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Culture Watch: Art, books, music … and theatre camp

In case you missed “Incognito,” the unique “guess-the-artist” annual fundraising art show benefiting Santa Monica Museum of Art, you still have a chance to get in on another great art show and sale that serves a worthy cause while honoring two local arts leaders. From May 29 through June 1, the Rosamond Felsen Gallery at Bergamot... Read more →

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From jelly filled to juiced

News of another juice joint opening in Santa Monica is far from extraordinary. However, Chomp Eatery & Juice Station has some surprises in store. Chomp is a venture from Santa Monica donut guru Sean Tao. Tao, part owner of DK's Donuts had been looking to open up a different kind of restaurant. When the storefront went vacant next door... Read more →

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Culture Watch: May arts bouquet

ACTORS PUTTING IN WORK: Daniel J. Travanti and Amanda Summers star in 'False Solution.' (Photo courtesy Mark Monteil/Architect's Newspaper) Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, took place this past weekend. Here in Los Angeles we’re most familiar with the work of architect Moshe Safdie as the architect of Skirball Cultural... Read more →


Beach House turns 5

SM BEACH HOUSE — They grow up so fast. It seems like only yesterday that City Council was agreeing to subsidize the Annenberg Community Beach House. The beach house turns 5 today and will celebrate its birthday with tons of special events this weekend. The land was originally developed by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Notable lives, great performances

There are two one-person plays taking place across town from one another, each concerning notable individuals separated by a generation who broke the conventions of their time. But how very different their stories are. At The Geffen Playhouse, the unmatchable Annette Bening would make Ruth Draper herself envious with her amazing ability... Read more →


Baryshnikov comes to The Broad

MAN OF THE HOUR: Mikhail Baryshnikov is returning to The Broad Stage. (Photo courtesy T. Charles Erickson) Adapted from two Anton Chekhov short stories, “Man In A Case” is a pair of haunting love stories — one of an officious, anti-social man and his involvement with an extroverted woman. The second, a tale of moral ambiguity in... Read more →


Pressing the sandwich issue

YUM! Ciboteca appears to be unafraid of being located blocks from Bay Cities Deli. (Michael Ryan Bay Cities Deli is as iconic to Santa Monica as the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Pier, or our famously high taxes. For someone else to open up another Italian-style sandwich spot just a few blocks away is by all... Read more →


How to have a safe Easter with your dog

TAKE CARE: Make sure that your dog is safe during the excitement of Easter Sunday. (Photo courtesy Andrea Servadio) Easter egg hunts and baskets are two traditions that make Easter one of the cutest and sweetest of holidays, especially for children. Yet everything we love about these traditions presents hidden dangers for your... Read more →

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Culture Watch: BritWeek bonanza

It’s not quite the Brit-centric haven it used to be, but Santa Monica is still a place that hundreds of British expatriates call home.   On April 25, at Santa Monica's Moss Theatre on the campus of New Roads School, the city will serve as host to one of the centerpieces of this year's BritWeek Celebration. Founded in 2007,... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Shakespeare and puppets

LINEUP: Cast of Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ (Photo courtesy Simon Annand) You have just a few more opportunities to catch Britain’s venerable Bristol Old Vic and South Africa’s young Handspring Puppet Company as they wrap up their run of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “A... Read more →