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Reality vs. fantasy (Culture Watch)

On one end of the cinema spectrum there are comic book characters, superheroes, spirits, zombies and vampires. That's the fantasy world many people choose to escape to when they sit in front of the big screen in a movie theatre. But look toward the other end of the spectrum, where important documentaries live, stories and passion projects... Read more →

Briefs

Shopping party to benefit Westside Family Health Center

RONROBINSON and Westside Family Health Center will throw a free Mother's Day Shopping Party from 4 to 7 p.m.  May 7 at the RONROBINSON flagship store at 1327 Fifth St. Guests can enjoy drinks, appetizers and a DJ while shopping for jewelry, clothing, beauty, mens, kids, books, home decor and more in a cool, modern atmosphere. Shoppers can... Read more →

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Santa Monica observing National Day of Prayer

Santa Monica will hold its 25th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Tongva Park amphitheater west of City Hall between Main Street and Ocean Avenue. The address is 1615 Ocean Avenue. This year's theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” inspired by I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your... Read more →

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Pepperdine hosting Bible lecture series

Pepperdine University's 72nd annual Bible Lectures series May 5-8 will explore the book of James. Thousands will gather at the Malibu campus, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., to partake in worship and hear from a range of speakers, including: Kent Brantley, missionary doctor with Samaritan's Purse and survivor of last year's deadly Ebola virus... Read more →

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Eight SMC spring concerts announced

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present eight spring concerts in May in The Broad Stage or The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, Santa Monica). The concerts include an SMC Symphony performance, a joint SMC Opera Theatre-SMC Chamber Choir production of Purcell's “Dido and Aeneas,”... Read more →

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SMC Emeritus College celebrating 40th anniversary

Santa Monica College's Emeritus College is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with events ranging from an open house and art exhibition and reception, to a silent benefit and a special tribute to Retired Emeritus College Associate Dean Maggie Hall. “Throughout the past four decades, Emeritus College has survived and thrived because of the... Read more →

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Workshop series tackles racial justice

Organizers say old-style racism may be dead — or at least too embarrassing to confess to — but a new ideology has arisen to take its place. The function of this new ideology is to justify the racially unequal and inequitable status quo. Dr. Robert Gordh will dissect this misleading new set of rationalizations at the May 3 workshop... Read more →

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Mashing up musicals (Culture Watch)

“What's the password?” No, I wasn't buying a new iPhone app. I was seeking entry into the Kit Kat Club, a secret speakeasy just around the corner from my house. There are no signs. And a dapper but slightly thuggish bouncer asked me for the password before I was allowed in. While it isn't a real speakeasy, it sure feels like one.... Read more →

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Santa Monica hosting climate action forum

Climate Action Santa Monica is arranging the first opportunity for people to attend a public forum on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and learn how Santa Monica in combination with other cities is working toward creating a new power authority. The new authority will ensure power in Santa Monica is mostly or all renewable at a price... Read more →

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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 →