Calendar of Events

There is always a great variety of Southern California events happening, from the Santa Monica Pier summer concert series to the Santa Monica Airport Art Walk, from the Barneys New York Annual Sale to the Taste of Santa Monica: and that's just the big name venues.

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Southern California Attractions and Santa Monica Events Calendar

From the Santa Monica Pier’s free summer concerts with major recording acts to a variety of music venues, small to large, from theatre to stand-up comedy, you’ll find every type of performance is in this creative city by the sea. And because of our central Southern California location, you’ll have easy access to hundreds of attractions and events.

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04/19/2015 - 04/25/2015

Featured Events

Almost Perfect

  • Date(s): 04/11/2015 - 04/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:30pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: $19.50

Buddy falls for the perfect girl of his dreams. One small problem... he's married to Jenny. We watch his hilarious, guilt-ridden affair 'til he finally realizes his perfect dream girl is Jenny, his wife. Since its world premiere in Santa Monica, Almost Perfect has played to sold out houses for the entirety of its initial 11-month run, and again for its 10-month revival, in addition to critically-acclaimed productions in New York, Canada, across the United States and Europe. Almost Perfect features an outstanding cast of theatre, television and motion picture personalities.

 

Insomnia

  • Date(s): 04/12/2015 - 04/26/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way
  • Contact: Hotel Casa del Mar
  • Phone: (310) 581-5533
  • Admission: $55

Join modern conjuror Derek Hughes in a private suite at the illustrious Hotel Casa Del Mar for his mind blowing new work: INSOMNIA!  Loosely inspired by the short fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. INSOMNIA is a comedy and magic experience that explores the line between waking and dreaming. Ticket includes show admission & valet parking.

 

Frank Olivier’s Twisted Cabaret

  • Date(s): 04/16/2015 - 04/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30PM
  • Location: Magicopolis, 1418 4th Street
  • Phone: (310) 451-2241
  • Admission: $35

Frank Olivier's Twisted Cabaret is a hilarious, action packed cabaret with amazing feats of magic, knife-throwing, romance, juggling, burlesque, acrobatics and Cirque - Zinzanni style acts. Twisted Cabaret is like a ‘One man Cirque du Soleil meets Penn and Teller.’

 

The Little Mermaid

  • Date(s): 04/18/2015 - 05/17/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 2:00 – 3:00PM
  • Location: Creating Arts Studios, 3110 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $15.00 General Admission

Come join us in the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale of the teenage mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. She is willing to give up her life under the sea to become a human but finds out making a deal with the sea witch can lead to trouble! This adventure is audience interactive and will have children from ages 4 to 90 singing along, cheering for the hero’s and booing for the villains! The show begins at 2pm and runs for 60 minutes. Stay after the show to meet your favorite characters!

 

New Moon of Taurus

  • Date(s): 04/19/2015
  • Times: 11 AM
  • Location: 1221 2nd Street, Suite 100
  • Contact: Debbie Jian
  • Phone: (424) 332-5350
  • Admission: $25 per person, Friends bringing Friends come in for free

The kabbalistic calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, with each month affecting us in distinct ways. The New Moon Connection offers awareness and special meditations to help us use the energy of the month to achieve greater happiness and fulfillment. RSVP required.

 

Orchestra Santa Monica - "Border Crossings"

  • Date(s): 04/19/2015
  • Times: 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd.
  • Contact: Jacquie McClean
  • Phone: (310) 525-7618
  • Admission: Adults $30, Seniors $25, College Students $15, K-12 Students $10

Border-bending inspiration for these colorful orchestral pieces, including the West Coast premiere of “Andean Elegy” by Berkeley-born composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Chen Yi, one of the most important Chinese composers who came of age during the Cultural Revolution and pursued composition studies in the U.S., fuses traditional Chinese music with contemporary Western idioms. Gabriela Lena Frank (shown on left) transmits her Lithuanian-Jewish and Peruvian-Chinese heritage through her music, including the tone poem in this concert that evokes the atmosphere and music of the Andes. Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla transformed the traditional tango through jazz influences. And to conclude the concert, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák runs through the gamut of charming melodies and dances from his homeland.

