One-man show is a real ordeal

No matter how endearing you might find Frank South to be, spending two hours with him is a real ordeal. He paces, he twitches, he rages, he apologizes, he laments, he speaks in non-sequiturs, and he fights with his personal demons. In short, he displays vividly the ailments that have afflicted him for a lifetime: attention deficit... Read more →

Community Profiles

Little fish swims across ‘the pond’

Isabella Siering hung in the starting position for the 100 meter backstroke event at the Northern German Championship in Hanover, Germany. The 10-year-old was tired. She and her dad, Frank, had jumped on a plane and flown to Hanover when they realized she was eligible to compete in the championship, but she was suffering from jet lag and... Read more →


Fighting for control

When you hear the theme song from “Rocky,” what images does it conjure? I see the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps which I ran up at the beginning, but not at the end, of the Philadelphia Marathon. I see a thick gray sweat suit not ideal for exercise. And I see a glass full of raw eggs which are absolutely not the best pre or post... Read more →


Best vacations may include manual labor

Although we find ourselves in an unusually challenging time, I’m discovering it also provides us with a unique opportunity to re-evaluate our lives and our choices. I have been speaking to different people about travel plans, and whether our current economy has brought about a change in their vacation planning. One recurrent theme, both... Read more →


Double your pleasure

MADISON CAMPUS — While many arts organizations are cutting back in light of the struggling economy, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center is planning to expand during its sophomore season, offering twice the number of performances presented during its debut. The Broad Stage, which was... Read more →


All at sea about ‘The Seafarer’

Sometimes siblings communicate with each other in a secret, private language that is unintelligible to the rest of the world. In Conor McPherson’s play, “The Seafarer,” the language is Irish. Not Gaelic Irish. It’s English-Irish, actually, spoken with a brogue so thick and obscure that it might as well be Chinese. The... Read more →


In to Indian food

Food is very trendy, just like clothes, names of children and travel destinations. Right now India is leading the pack with the huge success of Bollywood and of course “Slum Dog Millionaire.” Suddenly all things Indian are appealing and food is not the least of it. I have always loved all things Indian, having traveled there for... Read more →

Community Profiles

Chef combines education and ample talent

PCH — Chef Whitney Werner makes his bacon doing more than making bacon. During his 25-plus years in the hospitality industry he has taken a thoroughly unconventional approach to his role as chef that has brought him financial success and praise from his peers. “When it comes to chefs, people are always talking about what we call... Read more →

Book Review

‘Where the Heart Leads’

“I sent you to school — to a college — so you can make best use of the good head the Lord gave you. A good head is a gift. Gaining knowledge is a privilege.” Thomas’s father tells him. Thomas has come back to find his father is about to lose the family mill and has settled in town because of hard times. Thomas is... Read more →


Singing the praises of nutritional yeast

While hiking in Vermont, I stumbled upon this quaint little movie theater in Montpelier. They serve popcorn made with real butter, sea salt and this yummy, flaky, cheesy flavored stuff sprinkled on top. It was 1996 when I first learned about nutritional yeast and I have been singing its praises from the mountain tops ever since. I also... Read more →


Bollywood comes to The Edye

MADISON CAMPUS — Tongues will be in cheeks, eyes will be winking and, hopefully, everybody in attendance will get the intended parody. The style of song and dance that comes along with India’s Bollywood cinema isn’t necessarily intended to be funny, but the exuberance of its performers, the vibrant colors of its outfits and... Read more →


No way to treat a theater-lover

As Queen Victoria used to say, “We are not amused.” Heaven knows, we wanted to be, but there is something just a little off-putting about the musical “No Way to Treat a Lady,” currently having its Los Angeles premiere at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Too much music, maybe? Too much plot? Originally, William... Read more →


A taste of Vietnam

I had an interesting experience on Easter Sunday in Canoga Park. I signed through Slow Food L.A. to take a Vietnamese cooking class at a private home. Since Vietnamese food is one of my all-time favorites I jumped at the chance to learn from home cooks. There were about 15 people attending and we walked into a home with three Vietnamese... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Being comfortable in your own skin

Today is my birthday. Happy birthday to me! I am 38 for those who are curious. Now, I have never been one for freaking out over getting older, though when I turned 20 I do distinctly remember thrashing around my dorm room distraught that no matter what I did I would no longer ever be considered a child prodigy. Janet Jackson was big at the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Beer is for chicks, too

DOWNTOWN — The last thing you want to say to Christina Perozzi is “Oh, I’m not a beer drinker.” “That, to me, is like throwing down the gauntlet,” Perozzi said as she sipped her Allagash White, an unfiltered Belgian-style brew flavored with coriander and bitter orange peel. Or at least that’s how... Read more →