Brick + Mortar pleads to 14 misdemeanors

EDGEMAR — A Main Street restaurant has pleaded no contest to 14 misdemeanor counts for, among other things, violating City Hall’s alcohol permits. Brick + Mortar, located in the Edgemar complex, will pay $12,000 in fines and restitution and be on probation for 30 months, according to Councilmember Kevin McKeown. Representatives from the... Read more →

Play Time

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in 55 minutes

PLAYTIME — If you're looking for a play that is smart, witty, well written, well acted, and well directed, this isn't it. The show is called “Women” and the main characters are called Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, along with their mother, insipidly called “Marmee”. Sound familiar? It's “Little Women”, but, unfortunately it isn't... Read more →



Rustic Canyon, Mélisse add employee benefit surcharge

WILSHIRE BLVD — Santa Monica restaurant groups are supplementing healthcare costs for their workers by adding a 3 percent surcharge to every bill. Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, part owners of Rustic Canyon, Milo and Olive, Huckleberry Cafe, and Sweet Rose Creamery, along with Josiah Citrin, chef and co-owner of Mélisse, started adding the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Bound and Unbound

CULTURE WATCH — There's something distinctive about a Neil Simon play; the quick patter, the complex relationships, the neighborhood (Brighton Beach especially), and sometimes these elements play out poignantly and pointedly. In the case of “Broadway Bound,” just extended at The Odyssey Theatre, all the elements are there, it's just... Read more →


Planning Commission approves three alcohol licenses

CITY HALL — The next time Planning Commission ends at 12:30 a.m. and the Commissioners are in need of a nightcap, they'll have three new choices in Santa Monica. The five and a half hour meeting on Aug. 27 took an unusual turn from almost the first minute as the commission chose to hold full hearings for each of three consent items and... Read more →

Culture Watch

Fringe Binge, Part 2

CULTURE WATCH — Sadly the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 ended this past Monday. But what an incredible array of arts, ranging from the unwatchably boring to the outrageously outlandish and everything in between. I sought out theatre events, but my mind can only take in so much in a week; on my busiest day I saw four productions,... Read more →


Callahan’s closing after decades

WILSHIRE BLVD — After 26 years under current ownership and decades under previous owners Callahan’s will close at the end of this year. The diner, beloved by many local regulars, has been open since 1946 according to the new building owners. Abraham Vazquez, who has owned Callahan’s since 1988, said that his lease is up at the end of... Read more →


Young musician launching new album

CITYWIDE — Leena Culhane, a 24-year-old Santa Monica resident is about to release her latest album entitled “The Reckoning” and she is hoping to tap into the arts-loving local community for support. Culhane moved to Santa Monica from Fairfax, a town just north of San Francisco. She said the community was a great place to develop as a... Read more →



City officials add more pier guidelines

SM PIER — It’s been a rough year for large events at the Santa Monica Pier. In January, City Council voted to downsize the popular Twilight Concert Series, beef up security, and add restrictions to pier events. Now, city officials have restricted guidelines for events at the Santa Monica Pier parking lot, including a requirement that all... Read more →

Culture Watch

Fringe Binge, Part 1

CULTURE WATCH — After not traveling for more than 15 years, I just returned from a two-month trip throughout the UK, from northern Scotland to southern England. One specific goal was to attend my first Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s the world’s largest arts festival, with more than 3500 unique events ranging from comedy and theatre,... Read more →

Tour de Feast

The Luther Burger

TOUR DE FEAST — Instagram is a dangerous app. After scrolling through my usual feed full of sunsets, selfies, cats, and concerts I stopped after coming across a particular picture of a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg and a glazed donut as the bun. By definition a burger with a donut bun is called a Luther Burger. Legend has it that it... Read more →


Chariots to march from Santa Monica to Venice

The 38th annual Festival of the Chariots, a Hare Krishna celebration commemorating Indian Lord Jagannatha, will take place locally on Sunday, Aug. 3. Dating back thousands of years to Jagannatha Puri, India, the Festival of the Chariots honors Indian history and culture while offering a free feast, entertainment and exhibits for the public.... Read more →



Donut shops prepare to fight for the hole of Santa Monica

The competition is brewing. East Coast cult classic Dunkin' Donuts is moving to12th Street and Wilshire Boulevard with hopes of opening by early September. But only one block east sits Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, one block south lies a Starbucks and a few minutes away is the local donut shop, DK's Donuts. Each sells coffee and pastries. Can so... Read more →


Mixed reviews for outdoor fitness regulations

PALISADES PARK — A pilot ordinance that restricts group exercise in the parks is a success to some and a bust to others, according to a report from City Hall released on Thursday. There’s been a notable reduction in the amount of commercial fitness training in the parks and grass has grown back in the areas where the training is... Read more →



Supporting the Generation of the Future

SMC - Students at Santa Monica College, who are perhaps already on the younger end of the generation spectrum, are already focused on helping those even younger with the volunteer group Generation of the Future. The organization, founded by Santa Monica College student Trae Smith, helps and inspires young students from the ages of 4 to 15 to... Read more →