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Oscar Wilde Awards

Santa Monica Beat

LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

Santa Monica Beat

This week, Paul Sand founder of the West End Theatre stops by to discuss the opening of the new theatre on the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Beat

Santa Monica celebrated Small Business Day on Saturday with over 15 local merchants participating on Pico Boulevard.


News, Santa Monica, Kami Garcia

Young Adult Authors Kami Garcia & Anna Todd at Santa Monica Public Library

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:51 am

Santa Monica Public Library is pleased to welcome back young adult (YA) author Kami Garcia to the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., for an author talk and book signing with fellow writer Anna Todd on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Fall Salon

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Conservancy

Santa Monica Conservancy Hosts Fundraiser at San Vicente Boulevard Estate

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:31 am

The Santa Monica Conservancy will host its annual Fall Salon on Saturday, October 23, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the Armstrong-Cobb house, a former home of Bette Davis. The Salon will feature a tour of the estate, a reception with wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres, as well as a talk about the house's architect, the renowned John Byers, by Dr. Ken Breisch, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture.

Egg White, Spinach and Mushroom Scramble

News, Santa Monica, Mao

Egg White, Spinach and Mushroom Scramble

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:27 am

This delicious recipe was the favorite of one of my patients; it came from her Sardinian grandmother who lived to the ripe old age of 102. Its ingredients benefit the heart, enhance immunity and aid digestion; mushrooms are high in fiber with virtually no fat and are very helpful in lowering cholesterol and cleansing the intestinal tract while the magnesium and potassium in chard or spinach give your heart a boost. Serves two. Enjoy!

SOPHIA: Sweet Sophia is a gentle and playful girl. Her playful personality shines when she has visitors at the center! Sophia has an outgoing personality and will reach out to you with her little paws as if to say “hug me!” Sophia is also a smart cat—she loves to play interactive app games. Very playful personality. Enjoys wand toys and interactive app games. Adopt Sophia today for just $9 during our “9 Lives” promotion and you’ll have a lifelong friend!

News, Santa Monica, Nkla

NKLA Pets Of The Week!

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:11 am

JENNY: If there were a competition for “Best Smile,” Jenny would get first place! A staff and volunteer favorite, Jenny is one of the happiest dogs we’ve ever known. Her tail wags non-stop and she is an affectionate, gentle, and tolerant dog. Jenny has allergies and sensitive skin and would be a great fit for somebody who prefers cuddling on the couch and moonlight strolls rather than sunbathing! Nothing seems to faze Jenny. No matter what, she always has a positive demeanor and a great big grin. Jenny can be very playful with other dogs, but would also be happy as your one and only. Jenny is an absolute gem. Adopt her and start every day with a smile!

Nija Okoro as Dussie May and Levee (Jason Dirden).

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Play

A Powerful “Ma Rainey’s”

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:08 am

Playwright August Wilson has been one of the most compelling voices in illuminating the African-American experience. He received two Pulitzer Prizes for the ten plays in “The Pittsburg Cycle,” which began in 1904 with “Gem of the Ocean.” The other plays were: “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Seven Guitars,” “Fences,” “Two Trains Running,” “Jitney,” “King Hedley II,” and “Radio Golf.” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” originated in 1927 and to say the play has travelled well is evidenced by its current riveting revival.


News, Santa Monica, Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding: Tips for Success

Posted Sep. 26, 2016, 11:06 am

People, businesses, non-profits, and many others turn to crowdfunding to raise the money they need. Whether it is for kick-starting a business, funding a community project, or raising funds for charity, many people are wildly successful raising their financial goals through this medium. However, this is not true for everyone. Some people have very little success with crowdfunding. Why is this the case? Is one “cause” more important than another? That rarely is the problem. The cause is important to people of like minds. A person who values education and community will support causes that promote education and the local people who stand to benefit from it. Business people who had a tough time getting started will lean toward helping entrepreneurs.

The owners of Vidiots.

News, Santa Monica

Vidiots: Your Film Culture is Calling

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 6:40 pm

Readers of The Mirror and this column will know that I have supported all efforts to keep Vidiots video rentals on Pico in Santa Monica alive and well. It’s been a journey for Vidiots founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber who opened “a video store with films that we would like to see” 31 years ago. Since then, Vidiots has been named “Best Video Store in L.A.” several times by publications like the L.A. Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine, and was recently featured in a story in the New York Times. It has a library of 50,000 rare titles, produces and promotes screenings and film-related events, and in 2014 became a fully non-profit organization dedicated to film and film culture… located in Santa Monica, where thousands of people employed by the movie industry make their home.


News, Santa Monica, F45

F45 Brings Australian Fitness to Venice

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 6:35 pm

By Sam Skopp Earlier this year, F45 Training, a well-established fitness franchise in Australia, opened its flagship United States location in Venice on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Over 400 different F45 locations have opened worldwide since its launch less than two years ago, and business is booming for the Venice newcomers!

Top Insta Spots

Ex-Parte Reform May Be Dead For At Least Two Years

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 6:31 pm

Advocates of more openness and transparency from California’s ethically-challenged regulatory agencies are still as stunned and frustrated today as they were in early September, when the year’s most important proposed government reforms died without so much as a state Senate vote.

Karina Maher, M.D., a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Monica Medical Offices.

