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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.

A selection of pieces from Fire Chief Scott Ferguson's art exhibit.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Art Reception Wednesday To Feature Works By Fire Chief Scott Ferguson

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 11:15 am

Many in Santa Monica do not know that Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson has a secret talent: he is an outstanding artist.

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock speaks with SMC conductor Kevin McKeown.

Video, Santa Monica, Smc, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Kevin McKeown, Santa Monica College Wind Ensemble

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:59 am

Brock on your Block host Phil Brock visits Santa Monica College and speaks with conductor Kevin McKeown about some of the SMC's upcoming concerts.

Host Justin Nichols speaks with Tanna Frederick about her non-profit Project Save Our Surf.

News, Video, Santa Monica, Inside Hollywood

Inside Hollywood: Tanna Frederick's Project Save Our Surf

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:56 am

Actress and founder of “Project Save Our Surf” Tanna Frederick on why she started the organization and what it is doing the local community and around the world.

Santa Monica Police Department says there has been a spike in the number of thefts of catalytic converters.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police Warn Residents About Theft Of Catalytic Converters

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:38 am

What is a catalytic converter? The catalytic converter may not be one of the most well-known part of a car, but it is one of the most valuable. A catalytic converter is an emission control device that contains traces of precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium.

Latest Santa Monica College news.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Announces New Art Verge Study Abroad Scholarship

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:33 am

The Santa Monica College Foundation has announced that 10 students in the Winter 2015 SMC Study Abroad Program were awarded $500 grants to help with the costs of their travel to study in South Africa – thanks to the generosity of Mark and Lani Verge. The Verges have established the Art Verge Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at SMC.

Latest Santa Monica Museum of Flying news.

Museum, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Four More Aviation Giants To Be Honored At Santa Monica Museum Of Flying

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:27 am

Santa Monica-based Museum of Flying will host the induction into the California Aviation Hall of Fame of Iris Cummings Critchell, Lt. Col Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton, Robert J. “Bob” Gilliland, and Burt Rutan this Saturday, April 25.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Man Arrested For Pushing Shopping Car Full Of Recyclables

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:06 am

A 39-year-old Santa Monica man was arrested on Thursday, April 9, after caught pushing a shopping car full of recyclables and then lying to police about his identity.

Learn Hobbies At 1450 Ocean.

Seven Days, Senior, Santa Monica

New April-June 2015 Studio Artist In Residence At 1450 Ocean

Posted Apr. 20, 2015, 9:30 am

This April, 1450 Ocean welcomes new Studio Artist-in-Residence Richard Hutman. During his tenure as a 1450 Ocean resident artist, he’ll be exploring permutations in modular folded paper sculpture and creating a new work on a Santa Monica theme.

Excerpt from a graphic novel by Alan Nuno will be on display at the Annual SMC Art Department Student Exhibit at SMC’s Pete

Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Annual Student Art Show At Santa Monica College Opens Tuesday

Posted Apr. 20, 2015, 9:26 am

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery presents the annual SMC Art Department Student Exhibit. This year’s specially created exhibit explores and interprets SMC’s Annual Global Initiative Theme: “Peace and Security: Managing Conflict and Violence in a Turbulent World.”

Crews posted closure signs all around the California Incline early today.

News, Santa Monica, California Incline

Fabled California Incline Closes For Yearlong Rehabilitation Project

Posted Apr. 20, 2015, 9:21 am

Just in time for summer, the fabled California Incline that connects Pacific Coast Highway and trendy downtown Santa Monica closed this morning so it can undergo a yearlong rehabilitation.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Cops Arrest Gardena Man After Crashing Car Under Influence Of Narcotics

Posted Apr. 20, 2015, 9:16 am

Bail was set at $100,000 for a Gardena man on Saturday, April 11, after the man crashed his car under the influence of narcotics. Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department received a radio call at 4:30 pm informing them that there had been a traffic collision in the intersection of Stewart St. and Olympic Blvd.

Traffic alert! This week's Santa Monica temporary lane closure information.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic

Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closure Locations Through Friday, April 24

Posted Apr. 20, 2015, 9:09 am

The City of Santa Monica says temporary lane closures and delays are possible during daytime hours today through Friday, April 24, in the following locations.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Police Department, Palms

Palms Shooting Update: Inglewood Man Jailed On Suspicion Of Murder

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 9:08 am

An Inglewood man is jailed on suspicion of murder and attempted murders today in connection with a series of shootings in the Palms district of West Los Angeles, which left one man killed and four other men wounded.

Crews posted closure signs all around the California Incline early today.

News, Santa Monica, Traffic, California Incline

Closure Signs Already Up At California Incline In Santa Monica

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:57 am

Crews posted "no left turn" and "road closed" signs on the California Incline early today, as commuters who use Pacific Coast Highway readied themselves for 14 months of increased traffic woes they fear as a result of the reconstruction of the aging bridge.

Pacific Park's Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pier, Smmef

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation To Host Pier Party April 26

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:51 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) will host its second annual Pier Party, a fundraising event to benefit all students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Pier Party will take place on Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Santa Monica College celebrates Earth Week 2015 from April 20-24 with a number of free events.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Begins Earth Week Celebration Monday

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:49 am

A free organic produce giveaway, workshops on making natural sunscreen and building your own bike generator, and a cultural festival and upcycled art show are just a few highlights of Santa Monica College’s celebration of Earth Week, to be held starting Monday, April 20. Celebrations continue through Friday, April 24.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Business, Opinion, California, Santa Monica

California Business Climate: Market Says It’s Pretty Good

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:46 am

The drumbeat from Republican politicians, governors of states like Texas and Florida and from independent relocation consultants seems constant: California’s business climate stinks; high taxes and heavy regulation are driving businesses and jobs out of this state.