Community Profiles

Scouts honor

DOWNTOWN — One school was in desperate need of new backpack racks and shelves for its kindergarten class. Another wanted to refurbish storage bins and paint concrete trash cans to make the campus more attractive. Alejandro Villero and Garrett Cheung delivered. Sunday, surrounded by family, friends and fellow Boy Scouts, Villero and... Read more →


Samohi musicians make national orchestra

SAMOHI — A pair of Santa Monica High School students recently showcased their musical capabilities during a weekend of playing with some of the most talented young musicians in the country. Emily Wong and Matthew Van Pelt, both seniors at Samohi, played as members of the 2010 American String Teachers Association National High School... Read more →


Putting a rude colleague in her place

Dear New Shrink, You know those people who are rude no matter what. I can normally tolerate this behavior for a short amount of time, however, the person I have in mind is someone that I work with. I have a good relationship with most of my colleagues, but one woman is rude beyond belief. She spends most of her day complaining and when I ask... Read more →


East is worth the trip to Hollywood

I rarely drive into Hollywood for dinner — only when something very special takes me there. And I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to the décor in a restaurant; I’m mostly focused on my comfort level. I usually am most attentive to the food. But when my friend Paul McCloskey invited us to dinner at a restaurant... Read more →


Catering to kids

Kid-friendly restaurants come in all different shapes and sizes. One restaurant was actually built for kids. Giggles ‘n Hugs on Wilshire Boulevard near Bundy Drive really sets the bar for kid friendly. The owner, unable to find a place to eat with her daughter that was truly geared toward children, decided to start one. From its... Read more →

Community Profiles

Shining light on genetic cancer risks

NOMA — As Joi Morris knows, the truth can be scary. However, Morris recently made learning the truth about heightened risks of breast and ovarian cancer caused by gene mutations a little easier through her book, “Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer.” The... Read more →


Kicking the coffee habit

With the passing of Valentine’s Day and lovers everywhere having just indulged in Cacao of the Now’s “Sexual Chocolate,” I’m sure those whose desires were fed on Sunday, found themselves seeking some “mud” on Monday. I didn’t celebrate, but instead had a lovely post V-Day coffee date at Urth... Read more →


A fabulous production at the Ruskin Theatre

After you’ve watched the subtle, nuanced performance of Dane Zinter as Fredrick, a pathetically lonely, obsessed madman in “The Collector,” you may be excused for concluding that the actor himself is more than a little deranged. His defensive smirk, his furrowed brow, his awkward gestures with his hands are so spot-on that... Read more →


Working up to that big hug

Dear New Shrink, I have been wondering and worrying about how I can let the people I love know that I love them. I come from a kind of hands off, non-demonstrative family and we just do not say I love you or even give hugs or embraces. Yet I know we all care deeply about one another. I find myself following in the same foot steps, but I want... Read more →


City slickers meet Old McDonald

I loved visiting my grandparents’ 5-acre farm during the summers of my childhood. My grandfather kept a menagerie of animals in his big red barn, including a cow that tried to eat my little brother’s straw-colored hair. My cousins, brother and I played outside all day with the horses, donkeys, ponies, dogs, and scores of barn... Read more →

Community Profiles

Aiding the underdog

WILSHIRE BLVD — Gary Adams was going to be a CEO. That was the plan, at least, when he entered college at the University of California, Davis. “Plans” are fickle things, though, and — fortunately for hundreds of dogs and cats — Adams’s plan changed. “I was always that kid who brought home wounded... Read more →


The $1 billion Valentine tree

This year as Valentine’s Day approaches consider, for just one moment, where that scrumptious chocolate came from, and you might be surprised to know that it is a gift from the chocolate tree. The story of chocolate dates back at least 3,200 years to the time of the Olmec peoples of Middle America — it is rich with history,... Read more →


Try it, it’s orgasmic

Oo, Oh, Oo, Oohh, Oh, God, Ooo, Oh, God, Oohh, Ah, Oo, Oh God, Oh yea right there, Uhh, uhh, uhh, Oh, Oh, Oh God, Oh. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Uhh, uhhh, Oh, Yes, Yes, Yes, Oh Yes, Yes Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Uhh. Oh, oh, oh. Oh, God. She takes another bite and an observer chimes in, “I’ll have what she’s having.” A... Read more →


Keller arrives at Bouchon

Thomas Keller, thought by many to be America’s best chef, leads the French Laundry’s restaurant team in Napa Valley. The people responsible for lists of the world’s leading restaurants often include some subset of Keller’s restaurants — the list of Keller’s restaurants includes the very successful Per Se... Read more →