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17 Mar  

CityShakes opens The Merchant of Venice with a Red Carpet Masquerade!

The City Shakespeare Company is kicking off its 2014 season with a bash. The Santa Monica-based theater company is hosting a red carpet masquerade ball on opening night, Thursday, March 27. Theater-goers will enjoy Hollywood-style red carpet arrivals and complimentary wine starting at 7 pm, followed by a 90-minute performance of The Merchant of Venice. Dancing and prizes for the best masquerade costumes conclude the evening.

The company, which is currently housed in an early 20th century warehouse space located within walking distance of the 3rd Street Promenade, is aware of the controversy that follows this play and City Shakes’ co-artistic directors Allison Volk and Brooke Bishop welcome the challenge with open arms.

Bishop, who is directing the production says, “My hope is that people leave the theater asking questions. If this play sparks a dialogue, if you leave wondering not who was right and who was wrong, but rather if right and wrong even matter at all, I will be ecstatic, and know we’ve done something worth doing.” Peter Nikkos takes on the role of Shylock adding, “There is Shylock in everyman; my humble goal is to show the audience the ‘everyman’ in Shylock.”

In addition to Nikkos, the cast will include Todd Elliott (Antonio), David Hartstone (Bassanio), Daniel Landberg (Troubadour), Gilbert Martinez (Clown), Frank Raducz Jr. (Lorenzo), Megan Ruble (Jessica), Allison Volk (Portia), Mallory Wedding (Nerissa) and Frank Weidner (Gratiano). City Shakes’ production is adapted and directed by Brooke Bishop and will feature original music written and performed by Daniel Landberg.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

March 27 – April 12, 2014

City Shakespeare Company, 1454 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

There is plenty of free street parking after 6pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays April 6 & 13 at 4:00 pm.

Tickets ($20): www.brownpapertickets.com/event/583598

Thursdays, April 3 & 10 are pay-what-you-can at the door.

www.CityShakes.org



13 Feb  

Santa Monica Clock Tower Drawings On Display Through End Of February

Marion McCally, a visual artist and native of Los Angeles, is currently showing her work in the store windows of Hennessey and Ingalls Art & Architecture Bookstore located at 214 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Included in the display are two drawings of the Santa Monica Clock Tower Building.

Framed and unframed prints are for sale. The art will be showing through the end of February.



29 Jan  

I Heart Santa Monica V-Day Bash

Wokcano Santa Monica presents the Westside’s Largest V-Day Party, “I Heart Santa Monica,” benefiting Meals on Wheels West and hosted by Kim Koury (Spin PR) and Josh Ochs (Media Leaders). Come out and celebrate everything we love about our city. Music by DJ Frankie, hosted hors d’oeuvres from 9-10 p.m., 2-for-1 Oyster Bar, themed drink specials, photo booth and more! Amazing raffle prizes include a one-night stay at Fairmont Miramar, Rasta Bus private charter, catered dinner for 20 people from Chipotle, 30-minute flight around LA from Santa Monica Flyers and dinner for 2. Tickets are $10 in advance & $15 at the door and available at www.iheartsantamonica.eventbrite.com.



01 Jul  

4th of July Events in Santa Monica & LA

Summer has arrived in Southern California and everyone is gearing up for the 4th of July Weekend! Whether you’re looking for fireworks, good food or live entertainment, Santa Monica has you covered!

4th of July Events In and Around Santa Monica:

Santa Monica 7th Annual 4th of July Parade
July 4 2013 9:30am
Kicks off in front of the Civic Center
Come out for Santa Monica’s 7th Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street, celebrating our heroes.

Marina del Rey
July 4, 2013 9:00pm
Barge off Marina Del Rey
The Marina del Rey Fourth of July Fireworks Show returns in 2013! See this year’s twenty-minute display presented by the famed Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. Fireworks are shot from a barge across the Marina’s main channel. Burton Chace Park located at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village located at 13755 Fiji Way, are premier locations for viewing the pyrotechnic extravaganza. Spectators can watch the display and listen to synchronized music on KXLU 88.9FM. The music will be relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park for onlookers.

