Arts

Meeting up at the market

THIRD STREET — Michael McCarty is a man on a mission. It’s not enough that he’s one of the leading progenitors of contemporary cuisine, that he’s a great art collector, that he has not one but two of America’s most celebrated restaurants (Michael’s Santa Monica, Michael’s New York), that he... Read more →

Food

Sunday Funday at Brick + Mortar

In the middle of Main Street, across the way from The Galley and behind the Ben and Jerry’s, is a small enclave that houses the newly opened Brick + Mortar. With its tucked away locale and lack of signage, the restaurant is really under the radar on the Main Street scene — but that probably won’t be the case for long. Up... Read more →

Entertainment

‘The Lonesome West’ too weird to be credible

If there is a loaded shotgun hanging on the living room wall just below the crucifix, you sort of get a hint of the kind of household you’ve entered. In Martin McDonagh’s play “The Lonesome West,” currently on-stage at the excellent Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, the household consists of two Irish brothers who... Read more →

Arts

When food becomes art

“If music be the food of love, play on!” — William Shakespeare L.A. Chamber Orchestra (LACO) is always thinking of ingenious new ways to get audiences interested in chamber music. With their “Westside Connections” series at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, they’ve hit upon a great combination: music and... Read more →

Columns

Concerns about the jealous type

Dear Life Matters, I was supposed to hang out with a male co-worker — truly just friends — last Saturday night. But my long-distance boyfriend surprised me and showed up over the weekend. I didn’t think much about it but my other co-workers said his motive was either protective or jealous. At what point is jealousy unhealthy... Read more →

Food

Shopping with chefs

DOWNTOWN — If you’ve ever wanted to shop at one of Santa Monica’s Farmers’ Markets but are intimidated by the vast selection of produce, have no fear — the chefs are here. The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories at Santa Monica Place invites you to sign up for the Follow That Chef series, which features... Read more →

Food

Japanese fast food has come to Main Street

It is nice live in a place where dining is not limited to a Red Lobster, TGI Fridays, Applebee’s or whatever is down by the local mini-mall. One great thing about Santa Monica is the diversity of its storefronts, boutiques, and restaurants. A bike ride down Main Street is the best way to see that the big franchises are for the most... Read more →

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 →

Arts

Ocean Park art in Orange County

Richard Diebenkorn put Santa Monica’s Ocean Park on the map the world over. Every major museum owns at least one of the iconic paintings in his “Ocean Park Series” — only two own more than one. He worked on them in his studios on Main Street at Ashland Avenue over a 20-year period. There are nearly 500 pieces in the... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →