Briefs

JAMS Theatre Company presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

JAMS Theatre Company presents its annual spring musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," featuring two casts in four performances, with students from both John Adams Middle School and SMASH. The show opens Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., with two performances on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and closes Sunday, May 3, with a final matinee performance at... Read more →

Briefs

Documentary explores women in Santa Monica aviation

On Friday, May 1, there will be a special showing of “Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby” at the Santa Monica Public Library MLK Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Admission is free. Producer/director Heather Taylor will be there to provide background on making the movie as well as... Read more →

Crime

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Police pepper-spray Santa Monica man in park dispute

A Santa Monica man was arrested on April 21 while attempting to charge his electric vehicle, and the incident is sparking discussions of racial profiling and the use of force that mirror the current national debate. All sides agree on a basic set of facts. Justin Leland Palmer, 36, an African-American, NYU grad and father of four with no... Read more →

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Children explore science through SMO flights

Three times a year, the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA Chapter #11) invites local organizations to participate in Young Eagles Day by registering interested youth ages 8-17 years old for a first flight in a small airplane. Kids are taken on a 20-minute flight to allow them to see their local area from a different... Read more →

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Chipotle commits to non-GMO ingredients

Chipotle Mexican Grill has achieved its goal of moving to only non-GMO ingredients to make all of the food in its U.S. restaurants — including all of the food at its Asian restaurant concept, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. The company is now actively developing new recipes for its tortillas, which are the only food items on its menu... Read more →

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‘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 →

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Odyssey Ball fundraiser honors Santa Monica doctor

Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise was honored with the “True Grit” Humanitarian Award and Maggie DiNome, MD, FACS, director, Cancer Prevention Program and chief of general surgery at Providence Saint John's Health Center was presented with “The Duke” Special Service Award at the 30th annual Odyssey Ball. The yearly fundraising event... Read more →

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Peace activist hosting event for Boys & Girls Clubs

Youth advocate and peace activist Azim Khamisa, whose only son was murdered by a 14-year-old, will discuss youth violence and his journey of forgiveness at a breakfast event to benefit the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Clubs on April 30 at 7 a.m. at the Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades. A renowned author and... Read more →

News

Santa Monica filmmaker killed in Everest avalanche

Tom Taplin loved Santa Monica. It’s where he lived with his wife, spent time with friends and ran his filmmaking business. The massive earthquake that rocked Nepal over the weekend kept him from returning home. A 61-year-old Denver native who had lived in the beachside city since the 1980s, Taplin was among those killed in a Mt.... Read more →

Crime

Hit-and-run leads to DUI arrest (crime watch)

On April 16 at approximately 5:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 32nd and Pearl street in regards to a hit and run that just occurred. A witness described seeing a fleeing suspect park in the driveway of a home on the 2400 block of 32nd Street and run. The suspect was described as a female in her 40s wearing a pink T-shirt... Read more →

Government

Commission recognizes Hellman House, Shangri-La Hotel

The Landmarks Commission agreed last week that a Swiss Chalet-style house is worth protecting and that some oral history about the Shangri-La Hotel deserves recognition. Hellman House The so-called Hellman House, a two-story Craftsman with a unique Swiss Chalet look, got a quick Landmark designation from the commission last week,... Read more →

News

CASA seeking volunteers to help foster youth

There are about 28,000 foster kids in the Los Angeles area and 80 percent of them go without the support they need. They might go without a guide through the court process, or without an advocate overseeing their education, or without an adult taking interest in their lives, even for a moment, to build self-esteem. Those who work in the... Read more →