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special events 

Tickets for events with an admission charge may be purchased online (​)by phone at (310) 434-3005, or in person at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (Theatre Arts Complex, SMC Main Campus; limited hours). A modest service charge applies.


Stephen D. Gutierrez & Jim Krusoe:

Turf Crossing & Fence Climbing:

Stories from LA, Fresno, and Guanajuato

Stephen D. Gutierrez is a Professor in the English Department at California State University, East Bay. His latest book, The Mexican Man in His Backyard, completes a stories-and-essays trilogy he calls “My Three-Volume BOXED Set” (Elements, winner of FC2’s Nilon Award, and Live from Fresno y Los, winner of an American Book Award, are the first two in the “set”). He is also a playwright whose Game Day received the 2010 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition in the One-Act Category Award. Gutierrez will be joined by SMC English instructor Jim Krusoe. The award-winning author of Iceland, Blood Lake, and Toward You is the founder of the SMC’s literary journal Santa Monica Review, and also teaches in the graduate writing program at Antioch University. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (​) and the SMC Office of Public Programs. 

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Tue, September 30 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

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Locals Only!

Book and Concept by Bill Borden. Directed by Perviz Sawoski, with Music Direction by Gary Gray and Choreography by Mark Tomasic. Don’t miss Santa Monica College’s first multi-department collaborative theatrical production! Created by the Executive Producer of High School Musical, Locals Only! tells the story of Buzz, a poor young surfer who falls in love with Ariel, a “Valley Girl” from a sheltered, privileged background. Set in Venice, CA, this one-act musical—filled with colorful characters and foot-stomping songs and dances—reveals the inevitable conflicts that arise when different worlds collide. Check out “Show Us Your Beach” for Locals Only! insider details and to upload your own beach pix on:

 Preview: October 2 | 8pm

October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 | 8pm

October 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 | 2pm

$20/$17 (Preview: $10)

Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex


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National Hispanic Heritage Month:

La Corona Screening and Talk

Isabel Vega

Filmmaker who made Oscar-nominated La Corona with Amanda Micheli will screen and talk about the documentary, which explores the lives of women in prison in Bogotá, Columbia, through a unique beauty pageant. Though accused as criminals, the women are also victims who face and must counter extreme poverty and profound abuse, and who will do what they need to do to survive. Ironically, life inside the prison is better—and safer—for many of these women than life on the outside. The presentation is in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (​), SMC Office of Public Programs, and SMC Latino Center/Adelante Program.

Thu, October 9 | 11:15am | Free | Art 214


Lev Manovich:
All Things Digital –
Visual Culture in the Era of Zeros and Ones

Lev Manovich is Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Founder and Director of the Software Studies Initiative. A thought leader on digital humanities and the future of visual culture, he is the author of Software Takes Command, Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database, and The Language of New Media, and a computer-media artist, animator, and designer who appeared on COMPLEX magazine’s 2013 List of 25 People Shaping the Future of Design. This keynote address for the annual Art Historians of Southern California Symposium is open to the public. For additional information, please call (310) 434-8266.Sponsored by the SMC Associates (​).

Sat, October 18 | 1:30pm | Free | HSS 165


Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Join us for a welcome by Janet Fitch (White Oleander) and readings by four contributors to
Santa Monica Review—SMC instructor Monona Wali, Andrew John Nichols, Gary Amdahl, and Victoria Patterson—with booksigning and refreshments. 

See for ticket details.

Sun, October 19 | 4pm | $10

The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Campus Sustainability Week

Santa Monica College will present a series of talks and other activities demonstrating the College’s commitment to being one of the greenest in the nation. Details were not confirmed at press time. Please visit for up-to-date details.

Mon, October 20 – Fri, October 24

See for schedule

Club Row

Mark your calendar! Don’t miss the fun as SMC’s student clubs join together to celebrate community service, make new friends, and raise funds for student clubs and activities. Be sure to bring your appetite! Sponsored by the Associated Students of Santa Monica College. Date and time subject to change. Please check the AS website ( or call (310) 434-4250 for the latest details.

