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Culture Watch: Greek myths, Scottish ballads

(From left) Annie Grace, Melody Grove (Prudencia), Paul McCole, Alasdair Macrae, David McKay performing on instruments for The National Theatre of Scotland’s 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.' (Photo courtesy Ben Gibbs) Though there’s nary a kilt in sight, we have two Scottish companies in town: The National Theatre of Scotland... Read more →


Play Time: How to lose a wife in one play

Ron Barlow is an unsuccessful middle-aged screenwriter who wants a divorce. The problem is he signed a prenup with his millionaire wife that stipulated that if he divorced her, he would get none of her money. But if she divorced him, he'd get a tidy chunk. So begins “Day Trader,” Eric Rudnick's twisted mish-mash of a play that leads... Read more →


New age food from the old country

Since I had not taken a foreign language in high school, I was put on probation until I passed a foreign language class while at UCLA. I chose Italian since it was rumored to be the easiest. But it was not easy for me. To improve my Italian I started eating dinner every evening at Mario’s Italian Restaurant in Westwood Village. At the... Read more →


Santa Monica’s MLK celebration set

File photo WILSHIRE BLVD — Actor Gerald C. Rivers will be the keynote speaker, accompanied by singer Charles Holt, at the birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium. The free event — one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in... Read more →

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Culture Watch: We’ll all go on

Barry McGovern in ‘I’ll Go On.’ The play is based on three Samuel Beckett novels. (Photo courtesy Craig Schwartz Photography) Picture a unique diamond cut to utter perfection, whose luster deepens with age, and you will have a general idea of how brilliant and singular Barry McGovern’s well honed one-man-show “I’ll Go On”... Read more →


Play Time: Laughter is the best medicine

THIS WON’T HURT A BIT: ‘Rx’ is Kate Fodor's hilarious new romantic comedy, (Photo courtesy The Lost Studio) She is a published poet who once wrote a prose poem about feet. He has a foot fetish. Obviously, they were made for each other. But that isn't how they meet. In Kate Fodor's hilarious new romantic comedy, “Rx,” now... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Big news for the new year

Photo courtesy ©2010 Cirque du Soleil Inc. This is my first chance to welcome you to the new year — and there’s so much to share! First, the big news. The big tent returns as Cirque du Soleil sets up shop on the beach in Santa Monica with its latest spectacular, “Totem.” I’ll attend opening night on Jan. 21 and report back... Read more →