JAZZ BAKERY LIVES!

Share with othersTweet From LA Observed The non-profit Jazz Bakery received approval today from the Culver City city council to develop a new Frank Gehry-designed theater next to the Kirk Douglas Theatre on Washington Boulevard. The Jazz Bakery has been trying to find a home since being displaced from the Helms Bakery complex in 2009. From a Culver City Times blog: According to the agreement, the property was given to the Jazz Bakery at no cost, with the understanding that they... Read More

PLANNING COMMISSION REVIEWS ESPLANADE PLANS

Share with othersTweet January 31, 2011 — The Santa Monica Planning Commission will look at updated plans Wednesday for the proposed Colorado Esplanade. The proposed plan would remake the western end of Colorado Avenue to comfortably accommodate streams of pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. The current traffic congestion that now afflicts the entire town was first noted at the intersection of Colorado and Ocean by then-Planning Director Suzanne Frick in 1996. She went... Read More

Q&A ON REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

Share with othersTweet Mark Lacter • LA Observed Tomorrow is the day that more than 400 local agencies are scheduled to go out of business. Last year, the legislature signed off on a much-criticized plan by Gov. Brown to eliminate the redevelopment process. California Watch has a good rundown on what happened and why. Here’s a snippet: Why did Gov. Jerry Brown push to end redevelopment agencies? Brown argued that the state could no longer afford redevelopment in a budget... Read More

LONG BEACH OPERA BREAKS NEW GROUND…AGAIN

Share with othersTweet Founded in 1979, the Long Beach Opera may be the oldest professional opera company in the Los Angeles/Orange County orbit. but it continues to break new ground. It has performed more than 90 operas, ranging from the earliest works of the 17th century to contemporary operas, and has done site-specific stagings in parking structures, a trendy nightclub, the hull of an ocean liner, an Olympic swimming pool, and a furniture warehouse, as well as appearing... Read More

CAFE SAMO, 2012 EDITION, OPENS FRIDAY AT SAMOHI

Share with othersTweet The Choral Music Program of Santa Monica High School, under the direction of Jeffe Huls, is one of the most accomplished in the region. It has won many awards, competes in state and national vocal music competitions, and tours nationally and internationally. Approximately 175 students participate in the five choirs in the program. Every year, the Choir Program produces Café Samo, a cabaret-style musical that features dozens of students creating and performing... Read More

Two Samohi Soccer Players Win College Scholarships

Share with othersTweet Repeating its success of last year, the Samohi girls soccer program has produced two more college scholarship winners this year. Lidia Battaglia will attend the University of Hawai’i and Kristen Vasquez will enroll at the University of San Francisco. The two players’ accomplishments will be acknowledged at ceremonies at the school’s college and career center on Thursday, February 2, at 2:30pm. Players, their parents, the Athletic Director and... Read More

FIRESIDE AT THE MILES

Share with othersTweet Fireside at the Miles continues through February 25th, offering an eclectic line-up of the spoken word, singer/songwriters, contemporary dancers, classical and jazz music maestros, and other artists. Audiences are treated to lounge seating beside the massive stone fireplace, organic coffees and teas, pastries and an eco-friendly java log fire in Santa Monica’s Miles historic theater in Reed Park. Fireside Weekend 3: Opera and Singer/Songwriters, Friday... Read More

CONSERVANCY MAKES 2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS

Share with othersTweet As it does every January, the Santa Monica Conservancy will recognize exemplary contributions to the preservation of Santa Monica’s architectural and cultural heritage by honoring individuals, building owners and a local business with Preservation Awards at its annual meeting Sunday. The Conservancy’s President’s Award will be presented to local historian Ernie Marquez for his commitment to the preservation of Santa Monica’s early history and... Read More

PROFESSIONAL BUILDING’S FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN

Share with othersTweet As far as I know, I’m the only person in Santa Monica who doesn’t like the plans for the addition to the Professional Building on the southeast corner of Wilshire and Seventh Street. It’s old, ornate and very graceful, the tallest building in the area. There are shops on the first floor, offices on the upper floors. It rules the intersection, which it shares with a 7-11, a corner of Reed Park, and a non-descript two-story rectangular building that... Read More

PARENTS, STUDENTS, COMMUNITY CALL FOR ANTI-RACISM MEASURES AT SAMOHI

Share with othersTweet A week ago, a number of Latino and African American students became embroiled in conflicts around the Santa Monica High School campus. While school administrators categorized the conflicts as problems between certain groups on campus, and mainly problems between groups off-campus, to many students the fights represented another thread of the assaults on African American students at Santa Monica High School. A group of concerned citizens known as the Committee... Read More

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