Santa Monica's Glow on July 19

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Beachfront City to Host Cutting Edge Arts Event.

This event demonstrates our city's passion for the arts and cutting edge culture. All are welcome to join us and view and interact with the art displays that reflect the distinct personality of our beautiful beachfront city.

While many people around the world will already be fast asleep, Santa Monica will "GLOW" on July 19 from dusk until dawn. The GLOW event will feature an array of live art exhibitions, entertainment, and music, starting at 7 p.m. and glowing through the night until 7 a.m. This unique event is free to the public and will introduce a new way of participating in and experiencing art.

GLOW will feature interactive and entertaining exhibitions on the Santa Monica pier, carousel, Muscle Beach, Palisades Park and portions of Ocean Avenue. Local restaurants, hotels and retailers will offer extended hours and special menu offerings for the night of July 19 and morning of July 20. Guests of GLOW can expect an exciting evening filled with eye-catching art exhibits, delicious cuisine and entertainment.

"We are proud to have GLOW here in Santa Monica," said Misti Kerns, President/CEO of Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. "This event demonstrates our city's passion for the arts and cutting edge culture. All are welcome to join us and view and interact with the art displays that reflect the distinct personality of our beautiful beachfront city."

Highlights of GLOW include a commissioned piece by Usman Haque, known internationally for his exhilarating interactive work with light and sound. Artist Shih Chieh Huang will be showing a special installation of common objects such as water bottles and plastic bags that are transformed through light and air.

Other events of note include a Ferris wheel orchestra, which will feature a three-part composition orchestra who will perform live on the baskets of the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park. In addition individual artists and artist teams will be creating work throughout the designated "GLOW zone" which celebrate the diversity and richness of local cultural resources and offer displays of ambient light, projected sound and images.

GLOW is modeled after the Parisian festival, Nuit Blanche that attracted over one million people in 2007 and is now being held in other world-class cities like Madrid, Rome, Tel Aviv and Montreal. Event planners and producers anticipate a large crowd to this first annual event in Santa Monica.

GLOW is presented by the City of Santa Monica in partnership with Bayside District Corporation, Pier Restoration Corporation and the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau. Inspired by the wildly successful Nuit Blanche in Paris, Glow is made possible through the support of generous sponsorship from organizations like the Norton Family Foundation. The event takes its spirit from the fabled grunions that live in local waters and come ashore several times a year to spawn in the sand creating a momentary sensation of iridescence. For more information on GLOW, please visit http://www.glowsantamonica.org

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