Looking for something to do this weekend? The Santa Monica Mirror has you covered with local events, live music, theater, and art gallery listings.
Emotional Transcendence, TAG Gallery concludes its newest exhibition this Saturday, June 16. It features works from artists Shelley Adler, Shelley Lazarus, and Joan Vaupen who are all local to Los Angeles. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net.
A Very Adult Fairytale. Santa Monica Playhouse concludes 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 ends this Sunday, June 17. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday 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.
Friday, June 15
The International Gem and Jewelry Show. This show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium provides an opportunity to shop the best selection of jewelry at the lowest prices available. The show is one of the largest exhibitions of gems, minerals, and jewelry in the world with more than 250 exhibitors and pieces from $5 to $500,000. Weekend ticket prices are $8. Children 8 years and under not permitted. Parking $9 located right outside of the center. 1855 Main Street. 301.294.1640. Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. intergem.com.
Saturday, June 16
Montblanc Presents The 24 Hours Plays: Los Angeles, a benefit for Urban Arts Partnership where 24 actors, six writers and six directors risk their sanity and reputations in six short plays written and rehearsed in a single day. Guests include Jason Biggs (American Pie series, Mad Love), Brooklyn Decker (Just Go With It), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Jason Ritter (Parenthood, The Event), Wilmer Valderrama (Awake, That ‘70s Show), Joshua Jackson (Fringe) and Rachel Axler (Emmy Award Winner for The Daily Show, New Girl, Parks and Recreation.) This year’s production will feature a special 10th anniversary theme to celebrate the immense success of this partnership and the thousands of students who have benefited from programs made possible by this fundraiser. The show begins at 8 p.m, and tickets are available at urbanarts.tix.com. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th Street. 212.966.5881.
SGI-USA Hosts Lecture on Media and War. Soka Gakkai International-USA’s Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica will host a lecture with Evan Wright, an award-winning journalist and author of Generation Kill, which chronicles his experience as an embedded journalist with the U.S. Marine Corps during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Drawing on his reporting experiences from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Navy operations in the North Arabian Gulf, Wright will explore ethical questions about how public perception of modern warfare is shaped by the mass media. The free lecture will take place at 4 p.m. at the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center. 606 Wilshire Blvd. sgi.com.
SMC Art Mentor Exhibit. The Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program presents “V.05,” its annual juried exhibition curated by Shana Nys Dambrot through June 23 in the college’s Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery. The gallery is located in the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. The opening reception will be held tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 310.434.3434, ampsmc.com.
Saturdays with LA Opera. The 2011-2012 series will close at 3 p.m. today with a grand finale event, LA Opera Artists in concert singing some of opera’s greatest hits. The event will also feature a talk presented by LA Opera Community Educators that will allow attendees to learn about the operas. The concert will take place in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. These programs are free and all ages are welcome. Space is limited and on a first-arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Spitfire Grill Wine Tasting. This month’s Wine Tasting will feature Justin Winery, a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. Justin Baldwin founded the property in 1981 when he planted the 160 acre property to the major Bordeaux varietals and created their Estate vineyard. Their desire is to make world class wines that reflect the unique soils and climate of their California Central Coast property. Emphasis is placed on making Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals, combining Old World tradition with New World techniques. 3300 Airport Avenue. 310.397.3455, spitfiregrill.net.
Beth Shir Shalom Gala Fundraiser. Beth Shir Shalom Temple will hold its annual fundraising event in the main ballroom of the historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, featuring dinner and dancing to the tunes of Hollywood Klezmer, one of LA’s finest world music bands. Raffle prizes and a live auction hosted by comedian actor Gerry Katzman will also be a part of the gala. Featured items will include everything from one uear of Beth Shir Shalom Religious School to Justin Bieber concert tickets to VIP tickets to “The Tonight Show.” Gala tickets $100. 1219 4th Street. 310.453.3361. bethshirshalom.org.
“Dream Big” at Santa Monica Public Library. Babies, kids, and teens can follow their dreams this summer at the Santa Monica Public Library by earning prizes for the amount of time they spend reading (or being read to)! This year’s summer reading program encourages kids and teens to expand their imaginations with the themes “Dream Big–READ” for children, and “Own the Night” for teens. Beginning today, kids, teens and parents of babies can sign up at the Main Library or any one of the branch locations for summer reading programs. 601 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.458.8621, smpl.org.
