Thursday, Jan. 18
“The Past, Present and Future of Fair Housing at 50 Years,” 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office hosts a panel discus-
sion that includes Housing Rights Center Executive Director Chancela Al-Mansour, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Director Kevin Kish and former U.S. Sen. Fred Harris. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free; registration required. (310) 458-8691;

Venice Art Crawl Mixer, 6 to 9 p.m. Discuss art, culture and entertainment over sushi and cocktails with local artists and merchants. Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice. $5.

Mar Vista Community Council Aging in Place Committee, 6 p.m. A screening of “Being Mortal,” a PBS Frontline documentary on the practice of caring for the dying, is followed by a Q&A with committee co-chair Birgitta Kastenbaum. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Windward School, 11350 Palms Blvd., Room 1030, Mar Vista.

West Coast Swing, 6:30 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and open dance. Intermediate swing dance classes start at 6:30 p.m., followed by beginner and intermediate/advanced classes at 7:30 p.m., and open dancing at 8:30 p.m. $15 includes the class; $10 just to dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606;

Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Airport Relations Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Loyola Village Public Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.

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.

Voter Outreach with Code Blue, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Get a handle on mid-term madness. Learn about early voter engagement, receive outreach training, and socialize over wine and cheese while contacting and engaging voters via phone and text message to ensure they are informed and registered. Address provided with RSVP.

Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey.

Del Rey Toastmasters Club, 7 to 9 p.m. This group provides a supportive and positive learning environment for members to develop effective public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings happen each Thursday in the conference room at Oakwood Marina del Rey, 4111 Via Marina, Marina del Rey. Free.

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;

Live Music Thursdays, 9 to midnight. Discover new bands by the beach. A different blues, reggae, rock or hip-hop artist is featured each week. This week it’s The PCH Band, a “funky rockin’ blues band.” Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894;

Thursday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. KJ Theresa Ryan hosts this Thursday night of tunes and fun at The Venice Whaler, 10 Washington Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-8737;

Howl, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. A dance party featuring music by LoboMan and special guests. DJ Vinyl Don spins at 10 p.m. in the Townhouse bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;


Friday, Jan. 19
ESMoA Drawing Club, 10 to 11 a.m. This informal group meets every Friday. Start with warm-up drawing exercises and then draw, taking inspiration from the featured artworks. All skill-levels welcome, but adults only. ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. Free. (424) 277-1020;

Mat Pilates, 11:30 a.m. Work out your core muscles and stretch away stress at Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769;

Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010;

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. Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark at (562) 508-0260;

Open Temple: Shabbat Take Me Higher, 7 to 9 p.m. Finger foods served at 7 p.m., Shabbat services begin at 7:15 p.m., and Shabbat After Dark starts at 9 p.m. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. RSVP to (310) 821-1414 or

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;

“What Can I Do? A Poet’s Debate,” 8 p.m. Indivisible CA-43 founder Vlad Popescu and KPFK’s Jerry Quickley lead an evening of contemplative and powerful readings by Vagabond Poets and others.

Friday Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. With unforgettable views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two-and-a-half hour cruise makes for a quick romantic getaway. Boarding begins at 7:30 p.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $87.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900;

Fireside Concert Series: LA Flute Orchestra, 8 to 10 p.m. This unique repertoire includes jazz, folk and classical selections, including new music for flute ensemble. Nashville flutist Michael Morton and Hollywood flutist Sheridon Stokes join the performance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to $10.

Old Town Music Hall All Star Comedy Festival, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Come hear the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ, join in the audience sing-a-long and laugh to the classic comedic geniuses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $10. (310) 322-2592;

DJ Anthony Valadez and DJ Jedi Dance Party, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;


Saturday, Jan. 20
Electric Airplane Morning with George Bye, 9:30 to 11 a.m. The CEO of Bye Aerospace discusses the benefits of electric flight and the future of flight training. Museum of Flying, 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 398-2500;

Andrew and Polly Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. Writing and performing friendly and engaging music for children, Andrew and Polly use their vocal harmony and a cornucopia of acoustic instruments to delight kids and parents alike. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. All ages. (310) 559-2665;

“You!” Storytime, 11 a.m. Author and artist Sandra Magsamen brings an offering of inspiration and hope in her new book of lively illustrations and whimsical rhyming text. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213;

SoulfulofNoise Venice Beach, noon to 2 p.m. Independent hip-hop, R&B and soul artists bring live music and good vibes to the Venice Boardwalk near Market Street.

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. $68.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900;

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country and rockabilly concert by JB & The BC Riders. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Open Mic for Musicians, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and crack open a cold one. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010;

Symphomaniax Concert, 2 p.m. Known for incorporating class and humor into their performances, musical quartet Symphomaniax performs a range from Baroque, Classical and Romantic music to pop and contemporary hits. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. (310) 524-2728

Awake Concert Series: “Indivisible,” 8 p.m. The concert features two major piano music works. Opening the concert, Inna Faliks plays an hour-long “The People United will Never be Defeated” by Frederic Rzewski. Next, “Gay Guerilla” is played on four pianos by Billy Childs, Scott Dunn, Louise Thomas and Daniel Schlosberg as a powerful tribute to the modern fight for gay rights. First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220
Second St., Santa Monica. $20 to $45.

Fireside Concert Series: Voices Only: An A Cappella Night, 8 to 10 p.m. Three eclectic all-vocal groups serenade with surprising arrangements, familiar tunes and new sounds. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to $10.

Katalyst Jazz, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Inglewood-based future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by a Dot Dot Dot dance party with DJ Canyon Cody. DJ Shiva spins soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance music at 10 p.m. upstairs. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Blowin’ Smoke Revue, 9 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. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 395-1676;

Unkle Monkey Show, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Local band plays rock and reggae covers and originals with a healthy dose of the Grateful Dead. Prince O’Whales, 335 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-9826


Sunday, Jan. 21
Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bass player and composer Josh Cohen draws inspiration from Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius, bringing his solo bass music to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica.

