Category: Events

Go Directly to Jail …

Or sample cuisine from any of 20 restaurants during Sunday’s “MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street” The classic board game Monopoly gets a grownup twist along Main Street in Santa Monica this Sunday with “MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street,” when restaurants and bars along this popular party drag open their doors for tastings and drink specials to raise funds for Heal the Bay. Feed your seafood craving with fresh fish ceviche at Enterprise Fish Co., find falafel at Bareburger, sip some cold brew at Espresso Cielo, and satisfy your sweet tooth at Dolcenero Gelato, serving up samples of...

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Movies & Movement

“To the Sea” merges cinema and dance on Santa Monica Pier By Christina Campodonico L.A. choreographer Jacob Jonas got his start in dance as a teenager busking on the Venice Boardwalk, cutting his teeth with the Calypso Tumblers and the late street dance legend Vincent “Mr. Animation” Foster. “My heart has always been in the art form of dance,” says Jonas, whose unique brand of break dancing and ballet has earned him accolades in the press and sold out runs at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Now the 25-year-old Santa Monica local and founder of Jacob...

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Hughes Aircraft Revisited

Exhibit features memories and swag from Playa Vista’s past life Before the reign of computer scientists and software engineers, Playa Vista belonged to aviation innovator and movie mogul Howard Hughes. Aeronautic engineers and researchers with Hughes Aircraft Company, which covered all of what’s now Playa Vista as well as some of the LMU campus, built the Spruce Goose, designed military fighter planes and made early advancements in the Space Race right here. Current residents and visitors can get a glimpse into those days at the Playa Vista Branch Library, where now through mid-June the Hughes Aircraft Retirees Association is...

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A Pop-Up That Rocks

Venice Art Crawl visits Runway at Playa Vista for a music-themed art show and party By Christina Campodonico Now that they’re all moved in, the owners of Hal’s Bar & Grill are inviting some old friends from Venice to check out the new neighborhood. On April 20, the Venice Art Crawl will transform the Runway at Playa Vista restaurant’s nearby 3,800-square-foot event space into a pop-up art and photography show. Musicians are the muses for “Music Connects Us,” a fundraiser to celebrate the organizations’ seventh anniversary that’s co-curated by Neely Shearer, the conceptualist behind the Abbot Kinney Boulevard-adjacent boutique...

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Colors of Life

Orphaned by the Holocaust, painter Marianne R. Klein feeds her soul with the imagination that helped her survive By Kathy Leonardo Marianne R. Klein paints images that are full of life. In “Honeymoon,” a sunburst-yellow bride and blue-green groom embrace on a balcony overlooking a swirl of fall colors. In “Forest Fairy,” a translucent feminine figure is haloed by a golden moon that showers metallic flakes of magic onto her fingers and hair. In “Mikado,” three wispy blondes dance in a swirl of red, yellow and blue — a crimson-haired figure embracing them from behind like a mother would...

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