Culture Watch

When you can’t go out

  For the past few weeks and the next few, I’m recovering from surgery, so I haven’t been going out. But we live in a new golden age of television and a number of very kind publicists (thanks Sasha Berman and 360 Communications) have shared streaming links allowing me to screen films at home, for which I am extremely grateful (see... Read more →

Play Time

A French Farce Is Hard to Parse

  The first French farce was performed in the 13th century. British farce began a century later. They are both still going strong, but often in very different directions. British farce usually tends to be a frenetic comedy of people chasing each other up and down stairs, banging doors, and misunderstanding everything that’s going... Read more →


Daily Press KBUG

Week of April 24, 2017   Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of April 24, the Contractor will continue with concrete restoration work on Marguerita Pl N between 4th Street and 7th Street. Marguerita Pl. N. will be closed to through traffic over night while the concrete is drying. The contractor will also continue... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Norman

Rated R 117 Minutes Released April 14   Norman is an unusual and vivid study of an intricate and unique human being. It’s also a tale of how an action on a personal plane can affect the world stage. The story is a game of mental chess on an interpersonal level involving game pieces of massive scope. A cascade of action is... Read more →

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Movies I’m Loving

    “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” and “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” are two terrific documentaries that you should put on your list of must-see movies. Harold and Lillian tells the almost invisible story of an amazing couple who were the secret sauce behind some of Tinseltown’s most... Read more →


These Guys Are Definitely NOT The Brady Bunch

    Playwright Phinneas Kiyomura’s play “Supper” introduces three oil-rich brothers who have come to Japan to celebrate the wedding of their fourth brother, Freddy (Joel Scher), to his very strange Japanese bride, Naomi (Keiko Elizabeth). Each of them is different from his brothers and as they reveal their individual... Read more →


Transportation Tuesday

Celebrate Earth Day. Ride a Bike! Join us this Saturday for Santa Monica’s Earth Day themed Kidical Mass Family Ride and Community Garden Tour. We will take a family friendly ride from Memorial Park to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a kids garden tour and seed bomb workshop. There will be prizes and giveaways at Memorial Park... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Gifted

  Rated PG-13 101 Minutes Released April 7 Anyone who is a Bachelor/ Bachelorette addict (it’s OK ... read on, you don't have to admit it) will remember that the term “emotional intelligence” was annoyingly overused in the last installment. However, that concept is actually a vital and often overlooked element of our... Read more →

Play Time

A comedy and a mystery, both spectacular

A Comedy I must admit I was dubious about a production called “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)”. I anticipated a barrage of “chicken crossing the road” jokes. And so there was. But these chicken jokes were rendered with the accents and attitudes of many different cultures, and they were hilarious! The jokes and... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Beauty and the Beast

  Rated PG 129 Minutes Released March 17   It's not blind luck that Disney’s newest Beauty and the Beast has been a huge success at the box office. This movie has superb production value – razor sharp depth of focus, a visual banquet of rich vibrant colors, tremendous performances, and a rich musical score. The... Read more →

Movie Reviews

The Zookeepers Wife Film Review

Rated PG-13 124 Minutes Released March 31   The Zookeeper’s Wife is a truly beautiful and inspiring movie based on a true story of a Polish couple who ran a zoo in Warsaw during the German occupation in World War II. Antonia and Jan Zabinski secretly smuggled Jews to safety from the ghetto into their villa inside the zoo... Read more →


Popular taco shop closed (for now)

Santa Monica’s beloved, tucked-away-taco shop Tacos Punta Cabras is on the move. Enthusiasts who headed to their Santa Monica Blvd location with hopes of grabbing a fish taco or a cup of ceviche this week were met with an empty restaurant and a “closed” sign instead. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page gave a few more... Read more →

Play Time

Two British Films: A Mixed Bag

    Well, I did it again! Saw two movies this weekend: one good, one dreadful… The good one is “A Quiet Passion,” a beautifully mounted biography of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. The dreadful one is “The Leveller,” a bleak English drama that is both tedious and unfathomable. Let’s start with the good one.... Read more →