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Santa Monica Weekend Happenings April 5-7

Friday, 5 Apr 2013, 8:58:00 AM

Mitch James

Guest conductor Maxim Eshkenazy, in his New West Symphony debut, will conduct three performances of the program, including a 4 pm concert in Santa Monica on Sunday.
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Guest conductor Maxim Eshkenazy, in his New West Symphony debut, will conduct three performances of the program, including a 4 pm concert in Santa Monica on Sunday.

Friday, April 5

The Broad

Stage presents “Birds of Paradise: Extreme, Bizarre, Extraordinary” at 10

am. Renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher Tim Laman and

ornithologist Ed Scholes will soon publish a major National Geographic book,

“Birds of Paradise Revealed: Extreme, Bizarre, Extraordinary,” taking readers

deep into the New Guinea rainforests to observe these astonishing avian

creatures. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful

feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace,

these birds are a living laboratory of evolution. Meet all 39 species and enjoy their secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics in breathtaking visuals. Admission $47-75.

310.434.3412, thebroadstage.com.

Mi’s Westside

Comedy Theater presents “Unnecessary Evil” at 8 pm. This stand-up comedy

show showcases some of the best comedians in the country. Hosted by Tushar

Singh and Neel Nanda, each week there is a special celebrity drop in. Past

guests have included the likes of Demetri Martin. Admission $10. 1323-A 3rd St. westsidecomedy.com.

Saturday, April 6

Santa Monica

Public Works will give away free compost from 7 am to 2 pm at the City

Yards while stocks last. Residents may fill five large burlap sacks with

compost. The bags are donated by Groundwork Coffee. 2500 Michigan Ave.

310.458.2223, smgov.net/r3.

Montana Branch

Library presents “Esther McCoy: The View From Santa Monica” at 12 pm.

Author Susan Morgan gives a presentation on McCoy, one of the foremost

architectural writers of the 20th century, and how her writing and life were

influenced by her experiences in Santa Monica. This program is free and open to

the public. 1704 Montana Ave. 310.458.8682, smpl.org.

Santa Monica

Public Library presents a solo piano recital by Lana Chae at 2:30 pm. The

gifted local pianist will perform solo pieces by Schubert, Ravel, and Beethoven

in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica

Blvd. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a

first arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.

Sunday, April 7

New West

Symphony presents its Masterpiece Series concert at 4 pm at Barnum Hall on

the campus of Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Boulevard. The program

includes “Seven Pieces for String Orchestra” by Bulgarian composer Pancho

Vladigerov and the Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K.551, “Jupiter” by Wolfgang

Amadeus Mozart. Tickets $25-$98. 866.776.8400, newwestsymphony.org.

Jacaranda

music will hold a concert at 7:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of

Santa Monica, 1220 Second St. The concert takes its theme from February House,

the storied Brooklyn residence where Benjamin Britten and his partner, tenor

Peter Pears, lived in the early 1940s with legendary writers. $40 general, $20

students. 213.483.0216, jacarandamusic.org.

Santa Monica

Public Library presents a discussion with New York Times bestselling author

Jayne Amelia Larson at 2 pm in the Main Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa

Monica Boulevard. Larson, author of “Driving the Saudis,” discusses the process

of writing her book. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is

limited and on a first arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.

Movies on the

Beach at Coast. Hang out on the Coast patio every Sunday for a movie night!

Show times begin at 6 pm. Food/drink specials from 6-9 pm. Tonight’s screening

is of “E.T.” 1 Pico Blvd. shuttersonthebeach.com.

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