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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10/19/2014 - 10/25/2014

Featured Events

New Exhibition at TAG Gallery Featuring Artists: Sue Keane, Andrea Rubin Kichaven, Alison Lowe Platt

  • Date(s): 09/30/2014 - 10/25/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening Reception: Saturday, October 11 5-8pm
  • Location: TAG Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-3, (Bergamot Station)
  • Contact: TAG Gallery
  • Phone: (310) 829-9556
  • Admission: Free

New Works on Paper, Sue Keane: Making a dramatic shift from her previous focus on ceramic media, artist Sue Keane explores abstract two dimensional expression in her current body of work. Working solely with oil-based inks and paper, Keane creates monoprints within a restrictive palette of black and white, occasionally infusing bold orange hues.

Windows of Dreams, Andrea Rubin Kichaven: The exploration of atmosphere, weather, composition and mood are Kichaven’s focus in her upcoming show, Windows of Dreams. Mindful moments captured in a small window of time create a dream-like expression of space and place. The spiritual and physical become the catalyst of her exploration.

Explorations, Alison Lowe Platt In her most recent body of work, artist Alison Lowe Platt shifts stylistically from her plein-air and oil painting background to focus on animated mixed media compositions. Implementing a vibrant use of color with media that combines photo transfer along with ink, gouache, oil-based inks, and pencil elements, Platt's new work takes on a more intuitive approach.

Front Porch Cinema at the Santa Monica Pier

  • Date(s): 10/03/2014 - 10/24/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: Music starts at 6pm; Film starts at 7:30pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier
  • Phone: (310) 458-8901
  • Admission: Free

Unwind on the front porch of California after a long week. We've got films, food, drinks and fun each Friday night this Fall. Oh, and the movies are really good too, and free! There are even old-timey lawn chairs for rent that melt away the stress of the week while you relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. Lineup includes: Frozen, Gravity, Grand Budapest Hotel and Ferris Bueller's day Off. Special opening night movie on Thursday, October 2nd featuring a screening of Higher.

2 ACROSS: Jerry Mayer’s Smash-Hit Comedy

  • Date(s): 10/11/2014 - 11/23/2014
  • 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: Gen adm: $29.50; students, teachers, seniors, military, $22.50; groups of 8 or more $18.50

Ten years after it premiered at Santa Monica Playhouse, 2 Across has been extended after its sell-out summer run, helmed by acclaimed director Chris DeCarlo and starring stage and screen personalities Kip Gilman (Bones, CSI: Miami, Mark Taper Forum’s Stuff Happens - Ovation Nomination, original production of Jerry Mayer’s 2 ACROSS) and Wendy Michaels (The Glades, America’s Most Wanted, Bachelor Party 2, I Love You Phillip Morris, Jerry Mayer’s Almost Perfect). A commuter train leaves San Francisco Airport at 4:15 a.m. on its way to the East Bay. A man and a woman who have nothing in common but their crossword puzzles are on that BART train. She takes crosswords (and life) very seriously; he treats everything like a game. She's a bean counter; he's a loose canon. They argue, laugh, share secrets, kiss. By the time they reach their destination and depart, the encounter has changed their lives. But will they meet again?

 

Absolutely Halloween: A Magical, Mysterious, Musical

  • Date(s): 10/11/2014 - 10/26/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 2:00pm; Sundays at 12:30
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.2
  • Admission: Prices Vary

It’s the classic family theatre Halloween musical for Kids 2 to 102 – the heartwarming Rudie-DeCarlo tale of the aptly-named Candy, a sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, love, laughter, and sugar, from a delightful array of characters who take her on a magical All Hallow’s Eve adventure. Help Cattypuss, Patty Patches, Stuffy Steffy, Lester the Jester and Fifika the French Fortune Teller happily save Halloween for one more year. As witching hour approaches, kids, and parents, too, discover the value of team spirit, friendship, sharing, making choices and moderation, especially when it comes to treats and sweets. Come in costume, and get two-for-one tickets for any future family theatre show and every child’s admission includes a free wand – use it to help the magical spells during the show and save Halloween!!

