Category: Arts & Events

Telling Stories  

The Braid announces its 2021 season of storytelling By Bridgette M. Redman Never an organization to settle for the conventional, The Braid (formerly known as the Jewish Women’s Theatre) in Santa Monica has announced a season that embraces the virtual while losing nothing of what they are known for. Their “salon” shows curate stories, mostly Jewish, but all fresh and original voices that touch on specific topics through monologues. It is a format that artistic director Ronda Spinak says they were able to roll with throughout 2020 and will be continuing with during their 2021 season. “This year translated,...

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Resilience and Adaptability  

The Westside Ballet makes sweets out of pandemic-spoiled plans By Bridgette M. Redman For 47 years, the Westside Ballet has brought “The Nutcracker” to Santa Monica. This year, they faced challenges like no other with the rising surge in COVID-19 cases laying waste to their well-made, safe plans to bring the holiday tradition to audiences longing for holiday cheer. They had planned to film their advanced dance students on The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, complete with COVID-19 compliance safety officers and proper protocols. But when the December surge in cases made that impossible, they had another plan...

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Holidays with Heart  

Help spread cheer to others in need during the holiday season By Holly Jenvey 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and the holidays are a season of giving. Whether it’s through donations or volunteering time, we all have the ability to help lift the spirits of others that are in need. From supporting local businesses and charities to donating supplies and time, read on to discover the different ways you can get involved and give back to others this holiday season. Giving Back: • The Virginia Avenue Park Holiday Food Pantry is providing holiday meals and food...

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This Elf Is Off the Shelf 

Female comedian brings safe holiday joy to children By Bridgette M. Redman It takes a lot of energy to be an elf. If you’re Santa, you get to sit all day with countless children in your lap. This year, such activity is considered a dangerous undertaking during COVID-19. If you’re an elf, especially A. Jolly Elf, you spend most of your time cavorting and can socially distance when you interact with children. Hailey Jones had been honing her elf act for the past few years and has now adapted it for the pandemic. “I created a 35 to 40-minute...

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Nontraditional Theater 

Santa Monica College’s performing arts students get creative during COVID-19 By Bridgette M. Redman No college student can afford to waste a semester, not even when there is a pandemic that interferes with the usual activities of pursuing a degree. This is especially true for theater students at Santa Monica College. With the school restricting people from being in the same room and all activities gone virtual, professors and students were challenged to come up with something that provided critical learning experiences in a realm that relies on being live and in person. The outcome has been three plays,...

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