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A comedy and a mystery, both spectacular

A Comedy I must admit I was dubious about a production called “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)”. I anticipated a barrage of “chicken crossing the road” jokes. And so there was. But these chicken jokes were rendered with the accents and attitudes of many different cultures, and they were hilarious! The jokes and... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Beauty and the Beast

  Rated PG 129 Minutes Released March 17   It's not blind luck that Disney’s newest Beauty and the Beast has been a huge success at the box office. This movie has superb production value – razor sharp depth of focus, a visual banquet of rich vibrant colors, tremendous performances, and a rich musical score. The... Read more →

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The Zookeepers Wife Film Review

Rated PG-13 124 Minutes Released March 31   The Zookeeper’s Wife is a truly beautiful and inspiring movie based on a true story of a Polish couple who ran a zoo in Warsaw during the German occupation in World War II. Antonia and Jan Zabinski secretly smuggled Jews to safety from the ghetto into their villa inside the zoo... Read more →


Popular taco shop closed (for now)

Santa Monica’s beloved, tucked-away-taco shop Tacos Punta Cabras is on the move. Enthusiasts who headed to their Santa Monica Blvd location with hopes of grabbing a fish taco or a cup of ceviche this week were met with an empty restaurant and a “closed” sign instead. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page gave a few more... Read more →

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Two British Films: A Mixed Bag

    Well, I did it again! Saw two movies this weekend: one good, one dreadful… The good one is “A Quiet Passion,” a beautifully mounted biography of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. The dreadful one is “The Leveller,” a bleak English drama that is both tedious and unfathomable. Let’s start with the good one.... Read more →

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Film Review: Prevenge

  Not Rated/ Comedic Horror Film/ Not for Kids 88 Minutes Released March 24   Prevenge is definitely a unique horror film. The movie has been nominated for several festival awards and has won two. To really appreciate this film you should know the circumstances of the creation of this comedic, totally... Read more →


Yarn Crawl draws close-knit community

  Grab your hooks and needles - about two thousand like-minded “fiber artists” are about to descend on Southern California Thursday for the 2017 LA County Yarn Crawl. The event comes at a time old-school crafts like knitting and crochet are experiencing a resurgence. “You start and you cannot stop,” Teri Artinyan said,... Read more →

Culture Watch

Joe Goode: Seeing through things

I’ve often wondered why writing about art must be so complex, so ponderous, so filled with grandiose vocabulary and overly-intellectual concepts. Not so with Kohn Gallery’s catalog, “Joe Goode: Paintings, 1960-2016.” What’s great is the direct language in which it’s written, including verbatim interviews with Goode himself. Ed... Read more →

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One Helluva Planet, One Helluva Play

  Four of the best actors I’ve seen this century appeared on stage last weekend to present playwright William Mastrosimone’s timely and chilling play, “Cat’s Paw.”  The actors are truly amazing, and so is the play. It involves a political activist named Victor (Sean McHugh), the founder of a militant group called Earth... Read more →


KBUG: Week of March 27

Week of March 27   Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of March 27, the Contractor will continue removal and replacement of the sewer main on 9th Court between Marguerita Ave and Georgina Ave. The contractor will continue cleaning, video inspection and lining of the sewer main on Ocean Front Walk from Bay Street to... Read more →

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A Voyage to the Future and the Past

      Editor’s note: This review contains significant spoilers for the movie “Arrival” If you could see the future, would you want to? If you could have a child, knowing that she would die at 12, would you forego the joy of having her in order to avoid the pain of losing her? These are a couple of... Read more →

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Integrating Family, Cultures and Spirit

  To say Rain Pryor had a complicated childhood doesn’t come close to being an understatement. She tells her funny, harrowing, poignant and ultimately uplifting story in her one-woman show “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” a production of the Jewish Women’s Theatre at the Braid Theatre and Art Gallery in Santa Monica. She had a... Read more →


Marathon to close local roads on March 19

  When the Los Angeles Marathon returns to Santa Monica on Sunday, March 19 it will bring 24,000 runners along San Vicente Blvd and onto Ocean Ave. City officials are warning residents to prepare for several hours of road closures along the route and budget extra time in their day for travel to accommodate the changes. The first... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Table 19

  Rated PG-13 87 Minutes Released March 3 Table 19 is a charming date night movie for couples that can admit they’re not perfect. There is a depth of relationship psychology at the base of the story. Personalities that seem to be mismatched turn out to be excellent balancers for each other, especially when the ability to... Read more →

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Albee’s Voice: Gone But Still Being Heard

  Well, it isn’t “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, but it is as scathing in its depiction of a frustrated marriage as anything else Edward Albee ever wrote. And as performed by the incomparable players of Deaf West Theatre, it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” is... Read more →