Less bacon, more broccoli for city staff

The City of Santa Monica offered a Meatless March promotion to employees last month that aimed to reduce meat consumption while promoting a healthy lifestyle. The 2015 challenge was the first for the city and staff said 128 employees participated, skipping an average of four meat lunches per week that equated to 369 lbs of meat or about... Read more →


Santa Monica gallery to honor artist during BritWeek

Artist Ryan Callanan, aka RYCA, has been selected by a jury of creative industry leaders from the United Kingdom and Los Angeles to receive BritWeek's first Visual Artist of the Year award. An evening reception for RYCA's BritWeek exhibition, "Rough With The Smooth," will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica... Read more →


Beach tennis holds serve in Santa Monica

Imagine an oceanside volleyball court. Lower the net considerably, though, and make each of its square holes much smaller. Then hand each player a paddle, put a deflated tennis ball in the air and see how many cross-net volleys they can muster in a row before the ball crashes into the sand. Voila: beach tennis. The sport is gaining... Read more →


Holocaust survivor to speak at movie screening

Mishkon Tephilo invites residents to commemorate Yom Hashoah with a special screening of “End of the Line: Seeshaupt,” the story of the final days of World War II, told through the experiences of concentration camp inmates who were loaded on a freight train, headed for certain death. Instead, the train took them from desperation to... Read more →

Culture Watch

Still new-ish (Culture Watch)

The Braid Art and Performance Space is no longer temporary and “Not That Jewish” is no longer considered a workshop performance. Like the Levy's Real Jewish Rye bread ad used to say, “You don't have to be Jewish” to enjoy what's happening at this new Santa Monica community cultural center. The Braid, located off Colorado Avenue... Read more →


World sounds to be featured in Orchestra Santa Monica concert

For its third concert of the season, “Border Crossings,” Orchestra Santa Monica reaches across borders and around the world bringing exciting and colorful orchestral pieces to Santa Monica. Chen Yi, one of the most important Chinese composers who came of age during the Cultural Revolution and pursued composition studies in the U.S., fuses... Read more →


Santa Monica College celebrating Earth Week

A free organic produce giveaway, workshops on making natural sunscreen and building your own bike generator, and a cultural festival and upcycled art show are just a few highlights of Santa Monica College's celebration of Earth Week, to be held April 20-24. The college — considered one of the “greenest” campuses in the state — has... Read more →


An art exhibit — at a mattress store

On Saturday, April 18, enjoy an opening reception for “Minor Identity Crisis” at Essentia in Santa Monica. The solo exhibition featuring the work of Gus Harper will debut some 20 works along with an installation. Store owners said Essentia may be mattress store, but it's also an active hub for local community artists. “Essentia is a... Read more →



Santa Monica Museum of Art to leave Santa Monica

What do you call the Santa Monica Museum of Art if it moves to Century City? Apparently, SMMoA Unbound. That’s what the three-decade-old museum will be called when it leaves its space within the Bergamot Station Arts Center at the end of May, according to a release from the museum, for a “planned gestation period to refine and broaden... Read more →


Library talk to discuss death, dying

Join organizers on April 18, at 2 p.m., when Registered Nurse Laurel Lewis discusses Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Death and Dying in Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Death has been a taboo subject in our society for far too long. In this program, Lewis removes the confusion, fear and denial that most... Read more →


Pier aquarium celebrating Earth Day

Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has a day's worth of fun, educational activities planned to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 18. All who participate in a beach cleanup first are rewarded with free admission for the festivities. The Aquarium's Earth Day celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A presentation in the Dorothy... Read more →

Community Profiles

For local actress, charity efforts run deep

In her current role at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, Tanna Frederick plays a late-1920s Polish nurse who becomes the love interest of a Jewish man. And because “Train to Zakopane” is based on real events, it requires the local actress to spew fierce anti-Semitism on a nightly basis. “It’s been quite the... Read more →