Cultural Programs, Events & Tours
Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, lectures, readings and exhibits. Beach=Culture events take place mostly on Tuesdays in the summer and Mondays in the winter. Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy are available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the site prior to most Beach=Culture events. Reservations required. Beach=Culture Reservations >
Red Hen Press: Douglas Kearney, Afaa Michael Weaver, Robin Coste Lewis, Brett Fletcher Lauer
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30pm
Four authors who are not afraid to challenge the status of poetry, confronting both style and substance with a contemporary approach. Douglas Kearney’s latest collection delves into fatherhood, while maintaining a sensitivity to both the words on the page and in the ears. Afaa Michael Weaver explores his childhood traumas through Chinese spiritualism and Daoist ideals. Robin Coste Lewis’ examination of the life of Matthew Hensen, an African American explorer who helped discover the North Pole, illumines history with vivid imagery and lyricism. Brett Fletcher Lauer’s new work probes into the psyche and complexities of human relationships through a tender and urgent narrative.
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Ana Maria Alvarez and CONTRA-TIEMPO: Agua Furioso
Friday, September 12, 10am-3pm, open rehearsal
Saturday, September 13, 3-5pm, Performance and conversation*
Sunday, September 14, 5-7pm, Performance and conversation*
We are pleased to welcome Choreographer-in-Residence, Ana Maria Alvarez, and her company CONTRA-TIEMPO. She will be developing her newest project, “Agua Furioso.” This new work combines public inquiry within the dance performance, and deals with water’s connection to family, migration, scarcity and abundance.
Ana Maria will be working onsite in preparation for her open rehearsal and performances. Stop by to watch their process and get a chance to contribute to a new work! All are welcome. Her new work Agua Furioso deals with water’s connection to family, migration, scarcity and abundance.
*Free Community Choreographic Laboratories that liberally mix dance performance and public participation are offered as the culmination of her work here on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14. Agua Furioso Performance and Public Participation in the Courtyard, followed by a conversation with Ana Maria Alvarez and company in the Sand & Sea room. Please note that these public events move around outside with limited seating and sun protection is recommended.
She is blogging about her Residency experience at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com
Friday, September 12, 10am-3pm More information and reservations >
Saturday, September 13, 3-5pm More information and reservations >
Sunday, September 14, 5-7pm More information and reservations >
Innovative Design in the Post-Carbon City, a Conversation with Eric Corey Freed
Tuesday, September 23, 6:30pm-8pm
Eric Corey Freed is Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country.
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Artist Residency Program
Artist in Residence
In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists, and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the City of Santa Monica created the Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency program. Several times a year a local artist works out of an office at the Marion Davies Guest House, sharing their progress with the public both in person and online. Beach House residents blog at http://beachhouseair.blogspot.com.
Marion Davies Guest House & Docent Tours
Learn about the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and no reservations are required. Please note: Tours are limited to 15 guests. The Guest House may close in instances of inclement weather.
Summer Hours (June 11 - September 1, 2014)
The Guest House is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm. Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm.
The Guest House is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm, unless there is a private event booked in the Guest House. Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm. Please view our calendar of public activities for the most updated schedule of Guest House hours.
During this season, Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance. Please check our calendar or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.
On exhibit now through October 26, "afterGlow" featuring photographs from the City of Santa Monica's three GLOW festivals.
"afterGlow celebrates Glow's ephemeral nature coupled with its dependence upon light to define and make present the commissioned artworks. Since the first Glow in 2008, the fleeting nature of the event and its night-time setting offer especially tantalizing opportunities for photographers. afterGlow is a small portrait of the range of expressions prompted by Glow."
-Marc Pally, Glow Artistic Director
As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to provide cultural programming, a rotating exhibition program has been created to showcase the work of local artists, artist groups, photographers and curators—both emerging and established. Exhibitions are programmed a year in advance through an open call for group exhibitions issued each year in May.
To receive this call and for information about other artist opportunities, please click here or visit the Cultural Affairs website and navigate to the “Artist Opportunities” page to join our mailing list.
For more cultural offerings in Santa Monica, visit the Cultural Affairs website.