New rape survivor support group to meet Friday

DOWNTOWN — Polly Johnson spent years avoiding discussion about rape but now she’s going right at it. Johnson formed a rape survivors group, Face-2-Face, which will meet for the first time this Friday at the First Presbyterian Church on Second Street. The UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica is known for its world-class treatment and... Read more →

Community Profiles

Meals on Wheels legend Regalbuto retires

RoseMary Regalbuto (Brandon Wise PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — RoseMary Regalbuto worked with Meals on Wheels West for 27 years, thousands of days, but one of her most memorable was her third. She retired from her position as president and CEO last week. “After three days in the office I felt ready to go on a delivery... Read more →


The Better Option: Pho-get about it

Catherine An (right) of the Tiato Market Garden Cafe. (Merv Hecht Tiato, pronounced tea-ah-tow, owned and operated by Catherine An, is a restaurant-bar garden and venue space. Many of Tiato’s menu items have been chosen to honor her mother’s philosophy that “one should eat what tastes good and healthy,” while... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Celebrating 75 years of Laemmle

I’m not the kind of person who seeks out the latest sci-fi, special effects, shoot ’em up, vampire love story or superhero action movie. I prefer my films smart, quiet and emotionally touching, screened in familiar surroundings. That, to me, means Laemmle’s Monica 4, my home movie house, although I also frequent The Royal, newly... Read more →


Play Time: Ramble through 16th century Spain

Coco Blignaut (left) and Tsulan Cooper in 'God's Gypsy,' now playing at the Lillian Theater. In the new film “Saving Mr. Banks,” Walt Disney devotes 20 years to trying to persuade P.L. Travers to let him make a movie of her classic children’s book “Mary Poppins.” She finally does, but with the condition that she work with the... Read more →


Bloody cabaret opens Friday on SM Pier

Writer and director Paul Sand shows off the view from the Santa Monica Pier. (David Mark Simpson) SM PIER — At first glance, “The Cuttlefish Hotel,” a dark, bloody cabaret opening on Friday, seems an odd fit for the sunny Santa Monica Pier, surrounded by happy tourists and multi-million dollar hotels. But writer and director,... Read more →