Culture Watch

Absurdity that’s all too real

Under the deft direction of Guillermo Cienfuegos, Pacific Resident Theatre is staging a truly stunning hit production of a play that’s six decades old. And on a second PRT stage, Anthony Minghella’s two radio plays directed by Michael Peretzian are utterly compelling. When Eugene Ionesco wrote “Rhinoceros,” it was about the... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Spiderman Homecoming

  Rated PG-13 133 Minutes Released July 7   Most of us during our teen years feel invincible – on top of the world, certain that we can do anything / that we can come through with fanfare on every challenge with little effort - until we attempt it and fall flat on our faces! That’s not only embarrassing…also... Read more →

Featured

UCLA Santa Monica promotes mindfulness for locals

  Living in Santa Monica can be a tad bit stressful from the traffic, to the high cost of living in the famous beach city. UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica is offering residents and local employees free weekly drop in meditation classes. “Many of us spend our lives doing, achieving, and producing. Rarely do we spend time just... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: The Little Hours

Rated R 90 Minutes Released June 30   This fun romp, The Little Hours, is a Middle Ages comic book. As such it is probably a much more realistic depiction of that time period than other historical films. Writer/director Jeff Baena has created a refreshing look at the humanity connecting us, through a timeline of some 550... Read more →

Play Time

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Speaks

  Minnesota Senator Al Franken was in Los Angeles last weekend to promote his new book, “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.” Taking advantage of his visit, Andrea Grossman, founder of the popular discussion forum The Writers Bloc, teamed up with The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts to sponsor two hilarious discussions between... Read more →

Culture Watch

Radio on Stage

    Radio is a medium in which words and voice are crucial. And we are lucky to have in our midst the Pacific Resident Theatre company, which is producing not just a classic theatrical satire (Rhinoceros by Ionesco, opening this Saturday), but two radio plays by Anthony Minghella, “Cigarettes and Chocolate,” and “Hang... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: The Beguiled

  Rated R 93 Minutes Released June 30 The story of The Beguiled shows in full detail how we are often subject to the basest of human instincts regardless of our surroundings. A Yankee soldier, having been wounded in battle and unable to walk, lies in a peaceful wooded area in Virginia. It’s the final year of the Civil War.... Read more →

People

Local teen takes program to the international level

Luca Pistor, is taking his Junior Social Entrepreneurship Summit program to the international level by adding new oversea locations. The local 16-year-old founded JSES in 2010, and the program is a student created, university sponsored weeklong summer camp for children 11 – 17 years of age who are interested in entrepreneurship and... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Maudie

  Rated PG-13 115 Minutes Released June 16   Maudie is a symphonic tale about a unique and wonderful life of primitive artist Maude Dowley Lewis (1903-1970) who painted brightly colored scenes of her native Novia Scotia on cards, walls, boards, paper and tin. She became celebrated during her lifetime in spite of... Read more →

Play Time

“The Big Sick”, A Cure For What Ails You

  No matter what calumnies the Trumpster chooses to attribute to the Muslims of the world, there is at least one man who goes a long way to prove him wrong. He is Kumail Nanjiani, a charming, sensitive, and charismatic Pakistani Muslim who has written and stars in what is unquestionably the most delicious film of the year. The film... Read more →

Culture Watch

Back in the Swim

I’m off to see “Heisenberg” this Thursday at the Mark Taper Forum, featuring the critically lauded Broadway cast of Mary-Louise Parker and Dennis Arndt. Next weekend, it’ll be two radio plays by Anthony Minghella (Best Director Oscar, “The English Patient”) adapted for stage by director Michael Peretzian, and a classic of... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Baby Driver

  Rated R 113 Minutes Released June 28 Baby Driver is one of those rare movies that uses every element of cinema. If that sounds redundant consider this- this film is built around the emotions inspired by rhythm, sound, the poetry of song and music, and the artistry painted across the screen by a constantly moving and... Read more →

People

Samohi student unearths a passion for archaeology

Sophie Hall, might have a bright future focused on the past. The incoming Samohi Junior recently finished a stint as the only high school student to attend the Lechaion Harbor Settlement Land Project archaeological dig in Corinth, Greece. The team of students lead by two mentors spent six weeks digging in Lechaion Harbor to discover the... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: The Book of Henry

  Rated PG-13 105 Minutes Released June 16 I found The Book of Henry to be a very well written, intricate adventure into the psychology of the human mind. The characters are fascinating. However many filmgoers might find it hard to identify with them. “Henry” is a Leonardo da Vinci type, a child prodigy genius inventor... Read more →