Venice Afterburn
Sept. 15 –16
Burning Man-inspired theme camps, art cars and interactive installations pop up by the beach for this annual Venice Art Crawl celebration.
Windward Plaza, Windward Ave., Venice. veniceartcrawl.com

WAM! Fest
Sept. 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Westchester Arts and Music Block Party takes over Emerson Avenue with arts activities, food trucks, live entertainment and free outdoor concerts by a slew of area bands, including jazz-rappers Apollo Bebop and alt-country roots rockers Nocona. Emerson Avenue Community Garden, 8050 Emerson Ave., Westchester. wamblockparty.org

BAM Fest
Sept. 24, 1–5 p.m.
At the 42-brewery Beer Art Music Fest, the art promises to be edgy — and so does the live music by first-wave feminist Alice Bag and riot grrl collaborator Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Partyline), who’s fronting new band the Sex Stains.18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. $20-$50. (310) 453-3711; 18street.org/bam/

Abbot Kinney Festival
Sept. 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Westside’s biggest fall festival features a mile-long stretch of art stations, vendor booths and five live music stages. Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice. abbotkinneyfestival.org


“Mr. Church”
@ The Aero Theatre
Sept. 9, 7 p.m.
A discussion with director Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) follows a sneak-peek screening of his new coming-of-age story that casts Eddie Murphy in a complex dramatic role. 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica. $11. (310) 260-1528; american-cinematheque.com

“Labyrinth” 30th Anniversary Screening @ Cinemark Playa Vista
Sept. 11, 2 and 7 p.m.
A teenage Jennifer Connelly matches wits with Goblin King David Bowie in this cult classic. 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista. $18.50. (310) 862-5668; cinemark.com

The Other Side: “A Queer History’s Last Call” @ Beyond Baroque
Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Jane Cantillon’s emotional documentary about the last gay piano bar in Silver Lake interweaves personal interviews with archival footage to the tell stories of police raids and entrapments. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com

Hollywood Home Movies @ Old Town Music Hall
Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Rare footage of celebrities at work and play, including Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich, Betty Grable, James Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen. 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $8-$10. (310) 322-2592; oldtownmusichall.org

The Other Venice Film Festival
@ Beyond Baroque
Oct. 7 – 9
Screenings, premieres, panels and local art embodying the energy and diversity of Venice Beach. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $30-$110. othervenicefilmfestival.com

“Spirited Away”
@ The Nuart
Oct. 21, 11:59 p.m.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece follows a child’s journey through a dreamlike spirt world. 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle Japantown. $9-$11. (310) 473-8530; landmarktheatres.com

Ria Live Cinema: “Sex, Death & Technology”
@ Beyond Baroque
Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Gerry Fialka and Will Erokan curate an art happening with projection performance, live music, dancers, poets and experimental films. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com


Viet Thanh Nguyen
@ Otis College of Art and Design
Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.
This year’s Pulitzer winner for fiction sits for a Q+A about his novel “The Sympathizer,” about a Vietnamese communist double agent living in Los Angeles, as part of the college’s Visiting Writers Series. 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu/calendar

Literary Death Match
@ The Hammer
Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Writers Jon Klassen, Nadja Spiegelman, Antonio Scare and Ryka Aoki read their own work for seven minutes or less and are critiqued by celebrity judges. Two move on to a final showdown. 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood. Free. (310) 443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu

Alan Cumming
@ The Moss Theatre
Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
The actor and artist discusses and reads from his upcoming memoir “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams” as part of the Live Talks L.A. series. 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $20-$95. livetalksla.org

Mehnaz Sahibzada, Armine Iknadossian
@ Beyond Baroque
Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
The Pakistan-born PEN USA Emerging Voices fellow and emerging Armenian-American literary voice give a joint reading of poetry and short stories.
681 Venice Blvd, Venice. $10. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

Lummox 5
@ Café 212 Pier
Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
Readings from a poetry compilation about “isms” — alcoholism, egoism, humanitarianism, etc.
212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica. Free. lummoxpress.com

Santa Monica Review Fall Reading @ The Edye
Oct. 9, 5 p.m.
Contributing authors read works from the fall issue of the Santa Monica College-sponsored literary journal.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $10. www2.smc.edu/sm_review/

Norman Ollestad
@ Diesel
Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.
The Venice-based author of “Crazy for the Storm” discusses his new novel “French Girl with Mother,” about an artist traveling in search of the emotional fire missing from his work.
225 26th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 576-9960; www.dieselbookstore.com

