A ‘sweet sixteen’ fit for a foodie

The famed fig tree inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows can expect a larger crowd than usual congregating under its branches this Sunday night, as Angeleno's 13th Annual Live & Dine LA guests will be noshing on ceviche, gazpacho and spit-roasted lamb during a night celebrating all the best the Los Angeles food scene has to... Read more →


Santa Monica College presents fall jazz concerts

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present this year's Fall Jazz Concerts, featuring pianist Theo Saunders, saxophonist Tom Luer, and saxman/pianist Don Reckard. The series begins with Theo Saunders and the Jassemblage Band on Friday, Sept. 25. All concerts are held at 7 p.m. in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing... Read more →

Culture Watch

The fall season begins

This past week has been a quiet one for me; I read a couple of novels that I highly recommend and finally went to see the “The End of the Tour,” with an unexpected and thoroughly convincing performance by comedic actor Jason Segel as the renowned late author David Foster Wallace. The novels came from the Pico branch of Santa Monica... Read more →



Santa Monica’s Tongva Park hosting Walk for World Peace

The purpose of the second-annual Walk for Wold Peace and inaugural Peace in the Park festival Sept. 12 is to create awareness among the community of how connecting with your inner peace through meditation creates world peace. Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse communities to unplug and explore activities of peace and... Read more →

Culture Watch

A Guy Walks into a Starbucks

If you like your stage plays tight as a drum and sitcom funny, then you'll love “Café Society” at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Written by author and Emmy Award-winning TV writer Peter Lefcourt and directed by his wife, Teri Hanauer whose credits include film, TV and stage, this Santa Monica Canyon-based couple set their... Read more →

Community Profiles


Greywater keeps lawn green

As lawns citywide turn brown or are replaced with drought tolerant alternatives, Andy Lauer's plush green lawn stands out. The front yard has flourished despite being untouched by a hose or a sprinkler for over a decade. The secret behind its healthy appearance? The entire lawn is grown in sand. This may surprise any passersby because the... Read more →



Santa Monica farmers market to host cookbook author

  Amelia Saltsman will sign copies of her new cookbook, "The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen," at The City of Santa Monica Wednesday Downtown Farmer's Market. In her second cookbook, Amelia shares 150 recipes that offer a refreshingly different take on traditional and contemporary Jewish cooking, tracing the delicious thread of Jewish cuisine... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Lily Tomlin hits the mark in “Grandma”

"Grandma" is a fun, witty, compact study of an eccentric headstrong woman and her unique relationships with her family and her lovers. A life-changing incident causes her teenage granddaughter to make a rare visit in order to ask the only person she feels she can trust to help with a dilemma without judgment: her grandma. Of course, grandma... Read more →