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  • Gallery 9am- 6pm

    Starts: 9/1/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/1/2017 6:00:00 PM

    Gallery hours 9am - 6pm. Hours are subject to change; please call 310-458-4904 to confirm.
  • REFLECTED; an evening with Writ Large Press

    Starts: 9/1/2017 8:00:00 PM
    Ends: 9/1/2017 10:00:00 PM

    Friday 9/1/17, 8-10pm
    Camera Obscura Art Lab

    A discussion event centered around the photos of South Los Angeles photographer Tiffany M. Hobbs and guest authors. How are our communities reflected in the art we make? How do visual artists and writers approach representation? Moderated by Chiwan Choi of Writ Large Press for the #90x90LA series.
  • Chili Roast!

    Starts: 9/2/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/2/2017 1:00:00 PM

    It?s late summer and the chilies are ready for harvest! Join us for a southwest style chili roast at the Pico farmers market located in Virginia Avenue Park. Take these delicious chilies home and whip up something tasty or freeze them to use later.
  • Gallery 9am- 6pm

    Starts: 9/2/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/2/2017 6:00:00 PM

    Gallery hours 9am - 6pm. Hours are subject to change; please call 310-458-4904 to confirm.
  • Natural Loom Weaving with Shannon Freshwater

    Starts: 9/2/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/2/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.303, Saturday September 2, 11am-1pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310-458-2239.

    Make woven wall art made from yarn, branches, and natural elements. Participants will learn how to build a loom with tree branches and learn the basics of weaving with synthetic and natural materials. Materials will be provided although bringing your own branches, leaves, yarn, thread, found items will make the result more personal.

    Studio Resident (8/9/17 ? 11/15/2017) Shannon Freshwater is an illustrator and fine artist who uses collage and assemblage as a way to appropriate and re-contextualize imagery and ideas. Shannon finds inspiration in the mysterious and unknown, as well as pop culture and various sub cultures. She grew up in the bizarre landscape of Las Vegas, studied painting and film in New Mexico, and lived in a collaborative art community in Seattle before moving to Southern California in 2005. Shannon is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, where she now teaches in the illustration department as well as teaching in the art department at California State University Northridge. Her illustrations have appeared on various book covers as well as The New York Times, Le Monde, Scientific American and others. She has exhibited her work across the US and her book covers are included in the permanent collection of AIGA in New York.
  • Gallery 9am- 6pm

    Starts: 9/3/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/3/2017 6:00:00 PM

    Gallery hours 9am - 6pm. Hours are subject to change; please call 310-458-4904 to confirm.
  • Gallery 9am- 6pm

    Starts: 9/4/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/4/2017 6:00:00 PM

    Gallery hours 9am - 6pm. Hours are subject to change; please call 310-458-4904 to confirm.
  • Chili Roast!

    Starts: 9/9/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/9/2017 1:00:00 PM

    It?s late summer and the chilies are ready for harvest! Join us for a southwest style chili roast at the Pico farmers market located in Virginia Avenue Park. Take these delicious chilies home and whip up something tasty or freeze them to use later.
  • Fundamentals of Afro Cuban Dance with Kati Hernandez

    Starts: 9/9/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/9/2017 12:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.300
    Saturday 9/9, 11a-12:30p
    Cost: $15- please bring exact change!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    Two sessions in June, open to both dancers who are new to Afro-Cuban rhythms and intermediate dancers who would like to polish their moves. Cuban native Kati Hernandez teaches movement holistically within Cuban society and culture. With live music accompaniment!

    Kati Hernandez?s knowledge of dance and choreography makes her a highly sought-after performer both nationally and internationally. A native of Cuba, Kati grew up surrounded by the sounds of the drum and the Afro-Cuban tradition. Her dance studies included folkloric, popular, modern, ballet, choreography, composition and staging. Her earlier performances include the Havana International Jazz Festival with Cuban stars such as Bobby Carcases and Chucho Valdez and the Bienal Internacional de la Habana with Afro-Cuban music and performance icon Mercedita Valdez and visual artist Manuel Mendive. Eager to spread the roots of Cuban Dance, she is now the co-founder of Afro-Timba, a dance fitness program that she is currently touring nationwide along with her on training dance Program ?Oricha Therapy? and ?Kati?s Cuban Dance Map?. Kati is known for her unique teaching techniques, her vibrant energy and flavor on the dance floor. Her work is a true illustration of her heritage and an endless celebration of Cuban dance and music.

