Entertainment

Ready for a prison break?

Neil Simon and Jason Alexander would appear to be a theatrical match made in heaven. And so they are. In Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” now running at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, Alexander romps, rages, and unravels to early Simon at his most hilarious. Set in 1971, the year it was written,... Read more →

Columns

Hats off to all the mothers who’ve done their best

Dear New Shrink, I feel jealous of so many of my friends and after watching the royal wedding, I am even more jealous. Both of them had, as many of my friends do, mothers that doted on them (even though poor William lost his mother so tragically. I really wonder if I had a good mother and sometimes I find myself resenting her. With... Read more →

Columns

How to decide when time is not on your side

Dear New Shrink, I have been interviewing for a new position and have been fortunate enough to secure several interviews. Last Tuesday, I interviewed with Company A and was told that they would make a decision in two to three weeks. On Thursday, I interviewed with Company B and on Friday was offered a position with their team. They said that... Read more →

Entertainment

OMG, it’s carnage 

If “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” had been written by Mel Brooks, it would be “God of Carnage.”  “God of Carnage,” Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning Best Play of 2009, brings four of Broadway’s best actors to the Ahmanson to drive each other into a... Read more →

Food

Glad to be back at Gladstone’s

Gladstone’s is back. When Bobby Morris owned it, it was the hot spot on the beach, where you could wet your pallet and quench your hunger with a nice selection of seafood, while overlooking the Santa Monica Bay. It was one of the highest grossing restaurants in California. Then former Mayor Richard Riordan bought it and, after... Read more →

Columns

Should we be concerned with karma?

Dear New Shrink, I often find myself wondering about karma. I am a very honest person, so when I find myself lying about something, I eat myself up for it. Recently, I had to lie to a friend about something that I should have been honest about. I felt really horrible about it, but as the days pass, I feel myself moving on, trying to put it in... Read more →

Life

Rallying for a sick neighbor

SUNSET PARK — Alexandrine Wiese was visiting her mother in Monaco, France when doctors there told her the news. “I have a growth, a tumor near the ovary,” she said. “It’s indicative of cancer, and needs to be taken out. Now, I’m just waiting.” Waiting, because as a substitute middle school... Read more →

Food

Discriminating tastes at Sasabune

Second son Spencer lives in Japan, where he teaches Japanese literature and culture. About twice a year he comes home for vacation. As a special treat and to celebrate his visit we usually go to dinner (with other family members) to Sasabune, where Spencer kids around in Japanese with the owner and the sushi chefs. All of us, with one... Read more →

Food

Drago’s duck dishes are delicious

WILSHIRE BLVD — Chefs, like any artist, are continually searching for inspiration. For his latest menu, Drago Ristorante’s Evan Gotanda didn’t have to look very hard. His inspiration for a six-course “menu di anatra” came in the form of a Christmas present from Drago Central Chef and owner Celestino Drago. The... Read more →

Columns

Be open, honest about a layoff

Dear New Shrink, My company recently downsized and as a result I was laid off from my job. I have been a consistent and responsible employee for the past 12 years and my termination with the company had nothing to do with my performance. I am currently exploring new opportunities but feel really unsure about how to document this on my resume.... Read more →

Food

Restaurant Snapshot: Charlie’s Kabob

GENERAL COMMENT: The new food court in the Santa Monica Place is a lot of fun. There are two Japanese restaurants, one taco place, a chicken and rib joint that needs improvement, a crepe place, one pizza place (and it was tasty), a typical Chinese, and best of all, Charlie’s Kabob. The boss, John Mahgadi is right there to watch over... Read more →

Life

City program puts families back on their feet

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE — Six years ago, Deborah Jackson left a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program with nothing going for her except a referral to St. Joseph Center in Venice. The 50-year-old Jackson had no place to live, hadn’t worked in 15 years and her son and daughter were staying with relatives. She saw her daughter every... Read more →

Health

Power through the dog days

It’s so great to be back in Cali! As much as I loved going home to New York, seeing my boyfriend, I seriously missed Burn Fitness. The only problem is that since I returned to the warm wonder that is Santa Monica I’ve been experiencing a run of health related issues that include recurring migraine headaches and back problems. You... Read more →

Entertainment

After the black list

If a man commits a moral crime against his best friend and torments himself with that secret for more than 50 years, is it necessary — or even appropriate — for his children to sit in judgment and literally destroy him — and the lifetime friendship? That’s the dilemma posed by Allan Manings’ new play... Read more →