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International Film Festival lineup

This year’s Santa Monica International Film Festival will screen 22 films from around the world. Tickets cost $10 for showings at Theater 1: AMC Loews Broadway 4; and are free on a first-come, first-served basis for Theater 2: Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium screenings. All screenings at both locations are free to Santa Monica residents with a valid California Driver License or California photo I.D. One ticket per person, per showing will be allowed. Forecast ñ 15 minutes, Dir. Erik Courtney. 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 19th, Theater 1; 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 21st, Theater 2. Butterfly Dreaming ñ 87 minutes, Dir. Rufus Williams. 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 19th, Theater 1. Distraxion ñ 2 minutes, Dir. Michael Stern. 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20th, Theater 1; 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 21st, Theater 2. El Ojo Unico ñ 19 minutes, Dir. Adrian Castagna. 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20th, Theater 1; 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 21st, Theater 2. The Art of Stalking ñ 15 minutes, Dir. Amitabh Klemm. 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20th, Theater 1; 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 21st, Theater 2. Homeroom ñ 8 minutes, Dir. Gabriel Taraboulsy. 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20th, Theater 1; 3 p.m. Sun., Sept. 21st, Theater 2. Sebastian’s Voodoo ñ 5 minutes, Dir. Joaquin Baldwin. 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20th, Theater 1; 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 21st, Theater 2. William Klein ñ ‘Out...

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Taste of Santa Monica returns

Anyone with taste buds will enjoy going to the Santa Monica Pier from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 14th, for the annual Taste of Santa Monica. Hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the yearly event brings out 40 of the city’s restaurants, presenting an array of options for guests to sample. “It’s a real community event,” says Laurel Rosen, president and CEO of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. “In four hours I run into 400 people I know personally. Everyone comes out for this.” The range of restaurants runs from Buddha’s Belly to Panera Bread, from El Cholo Mexican Restaurant to Whist at the Viceroy, from Hooters to Locanda Del Lago. “Buddha’s Belly is doing signature chicken salad with eight garden vegetable fried rice, Whist will offer roast duck with pistachio rhubarb and braised greens, and Wokcano will have spicy crab, spicy tuna, eel and avocado rolls,” Rosen says. In addition to the restaurants, though, the event will also feature a molecular ice cream lab, which will be hosted and run by The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California ñ Los Angeles. Interactive workshops will be led by the academic director of the school, Chef Christophe Bernard, allowing attendees to create their own ice cream concoctions almost instantly. For the adults, a wine garden and a cash bar will offer cocktails and...

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‘Made Me Nuclear’ comes to Santa Monica

Charlie Lustman has won the Super Lotto three times. But he didn’t get cash prizes — instead, he got the biggest prize of all. “I won a different lottery, the big one, the one that means you get to stay on the planet.” March 1st, 2006 — Lustman was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma on his upper left jawbone. A diagnosis like that is so rare that statistically, he would win the Super Lottery three times before contracting the cancer. A songwriter and performer, Lustman had been running the silent movie theater on Fairfax Avenue when he got the call. “I started getting stressed out because I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do,” Lustman says. Having taken over the silent theater in 1999, Lustman was focused on the business aspect of his life, running the theater and staying afloat. The urge to do what he loved, though, had taken him back to the recording studio, which is where he was when he was given the diagnosis. “Sarcomas are one percent of all cancers, and of that, one in 400 million get an osteosarcoma in their upper jawbone,” Lustman says. “If you had a choice between winning all this money or dying, I think you’d like to live and forget about the lotto ticket, so I got this one, the ‘you get to live longer on the planet’ ticket, and...

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Gentlemen, start your engines

Car enthusiasts may want to get in gear and head over to the Santa Monica Pier from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 6th, for the Los Angeles Shelby American Auto Club’s fourth annual Tony Sousa Memorial Car Show. Held on the east end of the pier, the show is dedicated to the memory of Tony Sousa, an “enthusiast with everything related to Carroll Shelby,” says Randy Richardson, a member of the club. Featured cars include various classic Mustangs, as well as newer models belonging to club members. Shelby American also will be showing a 2008 Terlingua Shelby Mustang GT, which will be raffled off at the end of September. The guest of honor at the show will be Peter Miles, son of Ken Miles, a well-known race car driver and engineer who first came to Southern California in 1952, racing an MG-TD and his own MG Special, Richardson says. Miles’ subsequent developments continued to advance the racing culture in Southern California, from building the “Flying Shingle,” which was “the most exciting special ever to appear in West Coast racing up until that time,” to becoming president of California Sports Car Club in the 1950s, Richardson says. When Miles joined Shelby American in 1963, he used his engineering and mechanical skills to put the Shelby Cobra on the winners podium. Miles’ advancements improved the Shelby Daytona Coupe, Mustang...

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Itching to dance, dancing to teach

Noche Latina Benefit Fiesta, a fundraiser for Contra-Tiempo, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 23rd, at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Proceeds will benefit Contra-Tiempo’s programs in arts education, as well as programs for the artists in the company. Contra-Tiempo is a “Los Angeles-based activist performance ensemble,” according to its Web site. Artistic director Ana Maria Alvarez says she founded the company as an offshoot of her thesis work while getting a master’s degree in choreography at UCLA. Primarily salsa-based, the arts education programs combine abstract dance theater and performance issues such as immigration and racial tensions between the African American and Latino communities, she says. After originally working with the Alhambra school district, Contra-Tiempo is expanding to at least six Los Angeles Unified School District campuses, with an integrated approach to create connections between academia and movement, Alvarez says. “We’ve done a lot of work with third-graders and in their curriculum it’s all about community interdependence,” she says. “That ties nicely with our work, where we can use rueda, a Cuban dance form that’s done in a circle, as a beautiful metaphor for how communities can work together.” The benefit is an opportunity for the dancers to share the work they do, Alvarez says. Recently returned from a ten-day tour, the company and select members will do excerpts of performances as well as a salsa class,...

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