SHINE storytellers share true tales of being ‘lost’

Whether it was in a foreign land, or after a major life change, many of us know the feeling of losing our way. On Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, SHINE storytellers share their true tales of being “lost” — and how they got back on track or found a new way. SHINE is a popular storytelling event... Read more →



Walk for Crohn’s, colitis at Crescent Bay Park

There are 1.6 million Americans (including 80,000-plus children) who suffer from Crohn's and colitis, both of which are debilitating digestive diseases for which there are no cures. CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. CCFA is a... Read more →


Santa Monica High hosting all-class reunion picnic

The Samohi Alumni Association's 26th annual All-Class Picnic takes place Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad at Samohi. Admission is free and all Samohi graduates are welcome. The BBQ is back by popular demand. Find and reconnect with your classmates at tables arranged by year or era. There will be class photos taken, Samohi... Read more →


Three artists set to show at Santa Monica Art Studios

Three artists will be showing their artwork at the Santa Monica Art Studios on June 13. There will opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. Scott Horton was born in Seattle but came to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He created a series of work that was inspired by Route 66. He employed different... Read more →


Sample fine food at Santa Monica Grand Tasting

Chef Susan Feniger of Border Grill heads the festivities as a featured chef at the event along with 100 of L.A.'s top chefs participating in the kitchen presented by the Santa Monica Whole Foods Market. Participating Chefs include: Raj Dixit of Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, Tacoteca (Adam Fleischman), Bouchon (David Hands), 9021pho... Read more →


Jazz concert features Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band

Santa Monica Public Library keeps the Adult Summer Reading theme of "Read to the Rhythm" moving with a free jazz concert with Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band on Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m. in the Main Library's North Entry Courtyard. A popular performer who appears throughout the Southern California region, Gregg Young and his 2nd... Read more →

Culture Watch

The sublime and the ridiculous (Culture Watch)

In 1990, I stepped into the USC Fisher Gallery to view an exhibition called “Celebrations: Sights & Sounds of Being,” featuring artworks and words by leading African-American artists examining the black experience in America. It was there that I first encountered work by artist Noah Purifoy and I was instantly smitten. While I... Read more →


Make Music Day lineups announced

The Santa Monica Park venues participating in Make Music Day on Sunday, June 21, are: Virginia Avenue Park presented by the Pico Neighborhood Association, Hotchkiss Park presented by the Ocean Park Association, Reed Park presented by the Wilmont neighbors, Palisades Park Rose Garden presented by the North Of Montana neighbors, Palisades Park... Read more →


Santa Monica animal shelter reopens

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is leading the way in its commitment to providing excellent care to animals and welcomes the community to its grand re-opening event to showcase recent facility renovations. On Saturday, June 13, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and city officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by... Read more →


Musicians at Play presents first concert at Broad Stage

Big band favorites from “As Tisket A Tasket” to a medley of Benny Goodman's hits will be performed at the first concert presented by Musicians at Play, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation dedicated to the enrichment of local communities' quality of life through a variety of music performances and fine arts events. The Vintage Masters of... Read more →


Emerging author spotlight: Charles Dubow

Santa Monica Public Library is pleased to present a special Book Group Open House, featuring a spotlight Author Talk with emerging novelist Charles Dubow on Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library's Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Representatives from most of the Santa Monica Public Library's many monthly book groups will... Read more →


Victorian hosting Free Arts Day

Free Arts Los Angeles has announced Free Arts' Fun Day 2015, scheduled for Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Victorian, 2640 Main St., in Santa Monica. This annual fundraising event helps Free Arts bring hope and empowerment to abused, neglected, homeless and impoverished children by providing year-round creative arts programs... Read more →


Ocean Park Association meeting set for June 8

The public is invited to wear red, white and blue to the June meeting of the Ocean Park Association to participate in a discussion of the Santa Monica Main Street 4th of July Parade presented by the Ocean Park Association. The event, on June 8, will be from 7 - 9 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Joslyn Park, 633 Kensington Road. There will... Read more →