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Cultural Programs, Events & Tours 



Marion Davies Guest House

The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent.

Summer Tours: 

  • Open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun, 11am-2pm
  • Tours begin at 11am, 12pm & 1pm and are limited to 15 guests.  
  • Open Tuesday evenings, prior to Beach=Culture events, 5-6:30pm
  • Closed Thursday
  • Tours are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
  • No reservations are required.   

Group Tours:
Organized group tours may be available on select Thursdays during the summer season and accommodate 30-45 people.  Please email for a Guest House group tour application.





Beach=Culture is an ongoing series of free concerts, talks, readings, and exhibits. Reservations are required. Beach=Culture Details & Reservations >     


Red Hen Press Reading: Ron Koertge, Anna Journey, Gregory Donovan, David St. John , moderated by Kate Gale
Tuesday, August 4, 6:30-8:00pm  

Red Hen PressRon Koertge was published widely in the ’60s and ’70s in such seminal magazines as Kayak and Poetry Now. The darling of independent presses, Sumac Press issued The Father Poems in 1973, and that book was followed by many more, including poetry, prose, novels-in-verse, and fiction for teenagers. His most recent book, Sex World, was released in Fall 2014 from Red Hen Press.

Anna Journey is the author of the poetry collections Vulgar Remedies (Louisiana State University Press, 2013) and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Gregory Donovan is the author of Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, Spring 2015) and of Calling His Children Home (University of Missouri Press, 1993), which won the Devins Award for Poetry. His poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, diode, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, TriQuarterly, and many other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies.

David St. John has been honored, over the course of his career, with many prizes, including both the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; the O. B. Hardison Prize (a career award for teaching and poetic achievement) from the Folger Shakespeare Library; and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry, most recently, The Auroras, and The Window, as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. St. John has written two libretti: an opera The Face by Donald Crockett, based on his book, and the choral symphony The Shore by Frank Ticheli. St. John is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at USC.

Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press and Editor of the Los Angeles Review. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Echo Light (Red Mountain Press, 2014) and The Goldilocks Zone (The University of New Mexico Press, 2014), and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee.



Dance Hall: Samba with Katia Moraes
Tuesday, August 11, 6:00-8:30pm  

 Dance Hall August 11, 2015Join us for another edition of Dance Hall - where we invite you to put on your dancing shoes and while away the evening with live music and sea breezes. Katia Moraes and friends take you on a trip through Brazilian samba, so get ready to shake a tail feather! All levels, partners, singles, are welcome; please wear comfortable shoes and clothes to move in. Dance Halls are meant mostly for participation so seating is very limited; comfortable rest seating is available in the adjacent room.


Mindful Movement Workshop with Gillian McGinty
Tuesday, August 18, 6:30-7:30pm  

Mindful Movement August 18, 2015Beach House Choreographer-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno introduces a mindful hour of movement with Body Mind Centering instructor Gillian McGinty.
Explore Body-Mind Centering practices by focusing on the fluid system of the body. Becoming mindful of the ebb and flow of our body allows us to release habitual patterns and offers support for a buoyant and easeful relationship to space. The strength and vitality of our musculoskeletal system depends on the support of our fluid body. Wear loose clothes for movement and come with a desire to explore in a safe and playful environment. All are welcome! Accompanied by live musician Alex Schnitzler. 



Dance Hall: Swing Dance with Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexandere
Tuesday, August 25, 6:00-8:30pm  

Dance Hall August 25, 2015

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Campus Five is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 7-piece Campus Five captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw's Grammercy Five, Count Basie's Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.