5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site
6:30-7:30pm Illustrated Lecture
Join us for an illustrated lecture by Judith Freeman, author of The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved. Raymond Chandler was not only a brilliant mystery writer and the author who put the city of Los Angeles on the literary map, but also one of the city’s finest social historians. During the years he lived in Southern California, from 1912 to 1946, he moved over three dozen times in and around L.A. and wrote intimately about many different areas, particularly Santa Monica, the “Bay City” of his novels. In this lecture and slide presentation, Freeman leads a virtual tour of many of the places on the Westside that Chandler used in his fiction, as well as the neighborhoods where he once lived with his wife Cissy.
The lecture is inspired by Santa Monica Citywide Reads (2012 book: Raymond Chandler's The Lady in the Lake), is co-presented by the Santa Monica Conservancy and is a part of Noirfest Santa Monica. Images courtesy of the Conservancy and Loren Latker.
Judith Freeman is a novelist, teacher, and essayist, author of four novels, a collection of short stories, and most recently the non-fiction work, The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved, chosen by Newsweek as one of the ten outstanding books of 2007. Her novels include The Chinchilla Farm, Set for Life (winner of the Western Heritage Award), A Desert of Pure Feeling, and the historical novel, Red Water. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines, including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, she was also recently awarded the Erle Stanley Gardner Fellowship in Mystery Studies by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Master of Professional Writing program at USC.
Santa Monica Citywide Reads is a community reading program that invites residents of and visitors to Santa Monica to read the same book and then come together in book discussions and special events to talk about it. Citywide Reads will begin in late February 2012 and continue through March 2012, and will feature free public book discussion groups led by volunteer facilitators and held in libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses, and other venues. Related special events are being planned, including an exciting slate of best-selling contemporary mystery authors influenced by Chandler, local history programs, film noir movie screenings, and much more.
For more information about Citywide Reads, visit http://smpl.org/Citywide_Reads.aspx or call the Santa Monica Public Library at 310-458-8600. This event is part of the new Noirfest Santa Monica; info at their facebook page and http://www.noirfestsm.com.
Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy before every Beach=Culture evening, from 5:15-6:15pm.
Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.
Parking: For Beach=Culture events after 5:30pm through April, there is a flat $5 parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Please display your receipt in your vehicle. For daytime and weekend fees, please check the website for details.
Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.
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Beach=Culture at the Beach House
Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and rates vary from weekdays to weekends and season to season.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call (310) 458-4904 for the Guest Services desk at the Beach House.
The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.
The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.
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