 

An Evening with George Clinton

  • Date(s): 10/22/2014
  • Times: 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Location: Moss Theatre, New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd
  • Admission: $20 General Admission; $30 Reserved Seats

George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine captured more than forty R&B hit singles (including three at #1) and recording three platinum albums.

 

House Sessions

  • Date(s): 10/23/2014
  • Times: 7:30pm-10:30pm
  • Location: Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave

Join us on Thursday, October 23 for our the first of many House Sessions set in the poolside ambiance of our backyard. The free music discovery series is curated by BalconyTV Los Angeles and House Brewing Co. with fresh jams by underground and top indie-type rock bands. Guests and locals are invited to swing by, hang out and enjoy cool brews from House Brewery and bites from CAST.

 

Pumpkin Pie Opening Reception

  • Date(s): 10/23/2014
  • Times: 7pm - Midnight
  • Location: Daniel Rolnik Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue
  • Contact: Daniel Rolnik
  • Phone: (310) 729-3399
  • Admission: Free

Join us for the opening reception of "Pumpkin Pie." Artworks start at $20 - so come ready to buy! 90-minute free parking is available in the public lot on 2nd street, which is only a few blocks from the gallery.

 

Halloween Cocktail Theatre: Zombies Edition

  • Date(s): 10/24/2014 - 10/29/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Friday
  • Times: 7-10pm
  • Location: 41 Ocean Club, 1541 Ocean Ave #150
  • Admission: $50-$125

Mr. Floyd, a mixologist who has created cocktails for a bevy of award shows and big events, returns to 41 Ocean Club in Santa Monica on Friday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 29 to make Halloween sippables, with showmanship and style. The theme of this particular Cocktail Theatre -- Mr. Floyd travels far and around presenting many iterations of his staple show -- is Zombie Apocalypse, so prepare for a side of moan with that martini. Ticket price gets you five signature cocktails and a trio of dishes from Chef Jimmy Martinez.

 

9th Annual Dusk-To-Dawn Horrorthon

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave
  • Phone: (310) 260-1528
  • Admission: $15-$20

Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s ninth annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises! Movies include Creepshow, Gargoyles, The Thing, The Night of a Thousand Cats, The Deadly Spawn, Basket Case and Zombie Holocaust. Coffee courtesy of Pete’s Coffee, Monster Energy Drink courtesy of Hansen's Beverage and prizes and giveaways courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and more.

 

Adventures in Dreamdale - Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Ball

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 6:00 – 10:00pm
  • Location: Creating Arts Studios, 3110 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $40-$50

Halloween - A Parents Night Out Cinderella and Prince Charming invite you to join them at their kids-only Jack-O-Lantern ball! What to Wear: Dress in your Halloween costumes to come play! While parents enjoy a stress-free night out, kids ages 4-10 are invited to come learn to ballroom dance, sing songs, play games, have fun with favorite characters, protect their candy from potential Pirates, and learn how to be the best they can be in an immersive theatrical child-care event. Event Includes: Decked Halls in Fun Festive Furnishings, A Red Carpet for photos of guests, Ballroom Dance Lesson, Character interaction and pictures, Princess/Prince lesson, Fun Fairytale Games, Finger Food Feast, Possible Pirate Party Crashers, A Royal Craft, Character Performances and Downloadable photos from the Event.

 

Draw the Line: Make a Picket Sign

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 11am-3pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave.
  • Admission: Free; RSVP on website

Stand up and speak out! Learn to make a picket sign using hand-drawn graphics, a clear and clever message, and the transformative power of art. Admission is free, the workshop is open to all ages, and supplies are provided. Draw the Line: Make a Picket Sign is presented by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Big Draw LA.

 

Frightfully Fintastic Fishy Fest at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014 - 10/26/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12:30pm-5pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk
  • Phone: (310) 393-6149

Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) all weekend long with family-friendly, spooky marine science activities. A glow-in-the-dark deep-sea laboratory, craft stations to create Dia de los Muertos masks, and face painting are just some of the features of this annual festival. All ghosts and goblins are invited to join a 3:00 PM parade on Sunday, Oct. 26th. “Fintastic” treats for all!