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    Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean offers arts, crafts and culture classes year-round. Polish your writing, take a better picture, learn how to make paper, knit, sew, and find a community of artists and movers!

    View and Register for classes at http://ow.ly/IehoU
    Visit us at http://smgov.net/camera or 1450 Ocean Ave at Broadway
    Contact camera@smgov.net or 310-458-2239
    Join our email list at http://smgov.net/artsignup
    View a list of classes & register at http://smgov.net/reserve
    Improve us at http://surveymonkey.com/s/33JZ8YB

    Train: Metro terminus at 4th St/Colorado, 4 blocks away. Upon exiting the station go west on Colorado to Ocean Ave, cross the street to the Pier and turn right. We're in the park just past Broadway.

    Parking: Under $2 for the first 2.5 hours in Parking Structure 6 (1431 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica). On weekends at the Civic Auditorium lot at 1855 Main St it's $5 all day except during special events. Pier Deck: $10-15/day; Beach Lot 1N just north of the Pier $6-12/day. Meters on Ocean Avenue; $2/hr maximum 3 hours. More info: smgov.net/parking

    Bus: Routes 1, 2, 8 and rapid 10. More info: metro.net or bigbluebus.com.

    Bike: Ride your bike (bring a lock) or utilize the Breeze Bike Share corral just south of us in the park.

    Registration (bring cash to cover material fees, if applicable) In Person: Advance registration accepted at 1450 Ocean between 9am-5pm M-F & 11am-4pm Sat. Dropping in? Call 310-458-2239 to confirm availability, preferably by the Tuesday before class starts; plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of class; many classes do not allow drop ins.

    Refunds/Transfers: Full refunds are given if class is cancelled before taking place - enroll online with confidence. For student withdrawals for any other reason, $15 processing fee for each multisession activity refunded; one-time classes & expended material fees are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail, fax (310-899-0840), or email to communityclasses@smgov.net within 24 hours of first class meeting. All class dates, times, locations, and instructors are subject to change.
  • Second Saturday Open Craft Lounge

    Starts: 9/9/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/9/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 11am-2pm
    Free! Open to all adults, reservations appreciated.

    Come to the Camera Obscura Art Lab on the second Saturday of every month to work on your projects, take in a mini-workshop, and stretch your craft-legs. Bring your machines and your projects, and work in a congenial setting in this open lab. Knitters/Crocheters, hang out and practice your stitches. Beaders, knot up something nice - and scrapbookers, origami artists, bookbinders, ornament makers, collagists: modpodge it! Two sewing machines provided for sharing; miscellaneous craft supplies and expertise on hand. Work on projects, trade tips, materials and ideas. We often invite a guest artist to lead a mini session in their area of expertise. Bring your friends and craft together with tea and company.
  • Xerox Transfer with Shannon Freshwater

    Starts: 9/9/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/9/2017 12:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.304, Saturday September 9, 11am-12:30pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239

    Studio resident Shannon Freshwater will teach how to make a one of a kind print by manually transferring a xerox copy onto fine art paper. This technique can also be used to transfer images onto wood, fabric and many other materials. More than one technique will be demonstrated and participants are encouraged to bring multiple xeroxed pictures and materials to transfer.
  • Cuban Salsa with Kati Hernandez

    Starts: 9/9/2017 12:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/9/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.301: Saturday, 9/9 12:30pm-2pm
    Cost: $15
    Register at the link below or call 310.458.2239.

    Curious about salsa and especially rueda? Learn this Cuban salsa style of group dancing in a fun setting. Introductory lesson and demos by Ludis Benitez followed by an open dance party hosted by Artist-in-Residence Zeal Harris. Bring a partner or find partners here; all levels welcome!
  • Cuban Salsa with Kati Hernandez

    Starts: 9/9/2017 12:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/9/2017 2:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.301: Saturday 9/9, 12:30-2pm
    Cost: $10
    Register at the link below or call 310.458.2239.

