Take a lesson from felons

By Katharine Romefelt

A prison bus collision presumably spells trouble. You might picture something out of The Fugitive, with eager prisoners fleeing the scene for their freedom, with little regard for their fellow men in captivity. But when a bus full of 50 prisoners crashed into a semi-truck on Interstate 8 in Arizona recently, the outcome shocked everyone involved in the case.

 

Following the wreck, the 30 unharmed prisoners immediately provided first-aid to the 20 injured men rather than embrace their chance to escape captivity.

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Pop some tags, help some kids

By Megan Tambio

As the poet Macklemore taught us, a thrift shop can be a magical place. Assistance League of Santa Monica (ALSM) has one that will keep your closet and wallet stuffed and, of course, help support a great cause.

better thrift 2ALSM’s thrift shop has everything you could want — clothes (both current and vintage to keep you looking good for the new school year), jewelry, home supplies (for Mom and Dad) and a collection of books for your reading pleasure (or for, you know, school. Sorry to bring it up again). You can make room for all your new swag by donating items to the shop.

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Fresh Meets: Get your ya-yas out

By Katharine Romefelt

Speak your truth to some people eager to hear it! Or just show off that riveting personality and those unique talents.

New Earth: Expression Mondays welcomes every walk of artists, speakers and genre-benders. Come connect with an audience and your community this Monday night through your creative expression.

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Cause Celeb: Dam straight the pier’s getting funky

By Colin Newton

Is it possible for something to be too funky, or only not funky enough? The answers to such high-minded questions will be revealed at the Santa Monica Pier this Thursday, when two profound professors of funk — Morris Day and Dam Funk — take the stage at this week’s free concert.

Gentlemanly debate will probably give way to blasting beats posthaste.

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“You can expect an array of sounds from my record collection of Minneapolis-funk, boogie and new modern-funk,” Dam Funk told Giive a (bleep). “All with respect to the audience of funksters expected to show up with love for Morris Day and the Time, one of my favorite bands of all time!”

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Claudia’s Corner: Get caught up in a Jam

By Megan Tambio

Summer is in full force and you know what that means — summer CONCERTS! Enter the Skirball Cultural Center and their Family Ampitheater Performances.

skirballconcertEvery Saturday and Sunday afternoon, get ready for an interactive concert with an eclectic set of artists. Tomorrow (Sunday, July 5), catch Grammy nominated Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, whose latest music mixes Chicano rock, indie pop  and doo wop.

If you need a break from singing and dancing your heart out, check out the 1970’s- themed Summer Lounge (filled with fun, retro games like Twister) or check out the other fun exhibits at Skirball.

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