Life

Beach House turns 5

SM BEACH HOUSE — They grow up so fast. It seems like only yesterday that City Council was agreeing to subsidize the Annenberg Community Beach House. The beach house turns 5 today and will celebrate its birthday with tons of special events this weekend. The land was originally developed by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Notable lives, great performances

There are two one-person plays taking place across town from one another, each concerning notable individuals separated by a generation who broke the conventions of their time. But how very different their stories are. At The Geffen Playhouse, the unmatchable Annette Bening would make Ruth Draper herself envious with her amazing ability... Read more →

Arts

Baryshnikov comes to The Broad

MAN OF THE HOUR: Mikhail Baryshnikov is returning to The Broad Stage. (Photo courtesy T. Charles Erickson) Adapted from two Anton Chekhov short stories, “Man In A Case” is a pair of haunting love stories — one of an officious, anti-social man and his involvement with an extroverted woman. The second, a tale of moral ambiguity in... Read more →

Food

Pressing the sandwich issue

YUM! Ciboteca appears to be unafraid of being located blocks from Bay Cities Deli. (Michael Ryan editor@smdp.com) Bay Cities Deli is as iconic to Santa Monica as the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Pier, or our famously high taxes. For someone else to open up another Italian-style sandwich spot just a few blocks away is by all... Read more →

Health

How to have a safe Easter with your dog

TAKE CARE: Make sure that your dog is safe during the excitement of Easter Sunday. (Photo courtesy Andrea Servadio) Easter egg hunts and baskets are two traditions that make Easter one of the cutest and sweetest of holidays, especially for children. Yet everything we love about these traditions presents hidden dangers for your... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: BritWeek bonanza

It’s not quite the Brit-centric haven it used to be, but Santa Monica is still a place that hundreds of British expatriates call home.   On April 25, at Santa Monica's Moss Theatre on the campus of New Roads School, the city will serve as host to one of the centerpieces of this year's BritWeek Celebration. Founded in 2007,... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Shakespeare and puppets

LINEUP: Cast of Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ (Photo courtesy Simon Annand) You have just a few more opportunities to catch Britain’s venerable Bristol Old Vic and South Africa’s young Handspring Puppet Company as they wrap up their run of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “A... Read more →

Life

Play Time: ‘Recall’ a forgettable play

THE CAST: ‘Recall’ not worth remembering. (Photo courtesy The Visceral Company) “Recall” is one of those plays that telegraphs everything it’s about to do, and then it does it. The only element that’s at all intriguing is the title. The word itself usually connotes a memory that has returned to a person’s consciousness. Or... Read more →

Food

All-you-can-eat and wine 101

DRINK UP: Del Frisco's Grille has an extensive wine list with bottles lining the walls. (Kevin Herrera kevinh@smdp.com) SM PLACE — I’ve always been a fan of fusion cuisine, especially when ambitious chefs are involved. They don’t just take different forms of cookery from regions and combine them. That’s too easy. The accomplished... Read more →

Life

Brief: Wake up with the waves

Kids and their parents can enjoy free concerts and activities, including singing, dancing, dress-up and face painting, beginning April 5 through May 24 on the Santa Monica Pier as part of the Wake Up With the Waves series, now in its eighth year. Series co-founder Michael Cladis is back to host the series, partnering with local co-producer... Read more →