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Fiddler Alasdair Fraser & cellist Natalie Haas bring the music of Scotland to McCabe’s for one night only. SEE SUNDAY, FEB. 9.
Photo by Irene Young

Thursday, Feb. 6

A History: Marina del Rey, Venice, The Argonaut and Beyond Baroque, 6:30 p.m. George Drury Smith, founder of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center and its magazine (as well as the former associate publisher, copy editor, and CFO of The Argonaut) presents an early history of the area, including the Venice literary scene and the emergence of Marina del Rey, as well as discusses persisting local issues. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. $5; free for Marina del Rey Historical Society members. (424) 391-6976

Run for Something in Mar Vista, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join the political organization Run for Something and co-founder Amanda Litman for a party helping progressive candidates, with a special appearance by comedian Morgan Jay. Neyborly, 12503 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. $25. runforsomething.net/mv2020

Return of Spicy Comedy, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Listen to hilarious comedy at the hottest gallery and beer pub on the Westside with host Jeffrey Scott Hendrick and improv group Hot Potatoes.

ArtBarLA, 12017 Venice Blvd., Venice. $10. eventbrite.com

Friday, Feb. 7

Kids Forum, 6 to 9 p.m. KidScoop Media and the Culver City Unified School District host a free kid forum moderated by students for the highly anticipated L.A. County Board of Supervisors (District 2) race with a meet-and-mingle hour featuring a DJ, voter registration table and an opportunity to visit with candidates. Robert Frost Auditorium, 4401 Elenda St., Culver City. eventbrite.com

Blackbox at the edye: Joshua White, 7:30 to 10 p.m. This creative and technically accomplished pianist performs with his bi-coastal quartet at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $29. thebroadstage.org

Project Artemis: NASA’s Return to the Moon, 8 p.m. This special show covers the mission architecture and the work that must be done to accomplish a moon landing in 2024 after the Trump administration announced a refocus on NASA-crewed spaceflight. John Drescher Planetarium, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to $11. (310) 434-3005; smc.edu/planetarium

Stunt Road & Andy Roth at Sonny McLean’s, 9 p.m. One of L.A.’s oldest classic rock and blues bands performing since the ’80s plays at Sonny McLean’s, 2615 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. sonnymcleans.com

Saturday, Feb. 8

Frenchie Valentine’s Meet Up, 10 a.m. to noon. Let your Frenchie mix and mingle with other pups at this special Valentine’s Day meetup. Playa Vista Dog Park, 12604 W. Bluff Creek Drive., Playa Vista. facebook.com/lafrenchiemeetup

Viver Brasil: Celebrating Samba, 11 a.m. Experience electrifying Afro-Brazilian dance and music with your family, including royal orixa dances, riveting capoeira and thrilling samba. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $5. thebroadstage.org

Physics/Philosophy Lecture in Venice: Part 2, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Physicist Dr. Bobbs presents the philosophical mysteries of quantum physics in an accessible way, with cartoons, jokes, trivia and personal anecdotes. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Donations welcomed. (310) 822-3006;
beyondbaroque.org

Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Devote a special evening to the little lady in your life at this adorable dance party with music, laughter, crafts and treats specifically for dads and their daughters aged one through five. Happy Baby, 353 Main St., El Segundo. $40 per couple. clients.mindbodyonline.com

Poker Night at the Santa Monica Moose Lodge, 5 p.m. Santa Monica’s Police Activities League hosts its second annual charity poker tournament, benefitting youth in its programs. Those who make it to the final round are eligible for prizes such as a 50-inch LG television, a one-night stay at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica or four VIP tickets to a Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers game. Santa Monica Moose Lodge, 1600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $50 to $125. 21+. (310) 458-8988; smpal.org

All Beethoven Chamber Music Concert, 5 to 8 p.m. The Culver City Chamber Orchestra presents a program featuring Beethoven’s “Archduke” piano trio in B-flat Op. 97, his piano quartet in E-flat Op. 16, his string quintet in C major Op. 29, and sextet in E-flat major Op. 81b. Culver City Presbyterian Church, 11269 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $25. (310) 397-2490; ccchamberorchestra.org

Kate Taylor and Friends at McCabe’s, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy poignant and rocking tunes from James Taylor’s younger sister with special guests Jeff Alan Ross and Bill Cinque at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. store.mccabes.com

Wayback Daddies, 9 p.m. The L.A. classic rock cover band plays two energetic sets featuring the music of the Beatles, Steely Dan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, the Who, the Eagles, Tom Petty, Elton John, Green Day, Foo Fighters and more at the Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $10. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com

Sunday, Feb. 9

Screenland 5K, 9 a.m. to noon. Dress up as your favorite movie character on Oscar Sunday and run or walk with your family and friends through “The Heart of Screenland.” Culver Blvd. and Main St. $5 to $45. screenland5k.com

