Never say never when it comes to dumplings

A few weeks ago, after reading Jonathan Gold’s massive restaurant guide in which he listed 100 of the best eateries in the Los Angeles area, I wrote that it wasn’t very helpful to me because I had no intention of driving to Arcadia (wherever that is) for Chinese dumplings, and probably would never go there. A few days later my friend... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Entertainment fit for the holidays

Molly Novack as Clara in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s 'The Nutcracker.' (Photo by Todd Lechtick) ‘Tis the season when holiday specials and entertainment traditions abound. While tickets to their performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Broad Stage are sold out, Westside Ballet and the Santa Monica College Symphony are... Read more →


Play Time: On being a Barrymore

Ethel and Lionel and John. The Barrymores. “We were the royal family of Theater,” John said.  “And I was the clown prince.” Known for his antics, his ribald wisecracks, and his exorbitant drinking, John Barrymore was also celebrated for his charismatic good looks and dramatic skills — especially after he graduated from fluffy... Read more →


SM Conservancy trying to buy 400 acres in west Malibu

By Melissa Caskey Special to the Daily Press SM MOUNTAINS — After moving one step closer to obtaining 532-acre Charmlee Wilderness Park in the city of Malibu this week, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority are also in the process of acquiring 416 acres of land in nearby Decker... Read more →


Thanksgiving to go

Whether you just want a break from the three-day preparations of your traditional Thanksgiving dinner or you are in need of outside help, there are plenty of pickup or delivery options in Santa Monica. Many restaurants and stores offer sides a la carte to supplement your homemade meal or complete packages, giving you and your kitchen a break... Read more →


Art exhibit celebrates women who rock

LADY POWER: Artist Brooke Harker's 'Hong Kong Love.' Her work, and that of other female artists, will be on display at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery as part of the Women Rock exhibit. OCEAN AVE — Brooke Harker is an articulate artist with much to say. She is fascinated by her surroundings — buildings, bustling cities — but most of all... Read more →



Play Time: The mysterious life of W.J. Trumbull

IT’S IN THE EYES: Matthew Sklar and Katherine Canipe in 'Breaking and Entering' (Photo courtesy Sebastian Munoz) About six years ago I went to see a play having its world premiere at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. It was called “Breaking and Entering” and I gave it a pretty harsh review.  So a couple of weeks ago, when the... Read more →


Brief: Hipster hotspot The Bungalow reopens

Two young ladies enjoy a drink on the back patio of The Bungalow. (File photo) Trendy lounge The Bungalow at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel will reopen Friday, Nov. 15 after shutting its doors for several weeks to upgrade its facility and straighten out some issues with its liquor license. The bar designed to look like a Bohemian... Read more →


Children’s Hospital comes to Santa Monica

MID-CITY — One of the best children’s hospitals in the country has opened a facility in Santa Monica. Children's Hospital Los Angeles opened a new facility in this building off 20th Street. (Photo courtesy Children's Hospital) Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which was named one of the nation’s top five best by U.S. News &... Read more →


Thai food in the house

Sometimes you just know when you have a hit on your hands — or should I say in your mouth? The people who brought the ShopHouse to Santa Monica must be feeling that sentiment as long lines consistently jut out the door and extend onto the Third Street Promenade. ShopHouse recently opened on the Third Street Promenade, offering Southeast... Read more →