    Curious about salsa? Learn steps in a fun setting. Bring a partner or find partners here; all levels welcome!
  • Soul of Cali Sunset Sessions with Lisa Medford

    Starts: 9/12/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/12/2017 7:30:00 PM

    Class #2300.320
    Tuesday nights 9/12 - 10/3, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    Cost: SM Res $43 / Non-Res $49
    Register at the link below or call 310.458.2239.


    Soul of Cali invites you to Groove out, let go, and feel refreshed through this sunset cardio class combining funky fresh follow along, muscle strengthening & toning, and a short sweet routine, that will leave you gleaming. Can't wait to share the feel good music, moves, and the vibes with you all.
  • Chili Roast!

    Starts: 9/16/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/16/2017 1:00:00 PM

    It?s late summer and the chilies are ready for harvest! Join us for a southwest style chili roast at the Pico farmers market located in Virginia Avenue Park. Take these delicious chilies home and whip up something tasty or freeze them to use later.
  • Memory Jug Creation with Shannon Freshwater

    Starts: 9/16/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/16/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Class # 2700.305, Saturday September 16, 11a-1p
    Cost: $10
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239

    Create an unusual and sculptural ?scrap book.? Shannon Freshwater discusses the history and meaning behind this folk art tradition while participants attach keepsakes and do-dads to their own personal jug. Jars and some small items will be provided however participants are encouraged to bring their own small keepsakes and trinkets to add to their jar (coins, keys, costume jewelry, beads, shells, bottle caps all work great). When bringing items from home keep in mind that this process is permanent, so no valuables.
  • Cultivating the Expressive Body with Jeremy Hahn

    Starts: 9/16/2017 11:30:00 AM
    Ends: 9/16/2017 1:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.316: Saturday 9/16, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Cost: $10

    Class #2700.316 Saturday 9/16, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Cost: $10
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239.

    Through an investigative process that draws upon meditation, visualization, and movement improvisation, we expand our creative capacities, move our bodies, encounter each other and cultivate a sense of play. All levels of participants who are interested in exploring expressive movement are welcome. After moving we will rest, journal, and share in a closing circle.

    Interdisciplinary movement artist Jeremy Hahn, M.F.A. is an active choreographer, performer, yoga instructor and educator of dance and movement improvisation based in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and is currently on faculty teaching dance at Cal Poly Pomona and Santa Ana College. As an award-winning choreographer and performer he creates works of contemporary dance theatre, site-specific interactive performance, and performance art. Notably, he has performed in works by Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone and David Dorfman and had the pleasure of working with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Lucent Dossier Experience, The Industry and many others. He is a founding member of Efflorescence, a Los Angeles based performance collective who is dedicated to the collaborative process, social engagement and the creation of an interdisciplinary arts event: PRISM. Hahn possesses considerable experience and knowledge inspiring performing artists and contributing to the field of dance through his teaching, research, and performance.

    Fore more information please visist www.weareefflorescence.com
  • Samba Reggae Dance & Drum with Slleyk

    Starts: 9/16/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/16/2017 8:30:00 PM

    Class #2300.322: Saturdays 9/16 - 11/4, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Cost: $100

    Come and workout with a Brazilian flair! This dynamic, energetic Latin dance incorporates the authentic and original Samba Reggae born in Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, as well as Afro-Brazilian dance. As an added bonus, you'll learn Samba Regional and Zumba! You will get a great workout as a result of low and high impact movements that will increase your blood flow, strengthening your cardiovascular system and burning lots of calories. All levels welcome!

    Slleyk da Bahia is the former choreographer of Olodum, the first Samba Reggae ensemble in the world. He spent 15 years creating unique choreographies to present during the carnivals of Brazil.

    Drop-in registration is available for $20.

