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

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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.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Actress Files Lawsuit Over Santa Monica Ice Skating Rink Injuries

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 8:00 am

An actress who had a small role in the 1994 film “Dumb and Dumber” is suing the City of Santa Monica over injuries sustained at the city-owned seasonal ICE at Santa Monica skating rink on Jan. 18, 2014.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was recaptured in Santa Monica on April 2, 2014.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Escaped Inmate Recaptured In Santa Monica Pleads No Contest

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:33 am

An inmate who escaped a downtown Los Angeles jail last month on March 12 and was arrested several weeks later in Santa Monica pleaded no contest Thursday.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica A Dangerous City?

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:32 am

Real estate blog Movoto has released a list of what it considers the 50 most dangerous places in the United States. While no California cities made the list of top 10, Santa Monica was one of four municipalities in the state that ranked 11 through 25.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Celebrate O’Brien’s Irish Pub’s Birthday On Wilshire This Saturday Night

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:31 am

Locals are invited to party like it’s 1994 as O’Brien’s Irish Pub at 2226 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica celebrates its 20th birthday this Saturday, April 19.

Master Barbers Steve Moran and his partner Robert Echiribel celebrated the grand opening of their new business Active Barbers with Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce president Laurel Rosen and Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Active Barbers Cuts Ribbon At Grand Opening Celebration

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:30 am

Master Barbers Steve Moran and his partner Robert Echiribel celebrated the grand opening of their new business Active Barbers at 2509 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica last Friday.

Two American Sweetgum trees that can grow as high as 75 feet will be planted on 19th Street in Santa Monica on Wednesday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Help Plant Two American Sweetgums In Santa Monica On Arbor Day

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:29 am

A handful of Santa Monica organizations will come together to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees within the community this Wednesday, April 23.

 Luis Alberto Urrea.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Library

Santa Monica Public Library To Host Skype Q&A With Noted Author

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:27 am

Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) continues celebrating The Big Read with an author talk and Q&A via Skype with Luis Alberto Urrea this Monday, April 21 at 3 pm in the Main Library Multipurpose Room at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Jeanie Madsen Gallery is located at 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.

News, Life And Arts, Santa Monica, Religion

New Santa Monica Church Partners With Gallery For Artistic Exhibition Tonight

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:13 am

Resonate, a new church community anchored in Santa Monica, will celebrate Easter week with a free, open-to-the-public arts event this Thursday at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery at 1431 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

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

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

Alcohol & Aging: A Potentially Sour Mix

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:04 am

April is “Alcohol Awareness Month,” providing the perfect opportunity to discuss alcohol use as we age. Here is some useful information to guide you.

Macon Blair as Dwight in Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin,” a tale of revenge.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Review: "Blue Ruin" A Variation On Theme Of Revenge Killings

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:02 am

Violent family feuds are part and parcel of Americana, the most notorious one being between The Hatfields and The McCoys, which began in 1865 and resulted in around one dozen deaths.

Scarlett Johansson as an alien on the prowl for male victims in Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin.”

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Review: Scarlett Johansson Amazing In “Under The Skin”

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 8:01 am

If you combined the best science fiction elements of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” with Michael Mann’s extraordinary lighting effects in “Thief,” as well as Ingmar Bergman’s long, lingering landscape shots in “The Virgin Spring” or “Wild Strawberries,” this will give you an idea of the highly textured look of Jonathan Glazer’s haunting film, “Under the Skin.”

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Arrest Man In Wheelchair After Blocking Busy Intersection

Posted Apr. 17, 2014, 7:51 am

A 36-year-old registered sex offender from Stockton, CA with a no-bail parole warrant was arrested on Friday, April 4 after bringing attention to himself in the form of blocking traffic in downtown Santa Monica while in a wheelchair.

Freshman Zoe Darmon is doing big things at Crossroads this spring.

Sports, Crossroads, Baseball, Santa Monica, Track And Field

Crossroads Sports Teams Earn CIF Academic Awards

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:28 pm

There are not too many schools that can balance a top-notch sports program with outstanding performances in the classroom as well. Crossroads has managed to do both exceptionally well. Crossroads placed three teams in first place in the CIF Southern Section-Ford Academic Awards, another five sports in second place, two sports in the third spot and two more in fourth. The Roadrunners had other sports place in the top ten.

