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Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen discusses Cirque du Soleil's show "Totem" that opens this Friday, Jan. 17 at the Santa Monica Pier.

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LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

Santa Monica Beat

This week, Paul Sand founder of the West End Theatre stops by to discuss the opening of the new theatre on the Santa Monica Pier.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' tops the weekend box office.

News, Santa Monica, Film, Box Office

'Hunger Games' On Track To Top Box Office For Second Week With $75.8 Million

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 10:17 am

Hollywood had a "solid, but not record-breaking" Thanksgiving weekend, with the latest Hunger Games movie, and a new Disney Pixar flick, in the one-two positions.

Shore Hotel is located at 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Hotel

Shore Hotel To Host Community Blood Donation Drive Monday

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 9:22 am

Shore Hotel will host a community blood drive in partnership with Cedar-Sinai’s blood donor services from noon to 6 pm on Monday, Nov. 30.

It's moving day for Sam and Abby, and the traffic could be a problem.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Traffic

‘California Rolls’ Onto Westside TV: Get To Know The Mirror’s Own Comedy Starlet

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 9:09 am

Westside TV’s host Denyc (Poole) has returned from the Miami Web Festival with the award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work in the new series “California Roll.”

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Email Issue Hints At Possible Brown Corruption Role

Posted Nov. 29, 2015, 8:58 am

There is no doubt Gov. Jerry Brown has tolerated corruption in his administration. But now there are hints that he might be personally involved in some of it.

A Naam Yoga Superclass will be held in Mexico City on Sunday.

News, Santa Monica, Yoga

Santa Monica Naam Yoga Founder To Lead Global Meditation In Mexico Sunday

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 10:16 am

The founder of Santa Monica-based Naam Yoga, Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, will guide tens of thousands of people in a global meditation for peace on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 am PST in Mexico City.

Throughout Venice you can discover community garden projects that provide a great source for your daily fruit and vegetables.

Environment, Venice, Video, Food

VIDEO: Discover Community Garden Projects In Venice

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 10:08 am

Throughout Venice you can discover community garden projects that provide a great source for your daily fruit and vegetables.

The UCLA-USC football game will be played today at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Sports, Ucla, Football, Usc

UCLA, USC Play For Berth In Conference Championship Game

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:50 am

The UCLA-USC football game will be played today at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with the winner advancing to next Saturday's Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

Pauley Pavilion.

News, Ucla, Westwood

UCLA To Celebrate Pauley Pavilion's 50th Anniversary Sunday

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:45 am

UCLA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pauley Pavilion Sunday, including offering tickets in several sections of the arena's upstairs level for $3.50, the price of a ticket for a game in the 1965-66 season.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Holiday, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Holidays: A Consideration

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:24 am

We are in the “holiday season” now which the Grinch-ier among us might call the “Shopping Season” and those looking for a fight over the last few years might call, “The Season of the War on Christmas.” ‘Tis true that this season began with a fiery national debate over what a paper Christmas coffee cup should look like.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Education

Good News, Bad News In Latest School Test Scores

Posted Nov. 28, 2015, 9:20 am

There was good news and bad news – and in other ways no news at all – in the latest results of standardized tests given each year to California public school students.

From left, football quarterbacks and NFL veterans Cade McNown (Bruins 1995-1998) and Rodney Peete (USC 1985-1988) with record-holding wide-receiver Danny Farmer (Bruins 1996-1999).

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Trojans vs. Bruins: A Los Angeles-Rotary Tradition

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

The Santa Monica Rotary Club merged with its sister club in Westwood Village Friday, Nov. 20 to revel in the greatest cross-town rivalry in football: USC vs. UCLA.

Arlo is a two-year-old sweet boy who would love a human companion of his own to devote all of his adoring attention to! Could that be you?

News, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Pet Adoption To Waive Adoption Fees Today Through Monday

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 9:05 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Arlo and Nightingale. There will be no adoption fees on most pets Nov. 27-30.

News, Obituary, Santa Monica

Obituary: Jesse Joseph Poliquin March 18, 1923 – Nov. 19, 2015

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 8:51 am

Jesse Joseph Poliquin, of Santa Monica passed away Nov. 19, 2015. Jesse was born March 18, 1923 in Norwich, Connecticut, to Agnes and Jesse Poliquin.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Shopping

Thousands Flock To Stores & Malls For Black Friday Bargains

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 8:46 am

Thousands of Southern Californians are expected to head to stores and malls today to continue the tradition of searching for Black Friday bargains amid major changes in Thanksgiving weekend shopping.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Cool Day With Chance Of Rain Today

Posted Nov. 27, 2015, 8:29 am

Los Angeles County may experience some light rain today and a cold front is expected to keep temperatures below normal until Sunday, forecasters said today.