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‘Made in LA’ stars at UCLA Hammer Museum

The UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood is holding its third biennial “Made in LA” exhibition, titled “a, the, though, only,” showcasing 26 emerging and under-recognized but exceedingly worthy contemporary artists working throughout the greater L.A. area. Culled from a field of more than 180 artists — far fewer than those included in... Read more →

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A search for love in ‘Eccentricities of a Nightingale’

Tennessee Williams apparently had a thing for nightingales. In 1938 he wrote a play about a true incident in Philadelphia wherein prisoners who had gone on a hunger strike were confined in a steamy cage until many of them died. This grim play was called “Not About Nightingales.” A decade later he wrote a beautiful, sensitive story about... Read more →


Expo Line tour: Wining and dining at Expo/Sepulveda

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 second non-Santa Monica stop: Expo/Sepulveda. I have... Read more →

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It’s all about the music (Culture Watch)

Music is breaking out all over. The beautiful documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” is on-screen at Landmark Theatres in West L.A. and at several Laemmle Theatres locations starting tomorrow. The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra features master cellist Armen Ksajikian in concert this Saturday... Read more →

Play Time

Australian Theatre Company will knock your socks off

Since the time of Shakespeare, British playwrights have been considered among the best in the English-speaking world. In more recent times — the first half of the 20th century, especially — British actors, with their classical training and impeccable diction, have set the standard for actors everywhere. Now, however, the best of the... Read more →

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Santa Monica Repertory Theater reboots at the Edye

A recent press release from The Broad Stage caught my eye: local theater company Santa Monica Rep will occupy the Broad Stage's smaller black box theater, the Edye, for a series of four staged play readings that reflect the national conversation. Given the somewhat humbler venues where I've seen their work before, that sounded like good... Read more →

Community Profiles

Teacher retiring after 40 years in SMMUSD

Something powerful drew Lova Hyatt to the world of teaching. And something even stronger kept her there for 40 years. As she prepares to retire from the Santa Monica-Malibu school district at the end of the school year, Hyatt hardly sounds surprised that she’s been around for four decades. “To me, a professional teacher is more of a... Read more →


How pedaling on the Pier will get kids to camp

When looking for the perfect way to raise money for inner-city children in Los Angeles, the Harold Robinson Foundation took a cue from their friend and the founder of the 100 Mile Man Foundation, Jesse Itzler, a major supporter of the foundation. “Jesse held a fundraiser in New York to raise money for his foundation for inner-city... Read more →

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Ashes to ashes

For an actress who “never had the drive to do whatever makes you stand out, star-wise,” Barbara Tarbuck sure has managed to carve out a successful career. She was Jessica Lange's Mother Superior in the second season of “American Horror Story,” and played Jane Jacks for 14 years on the popular soap opera “General Hospital.”... Read more →

Play Time

Hillary and Monica have a big hit

Anyone just now coming of voting age may not even be aware of the traumatic events of 1998. They might not have learned of the devastating affair that nearly led to the impeachment of one of this country’s most popular presidents. Those who are older will never forget it. So you might think a play titled “Hillary and Monica”... Read more →


Community rallies around family of Will Rogers parent

Parents at Will Rogers Learning Community were accustomed to seeing Silvia Crespo-Jarquin on campus, whether she was dropping off two of her four children for school, attending meetings or helping out at the annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Her absence has sent the school community into a scramble to help her family. Crespo-Jarquin suffered a... Read more →