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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 rendering of “Buffer Park” that will be developed on Exposition Boulevard between Stewart Street and Dorchester Avenue. Its official name will be decided by the City Council now that the Recreation and Parks Commission has made three recommendations.

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Mexican-American War Hero Tops Buffer Park Name List

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:51 am

Following a month of garnering suggestions from the community, Santa Monica’s Recreation & Parks Commission voted on war hero Joe Gandara to be honored in namesake at the nicknamed Buffer Park.

Make a resolution to buy local and support Santa Monica businesses.

Business, Seven Days, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Santa Monica To Celebrate Small Business Saturday On Montana Avenue

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:49 am

The fifth annual Small Business Saturday will be held this weekend – an event celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving, dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.

News, Obituary, Third Street Promenade

Public Memorial Tribute Set For Dec. 7 For Santa Monica Resident Brandon Cramer

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:41 am

A "Remembering Brandon" Public Memorial Tribute will take place Sunday, Dec. 7, on the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade in honor of popular resident and Promenade volunteer helper Brandon Cramer who passed away in his sleep on Monday, Nov. 24, at his residence near the Promenade.

New Santa Monica Rotarian Kami Pahlavan.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Show Off Their USC, UCLA Colors At Weekly Meeting

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:39 am

The Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting was adorned with UCLA and USC school colors on Friday, Nov. 21 in advance of Saturday’s college football game at the Rose Bowl between the two rival schools.

Kathy Leonardo will perform tonight at Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar and Saturday at Montana Avenue’s Small Business Saturday celebration.

Seven Days, Music, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Live Music In Santa Monica To Add Extra Cheer During Holiday Weekend

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:36 am

Kat & the Blues Hound is set to perform its final gig of the year at Sonny McLean’s Irish Bar tonight, Nov. 28. For the past year, they have performed every fourth Friday each month from 9:15 pm to 12:30 am.

The Santa Monica Symphony will perform the works of composer Ludwig van Beethoven on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Save The Date: Santa Monica Symphony To Perform Dec. 7

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:33 am

Mark your calendars now for the Santa Monica Symphony’s Dec. 7 concert at Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School as the Symphony continues to celebrate its 70th anniversary season in the grandest possible style.

One of artist Javier De Aubeyzon’s oil paintings that will be part of a new exhibition opening Dec. 4 at FABstudio Gallery in Santa Monica.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica

Argentinian Artist Javier De Aubeyzon To Exhibit Works In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:27 am

Argentinian artist Javier De Aubeyzon will be celebrated in a solo exhibition dubbed “Environmentalism-O” at FABstudio Gallery in Santa Monica on Thursday, Dec. 4. The event, taking place from 5-9 pm, will feature 10 original oil paintings on canvas depicting landscapes and cityscapes.

Brian Bress art works are on display through Jan. 3, 2015 at Cherry and Martin gallery.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Exhibits

Brian Bress Creates Art In Action At Cherry & Martin

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:25 am

When one writes about art, one often comes to expect the norm – paintings, sculptures, photography, etc. Mixed media has crept into the repertoire of many skilled artists and now plays a prominent part in contemporary art. More often than not, the predictability of the fusion of paint, found objects and whatnot has caused many an art lover to heave a heavy sigh.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Shopping

Tradition, Bargains Expected To Lure Black Friday Shoppers To Malls, Stores

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:17 am

Thousands of Southern Californians are expected to head to malls today to continue the tradition of searching for Black Friday bargains on the customary start of the Christmas shopping season.

News, Venice, Police Department

Tragic Death Near Venice Boardwalk After Woman Cyclist Falls, Struck By Car

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:10 am

A 39-year-old woman was killed when she fell from her bicycle on a street near the Venice boardwalk and was then struck by a car making a turn, police said today.

Sports, Los Angeles, Lakers, Basketball

Lakers To Hold School Supplies Drive Tonight As Part Of Chick Hearn Night

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:01 am

The Los Angeles Lakers will hold a school supplies drive at tonight's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in connection with their annual Chick Hearn Night.

Sports, Ucla, Football

UCLA To Retire Quarterback Troy Aikman's No. 8 Jersey At Today's Game

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 8:57 am

UCLA will retire the No. 8 jersey of College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman at today's game against Stanford at the Rose Bowl.

News, Malibu, Pch

PCH Traffic Resumes As Workers Repair Sinkhole Size Of Small Car In Malibu

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 8:51 am

Traffic resumed in both directions of Pacific Coast Highway today as crews worked to repair a water main rupture that opened up a sinkhole the size of a small car.

