Put on your lederhosen or dirndl for an Oktoberfest celebration at Rasselbock. SEE SATURDAY, SEPT. 21.

Thursday, Sept. 19
“2010: The Year We Make Contact” Screening, 7:30 p.m. This sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey” follows a U.S.-Soviet mission sent to learn what happened to the Discovery spacecraft from “2001” … and HAL. Discussion with director Peter Hyams and actors James McEachin and Elya Baskin follows the screening. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 260-1528; aerotheatre.com

Writers Bloc Presents: Salman Rushdie, 7:30 p.m. The Booker Prize-winning novelist sits down with renowned L.A. journalist and witty interviewer Patt Morrison for an onstage conversation about “Quichotte,” his latest novel incorporating elements of social satire and suspense. 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $20 to $39. writersblocpresents.com

A History of Venice: A Night of Film, 7 to 10 p.m. Programming for the ongoing exhibit of Venice’s history continues with never-before-seen Dogtown skate footage of the 1980s, art films by Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA) founder Juri Koll, rare works by noted Venice archivist Tom Sewell and productions by the young auteurs of Venice Arts. ViCA and Venice Heritage Museum co-present. $6 to $10. linktr.ee/ahistoryofvenice

The Strands and Dylan Meek, 9 p.m. to midnight. Jazz band The Strands perform with special guest keyboardist and soul/R&B vocalist Dylan Meek at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com

Genius Loci Presents Same Same but Different Los Angeles Pre-Party, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tunes by Henry Pope, Memo Rex and Aaron Jacobs at The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $10 to $12. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Friday, Sept. 20
Global Climate Strike – Westchester & Playa del Rey, 8 to 9 a.m. The youth-led Climate Strike asks supporters to walk out of their homes and workplaces to demand action in response to the global climate crisis. Westchester residents are meeting outside the Westchester Community Building at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Manchester Avenue. Info at facebook.com and actionnetwork.org.

Tom Freund & Friends, 8 p.m. Venice singer-songwriter Tom Freund, fresh off his new album “East of Lincoln,” mixes elements of folk, Americana and alternative rock for a unique sound. Special guest Love Me in the Dark opens. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; mcccabes.com

Don’t Tell Comedy Outdoor Show, 8 to 10 p.m. Don’t Tell Comedy is a secret comedy show in living rooms, backyards and other intimate settings around Los Angeles. BYOB. RSVP to receive the address of the event, taking place somewhere in Venice. $15. donttellcomedy.com

Mike Moody, 9:30 p.m. Mike Moody performs his soulful blues, R&B and ’70s rock sound at Basement Tavern, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 396-2469; basementtavern.com

“A Dirty Shame” Screening, 11:59 p.m. John Waters, maestro of the transgressive cult film, stretches the limits with this movie about convenience store owner Sylvia Stickles (Tracy Ullman) who is hit on the head and transformed into a sex-crazed lunatic. She attracts the attention of Ray Ray (Johnny Knoxville) in search of the world’s greatest orgasm. Their sexual revolution creates a class war in their Baltimore town. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. $12. (310) 473-8530; landmarktheatres.com

Saturday, Sept. 21
Freshwater Pro Viewing Party, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater’s Outerknown sustainable clothing brand throws a Hawaiian-style watch party, featuring poke, Lilikoi Passionfruit Sour Ale and plenty of Freshwater Pro swag, celebrating Slater’s legendary surfing showdown at his WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California. The Pointe, 850 S. CA-1, El Segundo. thepointsb.com

Film Independent: The Portal, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Film Independent showcases new animated, documentary and fictional storytelling in 360, virtual, augmented and mixed reality from exhibitions around the world. Explore the best of modern XR and immersive visual storytelling at LMU’s Playa Vista Campus, 12105 W. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Free. filmindependent.org

WAM Block Party, noon to 8 p.m. The annual Westchester Arts & Music Block Party returns with live bands, artisan vendors, food trucks, a beer garden and family-friendly activities between West 80th Place and W. 80th Street in Westchester. Admission is free; the organizers’ share of sales proceeds benefit the Emerson Avenue Community Garden. wamblockparty.org

Forte Animal Rescue Adoptions, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Marina del Rey-based rescue group hosts animal adoptions held each Saturday. Stop by and find your new best friend. Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 3860 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. (310) 398-2134; farescue.org

Meet Me at Reed: Bruns Collective, 3 to 5 p.m. Jason Bruns nine-piece jazz band, featuring vocalist Kevin Bachelder, plays jazz standards, originals and reimagined pop hits with a Latin rhythmic influence. Bring lawn chairs, a picnic blanket, food and drink to this outdoor show. Free. Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. smgov.net/reed

Oktoberfest Kick-Off Party, 3 to 11:59 p.m. Celebrate with live traditional German music, Oktoberfest decorations, food specials, lederhosen & dirndl, giveaways and more. Traditional stein holding contest at 9 p.m. Rasselbock L.A. Kitchen & Beer Garden, 3817 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. facebook.com/RasselbockLA

