Food

It’s not summer without salads

I‚Äôve written about hamburgers, steaks, pasta and pastrami, but what about what the ladies eat for lunch ‚Äî salad? After all, 50 percent of my readers are ladies. But there is one complication with this topic, and it‚Äôs a significant one. See salads have radically changed over the past year or two in West Los Angeles, which... Read more →

Entertainment

Brief: Giving feedback

City Hall‚Äôs Community and Cultural Services Division wants to hear from you. Go to www.surveymk.com/s/Q9KJG5T to fill out a survey and be automatically entered into a drawing for a host of prizes, including Pacific Park wristbands, a $25 gift certificate to a local Farmers‚Äô Market, restaurant gift certificates, a free "story... Read more →

Food

Variety the spice of life at Viceroy’s Whist

The lamb kefta meatballs with orange and crushed pistachio, is just one of the many eclectic dishes you will find at Viceroy's Whist. (Photo by Michael Ryan.) Suffocated between busy streets and shrouded by walls of high-standing shrubbery, the Viceroy Hotel does not do much in the way of standing out. Converted from an old Holiday Inn,... Read more →

Arts

Bergamot is buzzing on art world’s biggest day

JUXTAPOSITION: Artist Kelly Reemtsen's paintings explore the paradoxical state of being female in post-feminist contemporary society. (Image courtesy Skidmore Contemporary Art Gallery ) BERGAMOT STATION ‚Äî Summer is over, so it‚Äôs back to school for many and back to the galleries where new exhibitions are opening all over... Read more →

Culture Watch

Celebrating Cage’s contributions

John Cage Picture this. It‚Äôs 1931 and you‚Äôre a Santa Monica housewife. A slender young man, going house to house, knocks on your door and invites you to attend his lectures on modern music and painting. He tells you that he charges $2.50 for a series of 10, and he gives these lectures in a large room above the garages in the... Read more →

Entertainment

Fashion’s night on the town

STRUTTING HER STUFF: A model walks down the runway at Santa Monica Place during last year‚Äôs Fashion‚Äôs Night Out. (File photo) CITYWIDE ‚Äî Join fashionistas from across the globe this Thursday as they flock to shops in celebration of the fourth annual Fashion‚Äôs Night Out. Launched by Vogue in 2008, Fashion‚Äôs... Read more →

Life

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Rich singles should flock to Santa Monica

Young couples chop it up at The Galley on Main Street during happy hour. Santa Monica was recently ranked as one of the top 25 places for the rich and single to mingle. (Photo by Brandon Wise.) If you have money but no one to share it with, you might want to try moving to Santa Monica. The city by the sea is ranked amongst the top 25... Read more →

Arts

Songstress comes to The Broad

Pidgeon MID-CITY ‚Äî Singer-songwriter and actress Rebecca Pidgeon is touring in support of her new album "Slingshot" and will be performing at The Broad Stage on Sunday with Madeleine Peyroux. Briefly we spoke with Pidgeon about the new album and acting in the upcoming film about imprisoned music producer Phil Spector, among other... Read more →

Culture Watch

Movie magic

'Elephant Room' is currently playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. I wasn‚Äôt sure what I was in for when I went to see "Elephant Room" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. It‚Äôs a magic show by three dorky conjurers, Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond and Louie Magic, who look and act like refugees from a... Read more →

Entertainment

Pier concert band cancels over Hurricane Isaac

The Pimps of Joytime (Photo courtesy Santa Monica Pier) SM PIER ‚Äî As Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast the disruptions it‚Äôs causing forced Hot 8 Brass Band to cancel an appearance at this Thursday‚Äôs Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. As the storm approached their native New Orleans the... Read more →

Life

Earth Talk: Green decorating

NEW TREND: Thanks to increased consumer awareness and demand, there are more ‚Äògreen‚Äô choices in furniture available than ever before. Pictured: A Savvy Rest organic crib mattress distributed by Furnature. (Photo courtesy Savvy Rest) Dear EarthTalk: Are there certain brands or retail stores where sustainable furniture options... Read more →

Food

Taking it to the streets

Border Grill's Susan Feniger takes people on a journey through different spices in her new book 'Street Food,' which features recipes from all over the globe. (Cover art courtesy of Stephanie Huntwork.) FOURTH ST ‚Äî What local restaurant Border Grill‚Äôs chef-owner Susan Feniger gleefully refers to as the "the cyclone that is my... Read more →

Food

Quality never goes out of style

Pasta is primo and rememberable at Valentino. Here the veal ravioli in a sage and butter sauce, smothered with Italian truffles. (Photo by John Blanchette.) Before Melisse, the top restaurants in Santa Monica, in the good old days, were Michael‚Äôs, Chinois on Main and Valentino. These old-timers are still tops today. Michael‚Äôs... Read more →

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Celebrating 25 years of serving up suds

JUST A TASTE: Owner of the Daily Pint Phil McGovern has a sip of a beer at his Pico Boulevard watering hole. PICO BLVD ‚Äî When I first stumbled upon craft beers about eight years ago, the place I would often wander into was The Daily Pint in the Pico Neighborhood. Just a short walk, or stagger depending on the time of day, from my... Read more →