FIRST OF THREE SMC CONCERTS IS SUNDAY

Share with othersTweet The Santa Monica College Music Department will present three concerts in April, including a benefit concert for the distinctive Applied Music Program. All three concerts will take place at The Broad Stage in the SMC Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m., the SMC Jazz Band, under the baton of Keith Fiddmont, will perform jazz band arrangements from master musicians as well as contemporary works from aspiring... Read More

“PLAY ME, I’M YOURS” IS A MUSICAL EVENT LIKE NO OTHER

Share with othersTweet British artist Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” is proof there is something absolutely new under the sun . It’s a county-wide, free, public art installation, featuring 30 decorated pianos located in public spaces for Angelenos to play 24/7 for 22 days. Presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, it culminates the season-long celebration of LACO music director/pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary. The pianos will be installed around... Read More

Fresh & Easy Busted for Union Busting

Share with othersTweet From San Diego Reader Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc., the U.S. arm of British grocery giant Tesco, the second most profitable worldwide retailer behind Wal-Mart, has lost in a petition for review of a disciplinary order handed down by the National Labor Relations Board. Fresh & Easy executives were in Santa Monica recently to present their plans for a store in the 2400 block of Wilshire Boulevard. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington,... Read More

AND NOW…A MILLION HOODIES

Share with othersTweet MoveON reporting Wearing a hoodie on the House floor. That got Representative Bobby Rush thrown out on Wednesday, even as he quoted from the Bible on justice and the end of oppression.1 Rep. Rush is one of millions calling for justice for Trayvon Martin, a young black man in a hoodie, gunned down last month in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, still hasn’t been arrested—and the wheels of justice can’t turn until he... Read More

Santa Monica Public Library Branches Expand Hours

Share with othersTweet Santa Monica Public Library branches will expand their public hours, beginning Friday, April 13.The three neighborhood branches –- Fairview, Montana, and Ocean Park libraries -– will be open on Fridays from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. The extension of branch library hours to include Friday will start during National Library Week, a time during which libraries across the country promote library use and support. “This year,” City Librarian Greg Mullen said,... Read More

FLASH! CONTRA-TIEMPO, SMMUSD SHARE POWER OF DANCE

Share with othersTweet By Zina Josephs A unique performance will take place this morning at 10 AM, in Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, CONTRA-TIEMPO, an Urban Latin Dance Company based in Los Angeles, has worked with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District for three years to bring dance education programs to fourth graders across the district. This year, the company’s teaching artists focused their efforts on the Title I schools: Edison, McKinley, ,John Muir,... Read More

1 IN 88 CHILDREN NOW DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM

Share with othersTweet By Mark Roithmayr President, Autism Speaks With the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers now showing that 1 in 88 children in the United States are being diagnosed with autism – nearly a doubling of the prevalence since the CDC began tracking these numbers – autism can now officially be declared an epidemic in the United States. We are dealing with a national emergency that is in need of a national strategy. At 1 in 88, we now have... Read More

ATTENTION, SANTA MONICA RESIDENTS!

Share with othersTweet You could be a part of a huge wave of progressive direct action this spring. Learn how to practice nonviolence in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. at a 99% Spring action training in Santa Monica on Sunday, Apr. 15, 2012, at 3:00 PM. I’m one of more than 800 people across the country who have stepped up to plan a 99% Spring action training. We’re going to prepare ourselves to join a huge wave of progressive direct action nationwide... Read More

PROVOCATIONS OF THE SERIOUS SORT

Share with othersTweet “Breaking in Two” Panel Discussion, ARENA 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Arts Studios, Saturday, March 31, 2-5pm, Exhibit on view through April 14 A panel discussion with Dr. Andrea Liss, Lita Albuquerque, Judithe Hernandez, Margaret Lazzari, and others will explore the social and aesthetic implications of Motherhood. “Breaking in Two” is the first comprehensive exhibition of work by women artists who are mothers in which the work itself integrates... Read More

CITY SETS DEADLINE FOR CHAIN REACTION FUND

Share with othersTweet The City Council voted last week to give those people who favor the repair, restoration and retention of CHAIN REACTION, Paul Conrad’s extraordinary sculpture, which was installed in the Civic Center two decades ago, until November 15, to raise the requisite funds for the repairs. According to City officials, the repairs are necessary to stabilize the 26-foot sculpture and make it safe, and could cost between $250,000 and $450,000. If the funds are not... Read More