The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) will host its inaugural Pier Party!, a fundraising event to benefit all students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). The Party will take place on Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for families and community members, who will enjoy games, rides, live DJ, face painting and more family fun at Pacific Park on the historic Santa Monica Pier. Tickets range from $25 to $175 for general admission and VIP, which includes brunch tastings from some of the finest local restaurants. More information at www.PierParty.org
100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA
11:00am to 9:00pm
Chef David Lentz’s restaurant, The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica celebrates its 3rd Anniversary with Oysterpalooza, an All-Day festival devoted to this much-loved mollusk. The Hungry Cat will be featuring half price oysters and some special oyster dishes by David Lentz including some fresh oyster po' boys, grilled oysters, pan roasted oysters and more.
And to sweeten the pot, The Hungry Cat’s expert bartenders will be mixing up big boozy anniversary cocktails during an All Day Happy Hour, all offered for $7 each from 11 a.m.
The Hungry Cat’s complete à la carte menu will also be available throughout the day and evening.
½ Priced Oysters and Happy Hour Cocktails 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Brunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Oysterpalooza: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Dave Barry is the author of more than thirty books, including such national bestsellers as the nonfiction I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, Dave Barry Turns 50, and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, as well as the novels Insane City, Tricky Business, Big Trouble, Lunatics (with Alan Zweibel), and his Peter Pan prequels (with Ridley Pearson). Two of his books have been made into movies (Big Trouble and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys), and a play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatcher, is currently on a national tour after winning five Tony Awards on Broadway. For a while, his life was even a television series, Dave’s World. He plays guitar in the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. For many years he wrote a nationally syndicated humor column, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA, CA 90401
As Los Angeles foodies know, there are plenty of dining experiences to enjoy across the Southland. This year, there is one particular event that will set itself apart from the rest. Flavors of Los Angeles 2014, a unique and memorable fine-dining event, promises to be a delectable, five-course gourmet dinner prepared tableside by one of the city’s most notable chefs. This experience will give each guest unparalleled and intimate access to incredible cuisine, and the artists who create it. Now celebrating their eighth year, Flavors of Los Angeles 2014, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation, will take place at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Sunday, May 4th, starting at 5:30 pm.
Some of L.A.’s Top Chefs and favorite restaurants participating this year’s include:
Christophe Happillon, Maître Écailler and Owner of the Oyster Gourmet
Shigefumi Tachibe, Corporate Executive Chef of The Chaya Restaurant Group
Collin Crannell, Executive Chef of The Lobster
Mirko Paderno, Executive Chef at Livello at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills & Oliverio at the Avalon
David Iino, Executive Chef and Owner of SALT Restaurant
Matthew Woolf, Executive Chef of Palihouse
Kevin Meehan, Executive Chef and Owner of Kali Dining
Wonny Lee, Executive Chef of Hamasaku
Phillip Frankland Lee, Executive Chef and Owner of Scratch Bar
Perry Cheung, Executive Chef and Owner of Phorage
Freddy Vargas, Executive Chef of Scarpetta at The Montage Beverly Hills
This year’s event begins with a special cocktail reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres crafted by each of the evening’s participating chefs and restaurants. Another special addition to this year’s cocktail reception is Christophe Happillon, who is known the world over as the Oyster Gourmet. Happillon, a Maître Écailler who specializes in the freshest and finest oysters around, will be serving his famous oysters during the pre-dinner cocktail reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Complimenting the oysters will be perfectly paired chilled shots of American Harvest Organic Vodka, along with specialty hand-crafted cocktails made with American Harvest Organic Vodka and Barenjager, as well as some specially selected wines from Kiamie Wine Cellars and Vina Sympatica.
Following the cocktail reception, guests will be escorted to their individual tables of twelve, where they will join their personal Chef for the evening. Each guest will enjoy five mouthwatering courses prepared right in front of them, which will also be paired with wines selected by each host restaurant to perfectly compliment each dish. Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the evening, and this year’s host and MC will be Chef Sharone Hakman from FOX’s hit show MasterChef.
Ticket Information:Flavors of Los Angeles 2014 will take place on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The cocktail reception and silent auction will take place at 5:30 pm and dinner and the event program will start at 6:45 pm. Tickets and sponsorships are available exclusively at Flavors of Los Angeles 2014. For more information on the eighth annual Flavors of Los Angeles 2014 please contact the Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation directly at 310.670.4624 or e-mail Taly Fantini at [email protected].
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages.
1130 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
8:00pm to 7:00pm
Many female combatants in the U.S. Armed Services are subjected to intense sexual abuse, but remain quiet. Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble opens its 2014 season with a Los Angeles premiere directed by artistic director John Farmanesh-Bocca. Ajax in Iraq by award-winning playwright Ellen Mclaughlin opens at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica for a four-week run on May 8.
Ajax in Iraq intertwines the important and timely issue of sexual abuse against women in the military with the parable of the great warrior Ajax, which is said to be one of the first and oldest stories to openly portray the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Last year, more active-duty soldiers killed themselves than died in combat,” says Farmanesh-Bocca. “After a decade of deployments to war zones, the Pentagon is bracing for things to get much worse. Light must be shed on the subject. Action must be taken to return our veterans home, unscathed by our own people or by neglect. The action we take as artists is to produce Ellen’s electrifying play to get the conversation going. This play’s unique time traveling connection perfectly demonstrates how modern warfare has changed so much since ancient times, and yet not at all.”