    NO CLASS 10/28.
  • Modern Felt Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 9/17/2017 9:30:00 AM
    Ends: 9/17/2017 12:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.317: Sundays 9/17 & 9/24, 9:30am-12:30pm
    Cost: $60 + 30 Cash material fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    A good foundation in the Millinery Arts begins with the shaping of the Hat. Students will use modern and traditional materials to create a unique hat of their own design. Hat making is a very sculptural process - wool hoods will be hand-shaped over hat blocks during the first session and you will get a little wet. The second session will include finishing and trimming techniques.

    Returning students welcome! You may hone your skills or practice more advanced techniques in this session.

    In this class some hand-sewing experience is helpful, though not required.

    Leslie Robinson has been crafty ever since she was a little girl, growing up in rural Illinois. She comes from a line of un-traditionally traditional creative types and has always been passionate about history and the arts. After graduating from University twenty years ago, she packed up a U-Haul and moved to Los Angeles. Inspired by the weather and the vibrant visual feast that is L.A., Santa Monica and Hollywood, she has continued to create under two guises: Hooray4lala (hooray4lala.blogspot.com) and Flapper Femme (flapperfemme.com).
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 9/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/17/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels with drop-ins welcome.

    Cost: $140.00 - Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only. (please bring exact change!) Call (310) 458-2239 to confirm drop-in availability if you are not bringing your own rig. Enroll online using the tickets link.

    10am-1pm Sundays 9/17, 9/24, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5. NO CLASS 10/1 & 10/8.
  • Vintage Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 9/17/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/17/2017 4:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.318: Sundays 9/17 & 9/24, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $60 + 30 Cash material fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    Join Milliner Leslie Robinson for this dive into fabric millinery! You will learn the basics in pattern sewing, by using wool, silk, velvet or other fabrics, to create a one-of-a-kind headpiece.

    In these two sessions, we will be using an authentic 1952 McCall's pattern (#1690, Hat C) to make a hat that would be suitable for day or evening wear. This hat has a vintage appeal, but also has a straight-forward, modern sensibility. In the first session students will cut and sew their pieces. In the second session, students will be able to choose finishing touches (ribbons, flowers, beads and veiling) as embellishment.

    This is an advanced beginner-level class. Hats will be hand-sewn, so some experience with hand-sewing or other needle arts is recommended.

    Leslie Robinson has been crafty ever since she was a little girl, growing up in rural Illinois. She comes from a line of un-traditionally traditional creative types and has always been passionate about history and the arts. After graduating from University twenty years ago, she packed up a U-Haul and moved to Los Angeles. Inspired by the weather and the vibrant visual feast that is L.A., Santa Monica and Hollywood, she has continued to create under two guises: Hooray4lala (hooray4lala.blogspot.com) and Flapper Femme (flapperfemme.com).
  • Beach=Culture, 6:30pm: Jay Carlon workshop - AT CAPACITY

    Starts: 9/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/19/2017 7:30:00 PM

    Improvisation and Performative Strategies
    For dancers, actors, performance artists, and movers of all stripes and experience levels, interested in integrating external influences (architecture, space, and culture) with internal sensory embodiment. Participants will be asked to prioritize imagination, tap into cellular awareness, and do-and-undo habitual tasks. In the spirit of beach culture, exercises may venture out onto the sand, so please consider sunscreen/layers, and appropriate attire. Please bring a notebook and pen.
  • Soul of Cali Sunset Sessions with Lisa Medford

    Starts: 9/19/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/19/2017 7:30:00 PM

    Class #2300.320
    Tuesday nights 9/12 - 10/3, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    Cost: SM Res $43 / Non-Res $49
    Register at the link below or call 310.458.2239.


    Soul of Cali invites you to Groove out, let go, and feel refreshed through this sunset cardio class combining funky fresh follow along, muscle strengthening & toning, and a short sweet routine, that will leave you gleaming. Can't wait to share the feel good music, moves, and the vibes with you all.
  • Chili Roast!

