Arts

Theatre on the ‘Fringe’

The Hollywood Fringe Festival, an annual celebration of independently produced emerging arts across all genres, is premiering new music, film, theatre and other performance events in multiple conventional and unorthodox venues from June 14 through June 24. More can be found at www.HollywoodFringe.org. On Sunday, I attended a Fringe... Read more →

Food

History with a side of schnitzel

The actual name that everyone uses, "Got Kosher," doesn‚Äôt really do justice to it, because it‚Äôs not like other kosher restaurants. The bakery is very special, and the restaurant serves authentic Tunisian foods. And that‚Äôs what makes it interesting. I‚Äôm talking about Got Kosher Caf√©. The great cuisines of... Read more →

Arts

L.A. Zoo has something new

Every year, students in Lincoln Middle School’s seventh grade life science class take a field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. They’re lucky to have a teacher like Bob Seymour. He told me in an e-mail that his students have been studying “evolution, natural selection, taxonomy, DNA and genetics.” Class members will be... Read more →

Columns

Moving on or moving up

Dear New Shrink, I am a young working professional in my early 30s. Throughout my career I have seen several people around me advance their careers quite quickly while I have been passed up for promotional opportunities. I receive strong recognition during my annual performance review and have been a loyal and dependable worker. I am very... Read more →

Life

Officer attempts to break Ferris wheel riding world record

SM PIER — A Los Angeles Police officer will ride the iconic Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier for 25 hours straight later this month in an attempt to break the Guinness World Records title. Gus Martinez plans to hop aboard the Pacific Wheel May 31 and ride it from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on June 1, according to a press release... Read more →

Food

Advocates educate and inspire for better nutrition, health

CITYWIDE — Revolution came to Santa Monica, but it wasn’t televised. Representatives and acolytes of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” gathered in Santa Monica Saturday for Oliver’s first Food Revolution Day, 24 hours dedicated to breaking people out of bad eating habits and putting them back... Read more →

Life

Making way for the ducklings

CIVIC CENTER — The mother duck rose to her feet and ruffled her feathers, prompting shaky imitation from her ducklings. With that, the family of 10 marched across the third floor patio at the RAND Corp. building toward a shady bench hideout, complete with plastic bowls of water and platters replete with duck mash, mealworms and... Read more →

Food

No need to run south of the border

L.A.’s appetite for Mexican fare is as old as the city itself. From the hole in the wall taquería to the corner taco truck, it’s pretty easy to score some good Mexican grub. And for a culture that has worked its way up the restaurant ranks from dishwashers and line cooks to managers and executive chefs, it can be argued... Read more →

Arts

They love Los Angeles

Los Angeles is misunderstood. Paraphrasing Woody Allen, it’s dismissed as having no culture except for yogurt, or simply dissed as La La Land, paparazzi paradise, a city without a center — and the list goes on. But there’s one couple dedicated to a deeper appreciation of Los Angeles, its social history, crimes, literature,... Read more →

Entertainment

Two evenings, lots of people

In my view, it’s cause for rejoicing when a play is beautifully written and is performed by actors who are at least as brilliant as the writing. Mostly because it doesn’t happen all that often. Two new shows demonstrate what I mean. “Love Struck,” which opened at the Beverly Hills Playhouse on May 11, is a collection... Read more →

Columns

Dog house for husband

Dear Life Matters, I am furious with my husband because he did not give me anything for Mother’s Day! Not even flowers. The kids gave me things that they had made me in school and we all went to breakfast that he paid for, but I have a 6-month-old little boy. You would think he would notice and get a clue. I am barely speaking to him... Read more →

Food

Healthy food for those on the go

MAIN STREET — A healthy vending machine, can it be true? Naysayers and skeptics be warned, the answer might surprise you. Though it might sound like more of an oxymoron than a legitimate idea, healthy vending machines have, in fact, become a reality thanks to Santa Monica-based h.u.m.a.n. Healthy Vending. h.u.m.a.n., which stands for... Read more →

Arts

Going gaga over art galleries

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week. Being bedridden gave me the excuse to dig into my overstocked bookshelves. Plowing through three books in three days, I want to commend the one that stopped me in my tracks, “A Million Nightingales,” by author Susan Straight, a Riverside, Calif. native and professor of creative... Read more →

Entertainment

Have you heard about the ‘New’ Cyrano?

I can’t rave enough to adequately convey my excitement and admiration for the new adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” that opened recently at the Fountain Theatre. Written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Simon Levy, this brilliant “Cyrano” is performed by the extraordinary actors of the Deaf West Theatre. I have... Read more →

Columns

Making the most out of a new city

Dear Life Matters, I recently relocated to Los Angeles from the Mid-west as a result of my company's West Coast expansion efforts. As I adjust to a new city, opportunities, and professionals, I would like advice about making the most out of what Los Angeles has to offer. In particular, I am interested in learning more about possible ways to... Read more →