Culture Watch

Do some good

When the Halloween sugar rush wears off, think ahead to Veterans Day and ask yourself, “How can I help my community?” Here's one way. On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., experience a reading of Shakespeare's immortal tale of an English king, a French princess and a brotherhood of warriors, brought to life not only by renowned actors, but... Read more →

Book Review

Book Review: The dark side of comedy

For almost five decades, Americans adored George Carlin as a stand-up comedian, social critic, actor and best-selling author. His career included books, record albums, HBO specials, movies and television. But, to Kelly Carlin, he was just dad. The only child of George and Brenda Carlin, Kelly, was born in 1963. As a toddler, she slid around... Read more →


Halloween happenings

Fall is in the air and All Hallows' Eve will be falling upon the City of Santa Monica this week in the form of festivals, carnivals, pumpkin patches and movie screenings. There is something to suit every Santa Monican in this smattering of spooky celebrations. The Franklin Halloween Carnival will be held on Oct. 24 between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.... Read more →

Community Profiles

Partners in crime-fighting

For the Santa Monica Police Department's K-9 unit, a dog is much more than a man's best friend. The animal is a crime-fighting companion that smells and senses what its handler often can't, keeps suspects in check and assists on a wide variety of investigations. The dog also becomes a part of its handler's family, living with its supervising... Read more →

Culture Watch

Design, double love, abstracts and ogres

Once again Santa Monica plays host to the WestEdge Design Fair, Oct. 22 - 25 at the Barker Hangar. For the third year, more than 150 designers, makers and architects from across the nation will showcase the best in contemporary design for the home, ranging from furniture and lighting, to kitchen and bath lines. The event will include curated... Read more →


Cooking demos spice up farmers market

Anyone can pick up a butternut squash at the farmers market; knowing what to do with it once you get home is the tricky part. So on Aug. 16, the Santa Monica Sunday Farmers Market, in conjunction with Venice Merchant, began doing bi-weekly "Cooking Fresh" demos to teach customers what they can do with the produce they are buying. "Customers... Read more →

Book Review

Book Review: Golden girl publishes gem of a book

In 1944, while World War II was raging, 11-year-old Elaine Jones and her four siblings moved cross-country from Rhode Island to Santa Monica with their British-born parents. Actually, Eric, her artist father, had come first in search of work and housing, both in short supply during wartime. Fortunately, Eric soon secured a job, which came... Read more →


Receiving special treatment

Barbara Abrams had worked as a labor and delivery nurse since 1979 and planned to retire last year. It just so happened that the day she had selected to bow out ended up being the day her granddaughter was born. But following this newfound joy in her life came some bad news: Abrams was diagnosed with cancer in her left breast this July.... Read more →


Mt. Olive hosts TV movie shoot

A giant Christmas tree stood on the premises, wreaths adorned the facilities and large boxes were wrapped and tied with ribbons to look like gifts. The elaborate decorations all seemed appropriate for Christmas time at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, except for the fact that it was June. The holiday scene wasn't the result of a colossal calendar... Read more →


Halloween bash to benefit Meals on Wheels West

Meals on Wheels West brings food to senior citizens, people with disabilities and other needy residents in and around Santa Monica, delivering 80,000-plus meals last year alone. "We serve people of all ages and incomes," executive director Chris Baca said. "We have clients who live in high-rises on Ocean Avenue and people who live in mobile... Read more →


‘Catching’ your attention on the Pier

Seafood will not be in short supply this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier, but you can be sure the bounty will not be of the overfished variety either. The inaugural Off The Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival, a seafood tasting and community awareness event on the Pier, will take place this weekend in celebration of National Seafood... Read more →