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Santa Monica Events Calendar April 6-12: Events, Art, Theater, And Music:

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Santa Monica Mirror has you covered with local events, live music, theater, and art gallery listings.


Jerry McMillan: The Artist’s Image and Dennis Hopper: The Fort Worth 400. Craig Krull Gallery concludes two exhibits this Saturday, April 7. The Artist’s Image focuses on one aspect of McMillan’s artistic practice, his photographic portraiture of artists. This exhibition demonstrates his inventive techniques at creating a persona rather than a mere likeness. The Fort Worth 400 consists of the original and intact collection of more than 400 6×9’ photographs that were included in Hopper’s 1970 exhibition organized by Henry T. Hopkins for the Fort Worth Art Center Museum. 2525 Michigan Ave. B3 (Bergamot Station). 310.828.6410,

Private Eyes. CRE Outreach’s Theatre by the Blind puts its unique spin on Steven Dietz’s ‘Private Eyes,’ a drama with comedy about jealousy and revenge that concludes this Sunday, April 8. The play will be performed by an entirely blind cast, directed by Greg Shane, at the Promenade Playhouse. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. General admission $20. 310.902.8220,

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the hit Broadway musical based on London’s urban legend with several stage adaptations dating as far back as 1847 opens at Morgan-Wixson Theater concludes this Saturday, April 7. Show times Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. $23 general, $18 students and seniors. 2627 Pico Blvd. 310.828.7519,

Ghosts. Mrs Helen Alving’s struggle with the ghosts of her past is about to come to an end in this modern adaption of the classic play at the Edgemar Center for the Arts concludes this Sunday, April 8. Tomorrow, commemorating the tenth anniversary of her husband’s death, a new orphanage will be dedicated in his name. For 29 years, since her mother and two aunts arranged for her to marry the wealthy, charming Captain Alving, Helen has kept a dark secret – the reality of her late husband’s deviant excesses and his disease. Now, with her son Osvald finally home to stay after many years abroad, a triumphant new life begins. The past will be buried forever. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets $34.99. 2437 Main St. 310.392.7327,


Friday, April 6

Good Friday Tre Ore Service. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica offers a rare opportunity to experience extended meditative worship at its annual Tre Ore service from noon to 3 p.m. The Tre Ore (literally: three-hour) is a devotional service developed in the 18th century that offers meditations and prayers on the Passion of Christ. Distinctive about Mt. Olive’s Tre Ore is the exceptional lineup of preachers and musicians offering homiletic and musical reflections throughout the three-hour event. 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.452.1116,

Community Good Friday Service, at First Presbyterian Church at 12:10 p.m. Participants include First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, Brentwood Presbyterian Church, and First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. It will be a Service of Prayer and Meditation on the Cross of Christ. 1220 Second St. 310.451.1303,

Apollo 16 + 40 Years: The Moon Corrects the Geologists, examines the surprises that were revealed 40 years ago when Apollo 16 with three astronauts landed in the Cayley-Descartes region of the moon. The show features images, video and spoken word. The feature shows are at 8 p.m. and are preceded by ‘The Night Sky Show’ at 7 p.m., which re-creates the night sky and provides the latest information on space exploration. The John Drescher Planetarium, which features the Digistar projection system, is located on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd. Tickets are $6 each or $11 for the ‘double bill,’ with discounts for children and senior citizens. 310.434.3000,,

Saturday, April 7

Anais Mitchell with Special Guest John Elliott at The Broad Stage. Anais Mitchell is a rising star in the Folk and Singer-Songwriter world. After multiple sold out shows at McCabes, she made her debut at the Broad Stage last season opening up for Colin Hay. Long time collaborator and cohort John Elliott will be joining Mitchell this evening at the 8 p.m. event. Tickets $25. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. 310.434.3200,

Beth Shir Shalom Temple to Hold Community Passover Sedar, invites the public to its annual ‘second night’ Community Passover Sedar at 6 p.m. A longstanding tradition, the Community Sedar is an opportunity for neighbors to join the temple’s extended family; enjoy a full-course, homemade traditional Passover dinner; participate in meaningful holiday rituals; see old friends and make new ones. $45 for Beth Shir Shalom members and $60 for non-members. 1827 California St. 310.453.3361,

‘Body Shop’ Screening. An 18-minute screening will begin promptly at 6 p.m. at UnUrban Coffee House. Q&A with filmmaker and cast following. Free. 3301 Pico Blvd. Free parking behind U.S. Bank. Attendees encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 310.428.1497

