Past Stories
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Forever Marilyn

A new collection of photos, some locked away for 50 years, explores the soul beneath the glamour By Blair Tindall SEE MORE PHOTOS IN OUR PRINT LAYOUT. Frozen in time as a complex Hollywood bombshell who could project both resil...


Black and Latino Students Aren’t Doing as well as Others in Santa Monica Schools

Parents and Educators Want to Know Why By Bonnie Eslinger Santa Monica resident Laejohnie Bennett raised her son to be proud of his African-American heritage, so her heart sank one day when he came home from school and said an...

Javanese music and dancing at the 
Glow festival on Santa Monica Beach

Five Tips For Better Concert Photos

By Ted Soqui 1. Use a Camera. If you want great concert images, use a camera instead of a smartphone. Cameras have much better optic, image-storage and zoom capabilities. They also work better in low-light situations, making fo...

Zanzibar hosts hip-hop, Top 40, R&B, house and reggae on Friday nights

Night Life: Open-Door Policy

Santa Monica’s Zanzibar finds continued success by embracing diversity of both music and clientele By Michael Aushenker The intersection of Arizona Avenue and Fifth Street in Santa Monica has been home to a former post office...


Classic Cars at Barker Hangar

Auctions America Shows First Lady Eisenhower’s Sweet ’55 Caddy For serious automobile collectors, it’s a car auction not to be missed. For anybody with $20, it’s a once-in-a -lifetime pop-up car show featuring two genu...

Rick Cole says he will spend his first month at Santa Monica City Hall working out his goals for the next several years

Interview: Talent Manager

New Santa Monica chief executive Rick Cole says organizational culture is the key to success He’s been mayor of Pasadena, the top city executive of Ventura and Azusa, and, most recently, L.A.’s deputy mayor for budget and i...

As a state senator, Rep. 
Ted Lieu called a hearing on aviation fuel pollution

Airport Debate Takes Flight in D.C.

Rep. Ted Lieu will have locals speak directly to the FAA about SMO By Gary Walker A select group of Santa Monica and Venice residents will be traveling to the nation’s capital next week to meet with federal lawmakers and…


SMO Countdown Begins

Advocates for closing Santa Monica Airport throw a party on July 1, the date they believe marks the end of federal control over SMO By Gary Walker Activists pushing to convert Santa Monica Airport into a public park are planni...

Movie producer Steve Tisch

Silicon Valley, Meet Silicon Beach

A cross-section of the tech community attends IDEAS Los Angeles in Santa Monica today By Michael Aushenker In Judaism, the number 18 (and multiples thereof) is considered lucky. So perhaps it’s no accident that American Frien...

Now a historic landmark with an uncertain future, the 1958 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was a striking cultural venue in its heyday.
Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica History Museum

Saving the Civic: Does Community Input Really Matter?

Residents have made their desires for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium clear, but its fate ultimately hangs on the City Council’s shoulders? By Michael Aushenker On Saturday morning, the Civic Working Group (CWG) — a group...

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