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 >
A History of Fashion in Film with Kimberly Truhler: 1960s-1970s
Tuesday, December 17, 6:30pm
Film and fashion historian Kimberly Truhler is back to discuss iconic costume design, focusing on the last decades of the Golden Age in Hollywood and the female style icons who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. Stills of costumes from the movies and images from fashion runways accompany a discussion of the history and designers whose work with stars like Audrey Hepburn, Faye Dunaway, Ali MacGraw, and Catherine Deneuve continue to influence fashion today.
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Dance Hall: Cha Cha Cha with the Susie Hansen Latin Band
Tuesday, January 14, 6:30pm
The Susie Hansen Latin Band plays great danceable Latin jazz, and for this Dance Hall, they're going to devote some quality time to the Cha Cha Cha, the beloved retro ballroom staple. Susie and her band will also play the great Salsa for which they are so well appreciated, and just for fun, the band will mix in a little Cumbia and Merengue, too!
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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.
Guest House Hours
The Guest House is scheduled to be open from 11am-2pm on dates listed below, unless otherwise noted, with tours beginning at 11am, 12pm & 1pm.
Sun 12/1, Mon 12/2, Fri 12/6, Mon 12/9, Fri 12/13, Sat 12/14, Sun 12/15, Fri 12/20, Sat 12/21, Sun 12/22, Mon 12/23, Thu 12/26, Sat 12/28, Sun 12/29, Mon 12/30
Wed 1/1, Thu 1/2, Fri 1/3, Sat 1/4, Sun 1/5, Mon 1/6, Fri 1/10, Sat 1/11, Fri 1/17, Sat 1/18, Sun 1/19, Mon 1/20, Fri 1/24, Sat 1/25, Mon 1/27, Fri 1/31
Mon 2/3, Sat 2/8, Mon 2/10, Fri 2/14, Sat 2/15, Sun 2/16, Mon 2/17, Fri 2/21, Sat 2/22, Sun 2/23, Mon 2/24, Fri 2/28
*Please note: Guest House hours are subject to change for private event bookings up to one day in advance. Please check our website or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours.
Parducci, Claudia, portrait by Don Bachardy, 8-12-94
Don Bachardy: Santa Monica Portraits
October 21 - December 8, 2013
Daily 9 am - 4 pm*
Don Bachardy's works have been featured in exhibitions across the country, and his portraits reside in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Huntington Library and Gallery, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Born in Los Angeles in 1934, Bachardy attended UCLA, the Chouinard Art Institute and the Slade School of Art, London. He had his first one-man show in 1961 in London. As a portraitist, Bachardy has an unparalleled ability to render his sitter's distinctive presence, revealing not only the externalities but also a profound sense of intimacy and introspection. Bachardy was the life partner of author Christopher Isherwood, and their relationship has been immortalized in print and on the screen. Beginning in 1952, the two maintained a devoted relationship until Isherwood’s passing in 1986.
Join us Monday, October 21 at 6:30 pm as the acclaimed painter sits down for a rare interview facilitated by Charles Hood, 2013 Beach House Writer in Residence. Event is free; reservations required.
*Gallery may close for private events; please check our calendar to confirm.
Artist Residency Program
Call for Theater/Performance Ensembles
The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division seeks applications from performance ensembles based in LA County for a residency at the Beach House. The Artist Residency offers a small private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House and access to selected exterior and interior areas of the Beach House for the purpose of rehearsing and presenting a classic play or an original devised work. The Residency spans five weeks of rehearsal and seven public performances over two weeks. The Residency begins Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and concludes Friday, July 18, 2014.
Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, December 9, 2013.
More info and how to apply >
View work from past artist residencies - from choreographers, writers, and theater companies - on the Beach House Artist in Residence Blog.
For more cultural offerings in Santa Monica, visit the Cultural Affairs website.