Pressing the sandwich issue

YUM! Ciboteca appears to be unafraid of being located blocks from Bay Cities Deli. (Michael Ryan Bay Cities Deli is as iconic to Santa Monica as the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Pier, or our famously high taxes. For someone else to open up another Italian-style sandwich spot just a few blocks away is by all... Read more →


How to have a safe Easter with your dog

TAKE CARE: Make sure that your dog is safe during the excitement of Easter Sunday. (Photo courtesy Andrea Servadio) Easter egg hunts and baskets are two traditions that make Easter one of the cutest and sweetest of holidays, especially for children. Yet everything we love about these traditions presents hidden dangers for your... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: BritWeek bonanza

It’s not quite the Brit-centric haven it used to be, but Santa Monica is still a place that hundreds of British expatriates call home.   On April 25, at Santa Monica's Moss Theatre on the campus of New Roads School, the city will serve as host to one of the centerpieces of this year's BritWeek Celebration. Founded in 2007,... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Shakespeare and puppets

LINEUP: Cast of Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ (Photo courtesy Simon Annand) You have just a few more opportunities to catch Britain’s venerable Bristol Old Vic and South Africa’s young Handspring Puppet Company as they wrap up their run of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “A... Read more →


Play Time: ‘Recall’ a forgettable play

THE CAST: ‘Recall’ not worth remembering. (Photo courtesy The Visceral Company) “Recall” is one of those plays that telegraphs everything it’s about to do, and then it does it. The only element that’s at all intriguing is the title. The word itself usually connotes a memory that has returned to a person’s consciousness. Or... Read more →


All-you-can-eat and wine 101

DRINK UP: Del Frisco's Grille has an extensive wine list with bottles lining the walls. (Kevin Herrera SM PLACE — I’ve always been a fan of fusion cuisine, especially when ambitious chefs are involved. They don’t just take different forms of cookery from regions and combine them. That’s too easy. The accomplished... Read more →


Brief: Wake up with the waves

Kids and their parents can enjoy free concerts and activities, including singing, dancing, dress-up and face painting, beginning April 5 through May 24 on the Santa Monica Pier as part of the Wake Up With the Waves series, now in its eighth year. Series co-founder Michael Cladis is back to host the series, partnering with local co-producer... Read more →


L.A. Youth Orchestra filled with Santa Monicans

LOCAL FLAVOR: A number of Santa Monicans are a part of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. (Photo courtesy Los Angeles Youth Orchestra) CITYWIDE — Santa Monica students are invading the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. The youth orchestra pulls about 90 kids from 60 public schools for a full-scale orchestra and a handful are from Santa... Read more →


Play Time: Can Paris save a marriage?

THE CAST: Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in 'Le Week-end.’ (Photo courtesy Film4; Free Range Films) Have you noticed? They’ve begun making films for people who aren’t 12-year-old boys! “Le Week-end” is one of those. Aimed at Baby Boomers and beyond, it stars Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent (he won for the agonizing... Read more →