Play Time

A Voyage to the Future and the Past

      Editor’s note: This review contains significant spoilers for the movie “Arrival” If you could see the future, would you want to? If you could have a child, knowing that she would die at 12, would you forego the joy of having her in order to avoid the pain of losing her? These are a couple of... Read more →

Culture Watch

Integrating Family, Cultures and Spirit

  To say Rain Pryor had a complicated childhood doesn’t come close to being an understatement. She tells her funny, harrowing, poignant and ultimately uplifting story in her one-woman show “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” a production of the Jewish Women’s Theatre at the Braid Theatre and Art Gallery in Santa Monica. She had a... Read more →


Marathon to close local roads on March 19

  When the Los Angeles Marathon returns to Santa Monica on Sunday, March 19 it will bring 24,000 runners along San Vicente Blvd and onto Ocean Ave. City officials are warning residents to prepare for several hours of road closures along the route and budget extra time in their day for travel to accommodate the changes. The first... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Table 19

  Rated PG-13 87 Minutes Released March 3 Table 19 is a charming date night movie for couples that can admit they’re not perfect. There is a depth of relationship psychology at the base of the story. Personalities that seem to be mismatched turn out to be excellent balancers for each other, especially when the ability to... Read more →

Play Time

Albee’s Voice: Gone But Still Being Heard

  Well, it isn’t “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, but it is as scathing in its depiction of a frustrated marriage as anything else Edward Albee ever wrote. And as performed by the incomparable players of Deaf West Theatre, it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” is... Read more →


Opera Gala to benefit mothers in Kenya

  The St. Monica Catholic Community (SMCC) is hosting an Opera Gala Benefit Concert to raise funds for health care of mothers and children living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. According to a study done in 2014 by the United Nations Population Fund, 3,759 women die for every 100,000 live births in Kenya. It is the most dangerous... Read more →

Culture Watch

Art, Paradise, Heaven And Hell

  You’re going to the 11th Annual Santa Monica ArtWalk at the SM Airport, aren’t you? Of course you are, why wouldn’t you? It’s a day of free entertainment and education about the arts of theatre, ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture, food trucks, music, crafts and more. It all takes place on Saturday, March 18 with... Read more →


Stairway of the Stars returns

  The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will present the 68th Annual “Stairway of the Stars” concerts series this month. The event showcases the music education programs within the district as an estimated 1,000 SMMUSD elementary, middle, and high school students will participate in three separate... Read more →


Married People: Laughing and Listening

  Sometimes middle-aged couples who have been married for a decade or two will admit that there have been periods of time when they didn't love their partner at all.  They get caught up in the “is this all there is?” malaise and begin to wonder what possessed them to commit all the rest of their life to this one stranger. In a... Read more →

Culture Watch

A Watershed Event

  Lucy Blake-Elahi is an artist engaged in both public art commissions and painting. She spent three summers as Artist-in-Residence in Yellowstone National Park and has long been involved with local community art and environmental concerns. When she returned to Culver City, she made her way to the only nearby place she could find... Read more →



Rated R 103 Minutes Released February 24   Get Out is unexpectedly a beautifully made movie. One of its assets is its simplicity. It was a low budget production ($4.5 million) made without elaborate special effects. Most of the shock value is created in the editing room without a lot of the ubiquitous blood and gore that... Read more →


Culture Watch: Fun Home, Nowruz, Spring Break

I can’t remember the last time a musical moved or impressed me so fully on so many levels. “Fun Home,” now at The Ahmanson Theatre, is that musical. This is one remarkable piece of theatre. It’s rightfully been called “groundbreaking.” Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 autobiographical cartoon (aka graphic) memoir of the same... Read more →


Coast festival is clear for 2017

At least one day a year traffic will not be a problem in downtown Santa Monica. After a successful launch last summer, Santa Monica’s first open streets event is coming back for round two. The City will merge last year’s popular Coast Open Streets with Santa Monica Festival this fall, according to a newly released staff report. Staff... Read more →


One big party for four park projects

Santa Monica will celebrate Parks Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 with a morning of activities spread across four parks. The day will include the grand opening of Ishihara Park, renaming of Gandara Park (formerly Stewart St. Park), reopening of Reed Park and the conclusion of construction at Los Amigos Park. Karen Ginsberg, Director of... Read more →