Night of music to benefit OPCC

Acclaimed Pop opera recording artist Nick Palance will be headlining the “Coming Home with Nick Palance and Friends” charity benefit to support OPCC. He will be joined by the sensational sopranos from Italy, Le Div4s. The event will be held on Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Casa Del Mar Hotel (1910 Ocean Way). Guests will enjoy a... Read more →


Santa Monica pet store to open Venice shop

Santa Monica-based Kriser's Natural Pet, a multi-unit retailer specializing in natural pet food, supplies and grooming, will host a grand opening at its seventh Southern California location on June 27-28, in Venice, at 303 Lincoln Blvd. (at the corner of Rose just south of Whole Foods). “Kriser's is overjoyed to bring our mission of... Read more →


Los Angeles Chamber Singers to perform in Santa Monica

Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers, led by music director Peter Rutenberg, presents its early music ensemble CAPPELLA in the organization's final season concerts. The program, entitled "LIQUID ARCHITECTURE: Music from the Golden Age of Polyphony," offers a retrospective highlighting some of the most important works and... Read more →

Culture Watch

If the shoe fits (Culture Watch)

If the shoe fitsAll-male Cinderella at Santa Monica PlayhousePHOTO CREDIT C. Moore In 1984 Santa Monica Playhouse co-artistic directors Evelyn Rudie and Chris DiCarlo wrote a musical version of “Cinderella” that's been performed locally, nationally and in 20 cities throughout Japan and England. Now, however, timed to coincide with... Read more →



Santa Monica library heads to the beach

Grab your towel and sunscreen, they’ll bring the books: Santa Monica Public Library is heading to the beach. Summer and reading belong together like surf and sun, so they are setting up shop on the shore and signing out books to literature hungry beachgoers at a series of five 'pop up' libraries between June 26 and August 28. Santa... Read more →


SMMUSD board announces special meeting

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Monday, June 29, at 4:30 p.m. at the district office, 1651 16th St. The purpose of this meeting will be for the Board of Education to adopt the district's budget and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2015-16. The board has... Read more →


PYFC plans protest march to City Hall

A coalition of concerned residents, parents, families, workers, organizations, churches and small businesses will be supporting the campaign to LET PYFC THRIVE and requesting that the City Council of Santa Monica invest in and fully fund the Pico Youth & Family Center for the 2015-2019 funding cycle. Supporters are asked to meet at... Read more →

Community Profiles

Faces of Silicon Beach: Gigmor’s David Baird

David Baird founded Gigmor after operating as the former head of AOL’s E-Commerce group, which generated over $1 billion in annual revenue. Gigmor’s goal is to revolutionize how live music is booked. It serves as a social network for matching musicians and bands through a Los Angeles-based web design/development agency. Erik Huberman:... Read more →


‘Celebrate America’ at Santa Monica College

SMC's Independence Day festivities are held early each year. The free spectacular fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America” — Santa Monica College's popular star-spangled salute to our nation's independence — to be held Saturday, June 27. The celebration — the only one of its kind in Santa Monica — will feature a... Read more →


An afternoon of mystery with local writers

Santa Monica Public Library's Ocean Park Branch will host a panel discussion with mystery writers Laurie Stevens, Christopher J. Lynch, Mar Preston and Lisa Seidman on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. Laurie Stevens, the panel moderator, is the author of the bestselling Gabriel McRay psychological thrillers which take place in the San Gabriel... Read more →


Taxpayer rights hearing slated for June 23

Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California's business and property taxes is invited to attend the Board of Equalization's annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings in Culver City on June 23. Attendees may speak directly to the elected members of the Board of Equalization. “California... Read more →

Movie Reviews

It’s easy to find the fun in ‘Spy’ (movie review)

"Spy" is one of the funniest films I've ever seen! It's not easy to make a comedy. It requires perfectly timed scenes, music, dialogue, and action, along with a fluid style that carries throughout the film. The end result must be a “Mozart symphony” of lighthearted, rapid-fire laughs with emotional surprises around every turn. "Spy" is a... Read more →



Make Music Day invades Santa Monica

Santa Monica's parks will be alive with the sound of music on the Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21, as the city takes part in a worldwide music event. Make Music Day is coming! “For the fourth year in a row, seven of our Santa Monica parks will stage free performances.  Come, bring your family and friends and enjoy this fantastic... Read more →



LMU choruses preview France concert tour

Loyola Marymount University choruses will present a pre-tour concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Featuring selections from their upcoming concert tour to France will be the Concert Choir, Consort Singers, and Women's Chorus, all conducted by Dr. Mary C. Breden, Director of Choral Activities at... Read more →