Culture Watch

Choose your words carefully

When the erudite “thinking man's” talk show host Dick Cavett invited sharp-tongued writer Mary McCarthy to appear on his PBS show in 1979, he provoked not just a war over words but a libel suit against McCarthy, PBS and Cavett himself. It was filed by Lillian Hellman, whom McCarthy had allegedly insulted on the show … accidentally... Read more →

Play Time

Dame Edna Everage fares well in ‘Glorious Goodbye’

She's been doing the same act for 60 years. No need to change it though, since audiences all over the world love it just as it is and flock to see it again and again. Currently on her third round of visits to Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater, she is playing, as she habitually does, to a full house. She is Dame Edna Everage and this year her... Read more →


Lecture explores Renaissance palaces, prints and plates

A Film Lecture will be given by Art History instructor Dr. Valerie Taylor on Friday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Emeritus College, 1227 2nd. Street, Room 107. Her talk considers the material culture of the past through the art of the present. Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) was the most important female art patron and collector of... Read more →


Allen fights vaccine exemption loophole

SACRAMENTO — Rookie State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) is co-sponsoring a bill to repeal an exemption that currently lets parents opt their kids out of getting vaccinations for schools. The bill comes amidst a measles outbreak that has spread widely in Southern California. Earlier this week, a baby, too young to receive the measles... Read more →


haleARTS SPACE hosting ‘Love and Lust’ reception

haleARTS SPACE will host an opening reception of the fourth-annual “Love and Lust” sale. In collaboration with featured local emerging artists, the theme of “Love and Lust” is pulled, prodded and turned upside-down. What is love? What is lust? Can art capture the essence of either or both or neither? This year’s show will feature... Read more →


‘Arts for Hearts’ to benefit at-risk youth

Since 2002, the Pico Youth and Family Center, a Santa Monica nonprofit organization, has served hundreds of at-risk youth on the Westside by providing much needed case management, counseling, tutoring, computer training, job readiness preparation and music production training. PYFC targets youth ages 16-24 that are most at risk, including... Read more →


SMC theater show to fund festival trip

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present a benefit performance to help send students to the regional competition of the prestigious 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The benefit will be held Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa... Read more →

Community Profiles

Faces of Santa Monica: Danny Wax

Santa Monica native Danny Wax started Forelinx after returning from a three year stint on the PGA Nationwide Tour. Forelinx, a social platform for connecting golfers, connects users based on network and interests and allows them to book tee times at 1,500 courses nationwide. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Danny about growing up... Read more →


How an Olympic High student won Super Bowl tickets

The bright lights and television cameras were already some 375 miles east of Santa Monica, diehard football fans converging on the host city, players augmenting the spectacle with headline-grabbing sound bites, coaches preparing for America's most prominent sporting event. The action was at Olympic High School. A white envelope was... Read more →


Where to watch the Super Bowl in Santa Monica

It's the matchup America has been waiting for. It's the Pats against the Hawks, East against West, the alleged deflaters against the gregarious haters, the ruling dynasty versus the reigning champions, the mastermind QB against the menacing D. The storylines, if not the tradition, will have millions of people tuning in as the New England... Read more →


Sinai Temple to host Israel-Azerbaijan symposium

The close political, economic and defense relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan will be the focus of a discussion between David Siegel, Consul-General of Israel and Nasimi Aghayev, Consul-General of Azerbaijan at the next meeting of the Men's Club of Sinai Temple at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Among the issues to be explored are... Read more →


Marcy & Zina Show coming to Malibu

Lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich bring their wonderfully wacky and heartbreakingly sincere musical creations to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre (24255 Pacific Coast Highway) in Malibu on Tuesday, Feb, 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced starting at $15 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available... Read more →