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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.

SMC students Genesis Garcia, Dakota Black and Caitlin Corker will be graduating from Santa Monica College on Tuesday, June 16, and will be transferring to their top choice universities.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Three Graduating Santa Monica College Students Share Their Stories

Posted May. 30, 2015, 8:56 am

Dakota Black’s life was plagued by tragic events. Genesis Garcia thought her dream of going to UC Berkeley was laughable. Caitlin Corker was a struggling student with a 1.9 GPA who wished she could go to UCLA. On June 16 – amid loud applause and vuvuzelas – Black, Corker and Garcia will be among thousands of students who will graduate from Santa Monica College.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

City Of Santa Monica To Launch New Open Datasets On June 6

Posted May. 30, 2015, 8:46 am

The City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, will participate in the nationwide National Day of Civic Hacking on June 6, 2015 by hosting a meetup at the Santa Monica Public Library.

Critics' Choice Television Awards will be held Sunday.

News, Awards, Santa Monica

Full Nominations List For Sunday's Critics' Choice Television Awards

Posted May. 30, 2015, 8:26 am

FX's "Justified" and HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" each have a leading five nominations for Sunday's fifth annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, with HBO dominating the list of nominees.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica

Stadium Projects A Test For CEQA Changes

Posted May. 30, 2015, 8:19 am

Reform of the California Environmental QualityAct has become a mantra for many California politicians over the last several years, all the way up to Gov. Jerry Brown, who found himself frustrated by CEQA at times during his years as mayor of Oakland.

Shangri-La Hotel executive chef Kareem Shaw has introduced all new menus at The Dining Room.

News, Dining, Santa Monica

The Dining Room At Hotel Shangri-La A Hidden Gem In Santa Monica

Posted May. 29, 2015, 2:36 pm

For first-time diners at Hotel Shangri-la’s restaurant The Dining Room, expect plenty of fresh seafood and meat sourced from local butchers for its dishes that exude California flair thanks to executive chef Kareem Shaw who took helm of the kitchen last August.

Topanga Canyon Gallery is an artist-owned and run collective that grew from the first Topanga Artists' Guild in the 1950s.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Topanga Canyon 14th Annual Artists’ Studio Tour Returns This Weekend

Posted May. 29, 2015, 1:13 pm

Join intrepid art lovers on a unique self-guided odyssey through Topanga Canyon for the Artists’ Studio Tour this Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31.

Three Santa Monica High School juniors – Brian Stewart, Claire Rawson-Dannenbaum, pictured here, and Matias Biraben – will embark on a complex mission to explore and measure rising sea levels this summer as part of a field study to evaluate how climate change is altering the nation’s coastlines after being selected for L.A. Ignite Fellowships.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Three Santa Monica Students Selected To Conduct Research On Climate Change

Posted May. 29, 2015, 9:29 am

Three Santa Monica High School juniors will embark on a complex mission to explore and measure rising sea levels this summer as part of a field study to evaluate how climate change is altering the nation’s coastlines.

Latest Fire Department news.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Fire Department To Host Annual Sidewalk CPR Campaign

Posted May. 29, 2015, 9:20 am

In recognition of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association (AHA) is collaborating with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency to coordinate a County wide effort to teach the public how to perform “hands-only” CPR.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Consent Calendar Round Up

Posted May. 29, 2015, 9:16 am

Here's an overview of the consent calendar approvals from Wednesday night's Santa Monica City Council meeting.

Members of Night Lights, an auxiliary of Santa Monica Assistance League. Seated in the front row is Darlene Kasch and Ann Peters (Auxiliary Campership Chairs) and Dori Ollestad (Night Lights President).

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Santa Monica Assistance League Pack Bags For Campers

Posted May. 29, 2015, 9:13 am

Night Lights, an auxiliary of Santa Monica Assistance League, recently met to assemble duffle bags full of goodies for children that they help send to camp.

Chuck Hagel is the newest member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corp.

News, Santa Monica, Rand

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Joins Rand Corp. Board Of Trustees

Posted May. 28, 2015, 8:50 am

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is the newest member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corp., the Santa Monica-based think tank announced Wednesday.

Santa Monica History Museum presents a unique exhibit on Shirley Temple June 4-10.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Santa Monica History Museum To Present Shirley Temple Exhibit June 4-10

Posted May. 28, 2015, 8:42 am

The Santa Monica History Museum has been chosen as one of only five museums in the world to exhibit Shirley Temple’s personal childhood collection. The exhibit will be held June 4 through June 10.

News, Santa Monica, Rand

Rand Study: Sexual Assault, Harassment Less Frequent In Coast Guard

Posted May. 28, 2015, 8:41 am

The rate of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the U.S. Coast Guard is significantly lower than in most other U.S. military services, according to a survey released today by a Santa Monica-based think tank.

Santa Monica police arrested a L.A. man on an embezzlement charge after selling more than $300 worth of merchandise to a friend, but only charging $17.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Place Nike Store Employee Arrested On Embezzlement Charge

Posted May. 28, 2015, 8:27 am

A 31-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested and charged with embezzlement on Wednesday, May 13, after selling over $300 worth of merchandise to a friend, but only charging $17.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts

Lindsay Lohan Completes Community Service, Released From Probation

Posted May. 27, 2015, 1:51 pm

After nearly eight years, Lindsay Lohan was finally released from probation today when a judge confirmed that the actress had successfully completed the last of her required 125 hours of community service.