Thursday, Sept. 21
High Holy Days: Dance Our Prayers, noon to 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) with an afternoon of music and dance led by spiritual leader Paulette Rochelle-Levy. Ceremony followed by Tashlich at the beach. Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. $75. (310) 453-4053;

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;

12th Annual Champion of Youth Gala, 5 to 9 p.m. Watch a beautiful sunset with your toes in the sand and
a cocktail in hand, all while supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice. There will be a hosted reception, special performances by club members, live and silent auctions, awards ceremony honoring community members and more. $500+.

South Bay Expo + Sip & Savor, 5:30 to 9 p.m. El Segundo Chamber of Commerce hosts an evening of synergy and socializing. Sip & Savor features wine, craft beer, small plate and dessert tastings. Meet with business professionals and win
raffle prizes. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $10. (310) 322-1220;

Venice Art Crawl, 6 to 10 p.m. Kick off fall supporting art and artistic expression in Venice, featuring art installations at G2 Gallery, Hama Sushi, Venice Abbot Kinney Library, Sunny Bak Studio, ARTravenous and Canal Club.

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.

AllSwell Journaling Workshop “Go West: American Individualism,” 7 to 9 p.m. AllSwell founder Laura Rubin leads guests through writing-based activities, taking cues from California’s ethos of individualism. Rubin provides points of inspiration to stoke your creative fires and fill your notebook. Notebook and refreshments provided. Mar Vista Art Dept., 12513 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. $65.

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, Sept. 22
Venice Afterburn, 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Celebrate the spirit of Burning Man at this official Afterburn event, bringing together art cars from the world famous desert festival, a lineup of hip musical acts and the creativity of Venice Beach to Windward Plaza, 1 Windward Ave., Venice. Free.

“The School for Good and Evil #4: Quests for Glory” Author Talk & Book Signing, 7 p.m. Author Soman Chainani’s latest book has the students of the School for Good and Evil facing their fourth-year quests with obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable. When the quests plunge into chaos, someone must lead the charge to save them. Ages 9 to 13. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 559-2665;

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. Mark at (563) 508-0260;

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;

Big Band Dance, 7:30 to 10 p.m. The 17-piece Beach Cities Swing Band with vocalist Cynthia Dunbar performs American standards and swing dance music at El Segundo Women’s Club, 541 Standard St.,
El Segundo. (310) 654-7829;

SOMAfest EMBODYment Performances, 8 p.m. A landscape of dance, film, voice and live music expresses diverse ways we can creatively experience our interconnected relationship to body, Earth and the global community. Highways Performance Space & Gallery, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25.

Kenny White, 8 p.m. Pianist and singer-songwriter Kenny White performs original songs that convey snapshots of the human condition, with special guest Randi Driscoll. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497;


Saturday, Sept. 23
Fair on Richmond Street, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fun annual street fair has live music, food, a beer garden and over 150 booths featuring artisans, designers and craft foods. The Kid Zone includes inflatables, a petting zoo, game booths and game truck. 200 Richmond St., El Segundo.

WAM – Westchester Arts and Music Block Party, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Emerson Avenue Community Garden Club hosts this second annual family-friendly celebration featuring live music and dance performances, art and commercial vendors, a beer and wine garden, a variety of food trucks and activities for all. Emerson Avenue will be closed between 80th Street and 80th Place.

Golden Future 50+ Expo, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Baby Boomers and seniors can explore myriad activities, including beauty makeovers, health screenings, a job and volunteer fair, karaoke, food service, goodie bags, arts and crafts, résumé review, speakers, live entertainment, bingo and 75 vendors. Veterans Memorial Complex, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. No cover.

“Big Words for Little Geniuses” Storytime, 11 a.m. In this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, each letter of the alphabet provides an impressive new word for children to learn. 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, 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;

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;

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

“Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life” Book Signing, 4 to 6 p.m. Author Diana Raab launches her new book, which explores the process of writing a compelling narrative about life-changing experiences. Mystic Journey, 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 399-7070;

POP in the Park, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Opera Project hosts this opera for everyone concert featuring recognizable arias, duos and melodies from famous operas. Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. Free.