A Discussion Of The Assault On Women’s Reproductive Rights. The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica invites the public to an afternoon event at 2 p.m., at the home of Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl for a stimulating discussion of the political background and significance of the escalating attacks on American women’s reproductive freedoms and access to reproductive health services. Nancy L. Cohen, author of the recent book “Delirium: How the Sexual Revolution is Polarizing America,” and Serena Josel, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles will join in conversation facilitated by Southern California journalist Anthea Raymond. Cost: $10, waived for students. 939 San Vicente Blvd. lwvsantamonica.org.
Sunday, June 17
Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Tournament. A Santa Monica youth and adult sand soccer tournament from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Monica Beach, Expo in Beach Lot 1 North. 949.294.2989. copacabanasandsoccer.com.
Classical Music Series at Mt. Olive. Pianist and conductor Fang-Ning Lim and a 13-member strings and woodwinds chamber ensemble present a concert of chamber music featuring Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, Erno Dohnanyi’s Sextet, Op. 37 and original arrangement and improvisation on “Rasa Sayang” musical themes. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. 1343 Ocean Park Blvd 310.452.1116, mtolivelutheranchurch.org/theatre.html.
Tuesday, June 19
Dan Bucatinsky presents Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Parents and readers of all stripes will be laughing with familiarity as actor/writer/producer Dan Bucatinsky presents stories from his new book, “Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad,” at the Santa Monica Public Library at 7 p.m., in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. In his refreshingly candid voice, Bucatinsky moves nimbly from reflections on losing his own father just as he is becoming one, to potty training, and to all the surprising and terrifying “teaching moments” that force every parent to prove what they’re made of. This event is presented free to the public and is open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. A book sale and signing will follow the author’s presentation. 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
In Case You Missed It Summer Film Series, will screen “The Ides of March” at 6:30 p.m at the Montana Branch Library. During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. (101 minutes). 1704 Montana Ave. smpl.org.
Chamber Music Palisades plays music for flute, harp, and bassoon. This Chamber Music Palisades concert will feature flutist Susan Greenberg, harpist Allison Allport and bassoonist Judith Farmer. The event will take place at the Annenberg Beach House from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m . 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. Free Admission. beachculture105-eorg.eventbrite.com.
‘The Political is Personal’ Film Series. Santa Monica Public Library presents ‘The Political is Personal’ Film Series, featuring a monthly screening of three documentary films. Each screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Wednesday, June 20
The Power of Email Marketing Workshop. Learn to master the basics of online Social Media Marketing Tools at a free workshop for community businesses and nonprofits. HUTdogs, a Constant Contact Local Authorized Expert, will present The Power of Email Marketing at the Santa Monica Main Library from 10 a.m. to noon. HUTdogs specializes in the design and integration of websites with all the popular media tools. The session will address permission-based email marketing and how to become a trusted sender, as well as how to build an email list and increase deliverability and open rates. 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.821.1936. hutdogs.com
Dominique Moceanu Talk, Reading and Book Signing. You may recall Dominique Moceanu as the 14-year-old Olympic gymnast who was the youngest member of the 1996 US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team known as the Magnificent Seven. The Magnificent Seven was the first and only American women’s team to take gold at the Olympics. At 7 p.m, at Barnes and Noble, Moceanu reads from her new memoir “Off Balance,” which is an unflinchingly honest memoir that reveals the often dark underbelly of Olympic gymnastics as only an insider can. 1201 Third Street Promenade. bn.com.
Thursday, June 21
Eli Broad, The Art of Being Unreasonable. Join Larry King for this one-night only event at 6:30 p.m. as he interviews Eli Broad on the publication of his new book, “The Art of Being Unreasonable.” Mr. Broad’s “unreasonable” approach has helped him build two Fortune 500 companies and amass $6 billion. This is your exclusive chance to hear first-hand invaluable advice from one of America’s leading entrepreneurs. Tickets include a champagne reception and a signed copy of “The Art of Being Unreasonable.” Admission is $50. 310.434.3200. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St. thebroadstage.com/show_info.php?show_id=124.
