Play Time: A long way home from Vietnam

DiFusco Having seen and been blown away by “Tracers,” the powerful play by John DiFusco about Vietnam, I couldn’t wait to experience DiFusco’s follow up, “The Long Way Home: Reflections on the ‘Tracers’ Journey.” Accompanied by singer/percussionist Al. Keith, DiFusco tells the story of his experiences in the war, his... Read more →


Seniors learn the art of destruction, self defense

FIGHTERs: Velilla Go, 77, (right) and Lawrence Rouse practice Cane-Fu at WISE & Healthy Aging Center on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta DOWNTOWN — It’s Tuesday afternoon in the Ken Edwards Center and dozens of seniors are choking one another. Justina Ozoigbo, 62, grips 66-year-old Lidia Palma’s neck. Palma... Read more →


Brief: Samohi Theatre to host first Alumni Night

The Samohi Theatre program is welcoming back all alumni for a Nov. 9, 7 p.m. celebration of the organization’s rich history. The first annual Alumni Night will feature a special performance of “Noises Off,” a play-within-a-play comedy featuring inside jokes for the theater enthusiast. “Noises Off” will also show Nov. 8, 15 and 16... Read more →


Brief: Chamber to recognize heroes

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will host its 19th annual New Heroes Celebration at the Le Merigot hotel, 1704 Ocean Ave., at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22. The event is a welcome celebration for Santa Monica’s newest educators, police officers and fire fighters, as well as an honorary ceremony for recipients of a top Santa Monica public... Read more →


Brief: Local author Patti Davis pens new book

Patti Davis, Santa Monica-based author and daughter of President Ronald Reagan, has released a new young-adult-fiction book titled “The Blue Hour.” Filled with pages on ghosts and time travel, “The Blue Hour” primarily concerns a 10-year-old boy’s struggle to overcome bullying and social rejection. “He just doesn’t feel... Read more →


Brief: Symphony announces key players

The New West Symphony has announced the appointment of new principals and section leaders. They are: assistant concertmaster Marisa Sorajja; principal viola Lauren Chipman; principal oboe Lara Wickes; principal clarinet Joshua Ranz; second clarinet Ran Kampel; principal bassoon Duncan Massey; and principal tuba P. Blake Cooper. Music... Read more →


Roosevelt students participate in national arts program

MONTANA AVE — Roosevelt students believe, dream and inspire. That is the theme for this year's Reflections art program, sponsored by the National Parent Teacher's Association in conjunction with local schools across the country, which gives students in grades Pre-K through 12 the opportunity to explore their artistic talents and receive... Read more →


You can’t pick just one

More so than other foods, it’s tough to crown which restaurant, bar, cafe, hotel, shack, stand, gas station, backyard or deli has the best burger in town. One reason being that almost every place has a burger on the menu. It’s almost a prerequisite. Once you think you have a handle on all the top burgers in the area, someone blurts out... Read more →


Brief: Comedy festival takes over pier

Tenacious D A side-splitting storm of comedic force is on track to hit the Santa Monica Pier this weekend, as the first annual Festival Supreme kicks off Saturday afternoon. Led and organized by Jack Black and Kyle Gass of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, the festival brings a lengthy list of A-list celebrities to Santa Monica for a... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Jacaranda lives on the edge

IN ACTION: Jacaranda celebrates 10 years of providing intimate concerts that venture into rarely heard classical music with a concert this Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. (Photo courtesy Andrea Sanderson) We should never take our cultural institutions for granted. While the Los Angeles Master Chorale celebrates its milestone... Read more →