Santa Monica College Global Motion World Dance Company

The Santa Monica College Global Motion World Dance Company is proud to present an exciting program showcasing dance styles from around the world.
Performances are Saturday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Boulevard and 11th Street, Santa Monica).
The performance will feature traditional and contemporary World Dance styles, including West African, Bharatanatyam, Contemporary Ballet, Cambodian, Chinese, Lyrical Jazz, Mexican Folklórico, Persian, Salsa, Tahitian, Tap/Hip Hop, and Tango.
Global Motion, founded by SMC Dance Department chair Judith Douglas, is under the artistic direction of Raquel Ramirez and Sri Susilowati.
Faculty choreographers are Laura Canellias, Keali’i Ceballos, Kristin Deiss, Judith Douglas, Gustavo Gonzalez, Angela Jordan, and Aparna Sindhoor.
Guest choreographers are Prumsodun Ok and Alondra Ramirez.
Student choreographers are Nazanin Badiei, Daniel Ledesma, Xiaoqiao Lin, Victoria Reloba, Nancy Rivera, and Cecilia Slongo.
Global Motion is a World Dance performance company that expresses the concept of humanity in the form of global citizenship. The company is composed of SMC students who learn, rehearse, and perform World Dance styles. Global Motion provides a platform for SMC students to experience and learn about other cultures through dance while working with professional choreographers who are experts in the field of World Dance.
Global Motion has toured extensively and performed at schools, festivals, and special events throughout California and Mexico for more than 30 years. The company recently returned from its second invitation to perform in Beijing, China.
Raquel Ramirez is co-director of Global Motion and a dance professor at SMC. She is also the founder and director of a folklórico performance group, and is dedicated to supporting the traditions and cultures of Mexico.
Sri Susilowati, originally from Indonesia, is co-director of Global Motion and a member of the SMC dance faculty. She is a dancer, choreographer, and storyteller, creating and performing traditional and contemporary works that focus on community, gender, and ethnicity.
Dr. Aparna Sindhoor is one of the leading proponents of the Mysore style of Bharatanatyam and trained with legendary palace dancer Venkatalakshamma. Sindhoor is the director of Navarasa Dance Theater and has received a Gold Medal in Dance from Mysore University.
Prumsodun Ok’s interdisciplinary performances contemplate “the avant-garde in antiquity,” mining the tradition of Khmer classical dance to explore the intersection of contemporary social issues with new possibilities for performance. His original works have been presented nationally and internationally, and he has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from organizations that include TED, MAP Fund, Surdna Foundation, APAP, CHIME, Durfee Foundation, CCI, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
Xiaoqiao Lin has studied professional Chinese dance for more than 6 years and is currently a student at SMC. She began to learn dance at an early age and was admitted into the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy. Her specialties include multi-regional Chinese folk dances and Chinese classical dance.
Tickets, which sell out quickly, are $18. Parking is free.

Photo by Charles Mark-Walker



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It’s a Wonderful Life

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present “It’s a Wonderful Life” Nov. 6-15 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.


“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the heart-warming saga of George Bailey, whose dreams of escape and adventure are repeatedly quashed by notions of family obligation and civic duty. Based on the popular film by Frank Capra and adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers, the play celebrates the American philosophy of life: Hard work, fair play, and the love and support of family and community will be rewarded.


Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 and 13, and on Saturday, Nov. 7 and 14. Early shows are at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 and 15, and on Thursday, Nov. 12. Matinees are at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 and 14, and on Sunday, Nov. 8 and 15. Late arrivals seated at management discretion. No video feed offered in lobby area.


Advance tickets are $10 plus a service charge, and can be purchased by going to or by calling (310) 434-4319 or (310) 434-3005 Monday through Friday. Tickets are $3 higher at the door. Parking is free on Friday evenings and weekends.

