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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.

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.

Crossroads' Lucas Kaplan in action on the volleyball court.

Sports, Crossroads, Baseball, Santa Monica, Track And Field

Crossroads Sports Teams Earn CIF Academic Awards

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:28 pm

There are not too many schools that can balance a top-notch sports program with outstanding performances in the classroom as well. Crossroads has managed to do both exceptionally well. Crossroads placed three teams in first place in the CIF Southern Section-Ford Academic Awards, another five sports in second place, two sports in the third spot and two more in fourth. The Roadrunners had other sports place in the top ten.

Members from Santa Monica Elks 906 - Pete Armstrong, Carrie Brandlin (WLA VA Volunteer Services Director), Frank H. Frazier, Robbie Robinson (Lodge Vet Services Chairman), and Steve Schechter (Lodge Office Manager).

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits, Veterans

Santa Monica Elks 906 Recognized For Giving $65K In Goods, Services To Veterans

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:26 am

Members from Santa Monica Elks 906 were on hand at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Volunteer Service award ceremony on Thursday, April 10.

Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Fitness, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: How To Burn That Big Belly

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:13 am

It was a Monday. I woke up and looked in the mirror. Aaaaaahhhhh! I was turning into my Granny Annie – in the belly at least. I turned 50, and wham! Didn’t even see it coming. I rushed to squeeze on the Spanx. Oh-oh, even those were not helping much!

Both Califa (left) and Kiley are available to bring home today from the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West LA, which is open daily from 12-8 pm. It is located at 1845 Pontius Avenue, Los Angeles 90025.

Santa Monica, Pets, Non Profits

Adoption Pets Of The Week: Califa & Kiley

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:11 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West LA has plenty of loving cats and dogs needing new homes, including Califa and Kiley.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Culver City Man Arrested In Santa Monica Park For Possessing Illegal Items

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:04 am

Bail was not granted to a 30-year-old Culver City man on Friday, April 4 after being caught drinking in a Santa Monica park, then being found in possession of a handful of stolen ID cards and a glass pipe used for smoking narcotics.

Drew Shaw takes over head coaching duties for the St. Monica football team.

Sports, Santa Monica, Football, St. Monica High School, Drew Shaw

Drew Shaw Becomes New St. Monica Football Coach

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 4:53 am

St. Monica High School football program has a new coach. Well, sort of. Drew Shaw, a math teacher at the school, is now carrying top billing as head football coach at the school. Shaw replaced Adam Guerra, who moved on to coach another program.

Sports, Softball, Santa Monica, Pacifica Christian

Pacifica Christian Boasts Powerful 1-2 Softball Duo

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 3:48 am

Pacifica Christian High School's softball team has an up-and-down season so far during the 2014 campaign. However, standout Chandler Dolan has been the one steady constant for the Seawolves this season.

The Great American Milk Drive has launched to provide local food banks with gallons of milk.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

How Monetary Milk Donations Help The Westside Food Bank

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:46 am

Santa Monica residents are being urged to make monetary milk donations through their checkout lines, online, or via text.

The Big Blue Bus transit store opened at its new location today at 1444 4th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus Transit Store Opens At New Location Today Just One Block Away

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:43 am

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus transit store closed its doors at the end of the business day on Monday, April 14. However, its doors reopened at its new location today, April 15 just a block away on 4th Street and Broadway.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Santa Monica, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: The Texting Dilemma

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:19 am

Hey Anthea! I met a guy a few weeks ago and we’ve been texting ever since but he hasn’t asked me out. I told him we should meet for drinks and he said we should get to know each other better before that. Is he not interested? – Elizabeth, 26

It’s imperative to maintain a healthy weight and keep the muscles surrounding bones and ligaments strong.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica

Seven Tips To Prevent Lower Back Pain

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:16 am

Your lower back especially is a very vulnerable area, prone to injury, particularly as we age. The wear and tear of living eventually weakens the skeletal structure, causing bone loss and disintegrated or displaced discs.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

A Few Piecemeal Immigration Changes Likely

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:13 am

The grand compromise on immigration passed by the U.S. Senate 10 months ago is now all but history, despite talk from President Obama and other Democrats about “comprehensive reform.”

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Routine Police Stop Leads To Drugs, Stolen Electronics & Weapons Bust

Posted Apr. 15, 2014, 9:09 am

A routine Santa Monica police vehicle stop for expired tags on Thursday, April 3 led to the arrest of a couple found in possession of large fixed bladed knives, a .38 caliber revolver handgun, three types of illegal drugs, and stolen electronics.