Off Screens and Outdoors

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 6:27 pm

By Alana Prisco Tips for minimizing the health impacts of screen time. Screen time is a challenge for many parents. Between smart phones, tablets, computers and television, screens are ever present in our kids’ daily lives, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. There’s a lot of attention paid to the social and emotional impact of screen time and the importance of monitoring the content kids are watching. However, there’s also an impact on developmental and physical health that isn’t as widely discussed.

Hot Chocolate and Tea Lovers – Unite!

Santa Monica, Good Taste

Hot Chocolate and Tea Lovers – Unite!

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 6:12 pm

There’s a little Italian place on Montana that has a multi-page menu of only authentic Italian hot chocolate and exotic teas! The owners are from Travisi, Italy, where the concept was conceived. He started my culinary journey by explaining the history of chocolate and teas.

Since 2003, the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi has defended the rights of Los Angeles residents facing criminal prosecution.

Defender of People’s Rights

Posted Sep. 25, 2016, 5:03 pm

By Sam Skopp Since 2003, the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi has defended the rights of Los Angeles residents facing criminal prosecution. As a criminal defense lawyer, Arash Hashemi handles all misdemeanor and felony cases, such as those involving drug crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, DUIs, fraud, petty theft, traffic tickets, and more. He also represents people in civil and criminal restraining order hearings.


News, New

City Attorney Marsha Moutrie Announces End-of-Year Retirement

Posted Sep. 23, 2016, 2:23 pm

Santa Monica City Attorney Marsha Moutrie publically announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year.

Tom Hanks, Smokey Robinson and Ben Donenberg at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles 26th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit on September 19, at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA Campus.

Shakespeare Center of L.A. Celebrates with 26th Annual Show

Posted Sep. 23, 2016, 11:30 am

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks hosted the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles 26th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit on September 19, at the Freud Playhouse on the UCLA Campus.

Members of various classes from the 1970s were there to show support.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Samohi Celebrates!

Posted Sep. 23, 2016, 11:20 am

In honor of the 125th anniversary of Santa Monica High School, alumni from all past graduating classes were invited to gather in Samohi’s quad for an afternoon of food and school spirit last Saturday.

A bicycle Lane traffic light.

News, Smpd, Bike

SMPD to Hold Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Friday

Posted Sep. 22, 2016, 1:29 pm

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Friday with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Brock on Your Block: At the Samohi Annual All-Class Picnic

Posted Sep. 22, 2016, 1:22 pm

Phil joins hundreds of Santa Monica High School grads in celebrating 125 years of Samohi at the Annual All-Class Picnic presented by the Samohi Alumni Association last Saturday...

Port Chicago

News, Things To Do

Port Chicago 50 in Santa Monica

Posted Sep. 22, 2016, 12:35 pm

Port Chicago is a must see for everyone! Not only will it be a weekend of historical enlightenment but also a special time of entertainment on the anniversary of the event.

Fall Festival

News, Santa Monica

The Annual Fall Festival at Virginia Avenue Park is October 1st

Posted Sep. 22, 2016, 12:15 pm

The City of Santa Monica’s Annual Fall Festival at Virginia Avenue Park is only ten days away! Come out and enjoy fall festivities at one of your favorite parks with live music and dancing, tons of activities hosted by community organizations, and the traditional hay bale maze!

Pico Fitness Crawl

News, Santa Monica, Pico

Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd. to host LA’s first “Fitness Crawl”

Posted Sep. 21, 2016, 12:42 pm

The Pico Improvement Organization is producing the first Fitness Crawl in the LA area. Sixteen fitness businesses along 2.5 miles of Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd. will hold 10-minute workouts, every 20 minutes on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8AM – 11AM. All Crawlers will receive a free gift bag and giveaways. Tickets are $5.

Samohi Orchestra

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Magical Music of Disney by the Samohi Orchestras

Posted Sep. 21, 2016, 11:46 am

As a reprise to last year's widely successful fall musical extravaganza, the Samohi Orchestra's will once again present the Magical Music of Disney on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter

Interested in Becoming a Board Member with Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter?

Posted Sep. 21, 2016, 11:15 am

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter has extended the application period for community members interested in becoming a board member for Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter to October 7, 2016. The Shelter is seeking community members interested in serving as an inaugural board member to the Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter, a non-profit organization created to assist city staff.

Joseph Cevetello

City of Santa Monica Selects Joseph Cevetello as New Chief Information Officer

Posted Sep. 20, 2016, 5:35 pm

City Manager Rick Cole has selected Joseph Cevetello to join his executive team as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Cevetello was selected from over 260 applicants in a national search, and comes to the City of Santa Monica with over 20 years of experience in research, creation, and implementation of technology, outreach, and learning.

John Catoe

News, Santa Monica

Former Santa Monica Transportation Director inducted into Transportation Association’s Hall of Fame

Posted Sep. 20, 2016, 9:48 am

Former Santa Monica Director of Transportation John Catoe was inducted into the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Hall of Fame during the trade industry’s annual conference on September 12. Catoe was one of five public transportation officials from around the country whose lifetime of service to the industry was recognized during a special ceremony at the JW Marriott.

Solar Powered Light Show

The Bay Foundation's 2nd Annual Coastal Connections Event Celebrates the Coast at Pacific Park, Sept. 22, 2016

Posted Sep. 19, 2016, 4:44 pm

(TBF) will host its 2nd Annual Coastal Connections fundraiser at a customized venue in Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. The family-friendly-event will celebrate everyone’s connections with the coast, along with TBF’s recent accomplishments and upcoming projects. This event will feature a delicious buffet and bar, entertainment, passes for all the rides and games, and more! Tickets are on sale now, please visit