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Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen discusses Cirque du Soleil's show "Totem" that opens this Friday, Jan. 17 at the Santa Monica Pier.

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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 resident Lou Ferrigno discusses his work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association and his passion for giving back.

News, Video, Celebrity, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Santa Monica Resident Lou Ferrigno On His Passion For Giving Back

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 12:44 pm

Santa Monica resident Lou Ferrigno discusses his work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association and his passion for giving back.

Dr. Roger Lee has been elected chief of staff for 2015 at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

New Chief Of Staff Elected At UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 10:00 am

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica has a new chief of chief of staff: Dr. Roger Lee, a hospitalist physician who specializes in treating patients who are hospitalized.

Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC's Free Spring Environmental Lecture Series Begins Tuesday, March 3

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 9:45 am

Santa Monica College’s Spring 2015 Environmental Issues Lecture Series – featuring experts discussing important environmental and urban issues of our time – begins this Tuesday, March 3.

National Eating Disorders Association’s third annual Los Angeles NEDA Walk will be held this Saturday, March 7.

News, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Los Angeles NEDA Walk To Take Place In Santa Monica This Saturday, March 7

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 9:36 am

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is waging a battle against eating disorders and unrealistic “body perfect” ideals.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Cops Arrest Drunk Driver Found Slumped Over His Steering Wheel

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 9:25 am

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Saturday, Feb. 14, after failing a field sobriety test on Ocean Ave. after authorities found the suspect slumped over the steering wheel of his car with engine running – beer in hand.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Latest Los Angeles Weather Update: New Cold Low Pressure System On Its Way

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 9:22 am

As a new cold low pressure system headed for Southern California this morning, flooding developed on an L.A. area freeway early today and the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Orange County.

Traffic alert! This week's Santa Monica temporary lane closure information.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, March 6

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 9:10 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, March 6 in the following locations:

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Education, Smc

League Of Women Voters Of Santa Monica To Host Higher Education Forum March 7

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 8:12 am

The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica (LWVSM) invites the community to “Students Speak,” a forum on access to public higher education at Santa Monica College on Saturday, March 7.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Gas Prices

Southland Gasoline Prices Rise For 30th Consecutive Day

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 8:05 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose today for the 30th consecutive day, increasing 3.1 cents to $3.504, its highest amount since Oct. 21.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC Emeritus College Acting Troupe To Present Free Performance Today

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 7:59 am

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Acting Troupe will presents its Spring 2015 Performance at 1 pm today, March 1.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government

Time To Examine Conspiracy In Peevey-PUC Scandal

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 7:54 am

California attorney general's agents wasted no time after this column in late January called for a criminal investigation of the former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey. Less than five days later, investigators executed a search warrant at Peevey’s primary home in La Canada Flintridge.

Santa Monica 'my-waste' mobile app puts reuse and recycling collection information on your smartphone.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Launches 'My-Waste' Mobile App To Help With Reuse, Recycling

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:53 am

If you are one of the growing number of people who have a smartphone or tablet, you can download a City of Santa Monica App that puts recycling, special waste collection details and more at your fingertips.

Prolific screenwriter Richard LaGravenese’s latest film is “The Last Five Years,” which he adapted and directed from Jason Robert Brown’s musical.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Richard LaGravenese’s Journey To Success As Writer, Director

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:41 am

Ask the average movie buff if he or she knows who Richard LaGravenese is and the answer is probably going to be no. In the same sentence add that he wrote “Behind the Candelabra,” “Water for Elephants,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Freedom Writers,” “Paris, je t’aime,” “Beloved,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “A Little Princess,” “The Ref,” “Erin Brockovich,” “The Fisher King,” and “Rude Awakening.” Then, of course, the light goes on, as LaGravenese’s body of work is immediately recognizable as he written some of the most emotionally profound Hollywood scripts.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Columnist Barbara Bishop: Things I’m “Too Old” To Do

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:34 am

Have you ever thought you were “too old” to do something? Most people argue that you’re never too old to do what you want to do.

Chloe (left) is a delightful, five-year-old gorgeous Tortoiseshell who is a fluffy kind of love! Atlas is a mellow, three-year-old creme-colored Chihuahua mix who is ready to jump into your arms and give you unconditional love!

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Offering $25 Pet Adoptions Through End Of February

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:32 am

Hoping to find “The One” for you this month? Well, look no further than the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles. More than 100 dogs and cats of all types are waiting to make that special love connection with you.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Government, Politics

Condoleezza Rice's Poll Standing: Star Power Still A Political Factor

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:27 am

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration and now a Stanford University professor, has stated very clearly she would rather attend college basketball games and help choose the college football playoff teams than be a U.S. senator.

More than 1000 Norwegian Muslims form a 'Ring of Peace' around an Oslo synagogue after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen and Paris.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Religion

What Say You? Yousef Bittar: An American Muslim

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:16 am

“Chanting ‘No to anti-Semitism, no to Islamophobia,’ Norway’s Muslims formed what they called a ring of peace a week after Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, a Danish-born son of Palestinian immigrants, killed two people at a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen last weekend,” the New York Times published on Feb. 21.