Thursday, Feb. 23
L.A. Opera Talk: “Salome,” 1 p.m. An L.A. Opera community educator gives an interactive presentation on the scandalous opera “Salome,” adapted from the play by Oscar Wilde. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769;

“Music: the Mirror of Time,” 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and special guests explore musical masterworks that emerged from times of triumph and tragedy in England, Russia and Germany. Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $56. (213) 622-7001;

“Roar!” 7:30 to 11 p.m. Singer-songwriter Suzy Williams, Linda J. Albertano and Michael Jost are ready to pounce, setting pems by John Thomas, Philomene Long and Albertano to music. Wine and cheese at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 822-3006;

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

Friday, Feb.  24
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;

Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, 8 p.m. With infectious riffs and soaring vocals, Hunter & The Dirty Jacks play blues-infused rock ’n’ roll to get feet moving. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santa-

Saturday, Feb. 25
Emerson Avenue Community Garden Club Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 to 11 a.m.  Enjoy traditional or gluten-free pancakes with sausage, fresh fruit, juice, coffee or tea in support of the garden. Westchester United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. $6, or $4 for kids. (310) 337-0827;

Mustang Car Show, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Presented in cooperation
with the South Bay Mustang Owners group, this car show presents five people’s choice awards: best paint,
best engine, best interior, best coupe and best convertible. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St.,
El Segundo. $10 suggested donation. (310) 909-0950; automobiledriving-

“Rufus the Unicorn” CD Release Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. L.A. based children’s singer/songwriter Auntie Kayte’s catchy songs use the power of music and words to plant seeds of self-confidence, creative thinking, responsibility and social consciousness through everything from high-energy reggae and calypso to folk ballads and even a marching band. Ages 3 to 10. Children’s Book World, 10580½ W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 559-2665;

“Sesame Street: K is for Kindness,” 11:30 a.m., 1.p.m. and 2:45.p.m. The multi-city experiential tour brings local preschoolers and their families immersive digital activities, meet-and-greets with costumed characters, a 15-minute interactive live show starring Elmo and Abby Cadabby and other surprises. Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. Free.

Third Annual Venice Bloco Carnavalesco (Brazilian Carnaval Parade), noon. Dance to the music and choreography by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró of Viver Brasil, Vida Vierra with Swing Brazil Tribe, Katia Moraes and a rousing Batucada, Ali Lexa’s Samba Da Mudança, Fabio Santana De Souza Brass Band and Capoeira Batique while parading along the Venice Boardwalk. Facepaint and costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly celebration. Meet at Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.

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

“Soulful,” 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Presented by Melanie Haymon from Mocha Productions, this program recognizes and celebrates several aspects of African-American history and culture through song, interpretive dance and artistic expression. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 559-1676;

“Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” Author Talk, 2 p.m. Author of the Santa Monica Reads 2017 featured book “Family Home,” Alison Bechdel discusses her groundbreaking work about her coming of age, coming out and complicated relationship with her father. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600;

Venice-Marina-LAX Lions Club Bingo Night, 6 p.m. This 12th annual fundraiser benefitting Safe Place for Youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice, Westchester Family YMCA, the Salvation Army and the Airport-Marina Counseling Center features a barbecue dinner of beef brisket and chicken prepared by the Outdoor Grill, 10 games of bingo, a silent auction, door prizes and a no-host bar. Knights of Columbus Hall, 8049 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. $55. RSVP to Angie at (818) 339-7021 or Sara at (310) 963-9191.

“The Great Elks Gatsby,” 6:30 p.m. The Westchester Elks Lodge throws
a ’20s-themed fundraiser to benefit disabled children in need of physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as sending vision screeners to families where others can’t or won’t offer help. Entry includes four wine tastings and a four-course Italian feast to the tune of live music. Themed attire encouraged but not required. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. $40. RSVP to (310) 821-3005 or

Jazz Funk Fest, 7 to 10 p.m. In the tradition of the Venice West Café, local Venice musicians celebrate the rebellious liberation of tuneful creativity. 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

Sunday, Feb. 26
Sunday Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, 8:30 a.m. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers can 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 for 40 to 75 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 Highway and Cross Creek Road. Participants meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot.

Panel: “Public Education in the Age of Trump,” 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer joins UCLA Professor of Education John Rogers, California Teacher Association Secretary-Treasurer David Goldberg and LA College Faculty Guild Recording Secretary Deborah Kaye for a discussion of what the Trump administration and Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos means for the education gap. Westside Neighborhood School, 5401 Beethoven St., Del Rey. (310) 984-6935;

The League of Extraordinary Mutts Adoption Event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nonprofit dog rescue group League of Extraordinary Mutts hosts an adoption event to help adorable dogs find loving homes. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu.

