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December 15, 2014

The Holiday Shop at GRACIE

November 15 -December 23

Tuesday - Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM

Each year, the GRACIE gift shop expands for the holidays, filling to the brim with artful, one-of-a-kind gifts hand-selected by the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s retail curator. Opening day shoppers will enjoy cider, cookies, lots of good cheer, and unique gifts and items to delight the entire family. They will find unique gifts and items to delight the entire family in SMMoA’s holiday wonderland, including art objects, toys, and jewelry. All proceeds support SMMoA’s exhibitions and programs. GIVE A GIFT–GET A GIFT: This year, GRACIE is thanking our loyal patrons with a gift from us to you. In addition to enjoying our Yuletide cheer, the first 50 visitors to purchase from our exciting holiday collection will receive a goody bag filled with items we have chosen for you (limit one per customer).

Santa Monica Museum of Art

2525 Michigan Ave.

(310) 586-6488

Admission: Free

Family Hands on History Day

November 15 - December 20

3rd Saturdays,11am-2pm

On the third Saturday of every month, the Museum invites families to Hands On History Day. Children, ages 6 & up, will be led into galleries to learn about the particular history theme for the day. Once the brief lesson is complete, they will return to the lobby for a related, historic craft. By creating something with their hands related to the history topic of the month, children will further create memories based upon their history lessons. Families can expect a fun-filled learning hour at the History Museum!

Santa Monica History Museum

1350 7th Street

(310) 395-2290

Admission: Free

Mary Poppins

November 22 - December 21

Sunday and Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00PM

The winds of change blow in when Mary Poppins, nanny extraordinaire, takes a nanny job for the Banks family. While she teaches the children about compassion and understanding, she also teaches their father that quite often the most important things in life are right in front of you. Filled with song and dance, Mary, Bert and the Banks will entertain you while melting your heart. This is a Creating Arts Company Mini Musical, which is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-musical experience that is fun for the entire family and will entertain adults as well as children ages 3 and up! Free Parking.

The Miles Playhouse

1130 Lincoln Blvd (310) 804-0223

Admission: $12-$20

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

November 29 - December 21

Sunday & Saturday, 4:00 – 5:45PM

Experience the action packed adventure of the story of the magical flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! When eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts fixes up a car that his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, want him to save from the junk man he soon realizes it’s not just a car but a phantasmagorical machine. With the help of Truly Scrumptious, Caractacus and his children climb aboard Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to rescue Grandpa Potts from the evil Baron Bomburst and find out teamwork and a magical car will work every time! One of Creating Arts Company’s Jr. Broadway series shows designed for children ages ten and up and their families. This show runs one hour and forty-five minutes with a ten minute intermission. Free Parking.

The Miles Playhouse

1130 Lincoln Blvd

(310) 804-0223

Admission: $15 - $30

The Aristocats

November 29 - December 20

Saturday, 12:00 – 12:30PM

When mamma cat Dutchess finds herself lost in the French Countryside with her children she doesn’t know what to do until she meets the alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch! Luckily for the Dutchess Thomas and his friends have a clear plan to help her and her kittens find their way back home! This production is part of Creating Arts Company’s “Twinkle Theater,” created to introduce children ages six months to four years to musical theater in a way that is non-threatening for the little ones and designed to keep their attention and keep them entertained, with fast-paced singing and dancing, bright lights and no black-outs or scene changes. Free Parking.

The Miles Playhouse

1130 Lincoln Blvd

(310) 804-0223

Admission: $15 - $30

Retro Holiday Show

November 30 - December 21

Sunday, 12:00 – 1:00PM

When Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, Heat Miser, Snow Miser, Jack Frost and a host of other holiday characters come together in one big holiday extravaganza the entire family is in for a good time! Flash back with all of your favorite holiday special characters and watch your children light up with this fun show that has all your favorite songs and characters. A Creating Arts Company Original Show that is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-musical experience that is fun for the entire family, children ages three and up! Free Parking.

The Miles Playhouse

1130 Lincoln Blvd

(310) 804-0223

Admission: $12-$20

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

December 28, 7pm

Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, and to celebrate the third night of Kwaanza, Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to present a one night engagment 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

(310) 394-9779

General Admission $20. VIP tickets (includes select seating, a post-show Q&A and a meet ‘n’ greet with Mr. Kenyatta) $25.

The Annual All-New One-Time-Only New Year’s Eve Musical Revue!

December 31,6:00 PM and 9:30 PM

A scrumptious and sumptuous complimentary buffet supper starts off the evening, then it’s “on with the show!” as internationally acclaimed Actors’ Repertory Theatre brings you a highly entertaining, family-friendly Rudie-DeCarlo musical revue, with prizes, sing-a-long songs, dancing in the aisles, humor and other delights culled from 5 decades of audience favorite Santa Monica Playhouse productions. From finger-snapping 40s jazz to foot-stompin’ country rock, Jewish patter songs to romantic ballads, this show has it all! Add champagne, non-alcoholic sparkling apple juice, hats, tiaras, noisemakers, leis, streamers and special surprises and you have a not-to-be-missed New Year’s Eve celebration.

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage

1211 4th Street

310-394-9779 ext.1

Admission: Prices Vary

Orchestra Santa Monica presents “Happy Birthday Amadeus”

January 18, 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate Mozart’s birthday (January 27th) early with OSM! The orchestra performs elegant early works by Mozart and concludes with his most dramatic symphony. Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201 Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314 Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550.

Moss Theater, New Roads School

3131 Olympic Blvd

Admission: Adults $30; Seniors $25; College Students $20; K-12 Students $10

State of the City

January 20, 7am to 9:30am

The annual State of the City breakfast networking and educational event brings together the Santa Monica business and resident community with, city government leaders to hear the annual economic report and learn about new initiatives impacting our city. This year’s event will highlight the game changers of our community. Each year small and large business are acknowledged that have contributed to the economic success of our city while demonstrating commitment to the wellbeing of our community are given City Manager, Rod Gould will speak and be recognized for his service to the community these last five years. (310) 393-9825

606 Wilshire Blvd

Admission: $40 for Members, $50 for Non-members, $10 for Seniors & Students


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