Mock party to give parents a glimpse into underage drinking

This Saturday, Santa Monica parents are invited to take part in an event intended to educate about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at teen parties. The #ItsTooEasy Reality Party will offer parents a tour of a mock teen house party, where student volunteers act out realistic scenes, including drinking games, common peer... Read more →


Arts & Literacy Festival set for Saturday

Join organizers for a free Family Arts & Literacy Festival, where books come to life, on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, 2201 Pico Blvd. The Arts & Literacy Festival promotes Cradle to Career's Kindergarten Readiness Campaign. Spend the day reading and making art in the park. Dress up as your... Read more →


Santa Monica Oceanaires to perform at Paul Revere

The Santa Monica Oceanaires will present its annual spring show "Radio Days Goes West," which will be held at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School Auditorium on April 25 at 2 p.m. The school is located at 1450 Allenford Ave., in Los Angeles, with free parking. The Oceanaires' spring shows are a fun attraction for the entire family with... Read more →


Crime fiction summit coming to Santa Monica

Thriller School California will take place at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica (1 Pico Blvd.) on April 24-25. An intensive, two-day crime fiction summit, Thriller School brings together specialists in crime fighting and crime writing. An event geared towards experienced novelists, aspiring writers, readers, and crime fiction... Read more →


Sushi fundraiser to benefit Manzanar memorial project

The Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker Committee will host its 4th annual fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant, 213 Windward "on the circle" in Venice on April 23. Proprietor Esther Chaing once again will donate 100 percent of the profits from her famous box lunch bento to the VJAMM Committee, and 10 percent of all sales at... Read more →

Community Profiles

Holocaust survivor finds purpose as volunteer

Every Thursday, Marianne Klein arrives at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica and receives her list. For about four hours she goes from room to room, bed to bed, checking to see whether patients are satisfied with their hospital experiences. She asks them about their doctors, their food, their comfort. She finds out if anything can be done... Read more →


Less bacon, more broccoli for city staff

The City of Santa Monica offered a Meatless March promotion to employees last month that aimed to reduce meat consumption while promoting a healthy lifestyle. The 2015 challenge was the first for the city and staff said 128 employees participated, skipping an average of four meat lunches per week that equated to 369 lbs of meat or about... Read more →


Santa Monica gallery to honor artist during BritWeek

Artist Ryan Callanan, aka RYCA, has been selected by a jury of creative industry leaders from the United Kingdom and Los Angeles to receive BritWeek's first Visual Artist of the Year award. An evening reception for RYCA's BritWeek exhibition, "Rough With The Smooth," will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica... Read more →


Beach tennis holds serve in Santa Monica

Imagine an oceanside volleyball court. Lower the net considerably, though, and make each of its square holes much smaller. Then hand each player a paddle, put a deflated tennis ball in the air and see how many cross-net volleys they can muster in a row before the ball crashes into the sand. Voila: beach tennis. The sport is gaining... Read more →


Holocaust survivor to speak at movie screening

Mishkon Tephilo invites residents to commemorate Yom Hashoah with a special screening of "End of the Line: Seeshaupt," the story of the final days of World War II, told through the experiences of concentration camp inmates who were loaded on a freight train, headed for certain death. Instead, the train took them from desperation to... Read more →

Culture Watch

Still new-ish (Culture Watch)

The Braid Art and Performance Space is no longer temporary and "Not That Jewish" is no longer considered a workshop performance. Like the Levy's Real Jewish Rye bread ad used to say, "You don't have to be Jewish" to enjoy what's happening at this new Santa Monica community cultural center. The Braid, located off Colorado Avenue between Le... Read more →


World sounds to be featured in Orchestra Santa Monica concert

For its third concert of the season, "Border Crossings," Orchestra Santa Monica reaches across borders and around the world bringing exciting and colorful orchestral pieces to Santa Monica. Chen Yi, one of the most important Chinese composers who came of age during the Cultural Revolution and pursued composition studies in the U.S., fuses... Read more →