Man on the street performers

MAKING ROUNDS: Stephen Bradford checks in on one of the street performers he oversees on the Third Street Promenade. (Paul Alvarez Jr. DOWNTOWN — It’s Friday afternoon and there’s a man screaming on the corner of Arizona Avenue and the Third Street Promenade. Most passersby would assume he’s just someone having... Read more →


Santa Monica welcomes 800 Degrees pizza

Fresh pizza in roughly two minutes at 800 Degrees Pizzeria in Downtown Santa Monica. (Michael Ryan The reputation that precedes the new 800 Degrees Santa Monica is all good. That’s because the original Westwood location has seen nothing but success since its inception just a couple years back. And while the long... Read more →


Difficult to say, easy to eat

FRESH AND CLEAN: New Zealand green mussels with spicy butter, chorizo and blue cheese. (Photo courtesy Maggie Louie) DOWNTOWN — Just past the Third Street Promenade, tucked away on Second Street, sits Santa Monica’s newest little neighborhood tapas and paella joint, Taberna Arros y Vi. Yeah, it’s a mouthful, and we haven’t even... Read more →


Secrets of a bonsai master

MASTER on duty: Frank Goya working on a bonsai. He will be giving a talk in the Pacific Palisades on Saturday. (Photo courtesy Lloyd Garver) WESTSIDE — For my birthday a few years ago my wife surprised me by giving me an odd looking shrub. She couldn’t have been more excited, but I have been. She explained that the weird bush was the... Read more →


Santa Monica makes list of exciting suburbs

DOWNTOWN — Exciting suburb. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Well it isn’t, according to real estate blog, which named Santa Monica the fifth most exciting suburb in America. The bustling Third Street Promenade, with its combination of restaurants, retail and street performers, helped Santa Monica make the list of... Read more →



Facebook: friend or foe?

Earlier this week, we received an SOS text from a friend. She asked us to check out a picture she uploaded to Facebook. “What’s the big deal?” we wondered. Evidently, a guy she met on there, and whom she’s been talking to for the past couple of weeks, asked her if all she had were “glamorous party pictures” of... Read more →


Who am I talking to?

Dear Life Matters, I am experiencing some really difficult times with my loved one. She has been my partner for almost a decade now and I love her dearly. Most of the time things are good, but when I need some space or I have to leave her for some time, she goes into a rage and it’s as if she has a totally different personality! I am... Read more →


On the road to oblivion

Anton Chekhov reportedly said, “If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, if must fire in the last.” The same might be said about golf clubs. In Timothy McNeil’s “The Twilight of Schlomo,” now having its world premiere at The Elephant Space in Hollywood, there is indeed a set of golf clubs stuffed into a black... Read more →

Culture Watch

Contemporary art takes over Barker Hangar

This weekend, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) sets up shop at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar, with a worldwide roundup and locally focused selection of 70 galleries featuring artists who are defining what’s happening in art right now. When Director Tim Fleming and I chatted by phone recently, he pointed out the fair is... Read more →


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 →