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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.

Latest Santa Monica Public Library news.

News, Santa Monica, Library

Free College-Prep Programs At Santa Monica Public Library In September

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:52 am

Back to school time for teens often means stress about college. The Library can help! They’re offering several college-prep programs at the Main Library and branch libraries throughout the month of September. All programs are free and open to the public.

Vin Scully.

News, Sports, Baseball, Dodgers

Vin Scully: 2016 "Realistically" His Final Season As Dodgers Announcer

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:45 am

Vin Scully said on Saturday that 2016 "realistically" will be his final season as a Los Angeles Dodgers announcer.

'Straight Outta Compton' stays on top of the North American box office.

News, Film, Box Office, Box

Rap Music Flick "Straight Outta Compton" Stays On Top Of Weekend Box Office

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:38 am

North America's moviegoers continue to choose "Straight Outta Compton" as the most-popular movie this weekend, and the rap music flick is again the box office champ.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Prop. 47 Looking Like A Well-Intentioned Blunder

Posted Aug. 30, 2015, 10:36 am

The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.

Host KristIn Strange goes to Show Up Fitness to speak with owner Chris Hitchko about their new 'Booty Camp' classes.

News, Video, Fitness, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Get Your Butt In Shape At Booty Camps At Show Up Fitness

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 11:04 am

Host KristIn Strange goes to Show Up Fitness to speak with owner Chris Hitchko about their new “Booty Camp” classes.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Malibu, Police Department

BMW Driver Killed On 35th Birthday After Driving 500 Feet Down Malibu Embankment

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 11:00 am

Authorities on Friday recovered the body of a man who died when the car he was driving went about 500 feet down an embankment on a canyon road in Malibu.

Michael Edlen has helped over 1,000 clients achieve their real estate goals since 1986.

News, Real Estate

Real Estate Report: The ABC’s Of Contingency Clauses When Selling A Home

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:39 am

“I want to do a non-contingent sale.” We hear statements similar to this from time to time, and it may be helpful to take a look at different types of contingency clauses. Of course, what a statement like that generally refers to is a contingency on the sale of the buyer’s current home. While some buyers may request such a contingency, it is very uncommon in a strong seller’s market, and few sellers would be willing to accept it. There are a few other approaches that could be explored which a seller may consider and both buyers and sellers may wish to discuss these with their agent.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Real Hot Flash Universe

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:08 am

So for more than a year, I’ve been writing this column, Hot Flash Universe. I have a confession to make. I thought I never had a real hot flash. Until now.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Columnist, Politics

Anti-Semitism Issue Again Confronts UC Regents

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 9:05 am

Back in June, the president of the University of California promised on national radio that the UC Board of Regents would vote in its next meeting – in July – on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.

Traffic spills out into the streets at the In-N-Out in Westwood - a phenomenon seen at most locations on the Westside.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Traffic, Westwood

VIDEO: The In-N-Out Effect On The Westside

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:53 am

Let’s say someone is driving through Westwood after a dentist appointment, and if they’re anything like the average L.A. resident, they’ll know that Westwood is full of amazing food: In-N-Out, Fat Sal’s, Chick-Fil-A, everything delicious that will undo all of the effort their dentist has just expended to make their teeth look nice!

Elizabeth Riel.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

SMCLC Reveal Details In Elizabeth Riel Firing Lawsuit

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:47 am

The Elizabeth Riel saga just won’t seem to go away. Last year Riel was offered the job of Communications Director for the City of Santa Monica, but the position was later rescinded by former city manager Rod Gould. Riel filed a lawsuit and received a $710,000 settlement in July.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Diversity, Mobility, Homelessness, SMO Identified As City's Top Priorities

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:43 am

While many people in Southern California were out at the beach or hiking or playing sports on a hot summer day, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown and members of the city council spent Sunday in a special session to discuss the top issues and concerns facing the city today.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Hall, Rent Control

City: Santa Monica Is Losing 400-550 Rent-Controlled Apartments Annually

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:39 am

Santa Monica is one of the most desirable places in the world to live. The beautiful beach, world-famous Pier, fabulous restaurants and spectacular sunsets – it all combines to make this area unique and special.

Speaker Adam Lichtl, PhD (right), former Director of Research at SpaceX, with his wife, Patsy, and Rotarian Jay Smith.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Inside SpaceX: Getting From The Blue Marble To The Red Marble

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:36 am

The Planet Mars is arguably the last frontier in space exploration (for now). When will we reach it? How will we get there? What will it take? And why do we want to go?

FIG Restaurant is now serving up its seasonally inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Yousef Ghalaini seven nights a week.

News, Dining, Happy Hour, Newjs

FIG Restaurant Now Open Nightly At Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:32 am

Happy hour just became a little happier in Santa Monica as FIG Restaurant, the seasonal bistro located inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, opens its doors seven nights a week.

Director of Visual Arts Bobbie Rich (left) and Resonate LA Lead Pastor David Cobia with Summer of Soul Paintings.

News, Dining, Santa Monica, Art, Non Profits

Upper West Hosts Summer Of Soul’s Grand Finale On Sunday

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:20 am

The Summer of Soul Art Exhibition is, to some Santa Monica residents, symbolized by the giant pair of neon sunglasses that people have been able to draw at the beach at the Twilight Concert Series each Thursday night.

The Junior Social Entrepreneurship Summit was held last week at Annenberg Community Beach House as 14 JSES students either live, attend school, or have attended elementary school in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Youth

Junior Social Entrepreneurship Summit Comes To Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:16 am

The smiles on the students’ faces lit up the Farmshop Santa Monica space Friday, Aug. 21 as the 12 Junior Social Entrepreneurship Summit participants stood up one at a time to present their ideas to create positive change in the world, to the friendly Santa Monica audience at Farmshop LA.