Dancing with Santa Monica’s stars

What do Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon and Kaiser Permanente physician Dr. Gregorio Saccone have in common? They will all be lacing up their dancing shoes on May 22 to compete in the 1st annual Sand and Sea Ball at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Inspired by the... Read more →


Laemmle to show controversial ‘Vaxxed’ film

A controversial anti-vaccination film that was banned from the Tribeca Film Festival is coming to Santa Monica. The West Coast debut of “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” is scheduled for April 15 at the Monica Film Center, which will host Q&A sessions with director Andrew Wakefield in conjunction with several of the upcoming... Read more →

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Family Adventures at The Broad Stage 

Circa's "Carnival of the Animals" from Australia and The Box Brothers from Holland are bringing their wondrous family entertainments to Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center’s Broad Stage starting this weekend. The Box Brothers are a team of four percussionists from the performance troupe Percossa who combine Japanese percussion,... Read more →

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The Ubiquitous Mr. Eisenberg 

The name "Jesse Eisenberg" may not be as familiar as, say, Jerry Seinfeld-yet. But if you saw him portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” you may remember him being nominated for many prestigious Best Actor awards for his work in that movie. Or, more recently, you may have seen him as Lex Luthor in “Batman v... Read more →


Rusty’s Emerging Artist Competition kicks off

This Thursday, Rusty's Surf Ranch will begin the preliminary round of its 15th Annual Emerging Artist Competition. Its first bracket includes four bands, each playing a 30 minute set, starting at 8 p.m.: Crimson Apple, Electric Parlor, KULA and Trackless. Continuing a tradition that began in 2011, when the Rusty's EAC winner opened for... Read more →


First L.A. Post Fest comes to Aero Theatre

The Aero Theater will add another feather to its cap on May 14 when it becomes host to the first annual L.A. Post Fest. The event will be the culmination of a video editing competition held by the Los Angeles Post Production Group, “Create Your Story in Post,” in which entrants used their creativity, technical skills and storytelling... Read more →


Broad Stage announces leadership changes

While unveiling its programming slate for the 2016-2017 season, The Broad Stage this week announced that Jane Deknatel, who has been with The Broad Stage for six years, most recently as director of development, has been appointed interim executive director and that former executive director, Wiley Hausam, has now become senior artistic... Read more →

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The Guardian Mural

A mural serves as public art. But for artist Francisco Letelier, the “Guardian” mural he's painting on the south wall of the American Red Cross Santa Monica Bay chapter at Broadway and 11th Street couldn't be more personal. “I've always admired what the Red Cross does,” he says, “because when my father was imprisoned after the... Read more →


The Broad announces 2016 – 2017 season line up

The Broad Stage made its first announcement of programming for the 2016-2017 season April 4. The season is set to include two dance companies, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and BODYTRAFFIC. In the classical music section, there will be the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Inon Barnatan, three concerts from artists-in-residence... Read more →