Community Profiles

Book seeks to capture millennials’ essence

Throughout her daily life, Traci Propst observes and interacts with what seems to be a strange subset of creatures. These so-called millennials have immersed themselves in a technologically driven society but are old enough to remember life without smartphones. Indeed, before texting was popular, they communicated during school classes by... Read more →


WWII B-17 panel in Santa Monica

A Santa Monica resident is helping a piece of history travel cross-country as a moving tribute to a group of WWII pilots, including his father. Santa Monica resident Christopher Wilkinson is not a veteran but his father, who died in 1994, flew in the 384th Bomb Group during WWII. Wilkinson wanted to give back to the men who served the... Read more →

Movie Reviews


  Not Rated – Documentary 77 Minutes Released September 16 Now playing at Laemmle’s Santa Monica Film Center Silicon Cowboys is a sophisticated documentary directed by Jason Cohen, his second full-length documentary. From the beginning of the film there is a sense that the filmmakers are personally invested in the story.... Read more →

Movie Reviews


Rated PG-13 132 Minutes Released September 23 The Magnificent Seven is a war movie. The war is about greed. This theme strikes home in our current sociological and political climate even though this story is set in the period following the end of the Civil War. The collateral damage caused by that war was an undercurrent of our... Read more →


Rustic Canyon celebrates 10 years with 6 course meal

The Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen is a restaurant that transports you from the streets of Santa Monica to a familial atmosphere. It is a vision of owner Josh Loeb, whose passion and love for food helped create this bistro. Loeb recalls the first night Rustic Canyon opened in 2006, feeling anxious, excited and nervous. Now... Read more →


Expo Line tour: A world of possibilities in DTLA

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the eastern terminus. It’s the end of the line, but... Read more →

Community Profiles

Regional nonprofit honoring local woman

Over the last 30-plus years, Jane Johnston has seen it all at El Nido Family Centers. The longtime Santa Monica resident has facilitated growth and change in a nonprofit organization that now provides services to some 10,000 people in Los Angeles County every year, more than 10 times the number it was serving when she started. She has been... Read more →

Culture Watch

Seeds and the Blues

When I was training to become a Master Gardener, I remember the first time I looked at a seed under a microscope at the Huntington Library and Gardens Laboratory. A bean had been cut in half so we could observe the parts that would become the root, stem and leaf, all of life contained in a tiny, coated package. As I looked, the light from the... Read more →


Festivity of Hope

  It is time for the fundraiser that brings smiles, laughter and toys to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Stars will come out to show their support for the 17th Annual Mattel Party on the Pier on September 25 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Pier. The party brings families together for fun activities while benefiting a... Read more →

Movie Reviews


Rated R 122 Minutes Released September 16th Bridget Jones’s Baby is a charming romantic comedy with a modern twist. It features some hilarious inter-generational and American vs. British mistaken-identity gaffes that serve as background for the latest awkward romantic escapades of Ms. Bridget Jones. Millennials, tech moguls, even Ed... Read more →

Community Profiles

Having a heart for AFib awareness

  It’s a typical feeling for people when they watch a scary movie, walk alone in the dark in an unfamiliar place or face a time crunch on an important exam: Their hearts race, jump, pound and skip. But it’s a phenomenon also experienced by people who don’t have any unusual external stimuli. At least 2.7 million people in... Read more →

Play Time

‘One Woman Gone Wrong’ is the right way to go

  It is usually difficult for a one-woman show to keep an audience riveted through the entire performance. But it’s a piece of cake for Leslie Caveny, who wrote and stars in “One Woman Gone Wrong,” now having its West Coast premiere at Theater West in Los Angeles. It’s a 70-minute melodramatic rant that almost immediately... Read more →