Looking for something to do this weekend? The Santa Monica Mirror has you covered with local events, live music, theater, and art gallery listings.
ArtLA Gallery, concludes its 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 conclude this Sunday, June 24. 2525 Michigan Ave. D5 (Bergamot Station). 2525 Michigan Ave. 310.315.0282, artla.com.
Santa Monica Summer Celebration, at James Gray Gallery concludes its exhibition of contemporary artwork of Beatrice Findlay, Mark Ryden, John Ridings Lee, Susan Evans, and a special exhibition of rare antiques this Sunday, June 24. Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave. D4 (Bergamot Station). 310.315.9502, jamesgraygallery.com.
Friday, June 22
“Live From Loews: California Classics” Concert Series. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel presents its latest installment of its monthly concert series featuring ocean views, locally-crafted beer, fine wine, and California cuisine. Set in the hotel’s stylish five-story lobby lined with 45-foot palm trees, the event allows guests to mix and mingle in the cozy Fireside Lounge or relax outdoors on the beautiful oceanfront terrace while enjoying live music by the John Brown Band. Named one of the “Best Bands in the South Bay,” John Brown specializes in classic rock favorites and California dreamin’ surf tunes. General admission is $45 in advance or $55 at the door. 1700 Ocean Ave. loewshotels.com.
Maudit, an original puppetry performance piece about Modigliani’s gifted yet overshadowed wife, Jeanne Hébuterne, explores the myth of the cursed artist and how simply being female may be an insurmountable fate. Written and directed by Tri-Pi Theatre’s Artistic Director, Leslie K. Gray, this lyrical yet disturbing depiction, told through the disjointed intersections of memory and historical misinterpretations, features a wide variety of puppet forms to thrill puppet aficionados and performance theater lovers alike. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Highways Performance Space at the 18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th Street. 310.315.1459. tri-pi.org
Saturday, June 23
Eat|See|Hear Outdoor Movie, Food Truck and Live Music Event Series Presents “The Big Lebowski.” The Open Air Society presents Eat|See|Hear – an outdoor movie, food truck, and live music event series. LA’s best food trucks will be on hand all season, offering a variety of food options sure to please the most discerning palates. The movie will be viewed utilizing high definition audio visual projection on a three story tall, 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen. Doors: 5:30 p.m. Music: 7 p.m. Movie: 8:30 p.m. Memorial Greek Theater at Santa Monica High School. Admission: $10 general/$20 VIP pass. eatseehear.com.
Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk. A festival and walk to raise awareness and fund for the fight against Crohn’s disease and Colitis, which affects 1 in every 200 people in the U.S. Registration starts at 4 p.m., and the walk starts at 5 p.m. Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St. 310.478.4500.
Walk To Africa. 4th Annual Walk To Africa in support of Lighthouse Medical Mission’s relief work in Africa. Free t-shirt and goody bag for every registered walker. Two mile Children’s walk, family fun zone, and live music. The walk begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Crescent Bay Park, 100 Bicknell Ave. 310.264.0634. Walktoafrica.com.
Dietrich Wegner Skin Deep Installation at Robert Berman Gallery. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for this installation of works in various media by Dietrich Wegner. Every society accumulates contradictions amidst their ideals. Dietrich Wegner employs those contradictions, situating opposites together in sculpture and photography that feed on the friction between two conflicting ideas. In Skin Deep Wegner creates images that are safe and unsettling, abject and beautiful. 2525 Michigan Ave. B7 (Bergamot Station). 310.586.9128. robertbermangallery.com.
Dog Training with Dave Dreyfus. Do you wonder how dogs learn and make decisions? Would you like your dog to want to do something, rather than having to force them to? Are you interested in learning the humane way to train your dog? Join certified dog trainer Dave Dreyfus, owner of EveryDog, for a seminar on positive-based training, and learn how we can do better by our four-legged family members at 2 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Santa Monica Main Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
“No Sweat” Garden Maintenance Tips. Santa Monica Public Library and the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment present the Green Garden Academy school of sustainable gardening. This month’s class is “No Sweat” Garden Maintenance Tips, taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in the Multipurpose Room at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Classes are free and registration is not required, nor is Santa Monica residency. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Edgemar Center for the Arts Presents, “Senior Moments”: A defining moment in your life. An evening of storytelling with elders from the community at 7 p.m. QandA with a reception to follow. Admission is free. 2437 Main Street. RSVP Required, email [email protected]
Sunday, June 24
12th Annual Main Street Summer SOULstice. More than 15 bands on six stages will converge for this year’s Summer SOULstice. There will also be a sidewalk sale. Main Street (Pico Blvd to Pier Ave). mainstreetsm.com.
Pier JAMS. Ormiston College performs at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. 310.458.8786. santamonicapier.org.
Tuesday, June 26
Erupting into Shakespeare! The Salty Shakespeare Company, headed by director Nancy Linehan Charles, demonstrate their process and discuss choices they are making to shape this upcoming outdoor performance from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway. 310.458.4904. Free Admission.
In Case You Missed It Summer Film Series. Screening of “Young Adult” at 6:30 p.m. In this biting comedy, Charlize Theron plays a former prom queen who returns to her home town to relive her youthful glory days. 93 minutes. Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave. 310.458.8682, smpl.org.
Wednesday, June 27
Book Signing. The Santa Monica Library will host a signing with author, Patty Farmer, and special guest Barbrara Van Orden for “The Persian Room Presents” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A book sale and signing will follow the author’s presentation with portions of the book sales benefit Childhelp. Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Thursday, June 28
The Birds of La Ballona. Lisa Fimiani, Executive Director and Patrick Tyrell, lecturer and educator of The Friends of The Ballona Wetlands,’ and Bill Beebe, renowned photojournalist, will conduct a multi-media presentation on the “Birds of the Ballona,” Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th St. Free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. 310.395.1308 smbwc.org.
