Go green at the 19th annual Santa Monica Festival, a celebration of all things environmental, including interactive workshops, musical performances and a “living library,” courtesy of the Santa Monica Public Library, wherein actual humans posing as books answer your questions about life, the universe and everything. (Books you can “check out” for 30-minute chats include Fat Activist, Ex Gang Member and Homeless Advocate.) Performers set to rock your environmentally friendly socks: Latin/African combo Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (pictured), Clarita and the Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre, and Living Sisters a.k.a. Becky Stark, Eleni Mandell and Alex Lilly, plus a Gaelic Gathering's traditional Irish reels, jigs and hornpipes. The “zero-waste festival” comes complete with a complimentary bicycle valet, a raffle for a brand new bike, and master of ceremonies Boise Thomas, host of Alter Eco on Discovery's spinoff channel Planet Green.

Sat., May 8, 11 a.m., 2010

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