020913_brief picSM PLACE — Downtown welcomes Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb this weekend.

“TODAY” will tape five shows from Santa Monica Place’s Center Plaza with a live audience on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. These episodes will air the week of Feb. 11-15.

“We can’t think of a better setting than Santa Monica Place for ‘TODAY’ to showcase Southern California to its national audience,” said Ken Volk, chief marketing officer for Macerich, the Santa Monica-based company that owns and operates the property. “With its gorgeous views of the ocean, the city and the Santa Monica Mountains — plus some of the best stores and restaurants in Los Angeles — Santa Monica Place is a wonderful way for people around the country to experience what makes the California lifestyle so special.”

The “TODAY” show segments at Santa Monica Place will include Valentine’s Day gift ideas from national and local retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Kitson and Venokado; a look at lingerie, loungewear and intimate apparel fashions from Nordstrom, Juicy Couture and Free People; and a cooking demonstration with noted chef Richard Sandoval, whose restaurants La Sandia and Zengo are part of the property’s dining deck; among other planned guests and appearances.

In addition to the broadcasts, Santa Monica Place will host a “Meet & Greet” with Lee and Kotb on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Kotb will sign copies of her new best-selling book, “Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity & Transformed Their Lives.”

For information about how to be part of the audience for the “TODAY” show broadcasts and more, visit www.santamonicaplace.com.


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