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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 →

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Culture Watch: Big news for the new year

Photo courtesy ©2010 Cirque du Soleil Inc. This is my first chance to welcome you to the new year — and there’s so much to share! First, the big news. The big tent returns as Cirque du Soleil sets up shop on the beach in Santa Monica with its latest spectacular, “Totem.” I’ll attend opening night on Jan. 21 and report back... Read more →


Play Time: The big, bad ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is now playing in theaters. (Courtesy Red Granite Pictures) If your idea of entertainment is watching a crowd of mostly naked people indulging in continual sexual orgies, all together at parties and in their offices, popping Quaaludes and sniffing endless lines of coke and freaking out afterwards,... Read more →


Brief: Pittsburgh ballet school looking for talent

As part of a nationwide tour, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School — the official training institution of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre — will hold auditions for its 2014 Intensive Summer Program at Westside School of Ballet, 1709 Stewart St., on Saturday, Jan. 11. Registration begins at 2 p.m. with the audition following at 2:30... Read more →


Plants wait out the darkest days

Houseplants’ problems are further compounded by windows, which cut sunlight by another 10 percent. No wonder these plants, if they are growing at all, stretch for light this time of year. (Daniel Archuleta Plants and people can’t help but feel a bit wan this time of year, but things are brightening up already. Every... Read more →



D.K.’s unveils new ube root donut

Before you swiftly dismiss the idea of donuts in the new year (especially after weeks of holiday excess) just hear me out. Heading east of Santa Monica’s iconic beaches, world famous Santa Monica Pier and touristy Third Street Promenade, down Santa Monica Boulevard, will bring you to the Mid-City neighborhood and to perhaps the greatest... Read more →