Brief: Who do you love, Santa Monica?

Santa Monica businesses are vying for your affection. Folks are being encouraged to log on and vote for their most loved local business as part of the Buy Local Campaign, which encourages people to shop in town instead of traveling to neighboring cities, which wastes gas and does not funnel tax dollars back into the community. The... Read more →


Iraq vet makes artwork with old uniforms

ARTFUL: Drew Cameron created this self portrait using paper made from uniforms. (Image courtesy Drew Cameron) NEW ROADS — When viewed completely detached from context, the papers hanging on the walls over at the current New Roads School’s art exhibit are calming. Light green poster-sized papers sit next to lighter green papers.... Read more →


Play Time: Brooding poem in the night

ALONE ON STAGE: George Regout in Adam Rapp's ‘Nocturne.’ (Photo courtesy Ute Ville) George Regout, identified in the play as The Son, killed his sister when he was 17 years old. She was 9. The play is “Nocturne,” Adam Rapp’s poignant drama about the effects of the accidental death of the little girl on her big brother and... Read more →

Community Profiles


Santa Monican making mark with talents

PLAYING ALONG: Violinist Christine Wu on set during Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky 2’ music video shoot at Laurel Canyon Stages on Jan. 7. (Photo courtesy Adrian Sidney/Picturegroup) DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica resident Christine Wu is becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand musicians. Her most recent collaboration went viral and... Read more →


Kate Beckinsale helps raise cash for yoga program

SAINT JOHN’S — Actress Kate Beckinsale helped Saint John’s Health Center raise cash for a new yoga program at the hospital. On Thursday, Beckinsale, along with celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber and 80 other attendees, did some yoga to support the new program, which is meant to help patients undergoing breast cancer treatment at... Read more →



Bringing back the neighborhood butcher

Chewing the fat is multi-meaningful if you find yourself at a butcher’s counter with the right crowd. “It’s pork belly,” says Eddy Shin, owner and butcher at A Cut Above Butcher Shop on Santa Monica Boulevard, as he hands a glistening piece of fat to myself and Jason Wise, a filmmaker who is currently directing a documentary about... Read more →


Play Time: The body in the chair

Martin Thompson, Jennifer Lee Laks, and Christine Joelle in "Night Watch" at Theatre 40.(Photo by Ed Krieger) Elaine (Jennifer Lee Laks) has had insomnia all her life, so she habitually wanders around the house in the middle of the night. This night, she looks out her front window and screams! In rush her husband, John (Martin... Read more →