Entertainment

Movie review: Aftermath of a quiet war

“In Our Name” is a hauntingly beautiful film, the second in the series of new independent films that comes to us as part of the From Britain With Love film festival playing in Santa Monica. It tells the story of how difficult it is to return to civilian life after a tour in Iraq — but this time from a woman’s point of... Read more →

Food

Swapping with foodies

DOWNTOWN — A growing movement created by foodies for foodies that revolves around trading tasty treats has made its way to Santa Monica. Pam Leelayuwapan, who has just recently been introduced to the food swap phenomenon, has created the first Santa Monica Food Swap as an extension of her growing love for all things... Read more →

Food

Finding the best pizza around

Do you have any idea of how many pizza places there are in and around Santa Monica? There’s no way that I could begin to try even half of them. On the other hand, in order to write this article I did visit about 50 of them, so I have some idea about it. The first problem with writing about pizza is that, like some other things in life,... Read more →

Food

Orange County cooks come to Santa Monica

The trade alliance OCeanfront, comprised of the four Orange County coastal communities of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point, wants to make sure you know that Orange County is the ultimate ocean getaway with 42 miles of pristine coast and just a gas-friendly hour’s drive from Santa Monica. And in case you... Read more →

Entertainment

Thanks for the memory

“A Memory of Two Mondays” is not one of Arthur Miller’s more recognizable plays, but it should be. Especially at a time like this, when the American economy is going through a Great Recession. “Two Mondays” is set in 1933, during the Great Depression, when the unemployment rate was 25 percent and people clung to... Read more →

Entertainment

Movie review: British cinema comes across the pond

DOWNTOWN — “Toast” is the first film to come to America in a new independent series called From Britain with Love. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the UK Film Council, and Emerging Pictures, the six-film series will be screened one a weekend from June 18 to July 24 at the Laemmle Theaters in Santa Monica,... Read more →

Columns

A special ode to fathers

With Father’s Day swiftly approaching, I can’t help but think about what it might mean to be a father. Being a woman, I can only imagine, and then of course I have to think, well there are so many different types of fathers out there. Some run for the hills and don’t even claim their children. Others fall in love with their... Read more →

Food

Just say the magic word

THIRD STREET — At Michael’s the magic word isn’t “please.” It’s “burrata.” The restaurant that pioneered fresh, seasonal California cuisine is offering its customers a complimentary farm-to-table bar bite of their choice with the purchase of mixologist Jason Robey’s farm-to-glass... Read more →

Food

Dried meats that make you feel at ease

I was disappointed to see that Santa Monica Place’s The Market, which opened last month, is, in large part, just another high-end food court, competing with the other food court on the same level (that I love). I had hoped that it would be a real market, with high-end products to take home. But then I ran into Piero Selvaggio, the... Read more →

Entertainment

A passive case of seduction

SEX! SEX! SEX! OK, now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about English. That’s Maria Gobetti’s message in playwright Lissa Levin’s “Sex and Education,” now having its West Coast premiere at the Victory Theatre Center. Gobetti plays Ms. Edwards, a once-enthusiastic English teacher who is leaving... Read more →

Life

Getting lost in paradise

Attention staycationers! I just might have found the ultimate staycation destination. To say it met my basic staycation requirements (must be driving distance from home yet takes me away to another world) would be selling it short. Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula utterly surpassed my expectations. It is... Read more →

Columns

Best way to ask for vacation

Dear New Shrink, I am hoping to take a vacation at some point this summer. I have been working in my current position for the past three years and the only time I have taken off has been for holidays. This has been an especially stressful year so I am in dire need of a true vacation. My boss is very strict about time away from the office so I... Read more →

Columns

Memorial Day memories of a father I never knew

Dear New Shrink, This Memorial Day weekend has been overwhelmingly emotional for me. I cannot stop thinking about my father that I never even met. He left to serve his country when my mother was pregnant with me and he died in duty when I was less than a year old. He only saw me, held me once and obviously I don’t really remember... Read more →

Entertainment

Dog days at Edgemar

In A.R. Gurney’s shaggy dog story, “Sylvia,” Tanna Frederick plays a pampered pooch dressed in tutus and tiaras. You might call her a woof in chic clothing. Frederick, who has starred in four of playwright and filmmaker Henry Jaglom’s romantic comedies (“Hollywood Dreams,” “Irene in Time,”... Read more →

Entertainment

A wheel of a deal

SM PIER — Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier donated a piece of its original, world-famous Ferris wheel — one of the two center hub signs — to the Santa Monica History Museum, officials with the amusement park announced Thursday. “We wanted to present the Santa Monica History Museum with something extraordinary... Read more →