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 →

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 →

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 →

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

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 →