Category: Santa Monica

Walk in a Refugee’s Shoes

Doctors Without Borders to launch interactive exhibit on Santa Monica Pier International humanitarian aid provider Doctors Without Borders will attempt to communicate the scope and severity of the global refugee crisis through a 10,000-square-foot interactive exhibit opening next week on Santa Monica Pier. “Forced from Home” replicates conditions in refugee camps and relates true stories of asylum seekers through physical installations, immersive video, virtual reality and tour guides with firsthand experience as aid workers around the globe. Laure Weber, a Pacific Palisades-based clinical psychologist who has worked as a mental health supervisor in South Sudan, Ukraine, Guinea and the...

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No Such Thing as Free Parking

Santa Monica plans for downtown’s future by making less room for cars By Beige Luciano-Adams The Downtown Community Plan. It was bound to get a little ugly. With a final vote at City Council next Tuesday, both sides have had their say — community and slow growth groups on one side, the increasingly ubiquitous alliance of business, labor and transit activists on the other. Weighing breakthrough affordable housing gains against what he sees as too-slippery a grip on density and height, public transportation advocate Denny Zane gives the city’s efforts “a solid B.” “Ocean Avenue and some other densities...

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Rage, But Not Hate

Santa Monica police say race and politics weren’t the motive in stabbing of alt-right bodyguard By Gary Walker The stabbing of Antonio Foreman outside a downtown Santa Monica parking structure is not being treated as a hate crime and does not appear to have been motivated by Foreman’s association with the alt-right movement, according to Santa Monica police. Foreman, a friend and occasional bodyguard for alt-right figure Tim Gionet (aka “Baked Alaska”), suffered multiple stab wounds to the abdomen at around 11 p.m. on June 17 a short distance west of Tongva Park. Gionet, formerly a writer for Buzzfeed,...

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Santa Monica Life: Pleasures, Pastimes & the Spirit of the City

Pico Block Party @ 18th Street Arts Center Beach life isn’t the only culture native to Santa Monica. Saturday’s inaugural Pico Block Party at 18th Street Arts Center celebrated the grassroots culture of the Pico Neighborhood, a historically African-American and Latino enclave that’s often overlooked and undervalued in today’s cultural zeitgeist. Live salsa music, folklorico dance, art installations, food trucks, vendor booths and even a few classic cars made for an eclectic and family-friendly afternoon, but there was also serious cultural study afoot. The event marked the launch of Culture Mapping 90404, an ongoing interactive map project that pairs...

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Santa Monica Life: Pleasures, Pastimes & the Spirit of the City

Record Store Day @ Record Surplus The Grammy-nominated California Feetwarmers provided a bouncy ragtime and early jazz soundtrack for Saturday’s 10th annual Record Store Day celebration at Record Surplus. “A couple of times I just wanted to break out into a dance, but I figured that I’ll let the little kids do that,” said store owner Neil Canter. The California Feetwarmers tickled the toes and eardrums of more than 100 patrons who came out to peruse some 350 limited-edition vinyl pressings offered as part of the annual event celebrating independent records stores. Some were in line as early as...

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