Check out how JR’s “Inside Out” project is capturing the personality of children in the Boys & Girls Club of Venice during its community block party. SEE THURSDAY, AUG. 16.
Photo by Niall O’Brien

Thursday, August 16
Venice Pop-Up Park: Summertime!, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Bring a meeting, lunch or project, use the free Wi-Fi and enjoy the summer feel through Aug. 31. 1021 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free.

Beach Eats, 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach with live music by the Christopher Hawley Rollers from 6 to 8 p.m. Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7900;

El Segundo Art Walk, 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy the last El Segundo art walk of 2018 featuring self-guided art tours of 35+ artists and downtown El Segundo creative businesses opening their doors. The headquarter venue features art installations, live music, food trucks and a beer garden. 314 Main Street, El Segundo.

Summer Sunset Cocktail Cruise, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Oct. Cruise the harbor alongside summer sailing races and under the evening sky. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $37. (310) 301-9900;

Venice Block Party, 6 to 8 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Venice debuts a new public art installation, featuring portraits of BGCV members in JR’s “Inside Out” international art project, with a smorgasbord of local flavors and more. Gjelina, Deus Ex Machina, Butcher’s Daughter, Yellow Fever and Ben & Jerry’s Venice Beach contribute eats and pick-up basketball, deejays and live music go throughout the evening. 2332 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Contact to get involved;

Summer Dance Party, 6 to 10 p.m. Westside Family Health Center hosts a dance party with deejays spinning all the danceable hits and special prize drawings. WFHC provides affordable, high quality health care to medically vulnerable people. Proceeds support health care for the underserved. Moose Lodge 702, 1600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $25 minimum donation.

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

4 Lads from Liverpool, 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy this Beatles tribute band in an intimate courtyard with refreshing summer breezes. Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free; $11 VIP seats. (310) 398-2583;

Grass Fed Comedy, 8:30 to 11 p.m. Justin Wood hosts a night of comedy, featuring comics from Comedy Central, Conan, Buzzfeed, Netflix and more. Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 392-2122;

Turtle Races at Brennan’s, 9 p.m. Each third Thursday of the month, local Irish pub Brennan’s resumes its 45-year tradition of turtle racing. Brennan’s, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 443-5119;

Surfside Summer Sounds, 9 to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from Back of the Hand All-Stars. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894;

Venice Gets Deep, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Marques Wyatt and Heidi Lawden spin in the basement with Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Joplin spinning in the Deep Lounge. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $15 to $30. (310) 392-4040;

Friday, August 17
Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 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. Byron Stalcup (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876

Beach=Culture: Under the Umbrella, 11 a.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Artist and environmental activist Therese Kelly showcases a hybrid project beginning with a series of placards popping up in unexpected places and leads a tour of the Annenberg Beach House grounds, describing facts about water usage, treatment and ecology. Guests can participate in a Shibori (Japanese tie-dye) workshop. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free.

“How to Make Fitness Work in your Busy Lifestyle,” 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to balance work and a healthy lifestyle by making time for fitness. SoCal Sport and Fitness trainer Jeff Blair instructs how to get more done in less time and maximize fitness results. LAX Coastal Chamber Office, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 210, Westchester. Free. (310) 645-5151;

New Belgium Beer Sour Saison Tour, 5 to 7 p.m. New Belgium’s Sour Saison blend combines foeder-aged golden sour and a French-style Saison. Taste the deconstructed beer and then create a version of your own combination. Hayden, 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 593-4777

Tape Art Experience, 5 to 11 p.m. Independent artist Chiho Harazaki created an eye-popping art experience with thousands of perfectly placed pieces of electrical tape. Experience an entire space transformed, then enjoy a cocktail hour with live music and a hula hoop performance. 214 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover; after 9:15 p.m. $10. (310) 396-9010;

SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Show up and prove your talent (sign-ups start at 6:30 p.m.) then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during this open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056;

Frank Potenza Organ Trio, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Frank Potenza (guitar), Carey Frank (Hammond B-3 organ) and Aaron Serfaty (drums) perform two sets of jazz at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006;

Mae.Sun Concert with DJ Jedi & Anthony Valadez, 8 p.m. Saxophonist, vocalist and composer Hailey Niswanger performs post-modern jazz and international world music with her band Mae.Sun. DJ Jedi and Anthony Valadez spin new and old soul, funk, blues, rock and hip-hop at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

“Blood and Sand” Screening, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Bullfighting movie “Blood and Sand” established silent film star Rudolph Valentino as a 1920s sex symbol. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $10; reservations recommended. (310) 322-2592;

Bitha One Launch, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Emerging from the house music scene, Bitha brings an evening inspired by the European tech scene along with deejays, producers, artists and dancers at West End Nightclub, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica.

