Laemmle Live continues with Street Symphony, Jamie Lee Curtis and Denny Croy of McCabe’s

L.A. Phil violinist and Street Symphony co-founder Vijay Gupta

Tickets for this Sunday’s Street Symphony concert at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center may be sold out, but Laemmle Live Program Director Sheryl Myerson says a short film about Street Symphony will be screened at every theater in the Laemmle chain between April 28 and May 4, before regular film showings.

Produced by Upworthy, the two-minute film is intended to spread the word about the nonprofit’s mission: presenting concerts by professional musicians for homeless and prison communities, and raising awareness of homelessness with audiences who don’t mind mixing Elgar and Ellington with social enlightenment.

That fits with Myerson’s vision. She originally conceived Laemmle Live as a monthly series of live chamber music performances that would refashion the Monica Film Center’s mezzanine lounge into a Westside version of a community arts salon.

Launched in January, the series has so far concentrated primarily on classical offerings from Santa Monica school ensembles, but the spring/summer schedule is a bit more diverse.

On May 21, actress-turned-children’s-author Jamie Lee Curtis will read from her recently published, immigration-themed book “This is Me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From”; the reading will be augmented by an Orff early childhood music workshop.

Student ensembles from Elemental Music and the Sound Roads Music School will offer chamber music programs on June 4 and July 23, respectively. And come Aug. 13, veteran bassist and longtime McCabe’s Guitar Shop teacher Denny Croy will be joined by students and fellow McCabe’s instructors for what promises to be an eclectic concert.

— Bliss Bowen

Laemmle Live takes place monthly at Monica Film Center (1332 2nd St., Santa Monica) and is free and open to the public. Call (310) 478-3836 or visit for more information.