Welcome to the latest edition of the Get Out and Go guide, where we at Santa Monica Patch assemble your weekend planner so you don't have to weed through the millions of events going on in town.
This weekend, we have an auction foodies will eat up, a town hall meeting on bullying, a city-wide yard sale, a slew of theatrical performances and much more.
Without further ado, here are the top 20 events happening in Santa Monica this weekend:
Where/When: Growinggreat.dojiggy.com; through Sept. 30
Why Go: "Foodie" prizes donated by local restaurants—including , and —are up for the bidding. All the money raised will go to GrowingGreat, a school garden and nutrition education nonprofit.
2. "TEDxYouth@SantaMonica: Define Yourself"
Where/When: 's Barnum Hall; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Why Go: An artist, an author, a film director, a former Samohi student and a physicist are confirmed to speak at this event. "Our conversations will cover such diverse topics as soccer, porn and graffiti, but will always be guaranteed to make you think a little differently about how you define yourself and are defined by others," organizers said in a statement.
Pricing: free for students; $60 for everyone else
Where/When: ; Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Why Go: Bullying—including how it is often exacerbated by social media—will be discussed at length at this town hall meeting. "Putting a Stop to Bullying & Cyber Bullying" will feature a panel of five young people, ages 12 to 16, who have been bullied, bullied someone else and/or started an anti-bullying campaign.
4. Garden Build
Where/When: Boys & Girls Club; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Why Go: The club is building its first garden through the Positive Sprouts organic gardening program, a nationwide healthy-lifestyle initiative. The initiative is a partnership between Amway and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Where/When: Boys & Girls Club; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Why Go: Capping off its busy weekend, the club will host this inexpensive music program, during which SMBGC instructors will teach private and group lessons. All proceeds will go to the SMBGC’s Music Program. To book a lesson, call (310) 310-2623.
6. The Wheel of Life
Where/When: ; Sunday, 7 p.m.
Why Go: This exhibition, which will debut Sunday, will feature still and moving imagery from the 20 years between the Gulf War to 9/11. "This film happening is a 360-degree arc Ferris wheel projection of light and sound that asks the viewer to infiltrate both image and space," organizers said in a statement.
7. Second Annual Citywide Yard Sale
Where/When: Citywide; Saturday, starts at 8 a.m.
Why Go: More than 125 residents and local organizations will host a sale at their locations for this one-day event hosted by Santa Monica's Resource Recovery & Recycling Division. Go here for a map of the participating locations and to check out what items will be on sale.
8. "The Section Quartet: The Music of Radiohead"
Where/When: ; Friday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Why Go: The Section Quartet, a classical-music group, will try its hand at covering songs by the hugely popular rock band.
Where/When: ; Saturday, 8 p.m.
Why Go: Doomtree Records presents this show, featuring cutting-edge hip-hop act Sims along with peers Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter and Weapons of Audio (featuring Reazon).
Where/When: ; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Why Go: Ron Guillory will lead an uplifting performance for hospital patients. In celebration of National Dog Week, participants will have fun with dog-related jokes, prayers, quizzes and songs. Bringing your own dog is encouraged.
Where/When: ; Sunday, 7 p.m.
Why Go: The show is back by popular demand, and Sunday night's performance is the last one scheduled. Kenyatta, who was born in Jamaica and bred in Brooklyn, delivers this multi-faceted production about Robeson, a legendary black artist, athlete and civil-rights activist. ()
12. 18th Street Arts Center Artnight
Where/When: ; Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Why Go: After almost 700 people attended the last Artnight in the summer, the event returns this weekend. This edition will serve as the opening kickoff of Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artist Space Movement. Artists' studios and the Artmarket will be open, bali music will be performed, and there will be food and cocktails too.
13. Los Angeles Flute Orchestra Concert
Where/When: ’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium; Saturday, 1 p.m.
Why Go: The orchestra performed to a packed crowd at the library in December and is back for an encore show. See some of the biggest flutes in the world at this performance, during which the orchestra will perform classical favorites by Bach and Debussy, as well as contemporary classical and swing compositions.
14. Hollywood Revisited
Where/When: ; Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Why Go: This musical revue features costumes worn by Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and others in movies that came out during Hollywood's Golden Age.
Where/When: ; Friday, 8 p.m.
Why Go: The one-night-only performance of the one-hour show stars the irreverent musical/comedy duo who appeared earlier this year in .
Pricing: $20 in advance; $30 at the door
16. Dolls!—Not Your Usual Love Story
Where/When: Santa Monica Playhouse; Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Why Go: The uplifting musical—which the playhouse describes as "a cheerfully mysterious, unexpectedly amorous musical unveiling of the remarkable secret life of the dolls we left behind"—is ending its playhouse run this weekend.
Pricing: $26; $22.50 for seniors, students, teachers and members of the military
Where/When: ; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.
Why Go: Presented by Rogue Artist Assemble, this production is based on the book The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Basil Ering. "Using their signature hyper-theatrical style combining puppetry, music, video projections, and innovative prop design, the award-winning Rogue Artists Ensemble brings this popular book's lovable characters and quirky aesthetic to life onstage," organizers said in a statement.
Pricing: $10 ($7 for children 12 and under)
Where/When: 's Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165; Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Why Go: The series continues with a screening of the Tom Hanks-starring flick. The movie will be shown with a high-definition projection, Blu-ray player and Sony Surround Sound.
19. Agitational Art in Los Angeles
Where/When: Private home in Santa Monica; Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Why Go: UCLA Professor Paul Von Blum will explore the history of artistic protest with a talk and a slide presentation. If you want to go, you'll need to RSVP in advance, at which point you'll receive directions to the home. Call (310) 458-7213 or email JansOrders@gmail.com, with "RSVP Art" in the subject line.
Where/When: ; Saturday, 11 a.m.
Why Go: Bear With Me author Max Kornell, who is also an art teacher at , will lead a "spirited" storytime, according to a representative for the bookstore.