Saturday, August 18
Bay Foundation’s Volunteer Event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Culver City Rain Garden captures rain and surface runoff, filters noxious contaminants from flowing into the Ballona Creek and beautifies the urban landscape. Help weed and water this necessary garden. Culver City Rain Garden, 4306 Jackson Ave., Culver City. (310) 400-4531;

National Honey Bee Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn to protect and honor the insect responsible for more than a third of the food we eat with beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and honey bee enthusiasts. 1315 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

“Back to School with Bigfoot” Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Author Samantha Berger, illustrator Dave Pressler and the very hairy puppet Bigfoot tackle the worries of the first day of school. All the problems are bigger for Bigfoot — from getting a haircut to trying on new clothes. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; Ages 4 to 8. (310) 559-2665;

Humphry Slocombe Grand Opening, 11 a.m. to noon. This San Francisco-based ice cream parlor comes to Venice. Stop by the grand opening for free scoops, to meet drag queens and enter giveaways. Donations benefit The Trevor Project. Humphry Slocombe, 1653 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

A Purposeful Rescue Adoption Event, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by this outdoor meet-and-greet to find your new best friend. Become a pet parent or ask about becoming a foster parent. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Free.

Sheriff’s BBQ Fundraiser + Peng-Peng Lee, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet and support the heroes (local sheriff’s department, coast guard, fire department and lifeguards) who work to keep the community safe. Also meet the UCLA NCAA championship-winning women’s gymnastics team with a special appearance by their M.V.P. Christine Peng-Peng Lee. Event benefits the building of a new fitness center. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Mari na del Rey.

Inkwell Pop-Up, noon to 4 p.m. Learn about how the rich lived it up on historic Inkwell Beach — where African Americans enjoyed the coast during the Jim Crow era — with
a pop-up exhibit, lifestyle party and mini-talks about local African American history. Inkwell Beach, 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Search “Waves and Curls Beach
Party” at

Strikers Band, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to live music, nibble on light refreshments and dance the afternoon away. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Culver City Senior Citizens Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. $5. (310) 253-6700

Blue Jeans + Cool Jams, 1 to 4 p.m. Fight criminal cannabis convictions in California, while enjoying music. SameSide staff can help you fill out a postcard or email your legislator. Create GIFs at the SameSide photo booth. Pick up tees and Levi’s jeans and have them customized in-store. Tees + Jeans, 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-3834;

Natural Soapmaking, 2 to 4 p.m. Chesilhurst Farm CEO Kim Kent teaches how to make soap from scratch, using natural plant-based oils, butter oils, and botanicals. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $45.
Silence the Senses, 3 to 7 p.m. Support children with disabilities as they walk the runway. This fashion show caters to the needs of children with sensory sensitivity. Healthy snacks provided. The Beat Box Studio L.A., 11828 Teale St., Culver City. $10 to $20.

Sofar Sounds: Venice Outdoor Show, 6:45 to 9 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at

HUSHfest: New York State of Mind, 7 p.m. Hear some of Southern California’s finest deejays playing the best New York has to offer with Jay Z’s tunes representing NYC’s hip-hop scene and the Talking Heads bringing New Wave. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. $12+.

KCRW Summer Nights: Henry Rollins at our Backyard Party, 7 to 11 p.m. Check out KCRW’s new backyard at this final KCRW soiree on the Westside. Deejays Dan Wilcox, Eric J. Lawrence and Henry Rollins bring the vibes. Food trucks are on hand along with special summer cocktails, while Beat Swap Meet hosts a vinyl pop-up show. KCRW, 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Free.

Kate Taylor and Jeremy Clyde, 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter and younger sister of James Taylor performs with Jeremy Clyde at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497;

Jeff Parker Trio, 8 and 9:30 p.m. The Jeff Parker Trio performs two sets of jazz at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006;

Sunday, August 19
Count Basie Remembrance, 9 a.m. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church honors jazz great Count Basie with guest musicians during worship service. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 452-1116;

Burner Pop, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Haven’t finished packing for burning man yet? Amiga Wild throws a last minute pop-up to pick up last-minute accessories, sequins and sunnies with live music, sips and snacks — plus a braid bar to perfect your Playa do. Amiga Wild, 2124 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (323) 628-2144;

Sunday Boat House, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring deejays, weekly themed events and luxury cabana rentals, this Sunday pool party is back by popular demand to refresh you through the summer. Through Sept. 2. Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-1000;

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

Jazz on the Lawn, 4 to 7 p.m. Twanguero performs Latin twang with a combination of Spanish guitar, American folk, blues, rockabilly, flamenco and tango. The Samohi Jazz Combo plays contemporary jazz standards at intermission (5:50 p.m.). Pre-concert games start at 4 p.m. Bring a picnic or grab a bite from The Gastrobus (farmers market bistro-style), the Yalla Truck (falafel and chicken kabob sandwiches) or the Paradise Cookies & Ice Cream Truck. Gandara Park, 1819 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Free.

The Venice Electric Light Parade, 7:15 p.m. Mr. Sebastian “The Light Man” strings LED wheel lights on bikes until 7:45 p.m. and then this family-friendly bike ride travels from Venice to Santa Monica and back, covering about eight miles. Meet at Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk.

