Built in 1929, the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse is a hidden gem not far from Santa Monica's busy Third Street Promenade. Exposed wooden beams, decorative ironwork and an inviting fireplace adorn the theater's interior, which during the winter hosts intimate performances under the banner Fireside at the Miles. It's cozy on the couches and warm by the massive fireplace as the series showcases dance this weekend. On Friday, Amanda Hart and her HartPulse Dance Company display their distinctive brand of contemporary dance. Saturday may bring some surprises as String Theory, known for its blend of dance, music and sometimes expansive sonic sculptures, takes over the space. The evening includes a new arrangement of Purcell's Dido and the premiere of Ink Mouth, a short dance film. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for refreshments and conversation before the show. Miles Memorial Playhouse at Christine Reed Emerson Park, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26, 8 p.m.; $10, $5 students & seniors. (310) 458-8634, milesplayhouse.org.
Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., 2013