Small Press Book Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beyond Baroque, Culver City Arts Foundation and Vagabond Press join forces to present the inaugural Small Press Book Festival, a family-friendly occasion to attend workshops and readings and to talk all things literary. Culver City Crossroads, World Stage Press, Los Angeles Review of Books and Tia Chucha Press are among confirmed participants. The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Info at beyondbaroque.org

2nd Annual Girl Power Movie Night: “Whip It,” 5 to 9 p.m. Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization inspiring girls to know and activate their limitless potential. Support your daughters and sisters at this fundraising screening of Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut about friendship, teamwork and roller derby. Win raffle prizes, grab some popcorn and listen to the panel discussion following the movie. Cinemark Howard Hughes Center, 6081 Center Dr., Ste 201, Westchester. $50 to $100. gotrla.org

Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band, 9:30 p.m. Larry “Fuzzy” Knight and the 11-piece Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm & Blues band perform St. Louis-style rhythm and blues hotter than St. Louis BBQ, featuring the Fabulous Smokettes. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 395-1676; harvelles.com

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Screening, 11:59 p.m. Saturdays. This cult classic finds lovebirds Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) stranded with a flat tire in a storm. Transvestite scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) takes them in, subjecting them to a houseful of wild characters and unexpected consequences. The Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. $14. (310) 473-8530; landmarktheatres.com

Sunday, Sept. 22
Vegetable Gardening Fall Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. If you dream it, you can create it. Learn tricks for planning your garden space, successful plant placement, healthy soil mixes and the best places to get great seed. Mar Vista address provided upon registration. $45. gardenerd.com

Making Waves for Democracy Fundraiser: Benefitting Sea Change!, 2 to 4 p.m. Raise money for the blue tsunami in 2020 while enjoying tasty food and smart company. Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Ted Lieu and L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl speak. Mar Vista address provided with donation. $50+. facebook.com/HeartLADems

“Music from Movies and TV” 3:30 p.m. Westside Voices is a unique a cappella choral group performing a diverse repertoire from jazz to classical, world music to pop. This afternoon they perform iconic movie and TV music. Westchester United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. Suggested donation $15. (310) 822-9067; westsidevoices.com

Vibe Into Sunset, 5 to 9 p.m. Groove to deep, progressive and tech house music hosted by Igor Petrovic to get your evening started. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Joey Alexander Trio, 7:30 p.m. Self-taught prodigy pianist Joey Alexander took the jazz world by storm at the age of 10. Now in his teens, he performs original compositions and unique covers highlighting his technical prowess. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $69 to $99. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org

Schmaltz Concert, 7 p.m. These four musicians embrace the modes, melodies and rhythms of the Eastern European Jewish folk music klezmer, while mixing classical, blues, jazz, Indian and Middle Eastern music to bring audiences a unique listening experience. Coffee and pastries served at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Resident Theater, 705 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com

Monday, Sept. 23
The Hot Club of L.A., 9 p.m. The Hot Club of L.A. plays gypsy jazz of 1930s Paris on Monday nights at The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. No cover. (310) 390-1328; thecinemabar.com

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Journalist to Novelist, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Los Angeles-based journalists David Ulin, Margaret Wappler and Adam Popescu discuss their roads to writing fiction, paths to publication and the difference between getting a great story and creating one. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free. annenbergbeachhouse.com

Wednesday, Sept. 25
19th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair and Roundtables, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet face-to-face with professional candidates at this career fair developed specifically to provide companies with qualified and diverse candidates. DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside, 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City. Free. (562) 409-0056; citycareerfair.com

Los Angeles County District Attorney Debate, 6:30 p.m. The Santa Monica Democratic Club hosts a debate featuring Democratic candidates planning to run for Los Angeles County District Attorney against incumbent Jackie Lacey. Major subjects include gun violence, police use of force, mass incarceration and immigrant detention. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 2nd Fl., Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica. Free. facebook.com/santamonicademocrats

Josh Nelson Quartet feat. Joe LaBarbera, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. This first outing of a four-night Josh Nelson residency features Josh Nelson on piano, Danny Janklow on alto sax, Karl McComas-Reichl on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Nelson performs with different lineups the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006; samfirstbar.com

Museums & Galleries
“Roughing It: How Mark Twain Made the West,” opening reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Curator Dominick Beaudine speaks about works on display as well as his process to prepare the exhibit, the first edition “Roughing It” text and its illustrations. Professor of English K.J. Peters discusses the West and the mythological space of the frontier in an attempt to understand why Twain went west and why his distinctive style emerged in this landscape. William H. Hannon Library, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. facebook.com/lmulibrary

“The Room,” opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Various artists contribute works to create an immersive life-sized room, exploring contemporary still life and object painting. Exhibit runs through Oct. 15. bG Gallery, Bergamot Station A-2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. santamonica.bgartdealings.com

Vicky Steckel, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. No Free Bread presents a solo show of Steckel’s work from her two-month residency with the gallery. Wine and cocktails provided by The Misfit and Ingo’s Tasty Diner. 1150 18th St., Santa Monica. (310) 310-9920; info@nofreebreadgallery.com

Live VR Painting at Street Art House, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Walk into a fully immersive virtual reality painting by CS Murphy or Anna Solomko and enjoy a night of art, technology and an open bar. $20. Street Art House, 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Unit 115 on Runway Road, Playa Vista. eventbrite.com