Pacific Palisades
July 4, 2013
Gates Open 6:00pm
Entertainment 6:30pm
Fireworks 9:00pm
Palisades High School

Hollywood Bowl
July 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2013 7:30pm
2301 North Highland Ave.
Celebrate the Fourth at the Bowl’s annual party. This year’s spectacular includes Josh Groban, patriotic music and thrilling fireworks.

El Segundo
July 4, 2013
Daytime Events 10am-3pm
Evening Events 5-9pm
Recreation Park

Huntington Beach
July 4, 2013
Fireworks Show 9:00pm-9:30pm
All day events include Surf City Run & Expo, Pancake Breakfast, Vendor Expo at Pier Plaza, 4th of July Parade and Fireworks Show.

Redondo Beach
July 4, 2013
Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way
Gates open 2pm, Fireworks at 9pm followed by jam session featuring Encore! Shari Puorto Band. Tickets available online.

Get a Great View:
Grab a few friends or the whole family and create your own Fourth of July viewing party! Here are just a handful of Santa Monica spots known for their breathtaking views:

For a full list of 2013 fireworks shows in the Los Angeles County area, visit www.safejuly4th.org/fwshows.htm. For additional Santa Monica summer events and entertainment, visit www.santamonica.com/summer-specials.



15 Mar  

Support Local Santa Monica Service Businesses with MyTime

By Casey Salyer

One of the best things about Santa Monica is the sense of community and the many wonderful businesses waiting to be discovered around every corner. Supporting independent businesses within the community is important to help a city thrive. MyTime, a new company that just launched in Los Angeles, helps connect residents specifically to service-based local businesses such as salons, spas, auto mechanics, yoga studios, dentists and much more, by allowing people to search for, compare and book appointments on the spot from top-rated businesses in their own neighborhood. And best of all, MyTime is completely free for people to use.

Santa Monica-based businesses such as Yogis Anonymous, Monique Powers Beauty Boutique, Bay Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Santa Monica Tooth Doctor and many others are already using MyTime, which allows their customers – new and existing – to conveniently schedule appointments for whatever time best fits their schedule. The website also allows businesses to offer sale pricing for appointments at off-peak times or at the last minute to help drive customers when they need them most, so you can save a lot of money by booking appointments through MyTime. It’s a win for everyone!

MyTime understands that there are a lot of things you need to get done to take care of your family, body, home and car…and you can take care of them all on MyTime. Visit www.mytime.com to learn more and start searching for local businesses and appointment openings in Santa Monica.



08 Mar  

Bike Attack: Boutique Santa Monica Bike Shop to Global Online Performance Bike Dealer

By Chris

Bike Attack: the Santa Monica bike shop that keeps the world rolling. If it’s got two wheels, Bike Attack sells it, ships it, repairs it, customizes it, races it, or puts together expert comparisons and reviews of it for cyclists everywhere. Cycling enthusiasts may very well have already shopped Bike Attack’s online bike shop, or at least heard of them by name. For those still unfamiliar with this Southern California bike retailer, Bike Attack is an expert bike shop that takes the love of cycling to a whole new level.

Bike Attack’s website features an easy category-or-brand-navigation system to take viewers exactly where they want to be, or even quickly compare bike models. They’re also equipped with a streamlined, one-page checkout to make bike buying online easier than ever.

When it comes to selling bikes online or in-person, there aren’t many bike shops who can claim as rich a history as Bike Attack—a bike business that got their start by serving US soldiers, embassy members, and their families in Germany. When the US Army left Germany in 1995, Bike Attack was converted into a bicycle retail store for the German public and quickly became famous in Germany as a distributor of Merlin and Bontrager bike brands. In 2005, US downhill and BMX racer Ericson, his wife and Canadian partner Andrew brought their love of US, Canadian and European bikes to Santa Monica, California.

Proving again that their love of bikes was a solid foundation for success, Bike Attack quickly received acclaim for their expert knowledge of cycling, bikes, and their community’s enthusiasm. As a boutique bike shop in Santa Monica, community and celebrity popularity established Bike Attack as the mecca for West Coast bike enthusiasts. Celebrities including: Leonardo DiCaprio, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Gary Dourdan (of CSI) Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Mickey Rourke, Pamela Anderson, Robert Trujillo (of Metallica), John Frusciante (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Brandon Boyd (of Incubus), LeAnn Rimes, David Beckham, Johnny Hallyday, and many more have made Bike Attack their go-to bike center.

