Famed drummer to visit Santa Monica

Johny Barbata Residents can experience rock ‘n’ roll history on June 11 at a book signing event with drumming legend Johny Barbata. At the event, held at the Santa Monica Music Center from 12 - 5:30 p.m., Barbata will be signing his new book and he said he is looking forward to interacting with music fans as part of his book... Read more →

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Blue Daisy Cafe

Blue Daisy There's a two to three block span on Wilshire Blvd. from 23rd to 25th street that will afford you some great morning time fare. Show up at 10 a.m. on a Saturday and you will see the 'breakfast corridor' will be slammed. Lines of people at NY Bagel, Blue Daisy Cafe, Bread and Porridge, Snug Harbor, to Bru's Whiffle spill out onto... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Using her head

Image courtesy Bruria Finkel What happens when an artist, dependent upon head, hand and heart, loses the full use of one of them? Local artist Bruria Finkel faced that dilemma when she was seriously injured in a car accident, losing her ability to turn her head. For more than six months during her recovery Finkel was forced to wear... Read more →



First Cronuts, now Wownuts! Why are we so blessed? We are truly living in a golden age of donuts. Approximately one year ago, Santa Monica's favorite donut shop, DK's Donut's was spearheading the Cronut craze in Los Angeles. The Double Decker O-Nut (DK's spin on the trademarked Cronut) garnered a social media frenzy that caught the... Read more →



Twilight Concert Series lineup announced

Cults SM PIER — What are you doing every Thursday night of the summer? City officials have announced the lineup for the 30th annual Twilight Concert Series. The free shows will be held Thursday nights on the Santa Monica Pier. This year's calendar, which starts with the indie-rock band Cults and ends with soul man Charles Bradley,... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Looking forward

TAKING IT ALL IN TOGETHER: The crowd during the opening reception for ‘Robert Swain: The Form of Color’ at the Santa Monica Museum of Art recently. (Photo courtesy Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging) I am going to be gone for the summer, so next week’s column will be my last for awhile. I want to give you a heads-up about what’s coming... Read more →


Mainopoly lets residents eat for a good cause

MAIN STREET — Top hats and monocles are not required to participate in the inaugural Mainopoly fundraiser but organizers are hoping to see a few Monopoly-themed costumes strolling along the sidewalk on May 25. The event is a self-guided restaurants walk featuring 19 eateries along Main Street. Participants will receive 20 tasting tickets... Read more →


Symposium highlights arts policy

SMC — Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) is inviting Santa Monica residents to experience the intersection of policy and art at the organization’s annual symposium. “Arts and Citizenship: Affecting Public Policy Through Personal Narrative” runs through May 18 at 1900 Pico Blvd. with new activities available to... Read more →



Ballet performance highlights connection to the classics

ON STAGE: Sarah Drake (center) in an earlier spring performance of Westside Ballet’s dances featuring Faust. (Photo courtesy Todd Lechtick) SMC — Local dancers will present a unique ballet experience on May 18 at the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s spring performance. The show will have two parts, one a modern dance and a... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Art, books, music … and theatre camp

In case you missed “Incognito,” the unique “guess-the-artist” annual fundraising art show benefiting Santa Monica Museum of Art, you still have a chance to get in on another great art show and sale that serves a worthy cause while honoring two local arts leaders. From May 29 through June 1, the Rosamond Felsen Gallery at Bergamot... Read more →

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From jelly filled to juiced

News of another juice joint opening in Santa Monica is far from extraordinary. However, Chomp Eatery & Juice Station has some surprises in store. Chomp is a venture from Santa Monica donut guru Sean Tao. Tao, part owner of DK's Donuts had been looking to open up a different kind of restaurant. When the storefront went vacant next door... Read more →

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Culture Watch: May arts bouquet

ACTORS PUTTING IN WORK: Daniel J. Travanti and Amanda Summers star in 'False Solution.' (Photo courtesy Mark Monteil/Architect's Newspaper) Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, took place this past weekend. Here in Los Angeles we’re most familiar with the work of architect Moshe Safdie as the architect of Skirball Cultural... Read more →


Beach House turns 5

SM BEACH HOUSE — They grow up so fast. It seems like only yesterday that City Council was agreeing to subsidize the Annenberg Community Beach House. The beach house turns 5 today and will celebrate its birthday with tons of special events this weekend. The land was originally developed by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Notable lives, great performances

There are two one-person plays taking place across town from one another, each concerning notable individuals separated by a generation who broke the conventions of their time. But how very different their stories are. At The Geffen Playhouse, the unmatchable Annette Bening would make Ruth Draper herself envious with her amazing ability... Read more →


Baryshnikov comes to The Broad

MAN OF THE HOUR: Mikhail Baryshnikov is returning to The Broad Stage. (Photo courtesy T. Charles Erickson) Adapted from two Anton Chekhov short stories, “Man In A Case” is a pair of haunting love stories — one of an officious, anti-social man and his involvement with an extroverted woman. The second, a tale of moral ambiguity in... Read more →