth Sunday of each month for a two- to three-hour walk exploring the lagoon and coastal region in search of 40 to 75 bird species. A shorter walk for families follows at 10 a.m. Park near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, and meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the lot. smbasblog.com

Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Roustabouts bring their high energy and lively set to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net

The Bead Society Fall Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find rare, ethnic, vintage and one-of-a-kind beads, polymer clay bead designs, exotic and unique jewelry with precious and semi-precious gemstones, antique artifacts and textiles, wearable art and bead-making components. Attendees can also participate in jewelry-making demonstrations and get answers to questions about bead and jewelry problems. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. $8. culvercitybeadbazaar.com

Sunday Morning Meditation, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Learn how to develop inner peace with this introductory meditation class. Euclid Park Meeting Room, 1525 Euclid St., Santa Monica. $12 donation. (323) 486-7074; meditateinwestla.org

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; unurban.com

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; santamonica.harvelles.com

Monday, Oct. 23
Seated Breath Meditation: Naam Yoga, 10:15 a.m. This class aims to calm and clear the mind through controlled breathing, mudras (hand-seals) and simple seated movements that promote balance and rhythm in our emotions, thoughts and physical bodies. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Meditation & Self-Inquiry, 4:30 p.m. Meditation and discussion to help participants reconnect with the depth of their own presence and rediscover the joy and ease of simple being. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Nina’s Tango Practica, 6 to 9 p.m. Each Monday night learn the art of tango and enjoy a tapas tasting menu. Grand Casino Bakery & Café, 3826 Main St., Culver City. $12.95. (310) 945-6099; grandcasinobakery.com

Culver City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity for the public to address the council on issues both on and off the agenda. City Hall of Culver City, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free. culvercity.org

Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.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 Monica. $12. 21+. (310) 451-2221; facebook.com/westendsalsa

 

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Tales from a Naval Carrier Test Pilot, 10 a.m. to noon. Cmdr. Robert Johnson, USN Retired, speaks about his exciting and at times harrowing career. LAX Flight Path Museum, Imperial Terminal/LAX, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Westchester. Free. (424) 646-7284; flightpathmuseum.com

Chess Club, 4 p.m. Learn strategies and skills with your friends and neighbors. All levels and ages welcome. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

LAX Coastal Chamber Neighborhood School Expo, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Speak one-on-one with local education administrators and learn the differences between public, private, charter, magnet and parochial schools. Westchester Family YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. Free. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels Burger Bite Benefit, 5 to 10 p.m. Come in for a bite to eat and drop your receipt in the box on your way out. 20% of your bill is donated to Culver Palms Meals on Wheels. The Counter, 4786 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 559-0666; mealsonwheelsculverpalms.org

“Is Your Healthy Diet, Really Healthy?” 6:15 p.m. Dr. Edward Wagner discusses the importance of what you eat, how it effects your health and overall well-being. He also helps you answer the questions if you are eating right for your body and what is a truly healthy diet. Billauer Chiropractic, 2901 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. Free; RSVP required. (310) 306-1983

Emerging Women Writers of Color, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Writer-in-residence Sakae Manning moderates a conversation about sources of inspiration, developing voice, the impact of identity and surviving trauma with local authors Janine Lim, Chinyere Nwodim, Roxana Preciado and Shubha Venugopal. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

Artistry Jazz Series: The Jazzaholics, 9 p.m. This local cocktail lounge on the lower level of one of the state’s oldest Victorian homes serves retro drinks, light bites and live jazz. This week The Jazzaholics jazzify popular songs. The Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-2469; basementtavern.com

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; tripsantamonica.com

Wednesday, Oct. 25
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; playavenice.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. This memoir-writing group 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 work-
shop 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; toastmastersspeakersbythesea@gmail.com

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

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; mdrwarehouse.com

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. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800

Mar Vista Trivia Night, 7 to 9 p.m. Louie’s hosts this weekly family-friendly night of trivia with seven rounds of questions covering pop culture, history, science, sports and entertainment. First place wins a cash prize. Louie’s of Mar Vista, 3817 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 915-5300

Venice Open Mic Night, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. It’s live music on the beach every Wednesday. The Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach. (310) 392-3997; thevenicebeachbar.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

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

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; townhousevenice.com

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; tripsantamonica.com

 

Galleries & Museums
“Fiber Trails” Artist Talk, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Local fiber artist Cameron Taylor-Brown discusses her work and shares images of landscapes, people and traditional textiles that influence her work. Exhibit runs through Nov. 5. Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 395-3880; thebranchgallery.com

“Dark Room,” through Sunday, Oct. 22. L.A. photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya showcases erotically charged images of his friends, peers, lovers and himself to explore the notion of a private life as raw material for artistic inquiry, inviting viewers into the inner world of his relationships and queer subjectivity. Team Bungalow, 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; teamgal.com

Bradford J. Salamon Paintings, through Oct. 28. Salamon paints portraits as well as vintage object paintings, showcasing his signature texture, boldness and economy of brush strokes. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org

Fanny Sanín and Richard Diebenkorn Exhibits, through Nov. 4. Colombian-born artist Fanny Sanín presents an exhibit of abstract paintings and drawings spanning a 50-year career. Featuring two dozen works on paper, Diebenkorn’s exhibit ranges from colorful abstraction to monochrome figuration. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-4955; lalouver.com

“Surfin’ the Range,” through Nov 4. Reine River exhibits his paintings, prints and ceramics. Trunk Art Gallery, 12818 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 483-7221; trunkgallery.org

“In the Distance,” through Nov. 11. Local photographer Brent Broza exhibits work from his “Fireline” and “Serenity” series with color-field abstract photos of sunsets and ocean views. Through Nov. 11. Square Rhino Projects Gallery, 1510 Pacific Avenue, Venice. (213) 935-8189; sv@squarerhinoprojects.com

“Carolyn Castaño: A Female Topography 2001-2017,” through Dec. 10. Drawing inspiration from Castaño’s bicultural identity, her exhibit mixes styles from L.A. street culture with the formalism of early 19th-century botanical drawings, featuring more than 40 artworks highlighting the artist’s ongoing exploration of identity, gender and social conditions facing women. LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. (310) 338-2700; cfa.lmu.edu

“The Gottlieb Native Garden: A Closer Look” and “Designed Environment,” through Dec. 23. Photographer Scott Logan presents his macrophotography providing an in-depth look at insects and plants native to the Los Angeles area. Group photography exhibit “Designed Environment” explores apophenia, the human tendency to perceive and assign meaning to patterns in our environment. The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 452-2842; theG2gallery.com

Sheinina Lolita Raj: “Intercultural,” through Nov. 5. Since moving to Los Angeles, half-Indian / half-English artist Sheinina Lolita Raj has been mistaken as Mexican, Armenian and Persian. In this photographic self-portrait series, Raj explores the ambiguities of identity perception by dressing herself in traditional garbs of cultures from around the world. FAB-Gallery, 2001 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 630-9216; fab-gallery.com

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