Culture Watch

‘The Price’ is right

Alan Mandell is a man of monstrous acting talent and many decades of experience. Now onstage at the Mark Taper Forum, the 87-year-old actor steals the show as an 89-year-old retired antiques appraiser in Arthur Miller's “The Price.” Mandell triumphed in the Taper's outstanding 2012 production of Beckett's “Waiting for Godot,” and... Read more →

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Wrestling with demons in ‘Foxcatcher’

It wasn’t just the nose. Or the hooded eyelids. Or the protruding gums in the small mouth that almost never smiled. It was the total demeanor. The flat tones of his speech, punctuated by frequent pauses. The ego that prompted him to identify himself as “The Golden Eagle.” It was the transformed funny-man, Steve Carell, taking on the... Read more →


Local youth orchestra to perform three world premieres

The young musicians of Elemental Strings and Band, Santa Monica's oldest youth orchestra program for elementary students, will perform three world premieres by local composers at Lincoln Middle School. Composers Robert Anderson, Jonathan Beard and Peter Senchuk, all current or former teachers for Elemental Strings and Band, have written new... Read more →


St. Monica to host CRS Rice Bowl concert

This year marks the 40th anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program used by millions of Catholics across the United States known for its iconic and symbolic cardboard “rice bowl.” The program has evolved over multiple generations to become a tradition for Catholic families, parishes and religious educators. Since... Read more →


International Women’s Day breakfast set for March 2

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present the International Women's Day kickoff breakfast in honor of Women's History Month on March 2 at 7 a.m. Each year the event celebrates women who challenge, empower, and inspire. The annual breakfast gathers... Read more →


Mishkon Tephilo hosting Purim fiesta

Join organizers for Mishkon Tephilo's annual Purim fiesta March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a Mexican lunch, chips and salsa, fruit, margaritas, beer, hamantaschen, games, bounce houses, dunk tank, music, a pinata, and art and crafts. Admission for children ages 2-12 is $8 with advanced reservation or $10 at the door. If you... Read more →


SMC Emeritus College acting troupe to perform

Santa Monica College's Emeritus College Acting Troupe has announced its Spring 2015 Performance at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. The free performance will be held in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. The performance, which features students in Emeritus College... Read more →

Play Time

Alzheimer’s examined in ‘The Other Place’

Now that nearly 13 percent of Americans are over 65, filmmakers no longer need to cater solely to an audience of 12-year-old boys. More often they have been choosing to bring seniors back from invisibility and making them the focus of their literary work — as playwrights have been doing all along, because how many 12-year-old boys go to the... Read more →


SMC presenting Spring Literary Series

Santa Monica College will present the Spring 2015 Literary Series, featuring a line-up of distinguished authors discussing and reading from their works. The series starts on Feb. 26. All lectures in the series are free and are held on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. The series is sponsored by the SMC Associates... Read more →


Free help with taxes at SMC resource fair

Individuals and families who need help with income tax return preparation are invited to attend a Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fair event hosted by Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton and local officials at Santa Monica College (1510 Pico Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several other... Read more →



Women’s heart disease symposium set for Feb. 28

Heart disease is the leading killer of women, in part because women's symptoms vary from the classic symptoms, primarily found in men. Dedicated to educating women about prevention and treating women with heart disease, the Women's Heart Center of Pacific Heart Institute will present a women's heart disease symposium Feb. 28 in Santa... Read more →


SMC art lecture series opens Thursday

Santa Monica College has announced the launch of the Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series, a selection of eclectic lectures and presentations exploring the many facets of art in its various manifestations. The series opens Feb. 26 with “Notes on Failure,” a presentation by visual and performing artist Tameka Norris. All Art Lecture Series... Read more →