Entertainment

With friends like these …

What are friends for? “To blow the whistle on you when you’re insane,” according to the playwright. Can you build an entire play around this premise? You can if you’re John Patrick Shanley, whose popular plays and films have won him a Tony, an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize. Shanley’s 1988 play “Italian... Read more →

Food

An ode to orange

I love the color orange so much that I bought a pair of orange boots. But when I was a child I hated the fact that my hair was orange and the kids used to call me “carrot top.” As an adult and a dietitian, I cherish the idea of being compared to a super-food, especially this time of year when orange vegetables are plentiful.... Read more →

Columns

Don’t get strapped to your work desk

Dear New Shrink, Some might consider me a workaholic. While I have always been dedicated to my job I am continuing to find it harder to find time for my friends and, most importantly, my new husband. I know that many people struggle with work/life balance issues but it’s really tough when it’s you who is dealing with the constant... Read more →

Food

Raw never tasted so good

DOWNTOWN — For weeks, prior to my trip to Santa Monica, I had been hearing about Planet Raw and how much everyone enjoys it. Well, having been raw for a while, I expected “just another raw restaurant.” Therefore, I arrived prepared to order a nice salad, maybe a vegetable pâté, a possible smoothie on the side,... Read more →

Life

Adventures in arachnophobia

For a little post-Halloween creepy, crawly fun, we decided to explore the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum near USC. It was a surprise. We expected box after box of big hairy arachnids. Instead, housed outside the museum in the site of the Butterfly Pavilion, the spiders were left free to roam the bushes and build their webs... Read more →

Community Profiles

Life is more than a game

MONTANA AVENUE — It’s easy to think big. To dream of becoming a professional athlete, traveling the world, or helping to cure an incurable disease can be a snap. What’s harder, though, is turning grand ambitions like these into reality. It’s a feat that few people can boast of. One exception, though, is Santa Monica... Read more →

Food

Getting intimate with wine

By Jennifer Meier Special to the Daily Press ROSE AVE Hanging out at Venice Beach Wines is like hanging out at a party in someone’s backyard. The mood is relaxed and friendly and it’s likely you’ll eventually end up socializing with the people next to you. It’s hard not to introduce yourself when you’re sitting... Read more →

Arts

Playing the chutzpah card

Alan Dershowitz, the controversial Harvard professor, wrote a best-selling book in 1991 entitled “Chutzpah.” In Yiddish, chutzpah is defined as “insolence, gall and effrontery.” But Dershowitz considers it a necessary attribute in urban America. Too often I see it as just bad manners. Brilliant, Dershowitz also seems... Read more →

Columns

Childbirth can lead to divorce

Dear New Shrink, I am very distraught. After 12 years of what I thought was a good marriage, I have discovered that my husband is having an affair. He blames it on me, but up until the time our child was born, we had a great sex life, were best friends and he never complained. Now with our child only 3 years old, it looks like we may not make... Read more →

Food

Fine wine right at home

There’s an area in the south of France where great wines are produced, and from the vineyards you can see oyster beds in the blue Mediterranean Sea. The best village to experience the oyster and wine relationship is Bouzigues, in the area called Coteaux du Languedoc, near the well known town of Sete. A few miles west of Bouzigues,... Read more →