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Computers and Proteins Make a Lovely Pair

PLAY TIME — The set is absolutely brilliant. And so is Itamar Moses. His play is called “Completeness”, and once again he takes us into an esoteric world and explains it so convincingly that we almost think we understand it. In his earlier masterpiece, “Bach at Leipzig”, he submerged us in music, explaining the intricacies of... Read more →

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Last Chance and Looking Ahead

CULTURE WATCH — If you're a fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies and you're not afraid of laughing at them, this is your last chance to see the international smash hit play, “The 39 Steps” in Malibu. Inspired by Hitchcock's film, this madcap comic thriller follows an unwitting hero who is lured by a bewitching female spy into a nefarious... Read more →



Brine and dine for a great turkey

DOWNTOWN — Family traditions are often so ingrained in us, it's hard to remember how or when they started. When it comes to a day like Thanksgiving, many of those traditions have been handed down generation to generation. However, Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef at FIG restaurant, can clearly remember the origins of his holiday... Read more →


Restaurateur pleads guilty to serving whale meat

SMO — The parent company and owner of a now-closed Santa Monica restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each entered guilty pleas Monday to one count of unlawful sale of a marine mammal. They were charged with serving meat from the endangered Sei (say)... Read more →


Recipes: Thanksgiving at the market

DOWNTOWN — November 26 is a significant date for the Farmers' Market. It's the largest, busiest, and for many people, most important market of the year as customers descend en-masse to purchase the final ingredients for their Thanksgiving Feast. Think of it as the Black Friday of sustainable food. All the Santa Monica markets, (Main... Read more →


Bikeshare plan passes

CITY HALL — City Council moved a step closer to launching the first significant bikeshare system in the region Tuesday night. Council voted unanimously to have city officials negotiate a $5.6 million contract with CycleHop for the purchase, installation, and operation of 500 bikes and 65 to 75 stations throughout the city and beyond.... Read more →

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Jaglom, Berlin, Moses

CULTURE WATCH — Next Friday, November 21, the world premiere of a new Henry Jaglom play will finally overcome its unique set’s construction problems and will open at Edgemar Center for the Arts. “Last Train to Zakopané” stars Tanna Frederick, Jaglom’s wife. Jaglom provided me my first experience with “independent film” with... Read more →


Proposed bikeshare vendor struggles with delays

CITY HALL — In late 2013, CycleHop was boasting plans open a 500-bike bikeshare in Phoenix by early 2014. They’d add 500 in Tempe and Mesa by the spring, they told the Phoenix New Times. They had plans to bring 300 bikes to Tampa by this time last year. In Ottawa they planned to open by the end of this past summer, maybe sooner, they... Read more →

Tour de Feast

Pie Time

TOUR DE FEAST — A couple years back the Tudor House, purveyor of British goods, served its last cup of tea. In a bittersweet departure, Tudor House owner Lee Morton, set up shop across the street at the Ye Old Kings becoming the only British bakery in town.  It's been the go-to place for savory pies in Santa Monica. Lovers of Lee's pies... Read more →

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A Witch in Time: With a Halloween Rhyme

PLAY TIME — The play begins as the story of Hansel and Gretel — as told from the witch’s point of view.  You just wouldn’t believe what a naughty little girl that Gretel is!  As is the witch, because cooking a little boy is a naughty thing to do, even if you are a really good cook. The play is “Broomstick” by New Orleans author... Read more →

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Ponzi Schemes, Pelican Dreams, Paris on Screen

CULTURE WATCH — Movie screeners on DVD and novels make for great company when you're grounded at home (as I've been) following knee surgery. If you've ever been curious about Tehrangeles, especially the wave of Jewish Persian settlers in Los Angeles, get thee to a bookstore for a copy of Westside author Gina Nahai's newest book, “The... Read more →

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A new Lear; Walk this “way”

CULTURE WATCH — The big news of the week is the return of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, something of an annual tradition at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. I'm sad to be missing them, but I have to stay off my feet for a while following knee surgery. The Globe's “King Lear” stars Joseph Marcell, he of the resoundingly deep voice who... Read more →



Private events banned at some beach lots

BEACH LOTS — Debate surrounding the use of beach lots for private events is heating up and city officials have responded by banning them in some locations. Earlier this month Daily Press columnist Jack Neworth complained about an event, Vegan Ocktoberfest, which was noisy late into the night. In his column, Neworth said that City Hall... Read more →

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State Secrets, Religious Discord, and Design Dreams

CULTURE WATCH — Privacy? Or liberty? No matter where you come down on the question of whether whistleblower Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor, the documentary “Citizenfour” will affect you. It opens tonight at the Landmark Theatres in West L.A. Filmmaker Laura Poitras takes us inside eight game-changing days in Hong Kong, where... Read more →