Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Shakespeare and puppets

LINEUP: Cast of Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ (Photo courtesy Simon Annand) You have just a few more opportunities to catch Britain’s venerable Bristol Old Vic and South Africa’s young Handspring Puppet Company as they wrap up their run of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “A... Read more →

Life

Play Time: ‘Recall’ a forgettable play

THE CAST: ‘Recall’ not worth remembering. (Photo courtesy The Visceral Company) “Recall” is one of those plays that telegraphs everything it’s about to do, and then it does it. The only element that’s at all intriguing is the title. The word itself usually connotes a memory that has returned to a person’s consciousness. Or... Read more →

Food

All-you-can-eat and wine 101

DRINK UP: Del Frisco's Grille has an extensive wine list with bottles lining the walls. (Kevin Herrera kevinh@smdp.com) SM PLACE — I’ve always been a fan of fusion cuisine, especially when ambitious chefs are involved. They don’t just take different forms of cookery from regions and combine them. That’s too easy. The accomplished... Read more →

Life

Brief: Wake up with the waves

Kids and their parents can enjoy free concerts and activities, including singing, dancing, dress-up and face painting, beginning April 5 through May 24 on the Santa Monica Pier as part of the Wake Up With the Waves series, now in its eighth year. Series co-founder Michael Cladis is back to host the series, partnering with local co-producer... Read more →

Entertainment

L.A. Youth Orchestra filled with Santa Monicans

LOCAL FLAVOR: A number of Santa Monicans are a part of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles Youth Orchestra) CITYWIDE — Santa Monica students are invading the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. The youth orchestra pulls about 90 kids from 60 public schools for a full-scale orchestra and a handful are from Santa... Read more →

Entertainment

Play Time: Can Paris save a marriage?

THE CAST: Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in 'Le Week-end.’ (Photo courtesy Film4; Free Range Films) Have you noticed? They’ve begun making films for people who aren’t 12-year-old boys! “Le Week-end” is one of those. Aimed at Baby Boomers and beyond, it stars Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent (he won for the agonizing... Read more →

Food

Chase the rainbow

With spring comes the fruits and vegetables on the outer spectrum of the rainbow — the reds, blues, and purples. These rich pigments most commonly found in berries are from the compounds anthocyanins. Also found in red wine, eggplants and red cabbage, these plants produce anthocyanins as a protective mechanism against environmental... Read more →

Entertainment

Play Time: You won’t find it on Hotels.com

Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revelori in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.' “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a funny film. Not in the LOL sense, but more in the way of a smile of acknowledgment from time to time at the absurdities of the plot. It’s like an old Looney Tunes cartoon. Watch out for that cliff that you’re just about to fall off... Read more →

Arts

Brief: Orchestral concert

Orchestra Santa Monica will present its third concert of the 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 30, 3:30 p.m., entitled Chamber Orchestra Elegance, featuring music by Mozart, Bach and Handel. The orchestra under Music Director Allen Robert Gross will be performing this concert at its intimate concert venue at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in... Read more →

Food

No meat? Don’t Lent it get you down

Pope Francis’ message of humility and tolerance has certainly sent a jolt through the Catholic Church. It’s true; the progressive Pope is making it cool to be Catholic again. And with the Lent season in full swing, millions of said Catholics worldwide (including a large contingent here in Santa Monica) are looking to cut the meat out... Read more →

Arts

bG Gallery expands into Bergamot with new exhibit

BERGAMOT STATION — bG Gallery presents Spectrum-Gestalt at its new space in Bergamot Station this Saturday, March 22. The gallery recently decided to acquire a second space in Santa Monica. Om Bleicher, gallery director and co-curator of the current show happened to have an appointment at a nearby gallery, when he saw the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: From jungles to jazz

William Petersen and Rae Gray star in 'Slowgirl.' (Photo by Michael Brosilow) You may know him as the insect expert Gil Grissom on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” but William Petersen has a long, strong pedigree as an accomplished stage actor. He’s appearing in a two-person play, “Slowgirl” at The Geffen alongside Rae Gray,... Read more →

Entertainment

Play Time: Six swinging singers take over Ahmanson

TOGETHER: The cast of ‘Harmony’ in action. (Photo courtesy Center Theatre Group) Three decades before The Temptations erupted out of Motown to wow America with their smooth harmony and their graceful, synchronized dance moves, there were the Comedian Harmonists, six men in Berlin who in the late 1920s and ‘30s became the toast of... Read more →