Culture Watch

‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Ruskin Group Theatre

Starletta DuPois may be the only actress ever to have played all three female roles in the classic play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry. Then called “a Negro play,” it was the first play by an African American produced on Broadway. Staged in 1959, it starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Lou Gossett, Glynn... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Ghostbusters’ offers fresh take on 1984 classic

By Kathryn Whitney Boole It's unfortunate that this movie is called “Ghostbusters,” only because that forces us to refer to it as “the new Ghostbusters.” The original 1984 “Ghostbusters” is so iconic and was so groundbreaking for its time that to compare any movie to that one throws it in the shadow of greatness. However, don't... Read more →


Expo Line tour: Hidden gems at La Cienega/Jefferson

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the La Cienega/Jefferson stop. When you live in a region as... Read more →

Culture Watch

A midsummer mix of culture, entertainment

This Saturday, July 16, internationally acclaimed photographer Penny Wolin gives an audiovisual lecture introducing an exhibit based on her newest book, “Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry,” presented by Jewish Women's Theatre at The Braid Art and Performance Space. For the past 25 years, Wolin has paired... Read more →


Your summer events guide for Marina del Rey

By Roberto Luna Jr. Daily Press Intern It’s a short trip to Marina del Rey, but the reward is big fun for the summer season. Marina del Rey visitors will be able to take a tour on a boat, buy dinner from a diverse array of food trucks and attend various attractions this summer. Travel by water The Los Angeles County Department of... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Blake Lively gives depth to ‘The Shallows’

By Kathryn Whitney Boole “The Shallows” is the ubiquitous summer shark movie. However, it is very much worth seeing for many other reasons. If you can forgive the requisite foreshadowing “shark point-of-view” shots covered by ominous music, this is a beautiful film and Blake Lively does a fine job of carrying it, mostly alone on... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Captain Fantastic’ has Oscar written all over it

By Kathryn Whitney Boole "Captain Fantastic" embraces a subject that is voluminous in concept, yet uses the medium of movies to make a beautiful statement within the space of two hours that will inspire you to contemplate your philosophy of life in a whole different light, regardless of your political and religious persuasions. While you... Read more →

Culture Watch

A summer potpourri of arts and entertainment

Every now and then a week goes by when I can't get out to a cultural event. That's when I turn to my inbox to find out what local organizations are up to. This weekend, there's so much to choose from! THEATRE A controversy has bubbled up over at City Garage, the theatre at Bergamot Art Station. The U.S. premiere of “Right Left with... Read more →

Play Time

Reflecting on heritage in ‘Bad Jews’

The play has such a despicable name that you would think it would attract every neo-Nazi, Aryan Nation, skinhead anti-Semite in Southern California. The play is called “Bad Jews.” But, surprisingly, playwright Joshua Harmon's four-person diatribe is actually a perceptive reflection of the way in which many modern Jews relate to their... Read more →


Music, food and fun: Your guide to summer in Santa Monica

By Emanuela Boisbouvier Daily Press Intern Santa Monica summer days can be draining as thermometers reach the 100-degree peek and the promenade seems to shrink as the number of people strolling down it triple. Yet, summer also brings unique events to the community. With the always popular Twilight Concert Series anchoring the summer... Read more →