Movie Reviews

Film Review: SING

  Rated PG 108 Minutes Animation Released December 21 Sing is a joyful collaboration of well-known actors and talented singers and musicians who voice the wacky characters in this animated ode to the music of our culture. See this animated movie for the music. The characters are misfits and, incidentally, they take the shape of... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Hidden Figures

Rated PG 127 Minutes Released January 6th Hidden Figures is the “Jimmy Stewart” movie of the year. This true story is about strength, perseverance and heroism against all odds. Many of us are hungry for tales of unassuming, doggedly persistent heroes succeeding in spite of almost insurmountable odds, especially when we feel... Read more →


Indulge in sweets to help Childhood Cancer

    Cakes, pastries, and chocolate! A Santa Monica chef will be participating in an annual fundraiser to help fund research into childhood cancer. Jeffrey de Leon, Group Pastry Chef at Santa Monica Farmshop will be attending The LA Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show on Jan. 8. Otherwise known, as Indulge LA, the event... Read more →

Play Time

The Chandler Brothers Participate in a Funeral

  By Cynthia Citron Each week when I choose a play to review, I generally follow a set of guidelines that I have found to be most useful. First, I don’t read other critics’ reviews. But since I usually go to opening nights, there aren’t other reviews around yet anyway. My interest in a play is first attracted by the one... Read more →

Culture Watch

Start Smart

It’s a New Year, stimulate your mind with smart talk, challenging art and a unique music event. But first, while we remember all the big names that we lost in 2016, let’s also honor the life of the late, great Gordon Davidson, a long-time Santa Monica Canyon resident who died suddenly on October 2, 2016. A memorial will be held on... Read more →


The Albright celebrates 40 years on the Pier

Marina Andalon This month The Albright will not just be celebrating the New Year but also their 40th anniversary and owners Greg and Yunnie Morena are taking pride in their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. When the restaurant opened in 1977 it was named Santa Monica Pier Seafood, and owned and by... Read more →



Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of January 2, 2017, the Contractor will continue with removal and replacement of the sewer main on Marguerita Place North between 1st Court and 7th Street. The contractor will also continue cleaning and video inspection of the sewer main on Ocean Front Walk from Ashland Avenue to the Santa... Read more →


Employees to get more sick days in the New Year

By Kate Cagle Sick days will start adding up for hotel and restaurant and workers in Santa Monica at the start of the New Year, but that doesn’t mean employees will feel ready to cash them in. Starting on January 1st, companies in Santa Monica with more than 26 employees will have to offer 5 days of paid sick leave. Smaller businesses... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Julieta

  Rated R 99 Minutes Released December 21st   Pedro Almdovar uses color as a language. He noted in a Q&A after a screening of his latest film Julieta, that he uses the color red sparsely so that it keeps its impact, especially when it underscores a woman’s emotions. Julieta begins with a screen filled with the deep... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Fences

Rated PG-13 138 Minutes Released December 25th   Fences is a type of film I sometimes find annoying. It’s a powerful award-winning play by August Wilson. Normally I would say I would rather see a play on stage than have it transposed to film. However the performances are so brave and heartfelt in this piece that I could... Read more →


Samohi Alumni determined to walk again

By Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer It has been seven years since a tragic injury took place on the Santa Monica High School football field. On Sept. 11, 2009 Cody Williams step foot on the field as a junior playing on the Varsity team for the Vikings. He went in to tackle the quarterback and hit the hip of the quarterback,... Read more →

Play Time

It’s “LaLa Land,” A Big Song and Dance

By Cynthia Citron They just don’t make 1940s musicals anymore. You know, the kind where all the kids get together after school in their local drugstore-hangout to slurp their chocolate ice cream sodas (except if the film is in technicolor the sodas will be strawberry) and suddenly all of them will start to sing in unison and twirl around... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Passengers

  Rated PG-13 116 Minutes Released December 21st Passengers will immerse you in an exceptionally vivid world. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, the art directors, the production designers, special effects and visual effects professionals who worked on this film have created an extraordinary environment on board the ship as well... Read more →

Culture Watch


By Sarah A. Spitz For the fifth time in just over a century, Christmas and Chanukah (my preferred spelling; start the debate now!) fall on the same day this year. So let’s light the menorah, hang the brightest star atop the tree and remember to celebrate! Sorry to say that I missed telling you about the annual Messiah Singalong last... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: La La Land

  Rated PG-13 128 Minutes Released December 16 Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is a story put to music rather than a “musical”. Don’t go into the film expecting an elaborate “Grease”, “West Side Story” or 1930’s Busby Berkeley extravaganza. La La Land is truly an ode to Los Angeles, still a city of dreams, even... Read more →