Culture Watch

Teen films, dark music, senior arts and more

Is your teen a budding filmmaker? The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 11th annual festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016. Films made by youth ages 12 to18, from anywhere in the world, in any genre between 60 seconds to 30 minutes in length are accepted; it's free to... Read more →

Play Time

The Painted Rocks of Nukain Mabuza

Hi everybody! I'm back! You might have noticed that my column of theater reviews, PlayTime, hasn't appeared for a few months. It's because I've had a couple of serious falls: one that broke my leg and another that demolished my shoulder. But, happily, I've recovered enough to wobble off to the theater again, and so I did last Saturday... Read more →


The art of building a city

When someone retires from their nine-to-five to pursue writing or painting, it implies their day job was something lacking the creativity or that perhaps life required them to deviate from their passion. Sara Lejeune's story certainly has the foundation for that well-worn trope. Her Los Angeles life began as a performance artist Downtown... Read more →

Book Review

Book Review: ‘Dreams of an American Exile’

On June 15, 1871, Mark Twain wrote his friend James Redpeath, “I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” Jokingly, Twain identified a basic truth of writing, that it's often easier to write a lot of words quickly than to say something briefly but to the point with more meaning. I'm reminded of the quote... Read more →

Culture Watch

Do some good

When the Halloween sugar rush wears off, think ahead to Veterans Day and ask yourself, “How can I help my community?” Here's one way. On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., experience a reading of Shakespeare's immortal tale of an English king, a French princess and a brotherhood of warriors, brought to life not only by renowned actors, but... Read more →

Book Review

Book Review: The dark side of comedy

For almost five decades, Americans adored George Carlin as a stand-up comedian, social critic, actor and best-selling author. His career included books, record albums, HBO specials, movies and television. But, to Kelly Carlin, he was just dad. The only child of George and Brenda Carlin, Kelly, was born in 1963. As a toddler, she slid around... Read more →


Halloween happenings

Fall is in the air and All Hallows' Eve will be falling upon the City of Santa Monica this week in the form of festivals, carnivals, pumpkin patches and movie screenings. There is something to suit every Santa Monican in this smattering of spooky celebrations. The Franklin Halloween Carnival will be held on Oct. 24 between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.... Read more →

Community Profiles

Partners in crime-fighting

For the Santa Monica Police Department's K-9 unit, a dog is much more than a man's best friend. The animal is a crime-fighting companion that smells and senses what its handler often can't, keeps suspects in check and assists on a wide variety of investigations. The dog also becomes a part of its handler's family, living with its supervising... Read more →

Culture Watch

Design, double love, abstracts and ogres

Once again Santa Monica plays host to the WestEdge Design Fair, Oct. 22 - 25 at the Barker Hangar. For the third year, more than 150 designers, makers and architects from across the nation will showcase the best in contemporary design for the home, ranging from furniture and lighting, to kitchen and bath lines. The event will include curated... Read more →