Santa Monica Pier fundraiser to support Special Olympics

Special Olympics Southern California invites residents to "Join the Celebration" at its annual Pier del Sol fundraiser on Sunday, October 11 at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park. Pier del Sol features Chef Alain Giraud's VIP Brunch with cuisine from 35 Los Angeles restaurants, including Maison Giraud, Melisse, Spago,... Read more →


‘Star Wars’ Reads Day at Santa Monica Public Library

Read more, you must. Children and their families are invited to celebrate all things "Star Wars" and the joy of reading on Saturday, Oct.¬†10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. "Star Wars" Reads Day will include a book reading, crafts, games, trivia, refreshments, giveaways, and more.... Read more →

Movie Reviews


Matt Damon is resilient in ‘The Martian’

"The Martian" is a modern day western, set in the foreseeable future rather than a past that no longer exists. It's an epic work without twists or tricks. Writer Drew Goddard created an excellent screenplay from the novel by Andy Weir. Goddard wanted to direct, however with too many of his projects green-lit at once, he had to find another... Read more →

Culture Watch

Time, memory, photography

"Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows" is a must-see photographic exhibition at The Getty Center in Brentwood. The accompanying show "The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography" is equally intriguing and flows thematically from this master photographer's collection of works. I wonder whether photography in Japan is dominated by... Read more →


Local coach named to Olympics post

Sitting at a poolside table this summer at Santa Monica Swim Center, Dave Kelsheimer marveled about two of his most talented athletes. He rattled off their swimming accomplishments, praised their work ethic and expounded on their goals in the sport. Of course, Kelsheimer has plenty to do with their success. The head Team Santa Monica coach... Read more →

Movie Reviews

’99 Homes’ will have you waking up at night

"99 Homes" is a close-up, in-your-face view of the quasi-dictatorship that occurs when the ideals of capitalism are horribly misused. The first few minutes of the film conjure up images of Nazi soldiers invading a Jewish home. As unbelievable as it is that human beings could do this to each other, it happens. "99 Homes" is not a slick action... Read more →


Making waves in the face of genetic disease

Andrew Hendrickson needs daily treatments just to stay alive. He takes several dozen pills, including medicine for his liver and enzymes before he eats because his pancreas doesn‚Äôt function properly. He spends two 40-minute sessions in a vest that vibrates to loosen the mucus that has accumulated in his chest. He had part of his left... Read more →

Culture Watch

Catching Up: News & Reviews

By now the biggest cultural news of the past month has probably filtered through to you via other media. The opening of the new Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles was an international event, with days of civic, press and public events to celebrate its launch. Santa Monica‚Äôs loss is the greater community‚Äôs gain: the wonderful... Read more →


‘Damnation’ movie screening, discussion at Aero Theatre

Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with American Cinematheque and Sustainable Works present a film screening and panel talk on Sept.¬†30 at 7:30 p.m. Damnation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to... Read more →

Community Profiles

A musical anniversary

This Sunday the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica will celebrate Dr. James "Jim" Smith's 50th anniversary as director of music for the church. The church has invited everyone to worship at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, where their chancel choir will debut a new anthem created by "world-renowned" composer... Read more →