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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.

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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.

Vidiots will close its doors in April after 30 years in business.


VIDEO: Vidiots Owners Discuss Their Reasons To Close After 30 Years

The 'Rolled Sleeves Bandit' has been linked to seven bank robberies since November in Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, an Manhattan Beach.


Do you know this man? He is wanted for seven bank robberies, including one in Santa Monica

A stable “probable” economic outlook is predicted for the City of Santa Monica.

News, Budget, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Modest Forecast For City Of Santa Monica Midyear Budget

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:18 am

A special joint meeting of Santa Monica City Council, the Housing Authority, and the Redevelopment Successor Agency was held Tuesday night during the City Council session, with a stable “probable” economic outlook predicted.

Scott Ferguson, Santa Monica Fire Chief.

News, Budget, Fire Department, Santa Monica, City Hall

Firefighters Split With Fire Chief Over Service Delivery Future In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:16 am

Santa Monica firefighters are standing together against the Fire Chief regarding staffing and dispatch directions for Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD).

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Thursday will welcome architect Frank Gehry for the world premiere of composer Andrew Norman’s “Frank’s House,” a work inspired by the acclaimed architect's extraordinary Santa Monica home and featuring percussion sounds made by the unconventional materials Gehry used to build it.

Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

LACO Santa Monica Concert To Spotlight Frank Gehry

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:07 am

Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry and the world premiere of “Frank’s House” by LACO composer-in-residence Andrew Norman inspired by the celebrated architect’s extraordinary Santa Monica home will be spotlighted at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Westside Connections concert next week.

Amy Raasch performs at a previous “Fireside at the Miles” performance.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Music, Santa Monica

“Fireside At The Miles” Heats Up At Miles Memorial Playhouse

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:06 am

The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division is currently presenting the 6th Annual “Fireside at the Miles” performance series at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse at 1130 Lincoln Blvd.

A benefit will be held Tuesday to help Santa Monica High School students’ fundraising needs towards their April invitation to perform at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York.

Samohi, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Santa Monica High “Bands At The Broad” Benefit Concert Night Returns Tuesday

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:03 am

Celebrating the 100th year of the Santa Monica High School Band Program, the Samohi Wind Ensemble will present the third annual “Bands at the Broad” benefit concert and silent auction this Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Guest speaker Laine Wagenseller and Rotary President George Collins.

News, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Learn Of Philanthropic Uganda Trips

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:02 am

At the Jan. 23 Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting, the foundation’s motto – “Service Above Self” – was highlighted more so than usual throughout the afternoon. With an invocation by Rotarian Adam Lichtl, who touched on serving as “miracles in others’ lives,” the meeting started on an inspirational note as the members collectively sang a few songs and welcomed guests to their Rotary club.

Stone Avenue School fifth grade students attended a week at Malibu Outdoor Science School, thanks to the generosity of the Assistance League of Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Youth, Non Profits

Assistance League Of Santa Monica Sponsors Science School Trip

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 8:57 am

The Assistance League of Santa Monica annually sponsors fifth graders from Stoner Avenue School to attend a week at Malibu Outdoor Science School, which was recently held Jan. 12-16.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Smmusd

SMMUSD Superintendent Issues Message Regarding Measles Immunizations

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 8:43 am

As a follow up to a communication you received last week from your school nurse regarding the importance of immunizations, I want to follow up with you on the concern of measles in our communities.

Eugene Morris Cohen was arrested and transported to the Santa Monica Jail on Jan. 22 where he was booked on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Cops Arrest Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Nearly A Year After Tragedy

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 2:21 pm

Nearly a year after a fatal hit-and-run near to the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica police have arrested the man believed to be responsible for the crime.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts

Lindsay Lohan's Community Service Questioned In Santa Monica Reckless Driving Case

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:53 am

A prosecutor on Wednesday questioned the type of community service that actress Lindsay Lohan has done in London as part of her probation in connection with misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2012 wreck on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica during the production of "Liz & Dick."

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, A[b

Six Good Samaritans In Santa Monica Help In Arrest Of Aggressive Vons Thief

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:37 am

Up to six good Samaritans helped detain a 6’1” man on Saturday, Jan. 17, inside a Santa Monica Vons supermarket after the man had stolen a bottle of liquor.

The view above Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2013 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair Returns To Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:32 am

An opening night reception will be held for the sixth annual Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair in Santa Monica tonight, featuring a diverse selection of galleries and artists. The public reception from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Latest SMMUSD news.

News, Life And Arts, Samohi, Santa Monica, Smmusd, Seven Day

Santa Monica High Gallery To Host District Visual Arts Show Today

Posted Jan. 29, 2015, 8:15 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified's middle and high school students will showcase their work at the District’s annual visual art show this week at Roberts Arts Gallery.

Local Santa Monica student Zoe Goodall has been selected for Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots National Leadership Council.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica High Sophomore Joins 2015 National Youth Leadership Council

Posted Jan. 28, 2015, 9:51 am

Santa Monica High School sophomore Zoe Parcells has been appointed to Jane Goodall Institute’s 2015 National Youth Leadership Council.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica Police To Conduct DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Friday

Posted Jan. 28, 2015, 9:44 am

The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 30 at an undisclosed location within city limits.

Parking Structure 4 is located near Second Street and Arizona in Santa Monica.

News, Apb, Santa Monica, Police Department

Parolee Found Asleep In Stolen Vehicle In Santa Monica Parking Structure 4

Posted Jan. 28, 2015, 9:28 am

Bail was not granted to a parolee on Saturday, Jan. 17, after he fell asleep on the back seat of a vehicle he had stolen that was located in Parking Structure 4 in downtown Santa Monica.

Venice High School.

News, Venice, Education, Lausd

Venice High Renovations To Be Fast-Tracked Along With 10 Other Schools

Posted Jan. 28, 2015, 9:16 am

Venice High School will be fast-tracked under Superintendent Ramon Cortines’ plan to renovate 11 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District, it was reported today.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Travel, Lax

LAX Officials: Record 70.6 Million Travelers Passed Through Airport In 2014

Posted Jan. 28, 2015, 9:08 am

A record 70.6 million travelers passed through Los Angeles International Airport in 2014, with the total passenger volume increasing 6 percent from the previous year.

Willie, a homeless Vietnam war veteran, lived outside the West Los Angeles VA last summer, when this picture was taken, though he has not been seen in the area for some months now.  An 1888 deed to provide a home for veterans initially established the property, which is today the largest VA campus in the country.  Some are challenging non-veteran-related uses of the land when Los Angeles County is the veteran homeless capital of America.

News, Veteran Affairs, West La

Federal Government To Settle VA West Los Angeles Misuse Lawsuit

Posted Jan. 28, 2015, 9:02 am

The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit in which the ACLU accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing its sprawling West Los Angeles health campus while veterans with brain injuries and mental impairment slept in the streets, it was reported today.