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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.

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Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 

Join us for a screening of the newly released documentary on Mindy Alper, a brilliant artist represented by one of LA’s most prestigious galleries. Her body of raw, emotional work reveals a lifetime of devastating depression expressed with hyper self-awareness and psychological precision. Produced and directed by SMC Foundation Board member Frank Stiefel. 

After the screening, Alper and Stiefel will host an audience Q&A, followed by a dessert reception generously provided by Seasons 52. Presented by the SMC Foundation. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. RSVP to(310) 434-4792 or (with “RSVP” in Subject line).

Film Screening​ Sponsored by the SMC Foundation(

Sat, February 20 7:30pm | Free 
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center​


Emeritus College Concert Band

Yosuke Miyoshi, Conductor. March concert features an eclectic collection of music linked by a space theme, with arrangements by John Philip Sousa, John Williams, Michael Giacchino, and Richard Strauss. June concert features weather-themed music. Call (310) 434-4306 for details.

Sun, March 6 | 3pm | Free

Sun, June 12 | 3pm | Free

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Anita Sarkeesian

I’ll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters

Anita Sarkeesian—named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and creator of the video webseries “Feminist Frequency”—is a media critic whose work deconstructs stereotypes associated with women in popular culture, and highlights issues surrounding targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Santa Monica College, SMC Global Citizenship, and the SMC Associates ( Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Tue, March 8 | 11:15am | Free

Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex

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Japanese National Debate Team

“Should the US Implement Significant New Gun Control?”

Don’t miss a spirited debate on a hot-button topic between the SMC Debate Team and visiting Japanese National Debate Team. Audience polling technology will be used to determine the debate “winner.” Sponsored by the National Communication Association (NCA), the Committee for International Debate and Discussion (CIDD), the Japanese Debate Association (JDA), the SMC Associates (, SMC Global Citizenship, and SMC Debate Team. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thu, March 10 | 11:15am | Free | Art 214

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10th Anniversary!
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, food trucks, and more! For details, call (310) 458-8350. 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 12 | 12-5pm | Free | Airport Avenue (between Bundy Dr. & 23rd St.)

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Jackson Katz, PhD

Violence Against Women: It’s a Men’s Issue

Educator, author, and filmmaker Jackson Katz—cofounder of one of the longest running sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in North American high schools, colleges, sports culture, and the military—is a cultural theorist and the founder and president of MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention and leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Santa Monica College and the SMC Associates (
Part of the Women, Society, & Power Series.

Thu, March 17 | 11:15am | Free | SMC Pavilion

Thu, March 17 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 165

Campus Health Fair

Find out about the many options available for improved health as you meet and chat with representatives from community healthcare resources and providers. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Santa Monica College and SMC Health Services.

Tue, March 29 | 10am-1pm | Free | SMC Quad

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Dr. Henry Oster

Even in Hell, There is Hope

Dr. Henry Oster—a child Holocaust victim who survived the Łódź Ghetto, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp, and Buchenwald, and whose story inspired Toni Scott’s Freedom Memorial Sculpture at the Museum of Tolerance—will talk about some of his experiences and the importance of holding out hope under the direst of circumstances. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( and SMC Office of Public Programs. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thu, April 5 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165


Dr. Michael Wilkes

Mass Shootings, Suicide, Gang Violence: 

Nature or Nurture – Why is America so Violent?

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute and KCRW present an evening with KCRW’s “Second Opinion” commentator Dr. Michael Wilkes and a panel of experts exploring issues surrounding the all-too-pervasive presence of violence and its effect on society. Free parking available on the premises. Sponsored by KCRW, the SMC Public Policy Institute, and the SMC Associates (

Mon, April 25 | 7pm | Free

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Earth Week 2016

Celebrate Earth Week at SMC with a variety of speakers and activities that examine the relationship between upcoming elections and issues that impact you. The week culminates with a special day of service and activism on Earth Day (April 22). Details were not confirmed at press time, however, so please see for up-to-date information. Part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s 2016 Spring Symposium “Calling All Earthlings: Re-Imagine Environmental Justice.” Sponsored by the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS), SMC Public Policy Institute, and Associated Students of Santa Monica College.

Mon-Fri, April 18-22 | Free
See​ for details

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7th Annual Global Citizenship Symposium

Join us for our seventh year investigating and celebrating the ideas and practices of global citizenship. All SMC students are invited to submit work from the 2015-16 academic year (see​ for details on how to submit a project for review). Awards will be given, and students will present their projects and receive campuswide recognition for their achievement.

Fri, May 6 | Free

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SMC Everywhere 

Here’s your chance to meet and celebrate Santa Monica College’s graduating, completing, and transferring students! Sponsored by the SMC Future Alumni Club, SMC Alumni Association, and Associated Students of Santa Monica College.

  Tue, May 10 | 11:15am | Free | SMC Quad


  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, May 12 | 11:15am | Free 
  SMC Quad & Library Promenade

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  SMC’s 14th Annual
  American Cancer Society Relay for Life

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.

  Sat, May 14 – Sun, May 15 | 9am-9am | Free 

  Corsair Stadium


  Santa Monica College’s
  86th Commencement Ceremony

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

  Tue, June 14 | 6pm | Free | Corsair Stadium

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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, July 2 | 5pm | Free | Corsair Stadium


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, July 16 | 1pm | Free 

  The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center