Oscar-nominated short CG short “Garden Party” is among dozens of entries in the Abbot Kinney Fantastic Film Festival. SEE SATURDAY, NOV. 16

Thursday, Nov. 14
Mattel Mixer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Network and nosh on hors d’oeuvres with business, resident and community leaders while the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce recognizes Mayor Drew Boyles and El Segundo’s previous mayors. Mattel, Inc., 333 Continental Blvd., El Segundo. $35; $25 for members. (310) 322-1220; eventbrite.com

“Joker” Screening with Director Todd Phillips, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This free 70mm screening stars Joaquin Phoenix as the famous DC Comics villain and features a discussion with director Todd Phillips after the movie. Arrive early to snag a seat. Free with RSVP. facebook.com/aerotheatre; eventbrite.com

The Byron Bowers Experience, 8 to 9:30 p.m. The rising comedian and actor, as seen on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and the new Shia LaBeouf film “Honey Boy,” does his thing at The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $10 cover; $8 advance. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Joshua White Trio(s) at Sam First, 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The San Diego native and jazz pianist performs various shows with Gavin Templeton, Alex Cline, Anna Butterss, Christian Euman, Dean Hulett, and Tyler Kreutel. Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd. $20; 21+ only. (424) 800-2006; samfirsbar.com

Film Maudit 2.0 Festival, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:45 p.m. Friday, 12:15 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Experience award-winning “outré” films (that’s a French way of saying “bizarre” or “unusual”) from around the globe inspired by legendary artist Jean Cocteau’s festival Le Film Maudit. Maudit means “cursed films,” so expect narrative, documentary and experimental films that are bold, extreme, confrontational, troubling and shocking. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $10 for individual tickets; $40 for festival pass. filmmaudit.org

Friday, Nov. 15
Don’t Tell Comedy – Santa Monica, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Eliqs supplies a one-of-a-kind, custom craft beer specifically made for this secret standup comedy show taking place somewhere in Santa Monica. RSVP for address. $20; 21+ only. donttellcomedy.com

SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Backed by local jazz musicians, Santa Monica College’s award-winning ensemble performs an evening of jazz repertoire arranged for four-part harmony. Andreas Preponis directs. The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $10; free with student ID. thebroadstage.org

Nate Mercereau & DJ Anthony Valadez, 8 p.m. to midnight. Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mercereau celebrates the vinyl release of “Joy Techniques” with a live set, followed with by Valadez spinning at 10 p.m. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $10, or $8 advance. townhousevenice.com

Saturday, Nov. 16
City of Santa Monica Wellbeing Summit, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Building on Santa Monica’s 2015 launch of its Wellbeing Index, this interactive all-ages gathering gives residents a seat at the table for discussions of how to overcome challenges at home, work and school. Sessions include a workshop on building empathy, a discussion of social anxiety in the classroom, information about cash assistance for seniors, and opportunities to seek develop grant applications for ideas to improve local wellbeing. Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Free with RSVP. wellbeing.smgov.net

Wildlands Community Garden Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the community in some light gardening of this elementary school native habitat. The Walgrove Wildlands, 1630 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. wearewalgrove.com

Surfrider Foundation Beach Cleanup, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The environmental nonprofit partners with plant-based milk maker Almond Cow for a beach cleanup with coffee and homemade almond milk. BYOC. Venice Fishing Pier. la.surfrider.org

Pets & Vets Adoption Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate “Adopt a Senior Pet” month with family-friendly activities, complimentary food and drinks and photo opportunities while visiting with adoptable senior furry friends. Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, 12005 Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista. eventbrite.com

National Foster Youth Institute Afternoon of Learning, noon. Honoring L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and star of ABC’s “Black-ish” Marcus Scribner, this annual fundraiser benefitting the child welfare system aims to improve outcomes for foster youth by lifting up their voices. Address provided upon registration. $250. nfyi.org

Abbot Kinney Fantastic Film Festival, noon to 2 a.m. Watch one-of-a-kind arthouse, fashion and tech films just off the famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard. $5 to $30. Cadiz Court alleyway, between Aviator Nation (1224 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) and Roosterfish (1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd.), Venice. (323) 369-5466; abbotkinneyfilmfest.com

Venice Seed Library Meeting, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Build a deeper connection with nature by taking part in an heirloom seed exchange with a community of seed-savers hosted by the Seed Library of Los Angeles. Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd. slola.org

Laura Dern in person for “Marriage Story,” 4 to 7 p.m. The American Cinematheque presents a special screening of Noah Baumbach’s new film about the coast-to-coast divorce of a stage director and his actor wife. Discussion with actress Laura Dern follows. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $15; $13 for members. americancinemathequecalendar.com

Verdi Chorus: “Sound and Fury,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Anne Marie Ketchum directs the Verdi Chorus in selections from Verdi’s “Otello” and “Il trovatore,” Puccini’s “Turandot” and “Tosc”a and Lehárs “The Merry Widow.” Featuring guest soloists Shana Blake Hill, Alex Boyer and Malcolm MacKenzie. Accompanist Laraine Ann Madden. First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. $30; $40 for priority; $10 for students; $25 for seniors. (310) 393-8258; verdichorus.org

