Culture Watch

Paper Bullets and lots of boxes

I've really been looking forward to "These Paper Bullets" at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, which opened last night. This mash-up of "Much Ado About Nothing," Shakespeare's original "rom-com" (romantic comedy) with a Beatles-era band features music by Grammy Award-winner Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and a plot line with lots of... Read more →



Beloved auto repair shop closing after 93 years

Beneath a clear covering on the front desk at Santa Monica Radiator are dozens of cards and notes from customers thanking the business owners and staff for their extensive knowledge, unwavering dedication and friendly service. But very soon, those and hundreds of other customers will have to find another auto repair shop. After 93 years,... Read more →


A ‘sweet sixteen’ fit for a foodie

The famed fig tree inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows can expect a larger crowd than usual congregating under its branches this Sunday night, as Angeleno's 13th Annual Live & Dine LA guests will be noshing on ceviche, gazpacho and spit-roasted lamb during a night celebrating all the best the Los Angeles food scene has to... Read more →


Santa Monica College presents fall jazz concerts

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present this year's Fall Jazz Concerts, featuring pianist Theo Saunders, saxophonist Tom Luer, and saxman/pianist Don Reckard. The series begins with Theo Saunders and the Jassemblage Band on Friday, Sept. 25. All concerts are held at 7 p.m. in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing... Read more →

Culture Watch

The fall season begins

This past week has been a quiet one for me; I read a couple of novels that I highly recommend and finally went to see the "The End of the Tour," with an unexpected and thoroughly convincing performance by comedic actor Jason Segel as the renowned late author David Foster Wallace. The novels came from the Pico branch of Santa Monica Public... Read more →



Santa Monica’s Tongva Park hosting Walk for World Peace

The purpose of the second-annual Walk for Wold Peace and inaugural Peace in the Park festival Sept. 12¬†is to create awareness among the community of how connecting with your inner peace through meditation creates world peace. Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse communities to unplug and explore activities of peace... Read more →


‘The Experiment’ theatrical cabaret coming to Santa Monica

Creating Arts Studios is proud to present "The Experiment," a 360-degree immersive theatrical cabaret running for eight weeks (Sept.¬†11 through¬†Oct.¬†31 from 8 to 10 p.m.) at CAC Studios, 3110 Pennsylvania Ave., in Santa Monica. Upon arrival guests are checked in at the asylum and escorted by candy stripers to the dayroom, where... Read more →

Culture Watch

A Guy Walks into a Starbucks

If you like your stage plays tight as a drum and sitcom funny, then you'll love "Caf√© Society" at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Written by author and Emmy Award-winning TV writer Peter Lefcourt and directed by his wife, Teri Hanauer whose credits include film, TV and stage, this Santa Monica Canyon-based couple set their... Read more →

Community Profiles


Greywater keeps lawn green

As lawns citywide turn brown or are replaced with drought tolerant alternatives, Andy Lauer's plush green lawn stands out. The front yard has flourished despite being untouched by a hose or a sprinkler for over a decade. The secret behind its healthy appearance? The entire lawn is grown in sand. This may surprise any passersby because the... Read more →