With European roots, Bike Attack has helped educate state-side residents about quality bikes like Bianchi bicycles that don’t receive as much advertising attention as their equally priced and lesser-quality counterparts. They have also taken their local boutique global with a full-scale online bike shop that brings expert knowledge and great prices to cyclists everywhere.

Bike Attack carries only quality bike brands, boasting dozens of leading brand manufacturers and thousands of first-rate bikes. People can find bike models from those that are perfect for children and novices to the best performance racing and mountain bikes known to man. People who are unsure about what type of bike is right for them need only ask. The expert staff at Bike Attack is quick to provide people with the information they need to make the right decision. Find out what Bike Attack is all about at: www.BikeAttack.com



01 Mar  

Happy Birthday, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium!

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is celebrating its 10-year anniversary! Join Aquarium staff and volunteers (and of course all the exhibited marine life) for a three-day birthday celebration, beginning with a cake and ice cream party during public hours on Friday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon is feeding time for the more than 100 species of Santa Monica Bay creatures at the Aquarium as well and visitors are invited to help staff feed the sea stars. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend, with special presentations, face painting, exhibits and craft activities with a birthday theme.

For more information on this and other events in Santa Monica, go here.



14 Feb  

The Perfect Beach Cruisin’ Bike Date in Southern California

By Chris

Those gorgeous, sunny Southern California beaches filled with mingling people from all walks of life are enough to make millions of Americans and foreign tourists alike yearn for the feeling of the California sun soaking into their skin. What better way to enhance that warm-and-fuzzy feeling than the perfect beach date along one of So Cal’s most famous bike paths: The Marvin Braude Bike Trail, better known as The Strand. While many cyclists choose to head from the Santa Monica area all the way south towards Redondo Beach, our romantic bike journey will take cyclists of all levels on a shorter, much more leisurely ride to where the fun really happens: at Venice Beach.

Whether you’re a tourist staying briefly in the Santa Monica area or are a tried and true beach comber that knows the neighborhood, following our Beach Cruisin’ Bike Date path will surely bring you pleasant surprises full of plentiful opportunities for romance. Starting in Santa Monica on historic Main Street, you can rent a bike at street address 2400: the home of the Bike Attack bike shop, which also does bike rentals. Why go to Bike Attack when there are so many other local shops, you ask? Well, for a few reasons: not only do the Bike Attack owners go way back in cycling to where they truly know their cycling nitty gritty and can recognize decades-old bike models and cycling celebs, but they also don’t take your ID from you at the time of rental or require that pay in cash after having put down your rental deposit on a credit card, as many of the other local bike shops do. In my experience, having your ID handy at restaurants even for a light drink is crucial, and paying cash at a bike shop these days, especially when your credit card is already on-file with them for the rental period, is simply inconvenient.

Who needs to worry about stopping at the ATM during their bike date just before they return their bike? Not you, that is, if you head to Bike Attack, where they’ll cheerfully accept your credit as both the deposit and payment for the romantic rental of a Phat Cycles beach cruiser bike model that’s appropriately called the Sea Breeze Deluxe, available in both men’s and women’s versions (and both versions are appropriately sporting a red paint job that’s just the thing for lovers).  If your date already has a bike and you don’t, or vice versa, or if both of you are novice bicyclists just looking for an easy-breezy slow ride down the concrete bike path, then renting bikes makes a whole lot of economical sense, especially when you consider that an included bike lock is another convenient part of your rental. For only $25.00 for an eight-hour weekend day-ride, or even better, only $35.00 for a 24-hour rental that would allow you no worries about how late into the evening your bike date goes, Bike Attack will rent you one of their Beach Cruisers that’s all set, checked over, and ready to go.

Before you set foot on that Beach Cruiser pedal though, you’ll want to be sure that you and your date are equipped with the essential gear that will make your ride even more enjoyable. Consider bringing or buying your favorite bike basket or bike pannier bag to carry your wallet and personal items, including a water bottle, absolutely essential sunscreen, a bike light for night riding, and for the ladies, perhaps that foldable brush-and-mirror thing you use to do the occasional hair check when riding in such swift beach breezes. One smart reminder about bike path rules is that there are no glass bottles or containers allowed on the beach or on the path for obvious safety reasons.

