Sinai Temple to host Israel-Azerbaijan symposium

The close political, economic and defense relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan will be the focus of a discussion between David Siegel, Consul-General of Israel and Nasimi Aghayev, Consul-General of Azerbaijan at the next meeting of the Men's Club of Sinai Temple at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Among the issues to be explored are... Read more →


Marcy & Zina Show coming to Malibu

Lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich bring their wonderfully wacky and heartbreakingly sincere musical creations to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre (24255 Pacific Coast Highway) in Malibu on Tuesday, Feb, 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced starting at $15 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available... Read more →


Samohi benefit concert to fund Carnegie Hall trip

The Santa Monica High School wind ensemble wasn’t going to turn down a chance to play at one of the most prestigious venues in the country. Performing as a headlining group? In the New York Sounds of Spring International Music Festival? At world-famous Carnegie Hall, of all places? “Just the name itself is synonymous with classical... Read more →

Community Profiles


Faces of Santa Monica: Joe Marrapodi

Joe Marrapodi is a serial entrepreneur with achievements that include Get Rare!, New Media, working at Intermix Media (where he orchestrated the first ad deal between Yahoo & Warner Bros) & working as the VP of Digital at LBI Entertainment. Currently, the CEO & Co-Founder of, Joe directs all strategic business... Read more →


World War II pilot, 91, taking flight of a lifetime

He's spent thousands of hours in scores of aircraft during his 91 years on Earth, but Jule Lamm has never been as excited for a flight as he is for the one he'll take Sunday. A longtime Santa Monica resident and area optometrist, Lamm steered several kinds of transport planes as a pilot during World War II. He flew his own Cessna 182 on... Read more →

Culture Watch

Local highlights in art, religion and theater

Buddhism, Islamic Art, a City Garage world premiere and free entry to 20 museums are on my local cultural radar. City Garage Theatre is consistent in one respect only: their productions are always innovative and nearly all are original works. This Friday marks the opening of their latest world premiere, “Timepiece” by Charles A.... Read more →

Play Time

Julianne Moore exceptional in ‘Still Alice’

In the new film “Still Alice” we watch the beautiful and vivacious Julianne Moore deteriorate, disintegrate and disappear right before our eyes. A celebrated linguistics professor at Columbia University, Moore’s character prides herself on being articulate, innovative and well-respected by her colleagues. Her life is built around her... Read more →


Storytellers announced for SHINE’s ‘Light My Fire!’

SHINE has announced the storytellers selected for its special performance on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. The event is part of the “6th Annual Fireside at the Miles,” Santa Monica's cultural festival at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. The evening's theme will be “Light My Fire!” with storytellers sharing true... Read more →

City Council

Outdoor fitness fees stay the same

What a difference a year and a pilot ordinance make. In 2013, when City Council discussed requiring the public park-using fitness trainers to shell out permit fees, dozens of people showed up to expressed their opinions and both sides wound up frustrated. On Tuesday, in discussing an update to the ordinance, only three members of the public... Read more →


Eat Well Week plates tasty food with side of health

Some see the turning of the calendar year as an opportunity to conquer dietary and health goals. Some hope to explore local restaurants they've never tried before. As far as the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is concerned, though, those two aims are not mutually exclusive. For the third consecutive year, the tourism board has... Read more →