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Culture Watch: Remembering and honoring

THE CAST: Kirsten Kollender, Joshua Bitton, Peggy Dunne and Jennifer Pollono star in 'Lost Girls.' (Photo courtesy John Flynn) This Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of the event called “Kristallnacht,” the night of broken glass, Nov. 9, 1938, when Jewish businesses, temples, schools, hospitals and homes were systematically... Read more →


Play Time: You wouldn’t want to live there

“Falling” is a play you may never forget. Not just for its incredible acting, but also for its subject matter. It’s the story of an exceptional nuclear family: a couple with a teenage daughter and a severely autistic 18-year-old son, as well as a well-meaning grandmother who comes to visit with all her platitudes intact. “All... Read more →


NASA recognizes local actress as one of its brightest stars

BIG HONOR: June Lockhart is awarded the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for inspiring the public on space exploration. (Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech) PASADENA — More than four decades after floating among the stars on the American sci-fi hit “Lost in Space,” actress and longtime Santa Monica resident June Lockhart has been... Read more →

Community Profiles


Senior runner has (almost) done it all

Natalie Lewis (David Mark Simpson DOWNTOWN — Natalie Lewis doesn’t recall many specific instances from her run, at 50 years old, from Santa Monica to New York City. She slept in a tee-pee and cemeteries. She lost and found her envelope of money in Pennsylvania. People were beautiful and kind, she said. “It was... Read more →


‘Gorgeous’ Gussy gets her court

REED PARK — City officials will pay tribute to world-famous tennis pioneer Gertrude "Gussy" Moran this Sunday by naming the Stadium Court at Reed Park the Gussy Moran Stadium Court. "Gorgeous Gussy" Moran with her famous knickers. (Photo courtesy Google Images) In addition to adding the court signage, a permanent didactic sign with... Read more →


Sriracha shortage panic? There are options

Is a meal without Sriracha worth eating? It’s a quandary that recently took on real and scary proportions for fans of the wildly popular tangy Thai hot sauce. There are plenty of alternatives to Sriracha. But are you willing to put your tongue to the test? (Photo courtesy Sriracha lovers had a near miss this week when a... Read more →


Public art takes center stage with ‘Chain Reaction’

CITYWIDE — With only three months left to finance the restoration of Santa Monica’s iconic anti-nuclear sculpture before a City Hall-imposed deadline, supporters of  “Chain Reaction” are far from reaching their $400,000 fundraising goal, sources say. 'Cradle' by Los Angeles-based studio Ball-Nogues hangs from Parking Structure 7... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Stories we tell

DIGGING DIRT: 'Symphony of the Soil’ is a documentary that explores the mystery of soil. (Photo courtesy Lily Films) I’ve mentioned the monthly storytelling series Shine a few times here and finally attended the Oct. 24 edition, where storytellers shared tales on the Halloween theme “Hauntings.” The series, produced by Jen... Read more →


Play Time: Thanksgiving a time for a family feud

GOOFING AROUND: Beth Triffon, Ava Bianchi and Eric Hunicutt in ‘The Pain and The Itch.’ (Photo courtesy Ed Krieger) Bruce Norris’ play “The Pain and the Itch” is rendered perfectly in a current revival at Los Angeles’ Zephyr Theatre. Perfect ensemble work by a superb cast. Perfect direction. Funny dialog. Perfect... Read more →