Venice gallery spotlights Chicano photography

On Saturday, Feb. 21, from 5 - 8 p.m., at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC's historic headquarters since 1977, The Duron Gallery at SPARC will present “A Short Essay on Chicano Photography,” showcasing works from the collection of Mary and Armando Duron that will feature a survey exhibition on Chicano... Read more →

City Council

LUCE report cites fewer offices, more trees

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles focused on a report released by City Hall's Planning and Community Development Department that updates City Council on the progress and impacts of the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), which was enacted in 2010. Commercial construction declined while the creation of green... Read more →


Twilight Concert Series getting unique new stage

The Santa Monica Pier is working toward a new custom-built stage for its summer concerts. Stereo.Bot, a technology company led by an architect that does many of the displays for Coachella and other events, has designed a colorful, alien-looking platform to be used for this summer’s Twilight Concert Series and other events on the... Read more →


How will Measure ES money be spent?

Remember when voters in 2012 approved a $385-million bond for upgrades in facilities and technology in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District? The local Board of Education is now continuing the process of allocating the Measure ES money for particular projects. Staff will provide background during Thursday's meeting at district... Read more →


Santa Monica Place celebrates Lunar New Year

Santa Monica Place will ring in the Lunar New Year with cultural entertainment during the weekend of Feb. 20-22, with festivities to be held on the main stage in Center Plaza. The Lunar New Year -- also known as the Spring Festival -- will feature entertainment and presentations based on Chinese traditions. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday,... Read more →


Pianist to ring in Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place

Acclaimed pianist Sean Chen will kick off this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in a performance Friday, Feb. 20, at Santa Monica Place. Chen, who is being presented by the New West Symphony in collaboration with Santa Monica Place, will play from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and again from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The performance will be given on an... Read more →


City report dives into Shangri-La Hotel history

Before they were sneaking onto foreign beaches with only a bathing suit and a knife during World War II, many frogmen were avid skin-divers and volunteer lifeguards in Santa Monica. A recent report from one of City Hall's historical consultants shows that Santa Monica may be the birthplace of the Maritime Unit -- a group of covert... Read more →


Power outage prompts response from Santa Monica firefighters

On Monday morning, Station 3 was buzzing -- literally. The Santa Monica Fire Department's facility near the intersection of Arizona Avenue and 19th Street had just lost power, prompting the activation of backup electricity. “Firefighters heard the generator kick on,” Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows said, “and that caused them to go... Read more →


Police stepping up bike, pedestrian safety patrols

The Santa Monica Police Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations Feb. 22 and Feb. 28 with focused enforcement on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The department has mapped out locations over the past five years where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent,... Read more →


Shoe drive to support Santa Monica-Malibu schools

Schools within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are participating in a Shoe Drive through February to help keep important SMMEF-funded programs in all local schools next year, including instructional assistants, literacy coaches, art programs and more. Shoes collected during the district-wide drive will be sent to countries... Read more →


Museum of Flying film festival series starts Feb. 20

The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, in conjunction with Kilo Foxtrot films, will kick-off of the Museum of Flying Film Festival Series with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary, "Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project." The premiere is slated for Friday, Feb. 20, at the museum. This documentary chronicles the amazing... Read more →