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Santa Monica Events Happenings: June 14-20

Posted Jun. 14, 2013, 8:50 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

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Schomburg Gallery concludes Tony Osio’s “Common Ground Landscapes: San Gimignano and La Ballona Wetlands” this Saturday, June 15. 2525 Michigan Ave. E3A (Bergamot Station). 310.453.5757, schomburggallery.com.

TAG Gallery concludes the art works of Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Suki Kuss, and Joe Pinkelman this Saturday, June 15. 2525 Michigan Ave. D3 (Bergamot Station). 310.829.9556, taggallery.net.

Friday, June 14

Highway Performance Space presents “What? No Ping Pong Balls?” by performance artist Dan Kwong. Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Kwong collaborates with renowned taiko drummer Kenny Endo to celebrate the life of Kwong’s late mother, Momo Nagano, an eccentric Japanese-American artist who prevailed over sexism and racism as a single parent during the period of social upheaval in America beginning in the early 1960s. Additionally, an exhibition of several of Nagano’s major weavings will be featured in the Highways lobby gallery through June 30. 1651 18th Street. Admission is $20. 310.315.1459, highwaysperformance.org.

PREM will be performing live at Bhakti Yoga Shala from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. Prem, meaning “love” in Sanskrit, is an alternative rock band from San Diego that mixes western rock and uplifting lyrics with sacred Sanskrit mantras from ancient India. The group is led by lead singer/songwriter, Thierry Maurel (Prem), who began combining Rock and Sanskrit during his time as head chef for the Self Realization Fellowship Ashram in Hidden Valley, California. Suggested donation is $20. 207 Arizona Ave. 760.215.9176, premmusiconline.com.

Santa Monica Playhouse presents “Momma was a bad Mutha… Shut yo Mouth” today through Sunday. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Directed by Sammie Wayne, “Momma was a bad Mutha…Shut yo Mouth” was written, and is performed by Fylicia Renee King. 1211 4th Street. SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com.

Westside Comedy Theater presents “Dragged Through the Alley” featuring Cherly Luedar and a special drag king at 11:30 pm. No cover. 1323-A 3rd street. 310.451.0850, westsidecomedy.com.

Saturday, June 15

Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Tournament will be held today and Sunday, June 16. 1550 PCH Beach Lot. 949.294.2989, copacabanabeachsoccer.com.

Santa Monica Public Library presents “Discover Your Summer Body” at 11 am in the Main Library’s Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Personal Trainer Shawn Phillips will provide a lecture on health, fitness, nutrition, weight-loss, meditation, stress management, and more. Discover a new healthy and holistic approach to changing your body and your life. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.

Vineyard Touring Opera, a regional opera company, will present a program of clowns and jesters in matinee and evening performances. The performances will be conducted by Alan Medak and Adil Mehta with stage direction by Dennis Gersten and Derry Kalve.  Randall Garrou is chorus master, and costuming is by Lani Bartlett. General admission $10, $20 for preferred seating, and $5 for students/seniors. 855.575.0005, vtopera.org.

Santa Monica Playhouse presents “Cinderella: The Musical” today at 3 pm and Sunday, June 16 at 12:30 pm. The hilarious, family-friendly Rudie-DeCarlo reworking of the classic fairytale is back by audience demand for one weekend only! 1211 4th Street. General admission $12.50, $10.50 for kids 12 and under. 310. 394.9779 ext.2, santamonicaplayhouse.com.

The Spitfire Grill presents food tasting and wine pairing at 6:30 pm. The cost is $48 per person plus tax/gratuity. 3300 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica. 310.397.3455, john@spitfiregrill.net.

Sunday, June 16

Mt. Olive Classical Music Series will host Fang-Ning Lim and Chamber Ensemble in a Concerto Concert featuring Aaron Sim, in Grand Concerto for Guitar Op.30 in A Major by Giuliani; Helen Erskine, in “A Night Piece” for Flute & String Quartet by Foote; also Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2, and Piazzolla’s Libertango. The concert will be held from 3 pm to 4 pm at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. 310. 452.1116, mtolivelutheranchurch.org/art-music/classical-series.

The Emeritus College Concert Band will be performing at 3 pm at the Broad Stage of Santa Monica College at 1310 11th Street in Santa Monica. The Concert Band program will include many traditional, popular and show tune favorites, like selections from the musicals Chicago and The Music Man, as well as some good old fashioned marches. Admission and parking are free. smc.edu.

The Humanist Association of Los Angeles, West Side Discussion Group will meet at 11 am in the Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway. The meeting is free and the public is invited. 310.479.2236, hala.org.

Monday, June 17

The Fulfillment Fund presents “The Songs of our Lives” concert at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th Street. The concert will feature performances by Allan Bergman, Charles Fox, Steve Karmen, Allan Rich, Marilyn McCoo, and Billy Davis, Jr. A cocktail reception will be held at 6:15 pm and the concert will be held at 7:30 pm. To purchase tickets, call 310.201.5033, fulfillment.org/concert.

Mi Westside Comedy Theatre presents “Tig Notaro” at 10 pm. Admission is free and seating is first come, first serve at the door. 1323-A 3rd St. 310.451.0850, westsidecomedy.com.

Wednesday, June 19

Tasting Event with LA Tasters will be held at the Charleston Restaurant from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. LA Tasters happily supports the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and donates a portion of each ticket sold to help people in our community. Admission $35. 2460 Wilshire. 310.709.3469, latasters.com.

Mi Westside Comedy Theatre presents “Never Been Fist” puppet improv at 8 pm. Admission $5. 1323-A 3rd St. 310.451.0850, westsidecomedy.com.

Mi Westside Comedy Theatre presents 140 Characters: A solo “show” by @colestratton, at 9 pm. Admission $5. 1323-A 3rd St. 310.451.0850, westsidecomedy.com.

Thursday, June 20

A meet and greet will be held at SwimSpot from 1 pm to 3 pm. Meet Gretchen Rossi, star of the “Real Housewives of Orange County” and swim designer Lisa Vogel as they celebrate their collaboration sold exclusively at SwimSpot. Enjoy small bites, sips, swim and fun at SwimSpot at Santa Monica Place. Admission is free. 395 Santa Monica Place, #248.

The Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter will host “Memories in the Making,” an art showcase and evening of celebration from 6-9 pm at the James Gray Gallery. The event will highlight original artwork created by individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, whose creative expressions are rich with life, love, and emotion. Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Ave. Free, but advance RSVP is required. 323.930.6280, alz.org/socal.

Patagonia is hosting a special screening for “Uncharted Waters,” a documentary about Australia’s golden child of surfing and Patagonia ambassador, Wayne Lynch. The screening will be held at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica. There will be a VIP reception from 6 pm to 7 pm and the screening will be at 7:30 pm. A Q&A with Wayne Lynch, world-renowned American surfer and shaper, Gerry Lopez and Director, Craig Griffin will follow the screening. 310.434.3200, thebroadstage.com.

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