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Sillage: A participatory scent-scape project about Los Angeles

June 28, 11 AM - 6 PM

We need your nose! Sillage is a participatory olfactory artwork and collaborative endeavor with artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter, the Institute for Art and Olfaction, SMMoA, and you. Throughout the day, Goeltzenleuchter shares neighborhood-specific scents with SMMoA patrons and creates a collective scent-scape of Greater Los Angeles. Sillage takes place inside the exhibition Robert Swain: The Form of Color, an immersive exploration of color and its effects on perception.

Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave.

(310) 586-6488

Free Admission

Kidical Mass- Red, White & Blue

June 28, 9am-12:30pm

Join us for the Kidical Mass Ride - Red, WHite and Blue! This is a fun, and comfortable bike ride for families and youth.The free event will include fun activities for children, safety presentations, awards and prizes, and a pizza party upon finishing the ride. All participants are required to wear a helmet at all times during the ride. The theme is “4th of July.” Wear your red, white and blue. Best dressed wins a prize!

Douglas Park

2439 Wilshire Blvd

Admission: Free

Walgrove Elementary

Studio Lab Relief Effort Kick-Off Event

June 29, 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for the Walgrove Elementary Studio Lab Relief Effort kick off event on June 29th featuring a raffle, taco stand and fun for the whole family!

12816 Indianapolis St.

Admission: Free

The Music Man

July 3 - 6

Thursday 7:30 pm; Saturday 6:30 pm; Sunday 12:30 pm

“All aboard!” the train to River City, Iowa, circa 1912. Come see the traveling salesman “Professor Harold Hill” as he bamboozles this small town and loses his heart to it at the same time! It’s the perfect 4th of July holiday treat! Free parking is available in the underground garage across 11th St. Look for the “Church Parking” signs. Both the garage and church campus are fully handicap accessible.

1008 11th Street

(310) 393-8258

$15/adult; $10/senior; $5/child

8th Annual 4th of July Parade

July 4, 9:30am

The Ocean Park Association (OPA) announced that its 8th Annual 4th of July Parade will take place this year on Friday, July 4, 2014. The 1.5-mile route will take revelers from the Pico Boulevard and Main Street, south on Main, turning west on Marine Street and onto Barnard Way, concluding south of Ocean Park Boulevard. Viewers are encouraged to sit along the Main Street route and are encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to the route to help achieve a more environmentally friendly parade.

Pico Boulevard and Main Street, south on Main, turning west on Marine Street and onto Barnard Way, concluding south of Ocean Park Boulevard

Eat|See|Hear Presents: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Outdoor Movie Event

July 12

Doors 5:30pm; Movie Starts 8:30pm

Eat|See|Hear, a premier LA outdoor movie series presented by SHOWTIME, will be showing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at santa monica high school. The event will also include live music beforehand and the following food trucks: Indiana Jones, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Flat Iron Truck, Bool BBQ, No Jodas Kitchen, Rice Balls of Fire, Coolhausm Brasil Kiss, and My Delight Cupcakery. Movie is rated PG.

Santa Monica High School

601 Pico Blvd

Admission: $10

Are We There Yet?

July 26 and August 2, 2014

Saturday, 8:00 pm

The spirit of the ‘60s is alive in longtime stand-up comic, monologist Richard Stockton’s Are We There Yet? A comedy of one boomer’s journey to reclaim his 60s’ revolutionary spirit using standup, stories, music and videos to inspire fellow baby boomers to reclaim their history and own their destiny... to make a difference. It’s a “wildly entertaining” (GoodTime Weekly, Santa Cruz) multimedia celebration of the Baby Boom generation including a “hit parade” of cultural touch points from the ‘50s, ‘60s and into the ‘70s. A one-man, live comedy theatre show reliving the boomer generation’s amazing trip from Hi-Fi to Wi-Fi, from the ERA to the AARP, from “Hell no, we won’t go!” to “Where the hell did my Ginkgo Biloba go?”

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica


General Admission $25

Special Price for Boomers $20

Montana Ave Annual Art Walk & Music Festival

July 17, 5-9pm

Our Annual Montana Ave Art & Music festival – For one day Montana Avenue becomes Santa Monica’s longest Art Gallery with plenty of live music too!

Montana Avenue 6th - 17th Streets

California Art Tiles of the 1930s

July 19, 3:30-5:30pm

By popular request, Cristi Walden returns to la Senora to once again share with us the beauty and the stories behind the California art tile manufacturers of the 1930s. Embedded in La Senora’s architectural structures are examples of all the local art tile producers. The photos and samples brought to display during Cristi’s talk are gorgeous. Come join us!

La Señora Research Institute

565 Dryad Rd

Sunset Sessions with Silent Frisco

July 20 - August 3

Sunday, Saturday, 2:00pm-10:00pm

The West End of the Santa Monica Pier begs to be a concert hall. Its amphitheater style construction naturally shields it from the amusement park and other noises of the main deck while providing guests with infinite view of the Pacific Ocean, easily the best backdrop in LA. Silent Frisco technology means music is not amplified but rather sent directly to wireless headphones distributed to the participants. For the visual boost, the setting captures sunset in all its glory. The Santa Monica community will have a new outlet for music in their own backyard and a L.A. gem gets its due.

Santa Monica Pier

(213) 465-3123

Ocean Ave & California Blvd




June 7 - July 6

Sunday, Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

The classic story of a tiny girl grown from a seed, who believes she is too different to ever fit in. That is until one day a fairy prince flying on a bee lands on her window ledge and opens her eyes to a world she never knew existed! On her way to meet the Fairy Prince Thumbelina journeys through an oversized world on some giant adventures encountering a pushy mother Toad and her sons, a nice swallow that helps her along, Mr. Mole, Ms. Mouse and more! Infused with pop songs that are sure to have the whole families toes tapping this Creating Arts Company Mini-Musical is an original one hour interactive-cinematic-musical-experience that is a must see!

Promenade Playhouse

1404 3rd Street Promenade

(310) 804-0223

$12.00 Child; $20.00 Adult

Mel Brooks’ The Producers

June 28 - August 2, 2014

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm

Sundays 2pm

The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

Morgan-Wixson Theatre

2627 Pico Blvd

(310) 828-7519

Reserved Seats start at $25, Senior/Student start at $20

Stogie Kenyatta’s The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson

June 29 - July 20

Sunday, 7:00 PM

Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to present a special limited run of film, television and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta’s acclaimed 2013 NAACP Solo Show Award-Winning show about African-American artist-activist Paul Robeson. Robeson – internationally renowned actor, recording artist, concert singer, football player, All-American athlete and Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate at Rutgers University, was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz/Be-bop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism and oppression. His life’s work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice.

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage

1211 4th Street


$25 in advance ($30 at the door)

30th Annual Twilight

Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier

July 10 - September 11

Thursday, 7-10pm

LA’s favorite Summer tradition and premier outdoor concert series, the 30th Annual Twilight Concerts at the Pier, returns July 10th! FREE on Thursday nights 7-10pm.

Santa Monica Pier

(310) 458-8901

Admission: Free


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