Culture Watch

Catching Up: News & Reviews

By now the biggest cultural news of the past month has probably filtered through to you via other media. The opening of the new Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles was an international event, with days of civic, press and public events to celebrate its launch. Santa Monica‚Äôs loss is the greater community‚Äôs gain: the wonderful... Read more →


‘Damnation’ movie screening, discussion at Aero Theatre

Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with American Cinematheque and Sustainable Works present a film screening and panel talk on Sept.¬†30 at 7:30 p.m. Damnation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to... Read more →

Community Profiles

A musical anniversary

This Sunday the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica will celebrate Dr. James "Jim" Smith's 50th anniversary as director of music for the church. The church has invited everyone to worship at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, where their chancel choir will debut a new anthem created by "world-renowned" composer... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Sicario’ is ‘an experience’

The opening title screens of the film Sicario flash the meaning of the term - it is the word for "hit man" or "assassin" in modern Mexico/ or in ancient history, a band of zealots who stealthily hunted the Romans who had overtaken their city. It is important that there is not one simple meaning to this term, as you will see in experiencing... Read more →


Games, rides and a dose of hope on the Pier

The iconic Santa Monica Pier is home to many an event each year. But the one that means the most to the patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is the Mattel Party on the Pier, an event that funds programming and research at the facility. And this Sunday the party hits the pier for the 16th year in a row. Sponsored by Mattel, Inc. and... Read more →

Culture Watch

Awake and Sing! (and dance, too)

Renowned dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp is celebrating her 50th anniversary at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. In honor of this historic event, in addition to four staged performances she's reprising "The One Hundreds," which originally premiered in 1970, as a free community event. You could be one of the dancers! Get to the Wallis by 6 p.m.... Read more →

Culture Watch

Paper Bullets and lots of boxes

I've really been looking forward to "These Paper Bullets" at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, which opened last night. This mash-up of "Much Ado About Nothing," Shakespeare's original "rom-com" (romantic comedy) with a Beatles-era band features music by Grammy Award-winner Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and a plot line with lots of... Read more →



Beloved auto repair shop closing after 93 years

Beneath a clear covering on the front desk at Santa Monica Radiator are dozens of cards and notes from customers thanking the business owners and staff for their extensive knowledge, unwavering dedication and friendly service. But very soon, those and hundreds of other customers will have to find another auto repair shop. After 93 years,... Read more →


A ‘sweet sixteen’ fit for a foodie

The famed fig tree inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows can expect a larger crowd than usual congregating under its branches this Sunday night, as Angeleno's 13th Annual Live & Dine LA guests will be noshing on ceviche, gazpacho and spit-roasted lamb during a night celebrating all the best the Los Angeles food scene has to... Read more →


Santa Monica College presents fall jazz concerts

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present this year's Fall Jazz Concerts, featuring pianist Theo Saunders, saxophonist Tom Luer, and saxman/pianist Don Reckard. The series begins with Theo Saunders and the Jassemblage Band on Friday, Sept. 25. All concerts are held at 7 p.m. in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing... Read more →