French tapas bring back some of the flavor at La Cachette

When Jean Francois Meteigner, one of the great French chefs in town, moved his restaurant from Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, many of his clients eagerly followed. We expected the same great food and wines in a more casual, perhaps a bit less expensive, locale. The new setting at the new location is... Read more →


With a friend like that, who needs enemies?

Dear New Shrink, I had what I thought was a very good friend for over 10 years. We hung out together and did social things either with small groups of other friends or just the two of us. We spoke frequently on the phone and shared personal information. Suddenly this friend stopped speaking to me and often asks friends of mine to do things... Read more →


Workplace bully doesn’t just take your lunch money

Dear New Shrink, I have been in my current job for a little over three months now. I have really enjoyed my work and I’m doing well at my job. However, there is another woman in my department who has been extremely negative toward me. She will challenge me in meetings and often criticizes me in front of others. On several occasions she... Read more →


‘Trio’ a 19th century passion play

If Jane Austen had written plays as well as novels and had lived later in the 19th century, she might have written “Trio.” This beautiful play has many of the ingredients of an Austen novel: a brilliant heroine, a narcissistic, self-destructive husband, and a delicate romance. The only thing missing is Colin Firth.... Read more →


La Scala lacks a personal touch

Groucho Marx used to say, “I’m a person of high principles, and if you don’t like them … I have others.” I too have high principles, including what kind of restaurant I like to go to. It’s not just about the food, it’s the experience. One of the most important parts of the experience is whether or... Read more →


Four mothers deal with the circle of life

“In Mother Words” is a series of 20 vignettes about motherhood written by 14 authors and performed by three superb actresses and one excellent actor. The sketches are funny, poignant, spirited, instructive, often predictable, and sometimes overly gooey. But the fly in the Desitin is that you’ve seen many of them — or... Read more →


Joe’s makes you feel at home

We’re so lucky in Santa Monica to have a number of extraordinary chefs trained in France by the greatest of the great. Michael McCarty has been around the longest I guess, and has maintained a top quality restaurant for years. Josiah Citrin at Melisse has raised the reputation of his restaurant so that it is now among the best in the... Read more →


Social media and the job search: Friend or foe?

Dear New Shrink, I have heard from several people that social media can help individuals find new jobs. On the other hand I have also heard that some people have lost out on job offers as a result of personal things they have posted online. Can you help clarify? Signed, Puzzled Dear Puzzled, Both sides are correct. There are stories of... Read more →


For the Arts puts on a show

SAMOHI — Only 200 tickets remain for the eighth annual For the Arts Benefit Concert, to be held Saturday night at Barnum Hall. The Santa Monica High School choir, orchestra and jazz band will play with musical guests America, Venice, Richard Page of Mr. Mister and one mystery guest in a show-stopping performance to raise money for arts... Read more →


Don’t forget the diet part of weight loss

We Santa Monicans don’t know how great we have it. I’m reporting this week from chilly (31 degrees) weather in Point Lookout, N.Y. and I can tell you that nothing is worse than having to throw on winter gear, get in your car, wait for it to warm up, go to the gym, take off all your gear, don your workout clothes, sweat like a pig,... Read more →


So hot he doesn’t know what to do

Dear New Shrink, I have been thinking about your dating advice offer. Well, here is my question. I live in Santa Monica and the beautiful women that live here are endless. Where and when does “the game” end? I am not talking about sleeping with them, but rather the “a better one, another one” syndrome. I am a... Read more →


Romeo and Juliet as you’d like it

What do Stephen Sondheim, Franco Zeffirelli, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Charles Gounod have in common? They have all created popular works in their own time based on William Shakespeare’s end-of-the 16th century play, “Romeo and Juliet.” In Shakespeare’s own time, however, the prolific Spanish... Read more →


Breaking into Tinseltown

Dear New Shrink, I am a college student who will be graduating with a degree in English this May. I would like to work in the entertainment industry but have no idea how to get started. Do you have any advice on what I can do now to get my foot in the door? Signed, Industry Wannabe Dear Wannabe, Breaking into the industry will take time... Read more →

Book Review


Every year for the past nine years Santa Monica has had a Citywide Reads. In the past we have had “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “Little Bee,” to name a few. All provided much discussion among various groups held around the city. The Santa Monica Citywide Reads this year is a book by Dolen Perkins-Valdez told in... Read more →