Divorce, Garry Marshall style

Apparently Garry Marshall and Neil Simon were twins separated at birth. Each plumbs the vicissitudes of relationships with a like-minded comic sensibility and an exaggerated appreciation of the absurd. They are two of the best comedic dramatists writing today. Which Garry Marshall proves once again with the West Coast Premiere of... Read more →


Tastes like a winner

I recently enjoyed a meal at a new restaurant in the Palisades called Taste. Located on Palisades Drive in a small shopping center, it seemed to be doing well as it was quite crowded when we arrived at 6:30 p.m.. We had very good service and proceeded to order a lovely bottle of wine and two appetizers. The appetizers were both very good; a... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Debating the benefits of sharing our kids

I have been wondering recently if it is it OK for me to write about my son here. I tell funny stories about him, my challenges with motherhood and, what got me thinking about this, our struggles with his developmental delay. He is only 2 years old. Obviously, he cannot read. But it will be there when he can. How will he feel about people... Read more →

Community Profiles

Riding for a good cause

DOWNTOWN — A 10-ounce bottle containing a cloudy mixture of plankton, water and colorful bits of plastic sits on Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins’ living room table, reminding the soon-to-be married couple why they will spend the next two months biking across the country. Laying next to the jar is a short line of rope tying... Read more →


Fuel for the day

While most articles define superfoods as those foods with the highest antioxidant activity, I choose my favorite superfoods based on antioxidants and the ability to perform multiple tasks in the diet and in the body. Pomegranates, acai and gojis are great, but they have limited uses when compared to this list of superfoods: flax seeds,... Read more →


No blues at this BBQ

I judge the quality of life in a city by the quality of its barbecue and the number of chocolate stores within or close to the city limits. I haven’t checked all the candy stores yet, but I’ve had some mighty good BBQ, and so far my favorite is Baby Blues. WHERE: 444 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 90291: (310) 396-7675. WHEN: I like a... Read more →

Book Review

‘Whirlwind’ By Cathy Marie Hake Bethany House

We are interested in immigrants. Now we find our immigrants coming by plane or other means, but, we must remember that it wasn’t too long ago when our immigrants came by boat and were filtered through Ellis Island. It wasn’t easy in 1892 to be employed as a nanny. Your charges have been sent away to boarding school and your... Read more →

DVD Releases

New on DVD

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Winner of eight Oscars including Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Dev Patel stars as a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums and becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He is then arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being... Read more →


Living in a man’s world?

Quick, name a famous female physicist. OK, besides Marie Curie. Sadly, the name Rosalind Franklin doesn’t spring readily to mind. But it should, since Ms. Franklin did the crucial work that led to the discovery of the structure of dioxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the very building blocks of life. The fascinating story of Ms.... Read more →


Japanese disconnect

Far from a travel guide, “Tokyo!” is a trio of short films set in the Japanese city, created by three directors known for being on the edge of their genres. Michel Gondry (”The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Leos Carax (”The Lovers on the Bridge”) and Bong Joon-Ho (”The Host”) bring... Read more →