Booty Pop-Up Charity Class for Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Foundation, 9 to 10 a.m. Kick off Black History Month with a muscle-toning charity class where all proceeds go to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $30. BYOM. eventbrite.com

Playtime at Neyborly, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Go back to your childhood and play. Explore and create with nostalgic games, interactive art installations, prizes and live performances by Morgan Jay from NBC’s “Bring the Funny,” actress and singer Laura Marano and “X Factor” winning artist Alex Kinsey. Neyborly Mar Vista, 12503 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. eventbrite.com

K17 Presents: Emotive Jazz with Bill Laurence, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a spellbinding afternoon of hypnotic jazz by Grammy-award winning pianist, keyboardist, composer and jazz maestro Bill Laurence at the house of one of Hollywood’s most sought after and prolific composers. Harry Gregson-Williams Residence, 620 Hightree Road, Santa Monica. $70. eventbrite.com

In the Name of Love, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Celebrate love’s inspiring powers through magic, music, storytelling and comedy featuring Vinnie Caggiano, Solange Castro, Glendalf, Deana Barone, Brenda Pontiff, Jamie Vercauteren and Mick Green. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $6 to $10; free for members. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas at McCabe’s, 8 to 10 p.m. Fiddle player Alasdair Fraser and brilliant cellist Natalie Haas perform an intimate night of Scottish and global music at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. store.mccabes.com

The Love Shack Art and Music Show, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Packed Out presents a variety of live performers and visual art vendors at ArtBarLA, 12017 Venice Blvd., Venice. $5. artbarla.com

Monday, Feb. 10

Lilla Live at TRiP, 9 to 10 p.m. The soulful songstress, writer and producer brings together today’s soul, R&B, jazz and pop to TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover; one drink minimum. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Valentine’s Party, 11 a.m. Join the Westchester Senior Citizen Club for a special celebration of friendship and love with musical trivia and snacks. Westchester Senior Citizen Club, 8740 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 649-3317

‘Been There, Married That’ Discussion and Book Signing, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gigi Levangie discusses and signs her hilarious and cringe-worthy new book about a Hollywood wife on the brink of divorce. DIESEL, 225 26th St., Ste. 33, Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960; dieselbookstore.com

‘Yes No Maybe So’ Book Signing, 7 to 9 p.m. New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed sign copies of their new book about the power of love and resistance at The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main St., Culver City. (424) 603-4774; therippedbodicela.com

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Laughtears Salon, Engage in a free politics, art and culture discussion. RSVP for time and location. (310) 306-7330

State of the City: Economic Summit 2020, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This annual summit brings together the business and resident communities to hear about the latest trends and innovations regionally and globally. Mayor Kevin McKeown presents the State of the City, including the economic report of the past year and the latest initiatives. Founder of Not Impossible Labs Mike Ebeling speaks about changing the world through technology and storytelling. SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. $60; free for residents. smchamber.com

Salt Lake City Stars at South Bay Lakers, 7 to 10 p.m. Watch the South Bay Lakers take on the Salt Lake City Stars in a hotly contested NBA G League game. UCLA Health Training Center, 2275 E. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. $50+. sportsplug.net

Culver City Democratic Club Meeting, 7 p.m. Join a group of like-minded Democrats at this monthly meeting featuring a speaker from Black Lives Matter L.A. Veteran’s Memorial Building 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Culvercitydemocraticclub.com

Thursday, Feb. 13

LAX Coastal Chamber Lifestyle Group, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Join Diana Hoffman, Ph.D., Kari Jaffe and Teri Jo Wheeler for a panel on balancing the mind, body, soul and living “a five-star lifestyle.” LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 210, Westchester. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

Ballona Wetlands Community Restoration Event, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join your fellow community members and remove invasive ice plant and other non-native vegetation with the Ballona Wetlands, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. santamonicabay.org/events

Spot the Love Yappy Hour, 6 to 8 p.m. Celebrate the month of love with your “pawtner-in-crime” with craft cocktails for humans, “pup-tails” for pets, a Spot the Love photo opp, giveaways and treats from K9 Natural. Healthy Spot, 12746 Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 2130, Playa Vista. eventbrite.com

Real Estate Vendors Expo, 6 to 8 p.m. The Los Angeles Real Estate Investors Club hosts an opportunity for investors to meet and network with over 40 real estate professionals. Any level of experience is welcome. Olympic Collection, 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., #204. Free. (310) 792-6404; lareic.com

Bay Cities Coin Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Join a community interested in collecting coins and currency with a show and tell, auctions and a raffle. Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. baycitiescoinclub.com

Gardening for Geeks, 6:30 p.m. Local L.A. master gardener Christy Wilhelmi signs her new book about the science needed for successful organic gardening and shares her spring gardening tips. DIESEL, 225 26th St., Ste. 33, Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960; dieselbookstore.com

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