Sunday, April 8

The Kate Reid Trio, will perform at the Jazz Vespers series at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica at 5 p.m. A jazz performance in the setting is an ancient tradition of evening vespers. Jazz Concerts are held on the second Sunday of every month. Admission, parking, and childcare are free. 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.452.1116,

Easter Sunday, at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica will feature its worship band, chancel choir, and organ. Easter Celebration Worship will begin at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary which will be overflowing with Easter Lilies and loud Alleluias. 1220 Second St. 310.451.1303,

Tuesday, April 10

Toast of the Coast Wine Tasting Event. M Street Kitchen invites all to uncork the start of the week at the oh-so-fun ‘Toast of the Coast’ wine tasting event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For just $25, guests can sip and savor 25 delectable wines – and tastings are unlimited! Guests can indulge in passed hors d’oeuvres freshly prepared by M Street Kitchen’s very own Executive Chef Erik Plamer. Reservations are encouraged. 2000 Main St. 310.396.9145,

Tom’s One Day Without Shoes. TOMS invites the community to take off their shoes to help raise awareness for the need in third world countries. Join Tom’s for barefoot activities and a concert at the Santa Monica Pier. 800.975.8667,

Thursday, April 12

Cultivating Compassion. Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), will be the keynote speaker giving a talk on Cultivating Compassion at 7 p.m. at the Fairview Library branch. Winston is the co-author of ‘Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness’ 2101 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.458.8681,


Friday, April 6

The Gene Butler Band, Orkestar Meze @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

The Goods With DJ Anthony Valadez, KG Superstar @ Zanzibar

Brian Travis Band, DJ Pickel @ Bar Pico

Magnum Force Fridays featuring More Hazards More Heroes, Cynthia Gillet, Troup, Cats on Mars, and Byron Richard @ Trip

Operation Pool Party with special guests @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Saturday, April 7

Get Shifty Party @ Central Social Aid and

Pleasure Club

Jehu, The Incredible Heavies, Supernaw @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

The Boneshakers @ Harvelle’s

Richard Buckner @ McCabe’s

Folk/Pop’s Finest, Derek Woodz @ Bar Pico

Model Citizen, Uberband, Beelzebubba, and more @ Trip

Quality with DJs Haul & Mason @ Zanzibar

Sunday, April 8

The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s

Pico Joke Show @ Bar Pico

Supernaw, Diamond Dust, The Flora Grid, The Echo and the Sound, and more @ Trip

Many Distant Cities with Silver Phial, Brass Tax, The Matt Van Winkle Band @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Monday, April 9

Ryan Sy, Under the Fire, The Gene Butler Band, Michael Allan, and special guests @ Trip

Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar

Mondays with a Cause Benefiting Gen Rescue @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Tuesday, April 10

Taco Tuesday Open Mic Comedy Night @ Trip

The Vignatis, Open Mic @ Bar Pico

John Wayne Bro with The Dead Ships, The Ross Sea Party, DJ Sets by Prince Vince @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Wednesday, April 11

Luminous Movement @ Zanzibar

Namseok Kim Band, Other Mother Brother Band @ Bar Pico

Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, followed by TRiP Tease Burlesque @ Trip

Brother Ali with DJ Anthony Valadez, Mr. NumberOnederful, and more @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s

Thursday, April 12

Afro Funke Thursday @ Zanzibar

The VS (Versus) @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Meg and Friends @ Bar Pico

Oak Street Blues, RapScallions, Zodiac Death Valley, and more @ TRIP


Kissing Circles. Shoshana Wayne Gallery presents Mounir Fatmi’s second exhibition at the gallery through May 5. ‘Kissing Circles,’ proposes an encounter between two classic Hollywood films: ‘Modern Times’ by Charlie Chaplin and ‘Casablanca,’ by Curtiz. The circle serves as the link between this ensemble of recent work presented in the gallery. 2525 Michigan Ave. B1 (Bergamot Station).

