New rape survivor support group to meet Friday

DOWNTOWN — Polly Johnson spent years avoiding discussion about rape but now she’s going right at it. Johnson formed a rape survivors group, Face-2-Face, which will meet for the first time this Friday at the First Presbyterian Church on Second Street. The UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica is known for its world-class treatment and... Read more →

Community Profiles

Meals on Wheels legend Regalbuto retires

RoseMary Regalbuto (Brandon Wise PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — RoseMary Regalbuto worked with Meals on Wheels West for 27 years, thousands of days, but one of her most memorable was her third. She retired from her position as president and CEO last week. “After three days in the office I felt ready to go on a delivery... Read more →


The Better Option: Pho-get about it

Catherine An (right) of the Tiato Market Garden Cafe. (Merv Hecht Tiato, pronounced tea-ah-tow, owned and operated by Catherine An, is a restaurant-bar garden and venue space. Many of Tiato’s menu items have been chosen to honor her mother’s philosophy that “one should eat what tastes good and healthy,” while... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Celebrating 75 years of Laemmle

I’m not the kind of person who seeks out the latest sci-fi, special effects, shoot ’em up, vampire love story or superhero action movie. I prefer my films smart, quiet and emotionally touching, screened in familiar surroundings. That, to me, means Laemmle’s Monica 4, my home movie house, although I also frequent The Royal, newly... Read more →


Play Time: Ramble through 16th century Spain

Coco Blignaut (left) and Tsulan Cooper in 'God's Gypsy,' now playing at the Lillian Theater. In the new film “Saving Mr. Banks,” Walt Disney devotes 20 years to trying to persuade P.L. Travers to let him make a movie of her classic children’s book “Mary Poppins.” She finally does, but with the condition that she work with the... Read more →


Bloody cabaret opens Friday on SM Pier

Writer and director Paul Sand shows off the view from the Santa Monica Pier. (David Mark Simpson) SM PIER — At first glance, “The Cuttlefish Hotel,” a dark, bloody cabaret opening on Friday, seems an odd fit for the sunny Santa Monica Pier, surrounded by happy tourists and multi-million dollar hotels. But writer and director,... Read more →


Bring on the leftover turkey

If you were lucky enough to host a Thanksgiving dinner, chances are there is a fridge full of leftovers. Right about now those leftovers are hitting their peak, which means it is time to act. Freeing up fridge space could come from a multitude of methods like soups, salads and casseroles. But nothing utilizes your treasured leftovers while... Read more →


I’d rather be at the beach

I first met Dave Heiser when I was in seventh grade. He was a P.E. teacher at John Adams Jr. High. He was an amazing athlete, and an inspiration to us kids. Among other things, he was a tremendous gymnast. On occasion he would perform on the high bars in our auditorium as we watched breathlessly. A lifeguard in the summers, he would also... Read more →


Pico businesses celebrate the holidays

DUDE IN RED: Santa Claus will be on Pico Boulevard Saturday to spread some holiday cheer at the annual Winter Holiday Art Walk. (Photo courtesy Pico Improvement Organization) PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — This Saturday, Nov. 30, Pico Boulevard celebrates two events, Small Business Saturday and the Pico Holiday Art Walk. Shop small while... Read more →

Culture Watch

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 →