Book Review

Rebel With a Cause

In 1965, comedian Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) parodied Dale Carnegie's best-selling book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” with his irreverent autobiography, “How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.” Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bruce's death in 1966, the book was recently re-released to a whole new... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Loving

Rated PG-13 123 Minutes Released November 4th The film Loving covers a critical piece of our country’s history involving an interracial couple in Virginia who were sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 simply for getting married. It is also a skillfully made film, one of the best of 2016. The direction, the camera work, the acting,... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

  Rated R 131 Minutes Released November 4th   While I am fortunate never to have gone into battle as a soldier, I have read many accounts of those who have, including emails from my nephew during his tours in Iraq and my grandfather’s many carefully handwritten letters to his future wife, from his foxhole in World... Read more →

Culture Watch

Designing the Dream

  By Sarah A. Spitz This weekend, the WestEdge Design Fair sets up shop in Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. This annual event showcases every item you could possibly imagine in your dream home. In my case, it’s a kitchen (well, I’ll need a whole new dwelling to put it in, but that’s not the issue just yet). For the... Read more →

Play Time

The Model Apartment: You Wouldn’t Want to Live There

by Cynthia Citron I’ve always enjoyed the plays of Donald Margulies. They usually are variations on a few definitive themes: family dynamics (predominantly Jewish families), the Holocaust, reunions, and various illnesses and insanities. Always delivered with large dollops of humor. But not this time. In “The Model Apartment,” now... Read more →


Travel and Tourism in Santa Monica

THE GLOBAL FILM INDUSTRY HAS MADE SANTA MONICA THE HOME OF ITS LARGEST ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR 26 YEARS American Film Market set to return to Santa Monica from November 2 – 9, 2016 On November 2, Santa Monica welcomes attendees of the American Film Market (AFM), as it has every year for over a quarter century. AFM is the independent... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Inferno

Rated PG-13 121 Minutes Released October 28 The film Inferno is based on the novel of that name by best-selling author Dan Brown, whose books have been translated and published in more than 40 languages worldwide. Brown’s ‘The DaVinci Code’ and ‘Angels & Demons’ were made into films in 2006 and 2009 respectively. The author... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: American Pastoral

Rated R 126 Minutes Released October 28 For his first film as a director, Ewan McGregor has chosen American Pastoral, a weighty novel by Philip Roth published in 1997. The story is filled with troubled people who thought they were shining examples of “The American Dream”, doing terrible things to one another in the name of... Read more →


Team effort supports the Community

Service Station BY Susan DeRemer Last month the Santa Monica Lions had the pleasure of stuffing diaper bags and pencil cases for the Westside Family Health Center. It was a true “community service” effort since the Santa Monica Kiwanis and Santa Monica Rotary provided the bags and contents, while the Lions provided the hands to put... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Moonlight

Rated R 110 Minutes Released October 21st Moonlight is the poignant tale of a sensitive youth growing up in a challenging home life situation in a dangerous Miami neighborhood. He has nearly impossible odds stacked against ever achieving success in life. The film is based on an unproduced play called “In Moonlight Black Boys Look... Read more →

Play Time

Kick Up Your Heels For the Lizzie Borden Murders

A musical based on the murder trial of Lizzie Borden in the last years of the 19th century would seem to be an intriguing idea. After all, everyone is familiar with the jump-rope rhyme: “Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one.” Playwright... Read more →

Culture Watch

Welcome to the Worm Yard

What lies beneath — beneath the ground, behind the mask, below the surface of superficial appearance? That’s what the astonishing Irish performer Pat Kinevane, back in town for a very brief run, addresses in his latest one-man show, “Underneath,” at The Odyssey Theatre in West L.A. In April this year, Kinevane, a member of... Read more →


Politics on the Pier

By Marina Andalon This has been a year of extreme opinions in politics but locals who want a more nuanced and informative approach to contentious issues can take advantage of a new debate series on the Santa Monica Pier. The series is designed and organized by, a nonprofit public charity based in Santa Monica. They provide... Read more →


Mr. Santa Monica wants to hit the big screen

Does the name Nat Trives ring a bell? How about Mr. Santa Monica? Trives, earned his nickname due to his love and commitment to the city and that devotion has brought him to the big screen. The short film, Mr. Santa Monica A Story of a Man Who Cares, was produced and directed by Mark Lawson Shepard. Shepard specializes in filming and... Read more →

Play Time

Ronnie and Rachel Reconnect

  The film is called “Is That You?” and the answer is “It most certainly is!” Winner of a well-deserved Israeli Academy Award last year for Best Independent Film, this delicious cinematic treat explores love, the road not taken, and the unfulfilled dreams one may come to acknowledge as regrets later in life. For... Read more →