Child’s Play Photography Exhibit at Santa Monica Pier. The historic walls of the Merry-Go-Round Building at the Santa Monica Pier will be home to a new photography exhibit called ‘Child’s Play’ through May 28 and explore the fun, awkward, whimsical, magical memories, and moments of childhood featuring the collaboration of three local photo-artists: Ellen Freyer, Judy Raffel, and Eileen Rapke. A reception for the photographers is set for Sunday, April 15 from 2-5 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and children are welcome. The exhibit is open during regular Merry-Go-Round business hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s closed on Tuesdays. Santa Monica Pier. 310.458.8901,

Discovery and Renewal, is showing at TAG Gallery through April 21 featuring artists Fielden Harper, Sally Jacobs, and Sue Keane who are all local to Los Angeles. Opening reception is Saturday, March 31, 5-8 p.m. Conversation with the artists: Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556,

Malibu Art Association: Enchanted Spaces. A juried exhibition of 26 artists that will include paintings, watercolors, and photographs. Exhibition runs through April 25. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. Schomburg Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave. E3A (Bergamot Station). 310.453.5757,

Spring Is Here! It’s not every day you see a life-size blue horse, but artist Donald Gialanella makes the unusual a reality at James Gray Gallery. Along with works by Donald Gialanella, Paul Bedard, Gottfried Helnwein, Notio, Andy Warhol, Don Morris, and many more, this exhibit continues through April 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment. 2525 Michigan Ave. D4 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.9502,

Marcia Roberts. Rosamund Felsen Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Marcia Roberts through April 14. For this, her fifth exhibition at the gallery, Roberts will exhibit 13 new paintings and a selection of small drawings. Roberts has for many years been dedicated to a careful exploration of the phenomena of light. Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 2525 Michigan Ave. B4 (Bergamot Station). 310.828.8488,

SMC Emeritus College Student Photo Show I & II, is showcasing the exceptional talent of students, that will be held in two parts: March 22-April 26 and May 3-31. Emeritus College Art Gallery, located on the first floor at 1227 Second St. in downtown Santa Monica. Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. Gallery. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 310.434.4306,

Felicity Nove ‘Poured Paintings,’ is on display at The Gallery at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica through April 30. 2437 Main St. 310.392.7327,

Surplus, is an exhibition by young Austrian photographer Michael Krebs at dnj Gallery through April 14. ‘Surplus’ was exhibited at the Albertina Museum in Vienna and nominated for the International Photography Award in the category ‘Deeper Perspective’. In ‘Surplus’ Michael Krebs uses powerful references to iconic war photographs to visualize the modern western consumer’s struggle. Tuesday-Saturday, 11a.m. to 6 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite J (Bergamot Station). 310.315.3551,

The Groundwork Indie Garage Presents Gary Palmer – Coffee Series. Palmer’s latest pieces were painted specifically for this exhibition that runs daily through April 23, measure approximately 16’ x 20’ each, and are available for purchase by lovers of art and coffee. Groundwork, 395 Santa Monica Place.

Breaking in two: provocative visions of motherhood, is the first comprehensive exhibition of work by women artists who are mothers where the work itself integrates the maternal experience, the relationship to the body, the child, the family, and the society at large. Showing through April 14 from noon till 6 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibition will feature a multi-cultural group of four generations of nationally and internationally recognized artist-mothers. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and assemblage, installation, photography, film/video, poetry/writing, and performance. Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave.310 251 4299.


In Paris. An exquisite love story that is also a profound meditation on loneliness and loss, The Broad Stage marks the U.S. Premiere of this new play opening April 11 daily through April 21 (dark April 17). Performing will be ballet legend and avant-garde artist Mikhail Baryshnikov and Anna Sinyakina, leading actress in the Laboratory of director Dmitry Krymov. Based on a 1940 short story by Russian writer Ivan Bunin, these charismatic performers mime the lives of two Russian immigrants, a former general in the White Russian Army and a much younger beauty, whose lives collide in 1930’s Paris. Performed entirely in Russian with projected translations, this cultural and emotional immersion uses great physicality and extraordinary movement in a dramatic tour-de-force of unforgettable impact. Tickets $50-$175. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3200,

The Adventures of Little Red (Riding Hood, of course). Santa Monica Playhouse Musical Matinee Series presents this enchanting journey through the Bavarian Black Forest replete with romance, lots of laughs, and musical and lyrical ideas brazenly borrowed from Gilbert & Sullivan… filled with ever-surprising delights that will lift up your spirits. Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. through May 20. General admission is $12.50; $10.50 for kids 12 and under. 1211 4th St. Reservations are necessary. Call the Playhouse Box Office at 310.394.9779 ext. 2,

