Santa Monica, a Lifelong Learning Community

Lifelong Learning Community News - March 2007...

Just a few notes before referring you to the as always amazing list of events on our Lifelong Learning Community Calendar....

Santa Monica's public schools and school children lost a great friend this past Friday when Steve Alpert passed away. A political consultant and long time steering committee member for both SMRR and the Santa Monica Democratic Club, Steve was a vocal and passionate supporter of our public schools. A memorial celebration of Steve's life is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2pm at St. Anne's Church.

At their February 27th meeting, our City Council unanimously approved Creative Capital, a new cultural plan which outlines important steps to achieve our community's cultural vision over the next ten years. The Creative Capital plan recognizes and builds upon the extraordinary human and institutional resources we already enjoy. Implementation of the Creative Capital plan will ensure that culture continues to play a vital role in sustaining and defining our community. For additional information on Creative Capital, please visit the website at Read on for upcoming lifelong learning events that demonstrate our strengths and our potential...
Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm
Samohi Masterworks Concert: "Donna Nobis Pacem"

Santa Monica High School, Barnum Hall
601 Pico Boulevard
Tickets: $10 / $5 Student & Senior
Tickets will available at the door or you may call 310.395.3204 x403 for reservations. The public is very welcome and urged to attend!
If you have never yet had the pleasure of being awestruck by the high quality of Santa Monica High School's music program or the charm of the beautifully restored Barnum Hall, don't miss the Masterworks Concert this Friday night!

The Award-Winning Samohi Choirs and Samohi Orchestra perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' "DONNA NOBIS PACEM," "Grant Us Peace." Using the poetry of Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen, and the Bible, Welsh composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) wrote one of the great masterpieces of (anti-) war music: full of heart wrenching dissonances, almost intolerable beauty, wretched truth and shocking carnage against shining humanity... with a final message of optimism and hope.
Monteverdi's "Beatus Vir" and Poulenc's "Litanies A La Vierge Noire" also will be performed. (Free parking is available in the north parking lot, _ block west of Lincoln Boulevard. Enter the parking lot off the alley that runs between Michigan and Olympic.)
Speaking of Barnum Hall and the Creative Capital vision.... Barnum Hall has a new Theatre Operations Manager! Carey Upton has been hired as a Theatre Manager for Barnum Hall. Barnum Hall is a lovely facility and, with additional programming for the public, it will become an even greater community cultural asset. Welcome!
Saturday, March 10, 9am-noon
Board of Education Workshop for Measure "BB" Projects

Santa Monica High School, Cafeteria
601 W. Pico Boulevard
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District invites you to attend a special School Board Workshop that will feature a presentation and discussion of major policies and options for the Facilities Master Plan and expenditure of Measure BB funds. Based on input from the board, district staff, and the public at this meeting, the Project Team will refine the Facilities Master Plan for public review and board adoption in Spring 2007. For more information please visit
Saturday, March 10, 1-5pm
New Event!!! Santa Monica Airport Art Walk
Airport Avenue - between Bundy Drive and 23rd/Walgrove Avenue.
For the first time ever the artists working at Santa Monica's historic airport will open their studio doors and let us all see what's happening. It's going to be a great afternoon with a terrific assortment of artists from Santa Monica Art Studios, Barker Hangar, and Santa Monica College Ceramics Department along with special highlights from the Ruskin Theatre Group's Café Plays. For more information, please call 310/458/8350
Sunday, March 11, 7:30pm
Santa Monica Symphony, Allen Gross, conductor

Pre-concert talk at 6:30pm with Raymond Knapp
Allen Gross, conductor
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street, on the corner of Pico Blvd. and Main Street,
FREE, open seating, no tickets required. Parking at the Civic is $8.00 per car.
Program features Rossini: Overture to "La Gazza Ladra;" Andre Myers: Colored Shadows; and Mussorsgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition.
For more information on The Santa Monica Symphony, please go to
Sunday, March 18, 3pm
Spring Concert: The Los Angeles Chamber Players

Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids 14 and under.
Please call 310.458.8634 for reservations and information. Show runs approx. 70 mins.
For more information on March programming at the Miles Playhouse, please go to
The Miles Playhouse, like Barnum Hall and the soon to be finished Madison Theatre, is a publicly owned theatre. The Miles Playhouse is in Reed Park and is under the auspices of the City of Santa Monica. Barnum Hall is part of the School District, and the Madison Theatre is being build by SMC on property leased from SMMUSD. These performance facilities, along with many private and non-profit spaces, contribute enormously to our lifelong learning opportunities.
Friday to Sunday, March 30 to April 1, all day
Golden West USA Table Tennis Tournament

Santa Monica College, Pavilion
1900 Pico Boulevard
Free to spectators
"The US Table Tennis team has been invited to visit China," TV sets across the nation announced in 1971. It was a significant breakthrough in the Cold War, and with an SMC alum as the team's youngest player, Santa Monica College was part of it! Come celebrate the anniversary of "Ping-Pong Diplomacy" and watch top-ranked table tennis champs face off at the 2007 Golden West USA Table Tennis Tournament. For tournament schedules and other details, call (310) 434-4915 or

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As always, there are many more wonderful lifelong learning events listed on the Lifelong Learning Community Calendar at (We will continue to add events throughout the month so please check back regularly!)
Lifelong Learning Community Links includes many local theatrical companies including The Santa Monica Playhouse, Powerhouse Theatre, Ruskin Group Theatre Company, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, and Miles Memorial Playhouse – listed under "Local Museums and Special Venues" as well as other useful websites. Please use these links to stay abreast of these wonderful local organizations and their offerings. Links can be found at

That's all for now.

With great respect for Steve Alpert and sorrow at his passing,
Louise Jaffe

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