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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.

Santa Monica College student Siamak Khakshoor-Kohan has been recognized by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Santa Monica College Student Wins Prestigious National Scholarship

Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 9:40 am

For the second year in a row – and marking the third time in four years – a Santa Monica College student has been awarded a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the nation’s largest private scholarship for community college transfer students.

News, Santa Monica, Government

Santa Monica Democratic Club To Vote On June 3 Primary Endorsements

Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 8:57 am

Members of the Santa Monica Democratic Club will vote to endorse candidates for the June 3 Primary Election at its meeting this Wednesday, April 23.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Celebrate Earth Day With Heal The Bay, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Wednesday

Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 8:52 am

Earth Day is observed each year on April 22, but Heal the Bay and its Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will continue that celebration on Saturday, April 26, with a beach cleanup, sand castle contests, and a day chock full of special Aquarium activities for the whole family.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica

Dr. Mao's Wellness Living: How To Improve Your Vision

Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 8:49 am

It’s no secret that exercising and eating right builds a healthy body – well, the same can be said for your eyes! Protect your vision and boost your eyesight with these exercises and eye-enhancing super foods.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Plenty Of Reasons Not To Trust State Government

Posted Apr. 20, 2014, 8:47 am

Californians don’t trust their state government. That’s nothing really new, but right now there’s as much cause for distrust as ever before in modern times.

Team Santa Monica swimmer and Samohi student Serafina King has been selected to represent the United States at the  2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.

Sports, Samohi, Santa Monica, Swimming, Team Santa Monica, Serafina King

Samohi Student Overcomes Odds To Become National Champion

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 9:33 am

Serafina King wasn’t too fond of getting into the swimming pool at an early age. In fact, King, who takes classes at Santa Monica High School, downright despised learning how to swim.

News, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

Lincoln/Colorado Closure For Expo Line Track Installation Begins Monday

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 9:06 am

Installation of the Expo Line 2 track installation at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado will begin Monday, April 21 at 3 am.

News, Santa Monica, Non Profits

PYFC To Host Launch Of National Campaign To Address Trauma

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:52 am

Santa Monica's Pico Youth & Family Center will host the launch of national campaign to address trauma next weekend.

Here are this week's adoption pets of the week.

Santa Monica, Pets, West Los Angeles

Adoption Pets Of The Week – Butter & Cassie

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:50 am

Local pet adoption center No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) in West Los Angeles has lots of loving cats and dogs that are looking for homes.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Natural Gas Exports Will Raise Prices, And Soon

Posted Apr. 19, 2014, 8:48 am

Because of hydraulic fracturing in states like North Dakota and Wyoming, Californians and other Americans have enjoyed lower natural gas prices over the last two winters than any time in the last 15 years. That continues right up to this moment.

Santa Monica High School wrestling coach Mark Black with student Jessica Walker in February 2013.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Santa Monica High Teacher Involved In Student Scuffle Reinstated

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 1:34 pm

Santa Monica High School wrestling coach/science teacher Mark Black has been taken off paid administrative leave and will be back in the classroom on Monday, April 21, when staff and students return from Spring Break.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Actress Files Lawsuit Over Santa Monica Ice Skating Rink Injuries

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 8:00 am

An actress who had a small role in the 1994 film “Dumb and Dumber” is suing the City of Santa Monica over injuries sustained at the city-owned seasonal ICE at Santa Monica skating rink on Jan. 18, 2014.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was recaptured in Santa Monica on April 2, 2014.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Escaped Inmate Recaptured In Santa Monica Pleads No Contest

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:33 am

An inmate who escaped a downtown Los Angeles jail last month on March 12 and was arrested several weeks later in Santa Monica pleaded no contest Thursday.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica A Dangerous City?

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:32 am

Real estate blog Movoto has released a list of what it considers the 50 most dangerous places in the United States. While no California cities made the list of top 10, Santa Monica was one of four municipalities in the state that ranked 11 through 25.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Celebrate O’Brien’s Irish Pub’s Birthday On Wilshire This Saturday Night

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:31 am

Locals are invited to party like it’s 1994 as O’Brien’s Irish Pub at 2226 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica celebrates its 20th birthday this Saturday, April 19.

Master Barbers Steve Moran and his partner Robert Echiribel celebrated the grand opening of their new business Active Barbers with Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce president Laurel Rosen and Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Active Barbers Cuts Ribbon At Grand Opening Celebration

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:30 am

Master Barbers Steve Moran and his partner Robert Echiribel celebrated the grand opening of their new business Active Barbers at 2509 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica last Friday.

Two American Sweetgum trees that can grow as high as 75 feet will be planted on 19th Street in Santa Monica on Wednesday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Help Plant Two American Sweetgums In Santa Monica On Arbor Day

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:29 am

A handful of Santa Monica organizations will come together to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees within the community this Wednesday, April 23.

 Luis Alberto Urrea.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Library

Santa Monica Public Library To Host Skype Q&A With Noted Author

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:27 am

Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) continues celebrating The Big Read with an author talk and Q&A via Skype with Luis Alberto Urrea this Monday, April 21 at 3 pm in the Main Library Multipurpose Room at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.