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

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Real Geisha, Real Stories 2019 West Coast Tour

Real GeishaLecturer: Peter MacIntosh
Performers: Miehina (Geiko)/Kanako (Maiko)/Konami (Maiko)

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles proudly presents three authentic geisha performers from Kyoto, Japan, along with geisha expert Peter MacIntosh for a series of extraordinary cultural events during their inaugural U.S. West Coast tour. Through dance, music, lectures, and film, they will be introducing the beauty and mystery of Kyoto's "flower and willow world." This will be a rare opportunity to meet with real geisha and learn the history and continuing traditions of ancient Japan.

Geisha expert, Peter MacIntosh will share his insights on geisha culture while laying a cultural framework to help demystify it. Three authentic geisha — 1 geiko (Kyoto term for geisha) and 2 maiko (geisha in training) — will perform traditional dance and music. Q&A session and geisha games will follow.

Thursday, September 5 | 2:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. | Free | Main Stage at Theatre Art Complex

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Kaleidoscope Chamber OrchestraJoin us for an exhilarating concert experience from the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 2014, the conductorless orchestra performs primarily works by living composers, female composers, and composers of color. Kaleidoscope emphasizes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has performed at venues ranging from schools, hospitals, and homeless shelters, to Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Zipper Hall at the Colburn School.

Tuesday, September 24 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center

SMC Corsairs Homecoming 2019

SMC Corsairs Homecoming 2019The SMC Corsairs challenge the LA Harbor College Seahawks in this year’s action-packed football game. Get ready for the excitement with Spirit Week’s special Homecoming 2019 activities and entertainment. For details on daily events and other information, please call 310-434-4310 or (310) 434-3000.

Spirit Week | Monday-Friday, October 14-18 | Free
Homecoming | Saturday, October 19 | 1 p.m. | $5 General/$3 Youth & Seniors | Corsair Field

Sustainability Week 2019

Come listen to experts debate the critical issues of our day, participate in workshops and a day of service, view special screenings of documentaries and get acquainted with the students, faculty, and resources making positive changes on the Santa Monica College campus. See for an up-to-date list of events. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Santa Monica College and SMC’s Center for Environmental and Urban Studies.

October 21-24 | Details at

SMC Celebrates 90 Years of Educational Excellence!

Celebrate Santa Monica College’s 90th anniversary at a special program featuring guest speaker Darroch “Rocky” Young. The former Vice President at Santa Monica College and retired Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District will talk about the college’s history of innovation and excellence in serving students. SMC opened its doors as “Santa Monica Junior College” in 1929, just before the disastrous Great Depression. Today, SMC offers more than 110 degrees and certificates in six locations in and near Santa Monica, with a brand new satellite campus under construction in Malibu. A morning Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at the Student Services Center. An afternoon reception will be held before the event (reservations required; please call (310) 434-4173). See for more information.

Tuesday, October 22 | Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 11:30 a.m.
Reception 5:30 p.m.; Event 7 p.m. | Free | SMC Student Services Center

“Shark Tank” Entrepreneurs Share How They Started and Run their Businesses

Rey YbarraRey Ybarra

“Shark Tank” entrepreneurs take part in an informative Q&A session moderated by Rey Ybarra, a multifaceted mediapreneur and author/producer of the multimedia book Conversations with Shark Tank Winners, which features powerful written, audio, and video stories with 14 entrepreneurs from the hit TV show “Shark Tank.” Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Business Department. Part of SMC’s ongoing Business & Entrepreneurship Series.

Thursday, October 24 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Join us at an intimate Santa Monica performance space to enjoy literary readings by four Santa Monica Review contributors — Abby Walthauser, Jaime Campbell, Catherine Sustana, and Yxta Maya Murray — with book signing and refreshments. Welcome by editor and anthologist Susan LaTempa (Paperback LA). Free parking on premises. Please visit for ticket details.

Sunday, October 27 | 5 p.m. | $10 | The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center

Emeritus Concert Band

Yosuke Miyoshi, Conductor. November concert has a California theme, featuring music about California and composers who live in California. February concert program was not confirmed at press time. Please see or call (310) 434-4306 for up-to-date details.

Sunday, November 3 | 1 p.m. | Free
Sunday, February 2 | 12​ p.m. | Free
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet

The SMC Nutcracker Orchestra and SMC student dancers partner with the Westside Ballet for its annual holiday Nutcracker extravaganza, the longest-running Nutcracker production in the Los Angeles area. 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 provides visual and audio delights for all ages. Produced with support from Santa Monica College, SMC Public Policy Institute, and the City of Santa Monica. See or call (800) 595-4849 for information and to purchase tickets. Part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium.

Preview: Friday, November 29 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 1 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Friday, December 6 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
See for ticket details
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

SMC Concert Chorale & SMC Chamber Choir: “Home for the Holidays?”

SMC Concert Chorale & SMC Chamber ChoirJeremiah Selvey, Conductor. SMC Concert Chorale and SMC Chamber Choir join harpist Cristina Montes Mateo to explore the concept of home through the lens of European and Latinx perspectives of the Christmas story in Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies, and the stories of DREAMers in Melissa Dunphy’s American DREAMers.

Friday, December 13 | 7:30 p.m. | $15/$8
Saturday, December 14 | 7:30 p.m. | $15/$8
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

Holiday Student 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.

Friday & Saturday, December 13 & 14 | 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, December 15 | 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Barrett Art Gallery at SMC Performing Arts Center

Emeritus Players Acting Showcase

Conversations: Scenes from Film and Theatre

Mark your calendar for our performance showcase featuring silly, serious, and quirky scenes that inspire, entertain, and — hopefully! — give you something to think about. For more information, please call (310) 434-4306.

Saturday, January 18 | 1 p.m. | Free
The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside CoalitionJoin us for one of Southern California’s largest birthday celebrations for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring his memory and work to ensure civil rights for all people. This year is the event’s 35th anniversary and embraces the theme “Now is the Time to Make Real the Promises of Democracy.” Keynote speaker was not confirmed at press time. The multiethnic interfaith program includes inspirational readings, music, and scholarship presentations. Afterward, a Community Involvement Fair (held nearby at 725 California Ave., Santa Monica) offers refreshments and informational displays by a variety of community organizations. Sponsored by The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Westside Coalition; City of Santa Monica; RAND Corporation; CityTV-Santa Monica; SGI-USA; Santa Monica College; and SMC Associates.

Monday, January 20 | 9 a.m. | Free
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium (525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica)