Proof. Santa Monica Rep, the West Side’s newest theater company, will conclude David Auburn’s award-winning play “Proof” this Saturday, May 12. “Proof” centers on Catherine, a young woman whose father, Robert, died after suffering from a debilitating mental illness. Robert was a mathematical genius, and, while Catherine may have inherited some of his abilities, she may have inherited his illness as well. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. General tickets $20, students $15. Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill St. santamonicarep.org.
Friday, May 11
Santa Monica College Opera Theater presents “Cosi fan Tutte,” a work by Mozart today through May 13 starring Gregorio Gonzalez as Guglielmo. Gonzalez is one of the up and coming talents in opera today. Shana Blake Hill makes her directorial debut who is “known for her ravenously glorious sound” and is a graduate of the LA opera Artist in Residence program. Performances at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, May 12 as well as May 13 at 4 p.m. $35 general admission, $20 seniors/students. The Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1301 11th St. 310.434.3005, smc.edu/ACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Music-Concerts.aspx.
Act Social – The Art of Skate Socialites. Act Social – The Art of Skate Socialites. A mixed media exhibit will be held from 9 a.m. to noon featuring Malie Huffman, Darren Downing, Morgnar, Shplinton, Corey Harton, Cat Cult, Dolan Sterns, Grant “fonze” Gutierreze, and 2wenty. Music by Rainbow Blanket. Free food and drinks (21+). Open to the public. Active RideShop, 1460 4th St. people.activerideshop.com/act-social-art-show-active-santa-monica.
Deleyaman Live in Concert: The Change Things Tour. Dark-wave, new age band Deleyaman performs an intimate concert at 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Based in France, the four members of Deleyaman are of American-Armenian, French-Armenian, French, and Swedish descent and use lyrics and instruments from their respective countries. Their songs are melodic and soulful, every note and word packed with deep emotion. Their sound has been described as a dark, harmonious, and sacred vibe that combines smooth, choral-influenced vocals with the mourning sounds of the Armenian duduk. Admission $25. 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext. 651. santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Community Recital. Noted virtuoso Maciej Grzybowski from Poland will perform at the First Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. The program will include music by Polish composers (Pawe∏ Mykietyn, Witold Lutos∏awski, Pawe∏ Szymaƒski, Fryderyk Chopin), and Western classics – Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel. $15 donation at the door. 1220 2nd St. 818.248.3713.
Saturday, May 12
Fitness for a Cause. Join Refine Mixers, Waves For Water, Equinox Gyms, and This Shirt Helps on Santa Monica Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a day of yoga, fitness, sunbathing, music, fashion, and many more surprises all to raise money for a great charity, Waves 4 Water. Santa Monica Beach, just west of Shutters Hotel. $25 suggested donation. RSVP: fitness4acause.eventbrite.com.
Talking about Mickalene Thomas Tour Philip Yenawine, esteemed museum educator and founder of VUE, Visual Understanding in Education, leads a group conversation inspired by Mickalene Thomas’s art and life at 2 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Museum of Art. 2525 Michigan Ave. G1 (Bergamot Station). 310.586.6488, smmoa.org/index.php/programs/group/0.
Operation Fitness Expo, along with the Miss Fitness Santa Monica Pageant, will be held at Westfield Indoor Mall in Culver City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Originally scheduled for Santa Monica Place, the events have been moved to this larger venue. The Operation Fitness Expo will offer complimentary massages, health screenings, bully prevention lectures, martial arts classes, boxing instruction, Sumo wrestling, strength challenges, fitness pageants, health lectures, fitness demonstrations, and free product giveaways. Obstacle courses will be available for the kids as well a variety of information and products for pet owners and lovers alike. OperationFitness.com.
