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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.

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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.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Thursday will welcome architect Frank Gehry for the world premiere of composer Andrew Norman’s “Frank’s House,” a work inspired by the acclaimed architect's extraordinary Santa Monica home and featuring percussion sounds made by the unconventional materials Gehry used to build it.

Seven Days

Moss Theater At New Roads School In Santa Monica To Host Special LACO Concert Thursday

A benefit will be held Tuesday to help Santa Monica High School students’ fundraising needs towards their April invitation to perform at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York.


Benefit Concert Tuesday To Help Santa Monica High Band Program Travel To Historic Carnegie Hall

One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market every Sunday.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: PETA - Marcy Winograd A Hero For Exposing Animal Exploitation

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 9:21 am

Dear Editor: To those of us who believe that forcing animals into servitude is ethically indefensible, Marcy Winograd is a hero. As are those city councilors who recognized that there are many family-friendly activities that don’t involve animal exploitation. Being tethered to turnstiles or spending days in pens is no quality of life for animals.

Cathy Tauber and Patty Polinger said Monday they were sad to close Vidiots after almost 30 years, but are now optimistic the store at 302 Pico Blvd. will remain open thanks to a couple of saviors.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Vidiots Saved: Santa Monica Icon To Remain Open Thanks To Filmmaker Megan Ellison

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 9:07 am

Ask and you shall receive – that’s a motto that may have just saved Santa Monica’s beloved Vidiots at 302 Pico Blvd.

Fall in love with Chowder (left) and he will be your best snuggle buddy. Lucky Louie (right) is a happy, charismatic Manchester Terrier mix who has the best smile in L.A.!

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

Find "The One" For Valentine's Day At NKLA Pet Adoption Center In West L.A.

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 8:56 am

Hoping to find “The One” for you this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles.

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

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Housing Market: Just 24 Homes Listed At The Start Of 2015

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 8:52 am

As we began 2015, there are only 24 Santa Monica homes on the market, which is the lowest level in many years. Due to the high demand for Santa Monica houses especially under $2 million, the average $4.6 million list price is almost unbelievably 50 percent higher than it was 12 months ago.

(Left) Name: Theo. Lives: Santa Monica. Wearing: Adidas sneakers. (Center) Just moved to Santa Monica from Sweden.Wearing: Baseball socks from American Apparel/flower hair band. (Right) Names: Ryan and Rich. Lives: Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica. Wearing: Sunglasses from Eyes On Main / Paul Smith sneakers.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist, Fashion

Clothing Honor Wears Thin In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 8:47 am

We can all relax now, because the results are in: Santa Monica is the best-dressed “suburb” in America. Whew! Yes, it was close there for a while when it was announced that Mukwonago, Wisconsin was “The Culottes Capital of the Midwest” and then there was that kerfuffle concerning bib overalls and whether they had to necessarily be “paint and dirt-free” to qualify as sportswear, but we came out victorious.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Election, Santa Monica, Government, Politics

Governor Jerry Brown Could – But Won’t – Dominate Race To Replace Boxer In Senate

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 8:40 am

If the current large corps of potential candidates for retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s job look to some like a gaggle of political pygmies, it might have something to do with the proverbial 800-pound gorilla lurking in their living room. That would be Gov. Jerry Brown, who could most likely have the job for the asking.

A stable “probable” economic outlook is predicted for the City of Santa Monica.

News, Budget, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Modest Forecast For City Of Santa Monica Midyear Budget

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:18 am

A special joint meeting of Santa Monica City Council, the Housing Authority, and the Redevelopment Successor Agency was held Tuesday night during the City Council session, with a stable “probable” economic outlook predicted.

Scott Ferguson, Santa Monica Fire Chief.

News, Budget, Fire Department, Santa Monica, City Hall

Firefighters Split With Fire Chief Over Service Delivery Future In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:16 am

Santa Monica firefighters are standing together against the Fire Chief regarding staffing and dispatch directions for Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD).

Vidiots will close its doors in April after 30 years in business.

News, Business, Video, Santa Monica, History

VIDEO: Beloved Santa Monica Landmark Vidiots To Close Unless Benefactor Found

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:12 am

Local Santa Monica landmark Vidiots is preparing to close its doors forever come mid-April, unless a financial hand is extended to enable the movie treasure trove to continue business well into the future.

Amy Raasch performs at a previous “Fireside at the Miles” performance.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Music, Santa Monica

“Fireside At The Miles” Heats Up At Miles Memorial Playhouse

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:06 am

The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division is currently presenting the 6th Annual “Fireside at the Miles” performance series at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse at 1130 Lincoln Blvd.

Guest speaker Laine Wagenseller and Rotary President George Collins.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Learn Of Philanthropic Uganda Trips

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:02 am

At the Jan. 23 Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting, the foundation’s motto – “Service Above Self” – was highlighted more so than usual throughout the afternoon. With an invocation by Rotarian Adam Lichtl, who touched on serving as “miracles in others’ lives,” the meeting started on an inspirational note as the members collectively sang a few songs and welcomed guests to their Rotary club.

Stone Avenue School fifth grade students attended a week at Malibu Outdoor Science School, thanks to the generosity of the Assistance League of Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Youth, Non Profits

Assistance League Of Santa Monica Sponsors Science School Trip

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 8:57 am

The Assistance League of Santa Monica annually sponsors fifth graders from Stoner Avenue School to attend a week at Malibu Outdoor Science School, which was recently held Jan. 12-16.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Superintendent Issues Message Regarding Measles Immunizations

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 8:43 am

As a follow up to a communication you received last week from your school nurse regarding the importance of immunizations, I want to follow up with you on the concern of measles in our communities.

Eugene Morris Cohen was arrested and transported to the Santa Monica Jail on Jan. 22 where he was booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Cops Arrest Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Nearly A Year After Tragedy

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 2:21 pm

Nearly a year after a fatal hit-and-run near to the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for the crime.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts

Lindsay Lohan's Community Service Questioned In Santa Monica Reckless Driving Case

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:53 am

A prosecutor on Wednesday questioned the type of community service that actress Lindsay Lohan has done in London as part of her probation in connection with misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2012 wreck on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica during the production of "Liz & Dick."

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, A[b

Six Good Samaritans In Santa Monica Help In Arrest Of Aggressive Vons Thief

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:37 am

Up to six good Samaritans helped detain a 6’1” man on Saturday, Jan. 17, inside a Santa Monica Vons supermarket after the man had stolen a bottle of liquor.

The view above Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2013 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair Returns To Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:32 am

An opening night reception will be held for the sixth annual Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair in Santa Monica tonight, featuring a diverse selection of galleries and artists. The public reception from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Life And Arts, Samohi, Santa Monica, Smmusd, Seven Day

Santa Monica High Gallery To Host District Visual Arts Show Today

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:15 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified's middle and high school students will showcase their work at the District’s annual visual art show this week at Roberts Arts Gallery.

The 'Rolled Sleeves Bandit' has been linked to seven bank robberies since November in Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, an Manhattan Beach.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department, Fbi

FBI Seek Help Locating Santa Monica Bank Robber, AKA "Rolled Sleeves Bandit"

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:05 am

The FBI and police from several Southland beach cities asked for the public's help today in locating a bank robber known as the "Rolled Sleeves Bandit."