The Albright celebrates 40 years on the Pier

Marina Andalon This month The Albright will not just be celebrating the New Year but also their 40th anniversary and owners Greg and Yunnie Morena are taking pride in their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. When the restaurant opened in 1977 it was named Santa Monica Pier Seafood, and owned and by... Read more →



Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of January 2, 2017, the Contractor will continue with removal and replacement of the sewer main on Marguerita Place North between 1st Court and 7th Street. The contractor will also continue cleaning and video inspection of the sewer main on Ocean Front Walk from Ashland Avenue to the Santa... Read more →


Employees to get more sick days in the New Year

By Kate Cagle Sick days will start adding up for hotel and restaurant and workers in Santa Monica at the start of the New Year, but that doesn’t mean employees will feel ready to cash them in. Starting on January 1st, companies in Santa Monica with more than 26 employees will have to offer 5 days of paid sick leave. Smaller businesses... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Julieta

  Rated R 99 Minutes Released December 21st   Pedro Almdovar uses color as a language. He noted in a Q&A after a screening of his latest film Julieta, that he uses the color red sparsely so that it keeps its impact, especially when it underscores a woman’s emotions. Julieta begins with a screen filled with the deep... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Fences

Rated PG-13 138 Minutes Released December 25th   Fences is a type of film I sometimes find annoying. It’s a powerful award-winning play by August Wilson. Normally I would say I would rather see a play on stage than have it transposed to film. However the performances are so brave and heartfelt in this piece that I could... Read more →


Samohi Alumni determined to walk again

By Marina Andalon Daily Press Staff Writer It has been seven years since a tragic injury took place on the Santa Monica High School football field. On Sept. 11, 2009 Cody Williams step foot on the field as a junior playing on the Varsity team for the Vikings. He went in to tackle the quarterback and hit the hip of the quarterback,... Read more →

Play Time

It’s “LaLa Land,” A Big Song and Dance

By Cynthia Citron They just don’t make 1940s musicals anymore. You know, the kind where all the kids get together after school in their local drugstore-hangout to slurp their chocolate ice cream sodas (except if the film is in technicolor the sodas will be strawberry) and suddenly all of them will start to sing in unison and twirl around... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Passengers

  Rated PG-13 116 Minutes Released December 21st Passengers will immerse you in an exceptionally vivid world. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, the art directors, the production designers, special effects and visual effects professionals who worked on this film have created an extraordinary environment on board the ship as well... Read more →

Culture Watch


By Sarah A. Spitz For the fifth time in just over a century, Christmas and Chanukah (my preferred spelling; start the debate now!) fall on the same day this year. So let’s light the menorah, hang the brightest star atop the tree and remember to celebrate! Sorry to say that I missed telling you about the annual Messiah Singalong last... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: La La Land

  Rated PG-13 128 Minutes Released December 16 Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is a story put to music rather than a “musical”. Don’t go into the film expecting an elaborate “Grease”, “West Side Story” or 1930’s Busby Berkeley extravaganza. La La Land is truly an ode to Los Angeles, still a city of dreams, even... Read more →

Culture Watch

Jamming to James Baldwin

  By Sarah A. Spitz   Mark Stewart (aka Stew), a black kid from the Fairfax neighborhood, formed an award-winning indie rock band in the 1990s ironically called Stew and The Negro Problem — “ironically” because Stew did not live up to “expectations” of what “black music” should be and chose his own musical... Read more →


Holiday Travel

  The holidays are here with places to go, people to see and events to enjoy. If you are headed out of town for the holidays, BBB provides easy and inexpensive service to LAX via Route 3 or Rapid 3.  Check out how it works at  Traveling on Amtrak, Metrolink, or MegaBus? A quick ride on the Expo and Purple... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Nocturnal Animals

  Rated R 17 Minutes Released December 9th Nocturnal Animals is a dark psychological thriller – extremely dark in fact. On the surface the story is about an upscale art gallery curator, “Susan” (Amy Adams) and her ex-husband “Tony”, a struggling writer (Jake Gyllenhaal). The story is told in the form of a novel... Read more →

Play Time

Something to Sing About

  By Cynthia Citron Anyone who has ever experienced a Broadway musical performed in New York will recall the special excitement and energy that the audience brings to a really spectacular production. Sometimes we achieve that kind of enjoyment from a musical here in Los Angeles. Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Merrily We Roll... Read more →