Friday, June 22
Chelsea Gohd, The Incredible Heavies, The Reigning Monarchs @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez @ Zanzibar
John Lee Hooker Jr. @ Harvelle’s
Rodney Crowell, Mark Karr, and Steuart Smith @ McCabe’s
Marcus Very Ordinary, Illegal Download Collection, The Tahiti Shuttle Experiment, SiMPLY, and the [email protected] Trip
Otis Heat, Dan Wilcox (KCRW), The Good Rebels, The Muddy Reds @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Iron Tom @ O’Brien’s Pub Main Street
Saturday, June 23
DJ Dave Paine @ Bar Pico
Me and Heath, The Cerny Brothers,
The Reigning Monarchs @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Café RandB @ Harvelle’s
Jackshit @ McCabe’s
Nobody’s Heroes @ O’Brien’s Pub Main Street
Radars to the Sky, Fort King, Torches, The Hectors @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Dennis Jones Band @ Harvelle’s
Quality with DJs Haul and Mason @ Zanzibar
SXO, Root Chakar, The Lillies, and Backdrifter, with special guest DJ GO ROBO @ Trip
Sunday, June 24
The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s
Definite, Brian Ashton, Cahlaj, and Quiz @ Zanzibar
Cubensis, A Grateful Dead Music Tribute Show @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Elle Carpenter, The Paper Crowns, The Winter Sounds, Crashing Star, Jaz James and more @ Trip
Monday, June 25
Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar
Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s
Mansions On The Moon, The New Limb @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Tuesday, June 26
Ben Brooks Comedy, with special musical guests Clark Chimp, and the Rushmores @ Trip
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
Simon and Sid @ O’Brien’s Pub Main Street
Wednesday, June 27
Luminous Movement: DavidStarfire, Beli3ver @ Zanzibar
Jared’s Joker Comedy Show @ Bar Pico
TRiP Tease Burlesque @ Trip
House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s
Bulletproof Tiger w/ The DA and Monokino Show @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Thursday, June 28
Afro Funke Thursday: Chicago Afrobeat Project @ Zanzibar
Harlow Gold @ Harvelle’s
VERSUS presented by GottaDanceDirty and Danceism Show @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Triple Bordego, Joe Jane, Family Cave, New Lungs @ Trip
Versus presented by Gotta Dance Dirty and DANCEiSM @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
En Route. New serigraphs by Los Angeles artist David K. Thompson who has been making serigraphs, or silkscreen prints, for more than 40 years. Over that time, his interests and approach to the medium have evolved considerably, from an initial interest in geometric and calligraphic images to representational work. Reception this Saturday, June 23 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition runs through July 21. Schomburg Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. E3A (Bergamot Station). 310-453.5757, SchomburgGallery.com.
TAG Gallery, has a new exhibit from June 19 to July 14 featuring artists Suki Kuss, Cheryl Meadow, and Grace Swanson who are all local to Los Angeles. The opening reception is Saturday, June 23, from 5-8 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net.
Malibu Artist Gay Summer Rick: Series in Sand and Sky. Opening June 23, Bleicher Gallery presents a new show by Malibu artist Gay Summer Rick. The series, titled “Series in Sand and Sky” is the exciting follow up to her previous show “Series in Fog and Sun.” The new series is inspired by her drives on the historic Pacific Coast Highway. Bleicher Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave. 310.451.9983. santamonica.bgartdealings.com.
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, has launched an online exhibition space, which will run independent of, and alongside the on-site gallery exhibitions. 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.
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.
Last of the Knotts. The semi-autobiographical, solo show written and performed by poet/hipster Doug Knott and produced by Meadowbrook Entertainment, will be staged at Santa Monica Playhouse’s The Other Space Theatre with four performances June 28, July 26, Aug. 30, and Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. Doug endures a childhood of severe abuse by his alcoholic father, a Florida judge obsessed with his own legacy. To spite his father, Doug declares he will be the “Last Of The Knotts.” He then embarks on a carefree life to avoid the bourgeois anchor of family. 1211 Fourth St. Tickets $25. 800.838.3006, brownpapertickets.com.
An Oz-Some Experience for All Ages. Santa Monica Playhouse Musical Matinee Series presents the internationally acclaimed Dorothy’s Adventures In Oz. It is a joyous family-friendly musical comedy for anyone between the age of 2 and 102, opening June 23 and playing Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. through Sept. 30. General admission is $12.50; $10.50 for kids 12 and under. 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext. 2. SantaMonicaPlayhouse.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.
Bicycle for Education Drive, is currently underway at Whole Foods Market’s Wilshire and 23rd location. The donated bicycles will be shipped to Togo, West Africa and given to young girls to continue secondary education. This drive ends this Sunday, June 24.
Sunset Swim. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Annenberg Community Beach House invites adults to enjoy the pool on Tuesday evenings through Labor Day. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. 310.458.4904. annenbergbeachhouse.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 outdoor workout for men and women. 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]
INERGETIX-CoRe System Demonstration. An information session about the energy medicine system used to evaluate and treat humans, animals, buildings, plants, and more with resonant frequencies, biofeedback, and broadcasting. Presented by Dr. Bonnie Hemauer, Ph.D. with more than 25 years in the healing profession. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. 635 Santa Monica Blvd. 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.