 

Earth Week at Santa Monica College

  • Date(s): 04/20/2015 - 04/24/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Times Vary
  • Location: Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd.
  • Phone: (310) 434-3909
  • Admission: Free

Join SMC students and learn proactive steps to reduce environmental impact from debates, a documentary screening, sustainability workshops, live performances and opportunities to volunteer. April 20 - Students Feed Students. The public may attend cooking demos, food preservation and seed bomb workshops. April 21 - Debate & Movie Screening of "Cowpiracy". Movie, snacks and merriment. April 22- Workshop Wednesday. Learn about: making natural sunscreen, building a bike generator, urban foraging, greenwashing in the media, and more! April 23 - Thriving Thursday. Join us for the Cultural Festival & Upcycled Art Show featuring musical and native dance performances, live art, craft workshops, upcycled art displays, food truck and more! April 24- Day of Service. Join hundreds in a community-wide day of service cleaning up our coast.

 

The 45-Minute Telethon

  • Date(s): 04/22/2015
  • Times: 8:00PM - 8:45PM
  • Location: Mi's Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade
  • Contact: Mi's Westside Comedy Theater c/o Mike Betette
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850

A hilarious telethon to benefit Chroroideremia. And it's only 45 minutes! Sketch comedy featuring Ami Sarfati, Rendel Leatherman, Joey Greer, Shaun Boylan, John Davenport, Debra Flachner, Bob Miret, and more! Music by Jon Fisher! Standup by Tim Jennings (The Soup online, Stevie TV, Guys Choice Awards). Awesome raffle prizes! Tickets will be $1(cash only). Come support a good cause by having a great night! Hosted by Mike Betette (Epic Rap Battle of History, Jimmy Kimmel Live!).

 

Tongva After Dark Presents Bollywood Dance Class with Achinta S. McDaniel

  • Date(s): 04/22/2015
  • Times: 7:30 – 9pm
  • Location: Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave
  • Admission: Free

Following its successful inaugural season, Tongva Park presents an exciting second season of cultural programming beginning with a Bollywood-style community dance class taught by Achinta McDaniel, Artistic Director of Blue13, and accompanied by a live DJ and drummer. Join this energetic dance class filled with color and imagination, inspired by classical and contemporary dance of India. The 90-minute class is open to all skills levels interested in dancing and enjoying music in a beautiful outdoor space. Sneakers are highly recommended.

 

This is Crazy!

  • Date(s): 04/23/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Admission: $10

A comedy show about mental illness and neurological disorders. Different? A little. Awesome? Oh yeah. DOn't worry, it's funny.Featuring Kira Soltanovich, Ian Gutoskie, Tone Bell, Kirk Smith and special guests.

 

Book Signing and Free Poster Giveaway Benefitting Foster Youth

  • Date(s): 04/25/2015
  • Times: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Location: Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street
  • Contact: Frank Varela
  • Phone: (310) 260-0158
  • Admission: Free

Book signing at Barnes & Noble Third Street Promenade where new children's author, Kendall Wolf, will be signing ERIC WU'S FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL and giving away limited edition posters. This event benefits It's Time For Kids (www.itstime4kids.org) which provides after school enrichment activities for foster youth.

 

Soaring with Love Foundation Fun Fair

  • Date(s): 04/25/2015
  • Times: 10 am - 2 pm
  • Location: Lighthouse Church, 1220 20th St
  • Admission: Free

Join non-profit SWLF for our Fun Fair on Saturday, April 25th at the Lighthouse Church in Santa Monica! Get your Mother's Day gifts at the fair! Julie Daniels and Sharlet Fouse will be doing super mini photo sessions! KID' ACTIVITIES: Art table by We Rock the Spectrum; Badges, puppet show, and squad car seating with the Santa Monica Police Dept; Hula hoop demo by Miss Lulu Lam; Mini Gym and crash mat setup by We Rock the Spectrum; Martial arts demo by United Studios of Self Defense; Mommy & Me music demo by Santa Monica Music; Musical performances by the Roy Kids; Planting fun for kids by Little Saplings; Rides on jumbo plush animals from Friendly Animal Adventures; Two bounce houses, a rubber duck fishing pool, and glitter tattoos; and more!