Thu, October 30 | 11:15am | Free

SMC Quad & Library Promenade


6th Annual SMC/Otis Art Institute
Joint Art Lecture

Charlotte Cotton: 

Photography Is Magic!

British curator and author Charlotte Cotton—whose current research examines the impact of digital technology on cultural understandings of photography—is the former Creative Director of Media Space (a London partnership between The Science Museum and the National Media Museum), and the former Curator and Head of LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography. For additional information, please call (310) 434-8266. Sponsored by the SMC Associates  (​), SMC Art Department, and Otis College of Art & Design.

Mon, October 20 | 7:30pm | Free

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

Concert Band:
Come Hear the Band!

Mike Corrigan, Conductor. Join us for an exhilarating Sunday afternoon of music you won’t want to miss! The Emeritus College Concert Band has thrilled listeners with its free concert series since 1979.
New band members always welcome! Call (310) 434-4306 for details.

Sun, November 2 | 2pm | Free

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

SMC Corsairs Homecoming 2014

The SMC Corsairs challenge the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros in this year’s action-packed
football game. Get ready for the excitement with Spirit Week’s special Homecoming 2014 activities
and entertainment. For details on daily events and other information, please call (310) 434-4310 or
(310) 434-3005.

Spirit Week | Mon-Fri, November 3-7

Free | Campus-Wide

Homecoming | Sat, November 8 | 1pm

$5 General/$3 Youth & Seniors | Corsair Field

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International Education Week:
Working Together to Support Civilians Affected by Violent Conflict

Zahra Ismail

Program Officer at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego—who has worked abroad extensively with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) supporting community level mediation, international development, human rights, and conflict resolution—will talk about what she has learned from her experiences. Part of the SMC Global Connections Lecture Series. Sponsored by the SMC Associates  (​) and the SMC Office of Public Programs.

Tue, November 18 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

PLEASE NOTE: Additional special events are planned to celebrate International Education Week (November 17-21) at SMC. Please visit​ for the latest information.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Following a smashing inaugural success, the SMC Symphony once again partners with the Westside Ballet for its annual holiday Nutcracker extravaganza. Come see the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Prince, and all the other wonderful characters in Tchaikovsky’s classic come to life—with falling snow and a Christmas tree that grows—in a theater where every seat can provide visual and audio delights for all ages. Produced with support from Santa Monica College, the SMC Public Policy Institute, Associated Students of SMC, and the City of Santa Monica. Please visit for information and to purchase tickets.

Sat, December 13 | 1pm & 5pm

Sun, December 14 | 1pm & 5pm

Fri, December 19 | 7:30pm

Sat, December 20 | 11am

Sun, December 21 | 1pm & 5pm

See for ticket details

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Holiday Art Sale

Here’s your once-a-year chance to buy some truly unique works of art—prints, ceramics, jewelry, and more created by SMC art students—to keep for yourself or to give as gifts this holiday season.

Fri, December 12 | 10am-9pm

Sat, December 13 | 10am-6pm

Sun, December 14 | 12pm-6pm

Barrett Art Gallery at SMC Performing Arts Center


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Birthday Celebration 2015

Join us for one of Southern California’s largest and most diverse celebrations of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring his memory and his work toward nonviolence. This year’s celebration marks the event’s 30th year and embraces the theme “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” The multiethnic interfaith program includes inspirational readings, music, and presentations of scholarships. Immediately following the program, a Community Involvement Fair (held nearby, at 606 Wilshire Blvd.) offers refreshments and informational displays by a variety of community organizations. Sponsors: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition; City of Santa Monica; RAND Corporation; CityTV-Santa Monica; SGI-USA;
Santa Monica College; and the SMC Associates

Mon, January 19 | 9am | Free

SGI (Soka Gakkai International) Auditorium

(525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica)