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Dancing, singing, movies and more (Culture Watch)

Starting tonight through May 5, historic and iconic venues around L.A., including Santa Monica's Aero Theatre, will play host to Dance Camera West's 14th Annual Dance Media Festival. The Crest Theatre in Westwood, the Downtown Palace Theatre and Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre are a few of the classic cinemas that will screen films and hold... Read more →

People

Community awards honor plane crash victim

The legacy of Mark Benjamin lives on in Santa Monica — not just through the iconic buildings his company constructed around town, but also through people who continue striving to embody his generous spirit. Less than two years after Benjamin and three others died in a plane crash at Santa Monica Airport, the local Human Relations Council... Read more →

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What the incoming Expo line means for Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a presentation about the incoming Expo line on April 29 in the Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd.) at 7 p.m. The presentation will discuss what to expect from the train, when it will open, where it will run, costs and benefits of the line. Organizers said the event will explain what the train... Read more →

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JAMS Theatre Company presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

JAMS Theatre Company presents its annual spring musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," featuring two casts in four performances, with students from both John Adams Middle School and SMASH. The show opens Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., with two performances on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and closes Sunday, May 3, with a final matinee performance at... Read more →

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Documentary explores women in Santa Monica aviation

On Friday, May 1, there will be a special showing of “Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby” at the Santa Monica Public Library MLK Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Admission is free. Producer/director Heather Taylor will be there to provide background on making the movie as well as... Read more →

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‘LAF Supper’ coming to Santa Monica Playhouse

"The LAF Supper" is a comedy/musical about a disillusioned yet hopeful idea-machine-of-a-man who after years of Hollywood rejection attempts to join a monastery convinced they'll embrace his brilliance as he single-handedly sets out to rebrand the church's long-suffering image. Saturday, May 2, and Saturday, May 9. Preshow cocktail... Read more →

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Doctors orchestra to perform at New Roads

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns to the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater with an exciting program entitled "The Four B's," featuring the brilliant technique and sensitive musicality of pianist Hye-Won Choi. The concert is Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. The program includes the Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op 62,  Bruckner: March... Read more →

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Learn green living at city workshops

Learn what you can do on a personal level to live more sustainably while connecting with your neighbors and community. Join a free workshop offered by the City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Sustainable Works. Learn ways to save money, positively impact your family, community, and ultimately the... Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

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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... Read more →

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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 →

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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 →