Culture Watch: Making movies, changing lives

If it hadn’t been for Geraldine Gilliland, owner of Finn McCool’s and Lula Cocina on Main Street, I might never have heard of Cinemagic. Which is strange because Cinemagic has been around for nearly three decades, has served half a million young people since its inception and is now a worldwide force. A Gala for the Belfast,... Read more →

Play Time

Two for the Road

  Two road pictures this weekend and I’m exhausted. The first was the awesome “Lion,” a film that’s up for an Oscar as the Best Film of the year. It covers the travels of a five-year-old boy from India to Tasmania and back. The second road trip was the repetitive daily bus ride through the town of Paterson, New Jersey,... Read more →

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An Epic Theatre Weekend

  Is “Zoot Suit” L.A.’s “Hamilton?” It’s been extended twice and it just opened. This remarkable revival of a play set in, about and created in L.A. premiered at the Taper nearly 40 years ago and may be more relevant now. It shattered all box office records in 1978 (not in New York, though), was made into a movie, and is... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: A United Kingdom

Rated PG-13 111 Minutes Released February 10th   The true story depicted in A United Kingdom follows a mixed race couple with the courage to risk challenging the system of white supremacy that existed in southern Africa in the late 1940’s. It is similar to the story of Oscar-nominated Loving, yet set within a different culture... Read more →


Valentine’s Day Round Up

  Valentine’s Day is in the horizon and Santa Monica offers the sunset, the beach, and the perfect places to visit to celebrate the holiday. The Daily Press put together a brief list of activities and restaurants to enjoy your loved ones. Westside Comedy’s is showing their Funny Valentine show. Watch comedy from the nationally... Read more →


Shockingly easy ways to get personal training

  Burning calories is part of many Santa Monicans’ lifestyles and their New Years Resolutions but some need a little extra help. A new fitness studio, Manduu, opened on Main St. at the end of last year. The studio offers personal training to everyone, regardless of age, or fitness level. Whether working on your beach body or just... Read more →

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Circus and Spectacle

  There are some amazing performance events taking place in Santa Monica and around town this week and beyond. Not the usual stage dramas but rather dance, music, spectacle, acrobatics and more. Let’s start with The 7 Fingers (Les 7 doigts), whose “Cuisine and Confessions” will dazzle the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with four... Read more →

Play Time

Ibsen’s Wild Duck Becomes “The Daughter”

In the first half of the 20th century the Brits, with their impeccable enunciation and dramatic gestures, set the standard for theater performances —Shakespeare and all the rest. In the last half of the century Canadians, with their informal American vernacular, added a generation of comedians to the mix. And in more recent times some very... Read more →


Love and Devotion to Gray Whales

    Love is all around the Santa Monica Pier. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will celebrate the love of the Pacific gray whale this weekend. Heal the Bay is an environmental non-profit, dedicated to making the coastal waters of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and... Read more →


Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go   Ishihara Park (Buffer Park) Project As part of the construction of the new Buffer Park at 2909 Exposition Blvd, ‘NO PARKING’ signs will be posted along portions of Exposition Blvd to allow for the construction of sections of new curb and gutter. In addition, the sidewalk on the eastside of Stewart St. at... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Gold

  Rated R 121 Minutes Released January 27 Gold is loosely based on a true, very complicated account took place from the late 1980’s into the 1990’s. What happens when a geologist – a dreamer and treasure-seeker with the personality of a Disney pirate - goes looking for a source of gold in the hills deep in Indonesia and... Read more →

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Music, Movies and More

Congratulations to Kaleidoscope, the conductorless chamber orchestra whose mission is to make classical music more accessible to diverse audiences. They’ve performed in homeless shelters, children’s hospitals and other underserved venues, and this year, they’re instituting a pay-what-you-can model for ticket sales. Their Kickstarter... Read more →

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Searching for the Disappeared Mind

  Where does the mind go when its body is in a coma? Playwrights Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill explore this question in their provocative new play, “Plasticity,” now having its world premiere at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles. With multiple projections on a screen in the background and more projections on a... Read more →


WISE & Healthy Aging receives Alzheimer’s grant

Citywide The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia and their families, has awarded a $5,000 Phyllis and Milton Berg Respite Care Grant to WISE &... Read more →


Box N Burn: The gloves go in Santa Monica

  Boxing has earned a local following in Santa Monica thanks to professional fights hosted at the airport and locals who might be inspired to pickup up some of the fitness related skills, without the actual fighting, can do so at one of several boxing gyms. Boxing as a sport requires a high level of athleticism, agility, endurance,... Read more →