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  • Ukulele Concert & Strum-along with Cali Rose & the CC Strummers

    Jul 11, 2024

    Santa Monica Public Library invites you to experience the joy of making music with others at an uplifting ukulele concert, strum-along and sing-along on Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 2-3:15 p.m. The event is free and takes place in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Cali Rose and The CC Strummers will perform a set of popular songs, from Broadway to the Beatles to the 12-bar blues. The audience can then join in strumming and singing tunes that are...

  • Gas Tax Increased to 59.6 Cents Per Gallon on July 1

    Jul 11, 2024

    California's excise tax on gasoline will increase from 57.9 cents per gallon to 59.6 cents per gallon July 1, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration announced via a notice to retailers. The excise tax on diesel fuel will increase from 44.1 cents per gallon to 45.4 cents per gallon. The gas tax has more than doubled since June 2017, when it was 27.8 cents per gallon. In addition to the excise tax, California motorists pay a federal fuel tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, and state...

  • Summer Music Series Returns for the Summer

    Jul 11, 2024

    The City of Culver City will host a free summer music series on Thursday evenings at Town Plaza at the Culver Steps. The family-friendly events will run every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. until August 29. Seating for the series is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to bring small picnic blankets and low-back chairs to designated areas as space permits. The City invites visitors to explore the nearby restaurants in and around the Culver S...

  • Free Aerial Drone Light Show Highlights The Downtown Independence Day Celebration in Town Plaza With Live Music

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Culver City Downtown Business Association will be presenting the First Annual Downtown Culver City Independence Celebration on July 5 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. With the full support of the Culver City Council, this new family-friendly event will be free to the public and begin with live music on Town Plaza followed by the first ever aerial drone light show in Culver City especially created to celebrate our nation's independence. The Culver City Downtown Business Association has stepped in to...

  • Santa Monica College to Stage "Snoopy!!! The Musical"

    Jul 3, 2024

    Santa Monica College (SMC) Theatre Arts Department will perform "Snoopy!!! The Musical" July 19-28 in the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. "Snoopy!!! The Musical" - the charming musical sequel to "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" - sparkles with wit and warmth as it depicts life as seen through the eyes of Charles Schulz's unforgettable characters. The tuneful, hilarious play deserves each of its three exclamation points. "Snoopy!!! The Musical" is...

  • Diva Soprano Sensation Renee Fleming At Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    International Diva soprano sensation Renee Fleming made a special appearance supported by acclaimed pianist Inon Barnatan at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion which closed out the LA Opera season. Because Fleming is passionate about saving our environment, the first half was titled Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene which included a beautiful and colorful film about nature by National Geographic which displayed on a screen behind Fleming. The film included forest scenes, mountains, wild animals, among...

  • Turandot Magical at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    It took 30 years, but Giacomo Puccini's Turandot finally made another successful and phantasmagorical splash-down at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for Los Angeles Opera. The production was boosted by artist David Hockney's scenery brilliance and Ian Falconer's lush costume design. Hockney hit a home run with his color choices, paintings and shapes as it relates to Chinese-themed designs. And leading the way was conductor James Conlon who is a veteran of Puccini operas. Turandot is his 200th...

  • Montenegrin classical guitarist Goran Krivokapic holds solo recital at the home of Greg Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    Brilliant Montenegrin classical guitarist Goran Krivokapic made a special appearance in solo recital at the home of Greg Castelnuovo-Tedesco, grandson of the late Italian famous composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco in West Los Angeles, a Mother’s Day treat. Krivokapic was invited to perform as part of William Jenks’ U.S. Classic Guitar Series that he founded 20 years ago. Krivokapic, the virtuoso, is the winner of 19 international classical guitar competitions and is known to create his own tra...

  • Saphires Ballet Delights Audience at Bank of America Plaza

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Jun 27, 2024

    American Contemporary Ballet (ACB) performed the world premiere called "Sapphires," a ballet that is spearheaded by ACB's founder and choreographer Lincoln Jones. In 1967, George Balanchine created a plotless ballet titled "Jewels," but never staged its fourth act which is "Sapphires." It is danced to the music of Arnold Schoenberg's "Suite for Strings in G Major" with a live sixteen-piece orchestra, all accomplished classical musicians. This is a special composition for Schoenberg because he co...

