From desert to ocean to the Wild West to the British Invasion, next weekend is a chance to play, sing, learn and maybe even do a little something to help others.
Audience members help Annie Oakley and friends to victory over the awful Marvin Q. Moneypots in "Annie Oakley and the Princess Café," billed as a the "rhythm and boos musical comedy melodrama," at the Santa Monica Playhouse.
When: 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 21, 28; 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays Feb. 3-April 29
Cost, info: Adult s$15, children (12 and younger) $12.50. Only service dogs permitted. (310) 394-9779, Ext. 1
Pasadena, Agoura Hills and Beverly Hills
Put on some love beads, grab a flower and flash back to the swingin' '60s and the British Invasion when Herman's Hermits play three venues: Rose in Pasadena, Canyon in Agoura Hills and Saban in Beverly Hills. Peter Noone, a.k.a., "Herman," will sing his nostalgic hits "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" and "I'm Into Something Good."
When: 7 p.m. Jan. 18 (Pasadena), 19 (Agoura Hills), 20 (Beverly Hills).
Cost, info: From $38 plus fees. Children (younger than 18 years) OK with paying adult. No dogs. (888) 645-5006
Kayaks, canoes, cabin cruisers, sport-fishing boats, pontoons, runabouts, deck boats, inflatables, tow boats, ski boats, high-performance water craft and dinghies will be displayed at the 62nd Los Angeles Boat Show at the Fairplex. Visitors can try kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding in a demonstration pool. If you need accessories, vendors will offer all sorts of marine items.
When: Jan. 18-21
Cost, info: Adults $15, military (with ID) $10, children (12 and younger) free. Only service animals permitted. (949) 757-5959
Take the Skid Row Walking Tour guided by someone who has experienced homeless problems firsthand. The 50-square-block neighborhood is a diverse community of neighbors in many living situations, and participants learn how they can help nonprofit organizations.
When: Noon Jan. 19
Cost, info: Free. No children or pets. (213) 891-3209.
It's grown-ups only at the Living Desert's Park After Dark for a guided tour to watch what desert birds, reptiles and furry critters do at night. Visitors can sample adult beverages at several tasting stations.
When: 6 p.m. Jan. 19 (bourbon), Feb. 16 (tequila) and March 16 (beer)
Cost, info: $48 for members, $58 for nonmembers. Reservations required. No one younger than 21 allowed. Only service animals permitted. (760) 346-5694, Ext. 2506 or 2501
Here's a chance to "visit" California's Marine Protected Areas without getting wet. Check out Underwater Parks Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Take a peek at local sea life in exhibits showing kelp forests, fish, sharks, seals and sea lions. Visitors can watch eco films, touch coastal rays and discover how protected places help baby fish.
When: 9 a.m. (till noon) Jan. 20
Cost, info: Adults $29.95, seniors (62 and older) $26.95, children (3-11) $17.95, children 2 and younger free. Only service dogs permitted. (562) 590-3100, Ext. 0