Free Santa Monica Symphony concert May 23

The Santa Monica Symphony honors veterans with a free concert the Saturday evening of Memorial Day Weekend. The 7:30 p.m. concert on May 23 marks the final concert of the Symphony's landmark 70th season. The evening's program includes Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21, popularly known as the theme from Elvira Madigan and Mahler's magnificent... Read more →


Oaxacan art highlighted at SPARC gallery in Venice

On Saturday, May 23, from 4 - 8 p.m., at 685 Venice Blvd., (Old Venice Police Station - SPARC's historic headquarters), The Duron Gallery at SPARC will present "New Codex: Oaxaca - Immigration and Cultural Memory." A touring exhibit curated by Marietta Bernstorff, it illuminates the contemporary visual discourse of Oaxaca and explores the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Music and Moses (Culture Watch)

This Memorial Day weekend marks 70 years of Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra's free community concerts. On Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. celebrate SMYO's season finale at the historic Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School. Music director and conductor Guido Lamell presents Antoinette Perry on piano with Mozart's Piano Concerto... Read more →


Fuddruckers opens on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica

Fuddruckers has opened a new location at 2002 Wilshire Blvd. The 3,366-square-foot fast casual restaurant with seating for 82 occupies a corner on 20th Street, just a block from Saint John's Health Center. This is the seventh Fuddruckers in the Los Angeles area and 18th¬†in California. Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's,... Read more →

Pier Concerts


Twilight Concert Series announces 2015 lineup

It's party time on the Pier starting July 9. Officials released the 2015 Twilight Concert Series lineup this week and announced the 2015 presenting partner sponsor will be Santa Monica based TrueCar. "This year's eclectic lineup will have something for all music fans, kicking off July 9th with a whole lot of funk from Minneapolis... Read more →


Opera performances return to the Broad Stage

BROAD STAGE The Santa Monica College Music Department will present a romantic concert featuring two Baroque masterpieces: Sebastian Dur√≥n's delightful baroque zarzuela "Salir el amor del mundo," performed with baroque period instruments and with staging based on the Grammy-nominated edition by Rich Savino and El Mundo; and a fully staged... Read more →



Hot Dog on a Stick to close for remodel

OCEAN FRONT WALK ‚Äî The original Hot Dog on a Stick is scheduled to close later this year for a remodel, according to Kathleen Shaffer, the company‚Äôs spokesperson. The stand would likely close for about two months starting in November or December. The company hopes to make its flagship shack larger and compliant with the Americans... Read more →


Global Motion dance show at Broad Stage

Santa Monica College's Global Motion World Dance Company will present an exciting program of choreography showcasing dance styles from around the world. Performance is Sunday, May 17, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Boulevard and 11th Street, Santa Monica). The performance will... Read more →



Alcohol permits up for consideration in Ocean Avenue area

With the Zoning Ordinance behind it, the Planning Commission will consider allowing a slew of alcohol permits at new restaurants around Ocean Avenue and Olympic Drive next week. The restaurants are going into the ground floor of a new apartment complex in the area. Joan‚Äôs on Third and Elovate would sit along Olympic Drive, between... Read more →


Free programming at Tongva Park in May

Tongva Park continues its second season of free cultural and eclectic programming this month with an enchanting Tongva After Dark evening of Gypsy and Eastern European musicians and singers, followed by a Family Saturday presenting a hula hoop fitness concert for all ages. On Wednesday, May 13, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., the community is... Read more →



Santa Monica College showcases student photography

Santa Monica College presents the 36th Annual SMC Student Photography Exhibit May 14-27 in two locations: the SMC Photography Gallery and SMC's Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery. The free exhibition showcases outstanding imagery by students in the SMC Photography Department. A gallery gala will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday,... Read more →