Santa Monica artists featured at Los Angeles Quilt Show

Hundreds of fiber artists and enthusiasts from across Southern California — quilters and knitters, crocheters, dyers and sewers — are putting traditions and rules aside for the Los Angeles Quilt Show & Fiber Arts Festival. Santa Monica will be represented by the Santa Monica Quilt Guild, Santa Monica College instructor Robin Lake... Read more →


Will West Nile virus affect Santa Monica?

Area public health officials are paying close attention to the West Nile virus after the first human case of the year in Los Angeles County was confirmed last month. The hospitalization of a male child in the South Bay area serves as a stern reminder for Santa Monica, which has not had any reported cases this year as of the end of July,... Read more →

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A few views of love (Culture Watch)

  Santa Monica’s own Ruskin Group Theatre, which helped launch the play “Sideways,” may just have another hit on its hands. “Sneaky Ole Time” is a zippy, feel-good musical based on the songs of Grammy Award-winning country songwriter Paul Overstreet. He’s written more than 27 Top Ten tunes; the show features 22 of his... Read more →

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Last Chance to Board “Train to Zakopané”

Henry Jaglom's “Train to Zakopane” is ending its highly acclaimed theatrical run at Edgemar Center for the Arts this Sunday. Like all of Jaglom's work, it's inspired by personal experience, in this case, his father's. Usually it is Jaglom himself and the women in his life whose experiences inform his work. In a written interview he... Read more →



Free movie in Tongva Park tonight

The Santa Monica Police Department is hosting a free screening of Back to the Future tonight, July 29, at 7:45 p.m. at Tongva Park (1615 Ocean Ave). Amphitheater seating available and residents are encouraged to bring snacks and a picnic basket. In addition to the screening, a Delorean similar to the car featured in the film will be on site... Read more →


Netflix wants ‘Arrested’, not Cosby

  Netflix is working to bring back ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, but not Bill Cosby. Negotiations for a fifth season of the Mitch Hurwitz comedy are “plugging along,” Ted Sarandos, the network's Chief Content Officer said Tuesday. “It is a really complex deal.” “The talent are very busy and working on other shows, but also... Read more →

Movie Reviews


Irrational Man

IRRATIONAL MAN Rated R 96 minutes Released July 17 Irrational Man begins in classic Woody Allen-style as an intensely cerebral study of a philosophy professor haunted by his own obsessive thoughts. Soon, as is the pattern in Allen's films, other people become entangled in the man's web of manic-depressive musings. He is, after... Read more →

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Going Gaga for Sophie Tucker

  Move over Bette Midler, Judy Garland, Madonna and Lady Gaga. You may be icons to the gay community and some feminists, but the “over-the-top” thing didn't start with you. Tip your hats to the one and only Sophie Tucker, both an original and the last of the “red hot mamas.” Bold, bawdy and brassy, she may very well define the... Read more →

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Singular spaces; farce vs. morality

  This past Sunday I attended UCLA Fowler Museum's tour of the Watts Towers, an item that's been on my bucket list for decades. It's the local component of their “Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments” photo exhibition. Simon Rodia, an Italian immigrant who suffered personal... Read more →



Santa Monica Public Library presents dating program

The Santa Monica Public Library will present "500 Dates: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars" with Mark Miller on Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Comedian and writer Mark Miller welcomes special guests — online dating expert Julie Spira, media expert... Read more →


Cassia brings French-Asian fusion to Santa Monica

Exotic food lovers in Santa Monica have something to be excited about with the opening of Cassia, a South Asian brasserie at 7th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. The restaurant is one of several new eateries to open recently and diners can expect traditional Southeast Asian staples with an added French flare. “The idea behind it is... Read more →