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Cultural Programs, Events & Tours





Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, talks, readings, and exhibits. Reservations are required.
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PLAYTIME: Gallery Opening & Artists Reception

Thursday, March 5, 6pm-8pmWorks by Heather Lowe

The fabric of time is the material with which these artists work.
Kathryn Kert's drawings have a kinship with Walter Benjamin's idea of the 'aura' in which a work of art abides, neither close nor far. 
Heather Lowe's lenticulars afford a view of consecutive motion as individual pictures that combine to reveal the interplay of shape and intersection of line, according to the viewer's position.
Joan Vaupen's abstract studies of rhythm and balance and succession are laid out on titanium subjected to heat treatment that produces color diffractions on the surface of the durable metal.
Kailey Fry's time-lapse photographs record the increments of time in which a visceral recollection, what actors know as a 'sense memory', is evoked as precisely as possible in the subject.
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Style Stories with Kimberly Truhler: Gloria Swanson

Gloria SwansonTuesday, March 10, 6:30pm-8pm

Film historian Kimberly Truhler delivers a fascinating glimpse into the history of film fashion, focusing on stars and their sartorial iconography. This presentation compares Why Change Your Wife? (1920) and Sunset Boulevard (1950) from different periods in the career of Gloria Swanson. Each film features the work of different costume designers. Each will offer insight into the life of the actress, and her evolution and ascent as a style icon.  


2nd Street Brass Quintet

2nd Street BrassTuesday, March 24, 6:30pm-8pm

Contemporary & pop music for a brass quintet, including music by Ennio Morricone, John Cheetham, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and more.  
John Allen, trumpet; Jena Wight, trumpet; John Shawger, horn; Dan DeVere, trombone; Gabriel Sears, tuba.



Marion Davies Guest House

The 5-acre site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool.  Learn more about the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.

Fall/Winter/Spring Hours: 
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am-2pm** 
Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.  
Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
No reservations are required.  

**Please note, during this season the Guest House hours are subject to change up to one day in advance due to event bookings.  Please view our calendar for the most updated schedule of Guest House hours or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours the day before your visit.   

Coming up in March:  Julia Morgan Legacy Event

Julia Morgan and William Randolph HearstSun March 1, 11am-2pm 

Noted architect Julia Morgan contributed a cohesive grace to the original Beach House estate built in the late 1920s, shaping the site’s legacy along with William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies.

11am - 12pm Julia Morgan: A Closer Look, a presentation by Victoria Kastner
12pm - 2pm Visit the Marion Davies Guest House and view the historic pool to see Morgan’s work first hand. Santa Monica Conservancy docents will be sharing facets of Morgan’s career.

Ms. Kastner, a historian at Hearst Castle, is the author of the definitive trilogy on Hearst Castle, published by Abrams books: Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy; Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House; and Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land. She has lectured extensively, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, LACMA, and the Getty. She has also been interviewed on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, NPR, and Australian National Radio.