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Santa Monica Holds Third Annual COAST Celebration Sunday
By Loookout Staff
October 3, 2018 -- Santa Monica will hold its third annual open streets event COAST on Sunday, turning a two- mile route into a carless stage where musicians, dancers and artists will perform.
The event, which celebrates Santa Monica's commitment to "art, sustainability and mobility" takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a route that stretches from Wilshire Boulevard on the north to Marine Street near the city's southern border (map).
"Attendees are invited to enjoy the reimagined public space by walking, biking, or skating throughout COAST’s route while taking in the picturesque Pacific Ocean views and various experiences offered along the way," event organizers said.
Activities and performances will take place along the route at such iconic landmarks as Camera Obscura on Ocean Avenue, City Hall on Main Strreet and the Pier, where the event will culminate with an “After Party” at the final Twilight on the Pier music festival.
This year's event features a performance stage on Ocean Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard, strolling musicians, dancers and large-scale "immersive art installations" at site-specific locations, organizers said.
The art works include an installation by aerial artist John Q, who will gather as many as 1,000 people in real time "to artistically illustrate art, mobility and sustainability."
A larger-than-life art installation by Jana Cruder and Matthew LaPenta titled "Natural Plasticity" constructed of a massive plastic straw and giant plastic bottle.
Towering nearly 30 feet high, the work demonstrates "the impact of disposable plastic on the natural environment," organizers said.
And Santa Monica artist Peter Tigler’s interactive thumbprint mural will give event goers a chance to shape a work that illustrates "a message of mobility and sustainability."
The Santa Monica Community Garden on Main Street will offer "a variety of ways to explore the natural world through garden tours, arts and crafts, planting tips, and a how-to on preparing home-grown vegetables," organizers said.
There will also be "a series of engaging sessions ranging from dance to sports" and a Bike Rodeo offering lessons in bike and scooter safety skills.
The culminating party at the pier features South Asian Sounds with performers Red Baraat, Vidya Vox, DJ Rekha and Discostan.
As with all Twilight concerts this year, the scaled-down event features immersive art, food, a beer and spirits garden, games and "interactive activations," pier officials said.
Last year's event drew more than 50,000 visitors of all ages to Downtown Santa Monica.
Attendees at Sunday's event are encouraged to ride their bikes and walk along the route.
Bike rentals will be available at multiple locations along the route as well as 85 Breeze stations located throughout Santa Monica. Free bike valets will be available to make it easy to check-in your bike to grab lunch and enjoy the entertainment.
For more information about COAST, visit www.smgov.net/coast and join the conversation on social media using #COASTSaMo.
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