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Friday, April 26
Children’s Film Festival will be held today through May 5 on various days
and times at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave. New York International
Children’s Film Festival heads west for a debut Los Angeles engagement at the
American Cinematheque. Founded in 1997, this festival is dedicated to
intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3-18 and to help
define a more compelling film for kids. A selection of live action, animated,
experimental shorts and features will be shown along with premieres of the
latest and greatest work for young people. Guest speakers and demonstrations
will accompany film screenings. 323.466.3456, americancinemathequecalendar.
Monica will hold a “Stand Against Racism” rally from 4 pm to 5 pm, which is
created by the YWCA and educator/activist Kesa Kivel. Join the event for a
peaceful, affirmative Stand Against Racism. Bring your own sign – ideas
include: I Stand Against Racism, Equality For All, Celebrate Diversity, Racism
Hurts Everyone, and more. It will start at the corner of 14th and Pico
Boulevard, rain or shine. It will conclude at 5:15 pm at the YWCA, 2019 14th
Saturday, April 27
High School presents a Buster Keaton double bill with original score by
Robert Israel on pipe organ at 7 pm at Barnum Hall, 601 Pico Blvd. Declared one
of the 100 funniest movies of all time, “Sherlock Jr.” is packed with ingenious
sight gags and impossible stunts. Keaton performed them all himself and
literally broke his neck during shooting. And, “In The Cook,” Roscoe “Fatty”
Arbuckle and Buster Keaton juggle everything in the kitchen from pancakes to
butcher knives, but the real star of the movie is Luke the Dog in the most
relentless chase on film. Suggested donation $10 ($5 for students/seniors).
Stage presents Paris Combo at 7:30 pm. This chic, offbeat Parisian cabaret
lands on Santa Monica shores with a refreshing new sound that will seduce with
its quirky attitude and charm. Fronted by alluring chanteuse and accordionist
Belle du Berry, this clever and engaging combo has carved out a truly
distinctive niche in contemporary jazz. Admission $49-$79. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3200,
Noble Santa Monica presents local author Jason Hinojosa at 2 pm. Read his
debut novel “The Last Lawsons” and meet the author to hear this powerful
multi-generational tale. 1201 3rd Street Promenade. 310.260.9110, bn.com.
Ranch will host a Chain Reaction fundraiser at 8:30 pm featuring the New
Roads Jazz Band with Kaya Mandissa, The Lefteous Sisters, Sessions Stars, and
Half Brother. Doors open at 8 pm. $10 student/child admission; $20 adult
Public Library presents “The Curiosity Mars Rover: From Launch to Landing,”
and “Bringing the Findings Back Home” at 1 pm in the Main Library’s MLK Jr.
Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Keith Novak, a Senior Engineer at the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, will discuss how this amazing feat
of engineering was accomplished, and presents images and science results from
the mission. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and
on a first arrival basis. 310.458.8600, smpl.org.
three-concert celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary continues with a
concert staging of “Curlew River,” a chamber opera (1963) intended for
performance in a church. This all-male opera is based on Sumidagawa the most
famous drama of the classical Japanese Noh theater, in which a traditional
all-male ensemble told the story of a distraught noblewoman driven mad by the
kidnapping of her son. Jacaranda will give “Curlew River” its first known Los
Angeles performance, featuring tenor Steven Tharp in the lead role and members
of the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus. It will be held at 8 pm at the First
Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second St. $40 general; $20 students.
Sunday, April 28
Meals on Wheels 18th Annual Walk/Bike A Thon will be held at 9 am.
Registration/check-in 8:30 am. Participants will bike 10 miles along bike path;
walkers walk 3.7 miles. This is a leisure ride, not a race. $20 registration.
Crescent Bay Park, corner of Main and Bay Street. stvincentmow.org/2013/01/18th-annual-beach-walkbike-a-thon.
Restaurant presents a Backyard Pig Roast from 1-4 pm. Chef Nyesha Arrington
hosts a gathering of Los Angeles’ Top
Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Top Chef Just Desserts contestants for a
backyard pig roast at Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica benefiting Share our
Strength Taste of the Nation Los Angeles and helping to end childhood hunger in
the United States. Admission $55. 2454 Wilshire Boulevard. 310.586.1707,
Playhouse presents “The Case Against Happiness,” a one-man courtroom comedy
at 7 pm. In this hilarious and touching play, attorney Howard Smith practices
in the courtroom of life arguing the case that happiness is overrated.
Admission $18. 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext. 1, santamonicaplayhouse.com.
Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier presents two performances of the band The
Bonedaddys at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm to support the Church in Ocean Park. The
early 5:30 pm show includes dinner ($50). The 8:30 pm show is $15.
Monday, April 29
Comedy Theater presents Razowsky & Clifford at 10:30 pm, a two-person
improv show that has become one of LA’s “must see” performances. David Razowsky
(Spin City, The Weekenders) and Carrie Clifford (The Slammin’ Salmon, HBO’s
Funny or Die Presents, The Office) have performed their signature long form
style at improv festivals around the globe. No cover. 1323-A Third Street
Promenade. 310.451.0850, westsidecomedy.com.
Tuesday, April 30
A free health
seminar “Preventing Childhood Obesity” will be held from 7-8:30 pm at UCLA
Medical Center, Santa Monica, Auditorium, 1250 16th St. David Feazell, M.D.,
UCLA pediatrician, will discuss the keys to healthy living as it pertains to
preventing obesity in our community’s youth. Among other things, diet and exercise guidance/counseling will be
addressed. RSVP: 800.516.5323.
Wednesday, May 1
Shangrila will present world-renowned British artist KESH for the unveiling
of her KESH 4 Shangrila art project from 7-10 pm. Seven specially created custom art pieces
will be debuted to the public for the first time at Hotel Shangrila’s Penthouse
deck with 360 degree views of Los Angeles/Santa Monica in association with
BritWeek. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are highly
recommended at RSVP@Shangrila-Hotel.com or call 310.394.2791.
Thursday, May 2
annual Santa Monica National Day of Prayer will be held at 7 am at the east
patio next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street. This year’s
theme is “Pray for America,” inspired by Matthew 12:21, “In His Name the
nations will put their hope.” Community leaders, including Santa Monica Police
Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and Fire Chief Scott Ferguson, and area pastors will
offer prayers for the president, governor, and other governmental leaders, the
armed services, peace officers, legislators, judges, the community, and nation.
Coffee will be available.
Santa Monica Public Library presents “One Hundred Years of Health”
from 7-8:45 pm. Join David Allen, M.D., leading integrative and anti-aging
medicine expert, for a fascinating and informative discussion of some of the
latest advances in longevity medicine, including the all-important areas of
cardiac and brain health, and learn how you can stay healthy and vital until
you are 100 years old, or even longer. MLK Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica
Blvd. Admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. 310.445.6600, davidallenmd.com.
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