Free historical walking tours start July 27 at the Santa Monica Pier

Starting Saturday July 27, the Santa Monica Pier will offer free docent-led historical walking tours every Saturday and Sunday. For long-time residents and visitors alike, it’s the perfect way to deepen your appreciation for this beloved icon.
These hour-long tours feature fascinating stories about the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies of the Pier, the original Muscle Beach, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin and even a certain fishing boat captain who became immortalized as a world-famous cartoon character.
Two tours will be offered each weekend day; the first at 11 a.m., the second at 12 p.m.
There is no need to book or RSVP unless you are requesting a private group tour. Interested visitors need only to show up at the Pier Shop at the historic Merry Go-Round Building before the tour departure time and look for the blue-shirted Pier Docents.
For more information about the Docent-led tour program, please contact Pier Historian Jim Harris at or call (310) 458-4939.
Edited by Matthew Hall

Silent dance parties on the Pier begin July 27

For decades, the Santa Monica Pier’s West End has been a destination for fishermen, street performers, seaside dining and tourists posing in front of the world’s best sunsets. But, starting Sunday July 27, the majestic venue at the end of the Pier welcomes music lovers and groovers for a silent dance party for the first time ever at this iconic location.
Silent Frisco and Henry Lawrence Presents announce the new Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree: a one-of-a-kind outdoor music series under the sun with an infinite view of the Pacific. Every Sunday through September 21 from 2 – 9 p.m., Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree explores LA’s vibrant DJ culture, gathering as many as seven performers in an ambitious cross section of sound transmitted through two-channel wireless headphones.
This San Francisco-based crew said they turn impossible public performance challenges into powerful outpourings of free expression through the use cutting edge technology to enable artistic, political and educational expression in locations where “noise” has previously made such action impractical or illegal.
Participants receive one the company’s 3,000 two-channel, festival-optimized wireless headphones and have access to two segments of music that is performed onsite but heard only by participants.
Each installment breaks down into two segments: “Sunshine Sessions” and “Sunset Showdowns.” Sunshine Sessions will run from 2 – 5 p.m. and feature dreamy daytime beats fit for audiences of all ages from the likes of KCRW superstars Jeremy Sole, Mario Cotto, DJ Valida and Dan Wilcox. Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
Sunset Showdowns will then take over the headphones’ two-channels from 5 – 9 p.m. as some of LA’s most illustrious DJ crews battle for dominance. Guests can choose their soundtrack with a simple flip of the switch. The DJs will bask in the glow of the pink SoCal sky, which provides an awe-inspiring backdrop to their eclectic sounds. Crews participating in the Sunset Showdown include LAMP, Touch Vinyl DJs,Headtron, Take 2 Entertainment, GottaDanceDirty, Dart DJs, Graff, Fortune 421, High Tide, The Do Lab, theLIFT, TheGoodVibe and Motown on Mondays.
Custom-designed and built from scratch, Silent Frisco headsets operate on two simultaneous, long-range feeds, providing the best in audio clarity, volume, and comfort. They said with this technology, and the creative and operational experience born of 17-years in the business, they enable the music to play while neighbors enjoy peace and quiet.
Tickets for Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree include both the Sunshine Session and the Sunset Showdown for $10 in advance. Capacity is limited, so advance purchase is recommended. Purchase tickets and learn more about the Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree at VIP tickets, which include a drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres and exclusive access to the Observation Deck will also be available. For more information, visit Silent Frisco at
July 27
2 – 5 p.m. Travis Holcombe, 5 – 9 p.m. LAMP, 4:40 – 8:30 p.m. Touch Vinyl DJs
August 33-Aug
2 – 5 p.m. Jeremy Sole (KCRW), 5 – 9 p.m. Headtron, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Take 2 Entertainment
August 10
2 – 5 p.m. Mario Cotto (KCRW), 5 – 9 p.m. GottaDanceDirty, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. GottaDanceDirty
August 17
2 – 5 p.m. Mario Cotto (KCRW), 5 – 9 p.m. Dart DJs, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Graff
August 24
2 – 5 p.m. DJ Valida (KCRW), 5 – 9 p.m. Fortune 421, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. High Tide
August 31
2 – 5 p.m. Dan Wilcox (KCRW), 5 – 9 p.m. Lights Down Low DJs, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Lights Down Low DJs
September 7
2 – 5 p.m. Will Crimes, 5 – 9 p.m. Shifty Rhythms, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Team Supreme
September 14
2 – 5 p.m. Motion Potion, 5 – 9 p.m. The Do LaB, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. theLIFT
September 21
2 – 5 p.m. Jeremy Sole (KCRW), 5 – 9 p.m. The Good Vibe Divas, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Motown on Mondays
– MH

Book signing event at Mystic Journey Bookstore

Author Julliena Okah will be at the Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd, on July 27 to sign her books “One Life, Many Worlds” and “God’s Majesty in Color and Word.”
Many books about UFO abductions and sightings sensationalize the fear-inducing experiences without moving beyond them. “One Life, Many Worlds” is the life story of Julliena Okah, a young girl in post-World War II Japan, of the nonhuman beings she encountered as a child and later in life, and of the various paranormal events that led her along an unimaginable path. While this story is one of hope and inspiration; it is also one of rough passage. Conflict between her paranormal experiences and her rational family’s disbelief led her to a suicide attempt at the age of seventeen, only to be returned to the world of the living by those from beyond. She believes it to be her destiny to tell others the truth about her.
She said her life has been filled with supernatural events since her childhood. On September 1, 2001, at her summer house at Nice, France, she was struck by a powerful force that encouraged her to paint. This miracle changed her life completely. Three months later, she became an accomplished artist without any prior experience in painting. At the same time, she was strongly encouraged to research God’s Word. Inspired by this miraculous power, she has been obsessed with painting and the Word of God ever since.
– MH

Dynamic rock duo brings the spirit of freedom in new album

This week, independent record label Tate Music Group is excited to announce the official release of Cherie Gates & HGMC’s new album titled “HGMC.”
Released by Tate Music Group, the album offers 10 tracks and is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store,, or directly from
Dynamic singer and songwriter Cherie Gates, a Santa Monica resident, started playing music at the age of fourteen playing through Woodstock, New York. She has sung tribute shows to her favorite artists and musical influences Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Stevie Nicks. Travelling from Boston up to Toronto, she has performed in different venues throughout these areas. After getting together with a Philly boy from the east coast, they pieced together the American dream of motorcycles and rock and road music.
Their new album “HGMC” is a compilation of captivating and inspiring tracks created for those who seek inspiration and creativity on the ride. Their new album takes listeners on a trip with spirited souls spreading across God’s nation. With a sound that will make listeners crave for more, featured tracks such as “Rhythm of the Street,” “Found Myself” and “What Have We Done,” are just some of the tracks worth checking out.
– MH

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