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Friday, April 3

1st Night Passover Seder & Shabbat Services

Kehillat Ma'arv Synagogue

1715 21st Street, Santa Monica, 90406


In a wonderful merging of Shabbat and Passover, Kehillat Ma’arav’s Joint Community Seder with Adat Shalom and Mishkon Tephilo will be held this year on the first night of Passover, Friday, April 3. Bring the family and join us for this beautiful and enriching community event.

Cost is $60 per adult and $30 for children for members of Kehillat Ma’arav, Adat Shalom, or Mishkon Tephilo. Price for nonmembers is $65 for adults and $35 for children.

Reservations must be prepaid no later than March 27th FIRM. Please call the KM office at 310-829-0566 with any questions.

RSVP and more information at km-synagogue.org.

Services begin at 6:30pm.

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Tuesday, April 7

Artist on Artist: Zackary Drucker on Brian Weil

Santa Monica Museum of Art

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Walkthrough SMMoA’s Brian Weil, 1979–95: Being in the World exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist and award-winning Transparent associate producer Zackary Drucker, whose work seeks to cultivate and investigate under-recognized aspects of transgender history, locate herself in that history, and communicate her contemporary experience of gender and sexuality.

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Wednesday, April 8

Nick Cave’s The Sick Bag Song

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028


One of just three exclusive events worldwide, Nick Cave discusses and reads from his new book The Sick Bag Song - an exploration of love, inspiration and memory shaped around the events of Cave’s 2014 tour of North America - and takes questions from the audience. Tickets only available at Ticketmaster. $65 + fees. Please note that ticket sales are being handled by Goldenvoice. Photo ID will be required for entry.

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Thursday, April 9

Cinema at the Edge Film Festival

Edgemar Center for the Art

2437 Main St, Santa Monica, CA


We are excited to announce our 3rd annual Cinema at the Edge (CATE) Film Festival! We are celebrating independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. Featuring narratives, documentaries, and shorts, from talented filmmakers all over the world, Cinema at the Edge gives new and recognized films and filmmakers the chance to ignite audience buzz, gain acclaimed exposure, and provide global distribution opportunities.

The festival is located in the heart of Santa Monica’s Main Street minutes away from the beach – housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, a two theatre and art gallery complex designed by Frank Gehry. The festival’s location is prime real estate for Los Angeles’ top production companies, tech leaders, established artists, and extraordinary dining venues.

While we are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, CATE has an additional commitment to see the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore our program juries will again be comprised of the best and brightest professionals in the global independent film distribution community, giving films in all categories the opportunity to be considered for acquisition.


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Friday, April 10

“Agnes Varda: From Here to There” Part 1 / JANE B. FOR AGNÈS V.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403


The journeys of legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda have been captured beautifully in the recent five-part documentary series "From Here To There." Join us for Part 1 of the series, followed by a discussion with Varda and a restored version of her Jane Birkin documentary JANE B. FOR AGNÈS V.

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A CHILD LEFT BEHIND - He fought hard to teach his students. He fought harder to teach his son.

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage

1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


PICK OF THE WEEK! LA WEEKY Run to see this show! - Compelling!...First rate!... LA TIMES. It was time to speak up. When LAUSD teacher and playwright Alan Aymie was given his second pink slip from the school district that he had worked in for a decade, and was later "graded" by the LA Times he decided it was time to provide a voice for the teaching professional. While painting a dynamic and powerful portrait of the daily challenges teachers face in LA, Aymie also takes a poignant look at his own experiences of trying to teach his son who was recently assessed with Aspergers Syndrome. A dramatic response to the LA Times Value Added teacher ratings, A Child Left Behind is a teachers personal journey of trying to be an effective educator while parenting a special needs child, and learning what it takes to be taught. "Here I was working to be a good teacher, explains Aymie, yet the person (my son) who I really needed to teach I couldn’t reach. Written and performed by award-winning playwright/performer ALAN AYMIE. Directed by PAUL STEIN, Artistic Director of the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood. Presented in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month. Santa Monica Playhouse programs are sponsored in part by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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Saturday, April 11

YALLWEST Teen Book Festival in Santa Monica

Santa Monica High School

601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 90405


2 days of panels, book signings, food trucks, bad jokes, rock 'n' roll, killer photo ops & general geeky debauchery featuring 37 New York Times bestselling authors, 36 local & acclaimed authors and artists, 6 notable Hollywood directors & creators, and 1 crazy YA cover band.  Attending authors include Veronica Roth, Marie Lu, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, Melissa de la Cruz, Margaret Stohl, Marissa Meyer, Ann Brashares, Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Veronica Rossi, Brendan Reichs, and many more. 


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