Community Profiles

Teen recognized as Youth of the Year

WEST L.A. — Courtne Dotson’s eyes started welling as she sat and listened to a speech that she knew was about her. In a state of shock and overcome with joy, the 17-year-old Hamilton High School student got out of her chair to a round of applause, accepting the Youth of the Year award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa... Read more →

Entertainment

Reggae unites artists

Westsider Matthew McConaughey knew he wanted to sign reggae recording artist, Mishka as his first official artist on his new record label, j.k. livin’ the first time he heard him. The problem was finding the artist. McConaughey “searched for almost five years before tracked Mishka down at the House of Blues.” The two... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Jewel of Gresham Greene’

“Why are boys more valued than girls, do you think?” Jewel asked an older woman. “Rich folks about carrin’ on the name. We poor need sons because we can send them out to work earlier than girls. And they’re paid more.” Jewel gave her a sidelong look. Mrs. Fenton shrugged. “Life’s hard, if you... Read more →

DVD Releases

New on shelves

‘W.’ Josh Brolin stars as two-term President George W. Bush in this engaging biopic written by Stanley Weiser and directed by Oliver Stone. The seasoned filmmakers focus on George’s wild youth and maturation process including the ups and downs of life in his powerful family. The presentation is strongly enhanced by a host... Read more →

Food

Sexy edible treats

In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about sex, baby. Sex plays a fundamental role in our physical and emotional well-being. It’s a basic human need according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, along with breathing (very important), food, water, sleep, homeostasis (another term for internal balance) and excretion... Read more →

Entertainment

Seduced by a mirage

“Fata Morgana” is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set in a provincial village in Hungary in the early years of the 20th century. It is the night of the annual Anna Ball, Hungary’s premier social event, first held in 1825 and still held each July in various cities around the country. As is traditional, friends and family... Read more →

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 →