On the road to oblivion

Anton Chekhov reportedly said, “If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, if must fire in the last.” The same might be said about golf clubs. In Timothy McNeil’s “The Twilight of Schlomo,” now having its world premiere at The Elephant Space in Hollywood, there is indeed a set of golf clubs stuffed into a black... Read more →

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Contemporary art takes over Barker Hangar

This weekend, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) sets up shop at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar, with a worldwide roundup and locally focused selection of 70 galleries featuring artists who are defining what’s happening in art right now. When Director Tim Fleming and I chatted by phone recently, he pointed out the fair is... Read more →


Artist takes quilting to next level

HIP TAKE: Artist Luke Haynes with one of his creations, a quilt featuring the faces of rappers Jay Z and Kanye West. (Brad Farwell www.bradfarwell.com) PALISADES PARK  — The first artist in residence at 1450 Ocean epitomizes the new cultural center’s current metamorphosis. Luke Haynes’ sees his work, which includes portraits of... Read more →


Brief: Youth awarded scholarships

(L-R) Finalists Tayon Blockmon, Geanna Grammatico, Gabriela Hernandez and Aemoni Harris pose with Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica board member Bill Dawson (center). Hernandez won Youth of the Year. (Fabian Lewkowicz FabianLewkowicz.com) The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica named its Youth of the Year over the weekend, sending... Read more →


Eating out doesn’t have to mean high calorie counts

You deserve a break to day. Sound familiar? The 1970s slogan for McDonald’s was giving then stay-at-home moms permission for a break from cooking for their family. Originally, eating out at restaurants was reserved for special occasions. Sure there was the café for the occasional breakfast or roadside meal, but most meals were prepared and... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Greek myths, Scottish ballads

(From left) Annie Grace, Melody Grove (Prudencia), Paul McCole, Alasdair Macrae, David McKay performing on instruments for The National Theatre of Scotland’s 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.' (Photo courtesy Ben Gibbs) Though there’s nary a kilt in sight, we have two Scottish companies in town: The National Theatre of Scotland... Read more →


Play Time: How to lose a wife in one play

Ron Barlow is an unsuccessful middle-aged screenwriter who wants a divorce. The problem is he signed a prenup with his millionaire wife that stipulated that if he divorced her, he would get none of her money. But if she divorced him, he'd get a tidy chunk. So begins “Day Trader,” Eric Rudnick's twisted mish-mash of a play that leads... Read more →


New age food from the old country

Since I had not taken a foreign language in high school, I was put on probation until I passed a foreign language class while at UCLA. I chose Italian since it was rumored to be the easiest. But it was not easy for me. To improve my Italian I started eating dinner every evening at Mario’s Italian Restaurant in Westwood Village. At the... Read more →


Santa Monica’s MLK celebration set

File photo WILSHIRE BLVD — Actor Gerald C. Rivers will be the keynote speaker, accompanied by singer Charles Holt, at the birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium. The free event — one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in... Read more →