 

Making Strides Walk of Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 10am
  • Location: Ocean Park Blvd and Barnard Way

The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Take that step with us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Santa Monica walk. It will take each and every one of us to rally together and finish the fight against breast cancer. Just a few hours of your time at our non-competitive, 5K event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families.

 

Out of the Darkness Walk

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 9am-11am
  • Location: 3rd Street Promenade

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.

 

Tabloid Witch Horror Film Festival

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 7pm-Midnight
  • Location: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Thomas M. Sipos
  • Phone: (310) 458-6048
  • Admission: Free

Celebrate Halloween with a free screening of the 2014 Tabloid Witch Award winning horror films. This year's winning films -- 15 shorts and 1 feature -- include zombies, banshees, demons, slashers, ghosts, aliens, and the devil himself. Some films may not be suitable for the very young. Free admission. First come, first seated. Arrive early. Start times: 7 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

 

Trinity Baptist Children's Center Fall Festival

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 4pm-8pm
  • Location: 1019 California Avenue
  • Admission: $3.00 per ticket (2 years and up)

Trinity Baptist Children's Center 6th Annual Fall Festival. Free event parking. There will be game booths, prizes, petting zoo, food, music, silent auction, photo opportunity and more. Costumes are welcome, please remember there will be young children at the event and we do not wish to scare them. We are offering families a safe trick-or-treating opportunity and holding a fundraiser for our non-profit preschool.

 

ZJ Boarding House's Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014
  • Times: 8am
  • Location: Ocean Park Beach, Lifeguard Tower 26

Yes, ghouls and ghoulettes, it’s our favorite time of the year in Southern California and to celebrate great weather, greater waves and a spooky harvest atmosphere we are once again holding the Haunted Heats Halloween Surf Contest at Tower 26 on Santa Monica beach. Our 7th year running, we boastfully consider this the best costume surf contest west of the Mississippi! We are now inviting the spookiest of surfers to come and compete for glory, prizes and fame!  All you need is a great costume idea, a surfboard and a modicum of surfing skills to get you afloat!  This is a fun first contest, where your ability to incorporate your costume in your surfing is what will guide you to victory! All ages and skill levels are welcomed.

 

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.

Ruskin Theatre: L.A. Cafe Plays

  • Date(s): 01/20/2008
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: The 3rd Sunday of every month, 7.30pm & 9pm
  • Location: Ruskin Theatre, 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Phone: (310) 397-3244
  • Admission: $10 admission

Cafe Plays gives directors, actors and writers the chance to create a one-act play from scratch in 10 1/2 hours before presenting it the same evening to a live audience. Five one-act plays, bound by a common theme and locale, are staged each night. The 3rd Sunday of every month, 7.30pm & 9pm. $10 admission. Tel. 310 397 3244 or www.ruskingrouptheatre.com.

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 Punk House - Standup Comedy @ M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

  • Date(s): 06/22/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 9:00-10:30 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Sean Casey
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $8.00

Westside Comedy Theater's weekly cutting-edge standup show hosted by Ed Galvez! Every week features a hot new set of headlining comics, as well as hardcore up-and-comers and selected musical guests.

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.

Prime Night Tours

  • Date(s): 08/09/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: Registration and Appetizers from 6 PM-7 PM
  • Location: Ozumo's
  • Contact: Corinthian "D. Platinum" Kelly
  • Phone: (310) 991-9938
  • Admission: $30 per person

Prime Night Tours offers our guests a fun and energetic tour of Santa Monica's nightlife like you have never seen it before... We will be your official guides, ensuring that you are well taken care of and having the time of your life while partaking in the best bars and nightlife which Los Angeles has to offer. Our international and local guests makes it happen each Tuesday night. Good conversation, Good People, Good Times, and a safe environment. PRIME Night Tours and YOU will be the Life of the Party!!! Includes entry into all clubs, free welcome shots, and drink discounts!

