Community Profiles

Samohi student is young and on the streets

OLYMPIC BLVD — Chianti Morgan believes that she is one of the lucky kids, blessed with loving siblings, supportive friends and good health. It’s hard to believe that the ever-so-positive 18-year-old is experiencing her senior year at Santa Monica High School without the presence of her father or a stable home, kicked out of her... Read more →

DVD Releases

New in stores

‘Get Smart’ The Complete Series Would you believe you can capture all five seasons (138 episodes) on 25 discs plus over eight hours of bonus material of this classic 1960s spy spoof in one magnificent box set? Created by the brilliant Buck Henry and Mel Brooks with a wink and a nod to two hot film franchises of the time... Read more →

Food

Food that gets you in the mood

Let’s face it. Men don’t really need a “food” to get them in the mood, yet for centuries aphrodisiacs have been discussed in reference to what men want or need to increase their libido. Who are these men? From my own observation, the presence of a woman seems to work rather well to increase a man’s sex... Read more →

Health

Standing nice and tall

Most of us recall being reminded by our parents or teachers to practice good posture by telling us to “stand or sit up straight.” We probably paid little attention to this advice, although good posture is associated with self-confidence and good looks, if nothing else. Little did we realize that these early words of advice have... Read more →

Food

Wine and dine

I go to a lot of restaurants and wine bars, both with friends and as required by my demanding editor. But, I rarely return to most of them. The exception — the new Saluté wine bar. I’ve adopted it and it’s my official hangout. You can now find me there a couple of nights a week, because it’s wonderful. First,... Read more →

Entertainment

The Pope is a woman!

If a young virgin can give birth to the Son of God, perhaps it’s also possible that an extraordinarily intelligent and ambitious young girl can become a monk, a cardinal, and, eventually, the Pope. That’s the premise of Christopher Moore’s exhilarating new musical, “Pope Joan,” now having its world premiere in... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Becoming your mother

Ever since my 2-1/2-year-old son pointed to a picture of my mother and said, “Mommie,” I have been aware that I have fallen into the inevitable and have become my mother. I was not one of those teenagers who vowed never to be like my mother. My mother treated me with respect and allowed me to be my own individual. But now, as I... Read more →

Community Profiles

Examining another world through the lens

VIRGINIA — Jona Frank was walking across a campus parking lot, en route to cover another assignment, when a startling sight forced a sudden stop. Parked before her was a late model Geo Metro, covered in bumper stickers supportive of conservative causes, including a centrally placed, “Bush Cheney ‘04.” But it was... Read more →

Food

Nutritious dips for the big game

Super Bowl snacking is typically thought of as a carnivorous feeding frenzy, but these vegan-inspired treats will turn even the most bloodthirsty fans into PETA petitioners. For those who think that meat eating is an essential contact sport, understand that you can meet your nutrient needs on a vegetarian diet. However, a vegan voyage might... Read more →