Orchestra Santa Monica: “From France to Vienna”

Orchestra Santa Monica“From France to Vienna”

Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Allen Robert Gross, Music Director

Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

Moss Theater (see Moss Theater location)
The Herb Alpert Educational Village, New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404


Beethoven: Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus”
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Special: Arrive by bike* and save up to 33%

*or bring a selfie of you on a bike.  Adults $20  (instead of $30)College $10 (instead of $15)K-12 $5   (instead of $10). Purchase tickets at the door or RSVP here for link to purchase tickets in advance

— Contributing Concert Sponsors: Mimi Yu and Alex Chai —

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A joyous symphony written in deepest despair – Beethoven’s Second Symphony concludes our season. The remarkable Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert performs Saint-Saëns’ sparkling Second Piano Concerto, while the program opens with Beethoven’s celebrated Overture to”The Creatures of Prometheus”.

For more information: www.OrchestraSantaMonica.org  or 310.525.7618

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Bike Week LA in Santa Monica: Monday, May 16th

3rd Annual Bike Week Meatless Monday Fundraiser at the Veggie Grill SM,
Go anytime during the day – or Ride with us to Dinner & Beverages!
ALL DAY: Veggie Grill Donates 33% of receipts* when you mention SANTA MONICA SPOKE when ordering!!

logoEat anytime during the day Monday the 19th or join SM Spoke for a ride to dinner at a favorite local eatery, the Veggie Grill! Lock up at the great sidewalk bike corral out front and enjoy a meal and yummy treats. Veggie Grill will donate 33% of all receipts* when customers mention Santa Monica Spoke all day!
We’ll also be there to help you join the Nation Bike Challenge or log your miles!

FEEDER RIDE; We’ll meet at 5:30 and roll out at 6pm from the Colorado Center Park (the park at the SW corner of 26th and Broadway, across from Helen’s Cycles). Short ride to work up an appetite over to the Veggie Grill2025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica. Ride with us or join us there!

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Santa Monica Spoke

Show the flyer or mention us when you order!

*33% of receipts is calculated before tax

Expo Line: More to Explore, Opens to Santa Monica May 20

Opening Ceremony
If you want to see Expo Train break through ribbon be at 5th and Colorado at 9:45am 

Expo Line to Santa Monica
Fact Sheet

project overview
Metro’s Expo Line to Santa Monica opens on May 20th, with seven new stations and 6.6 miles of rail. The $1.5 billion light rail to the Paci c Ocean extends from the existing Expo Line Culver City station to Downtown Santa Monica station, linking Westside neighborhoods and expanding the Metro Rail system to over 100 miles. Connecting Downtown LA to Downtown Santa Monica, the Expo Line is sustainable, cost effective, and a great alternative to the gridlock on the I-10 freeway.

project at a glance
>  Extends from existing Expo Line Culver City station to Downtown Santa Monica station, adding 6.6 miles of new rail
>  Direct access to the Paci c Ocean
>  Expands Metro Rail system to over 100 miles
> Approximate 46-minute* ride from Downtown LA toDowntown Santa Monica
> Three new Park & Ride Lots (fees will apply) > Extensive Bike Path
> Bike racks and bike lockers
> All new stations feature public artworks

7 new stations
> Palms
> Westwood/Rancho Park
> Expo/Sepulveda > Expo/Bundy
> 26th St/Bergamot > 17th St/SMC
> Downtown Santa Monica

*Data from nal environmental impact report, December 2005.

Expo II station map

Click map for train schedule

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Expo II Station Celebrations Santa Monica

Expo More to Explore

Expo II Station Celebrations

More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

Visit all three Santa Monica Stations, each is planned to be themed differently – Santa Monica Spoke is planned to be at all three stations. This historic event is one not to be missed. See event calendar for latest info.

Local Station activities will be hosted at all three Santa Monica stations at 26th St/Bergamot Station (at Olympic and 26 th Street), and 17th St/SMC Station (at Colorado and 17th Street), and Downtown Santa Monica Station (at Colorado and 4th Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and fares will be free on May 21 on the Expo Line as well as on Big Blue Bus and Breeze Bike Share. Each of the new stations in Santa Monica will celebrate the opening and various locations will provide information about local transportation options, and encourage attendees to get out and about to enjoy local businesses and activities happening throughout the day.
Updates posted as they are released.

more info at
http://smgov.net/expo/ and http://moreexpo.metro.net

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Bike Week LA: Friday May 20th

Expo More to Explore

Expo II Opening Ceremony &
Expo II Station Celebrations

More Buy Local Expo Line Celebrations & Special Offers

Info posted as it is confirmed also see smgov.net/expo
Ride Expo for FREE today and tomorrow!
More celebrating with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

An opening ceremony hosted by Metro will kick off service on the Expo Line, which is the first scheduled passenger train in Santa Monica since the Red Car ended service in 1948. There will be a banner break just east of the Downtown Station located at Colorado and 4th Street. Elected officials from Los Angeles, Metro, Expo and Santa Monica will converge to officially open the seven stations that are part of the Expo Line Phase 2 extension. The line is expected to be open to the public in the afternoon and rides will be free.
For more information about opening weekend check back here or go to  metro.net/moreexpo

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Bike to the Movies and the NEW Laemmle Monica Film Center! Specials!

slide21Bike to the Movies / Date Night (no date required) at the Laemmle Monica Film Center.

