LWVSM recognizing four ‘remarkable’ citizens

One was a music major on the East Coast. One studied communications in Illinois. One spent time working in Wisconsin. One helped drug addicts in rural California. Their backgrounds are different, their interests diverse, their careers distinct. But their paths will converge Thursday evening at Ocean House, where they will be honored by... Read more →

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A Week of Women’s Writing

This week I've seen three theatre productions written by women. The Jewish Women's Theatre's latest production, “The Blessing of a Broken Heart” at The Braid in Santa Monica, is based on National Jewish Book Award and Edgerton New Play Award-winner Sherri Mandell's book of the same name, adapted for the stage by Todd Salovey. At... Read more →

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A Tale of Two Writers

Take two brilliant actors who are so “real” that you forget they're acting. Add a fine director to guide them through their adventure, and top it off with a script that is so intelligent, engrossing and thought-provoking that it leaves you, as a good book does, feeling wistful when it comes to an end. Such a play is Laura Eason's... Read more →

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You bet your life

In 2014 I went to the massive, impossibly sprawling Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland (reporting on some of it here). To find the gems in the solo performance genre, you must sit in countless small venues and watch a lot of one-person shows. But you can count on whatever's playing at Edinburgh's Traverse Theater to be top quality. It's... Read more →

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Love in the age of religious diversity

He is a non-observant Jew, she is an ardent Catholic, and they meet cute. He sees her through the front window of an art gallery in Soho and jumps out of his Uber to meet her. He bumbles awkwardly through an introduction and she, for some inexplicable reason, is charmed. Thus begins writer/director Dan Frischman's dramedy “Sex, Faith, and... Read more →


Pier hosting STEAM innovation expo

Why open an umbrella with your hands when you can create a series of 20-plus chain reactions using science and technology skills to accomplish the same goal? That's the challenge put forth by the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, a highlight of the innovation expo taking place March 12 on the Santa Monica Pier. Students from Santa Monica High... Read more →

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Tempest tossed and stringed inventions

“Tempest Redux” reimagines one of Shakespeare's most beloved and complex plays, now onstage at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. John Farmanesh-Bocca, who ran Shakespeare Santa Monica for 10 years (staging the Bard's classics on a municipal tennis court), is the director and choreographer of this reconstructed rendition of “The... Read more →

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A funny film about family follies

In the children's nursery song the cheese stands alone. Hi-ho the derry-o, the cheese stands alone. In the Jewish home it is the mother who often stands alone, because her children frequently see her as opinionated, pushy, stubborn, and embarrassing. As seen by those children who grow up to be comedians, however, those negative... Read more →