Community Profiles

Regional nonprofit honoring local woman

Over the last 30-plus years, Jane Johnston has seen it all at El Nido Family Centers. The longtime Santa Monica resident has facilitated growth and change in a nonprofit organization that now provides services to some 10,000 people in Los Angeles County every year, more than 10 times the number it was serving when she started. She has been... Read more →

Culture Watch

Seeds and the Blues

When I was training to become a Master Gardener, I remember the first time I looked at a seed under a microscope at the Huntington Library and Gardens Laboratory. A bean had been cut in half so we could observe the parts that would become the root, stem and leaf, all of life contained in a tiny, coated package. As I looked, the light from the... Read more →


Festivity of Hope

  It is time for the fundraiser that brings smiles, laughter and toys to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Stars will come out to show their support for the 17th Annual Mattel Party on the Pier on September 25 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Pier. The party brings families together for fun activities while benefiting a... Read more →

Movie Reviews


Rated R 122 Minutes Released September 16th Bridget Jones’s Baby is a charming romantic comedy with a modern twist. It features some hilarious inter-generational and American vs. British mistaken-identity gaffes that serve as background for the latest awkward romantic escapades of Ms. Bridget Jones. Millennials, tech moguls, even Ed... Read more →

Community Profiles

Having a heart for AFib awareness

  It’s a typical feeling for people when they watch a scary movie, walk alone in the dark in an unfamiliar place or face a time crunch on an important exam: Their hearts race, jump, pound and skip. But it’s a phenomenon also experienced by people who don’t have any unusual external stimuli. At least 2.7 million people in... Read more →

Play Time

‘One Woman Gone Wrong’ is the right way to go

  It is usually difficult for a one-woman show to keep an audience riveted through the entire performance. But it’s a piece of cake for Leslie Caveny, who wrote and stars in “One Woman Gone Wrong,” now having its West Coast premiere at Theater West in Los Angeles. It’s a 70-minute melodramatic rant that almost immediately... Read more →

Community Profiles

Communitas dinner celebrates difference-makers

  The community of Santa Monica is honoring three individuals September 17, at The Church in Ocean Park. This will be the 18th Annual Communitas award dinner, gathering to recognize Susan Love-Loughmiller who seeks for the greater good of Santa Monica, Robert Temple who trains local youth and adults in fitness and martial arts, and... Read more →


Local foundation’s 5k supports preventive care

Almost every weekend, Lynne Cohen wanted to spend time at the beach in Santa Monica. From her Brentwood home, she would call what was then the Sand & Sea Club beach house and ask if the overcast skies had burned off. “That’s where we spent every weekend,” recalled her daughter, Amy Cohen Epstein, a current Santa Monica resident.... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Big Voice

BIG VOICE Launched on VOD on September 2nd – available on iTunes, Amazon, Time Warner, Comcast, Dish, DirecTV and other platforms/ will launch on Netflix in November. Professional educators and librarians can view on In 2014, I was invited to attend a performance of a group called “Huls Angels”. This was a... Read more →


Expo Line tour: A sanctuary for sports fans near DTLA

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 LATTC/Ortho Institute stop. In the past you... Read more →

Culture Watch

A bustling cultural scene

There is still something new under the sun. City Garage, the locally lauded and ambitious theatre company at Bergamot Art Station, is launching a brand new play reading series. This free series takes place the second Monday of September, October, November and December, testing out new material being considered for future production. The... Read more →