Looking for something to do this weekend? The Santa Monica Mirror has you covered with local events, live music, theater, and art gallery listings.
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 travel along the Yellow Brick Road seeking the Wizard of Oz. Suitable for audience ages 3 and older. Final performances Saturday, Sunday, and this Tuesday, June 12. 2627 Pico Blvd. Adults $10, children 16 and under $5, lap sitters free (2 and under). 310.314.0035, kidsonstage.com.
Friday, June 8
Santa Monica High School Choir’s Spring Concert. From 7 p.m. all choirs from Santa Monica High School’s Choral Music Department will take to the Barnum Hall stage for the end-of-the-year concert, which this year features music by Debussy, Brahms, and others. Special awards are given and each graduating senior is honored. In a beloved tradition, alumni are invited to the stage to sing the Duson Irish Blessing and the Samohi Hymn of Praise. 601 Pico Blvd. Suggested donation $10 general, $5 students (at the door). 310.395.3204, samohichoir.org.
American Graffiti Friday Night Film Series. Seating is open and on a first arrival basis to this free film screening. Evening sponsored by SMC Associates. 5:45 p.m. pizza, 6:30 p.m. start. Parking is free. Santa Monica College, Room 165, 1900 Pico Blvd. 310.434.4003.
Contemporary Crafts Market. This is its 26th season in Santa Monica. Join them at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium today through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for a wonderful show and sale of American Crafts. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. 808.422.7362, Free passes available online at contemporarycraftsmarket.com.
Ok! Magazine’s 6th Annual Body And Soul Event On The Beach. Join OK! for a free day of fitness, wellness, and pampering from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to fitness classes with celebrity trainers, there are free samples, giveaways, a prize wheel, massages, mini-manicures, hair touch-up station, low-cal Vodka bar and more. Casa Del Mar Hotel, 1910 Ocean Way. Classes are filling up so RSVP to [email protected] okmagazine.com/body-and-soul.
The Arabian Lamp. Teens On Stage present “The Arabian Lamp” featuring actors aged 12 – 17 years today through Sunday, June 10. The story begins in the city of Agrabah that is filled with secrets, mysteries, and magic. Every turn holds a surprise and every alley contains a wonder. Aladdin, a street urchin discovers a Magic Lamp, which releases a wild and wacky Genie. Aladdin asks the Genie to make him a prince so he can marry the Sultan’s beautiful daughter. But, the Sultan’s evil Vizier, Jafar, has other plans for the Genie and the Princess. Adults $10, children 17 and under $5, lap sitters are free (two and under). The Kids on Stage Theater, 2627 Pico Blvd. 310.314.0035, kidsonstage.com.
“The Rhythm of Life,” will be presented by the Santa Monica College Musical Theatre Workshop today through Sunday. The musical theatre revue showcases numbers from old and new Broadway musicals and pays a special tribute to award-winning composers Cy Coleman and Jerry Herman. Performances are at 8 p.m. today, June 8; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10 in the Theatre Arts Studio Stage, located on the SMC main campus at 1900 Pico Blvd. Tickets are $10, plus a $1 service fee. There is no late seating. Parking is free on Friday evenings and weekends. 310.434.4319, smc.edu/theatre.
Saturday, June 9
7th Annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival, will culminate with three free screenings. Screening one will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be family oriented, appropriate for children six and older and have 60 minutes of mostly animated films. Screening two will be from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and will be comprised of the more mature films, appropriate for 10 and older. These two screenings will be held at Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. Screening three will be from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 and is appropriate for audiences seven and older. This screening and the award ceremony that will follow will be held at the Main Library Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Reservations e-mail [email protected] or call Justin Yoffe at 310.458.8634 or visit santamonicateenfilmfestival.com.
Sip, Savor, Stop Cancer Event. This wine tasting event benefits cancer research from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sip wines from California’s premiere vineyards. Savor specialties from Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants. Support Stop Cancer’s mission of funding early cancer research. Discover wines from Frank Family Vineyards, Jelly Roll, John Anthony, Peju Family Winery, Porter Family Vineyards, Saddleback Cellars, Sodaro Estate Winery, Spelletich Family Wine Company, and The Wine House among many others. Tickets $100-$175. Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place. 310.841.2600 ext. 21. stopcancer.org/Main/default/ EventsDetail.aspx?id=49.
No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff. Although Architect Wallace Neff is known for his Spanish Colonial Revival residences of the 1920s and 1930s, his unique “bubble houses” are arguably much more interesting. Author Jeffrey Head discusses these houses at a lecture at 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Seating is limited and available on a first-arrival basis. Free. All ages are welcome. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
Workshop: Writing the Short Story. Learn some basic rules, participate in writing exercises, and explore a creative and lively approach to developing your story ideas in an interactive group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Instructor Anna Stramese has years of professional and academic experience in LA, NYC, and Paris. Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave. The program is free and open to the public. 310.458.8682, smpl.org.
Antique Benefit. Rosemary McCaffery will welcome the public into her antique store at 1203 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to raise awareness about the work local non-profit Aid Still Required (ASR) is doing around the world. While Aid Still Required has projects in Darfur, New Orleans, and the region hit by the 2004 tsunami. The focus of the evening will be on ASR’s Trauma Relief Program in Haiti for rape and PTSD victims. Tickets are $20 each or $100 for six. All proceeds will go directly to support Aid Still Required’s work. Entry to the benefit itself is free. AidStillRequired.org.