    Starts: 9/23/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/23/2017 1:00:00 PM

    It?s late summer and the chilies are ready for harvest! Join us for a southwest style chili roast at the Pico farmers market located in Virginia Avenue Park. Take these delicious chilies home and whip up something tasty or freeze them to use later.
  • Creating a Repeating Pattern with Shannon Freshwater

    Starts: 9/23/2017 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/23/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Class #2700.306, Saturday September 23, 11am-1pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link above or call 310-458-2239

    Want to create a pattern that can be printed as fabric or wallpaper? Studio resident Shannon Freshwater will teach the basics of creating a repeating pattern by hand. Square and half drop repeats will be explained as participants draw their own repeating pattern. Online resources such as Spoonflower will be discussed.

    Studio Resident (8/9/17 ? 11/15/2017) Shannon Freshwater is an illustrator and fine artist who uses collage and assemblage as a way to appropriate and re-contextualize imagery and ideas. Shannon finds inspiration in the mysterious and unknown, as well as pop culture and various sub cultures. She grew up in the bizarre landscape of Las Vegas, studied painting and film in New Mexico, and lived in a collaborative art community in Seattle before moving to Southern California in 2005. Shannon is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, where she now teaches in the illustration department as well as teaching in the art department at California State University Northridge. Her illustrations have appeared on various book covers as well as The New York Times, Le Monde, Scientific American and others. She has exhibited her work across the US and her book covers are included in the permanent collection of AIGA in New York.
  • Samba Reggae Dance & Drum with Slleyk

    Starts: 9/23/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/23/2017 8:30:00 PM

    Class #2300.322: Saturdays 9/16 - 11/4, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Cost: $100

    Come and workout with a Brazilian flair! This dynamic, energetic Latin dance incorporates the authentic and original Samba Reggae born in Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, as well as Afro-Brazilian dance. As an added bonus, you'll learn Samba Regional and Zumba! You will get a great workout as a result of low and high impact movements that will increase your blood flow, strengthening your cardiovascular system and burning lots of calories. All levels welcome!

    Slleyk da Bahia is the former choreographer of Olodum, the first Samba Reggae ensemble in the world. He spent 15 years creating unique choreographies to present during the carnivals of Brazil.

    Drop-in registration is available for $20.

    NO CLASS 10/28.
  • Modern Felt Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 9/24/2017 9:30:00 AM
    Ends: 9/24/2017 12:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.317: Sundays 9/17 & 9/24, 9:30am-12:30pm
    Cost: $60 + 30 Cash material fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    A good foundation in the Millinery Arts begins with the shaping of the Hat. Students will use modern and traditional materials to create a unique hat of their own design. Hat making is a very sculptural process - wool hoods will be hand-shaped over hat blocks during the first session and you will get a little wet. The second session will include finishing and trimming techniques.

    Returning students welcome! You may hone your skills or practice more advanced techniques in this session.

    In this class some hand-sewing experience is helpful, though not required.

    Leslie Robinson has been crafty ever since she was a little girl, growing up in rural Illinois. She comes from a line of un-traditionally traditional creative types and has always been passionate about history and the arts. After graduating from University twenty years ago, she packed up a U-Haul and moved to Los Angeles. Inspired by the weather and the vibrant visual feast that is L.A., Santa Monica and Hollywood, she has continued to create under two guises: Hooray4lala (hooray4lala.blogspot.com) and Flapper Femme (flapperfemme.com).
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 9/24/2017 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/24/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels with drop-ins welcome.

    Cost: $140.00 - Drop-in participation is available for $35, cash only. (please bring exact change!) Call (310) 458-2239 to confirm drop-in availability if you are not bringing your own rig. Enroll online using the tickets link.

    10am-1pm Sundays 9/17, 9/24, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5. NO CLASS 10/1 & 10/8.
  • Vintage Hatmaking with Leslie Robinson

    Starts: 9/24/2017 1:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/24/2017 4:30:00 PM

    Class #2700.318: Sundays 9/17 & 9/24, 1:30-4:30pm
    Cost: $60 + 30 Cash material fee to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239

    Join Milliner Leslie Robinson for this dive into fabric millinery! You will learn the basics in pattern sewing, by using wool, silk, velvet or other fabrics, to create a one-of-a-kind headpiece.

