Iraq vet makes artwork with old uniforms

ARTFUL: Drew Cameron created this self portrait using paper made from uniforms. (Image courtesy Drew Cameron) NEW ROADS — When viewed completely detached from context, the papers hanging on the walls over at the current New Roads School’s art exhibit are calming. Light green poster-sized papers sit next to lighter green papers.... Read more →


Play Time: Brooding poem in the night

ALONE ON STAGE: George Regout in Adam Rapp's ‘Nocturne.’ (Photo courtesy Ute Ville) George Regout, identified in the play as The Son, killed his sister when he was 17 years old. She was 9. The play is “Nocturne,” Adam Rapp’s poignant drama about the effects of the accidental death of the little girl on her big brother and... Read more →

Community Profiles


Santa Monican making mark with talents

PLAYING ALONG: Violinist Christine Wu on set during Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky 2’ music video shoot at Laurel Canyon Stages on Jan. 7. (Photo courtesy Adrian Sidney/Picturegroup) DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica resident Christine Wu is becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand musicians. Her most recent collaboration went viral and... Read more →


Kate Beckinsale helps raise cash for yoga program

SAINT JOHN’S — Actress Kate Beckinsale helped Saint John’s Health Center raise cash for a new yoga program at the hospital. On Thursday, Beckinsale, along with celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber and 80 other attendees, did some yoga to support the new program, which is meant to help patients undergoing breast cancer treatment at... Read more →



Bringing back the neighborhood butcher

Chewing the fat is multi-meaningful if you find yourself at a butcher’s counter with the right crowd. “It’s pork belly,” says Eddy Shin, owner and butcher at A Cut Above Butcher Shop on Santa Monica Boulevard, as he hands a glistening piece of fat to myself and Jason Wise, a filmmaker who is currently directing a documentary about... Read more →


Play Time: The body in the chair

Martin Thompson, Jennifer Lee Laks, and Christine Joelle in "Night Watch" at Theatre 40.(Photo by Ed Krieger) Elaine (Jennifer Lee Laks) has had insomnia all her life, so she habitually wanders around the house in the middle of the night. This night, she looks out her front window and screams! In rush her husband, John (Martin... Read more →


The Better Option: For the love of chocolate

Whether Valentine’s Day, like Halloween, is rooted in the pagan celebration, Lupercalia or the Christian festival honoring the legend of St. Valentine is still up for debate. But one thing for sure is that Total U.S confectionery sales for Valentine’s Day 2014 are projected to be over $1 billion, and chocolate will make up approximately... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Stories we tell

A MAN AND HIS WORDS: Storyteller Mike Daisey is set to perform tonight at UCLA. (Photo courtesy of CAP UCLA) Mike Daisey has managed to carve a living out of storytelling, which has become one of the predominant art forms of our time. “I grew up in far northern Maine and did a lot of storytelling, something that happens in remote... Read more →


Play Time: Barry McGovern says ‘I’ll go on’ to Beckett

LOOK! Barry McGovern in ‘I’ll Go On,’ at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre. (Courtesy Craig Schwartz Photography) Have you ever listened intently to someone explaining, succinctly and articulately, an esoteric concept you never understood before, until you suddenly exclaimed triumphantly, “A ha! I got it!” only to... Read more →


Brief: Hotel indulges sweet tooth

The Shore Hotel is partnering with Sprinkles Cupcakes to give locals a little something sweet for Valentine’s Day. The Los Angeles-based bakery will bring its cupcake cart to the Ocean Avenue hotel from Feb. 14-17, offering an assortment of classic favorites including red velvet, dark chocolate and salty caramel. For more information,... Read more →


Emeritus concert

BROAD STAGE — Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Concert Band will be hosting a free concert this Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Broad Stage that will feature show tune favorites, as well as a Sousa march. “Free concerts at the Broad are almost non-existent, so this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Saturday afternoon of good,... Read more →