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



Reconfiguring the Contexts of Violence, Anger, & Fear:

Challenges & Opportunities 

Join us for an important panel discussion on new developments in understanding and addressing the anger, fear, and violence in today’s society. Featured panelists: Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, supporter of the ‘Mission First, People Always’ approach; committed visionary, actor, and producer Kristanna Loken of Fighting for Freedom, Darfur, and Terminator 3; and aspiring journalist and former SMC Corsair editor-in-chief Alci Rengifo. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Black Collegians, SMC English Department, and SMC Veterans’ Resource Center. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thu, September 17 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165


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National Hispanic Heritage Month: 

Join us for two special events in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture.



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Readings by Steven Gutierrez & Dawna Kemper:

Sir Real & The Minerva’s Gatekeeper 

Come enjoy readings by authors Stephen Gutierrez and Dawna Kemper. Gutierrez—a professor in the English Department at California State University, East Bay—completed the trilogy he calls “My Three-Volume BOXED Set” with his recent book, The Mexican Man in His Backyard (the first two are Elements, winner of FC2’s Nilon Award, and Live from Fresno y Los, winner of an American Book Award). His play Game Day received the 2010 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition in the One-Act Category Award. Kemper, an SMC English instructor, is the author of the short story “Hotel Minerva”—published in the Spring 2015 edition of Santa Monica Review, SMC’s national literary arts journal—and has had her work included in The Kenyon Review, The Idaho Review, Quarterly West, and other journals. She was also listed as “Notable” by Best American Nonrequired Reading. Sponsored by the SMC Latino Center’s Adelante Program and SMC Black Collegians. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Thu, September 24 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165



Poetry Reading: Ernest Padilla, Mario Padilla, Wil Doucet, & Friends


Unacknowledged Legislators of the World 


Enjoy poetry readings by SMC English professors Ernesto Padilla, Mario Padilla, Wilfred Doucet, and their special guests. Ernesto Padilla is both a poet providing an inner illumination and elevating our spirits, and a publisher who has introduced us to writers such as Poet Laureate of the United States Juan Felipe Herrera and SMC alum Michele Serros. Mario Padilla—awarded a Fulbright to collect and translate the early works of Borges—has had his poetry published in North American Review, The Antioch Review, and others. Wil Doucet is a poet whose work infused with influences ranging from Bob Marley to Bessie Smith to Carl Sandburg demonstrates that, fueled by aesthetic fortitude, we transcend the obstacles before us. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Latino Center’s Adelante program, and the SMC English Department. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Thu, October 1 | 11:15am | Free | Art 214



Sustainability Week 2015 

Join us for Sustainability Week, a time to 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. Topics include Bee Keeping and Colony Collapse Disorder, Energy Policy, Food Security and GMOs, and Managing Our Resources. Details were not confirmed at press time, so please see the “Sustainability Week” link at for the latest information. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Santa Monica College and SMC’s Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS).


Mon-Fri, October 19-23 | Free See for details


Fall Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents…


Celebrating the newest issue of Santa Monica Review. Join us for a welcome by editor and activist Michelle Franke of PEN Center USA and The Rattling Wall with readings by four current or recent contributors to Santa Monica Review—SMC 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—with book signing and refreshments. Please visit​ for ticket details. 


Sun, October 25 | 4pm | $10


The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center



Club Row


Mark your calendar! Don’t miss the fun as SMC’s student clubs join together to celebrate community service, make new friends, and raise funds for student clubs and activities. Be sure to bring your appetite! Sponsored by the Associated Students of Santa Monica College. Date and time subject to change. Please check the AS website (​) or call (310) 434-4250 for the latest details.


Thu, October 29 | 11:15am | Free SMC Quad & Library Promenade 


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SMC Corsairs Homecoming 2015 

The SMC Corsairs challenge the LA Southwest College Cougars in this year’s action-packed football game. Get ready for the excitement with Spirit Week’s special Homecoming 2015 activities and entertainment. For details on daily events and other information, please call (310) 434-4310.


Spirit Week | Mon-Fri, October 26-30 

Free | Campus-Wide 


Homecoming | Sat, October 31 | 1pm 

$5 General/$3 Youth & Seniors | Corsair Field



International Education Week 2015


Join us for our 16th annual International Education Week (IEW) November 16-20. Celebrate SMC’s diverse campus community—which includes more than 3,400 students from more than 110 nations around the world—with special activities and events. Please see​ for a complete schedule.

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Working Together to Support Civilians Affected by Violent Conflict 

Zahra Ismail 

Program Officer at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will discuss her work abroad with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) supporting community level mediation, international development, violence prevention, human rights, and conflict resolution. Part of the Global Connections Lecture Series. 

Tue, November 17 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165



Global Festival 


Enjoy a wide variety of food, music, and dance from all around the world. 

Thu, November 19 | 11:15am | Free | SMC Quad




Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet


The SMC Symphony and SMC student dancers partner once again with the Westside Ballet for its annual holiday Nutcracker extravaganza. 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, the SMC Public Policy Institute, Associated Students of SMC, and the City of Santa Monica. Please visit​ for information and to purchase tickets. Part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium.


Fri, November 27 | 7:30pm


Sat, November 28 | 1pm & 5pm 


Sun, November 29 | Time TBA 


Thu, December 3 | 7:30pm 


Fri, December 4 | 7:30pm 


Sat, December 5 | 1pm & 5pm 


Sun, December 6 | 1pm & 5pm 


See for ticket details. 


The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center



Holiday 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. 


Fri & Sat, December 11 & 12 | 10am-9pm


Sun, December 13 | 12pm-6pm


Barrett Art Gallery | SMC Performing Arts Center


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Emeritus College Concert Band: Come Hear the Band! 


Yosuke Miyoshi, Conductor. Join us for an exhilarating Sunday afternoon of music you won’t want to miss! The Emeritus College Concert Band has thrilled listeners with its free concert series since 1979. New band members always welcome! Call (310) 434-4306 for details.


Sun, December 13 | 2pm | Free 


The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center


Emeritus College Acting Troupe Showcase 

Don’t miss 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, January 16 | 1pm | Free


The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center


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Martin Luther King, Jr.Birthday Celebration 2016


Join us for one of Southern California’s largest and most diverse celebrations of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring his memory and his work toward nonviolence. This year’s celebration marks the event’s 31st year and embraces the theme “Peace Requires Justice.” The multiethnic interfaith program includes inspirational readings, music, and presentations of scholarships. Immediately following the program, a Community Involvement Fair offers refreshments and informational displays by a variety of community organizations. The location of the Community Involvement Fair was not confirmed at press time. Please call (310) 871-3375 for the latest details. Sponsors: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition; City of Santa Monica; RAND Corporation; CityTV-Santa Monica; SGI-USA; Santa Monica College; and the SMC Associates (


Mon, January 18 | 9am | Free | SGI-USA Auditorium | 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

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