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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.

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.

Latest Fire Department news.

News, Fire Department, Malibu

225 Firefighters Respond To Malibu Brusher Caused By Traffic Crash

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 10:33 am

A traffic crash is believed to have caused a three-alarm brush fire that apparently sparked a second, smaller fire in Malibu Friday afternoon, closing a busy canyon road.

NKLA adoption pets of the week: Jupiter (left) and Shelley.

News, Santa Monica, Pets, Nkla

NKLA Adoption Pets Of The Week: Jupiter & Shelley

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 10:30 am

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center has adoptable dogs and cats from featured NKLA Coalition partners, including Jupiter and Shelley who are available to adopt today. All pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Announces New Director Of Human Resources

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 9:26 am

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Suzanne Webb as the new director of human resources at its April 16, 2015 regular meeting.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Malibu, Police Department, Pch

Overnight PCH Checkpoint Nets One Drunk Driver, Passenger With Open Container

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 9:19 am

A motorist was arrested and booked for a DUI warrant and a passenger was cited for having an open container during an overnight driver's license/sobriety checkpoint in Malibu, a police sergeant said today.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Drought

Both Logic & Illogic In Governor Jerry Brown’s Drought Plans

Posted Apr. 18, 2015, 9:12 am

There is both sense and nonsense in the $1 billion drought relief package announced by Gov. Jerry Brown in a parched Sierra Nevada Mountains meadow that usually is covered in deep snow on the date Brown walked through it.