DVD Releases

Blu-ray special edition

‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Michael Arndt won an Academy Award for his script about a family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant so they take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. Greg Kinnear leads the clan and Alan Arkin took home a Best Supporting Oscar as the spirited grandfather. A... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Senior’

Is it ever too late to chase your dreams? What if you are established in a career with a wife of 35 years, have three children? You have a beautiful home in Tennessee. You are 59 years of age. You have made it. You are established as an elite strength and conditioning coach at the college level. Also to your credit is the invention of a piece... Read more →

Community Profiles

Santa Monican to lead young Democrats

DOWNTOWN — It’s a good time to be the head of a group of young Democrats, leading the pack of political activists when there is a Democratic president and the national party has numbers in the legislature. But that’s the life that Katherine Hennigan has lived since the 26-year-old Santa Monica resident was named the... Read more →

Entertainment

Good grief, it’s a rabbit hole

If grief is your favorite emotion, you’re going to love “Rabbit Hole,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a couple whose 4-year-old son was killed in an accident. The accident (the little boy ran out in the street after his dog and was hit by a car), happened eight months ago, but the couple is... Read more →

Life

Truth in advertising

Many have written (re: my last column) asking why I continued to date “Stinks.” Despite his flatulence, poor taste in clothing and dating venues, he was a nice guy. He also had other assets. And guys, size does matter. If you have a small thingie please stay home, watch TV and fantasize about meeting chicks, we don’t want... Read more →

Food

Barking up the right tree

Oh boy! Another really good restaurant to use up my discretionary food money. And this one comes with special features I rarely find: a great wine staff and wine selection. In front of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel’s south entrance on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue sits a huge 135-year-old non-bearing fig tree. Inside... Read more →

Entertainment

Experiencing war in words and pictures

Donald Margulies is one of my favorite living playwrights. He creates characters that are real, plots that are provocative, and dialogue that is lucid and often hilarious. His latest play, “Time Stands Still,” which was commissioned by the Geffen Playhouse and premiered there on Feb. 11, is a commendable addition to his body of... Read more →

Community Profiles

Bringing yoga back to the planet Earth

DOWNTOWN — Modern yoga comes with a lot of baggage and stereotypes. Some people think yoga involves the metaphysical, chanting, incense, ambient music, pretentious yogi hippies or yogi yuppies and outrageous pricing for instruction. Forget everything you think you know about yoga when talking to Bryan Kest. Kest moved to Santa Monica... Read more →

DVD Releases

Oscar edition

Double Feature Award Series Two long-standing studio empires — Fox and MGM — have combined to roll out the red carpet for some Oscar favorites packaged in pairs. (Fox/MGM) ‘The Abyss’/’Alien’   These special effects winners tell their stories in the deep sea and deep space. James Cameron... Read more →

Book Review

‘Home Another Way’

“But life isn’t always about what we want, is it?” Told in multiple viewpoints, this book offers the story of Sarah who travels to a town in New York called Jonah to claim her inheritance. Her estranged father has died. She is hoping to go claim what is hers and get out without interfacing with anyone. She had not planned... Read more →