Single Seniors Book Club and Potluck, 10:30 a.m. Seniors can make new friends while enjoying good food and discussing good books. Address supplied upon request. Free.

Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz funk concert by “The Funky Sax Man” Chazzy Green. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

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;

“Latin Fever!” 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Experience a night of salsa and burlesque featuring the Forbidden Roses Burlesque Troupe. DJ Tito El Guayaco and MC Roman Vasquez fill up the night with salsa, bachata and merengue. DJ Vinyl Don spins upstairs. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

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, Jan. 22
Seated Breath Meditation: Naam Yoga, 10:15 a.m. This class aims to calm and clear the mind through controlled breathing, mudras (hand-seals) and simple seated movements that promote balance and rhythm in our emotions, thoughts and physical bodies. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769;

Nina’s Tango Practica, 6 to 9 p.m. Each Monday night learn the art of tango and enjoy a tapas tasting menu. Grand Casino Bakery & Café, 3826 Main St., Culver City. $12.95. (310) 945-6099;

Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330;

Culver City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity for the public to address the council on issues both on and off the agenda. City Hall of Culver City, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free.

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, Jan. 23
Beach=Culture with Luis Alfaro, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Playwright Luis Alfaro discusses his 20 years of art making, community building and national and international theatre work, answering questions and revealing backstage details on plays and projects. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free; reservations required.

Reading Between the Lines of a Publishing Agreement, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Attorney Paul S. Levine teaches the principles of copyright law, the roles of agents and lawyers, the process of obtaining them and the means of compensating them and typical publishing agreement clauses. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $20.

Writers Blok with “Seinfeld” writer Peter Mehlman, 7 to 10 p.m. Writers Blok provides everything needed for a productive writing evening: space, WiFi, outlets and the implicit peer pressure of fellow writers. Open writing with tea and coffee from 5 to 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., “Seinfeld” writer Peter Mehlman discusses his experience working on the show. Writers Blok, 1001 18th St., Santa Monica. $10.

Surfside Trivia Night, 9 to 11 p.m. Win prizes and impress your friends with your trivia skills. Happy hour drink prices all night. Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (424) 256-7894;


Wednesday, Jan. 24
Los Angeles County Beach Commission, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A 20-member body appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors that reviews Beaches and Harbors’ policies, contract and capital projects, the committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Maria Wong (310) 821-5245;

Open Temple: Tea and Torah, 1 to 2 p.m. Enjoy tea with Rabbi Lori and special guests. Open Temple House, 1422 Electric Ave., Venice.

Tenant Rights and Eviction Clinic, 6 to 8 p.m. Are you worried about eviction or involuntary displacement? Receive legal assistance by Eviction Defense Network and L.A. Tenants Union. Bilingual legal services provided as well. Venice Family Clinic, 604 Rose Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 664-7591;

Venice Connect Mixer, 6 to 8 p.m. Partake in delicious drinks and appetizers while enjoying networking, mingling, poetry, literature and art. Expand your cultural knowledge while meeting new friends and building business connections. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $10 to $20.

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

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 Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;


Thursday, Jan. 25
Clutter Management for Older Adults, 2 to 3 p.m. Professional organizer Laura Ellis shares lots of great ideas on how to help get clutter under control. Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415;

Death Café, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Death is not an easy subject to talk about, yet everyone is touched by it. This is an opportunity to talk about feelings, fears and anything else on the topic without judgment or expectations. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769;

LAX Coastal Chamber Networking @ Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Join the chamber for food, networking and open house activities. LAX Coastal Chamber Office, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. members free; non-members $10. (310) 645-5151;

Silicon Beach L.A. Tech Mixer,
6 to 9 p.m. Join the largest and fastest growing startup scene in Southern California and mingle with success-
ful people in the tech and startup world. Viceroy, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $1 to $60. silicon-

Venice Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the first and last Thursdays of each month at Oakwood Recreation Center, 787 California Ave., Venice.
“Communication: It’s Art & Soul,” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Social media has changed the way people relate and communicate. In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool. Contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize it for the better. Chabad of Marina del Rey, 2929 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. $85.

Westside Reggae, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Every last Thursday of the month enjoy the best of dancehall, lovers’ rock, reggaeton and rocksteady. Melody Bar + Grill, 9132 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. $5 to $8.


Galleries & Museums
“All Hands on Deck,” opening reception 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan 21. Thirteen Los Angeles-based artists address issues related to body, identity and forms of representation. Through April 22 at the Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester.

“Four Million Angels,” opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan 25. This exhibit examines the diverse cross section of people who inhabit the streets of Santa Monica and Greater Los Angeles, reflecting a passionate interest in people and speaking to universal experiences. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free.

“Saint John’s Health Center: 75 Years of Healing, Discovery and Service to the Community,” ends Jan. 27. In recognition of Providence Saint John’s 75th anniversary, this exhibit details the health center’s founding and development with unique artifacts and photographs from the center’s archives. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290;

“Hope,” ends Jan. 28. This exhibit highlights how Cuba is a country full of contradictions and became one of the most interesting places for the creation of contemporary and new media art. This is part of a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. (424) 277-1020;

“Moldando Pedra Dura” and “Tools of the Trade,” through March 3. Brazilian painter and muralist Rodrigo Branco presents eclectic and colorful paintings exploring the story of his life, and Carmen Spera showcases hyper-realistic glass sculptures based on the tools she uses every day, playing with the idea of magic and illusion by taking these items out of context. Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station E3, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-6990;