Artist takes quilting to next level

HIP TAKE: Artist Luke Haynes with one of his creations, a quilt featuring the faces of rappers Jay Z and Kanye West. (Brad Farwell PALISADES PARK  — The first artist in residence at 1450 Ocean epitomizes the new cultural center’s current metamorphosis. Luke Haynes’ sees his work, which includes portraits of... Read more →


Brief: Youth awarded scholarships

(L-R) Finalists Tayon Blockmon, Geanna Grammatico, Gabriela Hernandez and Aemoni Harris pose with Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica board member Bill Dawson (center). Hernandez won Youth of the Year. (Fabian Lewkowicz The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica named its Youth of the Year over the weekend, sending... Read more →


Eating out doesn’t have to mean high calorie counts

You deserve a break to day. Sound familiar? The 1970s slogan for McDonald’s was giving then stay-at-home moms permission for a break from cooking for their family. Originally, eating out at restaurants was reserved for special occasions. Sure there was the café for the occasional breakfast or roadside meal, but most meals were prepared and... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Greek myths, Scottish ballads

(From left) Annie Grace, Melody Grove (Prudencia), Paul McCole, Alasdair Macrae, David McKay performing on instruments for The National Theatre of Scotland’s 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.' (Photo courtesy Ben Gibbs) Though there’s nary a kilt in sight, we have two Scottish companies in town: The National Theatre of Scotland... Read more →


Play Time: How to lose a wife in one play

Ron Barlow is an unsuccessful middle-aged screenwriter who wants a divorce. The problem is he signed a prenup with his millionaire wife that stipulated that if he divorced her, he would get none of her money. But if she divorced him, he'd get a tidy chunk. So begins “Day Trader,” Eric Rudnick's twisted mish-mash of a play that leads... Read more →


New age food from the old country

Since I had not taken a foreign language in high school, I was put on probation until I passed a foreign language class while at UCLA. I chose Italian since it was rumored to be the easiest. But it was not easy for me. To improve my Italian I started eating dinner every evening at Mario’s Italian Restaurant in Westwood Village. At the... Read more →


Santa Monica’s MLK celebration set

File photo WILSHIRE BLVD — Actor Gerald C. Rivers will be the keynote speaker, accompanied by singer Charles Holt, at the birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium. The free event — one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in... Read more →

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Culture Watch: We’ll all go on

Barry McGovern in ‘I’ll Go On.’ The play is based on three Samuel Beckett novels. (Photo courtesy Craig Schwartz Photography) Picture a unique diamond cut to utter perfection, whose luster deepens with age, and you will have a general idea of how brilliant and singular Barry McGovern’s well honed one-man-show “I’ll Go On”... Read more →


Play Time: Laughter is the best medicine

THIS WON’T HURT A BIT: ‘Rx’ is Kate Fodor's hilarious new romantic comedy, (Photo courtesy The Lost Studio) She is a published poet who once wrote a prose poem about feet. He has a foot fetish. Obviously, they were made for each other. But that isn't how they meet. In Kate Fodor's hilarious new romantic comedy, “Rx,” now... Read more →