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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 →

Entertainment

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 →

Book Review

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 →

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G.B.S. Tries to Avoid Charlotte's Web A century before the egomaniacal prevaricator took over the White House and tried to convince the world of his unique brilliance, there was an Irish intellectual who actually accomplished the things he set out to do and was not shy about acknowledging it. By the time he died in 1950 at the age of 94 he... Read more →

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Play Time: For Graf and Gobetti, A Labor of Love

She's on her honeymoon. Alone. After the invitations had been mailed, the venue had been chosen, the wedding dress had undergone its final fitting, and all the non-refundable deposits had been paid, her fiancé decided that he didn't want to marry her after all. So here she is, sitting in an airport in Thailand, waiting for her flight... Read more →

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CULTURE WATCH: Podcasts On Multiple Platforms

More than a few podcasts originate as live shows before being adapted for the Internet. Some are produced live, then digitized into podcast format. Others start live, then move into a studio where they are produced as episodic podcasts. You may know about The Moth, a live audience, stand-up, notes-free, true personal story-telling program... Read more →

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The Re-View: Mexican Food

Mexican food reminds me of Mexican music. Someone is singing or playing a melody, someone else is harmonizing on the side, there’s a deep bass keeping rhythm in the background, there are several other instruments playing complementary but different rhythms, there’s a flute with a whole different agenda and some kind of funky string guitar... Read more →

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Playtime: Confiding Their Concerns To Faraway Friends

Dysfunctional relationships seem to be becoming more dysfunctional with each new play. Dysfunctional and disagreeable. Despairing and depressing. As presented in playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes' "Water by the Spoonful", however, each member of her random group is coping not with dysfunction, but with at least one relationship that is... Read more →

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CULTURE WATCH: History, Crime, Politics Podcasts

Remember “The Graduate,” when Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) is told that there is just one word he needs to know: “Plastics”? I honestly believe that now, other than AI, VR or IoT, the future is “Podcasts.” I have been both immersing myself and dipping my toes into, some good, some bad and some boring podcasts and have found a few... Read more →