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.


Black History Month

Join us for an informative series of FREE talks and discussions on the history and the current state of Black America at this pivotal time in our nation. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC’s Black Collegians Program. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Wil Doucet and Bridgette RobinsonFilm Screening and Q&A with Wil Doucet and Bridgette Robinson

Poets Wil Doucet and Bridgette Robinson present a screening and discussion of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. The critically praised Timothy Green-Sanders documentary on the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature traces her arc from childhood in a small town in Alabama to the heights of literary success and international acclaim in New York and Stockholm. Additional sponsors: SMC English Department, SMC Sociology Department, and SMC Film Studies Program.

Thu, February 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

AND iDANCED

Film Screening and Q&A with Christopher “Play” Martin, Moderated by Timothy Conley

SMC film and media studies instructor Timothy Conley joins award-winning film director, actor, and Kid N Play member Christopher “Play” Martin to present a screening and discussion of AND iDANCED, a documentary on the women and men who danced, helped create exciting and unforgettable performance presentations for many 80s-90s rappers and singers, and contributed to making Hip Hop a global phenomenon. Part of the Communication, Media & Design Series. Additional sponsors: SMC Communication & Media Studies Department and SMC Design Technology Department.

Wed, February 26 | 2:30 p.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

Film Screening and Discussion

SMC faculty and justice reform advocates will screen and discuss the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality. Stevenson is the Alabama attorney whose life is now the basis for the film Just Mercy. As founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, he continues his decades-long effort to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Part of the Communication, Media & Design Series. Additional sponsors: SMC Public Policy Institute, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, SMC Law Pathway, and SMC Design Technology Department.

Thu, February 27 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)


Experiential Design, Driven by Music and Sound

Dr. Jason Heath

Come be inspired by a truly interdisciplinary approach to crafting unique immersive and interactive experiences. Dr. Jason Heath, founder and CEO of Heath Interactive, will talk about recent work with collaborators from architects to game developers, sculptors, and fabric artists, to create projects that include an interactive musical playground for children on the autism spectrum, and a large fabric interface controlling over 3,000 LEDs, musical sounds, and tactile vibrations at the new Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica. Presentation includes interactive demonstrations and working prototypes integrating sensors, light, sound, and musical experiences. Additional sponsors: SMC Art Department, SMC Design Technology Department, SMC Health Sciences Department, and SMC Music Department.

Thu, March 19 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)


14th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk

Explore the SMC ceramics studio and works by SMC Arts Mentor Program students, and visit the Museum of Flying and the many galleries, art studios, and theaters along Airport Avenue, at the Santa Monica Airport. The festive afternoon for the whole family features live music, a children’s theater workshop, art sales, refreshments, and more! For details, call 310-458-8350 or look for us on Facebook. Presented by the City of Santa Monica Airport and Cultural Affairs Division, with support from the Museum of Flying, Santa Monica College, and other airport venues.

Sat, March 21 | 12 – 5 p.m. | Free
Airport Avenue (between Bundy Dr. & 23rd St.)


SMC Symphony Orchestra: “The Power of Music”

SMC Symphony Orchestrawith Guest Violinist Sophia Stoyanovich

Elizabeth Stoyanovich, Director. Concert of blockbuster orchestral pieces features Beethoven’s commanding “Egmont Overture,” about heroic Lamoral, Count of Egmont, who sacrificed himself in a stand against oppression; Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin,” showcasing award-winning violin soloist Sophia Stoyanovich; and Hindemith’s formidable “Symphonic Metamorphosis,” inspired by a melody Weber wrote for some incidental music.

Sun, March 22 | 4 p.m. | $10
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center


Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Join us at an intimate Santa Monica performance space to enjoy literary readings by four Santa Monica Review contributors — Diane Lefer, David Preizler, Ryan Ridge, and Steve De Jarnatt — with book signing and refreshments. Welcome by short story writer, novelist, and teacher Michelle Latiolais (She; Widow). Free parking on premises. Please visit Brownpapertickets.com for ticket details.

Sun, April 5 | 5 p.m. | $10
The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center


Earth Week 2020

Earth Week at SMCCelebrate Earth Week at SMC with a variety of speakers and activities that examine the environmental and ecological issues that impact you. Details were not confirmed at press time, however, so please see smc.edu/earthweek for up-to-date information. Sponsored by the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS) and Associated Students of Santa Monica College.

