New Roads School alumna and the nation’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman returns to the Westside for a celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. SEE MONDAY, JAN. 20.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Thursday Night Live Music at Lanea, 8 to 11 p.m. Start the weekend early and kick back every Thursday with authentic tacos, tequila and live country music performed by local artist Taylor Alexander. 217 Broadway, Santa Monica. (424) 265-7437;

“Spirit of the Amazon” Book Discussion and Signing, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join photojournalist Sue Cunningham and writer Patrick Cunningham as they discuss celebrating cultural differences and call for better stewardship of the natural world. Diesel, 225 26th St., Ste. 33, Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960;

Friday, Jan. 17

Annual Goal-Setting Workshop, 7 p.m. Figure out what you want and how to get it at this lunch-n-learn workshop with Argonaut contributor Debra Eckerling of the D*E*B Method. LAX Coworking, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, El Segundo.

Masters in the Chapel, 7 to 8 p.m. At this free concert, Tahoe Symphony Orchestra organist David Brock performs J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, and his original transcription for solo organ from the Handel Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4 #3. First Lutheran Church of Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice.

15th Annual Focus on Female Directors, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Celebrate the directional work of Academy Award winners, cinema pioneers, actresses-turned directors, animators, documentarians, and stars emerging from film schools and the film festival circuits. A discussion with filmmakers follows. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $12; $8 for members.

Russel Mallone Quartet, 8 to 9:30 p.m. The Jazz Bakery presents Russell Malone on guitar, Rick Germanson on piano, Luke Sellick on bass and Neal Smith on drums. Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $25 to $35.

Sounds of Siberia at McCabe’s, 8 to 10 p.m. Drawing on the powers of nature and the wisdom of the Yakut people, Yuliyana Krivoshapkina plays the khomus (the national instrument of the Skha Republic) with soloist Nachyn Choreve. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497;

Matthew Zapruder, 8 to 10 p.m. Joined by legendary L.A. poet Amy Gerstler, nationally acclaimed poet and former New York Times Magazine poetry column editor Matthew Zapruder reads from his latest book “Father’s Day.” Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $6 to $10; free for members.

Dr. Venus Opal Reese’s “The Raw Truth: A Pimp Daughter’s Diary,” 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Best-selling author, acclaimed international speaker and business mentor Dr. Venus Opal Reese—who overcame a tough and traumatic upbringing on the streets of Baltimore to earn a Stanford Ph.D. — kicks off her latest book tour with signings, personal growth and wealth workshops, and performances of her unique live, solo show, which brings her amazing story to life. Highways Performance Space and Gallery, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $47+.

Saturday, Jan. 18

30th Anniversary of Beach Yoga, 10 to 11:15 a.m. This long-running yoga class returns to its original beachside location. Get in the Zen zone while waves crash in the background. Lighthouse St. and the sand, Marina del Rey. $10.

A Purposeful Rescue Dog Adoption, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit with amazing dogs who have been overlooked at crowded shelters. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City.

Arnold Pro Strongman USA, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watch the world’s strongest athletes attempt amazing feats of strength — from lifting a 380-pound Slater’s wood log to shouldering a 400-pound sand bag. A portion of proceeds benefit the Santa Monica Firefighters Relief Fund. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.

Jimbo and the Bodacious Band, 1 to 4 p.m. Get some fresh air and enjoy free soul music by the water at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

“Marriage Story” Screening & Q+A with Noah Baumbach, 1 to 4 p.m. The American Cinematheque presents a special screening portraying the coast-to-coast divorce of a stage director from his actress wife. Discussion with director Noah Baumbach follows. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $15; $13 for members.

Feminist Networks of Creativity and Solidarity, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. This closing panel and reception for The Box Project exhibition focuses on the dynamics of women’s groups, featuring art historian Karen Cordero Reiman, senior fellow at CGU Center for Business and Management of the Arts Alma Ruiz, and artist and design historian Natalia Espinosa. SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice.

