Looking for something to do this weekend? The Santa Monica Mirror has you covered with local events, live music, theater, and art gallery listings.
Rent. The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts and Music Departments concludes the Broadway smash hit musical and Tony Award-winning “Rent” – the socially relevant and moving story of the struggles of a group of young Bohemians – this Sunday, June 3 in the Theatre Arts Main Stage, 1900 Pico Blvd. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. A 2 p.m. show is added for Saturday, June 2. Tickets $15-$20. A $1-per-ticket service charge is added. Parking is free on Friday evenings and weekends. 310.434.4319, smc.edu/theatre.
The Adventures of Little Red (Riding Hood, of course). Final two shows this Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. This hilarious Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy is a delightful reworking of the classic fairytale, featuring a sweetly independent Little Red, the discombobulated Huntsman Siegfried Spitznase, not one but three wayward Grandmamas, and the oh so charming, not the least bit scary, Baron Wolfgang von Wolfgang, Junior as the only “wolf” in sight. $12.50 for adults; $10.50 for kids 12 and under. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext. 2, santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Friday, June 1
Edison Language Academy, will hold its 25th Anniversary All Class Reunion from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Edison Language Academy, 2425 Kansas Ave. in Santa Monica. Free parking at the Venice Family Clinic across from school entrance on Pico Blvd. For more information and to RSVP to the reunion, call Patrick at 801.201.4809 or by email at [email protected] EdisonAmigos.com.
Jazz and Musical Theatre. The SMC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Vocal Ensemble come together at 7:30 p.m. for a collaborative performance that explores the love of blues and swing, the tradition of improvisation, and the rich vein of music known as the American songbook. The concert will be held at The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 310.434.3005 or going to www.smc.edu/eventsinfo. Parking is free.
Festival Of SMC Student Films. Santa Monica College presents its traditional end-of-semester screening of student films produced by members of the SMC Student Filmmakers Association (Film Club). The lively evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 165 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Complex on the main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. The event is free, as is parking. Seating is limited and is on a first-arrival basis. With short films ranging across all genres, this semi-annual public exhibition of student film work offers a wide diversity of filmmaking visions and voices representing SMC’s eclectic mix of national origins and ethnicities. 310.434.4588.
Saturday, June 2
100cameras Exhibition Fundraiser: Through the Lens of a Child. 100cameras gives cameras to marginalized children and teaches them how to tell their story through photography. See their perspective and celebrate their voice from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will be an evening to enjoy good wine, honor the stories of the children, and buy their photography to raise funds to better their communities. Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave. 100cameras.org.
Beachy Cream’s Grand Opening Event. Los Angeles’ only 100 percent organic ice cream company, Beachy Cream, is holding a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, delicious free ice cream samples, hourly drawings for some sweet prizes, and a fun ice cream sandwich design contest. 1209 Wilshire Blvd. beachycream.com.
Shape Magazine Bikini Body Tour 2012. Fitness, nutrition, and fashion advice event with interactive sessions. There will be food and drink, gift bags, and clothing concessionaires from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee is $10 per person with proceeds going to charity. 2030 Barnard Way. www.bikinibodytour.com.
Walgreens Photo Presents Father’s Day Fun. Music performances, balloon artists, and other activities today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take a free photo with your Father. Give-a-ways. Third Street Promenade, 1300 block.
My Name is Asher Lev. Santa Monica Rep Theater Company presents Aaron Posner’s My Name Is Asher Lev, at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, at 2 p.m. Based on Chaim Potok’s classic novel, My Name Is Asher Lev is the story of a young painter, brought up in strict, Hasidic Jewish home, who struggles with issues of faith and tradition versus art and individualism. This event is presented free to the public and is open to all ages. Free tickets for auditorium seating will be released one hour prior to the program. 310.4588600, smpl.org.
The American Cancer Society’s largest fundraising event, “The Relay for Life” will have its Santa Monica chapter’s relay from 9 a.m. today through 9 a.m. Sunday. During the 24-hour Relay there are games, music, entertainment, and fundraising that makes for an inspiring as well as fun event that brings together a community for the greatest cause – the gift of life. It will be held at Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd. For more information on how to get involved, participate, and donate to the cause, visit main.
Sunday, June 3
Pedal On The Pier. The Harold Robinson Foundation presents its annual bike ride at the Santa Monica Pier. 100 bikes. 100 miles! All of the proceeds will go to providing a camp experience for underprivileged children that would otherwise never get the opportunity. You “buy” a bike for the day and can either share the bike with a team (friends/co-workers/family) or ride individually. It should take five hours to ride the entire 100 miles. Each rider/team must raise a minimum of $2,500 to go towards the Harold Robinson Foundation. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Ride begins at 11 a.m. with a cutoff time of 4 p.m. pedalonthepier.haroldrobinsonfoundation.org.
Tuesday, June 5
KCET Cinema Series. KCET’s quarterly screening series is back for Summer. Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, the KCET Cinema Series previews eight major new films prior to their local release and a classic Johnny Mercer scored film at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica every Tuesday starting today through August 7 (Except July 4). A lively QandA follows each screening with the filmmakers and top movie talent. $168 per person for current KCET Members Only, $185 per person non-members. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave. 747.201.5800, kcet.org/socal/cinema_series.
Pier JAMS. Millcreek Jr. High School Jazz Band will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Santa Monica Pier, West End. 310.458.8786, santamonicapier.org.
POPS Concert. The Santa Monica High School Band will “set sail” for a water themed POPS Concert at 7 p.m. inside Barnum Hall. $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students at the door. The Band program will include all sorts of music as they travel both above and below the sea to bring you their most refreshing concert in years. 601 Pico Blvd.
