SKIRBALL CENTER BECOMES A THEATER SET FOR EXODUS STEPS

Tweet This Passover season, the Skirball Cultural Center transforms its campus into a theater set for “Exodus Steps,” an installation-based performance piece by internationally acclaimed British theater company, Stan’s Cafe (pronounced “caff”). The specially commissioned work dissolves traditional boundaries by eschewing professional actors and inviting the audience to perform the show. Inspired by teach-yourself-to-dance floor mats, it will use brightly colored vinyl... Read More

GANGSTA RAP VS. HIPHOP: THEIR IMMENSE AND LASTING IMPACT

Tweet Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Social Services at California State University, East Bay, Benjamin P. Bowser has done extensive research on the topic of hip hop and gangsta rap’s influence in American culture and the effects, positive and negative, that will endure. His most recent publications are: “Gangster Rap and Its Social Cost: Exploiting Hip Hop and Using Racial Stereotypes to Entertain America” (Amherst, N.Y: Cambria Press) and with Paul... Read More

SUPREME COURT IS ANYTHING BUT SUPREME

Tweet L.A. Times story WASHINGTON — The historic Voting Rights Act appeared to be in deep trouble Wednesday after the after the Supreme Court’s conservative justices argued during a racially charged debate that targeting the South for special scrutiny was no longer fair. The unusually tense discussion split along ideological lines. Justices from the left and right took turns arguing the case — and arguing with one another over whether racism and racial discrimination... Read More

ROUTE 66: THE ALLURE OF THE ROAD

Tweet The destination of the legendary Route 66 is among Santa Monica ‘s claims to fame. Route 66 was America ‘s Main Street, the Mother Road, leading adventurers from Chicago to the West Coast. In 1926, it rolled into to Los Angeles. In 1936, it was extended to Santa Monica — but where exactly? Dan Rice, past president of the California Route 66 Association, current National Vice President of the Route 66 Alliance, who has traveled the route 27 times, will... Read More

RON RIZK’S SECOND SOLO EXHIBITION OPENS SAT.

Tweet Lora Schlesinger is pleased to announce Ron Rizk’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. New Paintings features thirteen masterfully rendered oil paintings by the artist. The exhibition opens with the artist’s reception on Saturday, March 2 from 5-7 pm and is on view through April 13, 2013. Rizk’s new paintings continue a long-time consideration of man-made small objects, their uses, and their intimate history both actual and fictional or invented. Strange... Read More

UNIQUE HAPPENINGS

Tweet UNIQUE HAPPENINGS The Kinsey Collection: Black History Explored Through Art and Legacy, Thursday, February 28, 7:30pm, The Broad Stage Take a fascinating tour through the little-known stories of struggle and triumph that have shaped African American history with the Kinsey Collection. Bernard and Shirley Kinsey’s prodigious personal collection of invaluable art and artifacts, from rarely seen slave owners’ documents to glimpses into private eighteenth and nineteenth-century lives,... Read More

SMC BIKE PARKING LOT HAS GRAND OPENING

Tweet The Santa Monica College bicycle parking lot opened on February 11, but it will have its official grand opening Thursday, February 23, 11:30 am to 1 pm. It’s on Pearl Street between 17th and 20th streets in Santa Monica There will be a parade, featuring riders from SMC’s Bike Club, free bicycle tune-ups, a cycling safety workshop, and free food. Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day, SMC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Nancy Greenstein and SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang... Read More

RESIDENTS ASK FOR PLANNING CONSULTANT’S DISMISSAL

Tweet February 27, 2013 Dear Santa Monican, Residents all over our city are calling for the dismissal of planning consultant Jeffrey Tumlin, who, as you can read below, has shown himself to be incapable of providing an objective analysis of our traffic and parking problems. We will be sending the following open letter to City Council, signed by as many Santa Monica residents as possible. If you would like to add your name to it, please go to www.SMCLC.net. Here is the letter: Dear... Read More

CHAMBER PROTESTS PROPOSED NEW CITY FEE

Tweet Dear Mayor O’Connor and Council members: We are writing with respect to Staff’s latest revisions to the proposed Transportation Impact Fee. While we commend Staff for making some positive changes from the previous proposal (e.g., auto dealership rates, reoccupancy), we remain extremely concerned with the high rates proposed. The unprecedented magnitude of the proposed fees, in combination with other City fees (both those in effect and those being studied), would have... Read More

MODEL SHOP OWNER DIES AT 92

Tweet L.A. Times story Colby West Evett, a long time Santa Monica resident and owner of Evett’s Model Shop on Ocean Park Blvd. passed away Feb. 16, 2013 at the age of 92 surrounded by loved ones. He was born on March 9, 1920 in Easley, South Carolina to Dora May Leopard and Samuel Edward Evett. He married Mary Gwinn in 1938. He worked for McDonnell-Douglas aircraft prior to his service in the US Navy from 1944-46. Colby and his first wife Mary, opened Evett’s Model... Read More