 

Spring Floral Crown Workshop Event

  • Date(s): 04/25/2015
  • Times: 11 am - 1pm
  • Location: West Elm Santa Monica, 1433 4th Street
  • Contact: Aysha Madison
  • Phone: (310) 576-7270

Let’s get crafty! Join us at West Elm Santa Monica and learn how to create a spring inspired floral crown with step-by-step instructions from SEED Floral Couture. All skill levels welcome! Event materials include: Tools, Binding Wire, Floral Adhesive & Fresh Blooms Treats & drinks will be served!

 

Ongoing Events

American Cinematheque Screenings: Aero Theatre

  • Date(s): 01/01/2008
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: 1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street
  • Phone: (323) 466-3456
  • Admission: Tickets $10 or $7 for members

Movie presentations by American Cinematheque, a non-profit, viewer-supported cultural organization, dedicated to the public presentation of the moving picture in all its forms, from classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. Weekly screenings of art, independent and classic films. Also sneak peaks of upcoming movies with celebrity guest appearances and discussions with film-makers. Call for program information: 323-466-3456. Tickets $10 or $7 for members.

Downtown Farmers' Market

  • Date(s): 01/02/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday 8:30am-1:30pm; Saturday 8:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Arizona Avenue between Second and Third Street
  • Phone: (310) 458-8712
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Farmers' Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St

Pico Farmers' Market

  • Date(s): 01/05/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: Virginia Park at Pico and Cloverfield
  • Phone: (310) 458-8712
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Santa Monica Conservancy Walking Tours of Downtown Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 01/05/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: Every Saturday morning, 10am
  • Location: 1436 2nd St (between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd)
  • Phone: (310) 496-3146
  • Admission: $5 for members, $10 for public

Presented by the Santa Monica Conservancy, discover more than 130 years of Santa Monica history. In approx. 2 hours and six blocks, the walk traverses more than 130 years of Santa Monica History, from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the sophisticated metropolis of today. RSVP the Thursday prior to the tour at (310) 496-3146.

Tours are every Saturday morning, $5 for members, $10 for public. Parking is available in the city parking structure opposite the hostel on the east side of 2nd Street. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that this tour is not suitable for young children.

Tours are rain or shine, but "rain checks" are offered if you call or email to reschedule.

Main Street Farmers' Market

  • Date(s): 01/06/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 9:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Main Street at Ocean Park Boulevard
  • Phone: (310) 458-8712
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Jazz Party

  • Date(s): 07/19/2009
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 1pm-5pm
  • Location: The Lodge, 1600 Ocean Park Blvd
  • Contact: Pat Kerry
  • Phone: (310) 395-1471
  • Admission: Admission for members is $10; non-members $15

Jazz Forum of Santa Monica presents "Classic Jazz Music" the 3rd Sunday of every month featuring the Hot Jazz of the 1930’s, Swingin’ Jazz of the 1940’s, and Cool Jazz of the 1950’s. Jam sessions featuring LA’s finest Jazz artists, starts at 1 pm-5 pm at “The Lodge” on the corner of 16th and Ocean Park in Santa Monica. A large dance floor, bar, great food and free parking available.

Free Furry Fitness Walk

  • Date(s): 04/18/2010
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 10am - 11am
  • Location: Palisades Park
  • Contact: Anastasia Taylor
  • Phone: (310) 914-3033
  • Admission: Free

Join us on Sunday, April 18th from 10am-11am for a “dog/owner” warm up followed by a walk in Palisades Park. Water & healthy snacks will be served. All are welcome so invite your friends! Participants will receive a complimentary 1-Week Guest Pass + a 1-hour Training Session to the Spectrum Athletic Club plus discount coupons for The Loved Dog. Meet at the top of the Montana Stairs (Ocean and Montana). For more info or to RSVP contact Anastasia Taylor at 310-914-3033 or anastasia@theloveddog.com. Event is held the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Heal One World Free Yoga

  • Date(s): 06/22/2010
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Times: Tuesdays 5:15-6:20pm, Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Location: 1318 2nd St, #21
  • Phone: (310) 826-1971
  • Admission: Free (donation only basis)

FREE (donation only basis) classes for beginners in need of Wellness Help.

