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Two British Films: A Mixed Bag

    Well, I did it again! Saw two movies this weekend: one good, one dreadful… The good one is “A Quiet Passion,” a beautifully mounted biography of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. The dreadful one is “The Leveller,” a bleak English drama that is both tedious and unfathomable. Let’s start with the good one.... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Prevenge

  Not Rated/ Comedic Horror Film/ Not for Kids 88 Minutes Released March 24   Prevenge is definitely a unique horror film. The movie has been nominated for several festival awards and has won two. To really appreciate this film you should know the circumstances of the creation of this comedic, totally... Read more →


Yarn Crawl draws close-knit community

  Grab your hooks and needles - about two thousand like-minded “fiber artists” are about to descend on Southern California Thursday for the 2017 LA County Yarn Crawl. The event comes at a time old-school crafts like knitting and crochet are experiencing a resurgence. “You start and you cannot stop,” Teri Artinyan said,... Read more →

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Joe Goode: Seeing through things

I’ve often wondered why writing about art must be so complex, so ponderous, so filled with grandiose vocabulary and overly-intellectual concepts. Not so with Kohn Gallery’s catalog, “Joe Goode: Paintings, 1960-2016.” What’s great is the direct language in which it’s written, including verbatim interviews with Goode himself. Ed... Read more →

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One Helluva Planet, One Helluva Play

  Four of the best actors I’ve seen this century appeared on stage last weekend to present playwright William Mastrosimone’s timely and chilling play, “Cat’s Paw.”  The actors are truly amazing, and so is the play. It involves a political activist named Victor (Sean McHugh), the founder of a militant group called Earth... Read more →


KBUG: Week of March 27

Week of March 27   Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of March 27, the Contractor will continue removal and replacement of the sewer main on 9th Court between Marguerita Ave and Georgina Ave. The contractor will continue cleaning, video inspection and lining of the sewer main on Ocean Front Walk from Bay Street to... Read more →

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A Voyage to the Future and the Past

      Editor’s note: This review contains significant spoilers for the movie “Arrival” If you could see the future, would you want to? If you could have a child, knowing that she would die at 12, would you forego the joy of having her in order to avoid the pain of losing her? These are a couple of... Read more →

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Integrating Family, Cultures and Spirit

  To say Rain Pryor had a complicated childhood doesn’t come close to being an understatement. She tells her funny, harrowing, poignant and ultimately uplifting story in her one-woman show “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” a production of the Jewish Women’s Theatre at the Braid Theatre and Art Gallery in Santa Monica. She had a... Read more →


Marathon to close local roads on March 19

  When the Los Angeles Marathon returns to Santa Monica on Sunday, March 19 it will bring 24,000 runners along San Vicente Blvd and onto Ocean Ave. City officials are warning residents to prepare for several hours of road closures along the route and budget extra time in their day for travel to accommodate the changes. The first... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Table 19

  Rated PG-13 87 Minutes Released March 3 Table 19 is a charming date night movie for couples that can admit they’re not perfect. There is a depth of relationship psychology at the base of the story. Personalities that seem to be mismatched turn out to be excellent balancers for each other, especially when the ability to... Read more →

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Albee’s Voice: Gone But Still Being Heard

  Well, it isn’t “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, but it is as scathing in its depiction of a frustrated marriage as anything else Edward Albee ever wrote. And as performed by the incomparable players of Deaf West Theatre, it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” is... Read more →


Opera Gala to benefit mothers in Kenya

  The St. Monica Catholic Community (SMCC) is hosting an Opera Gala Benefit Concert to raise funds for health care of mothers and children living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. According to a study done in 2014 by the United Nations Population Fund, 3,759 women die for every 100,000 live births in Kenya. It is the most dangerous... Read more →

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Art, Paradise, Heaven And Hell

  You’re going to the 11th Annual Santa Monica ArtWalk at the SM Airport, aren’t you? Of course you are, why wouldn’t you? It’s a day of free entertainment and education about the arts of theatre, ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture, food trucks, music, crafts and more. It all takes place on Saturday, March 18 with... Read more →


Stairway of the Stars returns

  The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will present the 68th Annual “Stairway of the Stars” concerts series this month. The event showcases the music education programs within the district as an estimated 1,000 SMMUSD elementary, middle, and high school students will participate in three separate... Read more →


Married People: Laughing and Listening

  Sometimes middle-aged couples who have been married for a decade or two will admit that there have been periods of time when they didn't love their partner at all.  They get caught up in the “is this all there is?” malaise and begin to wonder what possessed them to commit all the rest of their life to this one stranger. In a... Read more →