Santa Monica Place celebrates Lunar New Year

Santa Monica Place will ring in the Lunar New Year with cultural entertainment during the weekend of Feb. 20-22, with festivities to be held on the main stage in Center Plaza. The Lunar New Year -- also known as the Spring Festival -- will feature entertainment and presentations based on Chinese traditions. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday,... Read more →


Pianist to ring in Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place

Acclaimed pianist Sean Chen will kick off this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in a performance Friday, Feb. 20, at Santa Monica Place. Chen, who is being presented by the New West Symphony in collaboration with Santa Monica Place, will play from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and again from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The performance will be given on an... Read more →



A breath of fresh air in Idyllwild (travel)

If Idyllwild is simply a sign you pass on your way to the desert, may I suggest that you turn at that sign and take the 20-something mile drive to Idyllwild for a spectacular day, weekend or more at this gem of a mountain destination. It's about a 2-hour, 15-minute drive from L.A. and is situated approximately 6,000 ft above sea level.... Read more →


Library hosting ‘Mindful Compassion’ workshop

Nicholas Bruss leads "Mindful Compassion," an experiential workshop, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Self-compassion and compassion for others strengthens community by building human connection. Our common humanity is a core aspect of compassion. This workshop... Read more →


Oil documentary to be held at Aero Theatre

Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with American Cinematheque and Sustainable Works present "PUMP!" The film, showing at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from Standard Oil's illegal tactics... Read more →

Community Profiles

Faces of Santa Monica: Ramin Ghaneeian

Santa Monica local Ramin Ghaneeian started Lot Plans with his brother to offer affordable blueprints to future home owners while lifting the audience of architects and contractors. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Ghaneeian about the Silicon Beach scene, growing up with an entrepreneur dad and Lot Plans. Erik Huberman: What made... Read more →


Santa Monica ocean rescues swelled in 2014

Ocean rescues off Santa Monica's beaches swelled dramatically this past year, reflecting increased demand on lifeguards throughout the county as people flocked to the coast amid a sustained spell of warm weather. There were 2,605 total rescues performed by Los Angeles County ocean lifeguards in Santa Monica in 2014, according to fire... Read more →


SMC celebrates Black History Month

Santa Monica College is proud to present a series of free events in February honoring Black History Month. The events -- which include spoken word, song and dance performances as well as informative talks and discussions on Los Angeles' black history and the current state of Black America at this pivotal time in our nation -- are all held on... Read more →

Culture Watch

When cultures clash

More about this event in days to come, but a landmark opera is coming to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. “Dead Man Walking,” a modern classic that has become one of opera's most performed contemporary works, will be presented in a re-orchestrated performance on March 7 and 8 by San Francisco's Opera Parallèle. Based on Sister Helen... Read more →

Play Time

Lawsuit comes alive in ‘Hellman v. McCarthy’

If you are old enough to remember Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee's browbeating of prominent intellectuals in the 1950s, you may be excused for thinking that the play “Hellman v. McCarthy” refers to the Wisconsin Senator's vicious attack on the political views of the celebrated playwright Lillian... Read more →


Library to host screening of ‘Free Angela’

Santa Monica Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a screening of the documentary "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" on Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. "Free Angela" is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California... Read more →


Public invited to affordable housing forum

The City of Santa Monica Housing Commission will hold a Commission Retreat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Multipurpose Room of the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. The Housing Commission, a seven-member board that advises the Santa Monica City Council on affordable housing issues, will formulate its... Read more →


66th annual Stairway of the Stars set

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the 66th annual Stairway of the Stars event at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School. The popular event, spotlighting the combined talents of the district's music students, teachers and music curriculum, will take place over three days in February and feature 26 district bands,... Read more →

Community Profiles

Faces of Santa Monica: Andre Herd

Along with starting Lost Future Music Group, Andre Herd founded Daybreaker, a popular early morning dance party. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Andre about Daybreaker, how he became an entrepreneur and Silicon Beach.   Erik Huberman: What made you want to become an entrepreneur? Andre Herd: I don’t love having a boss,... Read more →