Entertainment

Boss mood music for a very volatile decade

So there’s this radio DJ who is running a contest to find the best new musical talent in town. Doo-wop doo-wop doo-wop. Then there’s Denny (the cute one) and his buddy Eugene (the nerd) practicing their moves in Denny’s basement. Then they add Wally (the choir boy) because he can raise the $50 they need to enter the contest.... Read more →

Food

Himalayan hot spot

I had a lovely, simple and delicious meal a week or two ago at Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista. This is basically Northern Indian food with an addition of a number of potato dishes as the Himalayas are chilly and the potato is a major food group. We went with two other people and all of us found the place cozy... Read more →

Entertainment

Venice to rock Santa Monica

SM PIER — The 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series is combining social action with songs tonight, bringing two music acts to the pier known for their dedication to community service in honor of the Surfrider Foundation’s 20th anniversary.  Founded in Malibu, the Surfrider Foundation works to protect the world’s oceans and... Read more →

Columns

Do you know what you want?

Q: Recently I have become increasingly stressed out trying to do all of the things that are important to me. I have a career, hobby, girlfriend and social life, each of which I feel dedicated to. I think that I am good at time management, which seems like the logical answer. But when I prioritize one or two over the others, I end up wondering... Read more →

Community Profiles

Two decades of un-development

SUNSET PARK — Emmalie Hodgin calls traffic “a cancer in Santa Monica,” and on busy cut-through thoroughfare 23rd Street she might just have a point. Twenty years ago, further development projects — a mini-mall, in particular — motivated Emmalie and about 10 other neighborhood residents to form the Friends of... Read more →

Book Review

‘Dial Emmy for Murder’

“Alex,” my mother said, ”don’t get involved again.” “Mom, I have no desire to get involved. Only if it’s pretend and I get paid a lot of money for it.” The second adventure of Alexis Peterson, amateur sleuth and soap opera actress, finds her once again entangled in a murder. In the first book in... Read more →

Food

Was it something I ate?

For much of my working life I have called in sick to work on more occasions than I care to admit. There were times I was flat on my back with a raging fever from some flu going around, but most times I was just severely nauseated. Little did I know that my “illnesses” were caused by an intolerance to some of my favorite foods.... Read more →

Entertainment

Blending expressions

VENICE — We often think of art and music as two mediums that fit nicely together. Just think about the Dutch masters and baroque music, jazz evokes images of brightly colored Deco prints, the Grateful Dead calls up psychedelic Fillmore posters. But what happens when the musician is also the painter? You get a combination art... Read more →

Entertainment

Moses leads us through a musical wilderness

Spoiler alert: In Itamar Moses’ brilliant intellectual farce, “Bach at Leipzig,” Bach does not appear. But his music does! Set in 1722, Moses’ witty comedy is based on an actual event: the gathering of eight of the major organists of the time in a competition to succeed the recently deceased organ master of... Read more →

Entertainment

No bounty in this ‘Mutiny’

All the ugly racist clichés about African-Americans that used to be tossed around with impunity during World War II are present in Paul Leaf’s new play “Mutiny at Port Chicago,” now having its world premiere at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Theatre. There’s even a slur about a “little Jew-boy lawyer”... Read more →