The Best of Everything – Jonathan Weiss

There are not many cultural institutions in Culver City that have been around for half a century, but the Culver City Symphony Orchestra is one of them. The orchestra, under the direction of maestro Frank Fetta, will be celebrating a half-century of existence for this enduring artistic institution on Saturday, April 27th.

The celebration will take place at the furniture store Room & Board, located at the Helms Bakery complex from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mr. Fetta will be entertaining guests at the piano, with Haqumai Sharpe providing tenor vocals. Tickets are $15.00 per person and Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Parking will be along Washington Blvd. and at the Helms Complex. Use the Courtyard Entrance into the store.

The Los Angeles Modernism Show returns to the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport beginning with a preview party on Thursday, April 25th, benefiting P.S. Arts., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through arts education. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, swinging music and a raffle, in addition to the Modernism show. If you’ve never been to the Modernism show, it features over 50 exhibitors of 20th Century furniture, decorative and fine arts from across the U.S. and Europe. The show will also have a fantastic array of beautiful advertising posters from the folks at Vintage European Posters, which covers every topic imaginable from theater and opera, to travel, transportation, military and more.( More information on the party and weekend show can be found at
The Broad Stage on the campus of Santa Monica College continues their eclectic musical calendar of events with a show this Saturday night, April 27th, featuring the group Paris Combo. Paris Combo is based in Paris, France and has a unique style blending blending elements from the traditional French chanson, American jazz and swing, Roma music and North African music.

Paris Combo is a musical group based in Paris, France, that has an eclectic style, blending elements from the traditional French chanson, American jazz and swing, Roma music and North African music. The group identifies itself as a world music group. They have performed live in Europe, North America and Australia.

The on Saturday, May 4th at 11 a.m., The Broad Stage will feature a show called “Who Is Thelonious Monk.” While many jazz fans no doubt know about this innovative pianist, this show is geared for the younger set, as jazz pianist Eric Reed takes young people on a journey through history and back again, while learning about Monk and the great music that encompassed the last century.

Monk’s music contained odd rhythms, sometimes dissonant harmonies and wild and fun melodies that were even challenging for his band. Everyone in the audience will come away with an enhanced understanding of his music as well as all kinds of music from the 20th Century. Ticketing info can be found at

Lastly, if you’re a fan of the acoustic pop of Jack Johnson, you will enjoy the new album from Tom Curren. Son of big-wave surfer and board shaper Pat Curren, the young Curren followed in his dad’s footsteps, winning three world championships by the age of 26.

Now stepping back form the Ocean, Curren is set to release a fine sounding disc entitled “In Plain View,” and will be supporting singer songwriter Ben Howard on his spring tour dates. Curren will be in our midst this coming Tuesday, April 23rd, playing a headlining show at the Mint on Pico Boulevard near Crescent Heights. For more information on the release, you can go to


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