Entertainment

Cults, TCS debut deemed uneventful success

SM PIER — City officials got what they were hoping for in the first installation of this year’s Twilight Concert Series Thursday night. The indie-rock duo Cults played to an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 calm attendees in kicking off the 30th year of the iconic free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier. Earlier this year City Council voted to... Read more →

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Philz Coffee opens first SoCal store

SM Boulevard — A Bay Area coffee shop with a cult following is now serving in the city by the sea. Philz Coffee, founded by coffee connoisseur Phil Jaber in San Francisco, has opened its first Southern California location on Santa Monica Boulevard at Fifth Street. After 25 years of coffee experimenting, Phil claims to have perfected... Read more →

Arts

City Shakes shows a new love for a classic romance story

Courtesy photo DOWNTOWN — “Romeo & Juliet” is a classic work of literature that almost everyone in the English speaking world has either seen or read but Santa Monica's City Shakespeare Company (City Shakes) is promising a new take for their upcoming performance. Director Brooke Bishop, who also co-founded the company, said... Read more →

Entertainment

Twilight Concert Series kicks off with Cults

Cults (Courtesy photo) SM PIER — Thousands of people will gather on and around the Santa Monica Pier Thursday night to watch the indie-rock band Cults kick off the city's iconic free summer concert series. The Twilight Concert Series starts its 30th year Thursday at 7 p.m. This year’s series, which will take place over the next... Read more →

Life

OK Go added to Twilight Concert Series

OK Go SM PIER — The Twilight Concert Series has signed a big-name band as a late addition to its list of performers. The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band OK Go will headline the free Santa Monica Pier concert series on Sept. 4. The Allah-Las, another L.A.-based band, will open the show. OK Go is known for its intricately... Read more →

Food

Dog for all seasons

4th of July weekend is obviously the time to celebrate all things American. And what can be more American than the hot dog? After all, it's the literal melting pot of meat, reconstituted, grilled up, slathered in mustard and thrown in between a bun. Unfortunately Santa Monica is a heath conscious community and a subsequent wiener... Read more →

Life

Ferris wheel Mozart

File photo SM PIER — You round the bend on the Pacific Coast Highway, watch the Pacific Wheel dancing in the sunset, and see a lightshow. Dana Wyatt hears music. Wyatt, director of Operations at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, programs each frame of each light show like an animator drawing a cartoon. Each show is created to... Read more →

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Patriotic parade to fill Main Street

File photoFESTIVE: Many in the Fourth of July Parade are known to dress up in silly costumes for the occasion. (Fabian Lewkowicz santamonicacloseup.com) MAIN STREET — Santa Monica's one and only parade will fill Main Street on July 4 and organizers are encouraging residents to come down to enjoy the floats, music, horses, vintage fire... Read more →

Life

New pastor brings national experience to local church

Rev. Eric C. Shafer SUNSET PARK — Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is welcoming Rev. Eric C. Shafer as its new Senior Pastor with an official installation ceremony on July 13. Shafer, who began work in Santa Monica on April 1, has had a long and fruitful career in the church. He said coming to Santa Monica fulfilled a long-time goal of... Read more →

Events

Movie night to support women’s issues

DOWNTOWN Local Soroptimists are hoping Santa Monican's in the mood for a movie on Saturday night will look beyond the summer blockbusters and buy a ticket for their LUNAFEST fundraiser. The event features nine short films by, for and about women. Proceeds from the event support Soroptimist programs locally and contribute towards a national... Read more →