Bryan Cranston
@ Barnum Hall
Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
The man who made Walter White a legend discusses his memoir “A Life in Parts” as part of the Live Talks L.A. series. 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $45-$75. livetalksla.org


Dance Sundays
@ The Wallis
Sept. 11, noon
Three-time Emmy -winner Debbie Allen and fusion master Lyrik Cruz teach a free outdoor salsa class.
9390 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Free. (310) 746-4000; thewallis.org

@ The Broad Stage
Sept. 23-25
Embodying their tagline “architecture in motion,” Diavolo premieres “Passengers,” a new dance work which navigates a labyrinth of passageways and shifting surfaces, alongside their 1999 classic  “Trajectoire,” set on a tilting half-circle seesaw.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $40-$80. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

New Shoes 9
@ Highways
Performance Space
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
Highways presents in-development dance and physical theater works by emerging and established artists, including L.A. choreographer Bernard Brown, WHAT Dance Theatre, Keith Johnson/Dancers and choreographer Annaelee Traylor.
1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15-$20. (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org

Deborah Hay @ The Freud Playhouse
Oct. 15-16, 4:30 p.m.
Dancers perform adaptations of Hay’s experimental work that rocked the dance world of the 1960s.
UCLA’s McGowan Hall, Westwood.  $26-$44. (310) 825-2101; cap.ucla.edu

@ The Broad Stage
Oct. 27-29
One of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” L.A.’s Bodytraffic has a flair for contemporary, cutting-edge choreography.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $40-$80. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

Lucinda Childs Dance @ Royce Hall
Nov. 5, 8 p.m.
A retrospective of the great American choreographer’s work, from her iconic solo “Pastime” to her early silent pieces and the world premiere of “The Sun Roars Into View.”
340 Royce Drive, Westwood. $25-$29. (310) 825-2101; cap.ucla.edu

“Letter to a Man”
@ Royce Hall
Nov. 18-19
Dance legend Mikhail Barishnikov stars in the West Coast premiere of this theatrical work based on the diaries of famous Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.
340 Royce Drive, Westwood. $25-$99. (310) 825-2101; cap.ucla.edu


“1984” @ The
Actors’ Gang
Sept. 8 – 17
Actor, director and screenwriter Tim Robbins steps in to direct an adaptation of Orwell’s masterpiece at the Ivy Substation.
9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $30-$35. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com

“Wait Until Dark”
@ Westchester Playhouse
Sept. 9 – Oct. 15
The Kentwood Players present an adaption of Frederick Knott’s thriller about a blind woman’s imperiled escape from her own apartment.
8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

“How to Love a Republican”
@ Santa Monica Playhouse
Sept. 10 – Dec. 18
When Margie’s parents introduce her to two congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle (who also happen to be running against each other), she has to choose where she’ll cast her vote inside and outside of the bedroom.
1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $19.50-$29.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

“Throw Me on the Burn Pile and Light Me Up” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Sept. 10 – Oct. 2
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” screenwriter Lucy Alibar
opens up about her Southern upbringing in a whimsical one-woman show involving
a lecherous goat, a clutter
of in-bred cats, phone calls from Death Row and her father’s burnpile.
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25-$70.
(213) 972-7231; centre-

“In the Next Room (or “The Vibrator Play”)
@ The Broad Stage
Sept. 11, 2 p.m.
Santa Monica Rep reads from Sarah Ruhl’s candid comedy about a Victorian doctor’s new invention for treating hysteria — a vibrator — and the unexpected ways it changes the lives of his patients, his wife and their marriage.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

“A Taste of Honey” @ Odyssey Theatre
Sept. 24 -– Nov. 27
Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play of the 1950s depicts the harsh realities
a working-class mother
and daughter face as they search for love in post-
war England.
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10-$34.
(310) 477-2055 ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com

“The Trump Card”
@ The Broad Stage
Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Storyteller Mike Daisey takes
on Donald Trump in this one-man show about the charm, bullying and one-line explosions that make him tick.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica.
$32+. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

“The American Revolution” @ The Wallis
Sept. 30 – Oct.9
Two feet above ground and on 21 square feet of space, seven actors recreate the American fight for independence in 50 minutes flat with rowdy physical theater.
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. $20. (310)746.4000; thewallis.org

“Phoebe Zeitgeist Returns to Earth”
@ City Garage
Sept. 30 – Nov.13
An artificial intelligence robot in the form of a shapely young woman is sent to Earth to create a first-hand report on mankind. Unfortunately, she lands in the U.S. during an election year.
Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20-$25.
(310) 453-9939; citygarage.org