Wags + Walks at Amiga Wild, 6 to 8 p.m. Meet with lovable dogs searching for forever homes at Amiga Wild, 2124 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

Sounds of Goodness, 6 to 10 p.m. Join student debt relief platform Shared Harvest in honoring celebrities and community leaders who have used their voices to make an impact with a delightful musical tribute by local talent. The event welcomes Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences COO Christine Simmons. Blackbird House, 10600 Virginia Ave., Culver City. $25; free for members.

“Frances Ha” + “Mistress America” Double Feature, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Aero Theatre presents these two films both set in New York and directed by Noah Baumbach. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $12; $8 for members.

Smooth and Funky, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Rory Sheldon with InnerSession brings the funk for a night of upbeat dancing and unlimited fun. Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $10 cover. (310) 823-5451

Future Primitive Black Light Body Painting Party, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Be the art and tap into your tribal nature with black light body or face painting and get down to music by Ireesh Lal and LiquorBox. ArtBarLA, 12017 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25.

Sunday, Jan. 19

Champion Paddle, 9 a.m. Come together as a community to support and honor tremendous women paddlers who have battled breast cancer and treatment. Bring along something special to donate to the “healing-in-progress” basket. Pro SUP Shop, 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.

Reading Auras Workshop – Venice Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to see subtle light energy and understand the meaning of different vibrational levels to decode the energy fields of people, plants and yourself. Register to receive the location. $195.

Caro Pierotto, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The Latin-inspired singer-songwriter performs a collection of authentic vocals and fiery sounds during the free live music series “Ice Breakers.” Ice at Santa Monica, 1345 5th St., Santa Monica.

Swap ‘N’ Swell at Harley-Davidson, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clear out your garage or closet and sell your pre-loved motorcycle, dirt bike, gear or parts at this swap meet. Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey.

4th Annual Writers Resist/Writers Attack, 1 to 4 p.m. Hear some of Southern California’s finest up-and-coming and established literary voices read their work in response to the current state of the nation. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006;

Paint & Sip: Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” 2 to 5 p.m. Express your creative side while sipping on your favorite wine with step-by-step instructions on how to recreate a painting after Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.” Hotel MdR, 13480 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. $45.

Cindy Paley & The Folk Experience, 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Sing along and stomp your feet to American folk songs from the 1960’s folk music movement at Ice at Santa Monica, 1345 5th St., Santa Monica.

Monday, Jan. 20 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 9 a.m. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition presents a diverse celebration with keynote speaker and first-ever United States National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman. SGI-USA World Peace Ikeda Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Westchester Senior Citizen Center Club Signups, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Join this fun club that sponsors holiday lunches and parties, Wednesday Bingo games, trips to casinos, musical entertainments, a monthly book club and so much more. $6 to $12. Westchester Senior Citizen Center, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 649-3317

Singer-songwriter Happy Hour with Stefany Bryan, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Make yourself comfortable and take advantage of $2 off all drinks while listening to the acoustic indie singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Harvelle’s Nightclub, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica.

Restoration or Destruction, 6:30 p.m. Find out what public agencies have in store for the Ballona Wetlands with the Airport Marina Group of the Sierra Club. Burton Chase Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 450-5961

Rio’s Carnival at TRiP, 8 to 9 p.m. Grab your partner or dance solo to bossa novas and sambas while the band Cocovado pays tribute to Rio’s Carnival at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover; one drink minimum.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 

William Russell Wallace at Cinema Bar, 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. This rock ’n’ roll artist performs with indie pop rock band Our Last Summer, rhythm and blues artist Ol Man Proffitt and soulful pop artist Isabella Blue. The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Daybreaker LA: Soaring ’20s Boat Party, 6 to 9 p.m. Sail away from the Roaring Twenties and dive into the Soaring 2020s with yoga (bring your own mat) and an epic dance party. Wear all white, sip on free kombucha and munch on yummy bites. The Hornblower, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $30 to $45.