Culture Watch

It’s all about the music (Culture Watch)

Music is breaking out all over. The beautiful documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” is on-screen at Landmark Theatres in West L.A. and at several Laemmle Theatres locations starting tomorrow. The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra features master cellist Armen Ksajikian in concert this Saturday... Read more →

Play Time

Australian Theatre Company will knock your socks off

Since the time of Shakespeare, British playwrights have been considered among the best in the English-speaking world. In more recent times — the first half of the 20th century, especially — British actors, with their classical training and impeccable diction, have set the standard for actors everywhere. Now, however, the best of the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Santa Monica Repertory Theater reboots at the Edye

A recent press release from The Broad Stage caught my eye: local theater company Santa Monica Rep will occupy the Broad Stage's smaller black box theater, the Edye, for a series of four staged play readings that reflect the national conversation. Given the somewhat humbler venues where I've seen their work before, that sounded like good... Read more →

Community Profiles

Teacher retiring after 40 years in SMMUSD

Something powerful drew Lova Hyatt to the world of teaching. And something even stronger kept her there for 40 years. As she prepares to retire from the Santa Monica-Malibu school district at the end of the school year, Hyatt hardly sounds surprised that she’s been around for four decades. “To me, a professional teacher is more of a... Read more →

Events

How pedaling on the Pier will get kids to camp

When looking for the perfect way to raise money for inner-city children in Los Angeles, the Harold Robinson Foundation took a cue from their friend and the founder of the 100 Mile Man Foundation, Jesse Itzler, a major supporter of the foundation. “Jesse held a fundraiser in New York to raise money for his foundation for inner-city... Read more →

Culture Watch

Ashes to ashes

For an actress who “never had the drive to do whatever makes you stand out, star-wise,” Barbara Tarbuck sure has managed to carve out a successful career. She was Jessica Lange's Mother Superior in the second season of “American Horror Story,” and played Jane Jacks for 14 years on the popular soap opera “General Hospital.”... Read more →

Play Time

Hillary and Monica have a big hit

Anyone just now coming of voting age may not even be aware of the traumatic events of 1998. They might not have learned of the devastating affair that nearly led to the impeachment of one of this country’s most popular presidents. Those who are older will never forget it. So you might think a play titled “Hillary and Monica”... Read more →

People

Community rallies around family of Will Rogers parent

Parents at Will Rogers Learning Community were accustomed to seeing Silvia Crespo-Jarquin on campus, whether she was dropping off two of her four children for school, attending meetings or helping out at the annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Her absence has sent the school community into a scramble to help her family. Crespo-Jarquin suffered a... Read more →

Events

MAINopoly street event returns this Sunday

This Sunday Santa Monica residents and visitors alike will have the chance to play a life size version of a classic board game, as the 3rd annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street event returns. The community event, put on by the Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA), is intended to mirror the classic board game Monopoly by... Read more →

People

Educator Spotlight: Aileen Salmaggi

The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community. Aileen Salmaggi discovered she wanted to become an educator in... Read more →