Discount tickets with your choice of movie.
Reception in the mezzanine from 6:00 to 7:30pm. $3 beer and wine – discounts on some food items more perks being planned.
Group Ride from 4th Street Expo Station (see below) 

To order tickets in advance go to Laemmle Monica Film Center

  • Select Friday May 20th
  • For either or these movies – title/time
    The Meddler (7:40pm)
    Eva Hesse (7:10pm)
  • Enter Pomo Code SMSpoke, your ticket will be $6.00
  • Concession discount – Popcorn & Soda combo = Small Popcorn & Fountain Drink $5
    ($3 off our regular prices)

Laemmle Eva Hesse Movie

Just Opened
EVA HESSE

Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dead from a brain tumor at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, was dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization. EVA HESSE, the first feature-length appreciation of her life and work, makes superb use of the artist’s voluminous journals, her correspondence with close friend and mentor Sol LeWitt, and contemporary as well as archival interviews with fellow artists (among them Richard Serra, Robert Mangold, Dan Graham) who recall her passionate, ambitious, tenacious personality. Art critic Arthur Danto has written that her work is “full of life, of eros, even of comedy…each piece vibrates with originality and mischief.” The documentary captures these qualities, but also the psychic struggles of an artist who, in the downtown New York art scene of the 1960s, was one of the few women to make work that was taken seriously in a field dominated by male pop artists and minimalists.

Rated NR
Genre: Bio-pic, Documentary, History
Runtime: 108 min
Language: English

Director: Marcie Begleiter
Cast: Bob Balaban (voice), Selma Blair (voice) Patrick Kennedy (voice)

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here, select 7:10pm and enter code SMSpoke 


Laemmle The Meddler Movie
THE MEDDLER

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life

Rated PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 100 min
Language: English

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon

For more info or to buy tickets to this movie click here,
select 7:40pm at Monica Film Center and enter code SMSpoke


Group ride from the 4/5th Street Expo Station (meet near bike lockers/racks on Colorado) and ride to the movies at Laemmle Monica Theater. We will be there at 5:15 and roll out at 5:45 to the theater.
Click here: RSVP@SMSpoke.org

Celebrate with Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

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BOGO = Buy One Get One FREE

BBB BOGO

For a limited time, buy one Big Blue Bus pass, and get a second pass for free (aka BOGO). During BOGO, it’s easy to try Big Blue as your connection to Expo.

How can I BOGO?

There are two ways to BOGO*:

  • Add any Big Blue Bus pass to a TAP (Transit Access Pass) card and we’ll provide you with another pass for free.
  • Add Stored Value on a TAP card and we’ll match your value for free so you can ride Big Blue Bus and Expo, up to $20 free value.

*Please note, to participate in BOGO you must load Big Blue Bus passes or Stored Value on TAP. TAP cards are available for purchase and cost $2 each. 

When can I BOGO?

Mark your calendar! BOGO starts on Friday, May 13th and is only available while supplies last.

Where can I BOGO?

Purchase BOGO and the Santa Monica limited edition TAP cards at:

  • Blue: the Transit Store (1444 4th St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.
  • Mobility Center inside Santa Monica City Hall (1685 Main St.) from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Which passes are available during BOGO?

Big Blue Bus fare products included in the BOGO promotion are:

  • Regular Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare** Day Pass
  • Regular 7 Day Pass
  • Regular 13 Rides Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 13 Rides Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Pass
  • Youth 30 Day Pass
  • Regular 30 Day Express Pass
  • Senior/Disabled/Medicare 30 Day Express Pass
  • TAP Stored Value

**Senior/Disable/Medicare riders may load reduced rate passes on special reduced-fare TAP cards. Click here to learn more about reduced rates.

What is Stored Value?

Stored Value is like cash on your TAP card that allows you to pay-per-ride. For seamless and cashless travel between Big Blue Bus and the Expo Line, use Stored Value on a TAP card for both systems. During BOGO, load a TAP card with Stored Value (up to $20 per visit), and you will receive an equal amount of Stored Value for free.

How does Stored Value work?

Stored Value is a pay-per-ride option recommended for riders who would like to pay for their Big Blue Bus cash fare and use other TAP-participating transit agencies. When you tap your card, the correct fare will be automatically deducted.

At this time, customers paying with TAP Stored Value will tap once and then pay the $1.25 Rapid 10 Express upgrade fee in cash.

What TAP card designs are available?

The City of Santa Monica commissioned three local artists’ work for commemorative TAP card designs as part of Expo celebrations. These limited edition TAP cards will only be available at the City Hall Mobility Center and at Blue: the Transit Store for $2 each until supplies last. Load your BOGO promotion onto one of these stylish TAP cards and GoSaMO! Standard TAP card designs will also be available for purchase.

Santa Monica Limited Edition TAP card designs

What are the details?

BOGO is limited to $110 free value, per person with ID, per week and will run while supplies last. All Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value must be loaded onto a TAP card, which will be available for purchase for $2 each, including the three limited edition Santa Monica TAP cards. Click here to download the Business Rules. 

How do you transfer from Big Blue to Expo or vice versa?

BBB to Metro Rail: Ask the operator for a Metro Rail transfer when boarding. The cost is 50 cents. You will receive a special TAP-enabled transfer that you should tap on the validator/turnstile when you arrive at the train station.

Metro Rail to BBB: Purchase a “Metro-to-Muni’ transfer (same as an Inter-Agency Transfer) for 50 cents at one of the station ticket vending machines after you exit the train. These can be loaded on your TAP card. When boarding BBB, simply tap your card on the TAP validator to use the transfer.

Where can I reload my TAP card after BOGO?

You can reload Big Blue Bus passes and Stored Value online at taptogo.net, by phone at 866.TAPTOGO (866.827.8646), at TAP vending machines in Metro Rail Stations or at Blue: the Transit Store. Please note that online and phone fare orders may take up to 45 minutes to be ready on BBB, 24-48 hours to be ready on buses from other agencies that have farebox TAP validators, and up to 1 hour to be ready at Metro Rail stations.

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Bike Week LA: Thursday May 19th #BTWD

Santa Monica Bike to Work Day Pitstops 2016 & our
6th Annual Bike FROM Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal Restaurant

Bonus: This year we have TWO to visit! Public Bikes at 2714 Main Street 90405 is also hosting a Handlebar Happy Hour supporting SM Spoke!
5:30-7:30pm 

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Did you take the pledge? 
If your ride is long or a full day at work makes it a challenge to pedal home, go multi-modal: , Big Blue Bus joins Metro (and other transit) to offer FREE rides to bicyclists all day on May 19th. Bring your bike or helmet on board a Big Blue Bus and you can ride for free.

Full list Bike Week, Bike Month & Bike Local SM Specials 2016

Santa Monica Spoke and Local EVENTS Listed 

Free ride time on Breeze Bike Share May 19th – 21st

2016, Santa Monica Bike to Work Pit Stops:
Metro LA Pitstop Map

note: if you know of other Pitstops not listed – lets us know and we will add them!
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City of Santa Monica, the grand-daddy of all Bike to Work Pit Stops! 6-9am, Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, there will be giveaways, continental breakfast, hot and cold beverages and gift packs for bikers, also lots of bicycling information. Organized by City of Santa Monica in partnership with METRO and Santa Monica Spoke.
Local Business partner with this pit stop:
     • The Albright –  258 Santa Monica Pier  90401 free treats!  http://thealbright.com
     • Yogurtland Santa Monica –  304 Santa Monica Boulevard  90401 –coupons for free
yogurt! Or stop by their store during Bike Week for coupons for 3oz off when you mention
“Bike Local SM!”  http://www.Instagram.com/YogurtlandSM

Santa Monica Spoke 7am -9am 17th and Broadway Bike to Work Pit Stop. Coffee, Juice, breakfast food and healthy snacks!

Santa Monica Spoke  9:30am – 10:30 at 1640 5th Street, south of the Expo Terminus at SM Spoke HQ.

Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom 50th District2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 8:30-10:30am. Stop by on your bike ride to work, Light snacks and refreshments, legislative resources and promotional bike items.

Areal Restaurant, 10am-11pm, 2820 Main Street,
Free coffees & fountain drinks as well as refilling of water bottles. 20% off any food purchase by mentioning that you biked to work

Crossroads School, 7-10am, 1729 21st Street (just south of Olympic Blvd),
Cold drinks, snacks, water, giveaways FUN

GIANT SANTA MONICA –  2411 Main Street 90405
Save 10%-15% off MSRP on select bikes + accessories. Free Bike Safety Checks. Free $40 Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  http://www.giantsantamonica.com/en-us/

Moore Ruble Yudell –  933 Pico Boulevard  90405 Bike to Work Pit Stop on Thursday,  from 7-9 a.m.  http://www.moorerubleyudell.com

Next Salon –  2400 Main Street  #C3 90405  Bike to Work Pit Stop from 7-9 a.m.
$20.00 gift card to Main Street Santa Monica bikers to use any time at Next Salon. http://www.nextsalon.com

Natural Resources Defense Council 1314 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Bike to Work Day Pit Stop from 10am-3pm. Water station, bike pump and granola bars

Helens Cycles,  6:30-10AM, 2501 Broadway, 90404 Free bike safety checks, water bottles coupons, information, Bonk Breaker Bars & drinks out in front of the store! http://helenscycles.com

Colorado Center, 8-10am, 2400 Broadway, Corner of Broadway and Cloverfield – Water and Giveaways!

Santa Monica College, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, 8am – 10am, 1744 Pearl Street, Across the street from 1744 Pearl Street, in the bike parking corral area, The SMC Bike Club will be providing a pit stop for students and other commuters riding out to or around the West Side. Roll on over forbagels, coffee, parfaits and fruit.

Santa Monica Bike Center, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1555 2nd Street (corner of 2nd and Colorado) Come visit our Pit Stop on Thursday, We will have juice, coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bike maps, and informational materials!

Cynergy Cycles, 2300 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 90404
Bike Week:
FREE Safety Checks on all brands of bikes, 20% off Helmets, 10% off all Bike Accessories BOGO on select Road Tires www.cynergycycles.com

Bike Attack SANTA MONICA –  2400 Main Street Thursday May 19th 
15% off MSRP on select bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with $400 Bike Purchase.  www.bikeattack.com

Bike Attack Electric+ –  2904 Main Street Thursday May 19th
15% off MSRP on select electric bikes & accessories. Free Mini-Tune-up. Free Kali Helmet with E-Bike Purchase.  www.electricbikeattack.com

IZIP Store, 9am – 6pm 2830 Main St: (90405) 10% off Accessories and Services. Free Safety Checks (use promo code “RIDE2WORK”) 

Please check back here or the event Calendar for more listings & specials!

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Official May Bike Month Proclamation by SM City Council

Tuesday night The City of Santa Monica Mayor and
City Council formally recognize May as
National Bike Month with Bike Month Proclamation

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Mayor Vasques presents…

Photo Op :)

Photo Op :)

Bike Week LA: Wednesday May 18th

Ballona Creek Camp Coffee – Special Bike Week Edition – BYO coffee & share breakfast outdoors!   7am Coffee Outside

Camp coffee gatherings add adventure to everyday routines! For us it’s #BallonaCreekCampCoffee!

The best part of waking up… Is #‎coffeeoutside in your cup! Join us for #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee Special Bike Week Edition on the jetty off of Poseur Bridge in between MDR and Playa. Here’s location and our route. We will be cooking breakfast food to share too! Join the Fun. Questions?

Bring the stuff to BYO “brew you own” or just bring a full cup of your morning beverage with you 🙂 Search Instagram for lots of photos,  #‎ballonacreekcampcoffee. If you’re on the east side look up with #‎larivercampcoffee!

Guided Santa Monica City Bike Tour: MANGo, Bike Lanes and More!
Handlebar Happy Hour… 

City Hall Green Lanes
Hard to believe it was three years ago we were celebrating the announcement of our Bike Friendly Community Silver Award from the League of American Bicyclists,  Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC).
Now as we continue our quest for GOLD, join us on a Guided City Tour of some of our newest bike lanes, infrastructure and MANGo. We will start with a visit to the nearly complete Esplanade with our DTSM protected 2 way cycle track and the Expo II 4th Street Station. Give input, ask questions hear about what’s up next –

We are confirming a venue for a Handlebar Happy Hour after our ride!

The ride begins in front of Santa Monica City, 1685 Main Street at 5:00pm

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Bike Week LA: Tuesday May 17th

Blessing of the Bicycles and Ladies Choice Morning / Coffee Talk.

Ladies Choice: Women & Biking, discussion and socialize over morning coffee at Sidecar Donuts!

Chat, ask questions, share stories – over coffee, tea and YUMMY DONUTS.Sidecar Donuts & Coffee
We explore the benefits, challenges and shared experiences as women on bikes.
Non-gender specific – all are invited  – but lady’s choice on topics. Meet up location for morning beverage and conversation then some may take off for

Day:  Tuesday
Date: May 17th
Time: 7:30-9:00am
Sidecar Donuts, 631 Wilshire Blvd

Good Samaritan Hospital’s 13th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles .

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