Main Street’s Finest Eateries Come Together to Offer Tastings & Specials in this Interactive Tasting Event to Help Raise Money for Main Street Business Improvement Association and Fund Free Community Programming. This all-ages event, pet-friendly tasting event is a take on the classic board game, where every participating location you visit allows you to use “MAINopoly dollars” for food or beverage tastings, and earns you credit to fill your game board map for a chance to win free prizes. Throw on your top hats and monocles, get your “dice” ready, and make your way down Main Street for a culinary walking tour of Main Street’s finest eateries! A portion of all proceeds benefits the Main Street Business Improvement District.
Where; Main Street (10 blocks between Navy St. & Bay St.), Check-in location: Ashland Hill (2807 Main St.), When: Sunday, May 29, 12-5 pm
Santa Monica Place is partnering with Streetlet, an opportunity-matching and growth engine for small business owners and makers, to bring a pop-up Made with PRIDE Marketplace to the center each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June. This unique retail marketplace is part of the annual SaMo PRIDE, a month-long citywide celebration focused on family-friendly displays and activities that safely celebrate the City of Santa Monica’s inclusive and diverse spirit. Once again PRIDE events will be anchored by “Miles of Pride,” a vibrant light installation that spans the Promenade and Santa Monica Place, illuminating the sky with a rainbow of colors to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, individuality, inclusivity and acceptance.
Made with PRIDE will showcase over 15 LGBTQIA+ business owners, highlighting their stories, unique products, and services. Each business features local goods and services made, conceived, and curated in Southern California and all vendors are provided with a free space to activate and retain 100% of the sales.The Made with PRIDE Marketplace takes place every Friday-Saturday in June.
- June 3-5, June 10-12, June 17-19, and June 24-26
- Santa Monica Place is located at 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, at Broadway and Third Street Promenade. The Made With PRIDE Marketplace is located on level one in Nordstrom Cour
Both published by Pasadena based Red Hen Press, Charles Harper Webb and Carlos Allende’s novels Ursula Lake and Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love are page-turners with refreshingly new takes on issues of masculinity and male friendships.
A creative writing professor at Cal State Long Beach, and long time resident of greater LA, Charles Harper Webb is also an award winning poet and has been described as one of Southern California’s “most inventive and accessible poets.” Webb also worked as a psychotherapist for over a decade and has a Ph.D. from USC in Counseling Psychology. It was partly his work as a psychotherapist that allows him to delve into the darker areas of the human psyche that he explores in Ursula Lake, a literary thriller set in the wilds of British Columbia. Ivy Pochoda has described it as “a rare novel that is equal parts lyrical and suspenseful.”
Carlos Allende lives in Santa Monica with his husband and is a media psychology scholar and a teacher in the Writer’s Program at UCLA Extension. Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love is a darkly comic novel for the angry and disenchanted. David Caplan, Executive Producer of The Conners has described it as “The most irredeemable and meticulously fashioned ne’er-do-wells I’ve ever rooted for. Murder in LA has never been such lurid, frothy fun.”
Together Carlos and Charles will discuss different aspects of the darker sides of masculinity, read from their works and sign books. If you are looking for something different to do this father’s day, come to the Village Well!
Opening the doors to a new feminist future, the new Women’s March Action Headquarters will be a hub for feminist politics. Activists and organizers can stop in any time for phone banking, text banking, postcard writing, and retail shopping that supports vital issues. In addition, Womens March Action with be partnering with candidates, elected officials, and community-based organizations to build power and make change.
On Saturday, June 25th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the public is invited to join the grand opening celebration of the Women’s March Action Headquarters, 1852 East 1st Street, Boyle Heights, California for Mariachi music, food, art, and LA’s progressive feminist community! We will welcome our partners and volunteers to the space and kick-off our new home base for political actions!
We celebrate our return to the concert stage with a special free concert in memory of our late Music Director and Conductor, Frank Fetta. It will also be a belated celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday which fell in December 2020 and was overshadowed by national and global events. We are delighted to feature Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Shulman and pianist Rufus Choi in a program of major “middle period” works: Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, “Emperor”, and Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67. Saturday June 25, 7.30pm at Robert Frost Auditorium in Culver City, free entry.
Angeleno Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre is the author of the novel “The Displaced” (Arte Publico Press, June 30) which is set on LA’s Westside in the 1990’s and is a dystopian coming-of-age novel loosely modeled after The Plague by Albert Camus that explores how gentrification affects the primarily working class Latino neighborhood where the novel is set and that is modeled roughly after the neighborhood where the author grew up at the same time. Junot Diaz has already given the book a great blurb: “What an extraordinary voice … in this utterly thrilling and utterly necessary novel, three battered friends attempt to save their community from a hideous tide of gentrification, but the question that towers over their schemes and furies is: can they save themselves? Ribera d’Ebre has written a scorcher of a debut.”
Obed Silva is the author of “The Death of My Father the Pope,” the critically acclaimed memoir about growing up on both sides of the Mexican border the havoc his father’s battle with alcohol wreaked on his family and affected the author’s own life and experience with addiction and sobriety. The book has received many stellar reviews with David Ulin praising it in the LA Times as “an indelible look at the complicated ways grief, family and addiction can intertwine” and Rigoberto González describing it as “compelling” in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Together the authors will have a conversation about the themes of race, immigration, family, incarceration, and more that intertwine and overlap in their books.
Hit the music! ?Enjoy the live tunes under the urban city lights by local jazz artist ?Dayren Santamaria. Dayren has worked extensively on the contemporary Latin, Latin-Jazz and salsa music scene, notably with four-time Grammy Award Winner, Oscar Hernandez. ?She also performs in Los Angeles with a variety of groups including performances with Latin Jazz band Jose Rizo’s Mongorama and appears on their Grammy-Nominated 2012 CD. ?She is also a member of actor Andy Garcia’s Cineso All-Stars. ?Listen and vibe and be sure to tag us @theblocla for a chance to be featured. This event is free! Thursday, July 14th, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT. THE BLOC, 700 West 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90017.
Please bring Blankets + Sunnies with you! $5 Validated parking for concert attendees available at Concierge Desk.
The two-day show features 40 vendors and demonstrators with earth science displays, children’s games, and activities for the entire family.
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING
The theme this year is Amazonite
Show Hours are from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday
VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230