Thursday, June 7
Sing Out For Summer SMC Emeritus College. The 20 plus members of SMC Emeritus College’s Lyric Chorus will put you in the mood for summer with their performance of songs of the season and Broadway tunes at 11 a.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. This program is free and open to the public. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Friday, June 1
Emerging Artist Competition Semi-Final: Britton, The Cerny Brothers, Inuendo @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Joe Pernice plus special guest The Douglas Fir @ McCabe’s
The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez @ Zanzibar
Taylor Begert, DJ Dulcet Collective @ Bar Pico
Indigenous @ Harvelle’s
Texas Instruments, Schoenberg Knife Fight Ensemble, Mandelenda @ Trip
K.Flay with Colin Munroe, and Gavin + DJ Set by The KiD @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Saturday, June 2
Get Shifty Party @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
The Weasels, The Sindicate @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Peter Case @ McCabe’s
Quality with DJs Haul and Mason @ Zanzibar
Steady Rock, Off Color, and special guests @ Trip
Sunday, June 3
Pico Joke Show @ Bar Pico
A Very Special Matinee Kids’ Show with Lisa Haley and The Zydekats; Jon Dee Graham @ McCabe’s
The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s
HollowBodyLA presents Ruthann Friedman, Erik Anders, Clarice Wrigth, Mangogna, and more @ Trip
Monday, June 4
Juice, Bring Back Truth, Elijah Behar, The Marrow @ Trip
Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar
Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s
Philanthro LA presents Band-Aid Mondays: Benefitting PATHS ft. The Open Feel w/ Ivory Spyglass, and In Air @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Tuesday, June 5
Kristi McU’Laff Comedy,
David Grossman and more @ Trip
Open Mic @ Bar Pico
Warships every Tuesday in June:
with The New Limb, Dead Alphabet,
BS (dj set) @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
La Vie and Friends @ Harvelle’s
Wednesday, June 6
The Moth LA StorySLAM, Luminous Movement @ Zanzibar
Strange Habits @ Bar Pico
The Dollface Dames present the TRiP Tease Burlesque show, with special musical guests The Syndicate and Nostatic + @ Trip
House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s
Mega Ran with Tanuki Suit Riot, Dr Awkward, Kirbys Dream Band DJ sets by DJ DN3 @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Thursday, June 7
Afro Funke Thursday @ Zanzibar
Spin Cycle at TRiP Presents 1st Thursday Jambands with brothers gow, Shaky Feelin’, and the Higgs @ Trip
Versus presented by Gotta Dance Dirty and DANCEiSM @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Harlow Gold @ Harvelle’s
Emeritus College Student Juried Art Exhibit Part One. The Santa Monica College Emeritus College Art Gallery presents the first of two juried art exhibits featuring selected works by Emeritus College students, June 7-July 12. The exhibit will showcase the exceptional talent of students working in all media, including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and photography. The opening reception is 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The gallery is located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St. in downtown Santa Monica. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 310.434.4306.
ArtLA Gallery, presents its newest exhibition featuring artists Giorgio Tuscani and Jill Bogdanowicz as well as a unique display of neon rarities and pop-culture memorabilia from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The exhibition will run through June 24. 2525 Michigan Ave. D5 (Bergamot Station). 2525 Michigan Ave. 310.315.0282, artla.com.
Notes on a Gathering Crowd, is a new exhibition by Kathleen Henderson at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery. This will be Henderson’s fourth solo exhibition at our gallery; the exhibition will be comprised of nearly 40 new oil stick drawings on paper. The exhibition runs through June 30. Gallery hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. 2525 Michigan Ave. B4 (Bergamot Station). 310.828.8488, rosamundfelsen.com.
Emotional Transcendence, TAG Gallery presents its newest exhibition through June 16. 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.
Santa Monica Summer Celebration, at James Gray Gallery Tuesdays through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery presents the contemporary artwork of Beatrice Findlay, Mark Ryden, John Ridings Lee, Susan Evans, and a special exhibition of rare antiques through June 24. Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave. D4 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.9502, jamesgraygallery.com.
Sideways The Play. Adapted by Rex Pickett from his own novel, is the story of two friends – Miles and Jack – and their journey across the Santa Ynez wine country, on one last blowout trip before Jack gets married. Miles and Jack must face their uncertain futures…just as soon as they figure out how to survive their chaotic present. Pinot Tasting included. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 22. Tickets $25; seniors/students $20. Ruskin Group Theatre. 310.397.3244, ruskingrouptheatre.com.
A Very Adult Fairytale. Santa Monica Playhouse presents the world premiere of “Arnold Schulman’s Sleeping Ugly,” a two-time Oscar nominated show about business legend Arnold Schulman’s delightfully humorous, intensely romantic adult fairytale about love and lust, longing and belonging, sex and sensibility, parents and pediatrics, and the passion and pain of living with a werewolf. The show runs through June 17. Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25; $22.50 for students, teachers, seniors and members of the military; $17.50 groups of 8 or more. Advance reservations are required. 310.394.9779 ext. 1, SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com.
Kids on Stage Present The Wizard of Oz. Stage adaptation with actors aged 5 – 8 starting at 6 p.m. It all begins when Dorothy and her dog Toto are blown away in a tornado to Munchkinland. Together with her friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and Toto they travel along the Yellow Brick Road seeking the Wizard of Oz. Suitable for audience ages 3 and older. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday through June 12. 2627 Pico Blvd. Adults $10, children 16 and under $5, lap sitters free (2 and under). 310.314.0035, kidsonstage.com.
Olympic High School, hosts a weekly fundraiser Food Truck Night every Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The best food trucks are brought in each week, offering different cuisine choices from all over Los Angeles. Be sure to come out and enjoy live music and/or a DJ while you eat. Free parking – enter lot on Pine Street.
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.
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.