Festivity of Hope

  It is time for the fundraiser that brings smiles, laughter and toys to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Stars will come out to show their support for the 17th Annual Mattel Party on the Pier on September 25 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Pier. The party brings families together for fun activities while benefiting a... Read more →

Movie Reviews


Rated R 122 Minutes Released September 16th Bridget Jones’s Baby is a charming romantic comedy with a modern twist. It features some hilarious inter-generational and American vs. British mistaken-identity gaffes that serve as background for the latest awkward romantic escapades of Ms. Bridget Jones. Millennials, tech moguls, even Ed... Read more →

Community Profiles

Having a heart for AFib awareness

  It’s a typical feeling for people when they watch a scary movie, walk alone in the dark in an unfamiliar place or face a time crunch on an important exam: Their hearts race, jump, pound and skip. But it’s a phenomenon also experienced by people who don’t have any unusual external stimuli. At least 2.7 million people in... Read more →

Play Time

‘One Woman Gone Wrong’ is the right way to go

  It is usually difficult for a one-woman show to keep an audience riveted through the entire performance. But it’s a piece of cake for Leslie Caveny, who wrote and stars in “One Woman Gone Wrong,” now having its West Coast premiere at Theater West in Los Angeles. It’s a 70-minute melodramatic rant that almost immediately... Read more →

Community Profiles

Communitas dinner celebrates difference-makers

  The community of Santa Monica is honoring three individuals September 17, at The Church in Ocean Park. This will be the 18th Annual Communitas award dinner, gathering to recognize Susan Love-Loughmiller who seeks for the greater good of Santa Monica, Robert Temple who trains local youth and adults in fitness and martial arts, and... Read more →


Local foundation’s 5k supports preventive care

Almost every weekend, Lynne Cohen wanted to spend time at the beach in Santa Monica. From her Brentwood home, she would call what was then the Sand & Sea Club beach house and ask if the overcast skies had burned off. “That’s where we spent every weekend,” recalled her daughter, Amy Cohen Epstein, a current Santa Monica resident.... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Big Voice

BIG VOICE Launched on VOD on September 2nd – available on iTunes, Amazon, Time Warner, Comcast, Dish, DirecTV and other platforms/ will launch on Netflix in November. Professional educators and librarians can view on In 2014, I was invited to attend a performance of a group called “Huls Angels”. This was a... Read more →


Expo Line tour: A sanctuary for sports fans near DTLA

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the LATTC/Ortho Institute stop. In the past you... Read more →

Culture Watch

A bustling cultural scene

There is still something new under the sun. City Garage, the locally lauded and ambitious theatre company at Bergamot Art Station, is launching a brand new play reading series. This free series takes place the second Monday of September, October, November and December, testing out new material being considered for future production. The... Read more →

Play Time

Not Enough Light Between Oceans

  If you read the book you might find the film a great disappointment. The film, “The Light Between Oceans”, is a maudlin, self-consciously manipulative tear-jerker. But the book, beautifully written by M.L. Steadman, is a dreamy, luminous love story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. Michael... Read more →


Local physician approaches 10 years since cancer diagnosis

Michael Weitz knew something was wrong. The longtime Santa Monica physician was sitting outside when he felt unusual pain in his chest after swallowing cold liquid, and he figured he probably had cancer. “I had this sixth sense,” he said, a bronchoscopy later confirming his dark suspicions. That was about 10 years ago. For Weitz,... Read more →


Herb Alpert concert to raise money for P.S. ARTS

  When Herb Alpert and Paul Cummins met at a school function in Santa Monica, the two men probably didn’t realize that their conversation would lead to arts education for 25,000 students across the state each week. Twenty-five years after their chance encounter, though, that’s exactly what has transpired. What started as an... Read more →