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Santa Monica celebrates Juneteenth

The free Juneteenth community event will be held on June 20 at Virginia Avenue Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Juneteenth Celebration Committee Inc., this event commemorates the day the last African American slaves in Galveston, Texas, were notified of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was... Read more →

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League of Women Voters hosts Santa Monica planning seminar

Big changes are coming to Santa Monica, and city planners are working hard to coordinate all the moving pieces. On Saturday, June 20, the City's Director of Planning and Community Development, David Martin, will present an overview of his department's major projects to the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica (LWVSM) and guests. “We... Read more →

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Art’s Table to support SMC study-abroad scholarships

Have a special meal this Father's Day weekend and help Santa Monica College students broaden their horizons and learn firsthand what it means to be a global citizen. Art's Table co-owners Mark and Lani Verge are hosting a fundraiser June 19-21 at the restaurant, located at 1002 Montana Ave. Proceeds from a special menu will benefit the Art... Read more →

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IDEAS conference to unite tech communities

Israeli visionaries are collaborating with California creatives and industry leaders with the goal of exporting the most significant ideas, innovations and cutting edge technologies being developed within Israel’s world class tech hub, Tel Aviv. These already impressive collaborative efforts are soon to be further realized as IDEAS Los... Read more →

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Tsang to speak at SMC commencement

Santa Monica College President Dr. Chui L. Tsang — Superintendent of the Santa Monica Community College District — will be the 2015 SMC commencement speaker. SMC's 85th commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Corsair Field. For the sixth year in a row, the ceremony will also be webcast live and available on... Read more →

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Fundraiser brunch at 41 Ocean to support art, music

41 Ocean in Santa Monica will host Cheshire Moon's second annual Thousandaire Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 14. One hundred ticket holders and their guests will enjoy brunch, bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, live DJ, a silent auction and the chance to win a grand prize of up to $3,000. Proceeds from the event benefit nonprofit... Read more →

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‘Authors on Architecture’ comes to Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Public Library teams up with the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, for the program "Authors on Architecture: Adam Arenson on Millard Sheets" on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Author and Huntington Library scholar-in-residence Adam... Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →