Cultural Programs, Events & Tours
MARION DAVIES GUEST HOUSE & DOCENT TOURS
Discover the rich history of the Beach House with Santa Monica Conservancy docents.
There's no charge to visit, and reservations are never required.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 11am-2pm*.
Drop-in between 11am - 2pm when docents are available to share history, answer questions and provide brief tours.
Scheduled tours are available at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.
Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and accommodate up to 15 people.
*Please note: During fall, winter and spring, hours are subject to change with short notice.
Summer Group Bus Tours 2017 Schedule and Application:
To apply for a free guided tour of the Marion Davies Guest House for a group of 25 - 45, please complete and submit this form via email a minimum of 2 weeks prior to requested date.
DOCENT TRAINING WITH THE SANTA MONICA CONSERVANCY
Do you love the Beach House, history, silent films, engaging with people… Then you might like to be a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Docents bring the colorful history of the Beach House alive for visitors, tourists, journalists and special events!
Red Hen Press Reading: Doug Manuel, Jane Mead and Safiya Sinclair - Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 - 8pm
Red Hen Press is a place for writers’ work to be published and celebrated; a literary family for a diversity of voices that articulate the variety of human experience. Come and enjoy readings from
Safiya Sinclair, Douglas Manuel and Jane Mead with music by
5:30-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the history of the Beach House site.
Reading & Music by Kaleidoscope, performing Julia Adolphe's Veil of Leaves
'Personal Narrative' - Art Talk - Saturday, May 6, 1:30 - 3pm
Please join us for an artist-led presentation and discussion focusing on work presented in Personal Narrative, a visual arts exhibition on view from February 28th through June 7th, 2017. The exhibition is located in the Event House Gallery and the talk will be hosted in the Sand & Sea Room at the Annenberg Community Beach House.
Fashion in Film, 1970s-80s with film historian Kimberly Truhler - Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 - 8pm
Truhler's final talk in the series focuses on the style icons from the 1970s--including Ali MacGraw, Mia Farrow, Julie Christie, and Diane Keaton. We will also take a peek into the 1980s, with films showing connections to an earlier age of Hollywood featuring actresses like Kathleen Turner, Sean Young, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Poetry and the Natural World with Harryette Mullen - Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 - 8pm
The Poetry Society of America's current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, has traveled to five cities, with this year's theme being poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with, or are inspired by, the natural world. In this final installment, Harryette Mullen reads a selection of tanka and haiku. Painter Lisa Slavin will respond in real-time (note that low-voc acrylic paints will be used.) This reading is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.
Harryette Mullen has published seven books of poetry, including Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013) and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002), a finalist for a National Book Award, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her honors include a United States Artist Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and more, and she has appeared four times in Best American Poetry. She teaches at UCLA.
Bluegrass with Jayme Stone’s Folklife - Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 - 8pm
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world— bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. Jayme Stone’s Folklife (2017) follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s “Lomax Project,” this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for
Red Hen Press Reading: Cynthia Hogue and Carol Muske-Dukes - Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 - 7:30pm
In conjunction with the Poetry Society of America, Red Hen Press is bringing you two celebrated poets who witness the world in its sincerity and tell the story of how it is and how it could be: NEA fellow and Distinguished Writer Cynthia Hogue from Arizona and former California Poet Laurette Carol Muske-Dukes from Los Angeles. 4
Personal Narrative - Visual Arts Exhibition - On View Feb 28 - June 7
Personal Narrative, an exploration of materials that promote a sensory experience and visual narrative. This group exhibition features contemporary artists whose works are experimental, provisional, gestural and instinctive. It intends to stimulate conversation, inspire creativity and increase social and cultural awareness through the interpretation and understanding of contemporary art. Participating artists have diverse backgrounds and share perspectives informed by the immigrant diaspora and gender identity.
*Please check the website calendar or call 310-458-4904 to confirm hours.
About the Gallery:
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. For more information about the gallery, please e-mail Laura Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 458-8350.
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