The Miles Memorial Playhouse space in Santa Monica has been transformed with sofas, carpets and a coffee bar to make way for a series of concerts and readings by a fireplace.

The “Fireside at the Miles” series will be offered at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday beginning January 8th and continuing through February 6th at the landmark playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. in Reed Park in Santa Monica.

Friday events feature an eclectic line-up of music, and on Saturday nights the Miles Playhouse partners with local theater companies to present readings of Pulitzer Prize-winning American dramas.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with concerts and readings beginning promptly at 8 p.m. Shows are scheduled to end at 10 p.m.

The series is presented by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division. Participants include the Santa Monica Playhouse, Teada Productions, Ruskin Group Theatre, Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department, the Virginia Avenue Project and numerous musical ensembles.

The schedule of events includes the following:

January 8th — Balinese Gamelan Music with Bali and Beyond;

January 9th — The Skin Of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder, read by Teada Productions;

January 15th — The Helios Guitar Quartet;

January 16th — Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies, read by the Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department;

January 22nd — Local singer/songwriters in a night entitled Acoustic 4;

January 23rd — The Young Man From Atlanta by Horton Foote, read by The Ruskin Group Theater;

January 29th — The Robin Cox Ensemble playing contemporary classical and jazz;

January 30th — Seascape by Edward Albee, read by the performers of Santa Monica Playhouse;

February 5th — Adult and youth MCs and poets in a Night of Hip-Hop and Poetry; and

February 6th — ‘Night Mother by Marsha Norman, read by the members of Virginia Avenue Project.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors and kids 17 or under. Coffee and food is available. Free parking is available at 808 Wilshire Blvd. (mention the Miles Playhouse).

For reservations please call (310) 458-8634 or, or