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 →


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 →


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 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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Play Time: You won’t find it on

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 →