Food

A chili day biking in L.A.

Biking and dining the Santa Monica scene can be fun and diverse, but not necessarily ambitious. While the bounty of restaurants in this city could keep a food writer’s plate full for years, the cycling dynamic falls flat in the process. There is only so much one can write about the Main Street bike lane, the hill on Ocean Park... Read more →

Columns

Pause before taking the plunge

Dear New Shrink, Several weeks ago you wrote a great article about people who you called “anxiously attached” and tend to be jealous and clingy. You also mentioned an avoidant/detached type, which sounds like it could be my fiancée. I tend to get anxious around him but never thought of myself as anxiously attached. In this... Read more →

Entertainment

Keene the ‘marathon’ man of art

BERGAMOT STATION — Artist Steve Keene is back in Santa Monica with his signature frenetic mass-production style for a week-long “Art Marathon” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In 2000, Keene packed the museum floor to ceiling with 10,000 works of art for Miracle Half-Mile — an exhibit celebrating the history of... Read more →

Food

If you can’t take healthy eating stay out of kitchen

Another hot new spot for young people, and those seeking youth through healthy eating, has opened up in Santa Monica. The True Food Kitchen occupies a great location on the west end of Santa Monica Place, right on Second Street. Its claim to fame is that it is somehow associated with Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard Medical School graduate famous... Read more →

Food

Serving up some solidarity

In the sprawling metropolis better known as Los Angeles, there’s no problem finding cuisine from any corner of the world. However, compared to other big American cities like New York and Chicago, it is slim pickings on the West Coast when it comes to greasy little gyro stands or the late night shaworma shacks. That is why Santa Monica... Read more →

Columns

Coping with work stress

Dear New Shrink, I have been under a lot of stress at work dealing with several looming deadlines. I am on several different projects, all of which have different parties involved. I am seen as a high-performing individual so a lot of extra work seems to come my way because of my ability to get things done. Given all of the work I have on my... Read more →

Food

D.K.’s does donuts right

It was not too long ago that my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee bit the dust. As everything under the hood seemed to go up in smoke, so was the notion that I was going to be able to function sans motor vehicle in Los Angeles. To the contrary, getting rid of a 3,000 pound hunk of metal, glass, rubber, and plastic was the most liberating thing I... Read more →

Entertainment

Pier concert organizers scramble for screen

DOWNTOWN — Organizers of the 27th annual Twilight Dance Series are trying to find a replacement for the high-tech big screen that projected performances to hundreds of people gathered on the sand south of the Santa Monica Pier to watch the free concerts. This year, the series, which features 10 concerts, partnered with... Read more →

Columns

Insecurity or attachment anxiety?

Dear New Shrink, I feel uncomfortable around silence. Not with people I am not close to but mostly with people who I am afraid I can lose. I also have this issue where I feel like if I do not always have something to talk about, they will think I am boring, and lose interest in me. I feel a need to entertain people. For example, in my... Read more →

Food

On neighborhood watch at the Robata Bar

The Robata Bar is part of a group of highly successful restaurants that includes the Sushi Roku chain and the Boa steakhouses. In fact there is a Sushi Roku in Santa Monica located just next door that shares the Robata Bar’s kitchen. So management knows what it’s doing. Out-of-town visitors love the location near the beach and... Read more →

Entertainment

Movie review: To live and die in South Africa

In the 1980s, the South African government considered HIV/AIDS a “gay disease,” and so they ignored it. In the 1990s, they saw it as a gigantic conspiracy, with political and racial motivations, and so they ignored it. Then, in the rush of new government initiatives designed for a productive future, they relegated the task of... Read more →

Columns

Relax a little during vacation

Dear New Shrink, It seems to be the season for vacations and getaways. As a result I have booked a vacation and would like your advice for making the most of it. On previous vacations I have had a difficult time un-winding. I find that for most of the trip I am worrying about work, checking in with the office via e-mail and checking... Read more →

Community Profiles

It takes a village

DOWNTOWN — Ana Jara has dedicated the better part of her adult life to mentoring Santa Monica youth; now, she’s asking her community to help her realize her dreams. Jara, 31, was recently accepted to George Washington University and plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy. As a woman dedicated to shaping the... Read more →