Thursday, April 19
Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Commemoration and Fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seventy-six years after the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese-Americans, locals commemorate the memorial monument at the corner of Venice and Lincoln boulevards, where locals were bused away to Manzanar on April 25, 1942. Following the commemoration, organizers host a bento box lunch fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 396-8783; venicechamber.net

Celebrating the Child, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre puts on an interactive show giving a fresh spin on folktales and fables. Westchester Loyola Village Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. Free. (310) 348-1096; lapl.org

Venice Art Crawl Mixer, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate art, culture and entertainment, while mingling with local artists and merchants in an evening of friendly networking and socializing with happy hour bites and refreshing cocktails. Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice. $5 to $10. veniceartcrawl.com

Macramé Workshop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In this beginner workshop, learn basic macramé knots and techniques to make your own macramé plant hanger. Materials provided. Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $65. esmedesign.com

“Paper is White” Book Launch, 6:30 to 8 p.m. A special guest joins author Hilary Zaid for a reading from her debut novel. Diesel, 225, 26th St., Ste 33, Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960; facebook.com/hilaryzaid

VEXIT Townhall Discussion, 7 to 9 p.m. Does detachment from Los Angeles make economic sense for Venetians? Listen and engage with a panel of city experts from media, government and academia on the future of Venice. Ánimo Venice Charter High School, 820 Broadway St., Venice. venicenc.org

Romantic Comedy Two-Year Anniversary Show, 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy with “One Day at a Time” writer Janine Brito, actor-writer Will Miles, Jennifer Goebel, Diana Dinerman and Dave Yates. Author Amy Spaulding reads from her new YA novel “The Summer of Jordi Perez.” Ripped Bodice Bookstore, 3806 Main St., Culver City. No cover. therippedbodicela.com

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; brennansla.com

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

 

Friday, April 20
Marina del Rey Visitors Center Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Drop in to Marina del Rey’s brand new Visitors Center while enjoying light refreshments, raffles and giveaways. Marina del Rey Visitors Center, 4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Pacific Area Carnival Fundraiser, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds benefit LAPD Pacific cadet and junior cadet student leadership programs and the Pacific area officers and station. Culver Boulevard between Centinela Avenue and Inglewood Boulevard. pacificboosters.org

Na’or: Enlightened Shabbat and Soulful Supper Club, 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a candlelit Shabbat experience with musical prayer, chanting, meditation and a catered vegetarian meal. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 8 p.m. Mishkon Tephilo Social Hall, 206 Main St., Venice. $10 to $40; reservations required. (310) 392-3029; mishkon.org/naor

INDUSTRY Grand Opening Celebration, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Venice Chamber of Commerce welcomes one of Venice’s newest fitness studios with a ribbon cutting ceremony, light bites and cocktails. Kindly RSVP. 245 Main St., Venice. (310) 396-6993; industryvenice.com

Concierto de Paz, 7 p.m. World music hosted by Michael Jost. The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St., Santa Monica. $20 suggested donation. (310) 339-1631; ciop4justice.org

Lil G Fish Fry Fridays Comedy Show, 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy some of the funniest comedians, featuring Lil G and friends, plus some of the best Southern-style fried seafood. The J Spot Comedy Club, 5581 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. $10. jspotcomedyclub.com

Open Temple: Shabbat Take Me Higher, 7 to 9:30 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 info@opentemple.org

Santa Monica Listens, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Living Room Conversations brings a simple concept to Santa Monica. Two conversation hosts from different viewpoints invite others to join together for a structured conversation on a specific topic as a way for participants to get to know each other. Compassionate Santa Monica, 730 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (213) 330-5484; facebook.com/compassionateSAMO

DJ Jedi & Anthony Valadez Dance Party, 9 p.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; townhousevenice.com

 

Saturday, April 21
The Ladies of Peter Claver Garage Sale, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Comb through new-to-you treasures at this first annual garage sale. Proceeds raised will be donated to various charities with a portion allocated to the administration of a new court. Lady Kathy Fitzpatrick’s House, 8117 Yorktown Ave., Westchester. (310) 703-2519

Bird Watching and Creek Cleanup, 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. The Friends of Ballona Wetlands docent leads a group on a bird watching tour through the ecological reserve observation deck and then through the dunes to Ballona Creek. Afterwards, the group picks up trash along the creek banks. Bird watching binoculars, cleanup gloves and garbage bags provided. Wear layers and sunscreen. Meet at 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Park behind Gordon’s Market. RSVP required. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

Healthy Kids Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This day of community events and fun, healthy activities promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, reminding kids to stay physically active and engaged. Westchester Family YMCA Annex, 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 981-5358; ymcala.org

SMC Stem Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SMC hosts this science-themed festival with family-friendly booths demoing science experiments. Santa Monica College, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 434-4887; smc.edu/STEMFestival

Record Store Day Celebration, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Record Surplus celebrates Record Store Day with exclusive vinyl releases. Singer-songwriter of the band Baby Lemonade performs at 2 p.m. Record Surplus, 12436 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. (310) 621-7794; recordsurplusla.com

Charity Ride with Josh Taylor, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Venice’s INDUSTRY fitness studio hosts a charity ride with master spinning instructor, former pro cyclist and Global Brand Ambassador for the Spinning Program Josh Taylor. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. 245 Main St., Venice. $27. (310) 396-6993; industryvenice.com

