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 →

Culture Watch

Choose your words carefully

When the erudite “thinking man's” talk show host Dick Cavett invited sharp-tongued writer Mary McCarthy to appear on his PBS show in 1979, he provoked not just a war over words but a libel suit against McCarthy, PBS and Cavett himself. It was filed by Lillian Hellman, whom McCarthy had allegedly insulted on the show … accidentally... Read more →

Play Time

Dame Edna Everage fares well in ‘Glorious Goodbye’

She's been doing the same act for 60 years. No need to change it though, since audiences all over the world love it just as it is and flock to see it again and again. Currently on her third round of visits to Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater, she is playing, as she habitually does, to a full house. She is Dame Edna Everage and this year her... Read more →


Lecture explores Renaissance palaces, prints and plates

A Film Lecture will be given by Art History instructor Dr. Valerie Taylor on Friday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Emeritus College, 1227 2nd. Street, Room 107. Her talk considers the material culture of the past through the art of the present. Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) was the most important female art patron and collector of... Read more →


Allen fights vaccine exemption loophole

SACRAMENTO — Rookie State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) is co-sponsoring a bill to repeal an exemption that currently lets parents opt their kids out of getting vaccinations for schools. The bill comes amidst a measles outbreak that has spread widely in Southern California. Earlier this week, a baby, too young to receive the measles... Read more →