Painting cultural facilities green

DOWNTOWN — For theaters, galleries, dance studios and the like, the phrase that it’s not easy being green should no longer apply. That’s the anticipated outcome of a new nonprofit that marries the arts and sustainability, offering simpler and clearer means of incorporating environmentally-friendly elements into cultural... Read more →


The search for the best burger is over

OK, so I have finally found the best burger in Los Angeles. Forget Father’s Office (which is great mind you) and check out Hole in the Wall Burger Joint on Santa Monica Boulevard and South Bentley Avenue for an awesome eating experience. We joined a couple friends there the other night and it was special! First of all, the owners,... Read more →

Community Profiles

Emeritus College dean retires after 35 years

SECOND STREET — There are reminders every day that Maggie Hall will soon close out a 35-year career with Emeritus College, from the potted white orchid sitting on the conference table, to the bag of freshly-baked cookies on the desk, a gift from a student. Then there’s the giant poster hanging in the elevator, showing a smiling... Read more →


Fun with fermented foods

Last week we explored some of the rationale for probiotics, something people often take in supplement form after ingesting antibiotics. Interestingly, probiotics means “for life” and antibiotics means “against life.” Since probiotic (good bacteria) research is fairly new and since not all good bacteria have been... Read more →


Fade to blue

AIRWAVES — Broadcast television viewers all over Santa Monica — and the nation for that matter — woke up today to find that their favorite channels have gone blue. No morning shows, no news, no cartoons, no infomercials; just a blue screen. This development — advertised for weeks — is thanks to the conversion to... Read more →


Enjoying some tapas and an ocean view

After a disastrous dinner sometime ago at Shutters, where the busboys poured the bottled water into the glasses with tap water, and the waiter kept pouring too much of the wrong wine into the wrong glasses, mixing Bordeaux with Burgundy (not really a good blend) the PR people invited me to try their Tapas Tuesdays. They offered to comp me, of... Read more →

Mommie Brain

What to do when your baby doesn’t look like you

When I was a little girl I never really gave much thought to what kind of mother I would be or how I would parent. All I knew was that I would be a mother and that I was going to have a daughter. She was going to have little brown curls and big brown eyes and she was going to look remarkably like me. Well, that didn’t happen.... Read more →

Community Profiles

Guiding guests through history

SM BEACH — Nick Steers was apprehensive, concerned that besides 12 hours crammed full of facts about 1930s era Hollywood, early Santa Monica beach culture and Georgian revival architecture, that he would still be stumped. The Santa Monica resident had just undergone four weeks of intensive training with the Santa Monica Conservancy... Read more →


Regulating the digestive tract with friendly bacteria

After a bout of antibiotic therapy for a sinus infection, I have been researching the benefits of probiotics, also known as “friendly bacteria.” Although we think of probiotics as the stuff we get in yogurt or from probiotic supplements, we actually have tons of friendly bacteria living in our digestive system all the time. Just... Read more →


‘Miracle’ of a production

Surely a child abandoned in the forest and raised by wolves would not grow up to be as wild and uncontrollable as the young Helen Keller. Trapped inside a body that could neither see nor hear the world around her, and over-indulged by her helpless and bewildered parents, Helen vented her anger and frustration in tantrums and random physical... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Wicked Wit of the West’

To historians of American comedy, the name Irving Brecher, ought to be included among the legends. At 24 Brecher was the only writer to get sole credit on Marx Brothers’ films, “At the Circus” (1939) and “Go West” (1940.) He also worked on “The Wizard of Oz,” created,“The Life of... Read more →

Community Profiles

Carrying out the dream of a man he never knew

SM AIRPORT — Linda Sullivan still remembers the day when good friend Griff Hoerner came into her office and announced a plan to create a butterfly garden in Santa Monica. “The city needs a butterfly park and you’re the one who can help me do this,” Hoerner said at the time. So it was only appropriate to Sullivan to... Read more →


Asian fusion for the hip-hop generation

I was invited to try an Asian fusion restaurant the other night on Fifth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard in the old Rix/Union space named Wokcano. There are six Wokcano locations throughout L.A., serving well-priced Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai dishes and great cocktails. The Santa Monica location has a fantastic outdoor courtyard,... Read more →

Book Review

‘A Promise for Spring’

When I received this book I was glad to see the name Kim Vogel Sawyer. In her previous books, “Where the Heart Leads,” (reviewed April 25) and “My Heart Remembers” (reviewed Aug. 22) she wrote satisfying stories. I was looking forward to more of the same in this book. I don’t feel disappointed. It was not always... Read more →


Spring cleaning

Cleaning out the closets, organizing the desk, saying good-bye to dust bunnies and vacuuming Mollydog’s fur from the back of my wagon; phew, makes me exhausted just thinking about it. Can anyone smell spring in the air? It is the time of year where nature is renewing herself and seedlings are sprouting their very first leaves of new... Read more →