Ah, Santa Monica — where the air is cleaner, the waves are tasty, the pubs are jumping, and nobody can afford to live there. For one day each year, we can all pretend we're SaMo-ians and enjoy the big free offering that is the Santa Monica Festival . It's as cross-cultural as ever, with entertainment by pop band the Little Ones, AguaLibre's Afro-Latin sounds, the percussion performance art group known as Glank, and uplifting dance music from Zimbabwe and Latin America by Masanga Marimba (pictured). Local restaurants provide the food, and there are loads of art workshops, including the popular “re:Fashion Workshop” with hot costumer Ann Closs-Farly where families can make fab frocks from paper bags, and show it off on the catwalk.

Sat., May 9, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 2009

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