Culture Watch

Local highlights in art, religion and theater

Buddhism, Islamic Art, a City Garage world premiere and free entry to 20 museums are on my local cultural radar. City Garage Theatre is consistent in one respect only: their productions are always innovative and nearly all are original works. This Friday marks the opening of their latest world premiere, “Timepiece” by Charles A.... Read more →

Play Time

Julianne Moore exceptional in ‘Still Alice’

In the new film “Still Alice” we watch the beautiful and vivacious Julianne Moore deteriorate, disintegrate and disappear right before our eyes. A celebrated linguistics professor at Columbia University, Moore’s character prides herself on being articulate, innovative and well-respected by her colleagues. Her life is built around her... Read more →


Storytellers announced for SHINE’s ‘Light My Fire!’

SHINE has announced the storytellers selected for its special performance on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. The event is part of the “6th Annual Fireside at the Miles,” Santa Monica's cultural festival at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. The evening's theme will be “Light My Fire!” with storytellers sharing true... Read more →

City Council

Outdoor fitness fees stay the same

What a difference a year and a pilot ordinance make. In 2013, when City Council discussed requiring the public park-using fitness trainers to shell out permit fees, dozens of people showed up to expressed their opinions and both sides wound up frustrated. On Tuesday, in discussing an update to the ordinance, only three members of the public... Read more →


Eat Well Week plates tasty food with side of health

Some see the turning of the calendar year as an opportunity to conquer dietary and health goals. Some hope to explore local restaurants they've never tried before. As far as the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is concerned, though, those two aims are not mutually exclusive. For the third consecutive year, the tourism board has... Read more →

Culture Watch

His Father’s Voice

A close relationship despite divorce. Chris Lemmon performs "Jack Lemmon Returns" at The Broad Stage CULTURE WATCH – Back in the 1970s, I worked in the 16mm film rental division of Universal Pictures. Driving through Beverly Hills one day I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a familiar face in a Rolls Royce. Jack Lemmon was behind the... Read more →



Locals turn lemonade into Super Bowl ad finalist

CITYWIDE — A young girl is hawking lemonade, but when her neighbors approach the stand they instead notice the bag of Doritos behind her. It's not for sale — or is it? The quick-thinking child deftly morphs into an auctioneer as the adults vie for the chips, setting up the rest of a 30-second commercial that is currently competing... Read more →


SMC students plan fitness, fun for local youths

PICO BLVD. — Even a decade later, Trae Smith remembers the seemingly ordinary events: a Los Angeles Clippers game, a barbecue, an athletic competition. As an elementary and middle school student who spent countless hours in a youth enrichment program, he saw the activities as ways to have fun — but he was learning and maturing,... Read more →


Pot shops remain in draft zoning code

CITY HALL — As the Planning Commission grapple with wonkier decisions about land-use rules, Santa Monica is still poised to allow two medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The newest iteration of the draft Zoning Code, which will dictate land use for years to come, includes the allowance of dispensaries, which are currently banned... Read more →

Community Profiles

Bumblebee loves Santa Monica buildings

WILSHIRE BLVD — On Wilshire Boulevard, seven blocks from the beach, a giant boy is straining through his binoculars to see the ocean — an increasingly hard feat in Santa Monica. The boy was created by an artist who goes cryptically by the name Bumblebee Loves You (he would not give his real name for this article) and commissioned by... Read more →

Community Profiles

Adjournments: Two pass too young

CITY HALL —City Council honored two members of the Santa Monica community who’d died at the ages of 35 and 41. Kate Levy, 35, who died suddenly in a car crash in November, was remembered for her fight against homelessness as a senior administrative analyst in City Hall’s Human Services Division. “Kate was an enthusiastic employee.... Read more →


Pico Branch Library Buzz

LIBRARY LOWDOWN — Now that the Pico Branch Library is open, many of you may be wondering what's going on with the new library. Well, it is like participating in a marathon most of the time you run and sometimes you run even harder. Getting ready for a marathon takes perseverance, training and encouragement from friends and family. As the... Read more →