Double your pleasure

MADISON CAMPUS — While many arts organizations are cutting back in light of the struggling economy, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center is planning to expand during its sophomore season, offering twice the number of performances presented during its debut. The Broad Stage, which was... Read more →


Best vacations may include manual labor

Although we find ourselves in an unusually challenging time, I’m discovering it also provides us with a unique opportunity to re-evaluate our lives and our choices. I have been speaking to different people about travel plans, and whether our current economy has brought about a change in their vacation planning. One recurrent theme, both... Read more →


All at sea about ‘The Seafarer’

Sometimes siblings communicate with each other in a secret, private language that is unintelligible to the rest of the world. In Conor McPherson’s play, “The Seafarer,” the language is Irish. Not Gaelic Irish. It’s English-Irish, actually, spoken with a brogue so thick and obscure that it might as well be Chinese. The... Read more →


In to Indian food

Food is very trendy, just like clothes, names of children and travel destinations. Right now India is leading the pack with the huge success of Bollywood and of course “Slum Dog Millionaire.” Suddenly all things Indian are appealing and food is not the least of it. I have always loved all things Indian, having traveled there for... Read more →

Community Profiles

Chef combines education and ample talent

PCH — Chef Whitney Werner makes his bacon doing more than making bacon. During his 25-plus years in the hospitality industry he has taken a thoroughly unconventional approach to his role as chef that has brought him financial success and praise from his peers. “When it comes to chefs, people are always talking about what we call... Read more →


Bollywood comes to The Edye

MADISON CAMPUS — Tongues will be in cheeks, eyes will be winking and, hopefully, everybody in attendance will get the intended parody. The style of song and dance that comes along with India’s Bollywood cinema isn’t necessarily intended to be funny, but the exuberance of its performers, the vibrant colors of its outfits and... Read more →


Singing the praises of nutritional yeast

While hiking in Vermont, I stumbled upon this quaint little movie theater in Montpelier. They serve popcorn made with real butter, sea salt and this yummy, flaky, cheesy flavored stuff sprinkled on top. It was 1996 when I first learned about nutritional yeast and I have been singing its praises from the mountain tops ever since. I also... Read more →

Book Review

‘Where the Heart Leads’

“I sent you to school — to a college — so you can make best use of the good head the Lord gave you. A good head is a gift. Gaining knowledge is a privilege.” Thomas’s father tells him. Thomas has come back to find his father is about to lose the family mill and has settled in town because of hard times. Thomas is... Read more →


A taste of Vietnam

I had an interesting experience on Easter Sunday in Canoga Park. I signed through Slow Food L.A. to take a Vietnamese cooking class at a private home. Since Vietnamese food is one of my all-time favorites I jumped at the chance to learn from home cooks. There were about 15 people attending and we walked into a home with three Vietnamese... Read more →


No way to treat a theater-lover

As Queen Victoria used to say, “We are not amused.” Heaven knows, we wanted to be, but there is something just a little off-putting about the musical “No Way to Treat a Lady,” currently having its Los Angeles premiere at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Too much music, maybe? Too much plot? Originally, William... Read more →