Of Note…and Notes
Make Music LA is an eleven-hour celebration of musical creativity that will take place on June 21, 2012 throughout the entire county of Los Angeles – including Santa Monica! Many city sidewalks, parks, community gardens, street corners and schoolyards will become backdrops or stages for free concerts. Local musicians and venues can register and sign up at Make Music LA. Reed Park and the Annenberg Community Beach House both have open slots available for local musicians and bands. For questions or to sign up to perform at these venues please contact Allison Ostrovsky at 310-458-8350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Critter Art Contest
The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents an exciting opportunity for artists of all ages! Draw your very own “bike critter” to be featured as the signature artwork for Tour da Arts, SMMoA’s 4th annual cultural bike event . Submissions must be in black and white. The winning drawing will be announced July 1, 2012. Participation is free and open to all ages. Submit your bike critter image by Thursday, June 21 at midnight!
My Name is Asher Lev, Santa Monica Rep, Saturday, June 2, 2pm
A new series of staged readings of classic and contemporary plays at Santa Monica Library by the Santa Monica Rep Theater Company will begin with Aaron Posner’s “My Name Is Asher Lev.” Based on Chaim Potok’s classic novel, it’s the story of a young painter, brought up in a strict, Hasidic Jewish home, who struggles with issues of faith and tradition versus art and individualism. Santa Monica Rep is a young and very talented theater company that has attracted followers and won acclaim with its 2010/11 series of readings at Santa Monica Public Library, an artists in-residence production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Annenberg Beach House, and recent productions of David Auburn’s “Proof” at The Church in Ocean Park and Ruth McKee’s “The Rubber Room” at the Miles Playhouse.
Admission is free. Tickets available on a first come first served basis. Limited seating. Arrive 30 minutes before show to guarantee a seat.For more information: 310-458-8600. Santa Monica Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Two Added Shows of “Little Red,” Santa Monica Playhouse, Saturday, June 2, 3pm & Sunday, June 3, 12:30pm
Popular demand has required two additional performances of “The Adventures of Little Red (Riding Hood, of course).” It’s the Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy, a reworking of the classic fairy tale, featuring a sweetly independent Little Red, the discombobulated Huntsman Siegfried Spitznase, not one but three wayward Grandmamas, and the oh-so-charming, not the least bit scary, Baron Wolfgang von Wolfgang, Junior as the only “wolf” in sight. “An enchanting journey through the Black Forest replete with romance, lots of laughs, and musical and lyrical ideas brazenly borrowed from Gilbert & Sullivan…filled with ever-surprising delights that will lift up your spirits.” (This Week in Show Business).
Admission: $12.50 general admission, $10.50 for kids 12 and under. For more information: 310-394-9779 x2
Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St.
The 100cameras Exhibition Fundraiser: Through the Lens of a Child
Hamilton Galleries and Tony Shalhoub, Saturday, June 2, 5-10pm
Hamilton Galleries and Tony Shalhoub present The 100cameras Exhibition Fundraiser “Through the Lens of a Child.”
100cameras gives marginalized children the means to document their lives through photography and to create positive change in their own communities. The exhibit showcases the work of some of these children. See their perspectives and celebrate their voices. 100% of the money from the children’s purchased prints is used to raise awareness and capital to meet physical needs and sustain growth within the unique community.
Free admission. RSVP to Denise Hooper at RSVP@100cameras.org.
For more information: 310-451-9983. Hamilton Galleries, 1431 Ocean Ave.
Artist Reception: Margaret W. Gallegos “Reverie.” FIG. Saturday, June 2, 5-7pm
Margaret W. Gallegos’s new work is a joyful tumble of shapes, an explosion of airy color, and a solid dose of playfulness. Underlying Gallegos’ work is a seriousness, a knowledge that we can never fully escape the problems of our world. However, with these new paintings, Gallegos indulges some reverie. Shapes play against each other, float in embracing atmospheres, sweep and swirl, taking flight as if caught in a wondrous tornado, dancing across ever-evolving landscapes. Color vibrates. Brushstrokes search out hidden pleasures. These are paintings that speak of a love for life: curious, bold, whimsical but firmly planted, cheerfully sharing yet teasingly elusive.
Free admission. For more information: 310-829-0345. Bergamot Station G6, 2525 Michigan Ave.
National Children’s Chorus: Voices of the Far East, The Broad Stage. Saturday, June 2, 7pm
For this exhilarating series finale, the Broad goes global, presenting an NCC collaboration full of new languages, unusual vocal techniques, and odd and unexpected instruments. Westsiders will find themselves musically transported to Asia to hear the ways Western choral traditions have adapted Eastern folk music and to marvel at sounds and rhythms rarely heard west of the 405.
Tickets: B $35, A $45, Premium $67. For more information: 310-434-3200. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St.