USC’s Kazan Taiko, 1 to 2 p.m. Featuring USC’s Kazan Taiko the Japanese art of traditional drumming, this event aims to educate about art’s rich, diverse history in Japan. The audience has an opportunity to play the taiko as well. Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. Free. (310) 348-1096; lap.org

Santa Monica Jazz All-Stars, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jazz and world guitarist Greg Poree with guests Nick Mancini (vibraphone), Paul Cartwright (violin) and vocalists Sidney Jacobs and Frances Livings perform originals and international standards. Concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, picnic blanket, food and drink to this family-friendly concert. Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. smgov.net/reed

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club Trivia Night, 7 p.m. Come out for a fun night of trivia, food and drink specials with a chance to win cool prizes. SMWYC, 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 827-7692

Larry Koonse & David Roitstein Duo, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Guitarist Larry Koonse and pianist-composer David Roitstein perform songs from their CD “Conversations.” Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $10. (424) 800-2006; samfirstbar.com

Katalyst Jazz, 8 p.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; townhousevenice.com

SoulfulofNoise Tour, 8 p.m. to midnight. Featuring the best independent artists in Southern California, this live music experience guarantees good vibes and good music at the beach. The Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. $10 with RSVP. facebook.com/soulfulofnoise

 

Sunday, April 22
Team TBG Champion Paddle, 9 a.m. to noon. Champion Paddle celebrates healthy bodies and the tremendous women who have battled breast cancer. Sponsored by ProSUP Shop, participants who come out to support survivors and pre-vivors can enjoy discounted paddleboard rentals. Please bring a gift donation that could be helpful or uplifting to a newly diagnosed patient. Mother’s Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 989-9444

Women Who Travel Solo, 4 to 7 p.m. Travel journalist Jeanette Ceja covers the basics of solo travel, from finding the right location to choosing the perfect accommodation and shares tips for feeling comfortable on the road. Outsite Venice, 2000 Dell Ave., Venice. $30; RSVP required. solofemaletravelworkshop.splashthat.com

7 Dudley Cinema, 7 p.m. Nicole Macdonald’s compelling “Last Days of Chinatown” looks at who and what remains in Detroit’s Corridor. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

Jane Monheit Quartet, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Jane Monheit (vocals) pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Larry Goldings (piano), Dave Robaire (bass) and Rick Montalbano (drums). Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $10. (424) 800-2006; samfirstbar.com

 

Monday, April 23
Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com

King Ten’s First Show, 10 to 11 p.m. Critically acclaimed improv team King Ten bring the funny to M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third St. Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th), Santa Monica. $5. (310) 451-0850; westsidecomedy.com

 

Tuesday, April 24
Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Four writers: Sebastian Matthews, Chelsey Clammer, Ellen Rachlin and Sarah Manguso and musician Joanna Wallfisch come together for a night of words and music. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free; RSVP required. (310) 458-8350; annenbergbeachhouse.com

Lacey Kay Cowden & Jeff Smith, 9 p.m. A boot-tapping, knee-slapping good ole time curated by Venice’s folk-country queen. DJ West Novena spins upstairs at 10 p.m. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; venicetownhouse.com

Wednesday, April 25
Mussar & Holy Listening, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Listening is a healing art. Join Rabbi Lori Shapiro for a breakfast and introduction to Massar, a Jewish spiritual path. Engage in mediation, silence and reflective learning. Open Temple, 1422 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1414; jewishwisdomandwellness.org

“Pixie Dusted” Pop-Up Dinner, 7 p.m. Firestone Walker Propagator brewhouse and Publican restaurant team up to provide a five-course dinner based around the “Pixie Dusted,” a one-off beer featuring Ojai Pixie tangerines. The Propagator, 3205 Washington Blvd., Venice. $75. (310) 439-8264; search Firestone Walker The Publican Beer Dinner on Eventbrite.

 

Thursday, April 26
Free Legal Assistance for DREAMers: DACA Renewal, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet with attorneys for free legal assistance. Bring a copy of past DACA applications, most recent approval notice, employment authorization card or permit, CA ID card, social security card, two passport-style photos, criminal history (if applicable) and $495 USCIS filing fee (check or money order). Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free; RSVP required. (310) 434-8717; facebook.com/SantaMonicaCollegeOfficial

 

Museums and Galleries
Shirley Temple Birthday Tea and Pop-Up Display, noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. A one-day “Little Princess” pop-exhibit celebrates the classic child star’s 90th birthday with a traditional tea service. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. $35 for exhibit and tea; $10 for exhibit only. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org

39th Annual Photography Department Juried Student Exhibition, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. SMC celebrates student photography. Exhibit runs through April 28. Santa Monica College Photography Department, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. smc.edu

“Imagination,” opening reception 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Maureen Tepedino creates unusual, abstract designs using acrylic on canvas and mixed media to reflect the Caribbean’s subtle hues. Upper West Restaurant, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. theupperwest.com

Otis MFA Open Studios, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Discover the artwork of emerging artists when Otis College of Art & Design MFA students in the fine arts, social practice, writing and graphic design open up their Culver City studios to the public for an afternoon of art and refreshments. Free. 10455 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. otis.edu

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