‘Salsamuffin’ on the menu

SM PIER — Tonight’s Twilight Dance Series brings the international music stage to Santa Monica with one band combining reggae beats and salsa flavor, the other brining together Afro-Cuban rhythms. “Our music is a fusion of Cuban music, Cuban rhythms, Cuban style and central African music,” said Ricardo Lemvo, who will... Read more →


A Greek revival, 2,500 years later

Listen, wouldn’t you think that a musical that could produce lyrics that rhyme “prodigious, religious, prestigious and litigious” would be a show you’d like to see? Well, yes and no. Other than a few good lyrics, a leading actor with a marvelous voice, and a cast with the energy of a lightning bolt, “The... Read more →


A conversation starter

During my culinary training, my classmates and I were making a dessert using graham crackers when one of my classmates, who always had interesting trivia tidbits for every occasion, said, “You know that graham crackers were developed to keep boys from masturbating.” I thought this was hilarious, and vowed to one day put it in an... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Apothecary’s Daughter’

Mirriam-Webster’s defines an apothecary as a medical professional who sells drugs or compounds to physicians, surgeons, and patients. In literature the most famous mention of this profession is in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ where Romeo is given the elixir of death. Our pharmacist today fills doctor’s prescriptions and may mix... Read more →

DVD Releases

New DVD Releases

‘Gran Torino’ — Widescreen Edition This racially-centered drama features Clint Eastwood as Walt Kowalski, a recent widower, longtime bigot and disgruntled Korean War vet living in Michigan amongst a mixed neighborhood including some troubled Hmong residents next door. His life takes a different turn after he sets out to... Read more →


Another winner from Fugard

You might think that a 77-year-old playwright who has written a highly-acclaimed, prize-winning play nearly every year for 53 years might be running out of steam by now. Well, not so with South African/English/American playwright Athol Fugard, who has just written what, in my view, is the best work of his career. And that’s saying a lot... Read more →


More than just fruit on Main

Main Street has a new restaurant that is worth taking a special trip. La Grande Orange located at 1000 Main St. is one of the best places I have been to on this trendy, but quaint street. It’s a lonely section of Main with very few commercial properties except Santa Monica Yoga Works. Therefore there is plenty of street parking and the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Center for Partially Sighted founder dies

DOWNTOWN — A quick Google search of Dr. Samuel Genensky pulls an impressive resume of accomplishments during his 81-year-life, from the time spent as a mathematician at the RAND Corp. where he invented a reading device for the visually impaired, to the Disabilities Commission on which he served as an original member. It’s the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Student-tutor interaction inspires Girl Scout

SUNSET PARK — Annemarie Kelleghan has literally grown up alongside the very students she tutors. The 17-year-old Sunset Park resident has spent the past five years as a volunteer tutor at the Fairview Branch Library pridefully watching young students progress along the way. “I’ve seen her grow from putting alphabet blocks... Read more →


Freedom from clogged arteries

We celebrate Independence Day to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which sought to give the American colonies freedom from Great Britain. I love the U.S. and Great Britain, and I love the freedoms we have to live our lives as we see fit. The Declaration of Independence proclaims that we are all endowed by our... Read more →

Book Review

‘Urban Worrier: Making Politics Personal’

This is a book for all who live and do business in the city of Santa Monica. Have you ever wondered just what does the city think it is? Frank J. Gruber has collected some of the articles in his column written for the “Lookout News” between the years of 2000-2004. You may not be surprised at all to read the names of the council... Read more →


Giving it the old college try

WILSHIRE BLVD — As a beer connoisseur and amateur brewer (here’s a shout out to my brew club Pacific Gravity), when I got wind of the FIG restaurant’s plan to flip the script on brunch with their new “Kegs & Eggs” menu, there was no way I could resist. And here’s why. For just $37, one can down as many... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Balancing the boob tube

TV was my friend as a child. Then it was just me and my mom and when she had to work, I occupied myself watching “I Love Lucy,” “Abbott & Costello” and “The Smurfs.” I studied it in college and got a degree in TV production. I even made my living for several years as a TV producer. Simply, I love... Read more →

Community Profiles

Student views world through camera lens

MALIBU — It’s rare to see Daria Kobayashi-Ritch leave her house without her camera and the 17-year-old is known among her friends because of it. “If I don’t have my camera, I have my phone,” she said. “My friends know it too. If we’re going somewhere they never bring cameras because it’s... Read more →


Healthy recipes for the holiday

We have a big national holiday approaching. Like so many other holidays, there will be food and festivities. But before we celebrate the Fourth of July, lets see what other holidays just passed us by without so much as a mention. The third week of June was Fruit and Veggie Week, a dietitian’s dream. International Splurge Day was June... Read more →