Monday, August 20
ProCon @ The Pier, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This non-partisan debate series is for those seeking vetted information and civil discourse. Experts debate “Water: Desalinate Ocean Water for L.A.?” Enjoy music, interactive civic engagement activities, a pop-up library and more before the live debate starting at 6:30 p.m. West end of the Pier, Santa Monica. Free.

Tuesday, August 21
Shinola x Natus Kaupas: A Night with Dogtown Legends, 6 to 9 p.m. To celebrate the launch of his collection of limited edition surfboards inspired by Venice’s old West Washington Blvd., Hall of Fame skateboarder and Santa Monican Natas Kaupas sits down for a fireside chat with Dogtown natives Jim Muir, Peggy Oki and Skip Engblom. Proceeds from sales benefit Safe Place for Youth. Shinola Venice, 1623 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (424) 322-2177;

Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press Reading, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For a night of words and rhythm, four writers — Maurya Simon, Eloise Klein Healy, Debbie Clarke Moderow and Amber Flora Thomas — read from their work, with a dance performance by Sheetal Gandhi. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free; RSVP required. (310) 458-8350;

Wednesday, August 22
Wrkprty @ Outsite Venice, noon to 5 p.m. This curated pop-up co-working event increases productivity and connection, ensuring goals are met with dedicated time for work and breaks. Coffee, tea and water provided. Outsite Venice, 2000 Dell Ave., Venice. $12; RSVP required.

#SunsetSessions, 6 to 9 p.m. Let your voice be heard on important issues. Enjoy music and cocktails while learning about immigration, women’s equality and criminal justice reform advocacy. The Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Blvd., Venice. Free admission.

Summer at the Point Music Series-Rockit, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Weekly summer music series features variety dance band Rockit for a pre-back-to-school party. The Point, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. Free.

#imakealiving: “Creating Your Brand,” 6:30 to 10 p.m. Part small business boot camp and part group therapy, this event brings together a diverse group of creatives, entrepreneurs and small business owners. Learn insights to take your business to the next level. Enjoy networking and cocktails after the panel discussion. The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice.

MindTravel Under the Stars, 7 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Under a starry sky on the beach listen to composer and pianist Murray Hidary compose music in real time through wireless headphones. Then experience deeper binaural beats designed to put your brain in a meditative state. Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. $15 to $35.

Thursday, August 23
Silicon Speech Toastmasters, noon. Learn tech talk. Develop your communication skills and practice explaining your vision. Playa Vista Runway District. Call for details (310) 890-2709.

Wine & Paint in the Park, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Drink and paint in this beautiful outdoor setting. Wine and supplies provided. Ballona Discovery Park, 13110 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista. $25; ages 21+.

Break the Spell Workshop, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Artist Darrell Fusaro teaches the five most valuable things not taught in art school. Create a self-portrait on a stick. All materials provided. ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. Free. (424) 277-1020;

Museums and Galleries
Cortney Herron at The Riveter, opening 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Women’s co-working space The Riveter Marina del Rey hosts a pop-up gallery series of local female artists’ work, starting with the paintings of West L.A. native Cortney Herron. A freelance artist and content manager for Refinery29, Coca Cola and more, her work explores beauty, fashion and femininity with unabashedly bold strokes and candid observations. 4505 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey. Search “Cortney Herron” at to RSVP.

Miyazaki Tribute Art Show, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and 19. Spoke Art celebrates Japanese filmmaker and animator Hayao Miyazaki with whimsical pieces of painting, embroidery, sculpture and limited-edition prints from over 100 international artists. Building Bridges Art Exchange, 2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2, Santa Monica.

Chris Madans: It Seems to Be True, opening 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Chris Madans found-object assemblages explore her relationships, family, loss and love through the creation of whimsical little worlds, tableaus and dioramas. FIG: First Independent Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. D2, Santa Monica. (310) 829-0345;

“Music in Art,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18. Blue 7, McCabe’s Guitar Shop (3101 Pico Blvd.), UnUrban Coffee Shop (3301 Pico Blvd.) and Upper West restaurant (3321 Pico Blvd.) collaborate on an exhibit depicting music, musicians and instruments through multiple mediums. Musicians perform during the receptions at each location on Pico Boulevard. Exhibit on view through Sept. 22. Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444;

“Griffith Park Boys Camp,” and Artists-in-Residence Open Studios,
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Kenneth Tam uses the American summer camp as both a conceptual frame and an actual site to investigate the social dynamics within all-male groups and the norms of masculine identity. Tam’s video work involves adult, working-age men of all backgrounds, who participated in a three-day experimental summer camp. Installation on view through Sept. 14. Artists-in-residence open their studios to the public for Aug. 18 only. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica.

Timothea Stewart Selected Works, opening 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Stewart’s paintings depict energy and the field it creates, forming rhythm and a sense of movement using the juxtaposition of colors. Robert Graham Studio, 5856 W. Adams Blvd., Culver City. (310) 480-7977