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Fall Festival at Virginia Avenue Park

Fall is in the air!  Bring your friends and family to Virginia Avenue Park to celebrate the season with traditional fall games and activities; including a hay bale maze, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a Halloween costume swap, storytelling, juggling, and learn how to country dance!  The event will also feature the annual Santa Monica College Glass Pumpkin Sale and the Westside Repair Café (sign up at ). As dusk comes to Virginia Avenue Park the fun will continue to light up the night with a glow-in-the-dark costume parade, illuminated jack-o-lanterns and even a glowing juggling performance. Saturday, October 17, 2015, 3 – 7 p.m. More Information at

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Santa Monica College is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2015 issue of Santa Monica Review, SMC’s esteemed national literary arts journal. To celebrate, a launch party/reading event – Santa Monica Review Presents...” – will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, Santa Monica). 

Tickets – available now through – cost $10. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and author signing. Abundant free parking available on premises. 

"Santa Monica Review Presents..." will be introduced by PEN Center USA and Rattling Wall editor Michelle Franke and feature readings by four current and recent contributors to the journal: SMC creative writing student Susan Berman, Michael Guista (Brain Work), award-winning memoirist Vicki Forman (This Lovely Life), and short story writer and John Fante biographer Stephen Cooper. 

The latest issue of Santa Monica Review – edited by Andrew Tonkovich, also host of the weekly show “Bibliocracy” on KPFK (90.7 FM) – features 14 short and long pieces from new and frequent favorite contributors, and showcases work by recent award winners, acclaimed novelists, and first-time-in-print and SMC creative writing student writers. 

Frequent contributors Michael Cadnum (The Book of the Lion), Michael Jauchen, and Jeffrey Steven Moskowitz elevate language and voice in stylized, voice-driven narratives. Novelist Andrew Porter (The Theory of Light and Matter) shares a love story by way of a Loz Feliz landmark. Canadian Ann Lohner links a war at home to those abroad. Skye Annica engages life in a nursing home. 

Jonathan Keeperman and Julian Smith-Newman, both recent grads of the UC Irvine creative writing MFA program, share gorgeous and self-conscious short stories, as does meta-funny Geoff Wyss (How), a magazine favorite. 

Peter LaSalle (The City at Three P.M.) considers the writing life, Michael Guista (Brain Work) offers a realist heartbreaker, and MFC Covina (The Off-Season) just plain goes for it in a hilarious, digressive take-apart of duplicity and bravado. 

The issue also proudly presents the work of SMC creative writing workshop student Susan Berman, and of first-time-in-print retired Los Angeles paramedic Philip Rowe, whose gritty, wry, and gentle short story previews his work writing a novel. 

The fall 2015 cover art is by acclaimed Southern California artist and teacher Andrea Bowers. The magazine’s launch party, says Tonkovich, “brings the best Southern California writers to a smart, appreciative, literate audience in one of the best intimate black-box theaters in the region. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate writing and creativity in an intimate setting.” 

Santa Monica Review, published twice yearly as part of Santa Monica College’s commitment to encouraging literacy and engagement with the literary arts, showcases established authors and emerging writers. The Review has presented works of fiction and nonfiction, including writing by authors Alan Cheuse, Diane Lefer, the late James Houston, and Gary Soto. Recent works from the Review – the only nationally distributed literary magazine published by a U.S. community college – appears in the annual Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O. Henry anthologies. 

Santa Monica Review is available for sale online and at the SMC Bookstore, Beyond Baroque in Venice, Skylight Books, and other area booksellers. Copies are also available by mail and by subscription through Santa Monica Review, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405.


The publication costs $7 per issue or $12 for the two issues each year.

For more information, visit the Santa Monica Review website ( or call (714) 649-9051.

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Santa Monica Symphony

The Santa Monica Symphony returns to Barnum Hall for the premiere concert of its landmark 71st season. Conductor Guido Lamell shares the stage with fellow Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Nathan Cole, the evening’s featured soloist. Cole, the First Associate Concertmaster of the LA Phil will perform a work demanding great bravura: Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The evening’s program opens with Rimsky Korsakov’s colorful and exciting Capriccio Espagnol and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s passionate and moving Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”. The evening begins at 6:30pm with a pre-concert lecture by musician and conductor Stephen Karr.

Free admission

Info: 310-395-6330

Santa Monica High School, Barnum Hall, 601 Pico Blvd. 

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