Don't miss the special Pacific Park Ferris wheel light show this Thanksgiving weekend.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pier

Pacific Park's Ferris Wheel To Feature Fall Patterns For Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 9:11 am

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier presents a cornucopia of autumn patterns and colors for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend including orange and green, among others.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Stealing Package From Santa Monica Office Building

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:58 am

Santa Monica police arrested a 44-year-old homeless man on Saturday, Nov. 15 who was caught in the act of stealing a package from an office building.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mel Brooks To Voice Dracula's Vampire Father In "Hotel Transylvania 2"

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:57 am

Mel Brooks has signed on as the voice of Dracula's vampire father in "Hotel Transylvania 2,'' Sony Pictures Animation announced Wednesday.

News, Malibu, Police Department

Authorities Warn About Phone Scams Regarding Owed Money To IRS

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:53 am

The sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station warned the public Wednesday about phone scams involving claims the recipient owes money to the Internal Revenue Service or has an outstanding arrest warrant for unpaid traffic tickets.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus To Run On Sunday Schedule For Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:48 am

Government offices, courts, schools, libraries, banks and post offices will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving.

News, Los Angeles, Police Department

Arrest Total Passes 300 In Los Angeles For Ferguson Protestors Breaking The Law

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:43 am

The arrest total has passed 300, including 130 in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night, as mobile demonstrations against Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man entered their third day.

News, Los Angeles, Travel, Santa Monica, Gas Prices

Gasoline Prices At Lowest Level For Thanksgiving Since 2009

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:42 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County was at its lowest amount on Thanksgiving since 2009, dropping seven-tenths of a cent today to $3.104.

News, Business, Holiday, Santa Monica

Retailers To Open Earliest Ever This Thanksgiving, Led By J.C. Penney At 5 p.m.

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

Several retailers will have their earliest Thanksgiving openings today in an attempt to satisfy shoppers who want a shorter wait between finishing their turkey dinners and starting to seek Black Friday discounts.

A vigil was held Tuesday night in Santa Monica following the grand jury decision in Ferguson on Monday.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Vigil Held Tuesday Night Following Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 1:55 pm

It was held following a grand jury decision's Monday in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict a white Missouri police officer who killed a young, unarmed black man.

Retiring Santa Monica councilman Bob Holbrook (center) with fellow council members Gleam Davis, Tony Vazquez, Terry O'Day, Kevin McKeown, and Pam O'Connor.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Bob Holbrook Honored At His Final Santa Monica City Council Meeting

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:52 am

Santa Monica’s longest serving council member Bob Holbrook spent his final session as a serving council member Tuesday night, receiving fitting tributes from the community and fellow council members for his 24 years of service.

News, Santa Monica Place, Business, Santa Monica, Busines

Santa Monica Place Retailers To Offer Black Friday Specials, Perks

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:44 am

When Black Friday arrives this Nov. 28, retailers at Santa Monica Place will welcome holiday shoppers to store specials and customer perks.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Man Arrested After Exposing Himself To Santa Monica Restaurant Customers

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:41 am

An erratic homeless man was arrested in Santa Monica on Friday, Nov. 14 after exposing himself to diners enjoying lunch at a Santa Monica restaurant.

News, Santa Monica, Television

CBS Tops Prime-Time Ratings For Eighth Victory In Latest Nine-Week TV Season

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:31 am

CBS returned to the top of the prime-time ratings last week after a one-week absence, thanks to the network's usual dominance in scripted programming along with the return of its regular Friday lineup and football.

News, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Water

Board Of Supervisors Approve Water Rate Increase For Marina del Rey, Malibu

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:29 am

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved five years of water rate increases for Marina del Rey, Malibu and areas of the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys.

News, Los Angeles, Travel, Santa Monica, Lax

3.5 Million Southland Residents Estimated To Travel This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:24 am

More than 3.5 million Southland residents are traveling during this Thanksgiving holiday, a 3.8 percent increase over last year that the Automobile Club of Southern California attributes to lower gas prices and improved personal finances.

Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Weather

Unseasonably Warm Weather Arrives In L.A. Just In Time For Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:19 am

Unseasonably warm weather will bathe the Southland today and into Thanksgiving, but despite the heat, no red flag wildfire warnings were in force -- thanks to a sharp reduction in wind speeds.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Santa Monica, Non Profits

L.A. County Gets Set To Feed Homeless On Thanksgiving At Large Gatherings

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:14 am

Thanksgiving will be marked in Los Angeles County Thursday by large gatherings on Skid Row, the Sunset Strip and in Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley to feed homeless and poor residents and distance races in Burbank and Pasadena.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Police Department

L.A. Arrests Add Up As Protests Continue Following Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:00 am

About 130 people were arrested in downtown Los Angeles overnight amid continuing citywide protests sparked by a grand jury decision not to indict a white Missouri police officer who killed a young, unarmed black man, police said today.

News, Dining, Video, Holiday, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Wines To Buy This Thanksgiving According To The Duck Blind On Montana

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 2:28 pm

The Mirror's Barbara Bishop stops by The Duck Blind liquor store in Santa Monica and chats with owner Maurice Shevah about the best wines for turkey. The talk about everything including sparkling, red, white, and dessert wines and what you should buy this Thanksgiving.