“Mass Incarceration and the Global Rise of Authoritarian Capitalism,” 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Coalition for Peace, Revolution and Social Justice hosts a panel of Latino, African-American and Middle-Eastern educators and activists to discuss the prison-industrial complex, political prisoners in the Middle East and why racist authoritarian capitalism is on the rise globally today. Los Angeles Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. Free. (310) 409-3932;


Sunday, Sept. 24
Quilts from the Heart, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Charity group Quilts from the Heart hosts a one-time sale of vintage quilts and tops at the Santa Monica Flea Market at Santa Monica Airport, 3050 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

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;

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.

Abbot Kinney Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun, food and entertainment while soaking in the convivial spirit and eclectic landscape of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

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 2 Azz 1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;
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, Sept. 25
LAX Chamber of Commerce Protectors’ Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The LAX Coastal Chamber honors more than 50 local heroes
from the LAPD Pacific Division, Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station, California Highway Patrol, L.A. County Lifeguards, U.S. Coastguard, LAX Police Department and city and county firefighters. This year’s
keynote speaker is L.A. Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff. Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd., Westchester. $60 members; $70 non-members. (310) 645-5151;

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;

Activist Support Circle, 6 to 8 p.m. Activist Support Circle is an ongoing and open support group for progressive activists to help guard against activist burnout. Longtime anti-nuclear activist and “Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Hour” radio host Harvey Wasserman speaks about energy, the environment and grassroots politics. UnUrban Café, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 399-1000;

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, Sept. 26
Daybreaker 3rd Anniversary, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. This sunrise dance party celebrates Daybreaker’s anniversary with dancing, deejays, live music and a delicious breakfast at a secret Westside location to be revealed online. $25.

LAX Chamber of Commerce Speed Networking, 7:45 to 9 a.m. Before you start your workday, speed network in three-to five-minute intervals with the LAX Coastal community over coffee and treats. LAX Coastal Chamber, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. Free for members; $10 non-members. (310) 645-5151;

LAX Chamber of Commerce Construction & Infrastructure Group, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Join the group for their inaugural meeting as Los Angeles World Airports Supply Services Manager Jamaal Avilez gives an overview of the status, procurement process and estimated timeline for several LAX projects. LAX Coastal Chamber, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 210, Westchester. Free; RSVP required. (310) 645-5151;

Artistry Jazz Series: Eric Hirschhorn, 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 Eric Hirschhorn brings his saxophone to perform some original modern jazz tunes. Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-2469;

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, Sept. 27
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;

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;

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

“Chasing Coral” Film Screening, 7 p.m. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. A panel discussion follows the screening. Guests must arrive by 6:40 p.m. Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Free; RSVP at chasing-

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.

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;


Thursday, Sept. 28
LAX Coastal Chamber Networking@Breakfast, 8 to 9:30 a.m. This networking event provides a chance for business leaders to mingle, network and learn about the local chamber over a hot breakfast at The Coffee Company, 8751 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester. $22 members; $35 non-members. (310) 645-5151;

Save the Reefs, Save the Oceans Gala 2017, 6 p.m. Celebrate reefs and oceans at this party on the sand, featuring music by Maria de la Vega and The Wayward Five, unique auction items, delicious food, complimentary cocktails and a chance to meet Reef Check honorees. Jonathan Club, 850 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica. $250 to $1,000.

“The State of Our Sport and What We Know About the Next America’s Cup,” 7 p.m. Join fellow boaters and yachting enthusiasts for an informative discussion and presentation by Sailing Illustrated founder and publisher Tom Ehman on what’s happening with yacht racing and what’s going on for the America’s Cup #36. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4567;

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


Galleries & Museums
Sheinina Lolita Raj: “Intercultural,” opening reception 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Since living in Los Angeles, half-Indian, half-English Canadian 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;

“Land, Air, Sea and Fire,” opening reception 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. This exhibit by 20 artists of The Blue 7 Collective includes a variety of photos, paintings, sculpture and glassworks accessible to people who drive a Bentley or who ride the No. 7 Big Blue Bus. Blue 7 Collective, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444

“Dark Room,” through 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;