A HOLIDAY TRADITION: THE NUTCRACKER

The Inland Pacific Ballet has made The Nutcrack-
er a holiday tradition in Southern California.

Performances next Saturday and Sunday, December
7 and 8, will feature the Company, accompanied
by the Pomona College Orchestra under the direc-
tion of conductor Eric Lindholm, playing Peter
Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s immortal score.

Tickets for all nine performances are now on
sale online at @ ipballet.org. Many families
return every year.

A Holiday Gala will be held Saturday, December
7. $65.00 per person Gala ticket and purchase
of ticket to Dec. 7, 7:00pm performance. It
Includes champagne/wine reception with hors
d’oeuvres and desserts with the artists after
the show. Purchase online or through the Bri-
dges Box Office. All proceeds directly support
IPB.

The Nutcracker will be performed at Bridges Au-
ditorium, Pomona College, Claremont: December 7
& 14, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm, December 8 & 15, 1:00
pm. Order tickets by phone: 909-607-1139, Mon-
Fri, 10am to 4pm

It will also perform at the Lewis Family Play-
house, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, Rancho
Cucamonga, December 21, 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm, Dec-
ember 22, 1:00 pm. Order by Phone: 909-477-2752
Mon-Fri, 12-6pm; Sat 10am – 6 pm

Inland Pacific Ballet is a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization.

Victoria Koenig
Company Artistic Director, Choreographer, & Trus-
tee 
Academy Director & Faculty
Koenig is a native of Los Angeles. After many
years as a dancer, and extensive international
travel as a guest artist and teacher, she re-
turned to Southern California and has become
a shaping force in the region’s dance communi-
ty. She co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber
Ballet, was on the faculty of the Stanley Hol-
den Dance Center, and served on the dance
faculty of California State University, Long
Beach. Now a resident of Claremont, Koenig
has brought her many years of professional
experience to the Inland Valley as Co-Founder
and Artistic Director of the Inland Pacific
Ballet, one of the fastest growing cultural
assets in Southern California. She is also on
the dance faculty at Pomona College.

Koenig’s grandparents were Oscar-winning screen-
writers. Her mother was a painter of note and
taught art to children at Barnsdall. Her father
was a writer and producer, and went on to found
a legendary jazz record company, Contemporary
Records. Her brother is a record producer and
cellist.

CLAYHOUSE TO STAGE ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE

One of the most interesting places in Santa Mon-
ica is the Clayhouse. Well off the beaten path,
at the nether end of Santa Monica Boulevard, it
serves as studio and gallery for some of the re-
gion’s most talented potters and artists.

Its gallery is open to the public, and it off-
ers memberships and work space to potters and
artists.But a couple of times a year, the Clay-
house stages an exhibit, during which visitors
are invited to see the artists’ unique hand-
made art, and buy their favorite works.

This year’s holiday exhibition and sale will
be held next weekend. Friday, December 6, the
Clayhouse will be open from 4 to 9 pm, and
Saturday, December 7, it will be open all
day,from 10 am to 6 pm.

On display will be original ceramic gifts by
22 Clayhouse artists: bowls, plates, mugs,
teapots, jewelry, planters, vases and sculp-
tures.

The Clayhouse is located at 2909 Santa Moni-
ca Blvd., Santa Monica 310-828-7071. www.theclayhousesantamonica.com

ARTS IN EDUCATION IN SPOTLIGHT

The Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, in assoc-
iation with the Santa Monica College Symphony,
will perform its 40th Anniversary Nutcracker
performances at the Broad Stage this weekend
to a sold out house.

The collaboration of the ballet company and
the college is part of a comprehensive effort
to support the arts in education as well invol-
ving Santa Monica’s young people and hitherto
neglected residents.

Twenty-four of the dancers are high school stu-
dents who are also enrolled at Santa Monica
College. The production will earn the 24 stu-
dents three units of college credit through
a course listed as Dance 59a – a production
class with a curriculum based on what it takes
to put a production together.

Dr. James Martin, Conductor and SMC Department
of Music Chair, said “It had been on my bucket
list for years to take my Santa Monica College
Symphony to the Broad to perform The Nutcracker,”

Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, SMC’s Asso-
ciate Director of Public Policy, said, “Young
people think of dancing in a professional com-
pany or performing in an orchestra, but they
don’t necessarily see the academic opportuni-
ties,” Dr. Tahvildaran-Jesswein said. “We’re
trying to capture their interest early.”

Nationally, arts education is neglected as
schools focus more money and energy on STEM
– Science Technology Engineering and Math,
though countless studies show that the arts
materially improve students’ academic per-
formance in all areas.

