City Shakes shows a new love for a classic romance story

Courtesy photo DOWNTOWN — “Romeo & Juliet” is a classic work of literature that almost everyone in the English speaking world has either seen or read but Santa Monica's City Shakespeare Company (City Shakes) is promising a new take for their upcoming performance. Director Brooke Bishop, who also co-founded the company, said... Read more →


Twilight Concert Series kicks off with Cults

Cults (Courtesy photo) SM PIER — Thousands of people will gather on and around the Santa Monica Pier Thursday night to watch the indie-rock band Cults kick off the city's iconic free summer concert series. The Twilight Concert Series starts its 30th year Thursday at 7 p.m. This year’s series, which will take place over the next... Read more →


OK Go added to Twilight Concert Series

OK Go SM PIER — The Twilight Concert Series has signed a big-name band as a late addition to its list of performers. The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band OK Go will headline the free Santa Monica Pier concert series on Sept. 4. The Allah-Las, another L.A.-based band, will open the show. OK Go is known for its intricately... Read more →


Dog for all seasons

4th of July weekend is obviously the time to celebrate all things American. And what can be more American than the hot dog? After all, it's the literal melting pot of meat, reconstituted, grilled up, slathered in mustard and thrown in between a bun. Unfortunately Santa Monica is a heath conscious community and a subsequent wiener... Read more →


Ferris wheel Mozart

File photo SM PIER — You round the bend on the Pacific Coast Highway, watch the Pacific Wheel dancing in the sunset, and see a lightshow. Dana Wyatt hears music. Wyatt, director of Operations at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, programs each frame of each light show like an animator drawing a cartoon. Each show is created to... Read more →



Patriotic parade to fill Main Street

File photoFESTIVE: Many in the Fourth of July Parade are known to dress up in silly costumes for the occasion. (Fabian Lewkowicz MAIN STREET — Santa Monica's one and only parade will fill Main Street on July 4 and organizers are encouraging residents to come down to enjoy the floats, music, horses, vintage fire... Read more →


New pastor brings national experience to local church

Rev. Eric C. Shafer SUNSET PARK — Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is welcoming Rev. Eric C. Shafer as its new Senior Pastor with an official installation ceremony on July 13. Shafer, who began work in Santa Monica on April 1, has had a long and fruitful career in the church. He said coming to Santa Monica fulfilled a long-time goal of... Read more →


Movie night to support women’s issues

DOWNTOWN Local Soroptimists are hoping Santa Monican's in the mood for a movie on Saturday night will look beyond the summer blockbusters and buy a ticket for their LUNAFEST fundraiser. The event features nine short films by, for and about women. Proceeds from the event support Soroptimist programs locally and contribute towards a national... Read more →



Santa Monica joins Make Music Los Angeles

Courtesy photo On Saturday, June 21, Santa Monica will feature a variety of performances in parks across the city. This will be the third year Santa Monica celebrates Make Music Los Angeles/MMLA, a countywide celebration of music. The event is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. In... Read more →


14th Annual Summer SOULstice returns June 22

This Sunday, June 22, the Main Street Business Improvement Association will host their 14th Annual Summer SOULstice Festival on Main Street. The festival will include live music, food, sidewalk sales, and shopping. Musical acts Black Crystal Wolf Kids, The Paul Chesne Band, the Neil Young tribute band, 'Neil Deal', and the reggae-rock band,... Read more →