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Politics is not a pretty picture

If you want to watch the demise of a once-promising politician, “Weiner” is the documentary for you. And if you want to know how the heck we got to our present polarized polity, “The City of Conversation” might help you understand. First Weiner. My impression was how devastatingly cringe-worthy, heartbreaking and tragic this... Read more →

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A family’s political odyssey

The Senator from Kentucky calls it “the city of conversation,” a term originally coined by Henry James. The Senator goes on to describe it as a city filled with “chatter and culture and nuance.” The city is Washington, D.C. and the year is 1979. It is a time of conviviality. A time when people pursue their agendas civilly and... Read more →

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The illusion of perception

How do you talk about a show based on illusion without spoiling the surprises? “In & Of Itself,” a new show by illusionist Derek DelGaudio at Geffen Playhouse's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater is like no other show you've ever seen. It's a personal memoir, a metaphor about people and perception, a show with - if you can call them... Read more →

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A French Film Takes The Measure of a Man

If a man can navigate the river of life despite its eddies and cataracts, if he can persist in the face of the ongoing threat of inundation, and if he continues to float without quite drowning, he will be both pitied and acclaimed by those who judge and take the measure of the man. Thierry Traugourdeau is just such a man. As the protagonist... Read more →


A royal course in water safety

The princess in the pool. Sounds like a fairytale out of a modern storybook, right? But it was a dream come true for more than 40 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica's Saint Anne School branch on Wednesday, May 11, when they were invited to the Annenberg Community Beach House to swim with Her Serene Highness Princess... Read more →

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The Venice Legacy

On Tuesday, I paid homage to “Moses at 90.” That's Ed Moses, an early member of the West Coast “Cool School” whose work first was shown in 1958 at the legendary Ferus Gallery in Venice. After 60 years of prolific “mark-making” he's still busy working to this day at his Venice studio compound. Moses is being honored at the William... Read more →

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The End Times: A Crisis in the Cult

“If you want to be called at The End Times, start today.” So says Nelson, the charismatic leader of a cult in Pullman, Washington. Like George Orwell's “Big Brother,” Nelson barks his messages to his followers through an invasive speaker system. But in Jesse Mu-En Shao's play “The End Times”, now having its world premiere at the... Read more →


Santa Monica has a Comic Con? It does now

Comics have become a foundation for the entertainment industry with comic related properties dominating the movie industry and multiple comic book television shows airing on network or cable channels. For most consumers, the closest they'll come to the folks behind the stories is credit's they sit through to find the hidden scene at an... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Mother’s Day’ has its moments (movie review)

By Kathryn Whitney Boole "Mother's Day" is a movie of vignettes featuring an endearing group of friends and family members. The movie was conceived as a vehicle for Garry Marshall to direct in the style of his popular films "Valentine's Day" (2010) and "New Year's Eve" (2011), movies that also follow the relationships of multiple people... Read more →

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Master class in Samuel Beckett

Three actors over 80, a fourth in his late 60s … who says there are no quality stage roles for senior citizens these days? I'm talking about “Endgame,” the classic existential play by Samuel Beckett, now onstage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Some critics consider it a more mature version of “Waiting for... Read more →

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Underpaid and unacknowledged on Madison Avenue

There's no dancing at all in Elizabeth Irwin's moving play “My Mañana Comes,” but nevertheless the choreography is delightful. Four men whose job title identifies them as “busboys” spend their lives in the kitchen of a posh restaurant  on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, pirouetting around each other, artfully passing plates, empty and... Read more →