Oscars viewing party to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Watch the biggest night in film with good company, good food, and for a good cause. The Upper West restaurant is hosting an Oscars watch party for the second year in a row. Come when red carpet coverage begins to fill out your Oscar winners predictions, then stay to watch the show with food and drinks. There will be prizes for the most... Read more →


SMC hosting art exhibit, artists’ reception

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery will present “FONDAMENTA: Future Furniture Formed in a Collective Memory,” an exhibition of original works by renowned artists Peter Shire, Matt Connors, Peter Harkawik, and Matt Paweski. The show will be open to the public through March 28, with an artists' reception on... Read more →



Venice gallery spotlights Chicano photography

On Saturday, Feb. 21, from 5 - 8 p.m., at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC's historic headquarters since 1977, The Duron Gallery at SPARC will present “A Short Essay on Chicano Photography,” showcasing works from the collection of Mary and Armando Duron that will feature a survey exhibition on Chicano... Read more →


Twilight Concert Series getting unique new stage

The Santa Monica Pier is working toward a new custom-built stage for its summer concerts. Stereo.Bot, a technology company led by an architect that does many of the displays for Coachella and other events, has designed a colorful, alien-looking platform to be used for this summer’s Twilight Concert Series and other events on the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Yes, we Cannes

This was the year of the iPhone at the Sundance Film Festival. “Tangerine,” a feature film about transgender prostitutes in Hollywood shot almost entirely on an iPhone 5s, was the talk of the Festival, receiving audience raves and critical praise for the purity of its cinematic aesthetic; it was picked up for commercial distribution by... Read more →

Play Time

A visit to roots in moving, intense ‘Ida’

You'd think that after 70 years they'd have used up all the possible Holocaust stories. But they keep coming up with new ones. Now, from Poland, the site of the largest and most infamous of Nazi concentration camps (Auschwitz) comes “Ida,” the story of a Jewish girl's coming of age in the 1960s. The film is Poland's entry for this... Read more →


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 →