Make Every Day a Masterpiece: A Classical Guitar Concert. Santa Monica Public Library presents this free concert at 3 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. At the concert, classical guitarist Richard Dawson will perform works from his debut album featuring works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Johann Sebastian Bach, Francisco Tárrega, Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Isaac Albéniz, and more. Space is limited and on a first-arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Meet Your Perfect Match. To celebrate a weekend of discounted animal adoptions at all L.A. County shelters, Much Love Animal Rescue is partnering with the West L.A. Animal Shelter today to offer the ultimate matchmaking services – people and their pets. The event goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to all discounted adoptions – at the West L.A. Animal Shelter and Much Love will pay for the first 20 dogs and 20 cats. 11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. muchlove.org.
Sunday, May 13
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, will be featuring the Chico Fernandez Quartet with vocalist Thelma Jones during its monthly Jazz Vespers concert at 5 p.m. Freewill offering, free parking, and childcare. 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. 310.452.1116, mtolivelutheranchurch.org.
“Throw MAMA On The Train” Mother’s Day Lunch Train. Give Mama the day off and treat her like a queen with lunch, a train trip, and a rose. No fuss, no mess to clean up. Let Mama enjoy the day on a vintage train ride through the peaceful and serene Heritage Valley orchards. Two train departure times during the day, 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Two and a half hour train ride. Adults: $47, Youth 4-12 years old: $26 Children 2-3 years old: $23. Reservations required. Call Fillmore and Western Railway at 805.524.2546. fwry.com.
Free Ferris wheel ride! Moms will receive a free ride on the world-famous Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier for Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To enjoy the free ride, a mother simply needs to go to the Pacific Wheel entrance and notify the attraction’s operator and Pacific Park will provide a complimentary ride for the guest. 310.260.8744, pacpark.com.
Tuesday, May 15
SM Emeritus College The Merits. Sing a variety of songs from the Great American Songbook from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Santa Monica Family YMCA Community Room. Songs to include show tunes, rhythm and blues, and more. Directed by William Bryant who has an illustrious musical background in church choral music and popular Motown music. He toured with Marvin Gaye and his group has performed with other music legends. Free. 1332 Sixth St. 310.393.2721 ext. 129 or e-mail [email protected]
Wednesday, May 16
Sleep Well Tonight. If you are having problem falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, this is the workshop for you. From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., learn about sleep patterns, what is causing Insomnia, and how to train your mind to sleep better that you can get up feeling refreshed. Speaker is Michal Caspi, Certified Hypnotherapist. Free. DeWind Room. Santa Monica Family YMCA. 1332 Sixth St. 310.393.2721 ext. 129 or e-mail [email protected]
Thursday, May 17
Fall Prevention Talk. The Santa Monica Family YMCA presents this free talk that is courtesy of the Anthem Blue Cross from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. DeWind Room. 1332 Sixth St. 310.393.2721 ext. 129 or e-mail [email protected]
Gardening Workshop. Warm weather is on the way and it is time to start planning planting gardens. Whether you live in an apartment with a patio or a regular home this free workshop series will guide you in the direction of a successful gardening result. Advice will be given to learn how, what, when, where to plant. The course from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. will help those who want to plant for decoration or use, such as vegetables and fruit trees. Future dates include May 24, 31 and June 7. Offered by Daryl Hosta, Landscape Designer. DeWind Room. Santa Monica Family YMCA. 1332 Sixth St. 310.393.2721 ext. 129 or e-mail [email protected]
Friday, May 11
The Shills, Blonde Goblin, Vie @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez @ Zanzibar
Damian Joyce @ Bar Pico
American Monster, Redhot Burlesque @ Harvelle’s
Aeb, The Mason Void, You Silly Moon, and Pretend Electric! @ Trip
Connoisseur Kulture Presents: Afromassive with Black Kat Kabaret @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Saturday, May 12
Get Shifty Party @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Jehu, The Fudogs, Buzz Clifford Band @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Delgado Brothers (with opening act by Jamie James) @ Harvelle’s
Quality with DJs Haul and Mason @ Zanzibar Garland, Hunter Green, Crawdad, and friends @ Trip
Sunday, May 13
The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s
