WIF Independent Film Series. An evening of shorts including Numb, Capturing Q, and As Luck Would Have It. Landmark Theaters, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. 6:30–10 p.m. Free. RSVP to Candace Bowen at (310) 457-8664 or Candace@malibuonline.com. www.wif.org.
New Original Works Festival. Three-week festival launches with new, performances including hip-hop theatre, spoken word, dance, and movement. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Through Aug. 4. $10–$18. (213) 237-2800. www.redcat.org.
Coffee & Conversation Parent Group. Actors' Fund mixer for parents of young performers. For more information, contact Heather Vanian at (323) 933-9266, ext. 22. www.actorsfund.org.
Chinese Performing Arts Troupe. Henan Province Performing Arts Ensemble and the Shaolin Monks Martial Arts Troupe present performances of four traditional Chinese art forms. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. 8 p.m. $15–$40. (310) 455-3723. www.theatricum.com.
AFI's Directors Screenings: Goya's Ghosts. Q&A to follow screening of Milos Forman's film with producer Saul Zaentz, executive producer Paul Zaentz, and actor Randy Quaid. ArcLight Cinemas, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $11. (323) 464-4226. www.arclightcinemas.com.
Movies on the Mind. The Academy of Motion Pictures offers a double feature of Ingmar Bergman's Persona (1966) and Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich (1999) to coincide with its exhibit of memorabilia from psychological movies. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 7 p.m. $5. (310) 247-3000. www.oscars.org.
The Friday 40. Weekly game show that rewards your knowledge of the news of the last seven days. Contestants drink 40s and answer 40 questions from comedian hosts. 10 p.m. $10. I.O. West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. (323) 962-7560. www.iowest.com.
Rolling Roadshow: Boogie Nights. Outdoor screening of the film and after-party in the parking lot that served as the filming location for the movie's Hot Traxx Disco. Disco attire strongly encouraged. Guests from the movie expected to attend. Parking lot north of Kessab Banquet Hall, 18407 Sherman Way, Reseda. 7:30 p.m. Free or attendees can purchase VIP tickets for $30. www.originalalamo.com.
Musical Chairs. An interactive musical play about loving and losing, searching and surviving, and what it really means to win. Santa Monica Playhouse, Main Stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. Through July 22. $20. (310) 394-9779, ext. 1. www.santa monicaplayhouse.com.
Robin Hood. In a story based on medieval ballads, Robin and his Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. International City Theatre, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. 11 a.m. Free. (562) 495-4595, ext. 12. www.ictlongbeach.org.
FlamenColores. Gypsy flamenco show led by flamenco luminary Maria Bermudez. Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., L.A. 8 p.m. $23–$30. (323) 663-3779. www.fountaintheatre.com.
Singing Satirist Roy Zimmerman. Scathingly funny original songs including "Ted Haggard Is Completely Heterosexual" and other songs from Zimmerman's CD "Faulty Intelligence." McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. $15. (310) 828-4497. www.royzimmerman.com.
Art of the Rhythm (Arte del Ritmo). Unique art and dance event that celebrates the rhythm and emotion of the music of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. 6:30 p.m. $20. (310) 315-1459. www.highwaysperformance.org.
Comedian Alex Reymundo. Comic and self-described "Hick-Spanic" delivers his comedy. With guest John Fox. Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. $12.50. (626) 577-1894. www.icehousecomedy.com.
Dangerous Liaisons. Screening of the Oscar-winning film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, John Malkovich, and Glenn Close, followed by a discussion with producer Hank Moonjean and actor Swoosie Kurtz. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. $5. (310) 247-3000. www.oscars.org.
Shop Talk: The Art of the Deal—Fearless Negotiating. Michael Donaldson, author of Fearless Negotiating and Negotiating for Dummies, shares the negotiation secrets that have made him one of the industry's most sought-after lawyers. Film Independent, 9911 W. Pico Blvd., 11th floor, L.A. 7 p.m. Free for Film Independent members only. (310) 432-1222. www.filmindependent.org.
Running a Small Business. Attendees meet performers with their own businesses and hear from a representative of an agency that gives low-cost business startup advice. Open to all professionals in entertainment and the performing arts. The Actors' Fund, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400, L.A. 4–6 p.m. Free. (323) 933-9244, ext. 50. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.actorsfund.org.
Wednesdays at the Playhouse. Performance of Cole Porter's Can-Can. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. 2 p.m. $25. (626) 356-7529. www.pasadenaplay house.org.
Jazz at the Movies. Cedric the Entertainer hosts an evening of classic movie clips and live big-band music from Ellington, Mancini, Basie, and more. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $6–$93. (323) 850-2000. www.hollywoodbowl.com.
Beautiful Souls. Australian play about three Australians facing execution in Thailand, featuring an all-Australian cast. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Through July 29. $12–$18. (323) 960-1057. www.plays411.com/beautifulsouls.