Make Music Los Angeles, is a celebration of music taking place on the Summer Solstice from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event is about people getting together in their neighborhoods in a do-it-yourself fashion and putting together their own musical concerts in a variety of locations, including community gardens, plazas, schools, courtyards and parks. The festival has become an international phenomenon celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal and Japan. Amateurs, students, professionals and established artists are all welcome. Musicians and other participants volunteer their time and talents and admission to all events is free. In Santa Monica, Reed Park is hosting a stage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with multiple bands and diverse music throughout the day. 1133 7th Street. The Annenberg Beach House will also take part in the event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will also take place on Main Street. makemusicla.org.
Friday, June 15
Steely Jam, Tango Kilo @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez @ Zanzibar
Adrian Hibbs, Dessy DiLauro @ Harvelle’s
Rodney Crowell, Mark Karr, and Steuart Smith @ McCabe’s
The Moonlight Experience, Backnbloom, Stephen Brower and The Silent Majority, Rue, and Parents @ Trip
Jeremy Sole, Silent Frisco @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Suzy Williams, Brad Kay and Friends @ Moose Lodge
Saturday, June 16
Chicks With Picks @ Bar Pico
Blowin’ Smoke and the Fabulous Smokettes @ Harvelle’s
The Paul Chesne Band @ O’Brien’s Pub Main Street
Beach Life Kings, Brett Miller @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Dennis Jones Band @ Harvelle’s
Quality with DJs Haul and Mason @ Zanzibar
Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Gloryholes, Longway and more @ Trip
Sunday, June 17
The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s
Yuni in Taxco with Automatik Slim, Special Guests @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Jim Kweskin @ McCabe’s
Chekeré, Wangari, Daniel Cast, Robert
Gaston (of Tokyo Saucer), B Mill, and more @ Trip
Monday, June 18
Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar
Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s
Laurie Larson, Abner Who? Oak Street Blues, and friends @ Trip
Mansions On The Moon, StarGraph @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Tuesday, June 19
Alli Breen’s Comedy Show, with special musical guests the Insecurities @ Trip
Dopamine, Loomer, Caparro @ Zanzibar
Vignatis, Open Mic @ Bar Pico
Warships every Tuesday in June, with Blonde Summer, Monte Mar, LA Font DJ Set @
Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
La Vie and Friends @ Harvelle’s
Wednesday, June 20
Luminous Movement: DavidStarfire, Beli3ver @ Zanzibar
Jared’s Joker Comedy Show @ Bar Pico
TRiP Tease Burlesque @ Trip
House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s
Rebel Doctors, Brian Ashton, Ozy Reigns @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Thursday, June 21
Afro Funke Thursday: Chicago Afrobeat Project @ Zanzibar
Harlow Gold @ Harvelle’s
OverBlues @ Bar Pico
City of Blue, Ivory Spyglass, ANI (All Natural Ingredients) @ Trip
Versus presented by Gotta Dance Dirty and DANCEiSM @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, has launched an online exhibition space, which will run independent of, and alongside the on-site gallery exhibitions. With consideration to the current state of media, and with awareness as to how work is now often created and shared on websites and blogs; the gallery is designating a digital space on our website as a platform to address alternative methods of exhibiting and viewing artwork. Each digital exhibition will be presented only on the Shoshana Wayne Gallery website and all exhibitions will be archived there as well. New contributions will be posted in turn Wednesdays and Saturdays through August 18. 2525 Michigan Ave., B1 (Bergamot Station). shoshanawayne.com.
Dnj Gallery, presents two new exhibitions through July 21. “By the Sea” by Dale Johnson will be exhibited in the main gallery space while Gallery II will feature “Blinded by Science” by Dan Shepherd. 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite J1 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.3551, dnjgallery.net.
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, through July 12. The exhibit will showcase the exceptional talent of students working in all media, including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and photography. 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.
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.
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 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.
Beach Volleyball Games. Saint-Tropez in Santa Monica. Join The Vilebrequin Beach Volleyball Games at the Miramar Beach Club every Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September 1, 2012. Up to six players per team. 930 Pacific Coast Highway.
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.