Entertainment

Offering different pier perspectives

SM PIER — Sara Jane Boyers was on her way out the door when she was met with a thick cloud of fog. Her first reaction was to grab a camera and make a dash toward the Santa Monica Pier, but withheld the urge and continued her plans to go out of town. But the first thing she did the next day, bright and early, was to take a trip to the... Read more →

Entertainment

In studio with Jason Bentley

KCRW — Headphones in place, the microphone at the right height, Jason Bentley, host of “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on KCRW-FM (89.9), was ready to put his guest to the test. Tyler Bates, composer for the recently released film “Watchmen,” sat directly across from Bentley with his guitar-viol, a custom guitar... Read more →

Food

Getting just a taste

I just had lunch at the new Whole Foods store on Lincoln Boulevard near Rose. There were a lot of people there, but with over one acre of gourmet and top quality produce, it didn’t seem very crowded. First I went to the soup station and asked for a sampler cup, which I was given with a smile. First I sampled the lobster chowder. The... Read more →

Entertainment

SM author knows how to prosper

MAIN STREET — To hear Santa Monica-based Michelle DeAngelis, author of “Get A Life That Doesn’t Suck,” tell you she once had a job that “sucked the life out of her” you’d never think it possible. DeAngelis is one of the most upbeat and good-natured folks around town. The impetus for her book came... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Craving some quality time

I really want to go to Paris. I have been to Paris, several times actually. I’ve seen The Louvre and eaten the food. But for some reason Paris gnaws at me as something I am missing. So to clarify, I want to go to Paris with my husband. And to clarify my clarification, without our son. I want a little adult time. I have not seen... Read more →

Community Profiles

Pulling from life experiences

26TH STREET — They sat side by side for three hours every morning, meeting in the same kitchen nook where the two writers from different genres would search their brains and combine their creative powers, tackling a project that neither had ever successfully ventured before. In the end those at times challenging five-days-a-week... Read more →

Food

A whole lot of sampling going on

I just had lunch at the new Whole Foods store on Lincoln Boulevard near Rose. There were a lot of people there, but with over one acre of gourmet and top quality produce, it didn’t seem very crowded. First I went to the soup station and asked for a sampler cup, which I was given with a smile. First I sampled the lobster chowder. The... Read more →

Book Review

‘Sabbath’

There are seven days in a week. One of these days, according to the holy Bible account, is meant for rest. Most of us don’t really know what rest is. We may have some idea of ceasing from work we do the other five to six days, but we don’t really know rest. Dan. B. Allender presents to the reader a paradigm to consider. The book... Read more →

Food

Family treats

When people meet me, they often assume, because of my red hair, that I’m Irish. I usually let them know that I am not Irish, but Scottish. “What’s the difference?” they always say. Well, to my Scottish grandfather, Archie MacMillan, there’s a difference because he emigrated from Scotland, not Ireland, in 1921. My... Read more →

Health

Can yoga make you taller?

I recently had a physical and had all the usual things checked — cholesterol, weight, blood pressure and height. My weight has been pretty consistent, give or take a few pounds. I think I stopped growing by my senior year of high school and plateau at 5 feet 2 inches. I was shocked when I was told I was 5 feet, 2 inches and a half. I... Read more →

Entertainment

It’s a family affair

When it comes to toxic families, John Patrick Shanley’s makes Eugene O’Neill’s look like the Brady Bunch. In his virulent family drama, “Beggars in the House of Plenty,” currently being reprised at Theatre/Theater in Los Angeles, playwright Shanley portrays his father as viciously cruel, unrelentingly angry, and... Read more →

Food

Nothing like the real thing

Now that we can’t afford to go anywhere exotic until the economy comes back, we’re looking for foreign experiences here in Santa Monica. Lunch or dinner at The Port Royal Café is a bit like a trip to Jamaica. WHERE: 1412 Broadway, Santa Monica, (310) 458-4147. WHEN: Lunch and dinner every day except Sunday. BEST DISHES:... Read more →

Food

You are what you eat

We all know the saying about “Food for Thought,” which means anything that provides mental stimulus. But how many of us really think about our food? Not only that, but how many of us think about how our food is reflective of our personalities, our successes and failures or better yet, our blockages to success? I read a post by... Read more →

Community Profiles

Santa Monican to lead young Democrats

DOWNTOWN — It’s a good time to be the head of a group of young Democrats, leading the pack of political activists when there is a Democratic president and the national party has numbers in the legislature. But that’s the life that Katherine Hennigan has lived since the 26-year-old Santa Monica resident was named the... Read more →