Life

California’s solid colleges

Each year, the U.S. News and World Report guide to U.S. schools gives a few days of glamour to academia. PR departments of colleges note with pride that their college is “moving up” in the rankings. What too few parents and prospective college students understand is how distant these rankings are from reality. The largest single... Read more →

Community Profiles

Actor’s passion an agent for change

LINCOLN BLVD — The year was 1969. The role was “Villager” in Homestead High School’s performance of “Tea House of the August Moon.” The man was John Paizis, then a sophomore, who was appearing onstage for the first of what was destined to become many, many performances. “I got so immersed in , and... Read more →

Food

Gluten-free on a budget

If you’re going gluten-free these days, be prepared to spend more on groceries. According to a New York Times article, it costs three times as much to eat gluten-free as it does to eat foods containing gluten. But let’s consider the alternative: the enormous health care costs of having osteoporosis or Type 1 Diabetes, two chronic... Read more →

Book Review

‘Ulterior Motives’

A message shows up on the Internet in code. “Dar al-Harb to Dar al-Salaam base: The weapon is tested and ready, the perfect time and place chosen with great care and cunning. Hundreds of thousands of infidel souls will flood into hell, their New Year’s stillborn. Praise be to Allah! — Azzam the Younger.” This could... Read more →

Entertainment

‘Fuggedaboudit!’ a lost cause

If I were to take a vote right now, I’d have to say that Gordon Bressack’s new play “Fuggedaboudit!” is the worst play I’ve seen this century. But then, of course, the century is new. So maybe I’d have to throw in the 20th century as well. Fuggedaboudit, for those of you not of the Brooklyn or New Jersey or... Read more →

Columns

Watch your mouth

Q: This question comes out of numerous recent discussions I have had. Why is it that we sometimes say the meanest things and hurt those we care about? Why do they do it to us? - Signed, Sorry A: Dear Sorry, This is a great question and I want to remind you that your personal information will be kept strictly confidential. There are many... Read more →

Food

Pepperoni pizza with a side of sustainability

Pizza Fusion is a neat, new restaurant on the corner of Ocean Park Boulevard and 29th Street that serves up more than just pies of all kinds. This Earth-friendly restaurant chain dedicated to sustainability tries to educate its customers about the values of buying organic. Even when you are just standing outside this modern, fresh space,... Read more →

Community Profiles

Face of service

MID-CITY — It’s been a lifetime of service for Santa Monica plastic surgeon Robert Amonic. “I have always thought it’s very important to give things back to the community,” he said. “It’s just something you just do — it’s not even optional.” Amonic’s latest chance to serve... Read more →

Food

BiMi is a sushi lover’s dream

Entering BiMi Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles, I was at first a bit apprehensive. These days there are so many similarly designed generic, and mediocre sushi bars in town, that the experienced Japanese restaurant-hand tends to get slightly jaded. Fortunately, BiMi is the exception. Although the décor was rather... Read more →

Food

Undiscovered country

La Tour d’Argent is one of the most famous restaurants in the world. Located on the left bank in Paris, across from the cathedral of Notre Dame, it’s also one of the oldest surviving restaurants, and one of the first places in the world to have served chocolate. And if you order the specialty of the house, pressed duck, your name... Read more →