Columns

Get connected with LinkedIn

Dear Life Matters, I recently joined LinkedIn at the recommendation of a friend. I am new to the site and am not sure how to use all of its features. Can you please provide me with some recommendations to make the most of my new online endeavor? Thank you, Getting Linked Dear Linked, Online networking sites, liked LinkedIn, can be a great... Read more →

Food

Perfection doesn’t come cheap

It was a Tuesday night around 6:30. I felt like a steak with a glass of red wine. So I walked into Boa steakhouse on Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. Since it was early on a weekday I figured it wouldn’t be crowded. Was I ever wrong! I had trouble getting in the front door. When I did, a couple of young women (obviously... Read more →

Food

Where crepes and crowds collide

When I asked five of my friends if they were familiar with the Third Street Promenade’s Café Crepe, they all replied “yes.” But when I asked them if they ever stepped inside for some food, the answer was “no.” That was surprising. After all, the corner of Third Street and Broadway is a major focal point... Read more →

Entertainment

Spinoza shocks Amsterdam

A few days ago, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust historian Elie Wiesel appeared on Lawrence O’Donnell’s TV program “The Last Word” to express his outrage at a practice of the Mormon Church. Apparently, according to Wiesel, the church, in the belief that only Mormons can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, has been baptizing... Read more →

Arts

Placido goes baritone

Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 1960s, but there’s a peace, love and reconciliation theme, though bittersweet, that resonates as I continue to think about “Simon Boccanegra,” the current Los Angeles Opera production at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Not only does it boast L.A. Opera’s Artistic Director... Read more →

Columns

Making new friends

Dear New Shrink, I would really appreciate your suggestions on how I can make more friends. I only have one good friend, a girlfriend. But not only would I like more girlfriends, I would also like to have friends of the opposite sex. How do I make them, where do people go to find them in this town? Signed, Not Enough Dear Not Enough, I... Read more →

Food

Building a better burrito

Building your own burger is no longer a novel concept amongst some of the better griddles here in town. Marking off a checklist to customize your burger’s, bun, patty, and toppings, is certainly a fun and interactive way to chow down. Here in Santa Monica no place is better known for this than The Counter on Ocean Park Blvd. So when... Read more →

Arts

Meditation on art and motherhood

Women artists are finally getting some due lately (better lately than never?), with surrealists at LACMA, L.A. artists Claire Falkenstein and Ruth Weisberg opening this Saturday at Jack Rutberg Gallery on La Brea (Weisberg will be present); and earth artist/cosmic conceptualist Lita Albuquerque's gallery talk and walk-through, Saturday at 10... Read more →

Columns

There is life after sports

Dear New Shrink- Can you give me your opinion? I’m 28 years old and I was an athlete; however it did not work out. Do you think I should pursue my bachelor’s degree and finish school? I am working on getting my certification to work as an X-ray technician because it pays well. Let me know. Signed, Former Athlete Dear Former... Read more →

Food

Taco Bell goes from the ‘fourth meal’ to the first

For most people Taco Bell can best be described as nothing more than a guilty pleasure. It has also been pegged as a late night mainstay (hence the company’s “fourth meal” ad campaign) for the drunk, stoned, and struggling dieters that have gone way off the deep end. The idea of “the crazier the better” seems... Read more →

Arts

Discovering the arts

In January, Santa Monica Daily Press editor Kevin Herrera reported that, “The League of California Cities and the California City Manager Foundation are featuring Santa Monica in their ongoing ‘Strong Cities | Strong State’ campaign highlighting local government success stories across California.” Santa Monica is... Read more →

Columns

Knowing if you’ve found Mr. or Mrs. Right

Dear New Shrink, With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I am becoming increasing nervous because I not only have a feeling but also have been secretly told that my boyfriend is about to propose to me. I am very attracted to and involved with him and am not even sure why I am so nervous. But I have this thought that haunts me, “how... Read more →

Entertainment

Staff starts to light the fire under Glow

SM PIER — Planning is already underway to bring a little Glow back to Santa Monica. Over a year and a half of organizing and fundraising will take place before the Glow art festival, with its 20 massive installations and over 100 artists, makes its return to the Santa Monica Pier on Sept. 28, 2013. In that time, the staff at Santa... Read more →

Food

Indian food cravings quenched

Once at dinner at El Bulli in Spain, then considered the best restaurant in the world, we were served a course simply called “countries.” It consisted of three small porcelain spoons with a spoon full of liquid in each. As you put the spoon in your month it was instantly clear what country it represented. And so it is with... Read more →

Food

Making the switch to a whole foods diet

There are hundreds of diets. I know people who follow a raw diet, only eating raw fruits and vegetables; others follow a vegan diet, completely shunning any food from animals; and still there are those who follow a caveman type diet eating a lot of meat and virtually no grains. There are people who follow many different diets falling in... Read more →