Members from Santa Monica Elks 906 - Pete Armstrong, Carrie Brandlin (WLA VA Volunteer Services Director), Frank H. Frazier, Robbie Robinson (Lodge Vet Services Chairman), and Steve Schechter (Lodge Office Manager).

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits, Veterans

Santa Monica Elks 906 Recognized For Giving $65K In Goods, Services To Veterans

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:26 am

Members from Santa Monica Elks 906 were on hand at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Volunteer Service award ceremony on Thursday, April 10.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Fitness, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: How To Burn That Big Belly

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:13 am

It was a Monday. I woke up and looked in the mirror. Aaaaaahhhhh! I was turning into my Granny Annie – in the belly at least. I turned 50, and wham! Didn’t even see it coming. I rushed to squeeze on the Spanx. Oh-oh, even those were not helping much!

Both Califa (left) and Kiley are available to bring home today from the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West LA, which is open daily from 12-8 pm. It is located at 1845 Pontius Avenue, Los Angeles 90025.

Santa Monica, Pets, Non Profits

Adoption Pets Of The Week: Califa & Kiley

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:11 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West LA has plenty of loving cats and dogs needing new homes, including Califa and Kiley.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Culver City Man Arrested In Santa Monica Park For Possessing Illegal Items

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:04 am

Bail was not granted to a 30-year-old Culver City man on Friday, April 4 after being caught drinking in a Santa Monica park, then being found in possession of a handful of stolen ID cards and a glass pipe used for smoking narcotics.

Drew Shaw takes over head coaching duties for the St. Monica football team.

Sports, Santa Monica, Football, St. Monica High School, Drew Shaw

Drew Shaw Becomes New St. Monica Football Coach

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 4:53 am

St. Monica High School football program has a new coach. Well, sort of. Drew Shaw, a math teacher at the school, is now carrying top billing as head football coach at the school. Shaw replaced Adam Guerra, who moved on to coach another program.

Sports, Softball, Santa Monica, Pacifica Christian

Pacifica Christian Boasts Powerful 1-2 Softball Duo

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 3:48 am

Pacifica Christian High School's softball team has an up-and-down season so far during the 2014 campaign. However, standout Chandler Dolan has been the one steady constant for the Seawolves this season.

The Great American Milk Drive has launched to provide local food banks with gallons of milk.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

How Monetary Milk Donations Help The Westside Food Bank

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:46 am

Santa Monica residents are being urged to make monetary milk donations through their checkout lines, online, or via text.

The Big Blue Bus transit store opened at its new location today at 1444 4th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus Transit Store Opens At New Location Today Just One Block Away

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:43 am

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus transit store closed its doors at the end of the business day on Monday, April 14. However, its doors reopened at its new location today, April 15 just a block away on 4th Street and Broadway.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: The Texting Dilemma

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:19 am

Hey Anthea! I met a guy a few weeks ago and we’ve been texting ever since but he hasn’t asked me out. I told him we should meet for drinks and he said we should get to know each other better before that. Is he not interested? – Elizabeth, 26

It’s imperative to maintain a healthy weight and keep the muscles surrounding bones and ligaments strong.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica

Seven Tips To Prevent Lower Back Pain

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:16 am

Your lower back especially is a very vulnerable area, prone to injury, particularly as we age. The wear and tear of living eventually weakens the skeletal structure, causing bone loss and disintegrated or displaced discs.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

A Few Piecemeal Immigration Changes Likely

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:13 am

The grand compromise on immigration passed by the U.S. Senate 10 months ago is now all but history, despite talk from President Obama and other Democrats about “comprehensive reform.”

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Routine Police Stop Leads To Drugs, Stolen Electronics & Weapons Bust

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:09 am

A routine Santa Monica police vehicle stop for expired tags on Thursday, April 3 led to the arrest of a couple found in possession of large fixed bladed knives, a .38 caliber revolver handgun, three types of illegal drugs, and stolen electronics.