If either you or your romantic partner is such a beginning cyclist that the possibility of a fall is present, consider whether you’ll need to borrow or buy some elbow and knee pads for the ride too.  Bike Attack can rent you gear like helmets or even Boombotix speakers that work with your iPhone or iPad. Imagine playing that romantic mix compilation you made for your special someone while riding along the bike path where everyone around you is inspired by your musical confessions. Perhaps Bob Marley’s “Is This Love,” or the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” would be the perfect song to have spilling from your speakers as you cruise along side by side.

Headed south to the Venice Beach Boardwalk from Main Street in Santa Monica, you’d join up with the adjacent bike path and turn left (south) for an approximately 1.6 mile bike ride. From Bike Attack, head two blocks west, walking your bike down Hollister Avenue to the beach or head north one block to Strand St. where you can ride in the bike lane the two blocks west it takes to get to the ocean, where the bike path is on the beach itself. For this starry-eyed day, don’t get frustrated by expecting to make quick gains along the bike path—it’s riddled with other riders and pedestrians crossing over the path. Instead, set your mind on the idea that sightseeing on a slow ride is the “name of the game” for today’s perfect date. And since even a slow ride with several stops from Santa Monica to Venice can certainly be completed in less than a half hour, you’ll want to do some shopping and eating along the way or upon arriving at your destination. (Venice Beach has some of the best eclectic shopping found in Southern California!)

If you don’t mind traveling a few blocks away from the beachfront for exquisite lunch or dinnertime reservations, make a divergence from the bike path when you’re about halfway to Venice Beach, at the start of Ocean Front Walk. Take Rose Avenue, walking your bike east (away from the ocean) about five short blocks (just past 5th Street) to experience fine dining at its best (according to the locals who know these things) at the Hostaria del Piccolo restaurant at 512 Rose Avenue. An authentic Italian experience in a recently remodeled suite, Hostaria del Piccolo’s Venice location has the kind of menu (with dishes named in authentic Italian verbiage) that will pique your curiosity: what is Venetian-style salt water eel anyway and how would a sauce-less pizza with roasted butternut squash, gorgonzola, sage, and mozzarella taste?

Of course, if you’re not into straying off the bike path very far, you can always take in the diverse array of multi-cultural food fare and street performers (bring some $1 bills for tips!) along the Ocean Front Walk, which is a promenade running parallel to the beach that starts about halfway along your bike ride to The Venice Boardwalk. The most well-known and long-standing café (touting 25 years of service) along Ocean Front Walk is the Sidewalk Café, known as the best people-watching spot in L.A., with live acoustic music in the evenings and a “hippie history” in their building, which once served as a crash pad in the early 1960s for original beatnik poets like Jack Kerouac.

Once in Venice, be sure to at least ogle for a moment at the famous Muscle Beach, where you can tell your beau or lady how much more impressed you are by his or her physique than those seen at Muscle Beach (wink, wink). Street performers in Venice never cease to amaze the eye, while shopping along the Ocean Front Walk will bring you everything from hand-made goods found nowhere else to high-end items you’d usually find in upscale malls.

As the afternoon fades away and your sun-soaked hours holding hands and stealing kisses on the beach begin to make you wish you really were a beach bum, revamp your romantic evening by heading back towards Santa Monica on the bike path in order to behold the world-renowned beauty of the Santa Monica Pier when it’s lit up like a spinning circus at night. Built in 1916 by amusement park pioneers, Santa Monica’s “Pleasure Pier” contains all the ingredients necessary for a romantic evening. Photograph your lady-love on one of the 44 hand-carved horses of their historic carousel, pick up some Native American-inspired fry bread and fill your kisses with the sweetness of flour and sugar, or get the greatest view in the county when you ride the Ferris wheel, lit up in the night sky like a beacon of merriment. And if all that state-fair-style food hasn’t soured your stomach, try a spin on their roller coaster, which is also lit up at night, or try challenging your sweetheart to a few arcade or fair-style games. Who knows, perhaps you’ll be the one this time to wonder how you’re going to transport such a large stuffed bear prize in your bike basket. And while you can’t literally ride your bike on the pier itself, you can certainly use that bike lock that came with your bike rental to lock it up at the pier’s entrance and enjoy the best part of your romantic evening: a long, slow walk down the Santa Monica Pier, with many convenient spots to stop and gaze into each other’s eyes and out at the wild ocean, with plenty of intimate bundling up together required due to those cool California night winds.