Sunday, June 10
Retirement party, will be held for Grant Elementary School’s principal Al Friedenberg after 17 years. It will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Grant Elementary School, 2368 Pearl Street. Admission is free. Food trucks will be available for purchase of food.
Humanist Association of Los Angeles. West Side Discussion Group meets at 11 a.m. with presenter is Marialupe Duarte. She has a MA in social anthropology, and has conducted research in Mexico among the Mayo Indigenous Tribal Group of Sonora. This meeting is free and the public is invited. Yahoo Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway. hala.org.
Tuesday, June 12
Red Hen Press Readings. Join Red Hen Press in its fourth year of poetry and prose at the Beach House from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrated authors Ron Carlson, Tara Ison, and Rachel Resnick are expert in the honest depiction of dysfunction. Carlson is known for his intimate, quiet portrayals of male friendships (Five Skies) and collapsing marriages (The Signal), and both Ison and Resnick have written extensively on the subject of failed romance, in fiction (Ison’s The List) and memoir (Resnick’s Love Junkie). The readers will be introduced by Eloise Klein Healy, founding chair of the MFA in creative writing at Antioch University. Free. Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. 310.458.4904, beachculture104-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 series begins today, June 12, with the showing of Hot Coffee (2011, 89 minutes). The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
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.
Wednesday, June 13
What Every Woman Should Know About Pelvilates. The YMCA presents a free talk from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. about the prevention and revitalization program of the Pelvic Floor. Are you someone who exercises regularly, sits or stands for long hours, lives with stress, gains weight, pregnant or after delivery, is pre or post menopause, has stress incontinence, suffers from chronic cough, smokes, takes pills every day, is constipated, or has delays bladder or bowel movements? Learn and understand how these conditions affect your life and what PelviLates as an alternative method can offer you to preserve or restore your health. DeWind Room. Santa Monica Family YMCA. 1332 Sixth St. 310.393.2721 ext. 129 or e-mail [email protected]
Mystery Book Group. Discussion of Elizabeth George’s A Great Deliverance at 7 p.m. Scotland Yard inspectors investigate a murder in which a young woman is found beside her father’s headless corpse, wearing her best dress with an axe in her lap. Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Ave. The program is free and open to the public. 310.458.8682, smpl.org.
Thursday, June 14
Eva Mahgrefteh’s Wanderlust at Santa Monica Playhouse. Winningly told true stories of Voyaging Vixen Eva Mahgrefteh’s solo travels through Poland, France, and Germany illustrated with photos, the occasional song, and yes, one poem. Nothing she encounters escapes her tongue-in-cheek scrutiny or her humorously twisted “Cultural Stereotypes in Two Minutes Flat.” $20 all seats. 8 p.m. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext. 1, santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Friday, June 8
Caitlyn Notey, Wooden Robot, Steve Casper and Cowboy Angst @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
DJ Jedi, The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez @ Zanzibar
The RandomActs Of Blindness, Mark Catalano @ Bar Pico
Chris Pierce / Kara Grainger featuring Kirk Fletcher @ Harvelle’s
Pierre Bensusan @ McCabe’s
Joelskee, The Goods with DJ Anthony Valadez of KCRW and KG Superstar on the mic @ Zanzibar
Fearmia, Doña Oxford, Fortune Untold and more @ Trip
Revolg Records Release Party ft. Alex Kerckhoff with Capital @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Saturday, June 9
DJ Paul Loeb @ Bar Pico
The Paul Chesne Band @ O’Brien’s Pub Main Street
Unicorn Domination with Greenhorse, Yoya, The Sexbots and Planet Booty @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Olio, McGrath Project, Invisible Target @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch
Dennis Jones Band @ Harvelle’s
Quality with DJs Haul and Mason @ Zanzibar
JD McPherson @ McCabe’s
Alpine Village People, Gene Butler Band, and special guests @ Trip
Sunday, June 10
Wylde Bunch plus Saprano and Lost Dialect @ Zanzibar
DJs Haul and Mason @ Zanzibar
The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s
The Sunset Drifters with Fingers of the Sun, Silver Phial, and The Picture and the Frame @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Val McCallum @ McCabe’s
Elle Carpenter, Melissa Marah, Invisible Target, Tori Rogg, Kelly Steward @ Trip
Monday, June 11
Philanthro LA presents Band-Aid Mondays: Benefitting Alzheimer Association Junior Committee ft. Very Special Guests with Verona, Ancient Lasers ft. Kellii Scott (A Perfect Circle/Veruca Salt) @ Central Santa Monica
Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar
Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s
Ocelot Robot and very special guests @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Tuesday, June 12
Taco Tuesday Open Mic Comedy, with special musical guests Lillian’s Rose, Yel Air, and Meltarino Aura @ Trip
Open Mic @ Bar Pico
Warships every Tuesday in June: Western Scene, The Small Hours, DJ Set by DJ six.seven @
Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
La Vie and Friends @ Harvelle’s
Wednesday, June 13
Luminous Movement: Free Radicals Projekt, Nico Luminous and Grateful @ Zanzibar
Jared’s Joker Comedy Show @ Bar Pico
TRiP Tease Burlesque @ Trip
House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s
Tidelands with The Yawpers, School Knights and special guests @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Thursday, June 14
Afro Funke Thursday: Sound Systeam feat. Guest DJ Rick Wren @ Zanzibar
We Govern We, and special guests @ Trip
Versus presented by Gotta Dance Dirty and DANCEiSM @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club
Dnj Gallery, presents two new exhibitions through July 21. “By the Sea” by Dale Johnson will be exhibited in the main gallery space whiel 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 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.
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.