Mon – Thu, April 20 – 23 | Free


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Join us for an informative series of FREE events that pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Each May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Sponsored by the SMC Associates. Call 310-434-4003 for details and more information. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Dan Matthews (DANakaDAN): aka DAN: A Korean Adoption Documentary Story

Film Screening and Q&A

Dan Matthews, better known as alternative Hip Hop artist DANakaDAN, presents a screening and Q&A about aka DAN: A Korean Adoption Documentary Story, which chronicles his experience as a Korean adoptee who travels to Korea to find his biological family. He is the lead content creator and producer with ISAtv (International Secret Agents), a YouTube network founded by Far East Movement + Wong Fu Productions. Additional sponsors: SMC English Department, SMC History Department, SMC Communication and Media Studies Department, and SMC Modern Languages & Cultures Department.

Thu, May 7 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Sri Susilowati

Global Motion World Dance Company

Sri Susilowati, originally from Indonesia, is Artistic Director (with Raquel Ramirez) of SMC’s Global Motion World Dance Company, which will perform a short selection of Filipino, Indonesian, Tahitian, and Chinese dances. Additional sponsors: SMC Dance Department, SMC English Department, SMC Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, and SMC Art Department.

Tue, May 12 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

Aastha Gaur

UX Lead at Google (YouTube Ads)

Aastha Gaur, who has designed solutions at boutique design studios and big corporations, is a User Experience (UX) Lead at Google (YouTube Ads). She will talk about her work designing for consumers and enterprise, and the importance of leading with mindfulness, intuition, creativity, and compassion. Additional sponsor: SMC Design Technology Department.

Tue, May 19 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Room 106


SMC Opera Theatre Presents The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach

Janelle DeStefano and Mercedes Juan Musotto, Directors. Hoffmann, a writer, tells the stories of his failed love affairs through a magical lens — tales of a beautiful mechanical doll, an irresistible courtesan, and a voice from the grave — while the Muse calls him back to his art. Fully staged and costumed production will be sung in French with English supertitles.

Fri, May 8 | 7:30 p.m. | $25/$10
Sat, May 9 | 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | $25/$10
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center


Emeritus Concert Band

Yosuke Miyoshi, Conductor. Flash back to the 1980s in a band concert that will have you singing along to your favorite rock hits and medleys from musicals. Elementary school students in the Elemental Band program, under the direction of Peter Senchuk, will join the performance. It’s a great way to celebrate the past and to see the musicians of tomorrow.

Sun, May 10 | Noon | Free
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center


Chorosynthesis Singers with SMC Concert Chorale, SMC Chamber Choir, and SMC Symphony Orchestra: “Breaking the Silence: Beethoven and Beyond”

Jeremiah Selvey, Conductor. Elizabeth Stoyanovich, Conductor. Wendy Moy, Guest Conductor. The SMC Concert Chorale, SMC Chamber Choir, SMC Symphony Orchestra, and members of in-residence professional choir Chorosynthesis Singers combine forces to tell the stories of those who have changed the world through the lenses of their disabilities. The collaborative performance celebrates Ludwig von Beethoven’s birth (1770) and explores how he broke the silence of his deafness to revolutionize the field of music. Program includes new works commissioned for the concert, the final movement of Symphony No. 9 and Jake Runestad’s “A Silence Haunts Me,” which portrays the vulnerable letter Beethoven wrote disclosing his hearing loss to his brother. Part of the SMC Choral Scholars Residency. Sponsored in part by the SMC Foundation.

Fri, June 5 | 7:30 p.m. | $25/$10; Free with student ID
Sun, June 7 | 4 p.m. | $25/$10; Free with student ID
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center


SMC LA Mode 2020 Fashion Show

Don’t miss the excitement of SMC’s renowned annual fashion extravaganza showcasing the talents of our fashion design and fashion merchandising students. “Style | Substance | Sustainability” will be the theme for LA Mode 2020. A casual reception precedes the show. Call 310-434-3547, visit smc.edu/fashion and SMC LA Mode Fashion Show on Facebook, or send email to LAmode@smc.edu for updates.

Fri, June 12 | Reception 6 p.m.; Show 7 p.m. | $25/$20
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)


Santa Monica College’s 90th Commencement Ceremony

Come join us in honoring and celebrating our Santa Monica College graduates on this exciting day.

Tue, June 16 | 6 p.m. | Free
Corsair Stadium


Celebrate America

SMC’s Independence Day Celebration — the biggest, most sensational patriotic community event on the Westside! Bring your family and friends to SMC for a star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence. Come early, picnic on the lawn, enjoy continuous entertainment and special exhibits (with plenty of refreshments available for purchase), and cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks salute to America.

Sat, June 27 | 5 p.m. | Free
Corsair Stadium


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.

Sat, July 18 | 1 p.m. | Free
The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center