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Santa Monica Event Happenings April 26 Through May 2

Friday, 26 Apr 2013, 8:54:00 AM

Mitch James

Jacaranda’s three-concert celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary continues this Saturday, April 27.
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Jacaranda’s three-concert celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary continues this Saturday, April 27.

Friday, April 26

Los Angeles

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.


YWCA Santa

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

Santa Monica

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).


The Broad

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,

Barnes &

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,

Rusty’s Surf

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


Santa Monica

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,


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

St. Vincent’s

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.


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, events/top-chef-pig-roast.

Santa Monica

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,

Rusty’s Surf

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

Mi’s Westside

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,

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 or call 310.394.2791.

Thursday, May 2

The 23rd

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,

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