Local physician approaches 10 years since cancer diagnosis

Michael Weitz knew something was wrong. The longtime Santa Monica physician was sitting outside when he felt unusual pain in his chest after swallowing cold liquid, and he figured he probably had cancer. “I had this sixth sense,” he said, a bronchoscopy later confirming his dark suspicions. That was about 10 years ago. For Weitz,... Read more →


Herb Alpert concert to raise money for P.S. ARTS

  When Herb Alpert and Paul Cummins met at a school function in Santa Monica, the two men probably didn’t realize that their conversation would lead to arts education for 25,000 students across the state each week. Twenty-five years after their chance encounter, though, that’s exactly what has transpired. What started as an... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Hell or High Water’ is a sleeper film

  "Hell or High Water" is what you would call a sleeper film – it’s a movie made on a low budget without heavy marketing. The film is going to have tremendous impact because of the extraordinarily high quality of the work of the cast, the writer and the filmmakers. Watching this movie is like reading one of those classic... Read more →


Expo Line tour: Yucatecan grub in a community hub

  Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the Jefferson/USC stop. Don’t worry if you... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘The Hollars’ restores hope in humanity

  "The Hollars" debuted at this year’s Sundance as a strong independent film. This is a true ensemble piece, shot on a relatively low budget. It is a poignant heartfelt snapshot of a family going through a series of crises, most of which will be personally familiar to many audience members. The characters are well drawn, enough so... Read more →

Play Time

Emily and Becket: Diamonds in the Rough

Wendy Graf usually writes well-crafted plays. Unfortunately, “Please Don’t Ask About Becket” isn’t one of them. The play, now having its world premiere in Los Angeles, is about a dysfunctional family, the Diamonds, with twin kids: a girl named Emily (played a little too frazzled and a little too hurriedly by Rachel Seifert) and a... Read more →

Culture Watch

September Grab Bag

This was another one of those weeks when I couldn’t get out, but thankfully my inbox is bursting at the seams with upcoming events worth sharing. I saw this film at an advance screening and it finally opens on Friday, Sept. 9 at ArcLight Hollywood and the Landmark in West L.A. A documentary that will simultaneously engage and enrage... Read more →


Annual BAM Fest raises money for 18th Street Arts Center

Seven years ago, before craft beer events were commonplace in Southern California, organizers at 18th Street Arts Center were brainstorming ways to bring people from around the region to Santa Monica for a fundraiser. The nonprofit strongly prefered a casual community event to a high-priced gala, and Nicole Gordillo came up with the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Focus on food

Not coming to a theatre near you, but now available online are two terrific Sundance Selects documentaries that you can stream (Amazon Prime video) and/or purchase (iTunes Store, Google Play and more). “Ants on a Shrimp” sounds strange, right? Well it’s a beautiful film about superstar chef Rene Redzepi, whose Michelin two-star... Read more →

Play Time

‘My King’ rules at the Royal

Do you remember the gorgeous 1966 French film, “A Man and a Woman,” written and directed by Claude Lelouch? When I saw it I thought it was the most beautiful love story I’d ever seen. Now, half a century later, another French film, “Mon Roi,” (“My King”) provides what might be seen as a possible sequel to that earlier film... Read more →

Culture Watch

Masterful ‘Maestro,’ play readings and more

Culture Watch by Sarah A. Spitz A Masterful Maestro Hershey Felder occupies a unique theatrical niche. He takes renowned musical figures, such as Irving Berlin, Ludwig van Beethoven or George Gershwin, and creates one-man biographical shows, portraying those musicians while performing their music on a grand piano. I’ve seen several of... Read more →