Community Profiles

For the patient

OCEAN PARK — For some, the doctor’s office is a dreaded place. Shirlee Jackson set out to change that. Jackson is the CEO of The Green Room Santa Monica, a personal care center designed to cater to the needs of patients. The Green Room offers a plethora of services to those who visit — from providing facials and massages... Read more →

Food

If you can’t take the heat, get a good fire extinguisher

As of Jan. 16, I am officially 41 but I almost did not make it. I owe a debt of gratitude to Keith, a firefighter from northern California who happened to be in the right place at the right time. While attending a soirée hosted by a neighbor, my favorite Elie Tahari sweater began smoking. (I’ve been trying to get him to kick that... Read more →

Columns

Requesting your presence, not just your presents

Dear New Shrink, A friend of mine recently got engaged and I just received an invitation to their engagement party. This is the first engagement party I have been invited to and I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is. Is it required that I bring a gift? If so, what type of gift is appropriate? The invitation does not have any... Read more →

Food

Venturing east of the 405 for grub

I am very impressed with the transformation of Culver City and enjoy strolling along Culver or Washington boulevards in the evening amongst the newly opened cafes, restaurants and bars. What a face-lift this small town has had over the last five years. Every time I go there something new has opened and one of the new eating establishments,... Read more →

Food

Sushi and sake on a budget

I’ve walked by the Hikari Sake House on the corner of Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard hundreds of times. I just assumed it was another typical overpriced sushi place run by another sushi-Gestapo-chef who would order me to leave if I ordered the wrong thing. Finally, I went in with my friend John and, boy, was I wrong! As soon... Read more →

Entertainment

When is ‘An Oak Tree’ not really an oak tree?

It’s hard to believe that Peter Gallagher’s performance was never rehearsed, that the actor appeared onstage to read author/actor Tim Crouch’s convoluted script without ever having seen it before. Gallagher had only words mounted on a clipboard and directions whispered in his ear by Crouch before and during each scene.... Read more →

Life

Getting kids to appreciate the written word

When Dash was a peanut of a newborn, I propped him up in his boppy each day surrounded by a selection of picture books. I tuck Zora in at night with a kiss, a stuffed animal, and a few dozen board books. I started dragging my children to the Festival of Books every April when they were just mewling babies, although what they really enjoyed... Read more →

Community Profiles

Youngster has a knack for apps

Proving that creating an iPhone application is not just for the seasoned tech whiz or entrepreneur looking to make millions, 11-year-old Cameron Cohen recently debuted iSketch — a drawing application featuring multiple brush sizes and colors — and plans on donating the proceeds to the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and... Read more →