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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.

Hilary Clinton.

News, Politics, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser To Take Place In Westwood On May 7

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 10:59 am

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold the first Southern California fundraisers for her campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on May 7.

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock talks to Santa Monica Urban Gardener Greg Fuller.

News, Santa Monica, Gardening, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Phil Brock With Urban Gardener Greg Fuller

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:28 am

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock talks to Santa Monica Urban Gardener Greg Fuller.

Underage Parties: Event To Give Parents Glimpse.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Underage Parties: Santa Monica Mock Party Saturday To Give Parents Glimpse

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:18 am

Local parents are invited to an event Saturday intended to educate about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at house parties. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) and City of Santa Monica and hosted by CLARE Foundation, the Westside Impact Project and Straight Up Reality Improv, in conjunction with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), the #ItsTooEasy Reality Party is a mock high school party where parents and other adults will get a glimpse into what can really go on at underage get-togethers.

The California Incline is now closed until Spring 2016.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic

Inclineaggedon Averted: All Is Quiet On Santa Monica Streets

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:17 am

Despite months of hype, fear, and predictions of complete traffic chaos, the one-year closure of the California Incline that began Monday amounted to, not much at all. In fact Santa Monica’s streets were and continue to be seemingly quiet, with traffic flowing freely, even during peak hour.

HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) will host a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at Upper West Restaurant on May 5. Funds will benefit HARK workshops at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

News, Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Upper West To Host Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser For Healing Arts Reaching Kids

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:10 am

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is style and support a good cause at the same time? Look no further than Upper West Restaurant at 3321 Pico Blvd. where the community is invited to celebrate with HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids).

Shore Hotel unveiled its state-of-the-art energy storage system and new fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities on Monday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Hotel

Intelligent Energy Storage Charges Shore’s Enviro Appeal

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:09 am

Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel celebrated Earth Week by launching a state-of-the-art energy storage system Monday, alongside new fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities.

The 2015 SQA Sustainable Quality Awards winners.

News, Environment, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica

VIDEO: SQA Event Brings Santa Monica’s Best Green Businesses Together

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:07 am

Santa Monica’s 20th annual Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) went off without a hitch Thursday April 16, featuring a luncheon brimming with locally sourced, sustainable produce, and a slew of green businesses touting their wares.

Allison Hastings, Rotary president George Collins, speaker Matthew Fienup, and Rotary VP of Programs Len Lanzi.

News, California, Santa Monica, Water, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear From Expert About State Water Crisis

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 8:59 am

The guest speaker at last Friday’s April 17 Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting enlightened the Rotarians on a hot topic: the state water crisis. Although the issue is consistently in the news, speaker Matthew Fienup, who holds a master’s degree in economics from UCSB and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in a relevant field, offered a unique mindset from the viewpoint of an economist.

Santa Monica councilwoman Pam O'Connor.

News, Transportation, Santa Monica

Pam O'Connor Pushes For Long-Term Transportation Infrastructure Funding

Posted Apr. 23, 2015, 9:50 am

Santa Monica councilwoman Pam O’Connor joined local leaders from throughout Southern California Wednesday in pushing for long-term funding to fix the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure and create a first-of-its-kind dedicated freight program.

Enjoy free drinks, food and art at the launch party for Yo! Venice at gallery tonight.

News, Venice, Seven Days

Yo! Venice Launch Party Tonight; Free & Open To The Public At Gallery

Posted Apr. 23, 2015, 9:39 am

Mirror Media Group, publisher of the Santa Monica Mirror, is hosting a community launch party tonight to celebrate the launch of its latest print publication, Yo! Venice.

SMC’s Emeritus College kicks off 40th Anniversary celebrations with an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 in the Emeritus College Art Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. Contributions to Silent Benefit in support of Emeritus College programs includes John Alcantara painting. (Preview May 4-8; bidding May 12-22.)

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

SMC's Emeritus College To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Posted Apr. 23, 2015, 9:31 am

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with events ranging from an open house and art exhibition and reception, to a silent benefit and a special tribute to Retired Emeritus College Associate Dean Maggie Hall.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Cops Arrest Nashville Fugitive Wanted For Rape

Posted Apr. 23, 2015, 8:32 am

Santa Monica police arrested a fugitive from Nashville, Tennessee wanted for rape on Wednesday, April 8.

Latest weather news.

News, Santa Monica, Weather

Chance Of Showers Today In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 22, 2015, 3:20 pm

A buildup of moisture in an unstable atmosphere will create a slight chance of thunderstorms in mountain areas of the Southland today and a chance of showers in Los Angeles and Orange County communities closer to sea level, forecasters said.

Latest Santa Monica Police Department news.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police To Step Up Bike, Pedestrian Enforcement Friday

Posted Apr. 22, 2015, 9:32 am

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Friday, April 24, and Monday, April 27, with focused enforcement on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Police Department, Lax

Random LAX Vehicle Checkpoint Turns Up 9mm Handgun, Ammo Magazines

Posted Apr. 22, 2015, 9:22 am

A 9mm handgun and two, 10-round loaded ammunition magazines were discovered in a vehicle at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday during a random vehicle checkpoint stop, authorities said.

Pacific Park’s Ferris wheel will go 'green’ for Earth Day today, April 22.

News, Santa Monica, Pier, Earth Day

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel To Go "Green" Today For Earth Day

Posted Apr. 22, 2015, 9:10 am

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier’s world-famous Ferris wheel goes “green” today with a variety of patterns and designs in support of Earth Day.


News, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Baldwin & Sensei

Posted Apr. 22, 2015, 9:01 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Baldwin and Sensei.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Released From Prison, Arrested In Santa Monica For Apartment Break-In Attempt

Posted Apr. 22, 2015, 8:57 am

A 42-year-old Santa Monica man recently released from prison was arrested on Thursday, April 9, after trying to break into an apartment building.