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 →

Food

The Misfit: Bar food with a healthy twist

There are a lot of hot new restaurants opening up in Santa Monica. In fact, there are so many I am having trouble keeping up with them and writing the other two great articles I have in mind, “Where are the best BBQ ribs in the SM area” and “Old Timers.” The new places seem directed toward the younger crowd, the... Read more →

Entertainment

Cops try playing it cool during pier concerts

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Dance Series is back and so are grumblings about cops trying to spoil all the fun, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth, police said. Only one person was arrested last Thursday during the first installment of the popular summer concert series, and he was booked for being... Read more →

Columns

Managing the turbulent teens

Dear New Shrink, My husband and I are having a difficult time of it these days with our teenage son. One minute he seems like he can’t be close enough to us and he is almost like a young child. Then he turns into this big little man who is very rejecting and wants us to leave him alone. He acts as if we know nothing and have gotten it... Read more →

Entertainment

Drugged out and dead in Colombia

“I’ve told you everything and now you know too much, so I’m going to have to kill you.” This, in a nutshell, is the plot of Shem Bitterman’s new play, “A Death in Colombia.” To tell more would be telling too much. But let’s give it a try. The dynamic Roxanne Hart is Lisa, an ex-pat... Read more →

Food

Sushi Don(e) right

Although I was raised by Japanese people for a few years when I was a young boy, that doesn’t qualify me as a sushi expert in my family because our daughter-in-law was born and raised in Tokyo, and our second son (not the one married to her) has lived in Japan for about 12 years now. So, my Japanese restaurant recommendations are... Read more →

Entertainment

Double dose of Barrie in Venice

Playwright James M. Barrie is most famous for his familiar and much-loved fantasy “Peter Pan.” However, he also produced a large body of other literary works that include two quaintly delicate playlets: “Rosalind” and “The Old Lady Shows Her Medals.” These two are currently being staged in a delightful... Read more →

Entertainment

Movie review: ‘Third Star’ worth the climb

It’s James’ 29th birthday and his three closest friends have come to take him on a journey to his favorite place on earth: a secluded cove on Barafundle Bay, on the western coast of Wales. As they start out, their banter is filled with private jokes and obscure references, and much of it is muffled.... Read more →

Entertainment

Hip-hop side of Whole Foods

DOWNTOWN Apparently, “it’s getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot” these days. Believe it or not, that’s the jump off into a popular viral video that has racked up 2 million-plus YouTube views in less than a month. The video, “Whole Foods Parking Lot,” follows David “DJ Dave” Wittman as... Read more →

Food

Finding a hidden gem

It’s fun for a restaurant reviewer to find something special, that few people know about. Tiato Market Garden Café is one of those places. Hidden away in an office building on Colorado Avenue, it’s not your typical restaurant. It offers a beautiful outside patio, it’s hidden from the street and there’s little... Read more →

Columns

Getting a good night’s sleep seems impossible

Dear New Shrink, I have a very hard time getting the rest I need each night. My doctor has given me some medication but told me not to take it every evening. I don’t really want to take it at all but sometimes it is the only way I can sleep for more than a couple of hours. I often fall asleep but wake up within a few hours and toss and... Read more →

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 →