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 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;

“Comics and the Art of Visual Communication,” 2 p.m. Acclaimed American cartoonist and comics theorist Scott McCloud gives a fast-moving visual lecture shining a light on the coming of age of comics as an artistic and literary form. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Venice Media District Oscar Screening Party, 4 to 8 p.m. Media and tech professionals can mix and mingle while enjoying the Oscars with a red carpet entry and Oscar prediction pool. Black tie optional. James Beach, 60 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $5 suggested donation. (310) 823-5396;

New West Symphony’s ‘The Four Seasons,’ 4 p.m. This Masterpiece Series concert features violin virtuosa Anne Akiko Meyers and guest conductor Joshua Gersen leading
a program that begins with “Le Tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel, followed by Meyers performing “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi and concluding with Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G minor.” The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $30+.

Sofar Sounds: Venice, 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at

7 Dudley Cinema, 7 p.m. Cutting-edge cinema featuring music, politics and the counterculture hosted by Gerry Fialka. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free but donations appreciated. (310) 822-3006;

Monday, Feb. 27
Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330;

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, Feb. 28
LAX Coastal Chamber Binge Networking, 8 to 9 a.m. Ditch your pitch and meet other professionals in a casual setting. Binge networking allows people to get to know one another personally through group conversation before bringing up professional opportunities. LAX Coastal Chamber Office, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. $10. (310) 645-5151;

L.A. Airport Police Spotlight, 10 a.m. The 2017 Flight Path Speaker Series kicks off with its first-ever program spotlighting the Los Angeles Airport Police, presented by Public Information Officer Rob Pedregon.  Flight Path Learning Center and Museum, LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Westchester. Free admission and parking.

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.

Meals on Wheels Culver Palms Fundraiser, 5 to 10 p.m. Celebrate
Fat Tuesday by dining at The Counter and helping those in need, with each receipt left in the box by the door as you leave meaning 20% of your bill gets donated to Meals on Wheels Culver Palms. The Counter, 4786 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.

The Argus Quartet, 5 p.m. Mason Home Concerts presents chamber music by the Beverly Hills National Auditions winner at 3484 Redwood Ave., Mar Vista . $20 suggested donation.

Gourmet Food Truck Night, 5:30 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;

“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;

A Wine Tasting Dinner, 7 p.m. Winemaker Aaron Walker, from Pali Wine Co. and Tower 15 Winery, brings five of his current releases to pair with mouth-watering cuisine by Tivoli’s culinary team. Reservations required. Tivoli Café, 15306 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. $89. (310) 459-7685

Wednesday, March 1
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;

Makerspace Robotics Workshop, 4 to 6 p.m. LA Makerspace brings the world of robotics to Marina del Rey. In these four workshops participants learn how to make all sorts of cool gadgets. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415;

Venice Chamber Happy Hour, 6 to 8 p.m. This event is a casual opportunity to make new connections and build relationships in and out of the Chamber. Hal’s Bar & Grill, 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $10 requested donation. (310) 822-5425;

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;
Thursday, March 2
Food Fare 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ 38th annual Food Fware returns to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Enjoy a day and evening of eating, drinking and shopping in support of community health, education and wellness. The gastronomic event showcases over 100 of Southern California’s best chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and retail merchants. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $150-$275. (213) 284-3300;

Dr. Seuss Read Across America Celebration, 4 p.m. In celebration of “Read Across America” and the life of Dr. Seuss, Sylvan Learning comes to Children’s Book World to encourage imagination and exploration for all children. An engineering and robotics demonstration follows the reading. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 559-2665;

Mar Vista Art Walk, 6 to 10 p.m. “Voices,” the current theme of this season’s art walk, was originally inspired by the relationship between poetry, spoken word and music, but in the current climate of social challenge the concept naturally expanded. Organized in three clusters along the one-mile stretch of Venice Boulevard between Beethoven Street and Inglewood Boulevard, the event has grown into an all-inclusive celebration of art, local business, performance, music and food.

Serving Up Comedy, 7 p.m. Featuring a new line up each week of standup comics, 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;

ArtWorks for Healing Auction, 7 to 10 p.m. A diverse group of artists and curators join together for a unique auction raising funds for A Window Between Worlds’ arts programs for kids recovering from abuse and neglect. Participants enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and desserts as they explore and bid on artwork by Kim Abeles, Margaret Lazzari, Fabian Debora, Lili Bernard, The Art of Chase, Lita Albuquerque, Laddie John Dill, Jim McHugh, David Buckingham, Galia Linn, Danny First, Greg Auerbach, Angelonce, BDB, ChorBoogie, Devin Liston and America Martin. Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $75.

and Galleries
“Impossible Measures” Discussion,
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. In conjunction with the current exhibition “Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room,” Anna Craycroft speaks with artist and curator Micah Silver about the fearlessness of open-ended listening. Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Arts and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800;

“Moving Meditations,” through Wednesday, March 1. Inspired by fluid movement and organic form, Cheryl Walker’s work is informed by automatic drawing and intuitive mark-making. Her use of multiple vellum layers adds movement and increases the complexity of image. Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-4306;