Staff starts to light the fire under Glow

SM PIER — Planning is already underway to bring a little Glow back to Santa Monica. Over a year and a half of organizing and fundraising will take place before the Glow art festival, with its 20 massive installations and over 100 artists, makes its return to the Santa Monica Pier on Sept. 28, 2013. In that time, the staff at Santa... Read more →


Indian food cravings quenched

Once at dinner at El Bulli in Spain, then considered the best restaurant in the world, we were served a course simply called “countries.” It consisted of three small porcelain spoons with a spoon full of liquid in each. As you put the spoon in your month it was instantly clear what country it represented. And so it is with... Read more →


Making the switch to a whole foods diet

There are hundreds of diets. I know people who follow a raw diet, only eating raw fruits and vegetables; others follow a vegan diet, completely shunning any food from animals; and still there are those who follow a caveman type diet eating a lot of meat and virtually no grains. There are people who follow many different diets falling in... Read more →


‘Filthy Talk’ and moody photos

The name says it all, so be warned. It’s called “Filthy Talk for Troubled Times,” but the “trouble” comes mostly from the play itself. Playwright Neil LaBute revels in writing long boring monologues: in “Wrecks” Ed Harris stands over his wife’s coffin and bemoans her loss for the full length of... Read more →


Eat what you want, dieters

Well, it’s the second month of the new year and for many of you that means you’re either still trying or desperately holding onto those resolutions you made, swearing that you’d take time and get yourself back in shape. It’s not easy, is it? Last week I was at my radio show in Burbank. Did I mention I have a radio... Read more →


Building a better resume

Dear New Shrink, I need your help! Like many others my industry has been hit hard by the current economic crisis. Two years ago my position was eliminated and since then I have maintained several jobs in order to pay the bills. I have secured employment through temporary agencies, referrals, and odd jobs posted on Craigslist. While I have... Read more →


Chain Reaction faces retirement

CIVIC CENTER — The Chain Reaction sculpture has become the focal point of public attention once again after two decades as a relative wallflower as city staff recommends removing it from Santa Monica’s public art collection. The Arts Commission and its Public Art Committee will have a special joint meeting Wednesday to discuss... Read more →


Eating alone has its benefits

With the weather being as unseasonably pleasant as it has been, I have found myself riding my bike solely to bask in this glorious warmth. A stop into the 17th Street Cafe & Bakery was for no reason other than the fact that I was hungry, and I was on the corner of 17th Street and Montana Avenue. Arriving at 4:30 p.m., well after a late... Read more →


‘The Water’s Edge’ a bit enigmatic

As Winston Churchill might describe it, Theresa Rebeck's play “The Water's Edge” is “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” There are more mixed emotions, contradictions, outright lies, duplicity, passion and chills in this dramatic masterpiece than in any play you're likely to see in this decade. The theme... Read more →


Review: ‘Our Town’ comes alive at the Broad

There must be at least half a dozen people in L.A. who have never seen Thornton Wilder's classic play, “Our Town.” If you are one of them, you couldn't do better than the production that opened last week at the Broad Stage. Helmed by Helen Hunt as the stage manager, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicles the daily life and... Read more →


Old timers, Vol. 4: Casa Escobar

When my dad first tasted pizza around 1950, he proclaimed it a fad that would disappear soon. Years later he would proclaim his love of American food, things like pizza and tacos. It certainly is true that many foreign foods have become mainstream American, and in Southern California, Mexican imports might be number one on the list. That... Read more →


Coffee made with care

Patrolling the Santa Monica streets with fellow food writer Merv Hecht, a hot lead brought us to the Yahoo! Center on the east side of town. The complex is a major business hub with some high profile tenants like HBO, Apple and, of course, Yahoo. The massive structure has many amenities, but all inconspicuously self contained. So if you are... Read more →


By golly, it’s ‘Molly’

As Gertrude Stein once said about Oakland, “There's no THERE there.” And you might say the same for the Geffen Playhouse's production of “Red Hot Patriot, The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins.” Ivins, the rambunctiously liberal Texas journalist, was a latter-day Will Rogers, famous for deriding the pompous, the... Read more →


Movie review: A marriage gone awry

“A Separation” is probably one of the best films of the year. But it should come with a warning label, because it is not for the faint of heart. It is so intense that it can tie your stomach in knots, and you may have a hard time breathing. A woman a few seats from me sobbed through the whole thing. The film is a slice-of-life, or... Read more →


Magical mystery tour through Turkey

I am about to enter the country where Agatha Christie wrote “Murder on the Orient Express.” The magnetic pull of this historic destination and the idea that Marc Anthony gave the Turkish Riviera to Cleopatra for a wedding gift makes me lose track of my present reality. I am entering Turkey, a country like no other. This magical... Read more →