Entertainment

Can’t you hear the lilacs?

To be an artist is to be an outsider. A loner. A person overwhelmed by his passions. And more than a little insane. That’s the premise of Stacy Sims’ play “As White As O,” now having its world premiere at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. In sympathy and fascination we watch as a group of artists, swamped by their... Read more →

Columns

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Dear New Shrink, For the last few years, I have been suffering from chronic stomachaches, heartburn and acid reflux. My doctor says he believes these symptoms are all related to my stress level. I will admit I am somewhat of a worrier. There isn’t anything unbearable or tragic going on in my life right now but I do constantly find... Read more →

Food

Fine night for a fine wine

One of the great marketing successes in the world has been the creation of anticipation of the Beaujolais nouveau each year for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The past few vintages were not so great. But I just had the recent vintage at a special dinner offered at La Cachette, and this vintage was superb! This vintage had... Read more →

Entertainment

Efron comes of age in ‘Me and Orson Welles’

When I tell you the feel-good, comedic, coming of age flick for the holiday season takes place in New York during the 1930s you might incredulously think, “Yeah, right.” So brace yourself for this next revelation — it also involves William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” as envisioned by iconic American... Read more →

Life

Never too young to give back

We will be spending a lot of time this weekend stuffing ourselves with turkey and paying lipservice to the concept of “giving thanks.” This year we decided to find ways to really show how thankful we are to live in a place like Santa Monica. Just handing over a check to a charity doesn’t hold much meaning for a 4 year old.... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Creating a new tradition to be thankful for

It almost seems too easy to have this column be about Thanksgiving. But it also seems so appropriate, being that it is only two days away. Since Thanksgiving is a time to take stock and be thankful for those around you, and since motherhood is a daily experience of stock-taking, I figured I had no choice but to get a little sappy, perhaps... Read more →

Community Profiles

Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader

ROSE BOWL — Geoffrey Strand looks forward, then back, then forward, holding up a sign directing the crowd when it’s time to scream. “Not yet,” the sign reads, Strand glances back quickly at the field. No movement yet. “Not yet.” Strand looks back again, sees the Arizona State Sun Devils prepare to line... Read more →

Food

Dieting never takes a holiday

According to a commercial from a popular cereal company, “When it comes to dieting, the more options you have, the more likely you are to stay on track.” Excuse my French, but that is complete bull! They are just trying to get you to buy each of their eight different versions of dry cereal. In fact, according to at least 20... Read more →

Food

No bliss found at new age dinner

My husband and I were invited to experience an unusual food event the other night at 1418 Abbott Kinney called Bare Naked Bliss. The lovely center that hosted it, Ascended Living, is on the second floor of a building that promotes itself as an urban oasis. We “ascended” the stairs and were greeted by the hostess, Suzanne Toro, a... Read more →

Columns

On the job training

Dear New Shrink, I started a new job about two weeks ago. I have been waiting for a position like this for a long time but now I have a difficult decision to make. The company only takes off Thanksgiving Day for a holiday and I am expected to work the day before and the day after. My family lives over five hours away and I have been planning... Read more →

Life

Never too soon to start yoga

During our pregnancies, we practiced yoga to try to relieve stress, backaches, and that awful swelling in our knees and ankles. We did specific exercises to help us get our bodies in shape to deliver and keep our minds calm and focused through the excruciating pain of childbirth. After the birth, we attended mommy and me and post-natal... Read more →

Community Profiles

Local teen to dance in the Macy’s Day Parade

PALISADES AVE — Rebecca Hutman is used to being in the spotlight. The 15-year-old Santa Monica resident has danced at Clippers games and school musicals, studio recitals and summer camps. But next week will be a whole other story. Hutman, who lives by Goose Egg Park, will be watched by 2 million spectators and an estimated 65... Read more →

Book Review

‘Downtown USA: A Personal Journey with the Homeless’

If you are looking for a book that can help you humanize the homeless, this is the one. Author Susan Madden Lankford has lovingly spent some time with the San Diego homeless chronicling the story. She even lets some of the citizens write journals of their experience. Lankford took the photos. They are black and white and stark. The book... Read more →

Entertainment

‘Pirate Radio’ hits all the right notes

Just like listening to your favorite rock record, the film “Pirate Radio” is an enjoyable ride through the human soul. Written and directed by Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”), the movie is a comedic exploration of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll culture. Set in 1966 England and the cold waters of the North... Read more →

Food

Increasing your carotenoid intake

A guy walks into a doctor’s office with a carrot in his ear and a piece of celery up his nose. The doctor told him he wasn’t eating right. Badum-bum. Last week we looked at vitamin A’s uses and food sources. Although toxicity used to be rare, with the increase in supplements and topical creams that contain vitamin A, there... Read more →