Don’t Tell Comedy – Playa del Rey, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Don’t Tell Comedy is a secret standup comedy show held in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces across Los Angeles. BYOB. RSVP for address. $20; 21+ only. donttellcomedy.com

Carminho at The Broad Stage, 8 to 11 p.m. Rising Fado star Carminho, one of the most celebrated Portuguese artists of her generation, performs at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $45 to $65. thebroadstage.org

Sunday, Nov. 17
Westchester Farmers Market Thanksgiving Festivities, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Support the local food bank while enjoying festive treats, live music and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Westchester Triangle, 6200 W. 87th St., Westchester. westchesterfarmersmkt.com

McUke Fest 2019 at McCabe’s, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Experience 12 straight hours of ukulele fun with workshops throughout the day and an all-star concert at night featuring Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Alex de Grassi, Craig McClelland, Daniel Ward and Superbroke. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25 for concert; $160 for full day pass. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

Field Day at West LA College, 10:30 a.m. to
2 p.m. YesRally and Lululemon present a fun-filled day on the field with all the games you remember as a kid as well as live entertainment, hard Kombucha, grain bowls for energy and ice cream to cool down. Take home a killer swag bag. West L.A. College, 2009 Overland Ave., Culver City. $10. fielddaynov17.splashthat.com

The Funny Thing About Memory Writing Workshop, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan teaches a class on accessing and recovering memory by reading narrative nonfiction, mainstream literary essays and memoir excerpts while analyzing the work of authors who have used memory as a tool. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. $50; $35 for members. (310) 822-3006; eventbrite.com

Colburn Rising Stars: Roldolfo Leone, 2 to 4 p.m. With recent appearances in the San Diego Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and New West Symphony orchestras, pianist Rodolfo Leone makes his L.A. recital debut at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. thebroadstage.org

Monday, Nov. 18
El Segundo Police Department Aloha Charity Golf Tournament, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The El Segundo Police Officers’ Association partners with the Sunday Crew to benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation and bring public awareness to the community. Chester Washington Golf Course, 1818 Charlie Sifford Drive, Hawthorne. $200; $750 for foursome. elsegundopoa.org

ICE at Santa Monica Free Skate Day, 2 to 10 p.m. Downtown Santa Monica’s beloved holiday ice rink opens up its rink for a family-friendly and fun day of free ice skating. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. downtownsm.com/ice-at-santa-monica

Hancock Institute Ensemble at Sam First, 8 to 11 p.m. UCLA masters students handpicked by acclaimed jazz musicians and educators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter perform at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd. $15; one drink minimum per set. 21+ only. samfirstbar.com

Tuesday, Nov. 19
“The Price of Free” Screening, 7 to 9:30 p.m. The city of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works screen this thrilling film following Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in her efforts of freeing every child from slavery. Panel discussion with producer Sarah Anthony and various experts follows. Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $8 to $12; free for Santa Monica residents, high school and college students. eventbrite.com.

Live Talks: Buck Henry Celebrating Mike Nichols, 8 p.m. Authors Ash Carter and Sam Kashner share candid conversations with the celebrated director’s closest friends in show business and the arts in an intimate conversation discussing their book “Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his friends.” William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20 for general admission; $45 for reserved section and a copy of the book. livetalksla.org

Wednesday, Nov. 20
State of LAX, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The LAX Coastal Chamber welcomes Los Angeles World Airport’s CEO Deborah Flint as its keynote speaker for a luncheon discussing updates by city leaders regarding LAX’s advancements in construction, technology, economic impact and more. $95. Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd. (310) 645-5151, business.laxcoastal.com

Meditations on Media, 7 to 10 p.m. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree inventories the psychic effects of media on individuals and society, and muses on why they are ignored. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com

“In This Life” Screening + Q&A with Robbie Fairchild, 7:30 p.m. The Broad Stage screens the award-winning experimental short film “In This Life,” starring New York City Ballet alum and “American in Paris” Broadway star Robbie Fairchild as he explores the language of grief and loss through the expressive medium of dance. A discussion with Fairchild and the director Bat-Sheva Guez follows. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Free. thebroadstage.org

Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Golden Globe-nominated actress Aileen Quinn (best known for her starring role in “Annie”) and her rockabilly band The Leapin’ Lizards perform for a night of dancing at Rusty’s Rhythm Club, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. A half-hour class precedes the 8 p.m. dance (no partner needed). $15 includes the class. (310) 606-5606; rustyfrank.com

Bruce Cockburn, 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter behind the powerful 1984 song “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and many, many others plays a show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $50; tickets likely to be sold out. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

Happy Gratitude Improv Diary Show, 8 to 9 p.m. Share a laugh with screenwriter, director and producer Kerri Fernsworth Feazell and stand-up comedian Olivia Hill as they read entries from their teenaged diaries while improvisers act out inspired scenes. 1323-A (alley) Third St., Santa Monica. $6; 21+ only. (310) 451-0850, westsidecomedy.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 the Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Thursday, Nov. 21
“Just Mercy” Preview Screening, 6 to 10 p.m. LMU School of Film and Television hosts this special screening of the Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx-led film based on the powerful and true-story of a young lawyer and his history-making battle for justice. Panel discussion follows. Life Science Auditorium at Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive. Free. RSVP at cal.lmu.edu.