Not Man Apart has developed a following both overseas and in their home state of California. The Hollywood Reporter praises NMA as a “futuristic theater company,” the Los Angeles Times calls the company “exhilarating and propulsive… exciting and innovative,” and the British Theatre Guide says “startlingly refreshing.”
NMA Physical Theatre Ensemble generates innovative physical works of theater while contributing educational and transformational experiences. Founded in 2004 in northern California, the award-winning company has toured two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is a recipient of the coveted Edinburgh Fringe First Award. NMA outreach programs include the annual student-driven educational and performance series Shakespeare Santa Monica (summer), Somatic Movement Arts Festival (fall) and Improv Dance Fest (winter). NMA made Los Angeles its home in 2009, premiering both Pericles Redux (2009) and Titus Redux (2010) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and reprising Titus Redux a year later as part of RADAR L.A. In 2011, NMA was commissioned by the Getty Villa to adapt and stage the rarely done Roman tragedy Hercules Furens in a workshop performance. NMA then performed Eduardo Machado’s Lysistrata Unbound starring Olympia Dukakis at the Villa in 2013. That June, the company presented Hercules Furens in a fully completed world premiere production at the Miles Memorial Playhouse. With a mission to create highly athletic and innovative theatrical events which are both life affirming and consciousness expanding, and to establish a new kind of physical theater genre that is exciting, relevant, accessible and all inclusive, NMA strives to be one of the premier physical theater ensembles of the Americas.
Aaron Hendry (NMA’s Lysistrata Unbound opposite Olympia Dukakis; company member, Theatricum Botanicum; former member of Diavolo Dance Theatre) stars as Ajax. Emma Bell (currently seen on TNT’s Dallas; recurring roles on The Walking Dead and The Bedford Diaries) plays Athena; and Courtney Munch (previous NMA productions of Titus Redux, Hercules Furens and Lysistrata Unbound) is A.J., the modern-day female American soldier whose journey parallels that of the ancient hero. Also in the cast, each playing multiple roles as the story flashes back and forth between the Iraq and Trojan Wars, are Steven Beaudion, Alina Bolshakova, Chelsea Brynd, Laura Covelli, Eric Naficy Dyrhsen, West Perkinson, Brandon Hitchcock, Ashphord Jacoway, Dash Pepin, Camron Robertson, Carol Sparkman, Ivanna Wei and Jonathan Wong.
Sound design for Ajax in Iraq is by Adam Phalen; lighting direction is by Jessica Kohn; costume design is by Catherine Baumgardner; choreography is by John Farmanesh-Bocca, Jones Welsh and NMA Company; and production stage managers are Benji Kaufman, Kyle Gladfelter and Jessica Westerfield. NMA associate artistic directors are Jones Welsh, Laura Covelli and Aaron Hendry.
Ajax in Iraq opens on Thursday, May 8, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through June 1. Tickets are $25; Student Rush Thursdays: $10 at the door, subject to availability. The Miles Memorial Playhouse is located at 1130 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (just north of Wilshire Blvd.). Free event parking is available at the underground garage serving the 808 Wilshire Building., entry on Lincoln (just south of Wilshire Blvd.). For reservations and information, visit www.NotManApart.com or call (818) 618-4772.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
11:00am to 5:00pm
Super Saturday LA hosted by Rachel Zoe & Molly Sims
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 11AM to 5PM (special preview hour at 10AM)
Location: Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave #203, Santa Monica, CA 90405
We would love to invite you and your family to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s first annual Super Saturday LA - hosted by Molly Sims, Rachel Zoe and their families. The day-long designer charity sale is expanding to Los Angeles (after 16 years in the Hamptons) for the first time on Saturday, May 17 in celebration of OCRF's 20th Anniversary. The event offers premiere brands at a 30-50% discount with 100% of the proceeds supporting OCRF.
The charity fundraiser — which is dubbed “the Rolls Royce of garage sales” —offers designer women’s and men clothing and accessories, home goods, children’s clothing and toys, pet products, cutting-edge electronics and more from high-end brands like Versace, Kate Spade SATURDAY, Rachel Pally, James Perse, Trina Turk, David Meister, ERIN by Erin Fetherston, Kenneth Cole, Cosabella, Hudson Jeans, Kitson, Planet Blue, Fitbit, Dogeared and more.
Other activities at the event for the whole family include pampering stations with complimentary make-up application and manicures, complimentary blowouts by Rachel Zoe-founded DreamDry salon, At Home with JC Penney offering cooking demonstrations by actress and “Dinner at Tiffani’s” host Tiffani Thiessen, Rob Younkers and Joe Zee’s “Stitched Fashion Camp” where kids and teens can design and style one-of-a-kind shirts, fun children’s games and activations including Rainbow Looming, Angry Birds and MineCraft, DIY cupcake decorating stations by by celebrity chef and TV personality Duff Goldman, culinary experiences, gourmet treats and delectable desserts, a Pet Park for four-legged friends to play, a luxury grand raffle, and a special Super Saturday online auction with amazing one-of-a-kind VIP experiences and more.
Ticket prices for OCRF’s Super Saturday LA are $250 for general admission, $100 for entry after 1:30PM, $50 for children ages 6-16 (kids 5 and under are admitted free) and $20 per pup. VIP tickets featuring exclusive benefits are available for $400 and include: early access (10:00AM) to luxury designer sale, preferred parking, access to VIP area to rest and relax, expedited cashier process and shopping bag check. Tables and sponsor packages are also available. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.ocrf.org/supersaturday or contact Julia Volpin at [email protected] and 212-268-1002.