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KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation’s third annual Sound in Focus concert series launched this Saturday, July 25 to an overflowing courtyard of light, photography, performance, and music.

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VIDEO: Sound In Focus A Free Weekly Concert Series In Century City

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 10:47 am

KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation’s third annual Sound in Focus concert series launched Saturday, July 25 to an overflowing courtyard of light, photography, performance, and music.

Matthew Carlson and Jake Shears as Greta. Back from left: Jonathan B. Wright, Brionne Davis, and Wyatt Fenner in the only production number in Martin Sherman’s “Bent” on stage at the Mark Taper Forum.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Mark Sherman’s Explosive "Bent" At Mark Taper Forum

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 9:20 am

The slaughter of six million Jews under Hitler’s extermination plan is well documented and that, in and of itself, is the terrifying face of the Holocaust. It is an historic fact that the Third Reich also rounded up gypsies, the mentally retarded or handicapped, and intellectuals. What is perhaps a lesser known is that gays, referred to as “bents” or “fluffs,” also fell victim to not fitting into Hitler’s manifesto of a pure Aryan race. Martin Sherman’s powerfully written play, “Bent,” shines a light on that more obscure piece of history, illuminating the treatment of homosexuals under the Nazi regime.

Seven Days, Santa Monica

Greek Folk Music Benefit Concert This Sunday

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:20 am

A Greek Folk Music Benefit Concert will be held at Miles Memorial Playhouse this Sunday, Aug. 2 at 5 pm.

Louie Cruz Beltran will perform on Aug. 16, an extraordinary conguero, timbalero and vocalist.

News, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Jazz On The Lawn Returns To Stewart Street Park All Five Sundays In August

Posted Jul. 28, 2015, 9:21 am

The 10th annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series returns to Santa Monica’s Stewart Street Park on all five Sunday afternoons in August.

Two-time Grammy winner Paul Overstreet is opening his new musical 'Sneaky Ole Time' in Santa Monica at Ruskin Group Theatre.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

“Sneaky Ole Time” Opens Aug. 1 At Ruskin Group Theatre

Posted Jul. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

Two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Overstreet has chosen Santa Monica and the Ruskin Group Theatre as the location to premiere his new musical, “Sneaky Ole Time.” A BMI Songwriter of the Year (five years in a row), and Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Famer, Overstreet didn’t have much trouble catching Ruskin’s attention, but locking in a deal was a journey that took another few years.

Olympic gold medal Greek champion Ioaness Melissanidis makes his long-awaited American stage debut in “Sisyphus” July 28-29.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Beverly Hills

Spoiler Alert: Icarus Was Sisyphus All Along

Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 9:16 am

Sisyphus, a character from Greek mythology, angered the gods by cheating death. When he was caught, he was condemned to push a stone up a hill, only for it to roll back down and have him restart the process all over again. Imagine seeing that situation on stage. Imagine the screams of agony. Now, imagine that all of it and the events leading up to it is silent. That is exactly what one would see when they go to see the production of “Sisyphus” opening this Tuesday at Theatre 40 (241 S Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills).

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Acting Troupe Perform Saturday

Posted Jul. 23, 2015, 9:22 am

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Acting Troupe has announced its Summer 2015 Performance at 1 pm on Saturday, July 25.

This week on Westside Top 5, host Atlas Novack shares his top five karaoke bars on the Westside of Los Angeles.

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VIDEO: Top Five Karaoke Bars On The Westside

Posted Jul. 22, 2015, 9:58 am

This week on Westside Top 5, host Atlas Novack shares his top five karaoke bars on the Westside of Los Angeles.

The annual Tchaikovsky tradition returns to Hollywood Bowl this weekend. Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Seven Days, Music, Hollywood

Hollywood Bowl To Host Tchaikovsky Spectacular With Fireworks This Weekend

Posted Jul. 21, 2015, 4:07 pm

Love Tchaikovsky? Fans are in for a treat this weekend as Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks this Friday and Saturday (July 24-25) at 8 pm both nights at the Hollywood Bowl.

Comedian Lang Parker hosts a free comedy show called West of the 405 at Ye Olde King’s Head once a month.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Go West, Young Comedy Fans To Ye Olde King's Head

Posted Jul. 21, 2015, 9:14 am

Ye Olde King’s Head is one of few restaurants in Santa Monica where one can get a shepherd’s pie that isn’t a frozen one from Trader Joe’s. But it’s not just a British pub on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Second Street; it’s a place where one can laugh so hard that their pint may shoot through their nose.

The sixth annual Evening on the Beach at Jonathan Beach Club returns Thursday, Aug. 6 with proceeds benefiting St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels.

News, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Party On The Sand In Santa Monica To Support St. Vincent Meals On Wheels

Posted Jul. 20, 2015, 9:32 am

St. Vincent Meals on Wheels – the charity that does exactly what its name implies. People drive around and deliver food to the elderly or reclusive, which greatly helps the communities that it is involved in.

Santa Monica Art Studios is situated under a historic airplane hangar with more than 22,000 square feet used as artist studios and exhibition spaces.

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Santa Monica Art Studios: A Gem In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 9:28 am

Santa Monica Art Studios hosts a variety of events, but it’s the artists that truly give it soul. Co-directors Yossi Govrin (an artist for more than 30 years) and Sherry Frumkin (owned a gallery for 20 years) truly understand the plight of an artist.

Casey Kramer as Ellen Mellman, Tom Bower as Matt Browne, and Michael Uribes as Freddie in Neil Koenigsberg 'Off The King's Road.'

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Theater, Santa Monica

Neil Koenigsberg’s “Off The King’s Road” West Coast Premiere At Odyssey Theatre

Posted Jul. 11, 2015, 10:51 am

To do a riff on a recent credit card commercial that ends with the spokesperson saying: “What’s in your wallet?” - that tag line could be rewritten to “What’s in your suitcase?”

Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Laura Korman Gallery with Mayor Kevin McKeown on June 25. Pictured from left: Brittney Seeliger, Nelly Carvajal, Chair Ambassador Art Lesmez, Deborah Korman, McKeown, Katherine Korman-Sooper, Harvey Sooper, Gallery Owner Laura Korman, Suzi Padi, Katherine Rohrbacher, Brandi Sjostrom, Magdalena Davis, Chair Ambassador David Woodbury, and Carl Hansen.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Art

Laura Korman Gallery Hosts Opening Exhibition: “MIRROR | MIRROR: Introspective Reflections”

Posted Jul. 10, 2015, 9:32 am

Laura Korman Gallery is currently featuring works by Los Angeles-based artist Katherine Rohrbacher in the gallery’s opening exhibition called “MIRROR | MIRROR: Introspective Reflections.”

‘Come Here’ (acrylic on canvas; 2015) by Tom Krumpak, from 'Built and Placed' Exhibition, July 9-Sept. 10 in SMC's Emeritus College Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. Exhibit opening reception on July 9 from 5 to 6:30 pm.

News, Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Art, Smc

Opening Reception Today For "Built & Placed" Exhibit At SMC Emeritus College Gallery

Posted Jul. 9, 2015, 9:29 am

The Santa Monica College Emeritus College Art Gallery will host an opening reception today for its Tom Krumpak: “Built & Placed” Exhibition that will remain on display through Sept. 10.

Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club Board President Becky Upchurch with Laura Owen, owner of Gioia on Main Street in Santa Monica, show off outfits with Woman’s Club members Addie Stalk and Marcia Sten.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Non Profits, Women

‘Afternoon Tea & Fashion Runway’ On Friday To Benefit WISE & Healthy Aging

Posted Jul. 8, 2015, 9:31 am

An ‘Afternoon Tea & Fashion Runway’ will bring together women (and men) throughout the Los Angeles Westside to support WISE & Healthy Aging’s nonprofit mission of enhancing the independence, dignity and quality of life of the elderly.

Pennington Dance Group, choreographed by John Pennington.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Bergamot Station To Feature Projections, Dancers, Musicians This Saturday

Posted Jul. 7, 2015, 9:16 am

Award-winning filmmaker and video artist Kate Johnson's installation "EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN" will be presented at Bergamot Station this Saturday, July 11 from 8 pm to 10:30 pm. large-scale, site-specific work incorporating projections, dancers, musicians and poets in a one-night only event at Bergamot Station

Morris Day  (left) and Dam-Funk (right) kick of the 2015 Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier this Thursday, July 9.

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Twilight Concert Series Returns To Santa Monica Pier Thursday For 10 Weeks

Posted Jul. 7, 2015, 8:06 am

It’s that time of the year again – Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier returns this coming Thursday with Morris Day & the Time headlining the opening show.

Tongva After Dark presents a dynamic introductory lesson with Antics, a hip hop dance theater company, this Wednesday.

News, Seven Days, Parks, Santa Monica

Tongva After Dark Community Hip Hop Dance Lesson This Wednesday

Posted Jul. 6, 2015, 9:43 am

Tongva Park invites people of all ages and levels to participate in a high-energy hip hop dance class that will include a blend of street styles.

Artist Greg Chadwick will exhibit 14 oil paintings at Upper West restaurant starting Sunday, July 12.

News, Life And Arts, Dining, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Meet Artist Gregg Chadwick At Upper West Opening Reception July 12

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Delightful Santa Monica restaurant Upper West is counting down the days ‘til its next featured artist celebration next weekend when the art on its walls is changed for the next few months.

NYC street artists FLOrE (left) and Westgard will exhibit 20 of their works as part of an exhibition on Main Street starting next weekend.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Main Street, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Welcomes Two NYC Street Artists For Special Exhibition Starting July 11

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

“We were driving down Main Street and saw this show going on,” said New York City street artist known as Westgard. “The gallery is very inviting, with a huge glass store front. Inside were bright, large-scale paintings and lots of people. So we parked and went in.”

Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo as lovers dealing with AIDS in the powerful television film, 'The Normal Heart.'

News, Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mark Ruffalo: Life At Home & The Psychological Challenges Of Acting

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 12:30 pm

Any time you mention Mark Ruffalo’s name to anyone, the response is always, “He seems like a really nice guy;” or “He seems so genuine and not full of himself;” or “I love his acting;” or “I really love that guy.” And so it goes.

Locals will have a chance to view an original 1911 Santa Monica Road Race car owned by Brian Blain on Friday, July 17.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, History

Relive The Santa Monica Road Races On Friday, July 17

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:37 am

Santa Monica will relive the historical 1911 Santa Monica Road Races on Friday, July 17 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows who is sponsoring the event to benefit the Santa Monica History Museum.

Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana play husband and wife in Maya Forbes’ film 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' a true story about her father’s bipolar disorder and the effect it had on her childhood.

Seven Days, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Film

Mark Ruffalo On “Infinitely Polar Bear,” The Art & Challenge of Acting, Family

Posted Jun. 25, 2015, 8:19 am

Any time Mark Ruffalo’s name appears in the cast of a project, you know he will be giving an absolutely perfect performance. Hence, he is one of the most successful, sought after Hollywood actors.

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Concert Band will perform at 3 pm today, June 21 at The Broad Stage at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

SMC Emeritus College Concert Band To Perform Today At The Broad Stage

Posted Jun. 21, 2015, 9:19 am

The SMC Emeritus College Concert Band will present its Late Spring concert at 3 p.m. today, June 21. The concert will be held in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, Santa Monica.

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