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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.

Team Santa Monica swimmer and Samohi student Serafina King has been selected to represent the United States at the  2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

Sports, Samohi, Santa Monica, Swimming, Team Santa Monica, Serafina King

Samohi Student Overcome Odds to Become National Champion

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 9:33 am

Serafina King wasn’t too fond of getting into the swimming pool at an early age. In fact, King, who takes classes at Santa Monica High School, downright despised learning how to swim.

News, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

Lincoln/Colorado Closure For Expo Line Track Installation Begins Monday

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 9:06 am

Installation of the Expo Line 2 track installation at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado will begin Monday, April 21 at 3 am.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

PYFC To Host Launch Of National Campaign To Address Trauma

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:52 am

Santa Monica's Pico Youth & Family Center will host the launch of national campaign to address trauma next weekend.

Here are this week's adoption pets of the week.

Santa Monica, Pets, West Los Angeles

Adoption Pets Of The Week – Butter & Cassie

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:50 am

Local pet adoption center No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) in West Los Angeles has lots of loving cats and dogs that are looking for homes.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Natural Gas Exports Will Raise Prices, And Soon

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:48 am

Because of hydraulic fracturing in states like North Dakota and Wyoming, Californians and other Americans have enjoyed lower natural gas prices over the last two winters than any time in the last 15 years. That continues right up to this moment.

Santa Monica High School wrestling coach Mark Black with student Jessica Walker in February 2013.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Santa Monica High Teacher Involved In Student Scuffle Reinstated

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 1:34 pm

Santa Monica High School wrestling coach/science teacher Mark Black has been taken off paid administrative leave and will be back in the classroom on Monday, April 21, when staff and students return from Spring Break.

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.