Public Policy Institute

Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum


PPI Fall Forum FlyerThe Arts & the AI Apocalypse: Humans Strike Back

Film Festival – "Ethos Film Awards International Film Festival"

Friday, November 10 through Friday, November 17

The fifth edition of the popular international film festival will screen films and present awards at selected local venues and online with the aim to conceptualize a vision for a better future by highlighting a “purpose-driven” artistic approach to the impact and meaning of story.

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Panel Discussion – "Art in the Age of Artificial Intelligence"

PPI will host a conversation with experts from RAND Corporation, including a musician and scientist who heads the RAND Tech + Narrative Lab, an SMC philosophy professor, and an SMC student. Free, Student Services Center Orientation Hall (SSC 183) on the main SMC campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Monday, November 13 | 6:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion – "How Are Humans Striking Back?"

Kim Masters — KCRW host of “The Business” and “Hollywood Breakdown” — will lead a discussion with Woody Schultz, actor, producer, second unit/assistant director, and member of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating team as representative on AI issues. Free, Student Services Center Orientation Hall (SSC 183) on the main SMC campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Wednesday, November 15 | 6:30 p.m.

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet

The Westside School of Ballet, joined by the SMC Nutcracker Symphony and SMC dancers, celebrates the 50th anniversary of presenting the annual holiday extravaganza as a live, in-theater performance — featuring Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, Balanchine’s exuberant choreography, falling snow, and a Christmas tree that grows — in partnership with the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute’s Arts and Culture Initiative. Performances will be held at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center (1310 11th Street, Santa Monica). Free onsite parking. 

Saturday, November 25 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Friday, December 3 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
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