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Kaylene Garcia as Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier (Evan Swenson) from Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s “Nutcracker.”

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Final Performances This Weekend For “Nutcracker” In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:25 am

The Westside Ballet of Santa Monica is bringing festive delight in the form of the classic “Nutcracker” at the Broad Stage.

June Lockhart (far left) smiles at Reginald Owen (Scrooge) at the conclusion of the 1938 “A Christmas Carol.”

News, Life And Arts, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film, History

June Lockhart Remembers “A Christmas Carol”

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:21 am

Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has long been a favorite seasonal TV movie.

Long before Dorothy from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the Land of Oz, including Emma Hunton as Elphaba who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica, Hollywood

REVIEW: "Wicked" Now On Stage At Pantages Theatre For 14-Week Engagement

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 1:59 pm

When touring Broadway shows arrive at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, most typically stay for just three weeks. Fans of “Wicked” are in for a treat following its return on Wednesday – it will remain for a 14-week engagement through Sunday, March 15, 2015.

One of the 13 Nativity Scenes that will be displayed at Mount Olive Lutheran Church for the second year in a row starting Sunday.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica, Religion

Lifesize Nativity Scenes Return To Santa Monica Church Sunday

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:10 am

Santa Monica’s controversial nativity installations will be unveiled for their annual Christmas display in the Ocean Park neighborhood this Sunday, Dec. 14. The lifesized Nativity Scenes grabbed national attention two years ago after efforts were successfully made to ban them from public land.

Life And Arts, Santa Monica Place, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Skylar Stecker To Perform Two Free Concerts Sunday At Santa Monica Place

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:27 am

Emerging artist Skylar Stecker will perform two concerts at Santa Monica Place this Sunday, Dec. 7, one at 1 pm followed by a second show at 3 pm.

The 61st anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will return Dec. 14 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, located at 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Holiday, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Nativity Scenes To Return To Mount Olive Lutheran Church Dec. 14

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 9:04 am

Thirteen life size scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ will return as part of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes this year on Sunday, Dec. 14.

The Holiday Hop Along Pico will be held Saturday, Dec. 6.

Life And Arts, Business, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard

Holiday Hop Along Pico Boulevard In Santa Monica This Saturday Afternoon

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:46 am

Businesses on Pico Boulevard from the ocean to 34th Street in Santa Monica will take part in a “Holiday Hop Along Pico” this Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 6 pm.

The Santa Monica community is invited to the free Main Street holiday festivities this Saturday, Dec. 6.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Main Street To Light Up Saturday Night For Sparkling Holiday Celebrations

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:41 am

The thriving Santa Monica Main Street business community will unite in an evening of fun-filled festivities this Saturday, with caroling, parties, aerialists, and Santa all on the bill to kick-start the holiday season.

The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers (from left) Jon Preston, Kathy Leonardo, Suzy Williams, Catherine Allison, Mikal Sandoval, and Rory Johnston perform tonight at Montana’s Holiday Walk, Saturday night at the Main Street holiday celebration, and Sunday afternoon on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Main Street, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers To Perform Three Free Gigs This Weekend

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:39 am

The Off Their Jingle Bell Rockers are back to celebrate the holidays at three free community events this weekend.

The Santa Monica Symphony is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

Life And Arts, Samohi, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Free Santa Monica Symphony Concert This Sunday At Barnum Hall

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:36 am

The Santa Monica Symphony performs Beethoven’s spectacular “Ninth Symphony,” with internationally acclaimed soloists and chorus singing the “Ode to Joy,” in celebration of the Symphony’s 70th anniversary this Sunday, Dec. 7.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

SMC Begins Performances Of Award-Winning Rock Musical "Next To Normal" Friday

Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 9:05 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Next to Normal” Dec. 5-14 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Reine du Desert 2005 31.5 in. x 16 in. Acrylic, pigment, and mineral on hardboard.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Exhibits, Santa Monica, Art

Tara Gallery To Host Opening Reception Saturday For Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer Exhibit

Posted Dec. 4, 2014, 8:58 am

Tara Gallery will welcome Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer hailing all the way from France for his first solo exhibition at Tara Gallery. Ancient Meets Contemporary opens this Saturday, Dec. 6 through Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Santa Monica College To Present Student Portfolio Photo Exhibition Dec. 6-19

Posted Dec. 3, 2014, 9:48 am

Santa Monica College will present the semi-annual SMC Student Portfolio Photo Exhibition December 6-19 at the SMC Photography Gallery.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Main Library Presents Oscar-Nominated Costume Designer Tuesday

Posted Nov. 30, 2014, 9:52 am

The Santa Monica Main Library presents Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis this Tuesday, Dec. 2 for a discussion on her catalog "Hollywood Costume" with guest moderator Frank DeCaro.

