Variety is the spice of life

I am a huge fan of Asian food and especially sushi, so I was thrilled to accept and invitation to dine at Takami in Downtown Los Angeles this past week. What a place. Located at the top of a tall high rise on Wilshire Boulevard, Takami has 360 degree views of the city with windows that are half open at the top so the air is coming in while... Read more →

DVD Releases

‘The Big Lebowski’ 10th Anniversary Edition

‘The Big Lebowski’ 10th Anniversary Edition One of the Coen Brothers’ best efforts, Jeff Bridges stars as The Dude, a professional slacker, whose life is turned chaotic in a case of mistaken identity. With a backdrop of bowling and avant-garde art, the quirky comedy-thriller also stars John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Empty Nest’

It is coming. If you haven’t experienced it yet, you will. It is that time in the life of each parent when the last child leaves for college and that extra room is vacant. You wonder how your life is going to go on after 18 years of caring for this child. But you will survive. A part of you wants to let that person go and another part... Read more →


A shining ‘City’ on the hill

“This Beautiful City” is Colorado Springs, Colo., the headquarters of the outspoken Evangelical Christians of the religious and political right and home to more than 80 national religious organizations. So, before I continue, let me reveal where I’m coming from. I’m Jewish, and I strongly object to the current movement... Read more →


An afternoon in heaven

I’m a BBQ freak. I’ll drive miles for good Q. Maybe it’s genetic, or maybe it’s the recollections of childhood days in the back yard with the family, and Ida Mae grilling BBQ in the back yard. Whatever the reason, I was excited about going to a BBQ festival in Santa Monica last month. I got sidetracked. On the left... Read more →


Mother, daughter combine talent to benefit Heal the Bay

OCEAN AVE Artist Christa Zinner, 88, looks remarkably calm as she sits in her easy chair listening to her daughter, Katina Zinner, describe for the first time the shark attack she experienced last year. Katina tells her Mom to cover her ears. She does, for about six seconds, and then uncovers them. After three times of asking her mom to... Read more →

Community Profiles

Young leaves YWCA with much pride

DOWNTOWN The Santa Monica YWCA of today is a far cry from the YWCA Sally Young started working at as an executive director in 1985. On her first day on the job Young walked into her office to find a desk that faced a wall and a bathroom with wood planks across a tub serving as a file cabinet. The manila files were in complete... Read more →


All together now

It’s a treat to see Puccini's trilogy of one-act operas, ‘Il Trittico,’ all together because although they were originally intended to be performed in order. Today, out of time considerations they rarely are. Typically, it is “Suor Angelica” (Sister Angelica) that gets ditched because of its sentimentality and... Read more →