“The Model Apartment” @ The Geffen
Oct. 11 – Nov.20
In this play by Pulitzer-winner Donald Marguiles, a retiring couple attempts to live out their golden years in Florida unitl their old life catches up with them.
10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. $60-$82. (310) 208-5454; geffenplayhouse.org

@ Odyssey Theatre
Oct. 13-30
Irish monologist Pat Kinevane ponders questions of beauty as a disfigured woman from beyond the grave in this L.A. premiere. 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West
L.A. $15-$34. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com

“The Colonel and the Birds” @ Highways Performance Space
Oct. 7-29
Six patients and a young doctor face their own battles in a Balkins psychiatric ward as war rages on outside.
1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20-$25. (310) 315-145; highwaysperformancespace.org

@ Kirk Douglas Theatre
Oct. 23 – Nov. 20
In this hot-off-the-presses satire, a tailor to A-list clientele reexamines his role in remaking the image of a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star turned presidential nominee.
9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25-$70. (213) 972-7231; centre-theatregroup.org


@ Trunk Gallery
Through Sept. 25
An eclectic group of artists and scientists exhibit collaborative NanoArt, encaustics, mosaics and photography.
12818 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista.
(310) 483-7221; trunkgallery.org

Through Sept.  25
German artist Michael Sistig mixes geometry, numbers, painting and sculpture to examine eternally changing scientific theories for his
first solo show in the States.
208 Main St., El Segundo. (424) 277-1020; esmoa.org

David Hockney: “The Yosemite Suite”
@ LA Louver
Through Oct. 1
A series of iPad drawings by famed British painter David Hockney interpret the Yosemite Valley’s landscapes and monuments.
45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice.
(310) 822-4955; lalouver.com

“London Calling”
@ The Getty Center
Through Nov.13
Drawn from the Tate Galley’s holdings, this first major U.S. exhibition of its kind reconsiders the work of the School of London.
1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood. (310) 440-7300; getty.edu

“A Minor” @ C.A.V.E.
Sept. 3 – 23
Stencil, aerosol and wood cutout street artist Joe Iurato and Brooklyn muralist Rubin 415 co-exhibit.
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 450-6960; cavegallery.net

Mark Grotjahn: “Sign Exchange 1993-98” @ Blum & Poe
Sept. 10 – Nov. 5
A unique look into the L.A.-based artist’s lesser-known body of work,
a series of paintings of hand-made commercial signs.
2727 La Cienega Blvd., West L.A. (310) 836-2062; blumandpoe.com

Carina Brandes
@ team (bungalow)
Sept.11 – Oct. 23
In her L.A. debut, Carina Brandes captures animals, young women and herself in minimally lit black-and-white photographs.
306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945; teamgal.com

“Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left Right, B, A, Start”
@ De Soto Gallery
Sept. 11 – Oct. 23
Brian Paumier mixes reworked ‘80s video game graphics and custom motorcycle fabrications in a series of prints and lightboxes.
1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (323) 253-2255; desotogallery.com

Marwa Arsanios, Simone Leigh @ The Hammer
Sept. 17 – Jan. 8
Arsanios’ first exhibit in L.A. examines Beirut’s real estate boom and mounting garbage crisis through architectural renderings, models, video and topographic maps. Herb Alpert Award-winning ceramacist Leigh pulls from visual traditions of the Caribbean, the American South and Africa to examine black female subjectivity.
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood.
(310) 443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu

“Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes”
@ Ben Maltz Gallery
Sept. 24 – Dec. 4
Polly Apfelbaum exhibits a vibrant carpet installation in Otis College’s gallery, where visitors can take their shoes off and experience the art.
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. otis.edu/ben-maltz-gallery

“The Trans List” @ Annenberg Space for Photography
Sept. 24 – Feb. 26
This first installment of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ “List Portraits” series features  intimate photographs of members of the transgender community.
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century
City. (213) 403-4000; annenbergphotospace.org

Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.
@ Skirball Cultural Center
Oct. 7 – March 12
A collection of iconic and lesser-known prints traces how the Pop Art vanguard made fine art more accessible to the American public.
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood. $0-$10. (310) 440-4500; skirball.org

Clean Tee Party @ Clean {aesthetic}
Oct. 8, 2 – 9p.m.
The hyperlocal arts boutique unveils
a new T-shirt cut and fresh designs, plus live screen-printings of its signature
“Playa Stacked” image.
323 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey.
(310) 821-2527; cleanaesthetic.com


Prophets of Rage
@ The Forum
Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
The emergence of this supergroup featuring members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill came during an election season so off-puttingly surreal even Hollywood wouldn’t produce such a farce.
3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. $69.50. (310) 330-7300; prophets-ofrage.com