Santa Monica Downtown Walking Tours

  • Date(s): 02/04/2011
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: as early as 7:00am up until dark
  • Location: Downtown Santa Monica, Main St., &/or Montana Ave
  • Phone: (310) 595-4526
  • Admission: $20.00 per person

Guided, exciting & informative "Daily" Santa Monica Walking Tours in Downtown Santa Monica, Main St., &/or Montana Ave. All Walking Tours honor the greatness of our popular city by the beach! Energetic, year around, varied Walking Tours, Shopping Tours, Walking Fitness, "Talk Walks", etc., highlight Santa Monica's "Hottest" Stores, Restaurants, Art, Entertainment, Sustainability, City Involvement, New Happenings, Special Events, & History, with entertaining stories/surprises designed to create lasting memories! Our Walking Tours promote fitness as well! Individuals/Groups/Privates are welcome! Approximately 2 hour Walking Tours. The "Santa Monica Downtown Walking Tours" (varied walking tours) are "open hours" by schedule via phone or e-mail scheduled appointments.

Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club Artists League

  • Date(s): 02/15/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: Tuesdays 10 am to 1 pm
  • Location: 1210 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club
  • Phone: (310) 310-2273
  • Admission: free

Join fellow artists every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm to work on your own projects in watercolor, gouache, acrylic or collage. Our historic building provides a quiet space that will allow your creativity to blossom and working with other artists will provide you with valuable feedback and new inspiration.

The L.A Cafe Plays

  • Date(s): 02/20/2011
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 7:30PM & 9PM
  • Location: Ruskin Group Theatre
  • Contact: Ruskin Group Theatre
  • Phone: (310) 397-3244
  • Admission: $15.00 for 7:30PM Show; $10.00 for 9PM show

Ruskin Group Theatre’s popular “L.A. Café Plays” – dubbed the “Fastest Theater in Town” because five short plays go from conception to execution in just 10 1/2 hours – happen every third Sunday of the Month The Café Plays have won praise from audiences and the press alike. Many celebrities frequently participate. Past participants include Dylan Mcdermott, Ed Asner, Chris Mulkey to name a few.

Shark Sundays at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

  • Date(s): 03/06/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk
  • Phone: (800) HEAL-BAY

Shark Sundays are a favorite weekly feature at the Aquarium. At 3:30 p.m. every Sunday, you can watch and listen to an informative presentation about these often misunderstood animals while our horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, noses out of the water, mouths open, anticipating the meal to come.  Expect a splash of seawater if you’re close enough to the exhibit. Watch a shark-themed film – they’re shown at scheduled intervals throughout the afternoon. Also, stop by our pier exhibit, and see if you can find our Pacific angel shark. Everyone is invited to make a fun shark craft project to take home.

Extreme Close Up: Essays Inspired By the Movies

  • Date(s): 03/20/2011
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 7-9 PM
  • Location: Vidiots Annex, 302 Pico Blvd.
  • Contact: CSchoenwald@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (310) 392-8508
  • Admission: $10.00

Vidiots Annex and Christine Schoenwald Presents Extreme Close-Up Essays Inspired by the Movies Sunday, April 17th at 7PM, space is limited.

This Month's Cast: Nancy Pimental Sarah Stanley Adam Gropman Jenny Noa Tom Cendejas Ted Hardwick Dylan Brody

Santa Monica: A Journey Into An Extraordinary Past Permanent Exhibit Gallery

  • Date(s): 03/30/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12pm - 8pm Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10am - 5pm
  • Location: The Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 Seventh Street
  • Phone: (310) 395-2290
  • Admission: $5 general, $3 seniors & students, free for children under 12

Come experience the remarkable chapters of Santa Monica’s history in the permanent exhibit gallery. Place yourself in the front-page news of a past era, explore Santa Monica landmarks, or step into a re-created section of a Douglas C-47. Here you will discover the compelling people and stories that have shaped the extraordinary city of Santa Monica.

Four themed exhibit rooms delve into the rich and colorful history of Santa Monica: A Town in the Arts, A Town in the News, A Town at Work, and A Town at Play. Each themed exhibit showcases original artifacts, photographs, and documents. In addition, there are three hands on interactive exhibits that bring the history to life.

