Local business support UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Local businesses in Santa Monica are coming together to support the employees and the patients of UCLA Medical Center. The pediatrics unit at the Mattel Children’s hospital is constantly working with children of all ages from newborns to young adults. Many of the kids walking the halls are fighting chronic diseases or cancer. Some spend... Read more →

FILM REVIEW: DEEPWATER HORIZON

Rated PG-13 107 Minutes Released September 30th Deepwater Horizon is based on the true story of the devastation caused by the explosion of the oil-drilling rig of that name. In order to better comprehend the chaos you will witness in this film, a brief exposition of some of the facts is necessary. You may remember watching the news... Read more →

Expo Line Tour : The First and/or Final Stops

The last or first three stops of the Expo Line reside in Santa Monica depending on which end you start from. Visitors riding the Expo Line to the very end, finding themselves at the Santa Monica beach while locals are starting here but either way, you can take a day of your weekend and hop onto the Expo to explore the Pier, the food and... Read more →

It’s all in the timing

On the off-chance you haven’t had enough of election year politics, tonight (Thursday, 9/29) Mike Daisey presents “The Trump Card,” his one-man take on what makes Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump tick. There’s one performance only at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica at 7:30 p.m. this evening. Daisey, a master... Read more →

The Boy and The Girl Say, “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”

  On the night that playwright Edward Albee died, September 16, 2016, I attended the opening of one of his rarely performed plays, “The Play About the Baby,” at The Road on Magnolia in North Hollywood.  It starred one of my favorite actors, Sam Anderson, and after the show I told him how wonderful his performance was, but... Read more →

Book seeks to capture millennials’ essence

Throughout her daily life, Traci Propst observes and interacts with what seems to be a strange subset of creatures. These so-called millennials have immersed themselves in a technologically driven society but are old enough to remember life without smartphones. Indeed, before texting was popular, they communicated during school classes by... Read more →

WWII B-17 panel in Santa Monica

A Santa Monica resident is helping a piece of history travel cross-country as a moving tribute to a group of WWII pilots, including his father. Santa Monica resident Christopher Wilkinson is not a veteran but his father, who died in 1994, flew in the 384th Bomb Group during WWII. Wilkinson wanted to give back to the men who served the... Read more →

FILM REVIEW: SILICON COWBOYS

  Not Rated – Documentary 77 Minutes Released September 16 Now playing at Laemmle’s Santa Monica Film Center Silicon Cowboys is a sophisticated documentary directed by Jason Cohen, his second full-length documentary. From the beginning of the film there is a sense that the filmmakers are personally invested in the story.... Read more →

Film Review: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Rated PG-13 132 Minutes Released September 23 The Magnificent Seven is a war movie. The war is about greed. This theme strikes home in our current sociological and political climate even though this story is set in the period following the end of the Civil War. The collateral damage caused by that war was an undercurrent of our... Read more →

Rustic Canyon celebrates 10 years with 6 course meal

The Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen is a restaurant that transports you from the streets of Santa Monica to a familial atmosphere. It is a vision of owner Josh Loeb, whose passion and love for food helped create this bistro. Loeb recalls the first night Rustic Canyon opened in 2006, feeling anxious, excited and nervous. Now... Read more →

Expo Line tour: A world of possibilities in DTLA

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the eastern terminus. It’s the end of the line, but... Read more →

Regional nonprofit honoring local woman

Over the last 30-plus years, Jane Johnston has seen it all at El Nido Family Centers. The longtime Santa Monica resident has facilitated growth and change in a nonprofit organization that now provides services to some 10,000 people in Los Angeles County every year, more than 10 times the number it was serving when she started. She has been... Read more →

This “Barbecue” is cooking, and so are the two Barbaras

  It’s nearly impossible to review Robert O’Hara’s new play, “Barbecue,” without falling off the plot line into a SPOILER ALERT. This play, now making its West Coast premiere and opening the Geffen Playhouse’s 2016/2017 season, is packed with unexpected plot twists, genuine surprises, changes in time from the present to... Read more →

Seeds and the Blues

When I was training to become a Master Gardener, I remember the first time I looked at a seed under a microscope at the Huntington Library and Gardens Laboratory. A bean had been cut in half so we could observe the parts that would become the root, stem and leaf, all of life contained in a tiny, coated package. As I looked, the light from the... Read more →

Festivity of Hope

  It is time for the fundraiser that brings smiles, laughter and toys to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Stars will come out to show their support for the 17th Annual Mattel Party on the Pier on September 25 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Pier. The party brings families together for fun activities while benefiting a... Read more →