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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.

Huntington Beach resident Daniel Becerril II.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

2008 Montana Avenue Murder Suspect Sentenced To 15 Years Prison

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 6:51 pm

A Huntington Beach financial consultant was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for the killing of a Russian-born Los Angeles elementary school teacher in a Santa Monica apartment who was defrauded out of several hundred thousand dollars in a complex money laundering scheme.

News, Santa Monica, Court

California Supreme Court Refuses To Review Santa Monica Murder Case

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 3:34 pm

The California Supreme Court refused today to review the case against a gang member convicted in December 2010 of murdering five people in Los Angeles and Santa Monica during a crime spree that stretched over more than three years.

News, Fire Department, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades

No Injuries In Pacific Palisades House Fire

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 12:43 pm

A fire damaged a house in the Pacific Palisades area today, but no one was hurt.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica

Schedule For Obama's Third Los Angeles Trip In Three Months

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:31 am

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive aboard Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon for a planned 24 1/2-hour visit to conduct two political fundraisers and speak at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

News, Real Estate, California, Santa Monica

Equity Home Sales Reach Highest Level In California Since Housing Crisis Began

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:28 am

Equity home sales -- standard sales in which a seller has equity in the property being sold -- in June reached their highest level in California since the housing crisis began, the California Association of Realtors reported today.

The Santa Monica Relay for Life returns to Santa Monica College.

News, Health, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Relay For Life Returns To Santa Monica College This Weekend

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:24 am

Santa Monica’s annual Relay for Life, a relay to promote cancer awareness, is a touching event about to celebrate its 12th year. It will be held this weekend – July 26-27 – at Santa Monica College (co-sponsor and host of the event).

News, Venice, Fire Department, Santa Monica

46 Firefighters Knock Down Venice Apartment Building Fire In 17 Minutes

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:18 am

A man was hospitalized with minor injuries and a woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries after a small fire in a multistory apartment building in Venice early today, authorities said.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Brawl Ends With Attempted Murder Charge After Man Stabbed

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:14 am

A brawl between two men at a Santa Monica residential complex on Saturday, July 12 escalated to both men being arrested – one charged with attempted murder after producing a knife and stabbing the other man during the fight.

News, Santa Monica, Obama

President Obama To Arrive In Los Angeles This Wednesday

Posted Jul. 22, 2014, 9:52 am

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport around 2:30 pm Wednesday, then attend a Democratic National Committee fundraising reception and dinner at the Hancock Park home of television producer Shonda Rhimes.

Dixie Longate is the star of the most entertaining one-woman show “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” on stage at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.

Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

"Dixie's Tupperware Party" Scores 100 On The Laugh Meter

Posted Jul. 22, 2014, 9:41 am

Most people of a certain age might remember that wonderful quote from “All About Eve.” “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Well, as it applies to X-rated “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” on stage at the Geffen Playhouse, it could be rewritten to read: “Fasten your seatbelts. You’re in for an evening of non-stop laughter,” which includes funny stories, free giveaways, and audience participation.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Department Accepting Officer Applications

Posted Jul. 22, 2014, 9:26 am

Are you interested in becoming an officer of the Santa Monica Police Department? If so, applications are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Pch

Pacific Coast Highway Lane Closures To Begin Wednesday In Malibu

Posted Jul. 22, 2014, 9:23 am

Intermediate lane closures on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu for a bicycle route improvement project will begin Wednesday.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Homeless Man Arrested For Riding Stolen Bicycle From Santa Monica Pier

Posted Jul. 22, 2014, 9:06 am

Santa Monica police arrested a 21-year-old homeless man on Saturday, July 12 after being caught riding a bicycle stolen from a Santa Monica Pier rental business.

Alexander 'Sasha' Gurevich has been named general manager of the New West Symphony.

News, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Appoints Alexander Gurevich As General Manager

Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:47 am

The New West Symphony Board of Directors has appointed Alexander Gurevich as general manager of the New West Symphony. Effective immediately, he joins the Symphony staff led by executive director Natalia Staneva.

A Big Blue Bus in downtown Santa Monica.

News, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus Announces Detours For Century Boulevard Bridge Demolition

Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:37 am

The demolition of the Century Boulevard Bridge near Los Angeles International Airport starts this Friday, July 25 at 8 pm and goes through Monday, July 28 at 6 am.

News, Santa Monica, Box Office

"Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" Triumphs During Second Week Of Screenings

Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:33 am

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes triumphed over three new movies this weekend, but the overall box office this summer continued to lag.

News, Malibu, Transportation, Santa Monica

Northbound Kanan-Dume Road In Malibu Closed Until 2pm Today

Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:27 am

One of the major roads out of Malibu will be closed today as the city repaves it. Northbound Kanan-Dume Road will be closed at Pacific Coast Highway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, weather permitting, as the realigned lane is repaved.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Homeless Man Arrested In Santa Monica After Trying To Punch Off-Duty Officer

Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:21 am

A 33-year-old homeless man picked the wrong person to get aggressive toward in Palisades Park on Wednesday, July 2 – an off duty police officer. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 1500 block of Palisades Park at 5:16 pm on this day in order to respond to a report of a man being assaulted by an intoxicated man.

News, Apb, Santa Monica

Five Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closures Through Friday, July 25

Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:16 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, July 25 in the following locations.