Dan McNay of Rhubarb Meringue Pie, Neon Sinners, The Relative Strangers, The Subjective Perspective, and Telemetry @ Trip
Tommy and The High Pilots, A B and The Sea, In the Valley Below @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Monday, May 14
Creative Music Rooms Jam night @ Trip
Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar
Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s
Philanthro LA presents: Band-Aid Mondays: Benefitting PATH ft. Kissing Tigers with special guests @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Tuesday, May 15
Viennie V, Them Lost Boys and special guests @ Trip
The Vignatis, Open Mic @ Bar Pico
SUPERGOODMUSIC Presents: Austin Brown Residency @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club La Vie and Friends @ Harvelle’s
Wednesday, May 16
Donna de Lory live with special guests DJ Drez and Baron Von Spirit @ Zanzibar
Jared’s Joker Comedy Show @ Bar Pico
Musical performance by legendary 1960s rockers the Sloths, followed by the TRiP Tease Burlesque show @ Trip
House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s
SEE-I (ft. members of Thievery Corporation) with special guests @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Thursday, May 17
Emerging Artist Competition: Inuendo, Under The Sky @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Afro Funke Thursday: Frank Gossner (NYC) @ Zanzibar
Fundraiser event @ Bar Pico
Brady Harris, City of Blue, The 5, Early Dolphin and more @ Trip
Versus ft Brenmar and Planet Rock presented by Gotta Dance Dirty and DANCEiSM @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
CJ Emmons @ Harvelle’s
Emotional Transcendence, TAG Gallery presents its newest exhibition from May 22-June 16. The opening reception is Saturday, May 26 from 5-8 p.m. It features artists Shelley Adler, Shelley Lazarus, and Joan Vaupen who are all local to Los Angeles. An artist panel will be held June 9 at 3 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net. SERE: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape. Patrick Painter presents this exhibition of paintings and an installation by New York-based artist Charlotta Westergren through May 25. The show takes on themes of control, time, death, and rebirth in serious ways, but also with irony and humor. 2525 Michigan Ave. B2 (Bergamot Station) 310.264.5988, patrickpainter.com. 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. 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, santamonicapier.org.
SMC Emeritus College Student Photo Show I and 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, smc.edu/emeritus.
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 [email protected]
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, smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket.
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 smpl.org/Green_Prize.aspx. The submission deadline is April 30, 2012. The winners will be announced later this year, preceding an awards program in September. 310.458.8600. smpl.org/Green_ Prize.aspx.
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 [email protected]
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 lowselfhelpsystems.org.
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 [email protected]
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. Excellent for athletes. Taught by Dr. Bonnie Hemauer, Ph.D. (Dr. B.) who has 25 years experience specializing in self help, therapies, and prevention of stress causing diseases. On going each Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Cost $25. 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Must RSVP: 310.433.2382 .
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 www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org.
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.
Get into shape or learn a new skill with YWCA Santa Monica’s spring/summer class sessions. Sign up now for classes including: Barre, Belly Dancing, Commercial Acting for Adults, Core with Heart, Dancing like the Stars Ballroom Dance, Gentle Exercise, Life Drawing, Step Aerobics and Step Interval, Strength Training, Strong and Stretched, Timeless Body, Women’s Basic Ballet, Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Yoga with Bhavani, and Zumba Gold. For children and youth: Afternoon Kids Club (ages 4 to 6), Ballet (ages 6 1/2 to 9), Broadway Stars Gymnastics (ages 6 to 10), Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet (ages 3 to 6), Karate for Kids (ages 5 to 10), Little Tumbling Stars (ages 3 to 5), Parent and Me Yoga, Tiger Kick Fit (ages 3 to 5), Twinkle Toes Ballet and Tap (ages 2 to 3), Toddler Tumbling Fun (ages 2 to 3 1/2), Yoga Play (ages 3 to 5). For just $25/year (youth ages 17 and under), $30/year (seniors 55+) and $45/year (adults), you can become a member of the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside and receive discounts at YWCA events, a free subscription to YWCA Newsletters, and easy access to life-changing programs that advance the goals and pursuits of women and girls at every life stage. To sign up for one or more of any of the above classes, visit smywca.org or call 310.452.3881.