T.C. Boyle to Speak at Track 16

Share with othersTweet Author T.C. Boyle will talk about his new novel, “When the Killing’s Done” — the one set in the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara — on Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. at Track 16 Gallery in Bergamot Station. Live Talks Los Angeles will make some tickets available to LA Observed readers. If you want a pair, drop me an email with “tickets” in the subject line. Kevin Roderick,www.laobserved.com  Read More

FIRE DESTROYS ELDERLY MAN’S TRAILER

Share with othersTweet A trailer and all its contents were destroyed by fire on Friday night in the Village Trailer Park on Colorado Avenue. The trailer’s 87-year old male resident escaped without injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mark Solnick, the Santa Monica Red Cross’s Preparedness and Response Director, arrived on the scene promptly and met with the elderly man. He is being housed in a local motel by the Santa Monica Red Cross pending... Read More

THE RISE AND FALL OF SANTA MONICA COLLEGE: PART IV

Share with othersTweet RISE AND FALL OF SANTA MONICA COLLEGE: PART IV The employees’ union, CSEA generated a plan for a work share program at the College. Under work share, employees have their work hours reduced with a corresponding wage cut that is offset by unemployment insurance. While classified employees are naturally loath to agree to any reduction in their wages, the union leadership was able to persuade them that retaining all the employees at a slightly lower... Read More

WATCH OUT! THE CLOWNS ARE BACK!

Share with othersTweet Watch Out! The Clowns Are Back! The Bayside District Corporation, a semi-private company that sort of manages downtown Santa Monica for the City of Santa Monica, spent $60,000 and two years crafting a new “identity” for itself. Henceforth, downtown Santa Monica will be called Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. We have always called it downtown Santa Monica, because that’s what it is. In fact, we don’t know anyone who hasn’t called it... Read More

SM HIGH SCHOOL BANDS HOST UCLA BRASS ENSEMBLE

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica High School Bands will host the UCLA Brass Ensemble in concert in Barnum Hall on Monday, February 28th, at 7:00 p.m. The group is led by Pat Sheridan, a world-famous tuba virtuoso, who is said to be “absolutely hilarious.” The concert is free and everyone is invited. Free parking will be available in the North Lot (from 4th St., drive east on Olympic, turn right into the alley, and right again into the lot). Patrick Sheridan... Read More

CITY: IT TAKES VILLAGES TO MAKE A CITY

Share with othersTweet According to City planners, their uber consultants and developers. But most residents don’t want a city. At last Wednesday’s Workshop on the “development” of the “light rail hub” at Bergamot Station, which is currently a celebrated regional arts center, according to a story in the Santa Monica Daily Press, “Santa Monica residents chimed in on a variety of topics, including density levels of housing and retail, how to promote... Read More

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE CO. FREE IN CLAREMONT

Share with othersTweet The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Martha Graham, the Company brings to life a timeless and distinctly American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences. Influencing generations of choreographers and dancers, including Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Twyla... Read More

IS THERE STILL ANY THERE HERE?

Share with othersTweet A longtime and celebrated resident of Paris, Gertrude Stein once said of Oakland, her childhood home, “There is no there there.” There are many American cities – small and large – in which there is not now and never has been any there, because Americans are much better at unmaking places, than at making them. As our forebears moved across this vast and various continent in the nineteenth century, looking for money, they slapped towns together,... Read More

MEDIA FIND LARA LOGAN GUILTY

Share with othersTweet South African-born Lara Logan, CBS News’s chief foreign correspondent, has spent most of the last decade covering the tumult in Middle East. A talented and courageous reporter, she has been critical of America’s superficial news coverage of the Iraq war. As she recently told Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, America has never been shown the whole horrific story of the war that should never have happened, and its devastating effects on our troops, the... Read More

PLANNING WORKSHOP: MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

Share with othersTweet The Planning and Community Development Department has scheduled a special Planning Commission workshop on the Bergamot area “to help realize the LUCE community vision for an urban transit village enlivened by creative-arts, jobs and amenities, housing, and new walking, bicycling and transit connections.” According to the planners, the “characteristics of an urban transit village are a mix of uses, gathering places, pedestrian-oriented design and scale…pedestrian... Read More