The price is right

I enjoyed a very nice meal at the Santa Monica Loews Beach Hotel the other night. The occasion was to review their prix fixe menu that is being featured for spring and I brought my husband in order to sample a couple dishes. The name of the restaurant there is Ocean & Vine and is located right on the beach with fabulous views of the ocean... Read more →


Japanese disconnect

Far from a travel guide, “Tokyo!” is a trio of short films set in the Japanese city, created by three directors known for being on the edge of their genres. Michel Gondry (”The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Leos Carax (”The Lovers on the Bridge”) and Bong Joon-Ho (”The Host”) bring... Read more →

Community Profiles

Comic plays two positions

DOWNTOWN — He’s done gigs in Austin, Chicago and Hollywood, but when it comes to putting on improv routines, there’s something special about going before the home crowd. That’s what Lloyd Ahlquist gets to do nearly every week on the same stage at The Westside Eclectic, performing improvisational and stand-up routines... Read more →

DVD Releases

New on shelves

‘Quantum of Solace’ Two-disc Special Edition Daniel Craig returns in the high octane action of the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. Probing deep into the criminal group known as Quantum, Bond works without the support of MI 6 in trying to track down those responsible for murdering the woman he loved. Bonus... Read more →


Waste not, want not

You go to the grocery store right from work hoping to buy a few ingredients to whip up something for dinner. You spot the frozen bags of veggies that already contain the pasta and some sort of sauce. Perhaps you grab one of those salad packs that contains a packet of dried cranberries, some nuts and even a dressing. You think, “OK, all... Read more →


Offering different pier perspectives

SM PIER — Sara Jane Boyers was on her way out the door when she was met with a thick cloud of fog. Her first reaction was to grab a camera and make a dash toward the Santa Monica Pier, but withheld the urge and continued her plans to go out of town. But the first thing she did the next day, bright and early, was to take a trip to the... Read more →


Getting just a taste

I just had lunch at the new Whole Foods store on Lincoln Boulevard near Rose. There were a lot of people there, but with over one acre of gourmet and top quality produce, it didn’t seem very crowded. First I went to the soup station and asked for a sampler cup, which I was given with a smile. First I sampled the lobster chowder. The... Read more →


In studio with Jason Bentley

KCRW — Headphones in place, the microphone at the right height, Jason Bentley, host of “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on KCRW-FM (89.9), was ready to put his guest to the test. Tyler Bates, composer for the recently released film “Watchmen,” sat directly across from Bentley with his guitar-viol, a custom guitar... Read more →


SM author knows how to prosper

MAIN STREET — To hear Santa Monica-based Michelle DeAngelis, author of “Get A Life That Doesn’t Suck,” tell you she once had a job that “sucked the life out of her” you’d never think it possible. DeAngelis is one of the most upbeat and good-natured folks around town. The impetus for her book came... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Craving some quality time

I really want to go to Paris. I have been to Paris, several times actually. I’ve seen The Louvre and eaten the food. But for some reason Paris gnaws at me as something I am missing. So to clarify, I want to go to Paris with my husband. And to clarify my clarification, without our son. I want a little adult time. I have not seen... Read more →

Community Profiles

Pulling from life experiences

26TH STREET — They sat side by side for three hours every morning, meeting in the same kitchen nook where the two writers from different genres would search their brains and combine their creative powers, tackling a project that neither had ever successfully ventured before. In the end those at times challenging five-days-a-week... Read more →


Can yoga make you taller?

I recently had a physical and had all the usual things checked — cholesterol, weight, blood pressure and height. My weight has been pretty consistent, give or take a few pounds. I think I stopped growing by my senior year of high school and plateau at 5 feet 2 inches. I was shocked when I was told I was 5 feet, 2 inches and a half. I... Read more →


Family treats

When people meet me, they often assume, because of my red hair, that I’m Irish. I usually let them know that I am not Irish, but Scottish. “What’s the difference?” they always say. Well, to my Scottish grandfather, Archie MacMillan, there’s a difference because he emigrated from Scotland, not Ireland, in 1921. My... Read more →

Book Review


There are seven days in a week. One of these days, according to the holy Bible account, is meant for rest. Most of us don’t really know what rest is. We may have some idea of ceasing from work we do the other five to six days, but we don’t really know rest. Dan. B. Allender presents to the reader a paradigm to consider. The book... Read more →