Rusty's Surf Ranch To Host "Save Chain Reaction" Benefit Concert April 27

Friday, 5 Apr 2013, 10:33:00 AM

Mitch James

Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier.
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Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier.

Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier will host a

"Save Chain Reaction" benefit fundraising concert later this month.

It will take place Saturday, April 27 from 8 pm to 11 pm to

help raise funds to protect and preserve the 26-foot-tall nuclear mushroom

cloud landmarked public art peace sculpture that was designed and created by

the late three-time Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad.

The special event is a locally organized fundraiser being

coordinated mostly by high school students, but all ages are cordially invited.

The event's musical lineup includes the New Roads Jazz Band

featuring Kaya Mandissa, the Lefteous Sisters, the Sessions Stars, and Half


The Campaign to Save Chain Reaction will also be selling

t-shirts, posters, books and more at the benefit event.

Admission price is $10 for students 18 and under, and $20

for adults.

Paul Conrad gifted the iconic and monumental sculpture to

the City of Santa Monica through a $250,000 philanthropic peace donation by an

anonymous benefactor. It has been standing in the Santa Monica Civic Center

since 1991 as a warning of the dangers of nuclear escalation.

"Chain Reaction" became the City's first public

art landmark when the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to

designate it a City Landmark at their July 9, 2012 public meeting.  

The City has given the Conrad family and community a very

challenging task: Raise the $450,000 the City says is needed to restore it, and

raise it by February, 2014.

For "Save Chain Reaction" Benefit Fundraiser tickets

and information visit

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