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Culture Watch: A nightmare before Christmas

BLOODY MESS: Spirits of mediums, serial killers and charlatans are conjured up in 'Play Dead.’ (Photo courtesy Michael Lamont/Geffen Playhouse) It might seem somewhat macabre to write about death and evil at this celebratory time of year. But there’s a terrific show, “Play Dead,” onstage at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood that... Read more →


Play Time: Mothers in our midst

THE CAST AT WORK: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in 'Philomena.' (Photo courtesy BBC Films; Pathe Productions Limited) Judi Dench is quite a dame. As one of Great Britain’s greatest gifts to theater, films, and television, she has portrayed most of Shakespeare’s heroines, from Juliet to Lady Macbeth, Queen Victoria and Queen... Read more →


Brief: Calling future filmmakers

Come see the best directors of tomorrow — today. The Ninth Annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, 2014, is now accepting submissions. The festival accepts any film made by kids 12-18, from anywhere in the world, in any genre between 30 seconds to 30 minutes in length. Submission is free.... Read more →


Startup makes restaurants charitable

CITYWIDE — Pigging out at a restaurant has never felt so good. Hepburn (Photo courtesy Entrepreneur and CEO Kenneth Hepburn and Lee Hanson announced the launch of to give food lovers the luxury of dining at a restaurant while giving to charity at the same time. Customers can go to the website and create an... Read more →


Never say never when it comes to dumplings

A few weeks ago, after reading Jonathan Gold’s massive restaurant guide in which he listed 100 of the best eateries in the Los Angeles area, I wrote that it wasn’t very helpful to me because I had no intention of driving to Arcadia (wherever that is) for Chinese dumplings, and probably would never go there. A few days later my friend... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Entertainment fit for the holidays

Molly Novack as Clara in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s 'The Nutcracker.' (Photo by Todd Lechtick) ‘Tis the season when holiday specials and entertainment traditions abound. While tickets to their performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Broad Stage are sold out, Westside Ballet and the Santa Monica College Symphony are... Read more →


Play Time: On being a Barrymore

Ethel and Lionel and John. The Barrymores. “We were the royal family of Theater,” John said.  “And I was the clown prince.” Known for his antics, his ribald wisecracks, and his exorbitant drinking, John Barrymore was also celebrated for his charismatic good looks and dramatic skills — especially after he graduated from fluffy... Read more →


SM Conservancy trying to buy 400 acres in west Malibu

By Melissa Caskey Special to the Daily Press SM MOUNTAINS — After moving one step closer to obtaining 532-acre Charmlee Wilderness Park in the city of Malibu this week, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority are also in the process of acquiring 416 acres of land in nearby Decker... Read more →


Thanksgiving to go

Whether you just want a break from the three-day preparations of your traditional Thanksgiving dinner or you are in need of outside help, there are plenty of pickup or delivery options in Santa Monica. Many restaurants and stores offer sides a la carte to supplement your homemade meal or complete packages, giving you and your kitchen a break... Read more →