Culture Watch

Art for the eyes and heart (Culture Watch)

It's been a week filled with winners on the cultural front. Don't miss “Dunsinane” at The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills. Including tonight (Thursday, April 2), there are only six more performances. This co-production of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland picks up — sort of... Read more →

Briefs

View night sky’s wonders with SMC telescope

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites you to enjoy an evening telescope-observing session with a focus on the crescent Moon and peeks at Venus and Jupiter. The planetarium's April schedule also offers two opportunities to find out about Charles Messier and his remarkable catalog of “annoying” objects in the night sky,... Read more →

Briefs

SMC presents ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Circle Mirror Transformation” Apr. 3-12 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. In “Circle Mirror Transformation” — a three-time Obie Award winner written by Annie Baker — an unlikely group of strangers in an artsy small town plays... Read more →

Health

UCLA Medical Center offering free weekly meditation

Steve Ellis’ journey to free weekly mindful awareness classes at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica was inspired — like so many Santa Monica decisions — by traffic on the 405. Ellis has been going to, and loving, the same classes on Thursdays at the Hammer Museum for nearly two years but, when he found out that UCLA Medical is... Read more →

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‘Visions’ art exhibit highlights Venice First Friday

On April 3, Resonate Church of Santa Monica invites the community to the G2 Gallery in Venice for a unique art experience called "Visions." The art consists of 10 windows, each of which was given to a different local artist to be transformed into a work of art. Each piece reflects the leanings of the individual artist, as well as relating... Read more →

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Library launches Peeps candy diorama contest

Creative kids are encouraged to utilize the seasonal Peeps candy to enter the Peeps-apalooza Diorama Contest at the Santa Monica Public Library on Tuesday, April 7. To participate children aged 17 and under must design and create a diorama at home using Peeps candies with a boot or shoe box base. Dioramas must be based on a book. One entry... Read more →

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SMC master dance class series resumes April 2

The Santa Monica College Dance Department is proud to present the Spring 2015 Masters of Dance Series, an eclectic series of master classes and lectures. The series opens on April 2 with a special dance seminar — “How to Make Money with Your Dance Degree” — presented by Monica Reid, an expert with more than 10 years of experience in... Read more →

Health

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Childhood nutrition: key to the economy?

Childhood nutrition is a dietary issue with complex health consequences — but a growing body of medical experts, researchers and advocacy groups also see economic implications. They point out that children whose nutritional needs are not met are more likely to have difficulties focusing and more likely to miss school days for... Read more →

Community Profiles

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A tale of two Kevin McKeowns

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a multi-part series about Santa Monica’s two Kevin McKeowns. Kevin McKeown still remembers the campaign posters bearing his name, a somewhat odd sight considering he wasn’t running for office. He soon learned it wasn’t some sort of practical joke, but rather a quirk of fate: another Kevin... Read more →

Briefs

SMC symphony presenting special concert

The Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra will present a special concert Sunday, March 29, featuring a Romantic program of music both happy and sad. Los Angeles baritone John Atkins joins the symphony to perform as guest artist. SMC student Joseph Rishik, a cellist, is also featured. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. in The Broad Stage... Read more →

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‘Wake Up With The Waves’ returns to Santa Monica Pier

Now in its ninth year, the children's concert series "Wake Up With The Waves" returns to the Pier on Saturday mornings. Starting March 28 through May 16, children 1-8 and their parents can enjoy free interactive concerts and activities including singing, dancing and movement, puppets, talent shows, dress-up, face-painting, prizes and... Read more →

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Blowin’ Smoke hosting 20th birthday bash

On Saturday, March 28, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., there's going to be a huge 20th birthday bash presented by, and featuring, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes, at Harvelle's, 1432 4th St., in Santa Monica. Admission is $10. Info: (310) 395-1676 or santamonica.harvelles.com. Two... Read more →

People

Honoring women who shape Santa Monica

The four women come from different backgrounds and work in a variety of fields, but they are united by one goal: improving the local community. These active citizens — Julia Miele, Rochelle Fanali, Julie Rusk and Sandy Jacobson — will be recognized at 7 p.m. March 26 during the eighth-annual celebration of “Women Who Shape Santa... Read more →