Moses leads us through a musical wilderness

Spoiler alert: In Itamar Moses’ brilliant intellectual farce, “Bach at Leipzig,” Bach does not appear. But his music does! Set in 1722, Moses’ witty comedy is based on an actual event: the gathering of eight of the major organists of the time in a competition to succeed the recently deceased organ master of... Read more →


Building the right network

As you progress through your job search you may be feeling as though there is a secret strategy you’re missing out on. Well, in fact, you may be! Networking is the most effective job search strategy. So now that you’re in on the secret, you’re probably thinking the same thing a lot of my clients and students wonder about... Read more →


No bounty in this ‘Mutiny’

All the ugly racist clichés about African-Americans that used to be tossed around with impunity during World War II are present in Paul Leaf’s new play “Mutiny at Port Chicago,” now having its world premiere at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Theatre. There’s even a slur about a “little Jew-boy lawyer”... Read more →

Mommie Brain

It’s time for parents to fight back

My son just turned 3. For most, this simply means a party and presents. And for Benjamin, he had all that and then some. But turning 3 for him, for us, is bigger than just the train table his grandma sent him, bigger than the party at Travel Town. Turning 3 for Benjamin means he has aged out of the Early Start program at Regional Center. Now... Read more →

Community Profiles

Making wine novices into grape gurus

WILSHIRE BLVD. — If there’s proof that wine has transitioned from a drink for the pretentious to a drink for the people, it’s Ian Blackburn. The founder of LearnAboutWine.com and former Santa Monica resident, Blackburn has turned his passion for wine into a full-time career, holding everything from introductory wine... Read more →


Recipes for the gluten sensitive

Je me sens très excite! Because “Julie & Julia” is premiering this week! In 2005, while strolling through a gardening store in the San Francisco Ferry building, I stumbled upon this enchanting story. The book caught my eye with its beautiful seafoam green cover displaying a bowl containing something white and whipped.... Read more →


Pizza done right at Beach Street

LOCATION: Beach Street GENERAL COMMENT: This very popular indoor-outdoor restaurant on a side street in Pacific Palisades caters to people from all walks of life, but offers top quality Italian-American food at very reasonable prices in a garden-like setting. There is always a seat available at lunch, but dinner can get quite busy. WHERE:... Read more →


See ‘Fiddler’ again

My maternal grandmother, when she was just 12 years old, was placed in a hay wagon among a group of strangers and was sent from her small village of Mikhaelevka, in the Ukraine, across northern Europe to Hamburg, where she boarded a boat for America. She was all alone, with her name on a tag pinned to her coat, and without a word of English.... Read more →


Date like you’re grocery shopping

Grocery shopping is like going on a date: you don’t know what you are walking into, but you open yourself to one of the most intimate relationships possible. Foods, much like people, feed our inner and outer selves, by tickling our emotions, making our heart swell, and causing our brains to be engulfed by the high tide of love. However,... Read more →


Dealing with depression

Q: I am hoping you can help me. Over the past few months I have been feeling very tired, pretty much all the time. I have a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning and during the day do not have much energy. Recently I canceled plans with friends only to spend the entire weekend in my bed with no motivation to do anything. No matter... Read more →


Little bones, big facts

When it comes to orthopaedic disorders in children, it is natural for parents to become concerned when it affects the way their child walks. However, understanding the more common orthopaedic conditions -— and knowing that many conditions are just variations of normal — can help parents recognize when the condition is a natural... Read more →

Community Profiles

Jeweler is a real Santa Monica gem

DOWNTOWN — An engagement can be one of the happiest times in a person’s life and for Edward Guerboian, it’s an occasion he celebrates almost daily. As the owner of Readers Fine Jewelers, Guerboian, 57, said it would take him days to recount all of the engagement stories he’s been a part of since the store opened in... Read more →

Book Review

‘Promises I Made My Mother’

There is an Irish proverb that states, “A man loves his sweetheart the most; his wife the best; but his mother the longest.” This may be so. Mothers teach us lessons by what they say and do. They are very important people. Sons need them and their influence lasts a long, long time. It is the mother not the father who socializes... Read more →


A royal good romp

Can you imagine a more delightful way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than in the lush wooded tranquility of the Theatricum Botanicum watching several dozen gifted players gambol over the hillside declaiming the words of Shakespeare? This secluded outdoor theater in Topanga Canyon has begun its 2009 season, ready again to enliven... Read more →


A truly moving experience

One of my first jobs out of college was working as a dietitian in a nursing home. Like most people, I imagined nursing homes to be depressing places where people put their older family members when they could no longer care for them. I thought I would only see pain and suffering, but I actually found many good friends, comical moments and... Read more →