‘Why We Have A Body,’ is Tanna Frederick’s directorial debut at the Edgemar Center for the Arts through April 8. Lili’s a private eye. Her specialty is divorce cases, investigating adulterous husbands. But Lili herself is having an affair with a married woman, Renee, who is (or was, up until this point) a heterosexual. Lili has a sister, Mary (Frederick), a career criminal who compulsively robs convenience stores at gunpoint. But Mary is trying to make an effort at having a non-criminal life. For this, she will have Lili’s assistance. Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 5 p.m. Admission $34.99, 310.392.7327,


Free easy 60 minute workout. Take part in a free ‘Community Get in Shape’ program in the park starting Sunday March 4 offered for the next 90 days. Enjoy a great out door workout for men and woman. A professional instructor trained to help you achieve results no matter where you’re with your current fitness level. They are dedicated to helping you have a healthier life style through better nutrition and exercise. Call Patricia now to reserve a space and find out which park at 310.453.2630 or email

Santa Monica Farmers Markets. The Downtown Farmers Market is held Wednesdays on Arizona Ave (between 4th and Ocean) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays on Arizona Ave. (between 4th and 2nd streets) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pico Farmers Market is held Saturdays at Virginia Park at Pico and Cloverfield from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Main Street Farmers Market is held Sundays at 2640 Main Street (in Heritage Square) from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All of these markets are widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and feature field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music, and more. 310.458.8712,

Sixth Annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. The Santa Monica Public Library announces a call for entries for the sixth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. It was created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, and broaden public awareness of, sustainability. Authors, illustrators and publishers are encouraged to submit titles for consideration. Books may be submitted by following the guidelines on the Santa Monica Public Library website at The submission deadline is April 30, 2012. The winners will be announced later this year, preceding an awards program in September. 310.458.8600. Prize.aspx

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Therapy Classes for pain management without the use of drugs and their harmful side effects. Easy to learn, practical to use anywhere or anytime healing body and mind. Taught by Dr. Bonnie Hemauer, Ph.D. (Dr. B.) with 25 years specializing in self-help, relaxation/meditation therapies, and prevention of stress causing diseases. Sundays at 1:15 p.m. for one hour in Santa Monica. Cost $25. You must RSVP: 310.433.2382

Do You Have the Heart for Hospice? Roze Room Hospice seeks volunteers to provide support and companionship to terminally ill patients and their families. Training is free. We have patients at home and in nursing facilities throughout the Westside and Los Angeles. For more information, contact Kathleen McMahon, Volunteer Coordinator, at 323.938.1155 or

Donate blood on Monday and Wednesdays at the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, 1450 11th St.. Hours for donations vary, so call to schedule an appointment. 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or 1.888.POR.FAVOR

Free help with anxiety, depression, stress, and anger. Recovery International provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions and improve life-coping skills. This worldwide non-profit organization, founded in 1937, holds weekly meetings every Saturday, 12 p.m., at Trinity Church, California and Eleventh Street, Santa Monica. Donations are requested but not required. For more information, call Randy at 310.828.9328 or go to

Homeless discussion and advocacy group, Side By Side, for homeless and non-homeless citizens every first, third, and fifth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Community Center, located at 1527 4th St., Any resident interested in listening to and talking with local homeless can come to this regular meeting. Side By Side has met continuously at Ken Edwards since 1996.

Joel S. Goldsmith Tape Group meets Mondays to listen to the taped class work of Joel S. Goldsmith on his spiritual teaching known as The Infinite Way. 7:15 p.m. (silent meditation), 7:30 p.m. (tape played), 8:30 p.m. (silent meditation). New Age Bible and Philosophy Center, 1139 Lincoln Blvd. (rear entry only off alley) in rear classroom. $5 minimum donation appreciated. 310.963.9377 or email

Meals on Wheels West needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound people in Santa Monica. Deliveries are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. To volunteer call 310.394.7558

Free Qigong class for cancer survivors in Clover Park, located at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. These classes are offered through the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center, and are taught by Michael Sieverts, an 11-year brain cancer survivor. For more information, call CSC at 310.314.2555 or go to

Zen meditation group led by Sensei Daishin Buksbazen, teacher at Zen Center of Los Angeles meets weekly on Wednesday evening at the Hill Street Center, 237 Hill St., Santa Monica. Meditation instruction for newcomers held from 7 to 7:30 p.m., Zazen from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Dharma talk the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Sensei Daishin at 310.315.3506

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