Tale Spin: A Monthly Gathering of People Telling True Stories

  • Date(s): 04/28/2011
  • Recurring monthly on the last Thursday
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30
  • Location: Vidiots Annex, 302 Pico Blvd.
  • Contact: Patty Polinger
  • Phone: (310) 392-8508
  • Admission: $10.00

Join us for our second Tale Spin: A monthly gathering of people telling true stories. In the flesh. Unplugged. Make us laugh, make us cry, share your personal experiences. And, pay $10 at the door and help keep Vidiots, our local storytelling vendors, in business! We will meet on the last Thursday of every month.

Seating is limited to 35. Please bring a $10 contribution to help keep Vidiots’ doors open. Bring a bottle of wine or preferred beverage and an appetizer of any kind. The stories are free.

The Grind @ M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

  • Date(s): 06/23/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets)
  • Admission: Free

The Grind is M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater's flagship long form improv show. Incredible improv brought to you by the guys who own and run the theater. The cast has been performing together for over a decade.  Come see what many people consider their favorite improv show in Los Angeles. A new standup opener every week. This show is free and 18+. Featuring improvisers from The League, Modern Family, Justified, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Funny or Die, Playboy TV, Manswers, MadTV, the host of Speed Channel's The List and the co-creator/star of Epic Rap Battles of History!

 

The Jam @ M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

  • Date(s): 06/23/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 11:00 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets)
  • Contact: Sean Casey
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: Free!

The Jam is the WCT's weekly open improv show where anyone from the audience can come onstage and try their hand at improv comedy. Hosts Cole Stratton and Morgan Christensen draw names at random to jump up on stage and perform 2-to-3-person scenes. After everyone has performed, all are invited onstage for a free-form montage.

The Mission IMPROVable Show

  • Date(s): 06/24/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets).
  • Contact: Sean Casey
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $10.00

Mission IMPROVable is award winning, high-energy explosive improv show with lots of audience interaction! Every Friday and Saturday at 10PM.  Members of Mission IMPROVable have had roles on such shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Modern Family, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Speed Channel Host, Brothers & Sisters, Parenthood, Justified, Epic Rap Battles of History (Over a billion series downloads, 4 Streamy Awards this year), multiple national commercials, and thousands of live shows in over 7 countries and all 50 states. Mission IMPROVable is a 9 time nominee for Comedy Act of the Year, 2011 Winner of that award. They are the 2012 National Entertainer of the Year winners. They've also performed as part of Lollapalooza and on Disney's cruise ship!

 

Marion Davies Guest House & Docent Tours

  • Date(s): 06/25/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Phone: (310) 458-4904
  • Admission: Free

Learn about the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and no reservations are required.

The Guest House is scheduled to be open from 11am-2pm on dates listed below, unless otherwise noted, with tours beginning at 11am, 12pm & 1pm. Guest House hours are subject to change. Changes to the below schedule will be posted with as much notice as possible. Please call the day before you plan to visit to confirm. The Guest House may close in instances of inclement weather.

Food Truck Bazaar at California Heritage Museum

  • Date(s): 07/12/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Location: California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St
  • Phone: (310) 392-8537

Gourmet Food Trucks, sit-down eating accommodations and facilities. Free parking in the Museum parking lot. Metered parking in the adjacent lots. Free bicycle valet! Proceeds benefit the Museum.

Comedy Nights in the Basement

  • Date(s): 10/05/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 8pm-12midnight
  • Location: Yankee Doodles - 1410 Third Street Promenade
  • Contact: Jordan Reynolds
  • Phone: (310) 985-4143
  • Admission: Free w/ $20 minimum purchase during show

Stand-Up Comedy Night - Hosted by LA's #1 Comedy Show Producer Jay Davis. Talent from Comedy Central, Showtime Presents, and HBO specials. Many comedians have headlined their own US and International tours. Please join us at The Basement Under Yankee Doodles for great food, cold beverages, and superior service! No cover!

Gallery at Annenberg Community Beach House

  • Date(s): 10/10/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 9-3pm, Gallery hours are subject to change. Upcoming closures will be posted here with as much notice as possible.
  • Location: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Phone: (310) 458-4904

Cultural Abstraction, Contemporary Figurations: the Work of Seven Contemporary Figurative Painters in Santa Monica.