Rick Shea @ The Cinema Bar
Sept. 15, 9:30 p.m.
Deeply schooled in country and folk, Shea’s neatly constructed melodies hit that sweet spot of poetry and heart that makes fellow songwriters take notice, while his clean-but-meaty solos compel other guitarists to head home to the woodshed.
3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; No cover. (310) 390-1328; rickshea.com

Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and Music @ The Geffen
Sept. 15-17
Songwriters join actress Rita Wilson to tell the stories behind their tunes.
10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. $79-$149. (310) 208-5454; geffen-

Foy Vance @ The Troubadour
Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
The soulful Northern Irishman commands one of those gravel-in-velvet, rafter-rattling voices that knocks listeners out, lifts them up and leaves them wanting more. Now signed to chum Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man label, he counts Elton John and Bonnie Raitt among his fans.
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $17-$20. (310) 276-1158; foyvance.com

Look Park @ McCabe’s
Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
“The soul is gone and so is the song/ The one spoke to me now feels so wrong”: Former Fountains of Wayne frontman Chris Collingwood spreads his solo wings, ditching power pop for moodier yet still buoyant tunes.
3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; lookparkmusic.com

Café R&B @ Harvelle’s
Sept. 24, 9:30 p.m.
It’s tough to avoid Etta James comparisons when talking about frontwoman Roach’s seductive approach to a mic stand and
the way she tears into rocking blues
with equal parts righteous anger and unsated hunger.
1432 4th St., Santa Monica; $15; (310) 395-1676; caferandb.com

Maná @ The Forum
Sept. 24-25 + Nov. 12-13
Guadalajara’s multiple Grammy-winning roc en espanol veterans may, like many of their fans, now need to hire babysitters before heading out to the show, but bringing their Latino Power Tour to town offers some testimony to said fans’ loyalty. There’s more dancing than rocking on their latest, “Cama Incendiada,” but with tracks like “Somos Más Americanos” the difference is incidental.
3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. $86-$1,145. (310) 330-7300; fabulousforum.com

Angela McCluskey
@ The Troubador
Sept. 30, 8 p.m.
There was a time in the ’90s when critics and L.A. insiders were tripping over superlatives praising resilient Scottish-born songstress McCluskey and her folk-rocking band the Wild Colonials. She’s since logged a lotta miles with solo projects
and big-name collaborations (Kendrick Lamar, Robbie Robertson), and now she’s reuniting the Wild Colonials for one
night to celebrate her fourth album,
“The Roxy Sessions.”
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. $30. (310) 276-1158; angelamccluskey.com

Burt Bacharach
@ Royce Hall
Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
Never a pop star like, say, Dionne Warwick or Dusty Springfield, who struck chart gold interpreting his tunes, the soft-spoken composer’s Academy and Grammy Awards and Library of Congress Gershwin Prize speak for themselves.
UCLA Campus, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood; $39-$89; (310) 825-2101; roycehall.org

Brad Mehldau & Joshua Redman @ The Broad Stage
Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
“An evening of intimate jazz” from two disciplined yet free-spirited individualists who’ve made their reputations with bold statements that push the frontiers of jazz a little further out.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $70-$110. (310) 434-3200; brad-mehldau.com, joshuaredman.com

Ludovico Einaudi
@ Royce Hall
Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
The formally trained Italian pianist has a gift for opposites, making the classical sound contemporary and electronica feel warm. Last year’s “Elements” stirs maximum emotion with minimalist composition.
UCLA Campus, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. $29-$59. (310) 825-2101; ludovicoeinaudi.com

Santa Monica Symphony @ Barnum Hall
Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
Longtime Santa Monica resident and LA Phil violinist Guido Lamell conducts the first concert of the Symphony’s 72nd season.
600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica.Free.
(310) 395-6330; smsymphony.org

Joey Alexander
@ The Broad Stage
Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Maybe you missed the standing O this Bali-born keyboard phenom received at the Grammy Awards in February, and his press (“60 Minutes,” “Today Show,” The New York Times). Maybe you live under a rock. Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis are fans, he’s performed for President Obama, and he’s releasing his second album (“Countdown”).
And he just turned 13.
1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $60-$95. (310) 434-3200;

Chatham County Line
@ McCabe’s
Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
The North Carolina foursome suit up and sing around a single mic like old-school forebears, but there’s as much Gram Parsons as Bill Monroe in their warm harmonies and melodic banjo-mandolin rolls. 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; chathamcountyline.com