Lineup for Glow announced

People dip their hands into small sandboxes as their shadows are transmitted upon people playing in the adjacent beach at the 'Sandbox' designed by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer during Glow 2010. (Brandon Wise OCEAN AVE ‚Äî When crowds flock to the Santa Monica Beach next September for the third installment of Glow, City... Read more →

Culture Watch

Autumn arts blitz

MOVING: Diavolo Dance Theater at The Broad Stage in the L.A. premiere of ‚ÄòTransit Space.‚Äô (Ben Gibbs / Ben Gibbs Photograph) The Broad Stage started its fall season last weekend with a big bang and a loud beat. Like Cirque du Soleil in miniature, minus the contortionists and trapeze artists, Diavolo Dance Theater specializes... Read more →


Napoleon would be proud

French food is slowly taking over the European restaurant scene. During a week in Germany this summer, I had to look hard to find my old favorites ‚Äî whole-roasted piglet with crisp skin, schnitzel and sausages. The best meal we had in Germany was in Baden-Baden, in a French restaurant run by a French woman from Alsace. Most of the... Read more →


It’s a Haus party

Oktoberfest is a 16-day beer festival held in Munich, Germany. During the event, over 7 million liters of beer will be consumed. By the Reinheitsgebot guild guidelines, all official Oktoberfest beer has to be brewed within Munich and contain at least 6 percent alcohol. And this is all coming right off the special beer menu at Br√º Haus,... Read more →


Putting money where your mouth is

Friends practice their yoga poses while sipping on some beers at 18th Street Arts Center's BAM (Beer, Art, Music) Festival last year. This year's event takes place Oct. 6. (Photo courtesy 18th Street Arts Center.) 18th STREET ‚Äî There‚Äôs nothing I enjoy more than drinking √ºber-hoppy craft beers while chowing down on some... Read more →



Learn how to be victorious in your garden

VINTAGE: A Victory Garden poster from 1943 that was created by the U.S. Office of War Information. (Image courtesy University of North Texas ) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî In 1940, "The Victory Gardens Leaders Handbook" was published to encourage Americans to grow their own food, with straightforward how-to lessons in planning and starting a garden,... Read more →

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Clay, film and fashion

MODERN WITH A TOUCH OF TRADITION: A view of the Ken Price installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit is now open and runs through Jan. 6. (Photo courtesy LACMA) To call Ken Price prolific would be an understatement. He was in many ways the artist‚Äôs artist and though widely influential he was not widely... Read more →


Pier packed for Endeavour

The space shuttle Endeavour passes by the Santa Monica Pier on Friday before heading to LAX. (Photo by Brandon Wise.) SM PIER ‚Ä Hundreds of people from all over southern and central California packed the Santa Monica Pier Friday morning for a glimpse of the space shuttle Endeavour as it passed over as part of a five-hour aerial... Read more →


More dead birds with West Nile found

CITYWIDE ‚Äî Three more dead birds found in Santa Monica tested positive for the potentially-deadly West Nile Virus, according to a release by Los Angeles County officials. The birds were picked up in the 90402, 90404 and 90405 area codes, and bring the total number of infected dead birds to five. Birds, particularly the American crow,... Read more →


Four new reasons to check out The Market

DOWNTOWN ‚Äî The Market at Santa Monica Place is welcoming four new purveyors to the third-floor dining destination. Raw food aficionado Matthew Kenney is set to open a restaurant and raw food culinary academy to help people learn how to cook raw food the healthy way. Students at Matthew Kenney Culinary Santa Monica will get to use... Read more →


Endeavour lands at LA airport after aerial tour

The space shuttle Endeavour soars over the Santa Monica Pier on its final flight Friday. The workhorse rode piggyback atop a Boeing 747 to its home state and ultimately landed at Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo by Brandon Wise.) LOS ANGELES ‚Äî Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at the Los Angeles International Airport... Read more →


Ice, ice baby

Sweet Crush Ice Bar offers refreshing desserts without the guilt that comes with indulging in calorie-loaded ice cream. Here are a few reasons why Sweet Crush Ice Bar is worth a quick little bike ride up San Vicente Boulevard into Brentwood. Sweet Crush is rather unique compared to your everyday Baskin-Robbins or Pinkberry. It‚Äôs... Read more →


Finding an oasis in Oceanside

It seems that everybody in Oceanside rides a bike. Like many people, when I thought about Oceanside, Calif. it was either as a hangout for the Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton or a road sign on Interstate 5 demarcating the mileage to San Diego. It was not a place of negative feelings, it was just ‚Ķ Oceanside. Probably a pleasant... Read more →