July 28 - December 4, 2011
An exhibition of work by seven artists from the Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program. Francisco Cabas, Quinne Larson, Abdul Mazid, Kathleen Melian, Jessica Nicol, Elizabeth Weber and Elena Wolek spin the narrative in their work into a thread that joins seemingly incongruent concepts in a visual dialogue, investigating and reporting ideas about cultural identity, gender empowerment, dislocation, consumption and human regeneration. The works display constant movement in delicate balance between figurative and abstract representations.

"Emerging Artists for Emerging Collectors" Art Opening / Artist Reception

  • Date(s): 01/06/2012
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Friday
  • Times: 5 - 8 pm
  • Location: haleARTS S P A C E
  • Contact: Sean Hemeon
  • Phone: (310) 314-8038
  • Admission: Free

"Emerging artists for emerging collectors" - New local artist featured every other friday with reception.

Brett Young at Sonoma Wine Garden

  • Date(s): 03/13/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Location: Sonoma Wine Garden, 395 Santa Monica Place, 3rd Floor Dining Deck
  • Phone: (424) 214-4560

Join Brett Young and special guests, every Tuesday night for a live music set at 6:30pm on our garden patio.

Paint, Wine and Cheese Nights

  • Date(s): 07/07/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: 2912 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Contact: info@paintlab.net
  • Phone: (310) 450-9200
  • Admission: $30.00 + cost of canvas

Need some guidance and some liquid inspiration to get in the creative mood? Try our Instructed Paint, Wine, and Cheese Workshops! It’s fun and social, and our instructors walk you through the steps to help you create your own beautiful piece of art, which make great gifts or souvenirs. Price includes instruction, paints, brushes, and complimentary refreshments and we cleanup for you! Ask us about other dates available. Call to reserve.

 

Painter's Breakfast at Paint:Lab

  • Date(s): 07/08/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 10AM-1PM
  • Location: 2912 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Contact: info@paintlab.net
  • Phone: (310) 450-9200
  • Admission: $25.00 + the cost of canvas

Start your Sunday morning off on the creative side of the bed, filled with painting, coffee, tea and a light breakfast fare. Painters Breakfast @ Paint:Lab Sundays from 10am – 1pm. $25 plus the cost of your canvas ** Includes all the brushes, paints, easels, set up and cleanup, coffee, tea, oatmeal or bagel. **mention this post for a 10% discount on your canvas purchase**

Story Time at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

  • Date(s): 08/04/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk
  • Phone: (310) 393-6149

Join us every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for a whale of a tale! The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will host story time in the Dorothy Green Room. Children (and adults) love to hear a good story, and the Aquarium has a nearly endless supply of books celebrating life of the sea. Join us any Saturday for a fun-filled story time. And while you're here, be sure to get a hug from a sea urchin, check out the new-born sharks in the nursery, make a marine-themed craft to take home and learn about the more than 100 species on exhibit - all marine life found in the Santa Monica Bay.

Hump Day Food Trucks

  • Date(s): 08/08/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: Lunch hours are 10am-3pm, Dinner hours are 4-9pm
  • Location: 1401 Santa Monica Boulevard

Officially called Hump Day Lot, a collection of food trucks will be available every Wednesday featuring easy access parking for bikes and vehicles alike. The food trucks will be located at 1401 Santa Monica Boulevard, which is at the corner of 14th and Santa Monica.

As many as six trucks may be on site at once, serving lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entertainment will also be available in the form of music by The Central, a “social aid and pleasure club,” from noon to 9 p.m.

Wine Wednesdays at The Buffalo Club

  • Date(s): 08/08/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Buffalo Club, 1520 Olympic Blvd.
  • Phone: (310) 450-8600
  • Admission: $24

 Our Certified Sommelier, Brayner Ferry, will be describing, pouring and teaching you about selected wines every Wednesday at our Garden Courtyard Lounge. It's casual; arrive anytime. Wines are accompanied by an assortment of artisan cheeses. If you stay for dinner, enjoy 50% off any wine from our Garden Courtyard list.

