Share with othersTweet Unless you enjoy traffic jams, you will want to stay far, far away from the intersection of Wilshire and Sepulveda Boulevards on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9…and for the next year. Friday, April 8, at 10 p.m., a contractor will begin placing K-rails and installing temporary lighting and signals there. For 12 hours, all traffic signals will be turned off at the intersection and traffic control officers will direct traffic. When the work is done,... Read More

62nd Stairway to the Stars Is April 7 & 8

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s “Stairway of the Stars” may be both the longest and shortest running musical in America — 62 years, but only two nights per year. The 62nd annual edition will open on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium and close Friday, April 8. This extravaganza is one of the most popular annual events in both Santa Monica and Malibu, as it spotlights the talents of the schools’ music students... Read More

Josephs, Sedillos To Be Honored at Stairway

Share with othersTweet This year’s Stairway Honor Award will be shared this year by two women who have made played significant roles in developing, sustaining and enlarging the district’s music and arts programs, Zina Josephs and Jean Sedillos. Growing up in a family of musicians and teachers, Josephs studied piano with her mother, her sister Ellen (a music major at USC at the time), Salome Arkatov, Alice Ehlers, and David Berfield. A fourth grade beginning violin class... Read More

Pico Branch Library Design To Be Unveiled Tues.

Share with othersTweet The fifth and final workshop in the “Let’s Talk Pico Branch Library” series at which the schematic design by Koning Eizenberg Architects for the proposed 8,300 square foot branch library will be unveiled will be held on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Thelma Terry Community Meeting Room at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue. This will be the last opportunity for Pico Neighborhood residents who have sought their own branch library for... Read More


Share with othersTweet March 31, Cesar Chavez’s birthday, is a state holiday, because Chavez is an American hero. The son of migrant farm workers and a farm worker himself, Chavez co-founded the United Farm Workers with Dolores Huerta, and led its long, ultimately successful struggle for fair wages and better working conditions. He dropped out of school after eighth grade to help support his family, and later spent two years in the Navy, after which he joined the Community... Read More

McMillen Retrospective To Open in Oakland

Share with othersTweet A selection of works by Michael McMillen, renowned Santa Monica-based artist, will be shown in a forty-year retrospective, “Train of Thought,” at the Oakland Museum of California. The survey will include drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations and films. It will open April 16 and run through August 12. Accompanying the exhibition is what the artist describes as “a beautifully designed 192-page hardback catalog with seven insightful essays.”... Read More

Considering Eden at the Annenberg

Share with othersTweet “Considering Eden,” an exhibit featuring the works of five mid-career California artists with particular focus on their explorations in relationship to landscape, still life, and storytelling, opens Thursday, March 31, at the Annenberg Beach House, with a reception for the artists, Lisa Bloomfield, Jane Brucker, Paula Goldman, Bob Jones and Katherine Huffaker Jones, from 6 to 8 p.m. According to an exhibit leaflet, “Eden may be a cultural memory, a... Read More


Share with othersTweet The Youth Run 4 Japan on Sunday, March 27, raised a total of $150,000 for Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, an estimated 4,000 people either ran the two-mile course up and down the beach or watched. Runners were asked to make $10 donations. Additional money was raised from T-shirt sales and other contributions. Actor Josh Duhamel, his wife, Fergie, Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton, actors Katee Sackhoff,... Read More

Brown Abandons Bipartisan Negotiations

Share with othersTweet The Los Angeles Times is reporting that “Gov. Jerry Brown has abandoned his effort to negotiate a bipartisan budget, charging that Republicans were unwilling to support his plan unless he yielded to ‘an ever-changing list of collateral demands…’ “Budget cuts that lawmakers approved earlier this month closed only $11.2 billion of the estimated $26-billion deficit. Brown wanted to address most of the rest of the gap with a special election in June,... Read More


Share with othersTweet All of the Samohi Concert Bands and the Samohi Wind Ensemble will perform in the annual Spring Band Concert on Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in Barnum Hall on the Samohi campus It would be profoundly foolish to miss this opportunity to hear these extraordinarily talented young musicians in concert –almost as foolish as our alleged leaders’ apparent inability to find the means to ensure the continued funding of such vital programs as the SMMUSD music... Read More