Entertainment

For the Arts puts on a show

SAMOHI — Only 200 tickets remain for the eighth annual For the Arts Benefit Concert, to be held Saturday night at Barnum Hall. The Santa Monica High School choir, orchestra and jazz band will play with musical guests America, Venice, Richard Page of Mr. Mister and one mystery guest in a show-stopping performance to raise money for arts... Read more →

Columns

So hot he doesn’t know what to do

Dear New Shrink, I have been thinking about your dating advice offer. Well, here is my question. I live in Santa Monica and the beautiful women that live here are endless. Where and when does “the game” end? I am not talking about sleeping with them, but rather the “a better one, another one” syndrome. I am a... Read more →

Health

Don’t forget the diet part of weight loss

We Santa Monicans don’t know how great we have it. I’m reporting this week from chilly (31 degrees) weather in Point Lookout, N.Y. and I can tell you that nothing is worse than having to throw on winter gear, get in your car, wait for it to warm up, go to the gym, take off all your gear, don your workout clothes, sweat like a pig,... Read more →

Entertainment

Romeo and Juliet as you’d like it

What do Stephen Sondheim, Franco Zeffirelli, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Charles Gounod have in common? They have all created popular works in their own time based on William Shakespeare’s end-of-the 16th century play, “Romeo and Juliet.” In Shakespeare’s own time, however, the prolific Spanish... Read more →

Columns

Breaking into Tinseltown

Dear New Shrink, I am a college student who will be graduating with a degree in English this May. I would like to work in the entertainment industry but have no idea how to get started. Do you have any advice on what I can do now to get my foot in the door? Signed, Industry Wannabe Dear Wannabe, Breaking into the industry will take time... Read more →

Book Review

‘Wench’

Every year for the past nine years Santa Monica has had a Citywide Reads. In the past we have had “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “Little Bee,” to name a few. All provided much discussion among various groups held around the city. The Santa Monica Citywide Reads this year is a book by Dolen Perkins-Valdez told in... Read more →

Columns

What’s the right thing to do about Valentine’s Day?

Dear New Shrink, I have a question regarding Valentine’s Day. It is something that has bothered me for years now. I am happily married to a man I generally get along with quite well. We have two lovely children and overall, I am satisfied and believe that he is too. But we have a total disagreement regarding Valentine’s Day and... Read more →

Health

It’s all about confidence

Folks who see my Facebook page know that I’m constantly “checking in” to Burn Fitness, so they see my level of dedication. But just so all of you know how dedicated I truly am to getting my workout on, the other day, I actually pushed a car out of the way to get to the gym. That’s correct. You heard me right. Believe... Read more →

Entertainment

‘Impossible’ is the word

Chelsea Sutton’s play “99 Impossible Things” should really be called “100 Impossible Things.” The hundredth being the play itself. Filled with faux fey characters, almost all of whom are nuts in one way or another, the play presumably aims to add a little amusing fantasy to your otherwise drab life. But what it... Read more →

Food

A guide to Santa Monica’s delicious delis

What’s the difference between a Jewish deli and an Italian deli? It sounds like the first line of a joke. But it’s not: this is serious business. Each kind of deli has its own specialties, and the food is quite different. There is one traditional Italian deli in Santa Monica — the Bay Cities Italian Deli. Actually... Read more →

Entertainment

Penguins? What’s not to love?

Mina Badie is the most authentic pregnant woman who isn’t pregnant that I’ve ever seen. She slouches on the sofa, belly in air, she rises sideways, clutching the arm of the sofa, and she waddles around her spectacularly tacky apartment bracketing her belly in earphones to soothe the baby with music. She calls him “the... Read more →

Columns

How to make the most of online job search

Dear New Shrink, I am interested in finding a new job but am not sure how to get started. A few of my friends have suggested using online websites to find out about local job openings. Do these sites really work? Signed, Online Jobseeker Dear Online Jobseeker, Online job search websites can be helpful, however, they should not be your only... Read more →

Food

Dinner and a show at Typhoon

For me, not every meal has to be a gourmet sensation. Sometimes I like fast food, snacks, an occasional donut when my wife’s not looking, and all kinds of fried food. Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport is no gourmet heaven, but there’s a great menu with tremendous variety, and it’s just plain fun to eat there. There’s... Read more →

Columns

Coping with the loss of a friend

Dear New Shrink, I am at a loss. My friend and I have known each other 20 years. He moved away four years ago, but we talked regularly. I must mention he is bipolar and bisexual. We had an ongoing affair after his first divorce, and we both enjoyed that aspect of our lives. Before Christmas we talked and he never mentioned anything to me... Read more →