"The Urban Worrier: Making Politics Personal" reading with author Frank Gruber
Monday, November 9, 2009 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
5:15-6:15PM Docent tours at the Guest House
*please note that the Back on the Beach Cafe is closed Monday evenings
Urban Worrier: Making Politics Personal is a collection of Frank Gruber's "What I Say" columns from the election of 2000 to that of 2004. The book intertwines several narrative threads, dealing with local politics, local issues, and local life (from the comic to the tragic), and the world outside Santa Monica. The book turns current events into recent history, and reminds readers that inside the brain of any alert person living in a city is a lot more than what he or she reads on the op-ed pages of big newspapers or watches on TV news. "All politics is local", said Tip O'Neill, and Gruber shows why.
Frank Gruber, a lawyer by profession, moved to Santa Monica in the '80s and became involved in Santa Monica politics in the '90s. He ultimately served four years on the Planning Commission, from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he started to write a weekly column, called "What I Say," for the Santa Monica Lookout News, a pioneering local news website that had been created two years earlier after the city's century-old newspaper was closed down. Frank's aim in writing the column has been to treat local life and politics in Santa Monica with the same kind of attention typically applied in American journalism only to national affairs. He's now been writing the column for almost nine years.
Stop by early for Beach House tours by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy before every evening event, first come, first served. Bring a picnic - Back on the Beach is closed on Monday evenings.
Tickets: Free but seating 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 is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Parking and Driving directions: From the Pacific Coast Highway north of California Incline, turn at the Beach House Way traffic light into convenient parking ($3/hr, $6/day, disabled placards and Santa Monica senior beach parking passes accepted).
Beach=Culture events (November-May) generally take place on the second Monday of the month; fee-based workshops take place on the second Saturday of the month and we will take reservations for those separately. To view & make reservations
for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://www.eventbrite.com/org/199463539.
Save the Date! Saturday November 14th from 10am-4:30pm learn to make a small hardbound blank book with instructor Angharad Jones! Our first Beach=Culture workshop is limited to 15 attendees and will cost $25, including all materials. Reservations will be available shortly.
For more information about events at the Beach House, visit http://beachhouse.smgov.net/plan-your-day/events-and-happenings.aspx
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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House
Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. Click to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.
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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