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 →

Briefs

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 →

Briefs

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 →

Briefs

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 →

Briefs

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 →

Health

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 →

Briefs

haleARTS SPACE hosting ‘Love and Lust’ reception

haleARTS SPACE will host an opening reception of the fourth-annual “Love and Lust” sale. In collaboration with featured local emerging artists, the theme of “Love and Lust” is pulled, prodded and turned upside-down. What is love? What is lust? Can art capture the essence of either or both or neither? This year’s show will feature... Read more →

Briefs

‘Arts for Hearts’ to benefit at-risk youth

Since 2002, the Pico Youth and Family Center, a Santa Monica nonprofit organization, has served hundreds of at-risk youth on the Westside by providing much needed case management, counseling, tutoring, computer training, job readiness preparation and music production training. PYFC targets youth ages 16-24 that are most at risk, including... Read more →

Briefs

SMC theater show to fund festival trip

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present a benefit performance to help send students to the regional competition of the prestigious 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The benefit will be held Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa... Read more →