Community Profiles

Pastor does more than just preach

PEARL STREET — Jeff McCulty is a blue-collar pastor — his fingernails are stained black from working on car engines and he wears baggy blue jeans with scuffed white sneakers — but this Southern Baptist minister feels right at home among Santa Monica’s manicured lawns and white picket fences. As the pastor of Church... Read more →

Book Review

‘How I Went To the Oscars without a Ticket’

With a title like “How I Went To the Oscars without a Ticket” you may be asking yourselves, “Is this a how to book? Or maybe a motivational book? Or, yes, I know, an autobiography?” It is none of the above. Who hasn’t dreamed of being up there with the stars on Oscar night? Also who wouldn’t want to be in... Read more →

Food

No frills equals fine food

Real estate people say that value is location, location and location. Restaurant people say that value is in food and service. How about a restaurant that has no chef, and no experienced manager, but serves great food with good service in a great location! That’s Shangri-La on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. The old hotel has been... Read more →

Entertainment

‘500 Days of Summer’ no average love story

When writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber set out to make a film it wasn’t going to be a traditional Hollywood romance with a happy ending — because it was based on Neustadter’s personal experience. The film opens with a narrator warning us “This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy Tom Hansen (Joseph... Read more →

Entertainment

‘Salsamuffin’ on the menu

SM PIER — Tonight’s Twilight Dance Series brings the international music stage to Santa Monica with one band combining reggae beats and salsa flavor, the other brining together Afro-Cuban rhythms. “Our music is a fusion of Cuban music, Cuban rhythms, Cuban style and central African music,” said Ricardo Lemvo, who will... Read more →

Food

Pass on the pasta at Ado

I don’t know why I go to restaurants that have become trendy except that every so often I still get sucked in by someone else’s review of a place such as Ado at 796 Main St. in Venice where the old Amuse Café once was. We read on the Chowhound blog that this place was amazing and went there last night with two... Read more →

Columns

Sabotaging job searches?

Have you sent out numerous resumes only to hear nothing back? Despite the hours you are putting in to your job search you may be missing a few key points that are interfering with your success. Your resume and cover letter are starters. Although you may think that the online job search has made finding a new position an easier endeavor, not... Read more →

Entertainment

A Greek revival, 2,500 years later

Listen, wouldn’t you think that a musical that could produce lyrics that rhyme “prodigious, religious, prestigious and litigious” would be a show you’d like to see? Well, yes and no. Other than a few good lyrics, a leading actor with a marvelous voice, and a cast with the energy of a lightning bolt, “The... Read more →

Food

A conversation starter

During my culinary training, my classmates and I were making a dessert using graham crackers when one of my classmates, who always had interesting trivia tidbits for every occasion, said, “You know that graham crackers were developed to keep boys from masturbating.” I thought this was hilarious, and vowed to one day put it in an... Read more →

DVD Releases

New DVD Releases

‘Gran Torino’ — Widescreen Edition This racially-centered drama features Clint Eastwood as Walt Kowalski, a recent widower, longtime bigot and disgruntled Korean War vet living in Michigan amongst a mixed neighborhood including some troubled Hmong residents next door. His life takes a different turn after he sets out to... Read more →