    In these two sessions, we will be using an authentic 1952 McCall's pattern (#1690, Hat C) to make a hat that would be suitable for day or evening wear. This hat has a vintage appeal, but also has a straight-forward, modern sensibility. In the first session students will cut and sew their pieces. In the second session, students will be able to choose finishing touches (ribbons, flowers, beads and veiling) as embellishment.

    This is an advanced beginner-level class. Hats will be hand-sewn, so some experience with hand-sewing or other needle arts is recommended.

    Leslie Robinson has been crafty ever since she was a little girl, growing up in rural Illinois. She comes from a line of un-traditionally traditional creative types and has always been passionate about history and the arts. After graduating from University twenty years ago, she packed up a U-Haul and moved to Los Angeles. Inspired by the weather and the vibrant visual feast that is L.A., Santa Monica and Hollywood, she has continued to create under two guises: Hooray4lala (hooray4lala.blogspot.com) and Flapper Femme (flapperfemme.com).
  • Gallery CLOSED all day

    Starts: 9/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/26/2017 12:00:00 AM

    The Gallery will be closed all day for a private event.
  • Soul of Cali Sunset Sessions with Lisa Medford

    Starts: 9/26/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/26/2017 7:30:00 PM

    Class #2300.320
    Tuesday nights 9/12 - 10/3, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
    Cost: SM Res $43 / Non-Res $49
    Register at the link below or call 310.458.2239.


    Soul of Cali invites you to Groove out, let go, and feel refreshed through this sunset cardio class combining funky fresh follow along, muscle strengthening & toning, and a short sweet routine, that will leave you gleaming. Can't wait to share the feel good music, moves, and the vibes with you all.
  • Chasing Coral Film Screening

    Starts: 9/27/2017 7:00:00 PM
    Ends: 9/27/2017 10:00:00 PM

    What lies below, reveals what lies ahead.
    From the director of Chasing Ice comes an epic adventure to capture our changing oceans.
    Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won?t have audiences sitting idle for long.
    A Panel discussion moderated by Joel Cesare, Sustainable Building Advisor, City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Vice-Chair Surfrider Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter will follow the screening. The panel will include; Zackery Rago, Youth Outreach Manager for Exposure Labs' Chasing Coral Impact Campaign who is featured in the film and Tom Ford, Executive Director Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program.
    This event is FREE! Please reserve your seats here on Eventbrite
  • Chili Roast!

    Starts: 9/30/2017 9:00:00 AM
    Ends: 9/30/2017 1:00:00 PM

    It?s late summer and the chilies are ready for harvest! Join us for a southwest style chili roast at the Pico farmers market located in Virginia Avenue Park. Take these delicious chilies home and whip up something tasty or freeze them to use later.
  • Beach=Culture, 10:30am: Jay Carlon workshop

    Starts: 9/30/2017 10:30:00 AM
    Ends: 9/30/2017 11:30:00 AM

    Improvisation and Performative Strategies
    For dancers, actors, performance artists, and movers of all stripes and experience levels, interested in integrating external influences (architecture, space, and culture) with internal sensory embodiment. Participants will be asked to prioritize imagination, tap into cellular awareness, and do-and-undo habitual tasks. In the spirit of beach culture, exercises may venture out onto the sand, so please consider sunscreen/layers, and appropriate attire. Please bring a notebook and pen.
  • Samba Reggae Dance & Drum with Slleyk

    Starts: 9/30/2017 6:30:00 PM
    Ends: 9/30/2017 8:30:00 PM

    Class #2300.322: Saturdays 9/16 - 11/4, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Cost: $100

    Come and workout with a Brazilian flair! This dynamic, energetic Latin dance incorporates the authentic and original Samba Reggae born in Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, as well as Afro-Brazilian dance. As an added bonus, you'll learn Samba Regional and Zumba! You will get a great workout as a result of low and high impact movements that will increase your blood flow, strengthening your cardiovascular system and burning lots of calories. All levels welcome!

    Slleyk da Bahia is the former choreographer of Olodum, the first Samba Reggae ensemble in the world. He spent 15 years creating unique choreographies to present during the carnivals of Brazil.

    Drop-in registration is available for $20.

    NO CLASS 10/28.
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“Pursuing Green Office Certification”

To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.