Briefs

‘LAF Supper’ coming to Santa Monica Playhouse

"The LAF Supper" is a comedy/musical about a disillusioned yet hopeful idea-machine-of-a-man who after years of Hollywood rejection attempts to join a monastery convinced they'll embrace his brilliance as he single-handedly sets out to rebrand the church's long-suffering image. Saturday, May 2, and Saturday, May 9. Preshow cocktail... 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 →

Briefs

Doctors orchestra to perform at New Roads

The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns to the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater with an exciting program entitled "The Four B's," featuring the brilliant technique and sensitive musicality of pianist Hye-Won Choi. The concert is Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. The program includes the Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op 62,  Bruckner: March... Read more →

Briefs

Learn green living at city workshops

Learn what you can do on a personal level to live more sustainably while connecting with your neighbors and community. Join a free workshop offered by the City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Sustainable Works. Learn ways to save money, positively impact your family, community, and ultimately the... Read more →

Briefs

Mock party to give parents a glimpse into underage drinking

This Saturday, Santa Monica parents are invited to take part in an event intended to educate about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at teen parties. The #ItsTooEasy Reality Party will offer parents a tour of a mock teen house party, where student volunteers act out realistic scenes, including drinking games, common peer... Read more →

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Arts & Literacy Festival set for Saturday

Join organizers for a free Family Arts & Literacy Festival, where books come to life, on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, 2201 Pico Blvd. The Arts & Literacy Festival promotes Cradle to Career's Kindergarten Readiness Campaign. Spend the day reading and making art in the park. Dress up as your... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica Oceanaires to perform at Paul Revere

The Santa Monica Oceanaires will present its annual spring show “Radio Days Goes West,” which will be held at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School Auditorium on April 25 at 2 p.m. The school is located at 1450 Allenford Ave., in Los Angeles, with free parking. The Oceanaires' spring shows are a fun attraction for the entire family... Read more →

Culture Watch

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 →

Briefs

Crime fiction summit coming to Santa Monica

Thriller School California will take place at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica (1 Pico Blvd.) on April 24-25. An intensive, two-day crime fiction summit, Thriller School brings together specialists in crime fighting and crime writing. An event geared towards experienced novelists, aspiring writers, readers, and crime fiction... Read more →

Briefs

Sushi fundraiser to benefit Manzanar memorial project

The Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker Committee will host its 4th annual fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant, 213 Windward “on the circle” in Venice on April 23. Proprietor Esther Chaing once again will donate 100 percent of the profits from her famous box lunch bento to the VJAMM Committee, and 10 percent of all sales at... Read more →

Community Profiles

Holocaust survivor finds purpose as volunteer

Every Thursday, Marianne Klein arrives at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica and receives her list. For about four hours she goes from room to room, bed to bed, checking to see whether patients are satisfied with their hospital experiences. She asks them about their doctors, their food, their comfort. She finds out if anything can be done... Read more →

Health

Less bacon, more broccoli for city staff

The City of Santa Monica offered a Meatless March promotion to employees last month that aimed to reduce meat consumption while promoting a healthy lifestyle. The 2015 challenge was the first for the city and staff said 128 employees participated, skipping an average of four meat lunches per week that equated to 369 lbs of meat or about... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica gallery to honor artist during BritWeek

Artist Ryan Callanan, aka RYCA, has been selected by a jury of creative industry leaders from the United Kingdom and Los Angeles to receive BritWeek's first Visual Artist of the Year award. An evening reception for RYCA's BritWeek exhibition, "Rough With The Smooth," will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica... Read more →