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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.


Issue Launch Party: SMR Presents...

Join us at an intimate Santa Monica venue for a literary night out with a welcome by poet and activist Susan Suntree (Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California), and readings by four contributors to Santa Monica Review—novelists and short-story writers Richard Wirick (Kicking In), Monona Wali (My Blue Skin Lover), Michelle Latiolais (She), and Katherine Haake (The Time of Quarantine)—with book signing and refreshments. Please visit for ticket details.

Sun, October 9 | 5pm | $10 

The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center


National Hispanic Heritage Month:

Quetzal: Collective Songwriting Workshop and Community Concert
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at a FREE two-day workshop and concert with Grammy® Award-winning Quetzal! The East LA Chican@ rock group features renowned musical artivists Quetzal Flores (guitar), Martha González (lead vocals, percussion), Tylana Enomoto (violin), Juan Pérez (bass), Peter Jacobson (cello), and Alberto Lopez (percussion).

Join the conversation and collaborate on lyrics and melodies as you exchange ideas with Quetzal’s members on a range of socially relevant issues.

Have a great time at a festive Quetzal concert featuring the premiere performance of the work you helped create!


Ernesto Padilla, Mario Padilla, Wil Doucett, Grace Smith, Jasmin Ortega, & Others:

“Unacknowledged Legislators of the World vs. Ozymandius”

Join us for a multicultural poetry reading in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Ernesto Padilla is a poet and publisher who has introduced the community to writers such as Poet Laureate of the United States Juan Felipe Herrera and SMC alumna Michele Serros. Mario Padilla has had his poetry published in North American Review,The Antioch Review, and other periodicals, and was awarded a Fulbright to collect and translate the early works of Borges. Wil Doucet is a poet whose work is infused with influences ranging from Bob Marley to Bessie Smith to Carl Sandburg. Grace Smith is a writer (and poet) whose works have been published in Santa Monica Review,Cleaver Magazine, and Aster(ix) Journal. Jasmin Ortega, Marlene Ruiz, Andrew Jones, and Carlos Valdez are student poets whose work has a vibrant connectivity to the quest for self-understanding, as well as to our relationships within the dreamlike regions of the human spirit. 

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thu, October 13 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

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Sustainability Week 2016

Come 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 Eco Fashion, Energy Policy, Food Security and GMOs, and Managing Our Resources. Details were not confirmed at press time, however, 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 17-21 | Free  See​ for details

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SMC Corsairs Homecoming 2016

The SMC Corsairs challenge the Bakersfield College Renegades in this year’s action-packed football game. Get ready for the excitement with Spirit Week’s special Homecoming 2016 activities and entertainment. For details on daily events and other information, please call (310) 434-4310 or (310) 434-3000.

Spirit Week | Mon-Fri, October 24-28 | 

Free | Campus-Wide

Homecoming | Sat, October 29 | 6pm | 

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


Emeritus College Concert Band

Yosuke Miyoshi, Conductor. Join us for an exhilarating Sunday afternoon of music you won’t want to miss! Our dance-themed concert will feature works by Leroy Anderson, Peter Tchaikovsky, Alberto Ginastera, Camille Saint-Saens, and Leonard Bernstein. 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, November 6 | 3pm | Free

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Jeff Wood & Friends

Film Screening & Discussion: Our Voice: Actors of Color

Don’t miss this free screening of Our Voice—a new documentary, directed by actor/producer Jeff Wood, offering an intimate, personal view of the TV and film industries through the eyes of professionals of color—followed by a panel discussion moderated by SMC Communication & Media Professor Aimee Chen. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, and SMC’s Black Collegians Program.

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

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Alisa Ben & Aimee Chen

Female Voices in the Music Business

Alisa Ben—Vice President of Strategic Insights & Research at Universal Music Group—joins SMC Communication & Media Studies instructor Aimee Chen for a discussion on the challenges, gender roles/expectations, outsider experience in the music industry, and more! Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

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

International Education Week 2016

Join us for our 17th annual International Education Week (IEW) November 14-18. 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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Global Festival

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

Thu, November 17 | 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. Preview tickets, limited to members of the Associated Students of SMC and their families, are available in the AS Office (Cayton Center 202). Part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium.

Preview for AS Members: Fri, November 25 | 7pm 

Sat, November 26 | 1pm & 5pm

Sun, November 27 | 1pm & 5pm

Fri, December 2 | 7pm

Sat, December 3 | 1pm & 5pm 

Sun, December 4 | 1pm & 5pm

See​ for ticket details 

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Andre Gordon

Making it in the Entertainment Business

Renowned award-winning independent filmmaker/producer Andre Gordon—president and CEO of 4Horsemen Films, and an actor working with UTA, CLEAR Talent Group, and Flick Commercials—talks about navigating and succeeding in the entertainment business. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, and SMC’s Black Collegians Program.

Tue, December 6 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

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Holiday Student 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 9 & 10 | 10am-9pm 

Sun, December 11 | 12pm-6pm 

Barrett Art Gallery | SMC Performing Arts Center

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Martin Luther King, Jr.Birthday Celebration 2017

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 32nd year and embraces the theme “Stand Against Injustice.” Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Santa Monica College’s new President/Superintendent. The multiethnic interfaith program includes inspirational readings, music, and presentations of scholarships. Immediately following the program, a Community Involvement Fair (held nearby at 725 California Ave., Santa Monica) offers refreshments and informational displays by a variety of community organizations. 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 16 | 9am | Free |


oka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium

(525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica)


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 28 | 1pm | Free