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Play Time: Marlo and Drew and Baby Makes Five

Play Time Marlo and Drew and Baby Makes Five by Cynthia Citron on May 10, 2018   So what happens when Cinderella finally marries the Prince? Well, sometimes it isn't all glass slippers and carriages made from pumpkins. Sometimes she winds up on the other side of wedded bliss. As introduced in screenwriter Cody Diablo's new... Read more →

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David Dines

1 Pico   When you take Pico Blvd west, and you arrive at the very end, just on the sand, you’ll find someplace magical and wonderful – Shutters on the Beach. Tucked into the first floor is the flagship restaurant that overlooks the beach, the boardwalk and presents the perfect environment for either a raucous group of friends... Read more →

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Conflicts, Surprises and Vegetarian Lasagna It's Christmas Eve and Dana and her mother, Barbara, are sitting in the kitchen, Barbara fussing over the celebratory dinner of vegetarian lasagna and Dana nibbling on her mother's festive sugar cookies. The scene comes from Barbara's memory because Dana, who enlisted as a hospital corpsman in... Read more →

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A Potpourri Of Events

  A pot-inspired burlesque show, a salon-style story, an art and song event, a benefit supporting our local Repertory company, and a pay-what-you-can contemporary classical concert are coming soon to a venue near you. It’s high time you got yourself out to catch “Marijuana Madness,” an original burlesque show that showcases... Read more →

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My Son the Waiter Offers a Few Tips Just about the most horrendous experience I can imagine for a Jewish mother of a certain age is to be surrounded by her contemporaries as they brag about the latest exploits of their sons (“my son the doctor,” “my son the lawyer) when the only son she has is a waiter!  Not the maitre d’ of a... Read more →

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Beautiful Binoche: French Femme Fatale "Let the Sunshine In" is a French film apparently created for the sole purpose of glorifying the beautiful face of Juliette Binoche. But if that were the only thing this film had to offer, it would still be worth seeing. Binoche plays a divorced Parisian artist looking for a relationship with a... Read more →

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LIVES WELL LIVED – AND WRITTEN This Friday, a beautiful little film, “Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age” opens at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center (and on other Laemmle screens). And the 27th edition of “The Emeritus Chronicles,” featuring writing by Santa Monica College Emeritus College students, has... Read more →

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Re-View: Thai Food

I love Thai cuisine. And I’ve eaten at more than one dozen Thai restaurants in this area (and also at a number of them in Thailand itself). But what is it about Thai food that makes it so distinctive? One is the mix of herbs. There is cilantro, lemongrass, basil, and mint. Sometimes there is ginger, galangal, tamarind, turmeric, garlic,... Read more →

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Plenty to love in film about Borg versus McEnroe

Let's begin this review of "Borg Vs. McEnroe" with a huge spoiler alert. The final score of the 1980 Wimbledon men's final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, which takes up the climactic last third of the movie, was 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6. It's not a secret, really. And, in the end, it doesn't really matter. This fabulous, moody film... Read more →

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CannaBiz Gold Rush The 420 Games concluded on April 1 at Santa Monica Pier’s Parking Lot 1. This event’s mission is to break down stereotypes about marijuana by showcasing its connections to those who engage in athletics, fitness and healthy lifestyles. A 4.2-mile run/walk/skate bike competition, yoga, jiu-jitsu, arm wrestling, and... Read more →

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Is It A Painting Or A Flag? I brought a dear friend for her first visit to the Broad Museum downtown to see the blockbuster Jasper Johns survey, “Something Resembling Truth.” We had a chance to see the newly installed Yayoi Kusama LED light-and-mirror room (“Longing for Eternity”), which you look through a porthole to... Read more →

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Soderbergh's Film Is "Unsane" Maybe because I knew that the word "unsane" was uncorrect, I decided to see what other aberrations Steven Soderbergh could come up with. The picture he directed, photographed, and edited is called "Unsane," and so it is — in a very frightening way. Claire Foy (an English actress best known in America for... Read more →

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Book Review: Ken Minyard

Longtime Santa Monica resident Craig Horowitz has been an employment law attorney for thirty-one years. About every four years, however, Horowitz writes non-fiction books reflecting his interests outside of the law. Horowitz's “Row 47”: A Two-Decade Journey with UCLA Football” (2009) is a charming tale of three UCLA grads who buy... Read more →

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Say Mélisse; C’est Magnifique Chef/owner Josiah Citrin’s Mélisse is recognized as a world-class, fine dining restaurant, L.A.’s only Forbes 5-Star rated stand-alone establishment. With two Michelin Guide stars, global gourmands who appreciate its contemporary French-inspired, Japanese-influenced cuisine make Mélisse a dining... Read more →