Cooking demos spice up farmers market

Anyone can pick up a butternut squash at the farmers market; knowing what to do with it once you get home is the tricky part. So on Aug. 16, the Santa Monica Sunday Farmers Market, in conjunction with Venice Merchant, began doing bi-weekly "Cooking Fresh" demos to teach customers what they can do with the produce they are buying. "Customers... Read more →

Book Review

Book Review: Golden girl publishes gem of a book

In 1944, while World War II was raging, 11-year-old Elaine Jones and her four siblings moved cross-country from Rhode Island to Santa Monica with their British-born parents. Actually, Eric, her artist father, had come first in search of work and housing, both in short supply during wartime. Fortunately, Eric soon secured a job, which came... Read more →


Receiving special treatment

Barbara Abrams had worked as a labor and delivery nurse since 1979 and planned to retire last year. It just so happened that the day she had selected to bow out ended up being the day her granddaughter was born. But following this newfound joy in her life came some bad news: Abrams was diagnosed with cancer in her left breast this July.... Read more →


Mt. Olive hosts TV movie shoot

A giant Christmas tree stood on the premises, wreaths adorned the facilities and large boxes were wrapped and tied with ribbons to look like gifts. The elaborate decorations all seemed appropriate for Christmas time at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, except for the fact that it was June. The holiday scene wasn't the result of a colossal calendar... Read more →


Halloween bash to benefit Meals on Wheels West

Meals on Wheels West brings food to senior citizens, people with disabilities and other needy residents in and around Santa Monica, delivering 80,000-plus meals last year alone. "We serve people of all ages and incomes," executive director Chris Baca said. "We have clients who live in high-rises on Ocean Avenue and people who live in mobile... Read more →


‘Catching’ your attention on the Pier

Seafood will not be in short supply this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier, but you can be sure the bounty will not be of the overfished variety either. The inaugural Off The Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival, a seafood tasting and community awareness event on the Pier, will take place this weekend in celebration of National Seafood... Read more →


A play with a purpose

Residents don't trust City Hall. Developers threaten the Santa Monica way of life. Election politics are thrust into the limelight and a new political movement springs to life. It's a familiar setting, but this isn't the story of today. This is the story of Santa Monica's past and the fight to save the Pier in the 1970's. "Save the Pier!" a... Read more →


Santa Monica Pier fundraiser to support Special Olympics

Special Olympics Southern California invites residents to "Join the Celebration" at its annual Pier del Sol fundraiser on Sunday, October 11 at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park. Pier del Sol features Chef Alain Giraud's VIP Brunch with cuisine from 35 Los Angeles restaurants, including Maison Giraud, Melisse, Spago,... Read more →


‘Star Wars’ Reads Day at Santa Monica Public Library

Read more, you must. Children and their families are invited to celebrate all things "Star Wars" and the joy of reading on Saturday, Oct.¬†10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. "Star Wars" Reads Day will include a book reading, crafts, games, trivia, refreshments, giveaways, and more.... Read more →

Movie Reviews


Matt Damon is resilient in ‘The Martian’

"The Martian" is a modern day western, set in the foreseeable future rather than a past that no longer exists. It's an epic work without twists or tricks. Writer Drew Goddard created an excellent screenplay from the novel by Andy Weir. Goddard wanted to direct, however with too many of his projects green-lit at once, he had to find another... Read more →

Culture Watch

Time, memory, photography

"Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows" is a must-see photographic exhibition at The Getty Center in Brentwood. The accompanying show "The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography" is equally intriguing and flows thematically from this master photographer's collection of works. I wonder whether photography in Japan is dominated by... Read more →