Comedy, auction to support animal welfare group

Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA) is hosting a hilarious night of comedy, gourmet vegan cuisine and silent and live auctions at their annual fundraiser Saturday March 14 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying at 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Grammy, Tony, Emmy Award winner and Kennedy Center honoree, Lily... Read more →


UCLA plans kidney health fair in Santa Monica

March is National Kidney Month and to mark it, Dr. Anjay Rastogi, UCLA Kidney and Hypertension specialist, and his UCLA team will hold a Kidney Health Fair on March 8 in Santa Monica to raise awareness of kidney health and associated co-morbid conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The event will focus on integrative... Read more →


Santa Monica Synagogue hosting community carnival

The Santa Monica Synagogue is inviting the public to participate in its annual carnival on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 18th Street between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard. (1448 18th St.). The annual carnival will feature attractions such as a zip line, rock wall, painless paintball, inflatable jumpers and slides, and the popular... Read more →


PYFC, UCLA Xinachtli to host racial unity dinner

On Monday, March 9, UCLA Xinachtli and the Pico Youth and Family Center will be hosting a family dinner night and panel discussion on Black and Brown Unity at the Santa Monica High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, parents will walk over to the PYFC (around 8:30 p.m.) for dessert and coffee. UCLA will also be bringing... Read more →


Santa Monica Reads panel to explore Jane Austen variations

The Santa Monica Public Library will present Austen Variations, a panel discussion featuring authors influenced by the life and literary work of Jane Austen, on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Join organizers as they welcome authors Diana Birchall (Mrs. Darcy's... Read more →


Area youth to perform Little Red Riding Hood musical

Theatre Palisades Youth will present its latest youth play, “Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood,” on March 6 at the Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades. In this 1950s-era musical version of the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood is one cool chick. Wise Prince Jason, Strong Prince Justin and Loud Prince Frank are all on a quest to win her hand in... Read more →

Culture Watch

‘The Price’ is right

Alan Mandell is a man of monstrous acting talent and many decades of experience. Now onstage at the Mark Taper Forum, the 87-year-old actor steals the show as an 89-year-old retired antiques appraiser in Arthur Miller's “The Price.” Mandell triumphed in the Taper's outstanding 2012 production of Beckett's “Waiting for Godot,” and... Read more →

Play Time

Wrestling with demons in ‘Foxcatcher’

It wasn’t just the nose. Or the hooded eyelids. Or the protruding gums in the small mouth that almost never smiled. It was the total demeanor. The flat tones of his speech, punctuated by frequent pauses. The ego that prompted him to identify himself as “The Golden Eagle.” It was the transformed funny-man, Steve Carell, taking on the... Read more →


Local youth orchestra to perform three world premieres

The young musicians of Elemental Strings and Band, Santa Monica's oldest youth orchestra program for elementary students, will perform three world premieres by local composers at Lincoln Middle School. Composers Robert Anderson, Jonathan Beard and Peter Senchuk, all current or former teachers for Elemental Strings and Band, have written new... Read more →


St. Monica to host CRS Rice Bowl concert

This year marks the 40th anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program used by millions of Catholics across the United States known for its iconic and symbolic cardboard “rice bowl.” The program has evolved over multiple generations to become a tradition for Catholic families, parishes and religious educators. Since... Read more →


International Women’s Day breakfast set for March 2

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present the International Women's Day kickoff breakfast in honor of Women's History Month on March 2 at 7 a.m. Each year the event celebrates women who challenge, empower, and inspire. The annual breakfast gathers... Read more →


Mishkon Tephilo hosting Purim fiesta

Join organizers for Mishkon Tephilo's annual Purim fiesta March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a Mexican lunch, chips and salsa, fruit, margaritas, beer, hamantaschen, games, bounce houses, dunk tank, music, a pinata, and art and crafts. Admission for children ages 2-12 is $8 with advanced reservation or $10 at the door. If you... Read more →