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Articles from the March 1, 2024 edition

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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump's $355 million fine

    Susan Shelley, Special to the Observer|Mar 1, 2024

    Let me tell you about the time Ruth Bader Ginsburg saved Donald Trump $355 million plus interest. It was Feb. 20, 2019, and Justice Ginsburg delivered the opinion of the court in the case of Timbs v. Indiana. In that case, police in Indiana had seized Tyson Timbs' Land Rover SUV, which he bought for $42,000 with money he received from a life insurance policy when his dad died. The state sought civil forfeiture of the vehicle because Timbs had pleaded guilty to drug dealing and conspiracy to...

  • Springtime in Vienna for Council Member Gleam Davis at Taxpayer Expense

    Sid Baker, Special to the Observer|Mar 1, 2024

    (Editor’s note: Gleam Davis is not termed out and could run for one more term). Gleam Davis will term out on the City Council this year. Why are Santa Monica taxpayers paying to send a lame duck Council Member to Vienna, Austria for a week in April for a housing conference? Find out (or not) when the City Council addresses the Budget at its Tuesday, February 27 meeting. ____ Nobody else could go? But the City is already sending Council Member Torosis. Is Caroline’s attendance not adequate?...

  • LA Art Show 2024 Presented A Marvelous Opening Night Premiere Party On Valentine's Day, 2024 , hosted by actress Lucy Hale

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 1, 2024

    On Wednesday February 14, 2024 the LA Art Show, LA's largest and longest-running art fair, presented an extraordinary Opening Night Premiere Party on Valentine's Day, hosted by award-winning actress Lucy Hale, benefiting LA Art Show's new charity partner, American Heart Association, which received 15% of ticket sales in support of the organization's Life is Why Campaign. "The Life is Why Campaign" is a program whose purpose is to inspire people to commit themselves to lives of longevity and heal...

  • Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Hosts Easter Celebration on the Promenade


    Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.) is pleased to announce the return of its Easter Celebration on Sunday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m. along the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade. The family-friendly event includes free photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, live children's music and entertainment, face painting, balloon twisters, arts and crafts, engaging games and more. The celebration kicks off with free photos with the Easter Bunny, with the first 200 kids receiving a speci...

  • Solo Exhibition by Renowned Artist Shepard Fairey Opens at ReflectSpace Gallery


    Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and ReflectSpace Gallery are proud to present "Peace is Radical," a solo exhibition by renowned street artist and activist, Shepard Fairey. The exhibition will be on view from January 20, 2024 through April 14, 2024 at the ReflectSpace Gallery, inside Glendale Central Library. "Peace is Radical" features works addressing a range of topics, including creative empowerment, the importance of democracy, race and gender equality, environmental justice, and, of...

  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Spotlights Celebrated Pianist Marc-André Hamelin on All-French Program Curated by LACO Concertmaster and Director of Chamber Music Margaret Batjer, Program Wraps Orchestra's Chamber Series with Piano Works by Boulanger and Franck and Sonatas by Debussy and Leclair


    Virtuosic pianist Marc-André Hamelin, "a performer of near-superhuman technical prowess" (The New York Times), headlines the final program of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's engaging Chamber Series, curated by Concertmaster and Director of Chamber Music Margaret Batjer, on Saturday, March 2, 7:30 pm, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, and Sunday, March 3, 7:30 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Hamelin performs Boulanger's post-impressionist Three...

  • J. Ivy Hosts Poetry Uncut Part III, Feb. 17 Featuring Def Sound and Sunni Patterson

    Selena Hughes, Guest Post|Mar 1, 2024

    On Saturday, February 17th, Poetry Uncut, a four-part series of curated poetry and music, continued with Poetry Uncut: Part III as Grammy Award-winning artist J. Ivy hosts an evening with performances by Los Angeles artist Def Sound and the poet and author Sunni Patterson. The evening also featured Emmy Award-winning DJ Niéna Drake. It opened with Get Lit, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit working to increase literacy, empower youth, and energize communities through poetry. This special night was...