Compiled by Christina Campodonico

SHINE: “The Power of Music” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Local storytellers explore how different kinds of music changed their lives during this storytelling showcase with live musical performances. Writer Kirsten Wasson hosts.
One performance only: 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 16) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com

War and Peace: “Peace for Children” @ The Electric Lodge
A pro-war singer-songwriter and a peace activist fall in love, but their story is anything but a Hollywood ending. An after party follows.
One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 18) at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Free, but donations welcome. Search “Peace for Children” at eventbrite.com.

*Editor’s Pick:
Kid at Heart: Club Friendship @ Santa Monica Pier
Pull out your friendship bracelets and grab your pals for this intimate experiential show inside the Santa Monica Pier’s “Carousel Clubhouse” (aka the Loof Hippodrome). Masterminded by Santa Monica Pier Corp. executive director Negin Singh and her collaborative bud Lisa Bierman, this interactive show explores the many phases of friendship from the besties you made at camp to the friends we gain and lose throughout our lives. Be prepared to play games, dance and take a ride on the merry-go-round during this heartfelt and genuine whirl through friendship. But leave the kids under 16 at home.
Last shows: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 18 and 19) at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel, 1624 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. $25. Search “Club Friendship” at eventbrite.com.

The Body Politic: “Task” @ Highways Performance Space
What is the role of white women in these politically charged times? Dance collective Ground Series explores this quandary with a duet by its co-directors Sarah Askin and Brittany Delan.
Limited engagement: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Aug. 17 and 18) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org

Hillbilly Elegy: “Paradise – A Divine Bluegrass Musical Comedy” @ Ruskin Group Theatre
When a southern coal-mining town goes from boom to bust, a charismatic preacher arrives to offer salvation along with his bombshell beauty sidekick “rescued” from a stripper pole. But a bigtime Hollywood reality TV show producer has different ideas about how to make this town great again.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 23 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $35. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com

Superhero Shakespeare: “Much Ado About Avengers” @ Media Park
The worlds of Marvel comics and the Bard meet for this free, outdoor take on Shakespeare’s wickedly funny and romantic “Much Ado About Nothing.” Caricatures of Thor, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Gamora, Spiderman and Black Widow are all involved.
Now playing at 11 a.m. Saturdays through Aug. 26 at Media Park (adjacent to the Ivy Substation), 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Free, but RSVP at theactorsgang.com.

Josh Sundquist can’t get a date in “We Should
Hang Out Sometime”

The Dating Game: “We Should Hang Out Sometime” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Wondering why he can’t find love, one-legged comedian Josh Sundquist tracks down every girl he has tried to date since middle school and shares the pseudo-scientific results in this comical one-man show.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 24 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com


Not a Damsel: “Cinderella” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
This 1984 reimagining of the classic fairytale returns to Santa Monica with a handsome prince who yearns to be loved for himself, not his royalty; vain stepsisters who realize that looks aren’t everything; a controlling but well-meaning stepmother; and a feisty, independent Cinderella.
Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and noon Sundays through Sept. 23 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Up for Grabs: “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” @ Westchester Playhouse
A splintered family reunites to await the imminent death of their patriarch. They’ve been shorted on his love their entire lives, but maybe his money will make up for it.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 18 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $22. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

SHINE: “The Power of Music” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Local storytellers explore how different kinds of music changed their lives during this storytelling showcase with live musical performances. Writer Kirsten Wasson hosts.
One performance only: 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 16) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com

Self-Actualization: “Sacred Resistance” @ The Braid
Master storyteller Vicki Juditz (The Moth, KCRW’s UnFictional) confronts her German past, the ordinariness of evil and 5000 years of Jewish history in her heartfelt quest to be a better person.
Run extended. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 18 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. Ste. #102, Santa Monica. $30 to $35. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org

The Dating Game: “We Should Hang Out Sometime” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Wondering why he can’t find love, one-legged comedian Josh Sundquist tracks down every girl he has tried to date since middle school and shares the pseudo-scientific results in this comical one-man show.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 24 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com

Beauty Queen: “Miss America’s Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me” @ The Edye
In this autobiographical show, writer Barra Grant opens up about her complicated relationship with her mother, the first and only Jewish woman to wear the Miss America crown.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 26 in The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $55. (800) 838-3006; missamericasuglydaughter.com

Musical Oeuvre: “Side by Side by Sondheim” @ Odyssey Theatre
Take a tour through the work of one of Broadway’s greatest living songwriters and composers with this musical revue, featuring songs from “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music” and more.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through Sept. 16 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $17 to $37. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odyssey-theatre.com


A Spark of Magic: “Magic Monday” @ Santa Monica Playhouse
Albie Selznick (“Smoke & Mirrors”) assembles award-winning musicians and variety acts for a summer of magic, sleight of hand, parlor tricks and illusions. Pre-show entertainment starts in the lobby a half-hour before curtain.
Now playing at 8 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 3 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 450-2849; magicmondayla.com

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