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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.

Santa Monica Beat

WestsideToday.com presents Westside TV, the easiest way to get local news, entertainment and all things on the Westside. Coming 2014.

Santa Monica Beat

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.

Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way To Unclog Congestion On Santa Monica Streets?

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm

Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Best California Budget Idea? Letting Sick, Elderly Convicts Go

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 11:56 am

Sometimes it can take more than a decade for a completely sensible idea to catch on. So it is with what may be the single best money-saving idea in last year’s state budget, one that is just now beginning fully to take hold.

News, Santa Monica, Box Office

"Home" Tops Weekend Box Office With $54 Million In Sales

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 10:21 am

An animated movie from Dreamworks, "Home," opened in the number one spot this weekend and proved that a PG-rated family movie can out-muscle the slew of recent raunchy comedies, an industry analyst said today.

News, Awards, Film, Folm

Kids Choice Awards Winners; Angelina Jolie Makes First Public Appearance Since Ovaries Removed

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 8:54 am

Actress-director Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since announcing she had her ovaries removed as a precaution against cancer to accept a Kids Choice Award.

News, Exposition Light Rail, Police Department

Expo Line Train Wreck Cleared After Collision With Hyundai Sonata

Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 8:45 am

The wreckage from the crash between an Expo Line train and a car, which left one person in grave condition, has been cleared. The collision occurred Saturday when the train this hit a car that turned in front of it at Exposition Park. In addition to the person who was reportedly near death, 20 other people were also injured. That unidentified person was driving a Hyundai Sonata and had to be cut from the crumpled car, authorities said.

WISE and Healthy Aging will honor Dr. Chui Tsang and Drs. Reece and Wang at its ‘Celebration of Caring’ event on April 18.

News, Health, Senior, Non Profits

Wise & Healthy Aging Announces 2015 Honorees For Celebration Of Caring

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:50 am

Area professionals, caregivers, and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of Southland seniors will be honored by Santa Monica-based WISE & Healthy Aging at its annual Celebration of Caring event, announced Grace Cheng Braun, President and CEO.

Pacific Park's Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

News, Santa Monica, Pier

Lights To Go Out Tonight For 'Earth Hour'

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:41 am

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel and Los Angeles International Airport gateway pylons are among the iconic structures around the world that will go dark for 60 minutes tonight in observance of the World Wildlife Fund's annual Earth Hour call for energy conservation.

Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles is home to the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings.

News, Sports, Basketball

Wisconsin, Arizona To Play At Staples Center For Final Four Berth

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:22 am

Top-seeded Wisconsin will face second-seeded Arizona at Staples Center today with a berth in the Final Four on the line.

Dr. Alia Tuqan is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit www.uclahealth.org.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica, Columnist

Filtering The Facts On Kidney Health

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:15 am

March is “National Kidney Month,” highlighting the role of our kidneys in maintaining overall health and the importance of keeping them healthy. This month’s column covers kidney health and disease and what can be done to protect these vital organs.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

How I’m Getting My Groove Back - Dance Lessons

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:10 am

A couple of months ago, I won a series of ballroom dance lessons – the grand prize from a raffle drawing at a luncheon I attended.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Business, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Technology

How California Won By Losing $5 Billion Tesla Battery Plant

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:00 am

It was supposed to be a $5 billion project, creating 6,500 jobs. That was the hype when Tesla Motors last summer orchestrated a five-state battle to host a huge “gigafactory” where it plans to build batteries for its next generation of electric cars.

New West Symphony presents the very challenging 'Sibelius Violin Concerto' featuring acclaimed violinist Jennifer Frautschi as guest artist this weekend.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Presents "The Planets" In Santa Monica On Sunday

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 11:06 am

New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra in three performances of the fifth Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony’s 20th Anniversary season, including a performance in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon.

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Susan Cline, interim director of the Santa Monica Public Works Department about the upcoming construction on the California Incline bridge.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: California Incline One-Year Closure Begins April 20

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:50 am

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speaks with Susan Cline, interim director of the Santa Monica Public Works Department about the upcoming construction on the California Incline bridge.

Carter Rubin was appointed to the Planning Commission on Tuesday night to complete the remainder of Sue Himmelrich’s term that expires June 30, 2015.

News, Planning Commission, Santa Monica

Pro-Development Urban Planner Fills Planning Commission Seat

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:46 am

Pro-development urban planner Carter Rubin has been appointed to Santa Monica’s Planning Commission in a late-night City Council vote Tuesday.

A piece of play equipment called Glacier that the City plans to purchase for Ozone Park with a $50,000 Kiwanis donation. The donation and play equipment selection are not considered final until approved by City Council at their April 28 meeting.

News, Parks, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Kiwanis Club 100th Birthday Creates A New Life For Santa Monica Playground

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:40 am

As part of its 100th birthday celebrations, Kiwanis International is promoting the creation of children’s playgrounds around the world. More than 11 new playgrounds are to be built in 2015.

Kat and the Blues Hounds will perform a free show at Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar tonight.

Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Free Show At Sonny McLean’s In Santa Monica Tonight

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:39 am

Kat and the Blues Hounds will perform a free show at Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar in Santa Monica from 9 pm to 12:30 am tonight, March 27.

The new Assistance League of Santa Monica Board of Directors.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Assistance League Of Santa Monica Installs New Board Members

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:38 am

Assistance League of Santa Monica held its annual board installation luncheon Wednesday at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

PK Wellness at 2110 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica helps clients lose fat through a mix of i-Lipo and fitness training.

News, Health, Business

Santa Monica’s PK Wellness Combines Tech & Training For Fat Loss Triumph

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:36 am

State of the art fat-busting tech is now on offer in Santa Monica. PK Wellness has made the move to mix i-Lipo with fitness training, a combination that is giving their clients great results.

Guest speaker David Travers (left) and Rotarian Len Lanzi.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear From Entrepreneur On Venture Capitalist Trends

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:32 am

Santa Monica Rotarians at the March 20 meeting were enlightened by a knowledgeable investor about the world of entrepreneurship. Before the guest speaker shared his perspectives, Rotarian Russ Warner led the club in an invocation and song leaders Matt Williams and Ken Waltzer jubilantly led the Rotarians into the classic “Under the Boardwalk” with a lyrical spin.

Laura Linney as the best-selling crime novelist Patricia Highsmith and Seth Numrich as Edward in Joanna Murray-Smith’s “Switzerland” on stage at The Geffen Playhouse.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Laura Linney Graces Geffen Playhouse In Joanna Murray-Smith’s “Switzerland”

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:30 am

Laura Linney is no stranger to the stage and has racked up multiple impressive Broadway credits including “Time Stands Still,” “Sight Unseen,” “The Crucible,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and “The Seagull.” Equally at home on the big screen, she had key roles in “You Can Count on Me,” “Kinsey,” “The Savages,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Love Actually,” and “The Truman Show,” just to name but a few.

Bob Aguirre with Stevie Nicks, now a Santa Monica resident.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Before Fleetwood Mac: Fritz Band Founder Q&A On Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

It is Fleetwood Mac’s 40th anniversary together as a band. How fitting it is that they are touring throughout North America and Europe for this occasion. Christine McVie is back with the band.