Community Profiles


Faces of Santa Monica: Joe Marrapodi

Joe Marrapodi is a serial entrepreneur with achievements that include Get Rare!, New Media, working at Intermix Media (where he orchestrated the first ad deal between Yahoo & Warner Bros) & working as the VP of Digital at LBI Entertainment. Currently, the CEO & Co-Founder of, Joe directs all strategic business... Read more →


World War II pilot, 91, taking flight of a lifetime

He's spent thousands of hours in scores of aircraft during his 91 years on Earth, but Jule Lamm has never been as excited for a flight as he is for the one he'll take Sunday. A longtime Santa Monica resident and area optometrist, Lamm steered several kinds of transport planes as a pilot during World War II. He flew his own Cessna 182 on... Read more →

Culture Watch

Local highlights in art, religion and theater

Buddhism, Islamic Art, a City Garage world premiere and free entry to 20 museums are on my local cultural radar. City Garage Theatre is consistent in one respect only: their productions are always innovative and nearly all are original works. This Friday marks the opening of their latest world premiere, “Timepiece” by Charles A.... Read more →

Play Time

Julianne Moore exceptional in ‘Still Alice’

In the new film “Still Alice” we watch the beautiful and vivacious Julianne Moore deteriorate, disintegrate and disappear right before our eyes. A celebrated linguistics professor at Columbia University, Moore’s character prides herself on being articulate, innovative and well-respected by her colleagues. Her life is built around her... Read more →


Storytellers announced for SHINE’s ‘Light My Fire!’

SHINE has announced the storytellers selected for its special performance on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. The event is part of the “6th Annual Fireside at the Miles,” Santa Monica's cultural festival at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. The evening's theme will be “Light My Fire!” with storytellers sharing true... Read more →

City Council

Outdoor fitness fees stay the same

What a difference a year and a pilot ordinance make. In 2013, when City Council discussed requiring the public park-using fitness trainers to shell out permit fees, dozens of people showed up to expressed their opinions and both sides wound up frustrated. On Tuesday, in discussing an update to the ordinance, only three members of the public... Read more →


Eat Well Week plates tasty food with side of health

Some see the turning of the calendar year as an opportunity to conquer dietary and health goals. Some hope to explore local restaurants they've never tried before. As far as the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is concerned, though, those two aims are not mutually exclusive. For the third consecutive year, the tourism board has... Read more →

Culture Watch

His Father’s Voice

A close relationship despite divorce. Chris Lemmon performs "Jack Lemmon Returns" at The Broad Stage CULTURE WATCH – Back in the 1970s, I worked in the 16mm film rental division of Universal Pictures. Driving through Beverly Hills one day I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a familiar face in a Rolls Royce. Jack Lemmon was behind the... Read more →



Locals turn lemonade into Super Bowl ad finalist

CITYWIDE — A young girl is hawking lemonade, but when her neighbors approach the stand they instead notice the bag of Doritos behind her. It's not for sale — or is it? The quick-thinking child deftly morphs into an auctioneer as the adults vie for the chips, setting up the rest of a 30-second commercial that is currently competing... Read more →


SMC students plan fitness, fun for local youths

PICO BLVD. — Even a decade later, Trae Smith remembers the seemingly ordinary events: a Los Angeles Clippers game, a barbecue, an athletic competition. As an elementary and middle school student who spent countless hours in a youth enrichment program, he saw the activities as ways to have fun — but he was learning and maturing,... Read more →