Harlow Gold at Harvelle's

  • Date(s): 10/25/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: Doors open at 8pm; Shown starts at 10pm
  • Location: Harvelle's, 1432 4th St.
  • Admission: General Admission: $25; VIP premium reserved: $50

In the mood for something a little different? The Harlow Gold show at Harvelle's is the perfect recipe for a fun night out. Providing LA's only modern cabaret review, the dancers will amaze with their superbly choreographed performances that occur throughout the entire room. Sit back and hold onto your drinks, the show will come to you!

Kids Weekend Art Camp

  • Date(s): 05/18/2013
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: 2912 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Contact: Paint Lab
  • Phone: (310) 450-9200
  • Admission: $55 includes all materials

Bring your child to come enjoy our Kids Weekend Art Camp on Saturdays & Sundays! Open to ages 5 - 12yrs old. $55 includes all art materials (instruction, paint, brushes and paper). Choose from individual lessons or a multi-week lesson plan. Reservations required. Mention this add for a 5% discount on one child or signing up more then one child, up to 10% off per child, same day.

 

Community Dinners at RAWvolution

  • Date(s): 06/12/2013
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, 2301 Main St
  • Phone: (310) 392-9501
  • Admission: $20

RAWvolution hosts a weekly dinner series with live music. The multi-course raw/vegan menu includes cheese & crackers plate, choice of two soups and a large Radiance salad. You can also order a la carte. Candlelight dinner, great atmosphere and Open Mic showcase at the end of the night, 7pm every Wednesday. Bring your own wine and we'll uncork it for you!

 

Sommelier Saturdays at Del Frisco's Grille

  • Date(s): 03/29/2014
  • Recurring monthly on the last Saturday
  • Times: 1pm-3pm
  • Location: Del Frisco's Grille, 1551 Ocean Ave #105
  • Phone: (310) 395-7333
  • Admission: $35

Join Del Frisco's Grille Sommelier Adem Sash for Sommelier Saturdays - a monthly wine series for vino lovers! $35 per person for a two-hour wine lesson from one of LA's top sommeliers, along with hors d'oeuvres. Topics include, the differences between Pinot Noirs from different regions, oaked vs. unoaked Chardonnay and the art of sounding savvy when speaking with a restaurant's sommelier. Del Frisco's Grille is located on the corner of Ocean Ave. and Colorado Blvd, and valet parking is available adjacent to restaurant. Reservations can be made by calling: (310) 395-7333.

Chris Vincent - One Man Band @ The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen

  • Date(s): 08/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10pm-1am
  • Location: 119 Broadway
  • Contact: The Craftsman Bar & Kitchen
  • Phone: (310) 395-6037
  • Admission: Free

Chris Vincent is a Seattle born guitarist & singer. His One Man Band show consists of stripped down acoustic blues versions of classic rock and contemporary favorites. 21+ Event, No Cover.

 

Traditional Irish Music Sundays with the Brilliant Gypsies

  • Date(s): 10/19/2014
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Sunday
  • Times: 5-8pm
  • Location: Finn McCool's, 2702 Main Street
  • Contact: Peter Romano
  • Phone: (310) 452-1744
  • Admission: Free

Peter Romano and The Brilliant Gypsies perform every other Sunday at Finn McCool's Irish Pub in Santa Monica. This acoustic line-up showcases the musicians' mastery of traditional Celtic instruments, and an innate ability to charm and captivate any audience. Prepare for toe-tapping (at the very least) as they blend rousing favourites and familiar melodies with a haunting ballad or two. Kids Eat Free* on Sundays, so bring the whole family -- and your kids will love joining in with a jig or two up and down the aisles. Sláinte. *One free kiddie entree with one purchased adult entree. Promotions may change without notice - ask your server for details.

 

Train to Zakopane

  • Date(s): 11/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM; Sundays 5:00 pm.
  • Location: Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street
  • Contact: Edgemar Center for the Arts
  • Phone: (310) 399-3666
  • Admission: General $34.99

The Rainbow Theater Company and The Edgemar Center for the Arts present Tana Frederick and Mike Falkow in a true story of hate and love. It's been said that the other side of love is hate. But is it possible that the other side of hate is love? Train to Zakopane: A true story of hate and love explores the human condition in its darkest and most exquisite moments. It is a compelling love story that lays bare how compassion and intolerance can, even in the most unusual of circumstances, be one.

