Coming Up: Wellbeing Buy Local Festival, the Sun Sets on the Twilight Concert Series, BUSted! is Back, and more!


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It may be a short week, but there’s always plenty to do.

This week, you can catch the last Twilight Concert of 2015 at the Santa Monica Pier, hear another installment of the award-winning transit-oriented storytelling show, BUSted!, support the Church in Ocean Park at its 17th annual Communitas gathering, enjoy a site-specific dance show in Tongva Park, and head to the Wellbeing Buy Local Festival.

Tuneyards Closes out 2015 Twilight Concert Series

This Thursday is the last Pier Concert of the 2015 season, featuring tUnE-yArDs and Avid Dancer.

“Merrill Garbus has performed as tUnE-yArDs since 2009, and that band name has always been synonymous with forward movement—whether because of her explosive performance style or the always-surprising way in which her songs unfold,” according to the Pier’s website.

If you haven’t heard tUnE-yArDs’ music, you may want to listen to this to get an idea what to expect.

tUnE-yArDs will share the stage with Avid Dancer, a band which gives “the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s — shimmering and tremeloed guitars, vocal hooks and AM radio-ready motifs — … a gentle kick in the behind, an update for these times,” according to the Pier site.

When: Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Pier

Busted! is Back

BUSted! True Stories About Getting Around Los Angeles, Told By People Who Don’t Drive is back at Hostelling International in Santa Monica for its monthly residency, in partnership with Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus.

The free show is on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and will feature stories by Tanya White, Katya Duft, Alex Stein, Bronston Jones and more to be announced, according to Facebook. The Facebook event hints that the show may also include some LA DOT or Big Blue Bus operators.

“You’ll hear tales of freaks, creeps, rock and roll stars and ordinary people riding the buses and trains, bicycling, walking and skating their way across the vast metropolis. These true stories told by comedians, musicians, writers and regular green commuters, will make you laugh, cry and/or freak you out,” BUSted’s Facebook event page promises.

When: Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hostelling International, 1436 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Support the Church in Ocean Park

This Saturday, the Church in Ocean Park — the epicenter of progressive activism in Santa Monica for the last 40 years — will be hosting its 17th annual Communitas event to benefit the church.

The nearly century-old church located at the intersection of 2nd and Hill streets was the birthplace of Santa Monica’s famous renters’ rights movement in the 1970s.

To this day, many groups committed to social and environmental justice call the church home, including Santa Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice, the California Climate Change Exchange, and The Kickass Drinking Volunteers Benefactors’ Society.

The Church in Ocean Park opens its space to these groups and others, including Santa Monica High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, for events all year long and free of charge.

When: Saturday, Sept. 12 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Church in Ocean Park 235 Hill St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Wellbeing Buy Local Festival

Head down to the Santa Monica Civic parking lot on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the free Wellbeing Buy Local festival.

“Local businesses and non-profits gather at the Festival to provide expertise, advice, and product samples promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for the entire Santa Monica Community. Stores and restaurants from every neighborhood will have food and vendor booths. There will be music, cooking demos and interactive classes on stages and lots of opportunities to get free resources and screenings,” according to the Wellbeing Buy Local Festival’s website.

Help support local businesses while enjoying being outdoors in Santa Monica.

When: Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Parking Lot 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica

Site-Specific Dance in Tongva Park

According to Santa Monica officials, on Wednesday, September 9, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Holly Rothschild replays her “spectacular, site-specific dance work Seaclipse, which was commissioned especially for Tongva Park last year and premiered to rapt audiences. The work will traverse five different areas of the park, highlighting its varied settings and one-of-a-kind architectural features.”

According to officials, “Spectators will follow the dancers into each of the park’s distinctive terrains, exploring the landscape’s textures, intimate spaces and urban vistas. Choreographed by Holly Rothschild, the piece features dancers Genevieve Carson, Danny Dolan, Lavinia Findikoglu, Princess Mecca and Andrea Sobke.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

When: Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Where: Tongva Park 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Jason Islas
Jason Islas
Jason Islas is the editor of Santa Monica Next and the director of the Vote Local Campaign. Before joining Next in May 2014, Jason had covered land use, transit, politics and breaking news for The Lookout, the city’s oldest news website, since February 2011.


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