Play Time

Play Time: A ‘dream’ of a play at the Fountain

Once again the amazing and consistently fabulous Fountain Theater has mounted a play that, like most of their others, is a must see! This one is called “Dream Catcher” and it was created by the Fountain's award-winning playwright and co-founder, Stephen Sachs, whose plays are often perceptive and thought-provoking explorations of the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Santa Monica key to local author’s spy novel

The Cold War is at its height as graduate student Nick Butler, a CIA recruit, heads to the beach in Santa Monica. Operating as a spy in the military aircraft industry, he's been given fake stealth bomber designs by U.S. and allied intelligence officials. The beautiful girl he meets on the sand, a Russian spy, thinks they're real. “What... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Laemmle returns to Santa Monica

I'm so excited that this news came in before I finished writing this week's column! Laemmle Theatres announces the re-opening of the cinema complex formerly known as the Monica Twin and Monica 4-Plex, now renamed the Monica Film Center, Friday night Jan. 29. The venue has been in its 2nd Street location for 44 years, and was always my... Read more →

Play Time

Play Time: Rainn Wilson provides a Pain-ful monologue

All the lights go off and the theater is plunged into a blackness so intense that you feel you can reach out and grab it. After a few long moments you sense that there is someone on stage. Whoever it is, after waiting another long moment, produces a flame so small as to be nearly invisible and attempts to light what might be a cigarette.... Read more →

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Beating the odds in ‘KooKooLand’

“It was all about finding the right voice,” Gloria Norris said at a recent book party celebrating her new memoir “KooKooLand,” published this month by Regan Arts. It’s a dazzling feat of writing, a riveting personal history and an impressive story about overcoming long odds. For a long time, it was her father’s voice that... Read more →


Making your New Year’s fitness resolutions stick

Betsy Mendel doesn't believe in New Year's resolutions. At least not when it comes to fitness. The Santa Monica-based personal trainer says that, in her experience, they just don't stick. “Most people break their resolutions,” Mendel said. “And, personally, I don't think it's a great way to try and lose weight. Gyms are full until... Read more →


‘Clever’ way to fundraise

As an active parent in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, Shannon Gabor knows how much of a struggle it can be to fundraise. As an entrepreneur who runs an area business, she felt she could provide some help. “When I became a mom, I realized there was an opportunity to blend my professional passion with what I was seeing as an... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: The original lounge act

You may not know the names behind the original 1950s Las Vegas lounge act, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, but you've definitely heard of a duo they influenced: Sonny and Cher. Like Keely, Cher sang and played deadpan to Sonny's goofier persona. Both women have Native American ancestry, were the superior singers in their duos, and went on to... Read more →