  • Summer Movie Vacation Series

    Jun 20, 2024

    Save the date and celebrate movie magic at the first ever Summer Movie Vacation Series at The Culver Theater! Enjoy the return of popular family titles on the new state of the art 4K HDR LED screens. The series is presented by The Culver Theater and sponsored in part by the City of Culver City. The series will run every Saturday from May 27th through July 29th with screenings at 11 AM and is open for all ages! Tickets are $3 per person and guests can enjoy rewards, exclusive Kids' Combo deals,...

  • World Without End Beckons Readers to Visit My Neighbors, Goodlife, Mississippi

    Jun 20, 2024

    Pulitzer-prize nominated author Eileen Saint Lauren grew up visiting the “sick and the shut-ins” with her own mother, and some of those encounters helped inform the believable voices — some dead, some alive — in her new book, My Neighbors, Goodlife, Mississippi, a collection of 11 short stories. “Goodlife is 1,500 miles square, with a center that has yet to be entered. That can be heaven or that can be hell,” Saint Lauren explained in a recent interview. In My Neighbors, Goodlife, Mississippi, Mary “Myra” Boone, a recurring character in Sa...

  • Pride Ride and Rally

    Jun 20, 2024

    Culver City Pride is BACK for the FOURTH YEAR! Get ready to shine during Golden Hour because this year, Culver City Pride is a sunset celebration! Join friends, family, and neighbors on a 6-mile Pride Ride through Culver City streets ending in a Pride Rally for an inclusive city! Let's rock our colors together! At 4 PM, the ride will begin at Syd Kronenthal Park for a late-afternoon stroll with our community (RSVP required: bit.ly/CulverCityPrideRideRSVP). The ride ends on Main Street in Downtown Culver City, right in time for our Rally to...

  • Culver City Symphony Orchestra and Marina del Rey Summer Symphony

    Jun 13, 2024

    In 2022-23, the Culver City Symphony Orchestra made musical news with its first full season since the pandemic and a major talent search for a new conductor. Each of the finalists for the position had an opportunity to conduct the Orchestra during the 2022-23 season, and each also conducted a Marina del Rey Summer Symphony concert in 2022 or 2023. The Board of Directors of the SoCal Symphony Society is pleased to announce two new Music Director-Conductors: Clyde Mitchell will be the Music...

  • Open Auditions For Misery at Westchester Playhouse

    Jun 13, 2024

    Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for MISERY, a thriller by William Goldman based on the novel by Stephen King, on Saturday, July 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and Sunday, July 21 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Callbacks will take place by invitation only on Monday, July 22 beginning at 7:30pm. This non-equity production is directed by Kathy Dershimer and produced by Jenny Boone and Harold Dershimer for Kentwood Players with...

  • SMC Wind Ensemble Presents Annual "Pops" Concert June 9

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Santa Monica College (SMC) Music Department will present the SMC Wind Ensemble in its lively annual "Pops" concert. The concert will be held on Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Under the direction of Kevin McKeown, the SMC Wind Ensemble will present an exciting program that highlights popular music from the Broadway stage to Hollywood movie scores. Tickets are $10 general admission...

  • Girl From North Country at Pantages

    y Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|May 16, 2024

    Girl From the North Country" is now being performed at the Pantages Theatre featuring 22 songs of the Nobel Prize-winning poet-songwriter-singer Bob Dylan. Conor McPherson is the director and playwright who was wise to choose Dylan's music to convey the message of the production. The setting is the Laine family boarding house during the Great Depression (1934) in Duluth, Minnesota, the birthplace of Dylan. The boarding house is facing foreclosure but is still buzzing with guests from all walks...

  • Camerata Pacifica's Second Baroque Series

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|May 2, 2024

    At Zipper Hall, Camerata Pacifica presented their second Baroque Series concert curated by 18th century master baroque and Avery Fisher Career Grant flautist Emi Ferguson titled "The French Dispatch." Joining her were some of the country's leading Baroque experts playing period instruments: Rachel Ellen Wong (violin), the first violinist to receive a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant; Doug Balliet (viola da gamba), a professor of Baroque bass at The Juilliard School; Michael Sponseller...