One of artist Javier De Aubeyzon’s oil paintings that will be part of a new exhibition opening Dec. 4 at FABstudio Gallery in Santa Monica.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica

Argentinian Artist Javier De Aubeyzon To Exhibit Works In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:27 am

Argentinian artist Javier De Aubeyzon will be celebrated in a solo exhibition dubbed “Environmentalism-O” at FABstudio Gallery in Santa Monica on Thursday, Dec. 4. The event, taking place from 5-9 pm, will feature 10 original oil paintings on canvas depicting landscapes and cityscapes.

Brian Bress art works are on display through Jan. 3, 2015 at Cherry and Martin gallery.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Exhibits

Brian Bress Creates Art In Action At Cherry & Martin

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:25 am

When one writes about art, one often comes to expect the norm – paintings, sculptures, photography, etc. Mixed media has crept into the repertoire of many skilled artists and now plays a prominent part in contemporary art. More often than not, the predictability of the fusion of paint, found objects and whatnot has caused many an art lover to heave a heavy sigh.

Teen opera soprano Golda Berkman will perform with the Dream Orchestra in Santa Monica on Dec. 5.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Handel's "Messiah" To Showcase Dream Orchestra At Dec. 5 Santa Monica Concert

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:37 am

Santa Monica will host Handel’s popular holiday oratorio “The Messiah” with acclaimed director Daniel Suk and young local soprano Golda Berkman promising a breathtaking performance.

A selection of the art works on display at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica through March 29, 2015.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's California Heritage Museum Showcases Tattoo Artist Mark Mahoney

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 9:01 am

The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica is paying homage to West Hollywood’s Shamrock Social Club, Mark Mahoney’s iconic Sunset Boulevard tattoo parlor.

Dancer Natalie Serguian performs with SMC’s Global Motion World Dance Company.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

SMC’s Global Motion World Dance Co. To Perform “Peace & Security” At Broad Stage

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:37 am

Santa Monica College’s Global Motion World Dance Company will present “Peace and Security,” an exciting program of choreography showcasing dance styles from around the world.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Seven Day

American Music Awards To Be Held Sunday, Iggy Azalea Leads Nominations List

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 8:50 am

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea will carry a leading six nominations into Sunday's presentation of the American Music Awards, while John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams each have five.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Submit Now For 2015 Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:37 am

The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2015.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

SHINE Storytellers “Finding Bravery” At YWCA Santa Monica Event Nov. 20

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:47 am

When life knocked you down or fear gripped you, how did you move forward? These are questions storytellers will answer at the next SHINE event with its inspiring true stories of “Finding Bravery.”

Alex Perez performs with SMC’s Synapse Dance Theater Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

SMC Synapse Dance Theater To Showcase New Works This Weekend

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 9:41 am

Synapse Dance Theater – the innovative and widely praised contemporary dance ensemble of Santa Monica College – will present a program showcasing new works by professional guest artists, award-winning faculty artists, and up-and-coming student choreographers this Friday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 23.

The opening reception for 'Filling the wHole' raised $9,000 for Chase Foundation benefiting Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica's P32 Gallery On Target To Raise $15,000 For Chase Foundation

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:34 am

The newly opened P32 gallery in Santa Monica raised $9,000 for the Chase Foundation in the first week of its exhibition, "Filling the wHole." The exhibition runs until Dec. 4 with a goal of raising $15,000. More than 150 people attended the opening reception on Oct. 25.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Art

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Presents Artist Resource Fair This Saturday

Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 9:37 am

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division hosts its first Artist Resource Fair this Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Open to all artists, the fair offers workshops and information about ways to live and work as an artist in Santa Monica, from affordable housing to health care.

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