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Thursday, October 8

FIG Santa Monica Welcomes JiRaffe’s Chef Raffa Into Their Kitchen

FIG Restaurant

101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, 90401


FIG Restaurant Santa Monica welcomes adored local Chef Raphael Lunetta, of the former JiRaffe, for a seasonally-inspired culinary journey bringing together the best of Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s and Chef Raphael Lunetta’s talents. Enjoy Chef Raphael’s sought-after Almond Crusted John Dory and a unique plating of Mediterranean bouillabaisse, a highlight of both chefs’ esteemed culinary expertise. Available from Thursday, October 8 - Sunday, October 11, with seating times between 5-10pm. For dinner reservations, contact 310-319-3111; [email protected].   

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Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala Hosted by Conan O’Brien

Barker Hangar

3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

6:30pm to 11:00pm

Join Autism Speaks on Thursday, October 8th for its first ever Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala – a must-attend event hosted by late night comedian Conan O’Brien featuring over 100 of the world’s finest chefs. This one-of-a-kind evening will honor Co-Founders of Autism Speaks Suzanne and Bob Wright and commemorate the 10th anniversary of Autism Speaks.

The gala begins with award-winning chefs presenting hors d’oeurves during an hour long cocktail reception. Following cocktails, some of the world’s finest chefs including Giada De Laurentiis, Antonia Lofaso and Betty Fraser will prepare and serve four-course meals tableside exclusively for their guests.

Since its inception, the event has raised nearly $8 million dollars for the research, awareness and advocacy initiatives of Autism Speaks. Sponsors include Toyota, ION Media Networks, Discovery Communications, NBCUniversal, Google, Univision, Tommy Cares and Pepper Gate Footwear. 

To purchase tickets, please visit autismspeaks.org/lachefgala.

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Anne-Marie Slaughter: A Woman's Journey in Foreign Policy

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Avenue, CA, CA 90401


(OCT 8) Anne-Marie Slaughter, head of the New America Foundation and author of the much-read article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All”, will talk about her vision of equality between men and women, and also her broader views of U.S. foreign policy culled from her previous job as Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department. As President and CEO of New America, a non-partisan think tank in Washington D.C., Slaughter continues to speak and write about foreign policy, including the Iran issue, Greece’s debt and refugees – but this is underpinned by her personal journey as a working mother. Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the former dean of its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A foreign policy analyst, legal and international relations scholar, and public commentator, Slaughter was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School and is a former president of the American Society of International Law. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 80,000 followers on Twitter.Anne-Marie Slaughter’s new book Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family will be published on September 29th.

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Les Dolls

Harvelle's Santa Monica

1432 4th Street, Santa Monica, 90401

10:00pm to 12:00am

Hollywood and Paris collide when Dollhouse Entertainment, L.A.'s live-production powerhouse, presents an evening of cabaret with Les Dolls.

Leave your worries and inhibitions at the door when you enter a world of enchanting choreography performed by beautiful, talented, sexy dancers set to intoxicating music weaving through genres & styles in routines designed to whisk you into a night of seduction. A modern twist on a time when elegantly dressed men and women drank from stemmed glasses in smoke-filled rooms. From sassy to sweet and seductive to bold, Les Dolls represents a woman's multi-faceted force.

Life is a cabaret, my friend. Join us for the tantalizing cabaret show of Les Dolls.

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Friday, October 9

Invertigo Dance Theatre: Reeling

The Moss Theater presented at the Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90404


Reeling is an hour-long dance theatre work set in a bar. Eight lonely hearts search for connection through the hazy sea of a night out. Where the dive bar acts as a literal platform for dancers to hurl themselves off. Reeling examines blurred boundaries between fun and violence, spectator and performer, longing and sensuality. Friday, October 9, 8 pm Saturday, October 10, 8 pm Sunday, October 11, 6 pm

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Saturday, October 10