Westside Ballet has been committed to bringing
the arts to children citywide since its incep-
tion – especially children who might have no
exposure to them.

On Wednesday about 500 Santa Monica fifth gra-
ders saw an abbreviated presentation of “The
Nutcracker.”

Tomorrow, Friday, the company will present its
final dress rehearsal performance to hundreds
of area residents from non-profits such as the
Venice Family Clinic, everybody dance!, Free
2 Be Me Dance, and others.

Allegra Clegg, daughter of Westside Ballet fou-
nder and legendary ballerina Yvonne Mounsey,
said, “I am so grateful for the outpouring of
community support surrounding the Nutcracker.
After founding Westside over 40 years ago, my
mother worked tirelessly to develop dancers
and nurture dance in the community, with af-
fordable, accessible performances. I am proud
to continue in her legacy.”

For more information, visit
www.westsideballet.com.

STOP DRONE WARFARE NOW

Mr. President:

Beyond being arguably never/almost never(?) just-
ifiable, risky remotely-controlled killings of
others will very likely bring great harm, even
if only indirectly, to much else that you end-
eavor toward helping our Nation. After the last
insane presidency, we had such great hope yours
would be an honest and effective bringer of
healing change…Just as nearly every new tool to
murder gets used and serves to raise the bar
on how horribly well we can kill one another,
nearly every action we take in life also says
much more than all our words ever could. Sooner
or later, what we do and say comes to frame how
we are viewed and how others then work with or
against us and our aims… At very least, you
might have a heart-to-heart with the American
people about how compelling circumstance had
served to put you yet deeper in this technology
box to entrench further this systematizing of
killing from afar, and then take action to put
a halt to this manner of problem-solving. As
with what we learned about the gross nuclear
weaponry that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
this mode of warring surely also now needs to
be put in the too-dangerous-to-risk category.
Even though you are in such a tough place with
this matter, logic must be respected… If we
are to stay human and humane in our dealings
with one another, and your Presidency is to
have a prayer of a chance to usher us in one
piece into a healthy next one, please stop this
killing-by-drone business. Sabotaging your
legacy with this convenient mode of warfare
-will prove to be a great error.

David Latham

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE CONSERVANCY

Saturday, December 7, from 3 – 5 PM

Every year we thank our members for their sup-
port with an invitation to our Holiday Party,
a delightful afternoon of good food and drinks,
our signature chili, and the company of kind-
red spirits. This year’s celebration will take
place at 939 San Vicente Blvd, a picturesque
1927 carriage house that was once part of a
large estate.

The party is free to members. Non-members and
guests are welcome for $20, which can be app-
lied toward membership at the party – or join
today and come as a member.

RSVP deadline is Wednesday, December 4. Please
click here to register online, send email to
rsvp@smconservancy.org, or leave a message at
310-496-3146.

California Historical Building Code:
From Purpose to Practice

Wednesday, December 5, 9 am – 1 pm

The Conservancy is pleased to partner with the
California Preservation Foundation in offering
a local workshop on the California Historical
Building Code (CHBC), which helps to protect
the state’s architectural heritage by recogniz-
ing the unique construction and renovation chal
-lenges in historic buildings. The workshop
will feature recent changes to the CHBC and
how alternatives allowed under the CHBC had
been successfully applied.

We highly recommend this workshop to owners of
designated properties and structures on the
Historic Resource Inventory as well as to pro-
fessionals who can received continuing educa-tion
credit from the AIA and AICP.

Santa Monica Conservancy members receive a $55
discounted rate for the workshop. Click here
for more information and registration. The
workshop will be held in the Marine Park Aud-
itorium, 1406 Marine Street, Santa Monica, CA,
90405.

For more about the California Preservation Foun-
dation, our state-wide preservation advocacy or-
ganization, see www.californiapreservation.org.

Are you a current member of the Conservancy?

Your annual membership contributions support our
work to preserve the architectural and cultural
heritage of our city. You will receive our in-
formative quarterly newsletter and discounts on
tours and events – as well as complimentary ad-
mission to our annual Holiday Party.

Join or renew now! You may join online as an
Individual or Household Member or as a Business
/Corporate Member. Or send a check to the ad-
dress below.

Thank you for your support!

Questions? Email info@smconservancy.org or leave
a message at 310-496-3146.

Mailing Address: Santa Monica Conservancy,
PO BOX 653, Santa Monica, CA 90406 US

Contact Name: Santa Monica Conservancy
Telephone Number: (310) 496-3146