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Special Events

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.

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. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information. 

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

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Alephonsion Deng & Judy Bernstein

Sudan to San Diego: The Hard Way

Two co-authors of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys From Sudan —the story of three young boys and their arduous journey after their South Sudan homes were torched by napalm—will discuss the challenges of dealing with traumatic losses in Africa and creating new lives in America. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Black Collegians Program, SMC English Department, and SMC Global Citizenship.

Thu, February 16 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

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Screening & Discussion:

Res Ipsa Media Presents:

Trial by Jury: The Case of the N-Word

Film and TV producer Kyle Bowser hosts an open-dialogue event on using the 'N-word' in school curriculum, framing the conversation with a fictional on-film trial. The film stops when jury deliberations start, and members of the audience are invited to join the deliberations and express their opinions on the topic. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, Associated Students of SMC, SMC Black Collegians Program, SMC Public Policy Institute, and Santa Monica College Foundation.

Tue, February 21 | 11:15am & 6:30pm | Free ​

Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex

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James McKeever

Criminalization of Black Males and Placing the Black Lives Matter Movement into a Sociological Context

Sociologist and LA Pierce College professor James McKeever will talk about the sociological aspects and effects of the criminalization of the black male and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC Black Collegians Program.

Tue, February 28 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165



Emeritus Concert Band

Yosuke Miyoshi, Conductor. March concert features an eclectic collection of music linked by an American theme, with arrangements by Aaron Copland, The Beach Boys, Alan Silvestri, and George and Ira Gershwin. June concert will feature a collection of cartoon-themed music. Call (310) 434-4306 for details.

Sun, March 5 | 3pm | Free

Sun, June 18 | 3pm | Free

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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11th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk

Come 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 18 | 12-5pm | Free | Airport Avenue (between Bundy Dr. & 23rd St.)


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Hispanic/Latino/a Heritage

Come to an informative series of FREE talks and discussions about the history and issues of Latinos/as in today's American culture. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information. 

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Join us for a screening of the documentary being ñ from first-time Latina filmmaker Denise Soler Cox, co-creator of Project ñ, a multiplatform documentary project about first-generation American-born Latinos/as with at least one parent from a Spanish-speaking country. Includes a panel discussion moderated by SMC Communication & Media Studies Department Chair Dr. Maria Muñoz and featuring Maria Martinez, Jose Hernandez, and Lucho Franco. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Communication & Media Department, and SMC Counseling Department. ​

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thu, March 23 | 11:15am & 7pm | Free | HSS 165


Chicana Art:

Resistance and Affirmation –

Then and Now

Xicana Indigenous artist Felicia Montes—poet, performer, community activist, educator, and founding director of the holistic artivist organization Mujeres de Maiz—will lead a revealing discussion of the major political and social themes, campaigns, issues, and developments in Chicanx art from the 1960s to the present. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, IDEAS at SMC, SMC Latino Center's Adelante Program, SMC Black Collegians Program, SMC History Department, and SMC Art Department. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Tue, April 4 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

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Earth Week 2017

Celebrate 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 for up-to-date information. Sponsored by the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS), and Associated Students of SMC.

Mon-Fri, April 17-21 | Free

                                                       See for details

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Love Thy Nature

Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmakers

Join EMMY-nominated, award-winning filmmaker Sylvie Rokab and Associate Producer Sheila Laffey for a screening of Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson. This cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our vital relationship with the natural world shows that a renewed connection with nature is key to our well-being and to solving our climate and environmental crises. SMC Adjunct Film Professor Dr. Laffey hosts a Q&A after the screening. Sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Department, SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS), and Associated Students of SMC. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Tue, April 25 | 4pm | Free | HSS 165


Generation Startup

Film Screening & Discussion

Generation Startup—an in-the-trenches look at the front lines of entrepreneurship in America—captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates selected as Venture for America Fellows, who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser. After the screening, the SMC Rotaract Club will host an audience Q&A. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC Business Department. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thu, April 27 | 4pm | Free | Business 144

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Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Come enjoy literary readings by Santa Monica Review authors—including SMC writing instructor Stefan Mattessich, writing workshop alum Grace Singh Smith, memoirist Leslie Brody, and short story phenom Ryan Ridge—with booksigning and refreshments at an intimate performance space. Please visit for ticket details.

Sun, April 30 | 5pm | $10 


The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center

SMC Opera Theatre: Bizet's Carmen

Gail Gordon, Director. Carmen—one of the world's most famous operas—tells the tale of a love gone bad between a gypsy woman and a soldier in Seville, Spain. In a fully staged production, come and be swept into the drama of deadly seduction in George Bizet's romantic and dangerous world of gypsies, smugglers, bullfighters, and flamenco.

Wed, May 17 | 7:30pm | $10

Sat, May 20 | 2pm & 7:30 pm | $10

Sun, May 21 | 2pm | $10


The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

Santa Monica College's

87th Commencement Ceremony

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

Tue, June 13 | 6pm | Free 

Corsair Stadium


LA Mode 2017

Don't miss the excitement of SMC's renowned annual fashion extravaganza showcasing the talents of our fashion design students. "Style, Substance, and Sustainability" will be the theme for LA Mode 2017. A casual reception precedes the show. Call (310) 434-3547 or send email to for details.

Thu, June 15 | Reception 6pm; Show 7pm | $20/$25 Barnum Hall

(SM High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)

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SMC's 15th Annual American Cancer Society

Relay for Life of Santa Monica and Venice

Take part in a very special 24-hour event to raise awareness and money in the fight against cancer. Whether you choose to join the planning committee, form a team, become a walker, or simply take a few minutes to drop by and cheer everyone along, you'll be glad you made the effort! For information, please call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345.

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, Jun 24 | 5pm | Free | Corsair Stadium


Emeritus Players Acting Showcase

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 22 | 1pm | Free 

The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center