Whether you’ve rented your bike for the day and must return it by the 6pm closing time at Bike Attack’s shop, or you’ve taken the wiser route and rented your bikes for 24 hours, your Santa-Monica-to-Venice-Beach bike ride will become one of the most memorable recollections to be had in your love affair. If only you stop and take the time to absorb the sights, soak up the sun, feel the wind in your face as you slow-ride on your bike, and feel the sand between your toes after eating some of the best food in So Cal, you may just be named the best date-planner ever known. (We won’t tell if you don’t.)



20 Dec  

Ziba Brow Threading in Fred Segal

By Stephanie

Although I do not live in Santa Monica, the shopping and nightlife bring me to the area quite frequently.  The Fred Segal on Broadway is one of my favorite shopping locations because it really is a one-stop shop.  I stopped by their NewBeauty and noticed a new section, Ziba Beauty Art of Threading.  I have never had my eyebrows professionally shaped so I was a bit hesitant, but after speaking with a woman who had just got her brows threaded, I figured it was the time to try.  I usually just wax my brows at home but it can get a bit messy and I have messed up more times than I’d like to admit.  Glenn, the Ziba Beauty brow artist, was extremely gentle and walked me through the whole process.  From explaining the best brow shape for my face to educating me on the proper way to fit brows into my daily beauty routine, I couldn’t believe how much my entire face was transformed.  He even gave me a brow massage, something I’ve never had but thoroughly enjoyed. The threading didn’t hurt any more than waxing and there was very minimal discoloration (just slightly pink for a few minutes).  I’m so glad I discovered this gem and although there are quite a few other Ziba Beauty locations in Southern California, I think the drive to Santa Monica is worth experiencing another awesome brow threading from Glenn! I highly suggest stopping by to try threading and there is even an Umami Burger next door!  Also, check out their website, they have other really cool services like Mehndi tattoos: http://www.zibabeauty.com/



23 Oct  

Localicious – November 4, 2012

Localicious

Join us at the GOOD FOOD Festival & Conference Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. Programming for GGFC will focus on issues that matter to Californians, such as community building, safe, healthy and economically viable food jobs and the California GMO labeling measure, Proposition 37. The conference culminates on Sunday, Nov. 4 with Localicious, an evening of food and wine tasting on the beach with 30 chefs and 30 farmers at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

At Localicious, guests will savor the freshest and best of the season with signature dishes prepared by 30 of Los Angeles’s leading culinary talents, paired with 30 farmers from the Santa Monica Farmers Markets including; Coleman Farms, Coastal Organics, Weiser Family Farms, Harry’s Berries, Schaner Farms, Gloria’s, Garcia Farms and Tutti Frutti.  Confirmed chefs include Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger from Border Grill, Akasha of Akasha, Nyesha Arrington of Wilshire Restaurant, John-Carlos Kuramoto of Michael’s Santa Monica, Jeremy Strubel of Rustic Canyon, Christina Olufson of Lucques/AOC/Tavern, Ray Garcia of FIG, Roxana Jullapat and Dan Mattern of Cooks County, Josie Le Balch of Josie, Gianfranco Minuz of Locanda del Lago, Paul Shoemaker of Savory, Bradley Miller of Inn of the Seventh Ray, Matt Dickson of FEED, Vardan Abgaryan of Public Kitchen, Collin Crannell of The Lobster and Joe Miller of Joe’s/ Bar Pinxto. For a complete list of Chefs and Farms, visit http://goodfoodfestivals.com/localicious.

The Good Food Festival & Conference is produced by FamilyFarmed.org in cooperation with the Santa Monica Farmers Markets, support from the City of Santa Monica and the City of Pasadena and sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, The California Endowment, LACMA, Whole Foods and Nature’s Path, KIND Bars, Cuties Juice, Café Luxe, Pali Wines and Edible Westside.  Proceeds benefit FamilyFarmed.org. For more information, visit http://goodfoodfestivals.com/LA. Tickets and additional information can be found at http://2012goodfoodla.eventbrite.com/.



 

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