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**

Destination Food Tour Presents A Taste of Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 07/27/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Location: Throughout Santa Monica
  • Admission: $59

You will be taken on a 3-hour adventure starting with how Santa Monica was established, all the ways Santa Monica has changed over the years, and of course all of the great things that Santa Monica has to offer today. You will sit down and relax with an interesting mix of people while you enjoy distinctive food and wine from some of Santa Monica's unique restaurants and shops. Tourists and locals alike will benefit from Destination Food Tour's knowledgeable suggestions for activities, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Take this tour at the beginning of your visit; then go out and explore all the great places that may otherwise go unseen.

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!

This Is How We Do It Sunday

  • Date(s): 02/17/2013
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Location: Mi's Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd St. Promenade
  • Contact: OurFunnyComedyShow@gmail.com
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $10

Come out for this 90s-themed comedy show. Everyone who comes in 90s gear gets in for half price. The show features the best comics in the city, celebs from the 90s, 90s trivia & prizes...This Is How We Do It!

 

House Team Party

  • Date(s): 04/15/2013
  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Location: M.I.'s Westisde Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade
  • Contact: Mike Betette
  • Phone: (310) 405-5885
  • Admission: Free

Three of our amazing house teams perform long-form improv based on your suggestions. No drink minimum. Always free. Come see why we're the fastest growing comedy theater in Los Angeles.

 

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.

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen No Cover Live Music Line-Up

  • Date(s): 06/12/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Location: The Craftsman Bar, 119 Broadway
  • Phone: (310) 395-6037
  • Admission: Free

Join us at The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen for some of the best live music in Santa Monica 5 nights a week. Bands play Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and we never charge a cover. Kick back and listen to some sweet jams while enjoying one of our famous gourmet mini burgers or a drink of of our happy hour which goes until 8 PM every single day! Visit our website for band line-ups www.thecraftsmanbar.com or to check out some future interviews with our bands visit our blog. www.thecraftsmanbar.blog.com.

 

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.

 

Sleeping Beauty

  • Date(s): 09/27/2014 - 11/09/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 1-2pm
  • Location: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12.00 Child - $20.00 Adult

Creating Arts Company is proud to bring to life another beloved Princess tale! When the King and Queen are blessed with a lovely baby girl, Princess Aurora, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the newborn Princess. She declares that on her sixteenth birthday, the Princess will prick her finger on a cursed spindle and fall into a deep slumber that only a kiss of true love can awake. Desperate to save their daughter, the King and Queen rely on the help of the forrest fairies to keep her safely hidden away until after her sixteenth birthday. Will they young Princess make it past her sixteenth birthday without the evil sorceress finding her or will she fall victim to the spell, to have a kiss of true love awake her? This classic fun fairytale is a Creating Arts Company Pint Sized Play, it’s a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical experience for ages 3 and up!

 

Willy Wonka

  • Date(s): 09/27/2014 - 11/09/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 3:00 - 4:00PM Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12.00 Child; $20.00 Adult

Roald Dahl’s delicious tale of young Charlie Bucket and the strange and elusive confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in musical form in this fun fantasy Creating Arts Company Mini-Musical. When Charlie wins a Golden Ticket to the weird Wonka Chocolate Factory for a once in a lifetime tour he has no idea what’s in store. Beyond the gates Charlie along with Varuka Salt, Agustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, Voilet Beauregard and their guardians step into a world full of wonder and edible delights but soon discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Parents and children alike will delight in this fun musical and parents and teachers can use Creating Arts Company’s Page to Stage educational resources! This show is a Creating Arts Company Signature Mini-Muscal, a one hour interactive-cinimatic-musical-experience. All children receive a free toy musical instrument upon arrival.

 

Celtic Ceili Night

  • Date(s): 10/07/2014 - 12/02/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 8-11pm
  • Location: Finn McCool's, 2702 Main Street
  • Contact: Peter Romano
  • Phone: (310) 452-1744
  • Admission: Free

Every Tuesday night, the best of L.A.'s Celtic musicians and singers gather at Finn McCool's for Celtic Ceili Night. A different Celtic band performs every week. Come on by and enjoy a proper pint, the "best pub-grub in LA", and some great Irish foot-stompin' tunes. Bring your dancing shoes - you'll find yourself doing a reel or two around the bar we're sure! No cover charge. 

 

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.

 

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