  • Santa Monica College Music Department to Host Free Piano Master Class

    May 2, 2024

    The Santa Monica College (SMC) Music Department will host renowned piano educator Dr. Emmanuel L. Lancaster in "Master Class: Piano Technique with E.L. Lancaster," a coaching workshop for SMC piano students. The master class is free and will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 11:15 a.m. in the Music Hall at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Free parking on premises. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. Dr. Lancaster teaches...

  • Santa Monica College Annual Student Art Show Gallery Reception May 11

    May 2, 2024

    The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery will present the annual SMC Art Department Student Exhibit. The theme for this year's show is "Are You Seen?" The exhibition - featuring 70 pieces chosen from more than 150 works submitted by students in SMC's art classes - will be open to the public from Monday, May 6, through Monday, May 20, with a gallery reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. SMC art students selected the exhibition's theme with these thoughts in mind:...

  • Giuseppe Verdi's Romantic Tragedy

    Mona Day, Special to the Culver City Obseerver|May 2, 2024

    LA Opera will present a beloved staple of the opera repertoire, Giuseppe Verdi's romantic tragedy La Traviata, from April 6 through 27. The story of La Traviata, The Fallen Woman, follows the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry whose love affair with Alfredo Germont offers her an unexpected taste of true love, but also devastating consequences when Alfredo's father intervenes. The story is based on the life of a real woman Marie Duplessis who rose from poverty to become one of 19th-century...

  • Santa Monica College Presents Free Annual Children's Concert – "Melody in Motion"

    May 2, 2024

    Santa Monica College (SMC) will hold its Annual Children's Concert - "Melody in Motion" - a popular event that welcomes families and music lovers of all ages. The performance is free and will be held Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in the Music Hall at the SMC Performing Arts Center, located at 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica. Free parking on premises. Seating is on a first-arrival basis. Under the direction of SMC music instructor Megumi Smith, the concert will present...

  • Bronfman Delights Disney Concert Hall Patrons

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|May 2, 2024

    Classical piano titan Yefim Bronfman made an appearance at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Colburn Celebrity Recital series. The impressively capable pianist showcased his immensely brilliant talent for all of his adoring fans that he has been doing for many years. His trademark is the remarkable way in which he interprets each piece that he plays and his boundless range. Bronfman and his passion literally rockets the score to the next dimension. Former LA Philharmonic conductor Esa-Pekk...

  • LA Opera Shines with La Traviata

    Steven Lieberman, Observer Reporter|Apr 18, 2024

    By LA Opera was successful in its presentation and restaging of the 2022 San Francisco production of La Traviata, one of opera's most enduring tragedies, directed by Shawna Lucey with scenery and costumes by Robert Innes Hopkins. Verdi master James Conlon is always the perfect choice to conduct this composers body of work. Conlon is in such reverence of Verdi's greatness that this reporter once saw him stop and bow to Verdi's statue on the Founders Circle level at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion....

  • Bravissima! Jewish Women in Music

    Apr 18, 2024

    The Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) Presented Bravissima! Jewish Women in Music last Sunday. The event included a Celebrated Flutist, Emmy-Winning Composer and Internationally Renowned Conductor . The distinguished artists who comprise the panel are: flutist Susan Greenberg, composer Miriam Cutler and Rachael Worby, Artistic Director of MUSE/IQUE, LA's musical adventure series. Live music and a dance performance by Lillian Rose Barbeito. Screenwriter Arlene Sarner moderate the panel. She...

  • Topsy Turvy

    Apr 11, 2024

    Written and Directed by Tim Robbins When the unity of a Greek Chorus is shattered by a mysterious illness, chaos ensues as they desperately invoke the Gods, seeking divine intervention. Ridiculous, funny and serious, Topsy Turvy is a boisterous celebration of the strength of the human heart to heal even the deepest divides. May 9 through June 8 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM Sunday matinees May 26 & June 2 at 2:00PM 90 minutes without intermission Post-show discussion after every...

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