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Tour da Arts Returns to Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station

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  Tour da Arts, the annual summer festival that combines art, music, and dance with community cycling, returns to Bergamot Station for the sixth year running this August. The Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) is...

Santa Monica-Malibu School District’s 68th Annual “Stairway of the Stars” Concerts Set for March

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Via the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Nearly 1,000 SMMUSD elementary, middle and high school students will star in three separate “Stairway to the Stars” concerts on March 15, 17 and 21, at 7 pm,...

What Started As Effort to Improve Lincoln Blvd. Now Aims to “Beautify Earth”

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It began as a grassroots effort to pretty up Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica by decorating it with colorful street murals. Now the Ocean Park group behind this project wants to take its paintbrushes...

Santa Monica Takes to Main Street for Independence Day

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The Fourth of July holiday transformed Main Street into a slow-moving celebration of everything Santa Monica on Friday, from community groups to public safety officers, with some pageantry, live music and a little zaniness...

Santa Monica’s Annenberg Community Beach House Turns 5 with Weekend-Long Party

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A beach club suggests an exclusive world of privilege and private cabanas, a place where pampered elites camp under umbrellas and sip gin and tonics. Private beach clubs, once more abundant along the California coast,...

Coming Up: Happy Hour with Gehl Architects, and Beautify Earth Presents: A Pathless Land

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This week, join us for drinks, snacks, and conversation about livable urban environments with Gehl Architects. Then, this weekend, party with Beautify Earth, the movement enlivening streets with public art all over Santa Monica,...

Transforming Bergamot Station

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In the middle of Santa Monica's Bergamot Station – a collection of about three dozen art galleries housed in repurposed industrial buildings – there is a patch of green space. It is small, about...

Council Alert: Santa Monica Bergamot Station Arts Center Redevelopment Project

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On Tuesday, the City Council will decide whether to go ahead with plans for the Bergamot Station Arts Center revitalization project. Three developer teams -- Bergamot Station LTD/Worthe, 26Street TOD Partners, LLC, and REthink/KOR -- are competing for...

Open Thread: Coast, Santa Monica’s First Open Streets Event

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Santa Monica closed off two miles of streets to motor vehicles on Sunday for its first-ever open streets event, Coast. The route started at the newly-opened Downtown Santa Monica Expo line station. From there to...

Santa Monica Teens Tackle Hard Topics through Film

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Teenagers Riley Beres and Jimmy Deshler were volunteering at a Los Angeles shelter last year when a man staying there approached and asked if he could tell them his story of being homeless. That chance...

Coming Up: Help SMC Find Its New President, Celebrate Breeze Bike Share, BUSted! Is...

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This week, meet the final four candidates for the top position at Santa Monica College, get a free ride at Breeze Bike Share’s public launch, and join BUSted! for an evening of quality storytelling...

Coming Up: Summer Pier Concerts Return, Picnic on the Promenade, Santa Monica Next’s 2nd...

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This week, the free summer concerts on the Santa Monica Pier start again, as do the weekly Picnic on the Promenade events and the Library at the Beach series. Then, later this month, you...

Happy 4th of July from Santa Monica Next

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We at Santa Monica Next want to wish you a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. Whether you're heading to the beach, the Main Street parade, or Downtown, leave the car at home...

Video: Save Chain Reaction Rallies at Site of Santa Monica’s Peace Sculpture

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The community group fighting to keep the Paul Conrad’s mushroom cloud sculpture in Santa Monica’s Civic Center raised $50,000 this week, half of it coming from a donation from television producer Norman Lear. The...

Coming Up: BUSted! is Back, Donate to Handbags of Hope, and Santa Monica’s Fall...

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This week, BUSted!, a storytelling show about living in L.A. without a car, is back at its monthly Santa Monica venue; you can help women escaping domestic abuse by donating handbags and toiletries all...
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