The City of Santa Monica is definitely ending August with a bang! We always say there is no shortage of events here in Santa Monica, but this week, the City has outdone itself! With concerts on the beach and lawn, cat and jewelry shows, and even cardboard yachts, there is no excuse to say you are bored this week! Here is the list of our favorite upcoming events!
JEWELRY HAPPY HOUR
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 from 4PM-8PM
Moondance will be hosting a Jewelry Happy Hour, after hours shopping event! Stop by for drinks and hors d’ oeuvres, and check out the beautifully crafted collection, Bri Hana! Stacey Johnson, owner and designer of Bri Hana, will be here to personally walk you through her line. RSVP and get a free gift at the event! We hope you see you there!
Location: Moondance Jewelry Gallery, 1530 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, California 90403
For More Information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/428135903894584/
TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES WITH ALEX CUBA
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 from 7PM-10PM
Alex Cuba is a rebel. “When it comes to creativity, I need to go to places I’ve never been before,” he says. With the wanderlust of a world traveler, the Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter explores new sonic spaces on Ruido En El Sistema / Static in the System. Following the compass points of rock, soul, pop, and Latin-funk on his fourth album, Cuba continues his journey as a critically acclaimed independent artist who’s charted his own destiny across the world stage while earning a growing legion of devoted listeners at each new juncture.
As rebels are often wont, Alex Cuba views his music as a liberating force. It’s a quality that’s transmitted through the artist’s songs and has made him a fascinating exception to the staid rules of category. He explains, “The purpose of my music is to free up people, to free up musicians, to free up writers and composers and creators in the world. That is the purpose of why I do music. Music, for me, is not one style. I’m not creating for one kind of people.” Armed with a Gibson ES355, Alex Cuba consistently challenges perceptions about what Latin music is, and who listens to it, by simply being himself.
A self-proclaimed “musical sponge,” Alex Cuba first learned the music of his native Artemisa, a city located just west of Havana. His father, a guitarist and music instructor, earned a Master’s degree in music at age 55 and remains a source of inspiration for the artist. Beyond sharing a natural affinity for music, the multi-instrumentalist Cuba learned the discipline of honing his musical talents from his father and later formed The Puentes Brothers with his brother. Citing influences that range from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis to The Beatles’ White Album, Cuba looked beyond the rich heritage of his homeland to develop his own singular style — one fueled by spontaneity, or what Cuba characterizes as the “tension of imperfection.”
Location: Santa Monica Pier
For More Information, visit: http://www.twilightseries.org/
CARDBOARD YACHT REGATTA
Saturday, August 25 from 6:30PM-9:30PM
Have you ever dreamed of setting sail across the waters in your very own yacht? Now you can build your own cardboard yacht and test its seaworthiness in a race across the Annenberg Community Beach House Pool. At home, build a yacht from only corrugated cardboard and duct tape, decorate it, cross your fingers and hope you can make it to the other side on race day. Two people must be in the yacht during the race. All boats must be human-powered (no motors); oars/paddles are recommended. Fun awards will be given in a variety of categories and spectators are welcome. All ages are welcome to participate; children under age 8 must have someone 16 or over as their co-captain.
Preregistration required to race your yacht. $15 entry fee per yacht.
For more information, contact the Annenberg Community Beach House at 310-458-4904.
Enjoy building your boat with friends and family! Activity #3581.201 Make sure to register here: http://recenroll.smgov.net/registrationmain.sdi
TIKI TIME: A CAT FANCIER’S ASSOCIATION ALL BREED CAT SHOW
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 from 10AM-6PM & Sunday, August 26th, 2012 from 10AM-5PM
Up to 300+ pedigreed cats and kittens to see, as well as everyday pet cats! Sit and watch cats on the judging table, or walk around and visit with the cats between judgings. There will be eight judging rings going on concurrently both days. No matter what time you arrive you’re bound to see your favorite breed being judged in four active rings. Breeds include: Abyssinian, Somali, Burmese, Siamese, Cornish Rex, Persian, Ocicat, Maine Coon, Himalayan and up to 20+ more.
Visit the many awesome vendors offering everything from cat trees to fine art to the best cat toys!
Interested in entering your kitty? Want to learn more about the show? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a fun and educational event; we look forward to seeing you there!
General Admission: $10
Seniors & Children 6-12: $7
Children 5 & Under: free
Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
For More Information, visit: http://www.catsla.com/?gaw&gclid=CODzhpW6-bECFQjZQgodRj8A-w
JAZZ ON THE LAWN 2012 WITH ROGELIO MITCHELL & FRIENDS
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 from 5PM-7PM
Bring family and friends of all ages! Santa Monica Cultural Affairs presents the 7th annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series this year at a new location – Stewart Street Park. Bring a picnic, blanket and beach chair and enjoy a sampling of free jazz each Sunday in August from 5-7pm.
Enjoy hot jazz with cool frozen treats from Beachy Cream offering Organic Ice Cream & Sweet Treats or Frozen Crush, offering the Ultimate Italian Ice (alternate Sundays, see below for schedule). Alili’s Fresh Fruit will also be serving sweet, summer fruit each Sunday. Complimentary drinks will be provided by IZZE Beverage Company and Just Chill Inc.
Stewart Street Park is located at 1836 Stewart Street. In addition to more space, Stewart Street Park amenities include a children’s playground, restrooms and nearby parking. Free Parking is available after 3:30pm in the parking lot across the street located at 1831 Stewart Street.
Handicap Parking is available in the Stewart Street Park lot located at 1836 Stewart Street.
Free Bike Valet is available in the Stewart Street Park lot located at 1836 Stewart Street.
Big Blue Bus Line 5 stops on Olympic Blvd. at Stewart St. and runs every 30 minutes on Sundays.
Panamanian-born Rogelio Mitchell has drawn from the musical styles of the Caribbean islands to create a sound rich in rhythm and harmony. With his unique blend of calypso, reggae, soca and jazz, Mitchell has toured extensively throughout Central and South America and has appeared at such festivals and series’ such as the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, LACMA Latin Sounds and the Distant Accords Awards.
Treats & Drinks: Frozen Crush Italian Ice, Alili’s Fresh Fruit & IZZE Sparkling Juice
For More Information, visit: http://www.smgov.net/portals/culture/events/jazz_on_the_lawn.aspx
And as always, we hope to see you at Pacific Park during this amazing weather!
Have a great week!