Lip Service

  • Date(s): 12/03/2014 - 05/20/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10:00-11:30 PM
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Andrew Caudill
  • Phone: (805) 550-1243
  • Admission: $5

Lip Service is a one of a kind comedy show that blends the worlds of stand up, sketch, and character showcase into one unforgettable night of comedy. Each night, Lip Service brings together the best of the Los Angeles comedy scene for a one-of-a-kind comedy show that defies categorization. From national headliners to up and coming sketch performers, Lip Service is a stand up showcase with a fluid format -- who's only guarantee is bringing you the best comedy Los Angeles has to offer. Hosted by: Robbie Goodwin (Brown College Comedy Festival, Comedy Studio, Purple Onion) Kyle Everett (Indie Improv Comedy Festival) Andrew Caudill (Ice House).

 

Free Historical Walking Tour of the Santa Monica Pier

  • Date(s): 02/14/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 11am & 12pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier, Pier Shop in the Historical Carousel Building, 200 Santa Monica Pier
  • Admission: Free

These hour-long tours feature fascinating stories about how the Pier has changed over 100 years, the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies of the Pier, the original Muscle Beach, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe & Charlie Chaplin and even a certain fishing boat captain who became immortalized as a world-famous cartoon character. There is no need to book or RSVP unless you are requesting a private group tour. Interested visitors need only to show up at the Pier Shop at the historic Merry Go-Round Building before the tour time and look for the blue-shirted Pier Docents.

 

Around the World in 80 Wines

  • Date(s): 02/25/2015 - 02/24/2016
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Buffalo Club, 1520 Olympic Boulevard
  • Contact: Bryan Marn
  • Phone: (310) 450-8600
  • Admission: $30

A casual tasting of fine wines from around the globe. Five hand selected wines will be served with an assortment of artisan cheeses. Tastings will be conducted by our Sommelier, Brayner Ferry, C.M.S. (Attendees must be at least 21 years of age).

 

Thénardiers Inn - A Les Misérables Cabaret

  • Date(s): 03/05/2015 - 04/30/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: Thursdays: 8:00 – 10:00pm
  • Location: Creating Arts Studios, 3110 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $15 - $30

Welcome to Thenardier’s Inn, a re-telling of the Victor Hugo Les Miserable tale put on by the man himself. Submerge yourself in the dancing, drinks, and girls of the Inn, while singing along with the classic characters and songs, in this 360 degree immersive theatrical cabaret. You will be escorted through the event by Master Thenardier, where the audience is invited to his very Inn for an intimate yet rambunctious evening where every seat is in on the action! Forget Broadway, and bring in the broads, it’s Master Thenardier’s turn! No admittance under 21 as this show features adult content. Dress in your finest French Revolutionary fashion, and receive a drink. We are also offering ticket discounts: Promo Code LESMIS and get 50% Off.

 

ChicabaRENT

  • Date(s): 03/13/2015 - 05/02/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8-10pm
  • Location: 3110 Pennsylvania Ave
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $15 - $30

Take a seat in the Kit Kat Klub and explore the Bohemian lifestyle in this Chicago, Cabaret, Rent musical cocktail! The owners of the establishment, Emcee and Matron “Mamma” Morton will guide you through a satirical romp of sex, drugs, liquor, murder, jazz, art and love. Dive into the drinks, dance and songs in this 360 degree completely immersive cabaret event that begins before you even walk through the front door! Girls, guys and everything in between, there’s something for everyone at this speak-easy but only those with the password will get in! Doors open at 7PM for cocktails and live music. Dress in your finest 20’s fashion, and your first drink is on us.

 

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen's Live Music Series

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015
  • Recurring every 7 days
  • Times: 10:00pm-Late
  • Location: The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen, 119 Broadway
  • Contact: Holly
  • Phone: (310) 395-6037
  • Admission: No Cover

Join us at The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen for some of the best live music on the westside 7 nights a week with no cover. Visit our website for all band line-ups and don't forget to stop by for our popular happy hour 7 days a week from 4pm-8pm.

 

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