Community Profiles

‘Comic-Con of books’ coming to Santa Monica

For Margaret Stohl, one of the joys of being a young-adult author is that her works appeal to more than just, well, young adults. “YA has been great for reading overall,” says the locally based writer, a co-founder of the YALLWEST book festival that will be held April 11-12 in Santa Monica. “From Tolkien to Harry Potter, kids and... Read more →

Culture Watch

Images, moving and still (Culture Watch)

Photo (courtesy John Reiff Williams): A 6-foot-wide image by John Reiff Williams is part of an upcoming exhibit at Bergamot Station. Santa Monica will welcome 50 world premiere films tonight when the third annual Cinema at the Edge Festival opens at the aptly named Edgemar Center. This unconventional complex on Main Street was... Read more →

Community Profiles

A tale of two Kevin McKeowns, continued

Editor's note: This is the second part of a three-part series about Santa Monica's two Kevin McKeowns. The first part can be found here. Kevin McKeown still remembers the campaign posters bearing his name, a somewhat odd sight considering he wasn't running for office. He soon learned it wasn't some sort of practical joke, but rather a... Read more →


Heal the Bay seeks volunteers for April events

Heal the Bay has announced it will host a series of public Earth Month activities throughout April to provide fun, family-friendly opportunities to improve Southern California neighborhoods, shorelines and local rivers and creeks. From volunteer trainings to beach cleanups to hands-on learning experiences at the Santa Monica Aquarium,... Read more →


Broad Stage announces 2015-16 season

There will be something for everyone at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College's Performing Arts Center when the 2015-16 season opens Sept. 19. Now entering its eighth season, the Broad Stage threw an announcement party for donors and media with select performances on Monday night. In a preview of what's to come, the antic... Read more →

Culture Watch

Art for the eyes and heart (Culture Watch)

It's been a week filled with winners on the cultural front. Don't miss “Dunsinane” at The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills. Including tonight (Thursday, April 2), there are only six more performances. This co-production of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland picks up — sort of... Read more →


View night sky’s wonders with SMC telescope

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites you to enjoy an evening telescope-observing session with a focus on the crescent Moon and peeks at Venus and Jupiter. The planetarium's April schedule also offers two opportunities to find out about Charles Messier and his remarkable catalog of “annoying” objects in the night sky,... Read more →


SMC presents ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Circle Mirror Transformation” Apr. 3-12 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. In “Circle Mirror Transformation” — a three-time Obie Award winner written by Annie Baker — an unlikely group of strangers in an artsy small town plays... Read more →


UCLA Medical Center offering free weekly meditation

Steve Ellis’ journey to free weekly mindful awareness classes at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica was inspired — like so many Santa Monica decisions — by traffic on the 405. Ellis has been going to, and loving, the same classes on Thursdays at the Hammer Museum for nearly two years but, when he found out that UCLA Medical is... Read more →