SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs has announced that the 7th Annual Fireside At the Miles Performance Series will take place at the Miles Memorial Playhouse from January 8 to February 26.

According to a press release from the City of Santa Monica website, “This uniquely Santa Monica experience harkens back almost a century when the large period fireplace in the main auditorium was used as a centerpiece for performance and civic gatherings throughout the 1930’s and 40’s. It is in this spirit of community that the current series was started in 2010.”

Miles Memorial Playhouse is just seven blocks from the ocean and was completed in 1929. The event transforms the place into a “large living room with risers and seating oriented around the fireplace.”

Events scheduled to be held during the annual performance series include: from classical music, to jazz, to stand-up comedy to dance to storytelling all presented and performed by outstanding local and regional talent. January performances feature Frances Livings, Greg Poree and the Ipanema Lounge, an audience favorite “a cappella” night, the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, SHINE storytelling and an evening of original dance by Angela Todaro. In February, jazz guitarist Scott Detweiler and his Mardi Gras themed concert will be on hand, as well as an evening of stand-up comedy hosted by Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Orchestra Santa Monica’s Woodwind Quintet, an evening with Paul Linke, and the return of local dancer/choreographer Suchi Branfman presenting two nights of dance and movement with local artists.

The events will take place on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for youth age 18 and under, adults age 55 and over and students of any age. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For a complete line-up please visit www.MilesPlayhouse.Org and click on Fireside at the Miles.

For more information or to make a reservation please e-mail the following: name, date of performance, number of seats and phone number to MilesPlayhouse@SMGov.Net. or call 310-458-8634. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Free underground parking will be available at 808 Wilshire Blvd.