Posted by: ilovethewestside | August 9, 2008

Santa Monica Events, this weekend…

Looking to get out & be entertained? Have guests in town? If you don’t mind the crowds & want to explore what Santa Monica has to offer. Schedule courtesy of Santa Monica.

The first three events are unique to this weekend & the month of August. The last four are ongoing. I recommend any of the Farmer’s Markets & taking the Historical Downtown tour.

Have fun, & see you around town!

Pier Summer Twilight Dance Series: Oliver Mtukudzi
Date: August 7, 2008
Time: 7pm
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Described as “one of the giants of African pop”, best-selling recording artist, Oliver Mtukudzi brings his rich hypnotic rhythms to the pier. Rocky Dawuni will open the evening. Free. For info: Tel.310-458-8900

Celebrate Santa Monica Civic’s 50th!
Date: August 9, 2008
Time: 6pm
Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, SM
Join the celebration of the Civic’s 50th birthday with food, entertainment and tours, followed by a free outdoor showing of Bruce Brown’s classic surf film “The Endless Summer” at 8pm. For more details on the fun, including special guests and performances, check civicmemories.smgov.net

Jazz on the Lawn
Date: August 10, 2008 – August 31, 2008
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: Front lawn of Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, SM
Cool down with hot jazz on Santa Monica’s City Hall front lawn. Every Sunday in August. Aug 10th: Louis Van Taylor; Aug 17th: Billy Porter and friends of Reprise; Aug 24th: Russ Mullen and the Jazz Associates and Aug 31st: Opa Opa. Bring your own picnic dinner, a beach chair and umbrella to enjoy the freshest music and coolest breezes anywhere!

Farmers Markets
Santa Monica’s four weekly farmers markets are widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and feature field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more. 3rd Street/Arizona: every Wed 9am-1.30pm and Sat 8.30am-1pm. Virginia Ave Park (corner of Pico & Cloverfield): Sat 8am-1pm. Santa Monica Airport (in the parking lots at Airport Ave/Bundy, Sat 8am-2pm. Main Street/Ocean Park: Sun 9.30am-1pm, music, pony rides, coffee, omelets, crepes & free craft workshops. For Farmers Market info call 310-458-8712

The People’s Voice
Time: 10am – 12noon
Location: Palisades Park at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulveard and Ocean Ave.
Emulating the centuries-old tradition of Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park, the People’s Voice puts up a weekly soap box and microphone for anyone to freely speak his or her piece. The sky’s the limit! Free. Every Sunday.

Santa Monica Conservancy Saturday Walking Tours
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Location: Downtown Santa Monica
Tours every Saturday morning. In approx. 2 hours and six blocks, the walk traverses more than 130 years of Santa Monica History, from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the sophisticated metropolis of today. Starting with the growth of the city, experience downtown’s diverse architectural heritage, including the 1875 Rapp Saloon, the Majestic Theatre, the Keller Block, the Builders Exchange, the Bay Cities Guaranty Building and the El Miro Theatre. Reservations req’d by the Thursday before your tour. $5 for members, $7 for the public. Tel. 310 496 3146 or http://www.smconservancy.org

American Cinematheque Screenings: Aero Theatre
Location: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, SM
Movie presentations by American Cinematheque, a non-profit, viewer-supported cultural organization, dedicated to the public presentation of the moving picture in all its forms, from classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. Weekly screenings of art, independent and classic films. Also sneak peaks of upcoming movies with celebrity guest appearances and discussions with film-makers. Call for program information: 323-466-3456. Tickets $10 or $7 for members.

For community & homes info contact me.

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