Health

St. John’s NICU saves and reunites the miracle babies

Isaac Lincoln Soppe was born premature, 27 weeks gestation and spent 95 days at Saint John’s Health Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He weighed two and half pounds, healthy aside from being born prematurely. It was the work efforts by the NICU that helped deliver Isaac. The NICU at St. John’s is considered a safe... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: The Birth of a Nation

Rated R 120 Minutes Released October 7th Let’s say you got on the California Screamin’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s California Adventure and were stuck on the speeding ride for eight hours – you ride it over and over and over. How would that feel? Go see Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation and you may find out. The camera pans... Read more →

Entertainment

Blindness and Autism, together on one stage

Two Santa Monica based charities have joined forces to produce a play featuring blind actors and autistic musicians. Organizers said the play is unique in its use of artists who perceive the world differently from most and they hope the experience is as inspiring as it is challenging for everyone involved. The two charities, Theatre By... Read more →

Entertainment

‘Friends’ de-stigmatizes depression

Sadness, discouraged, grief, these are all normal human emotions. Everyone has those feelings from time to time and they usually go away within a few days, maybe even hours. Depression is something more; a period of overwhelming sadness, can often involves a loss of interest in things that usually bring pleasure. The UCLA Center for Health... Read more →

Book Review

Local authors explore ambition, abuse, adventure

  Reality bores Pasha Adam, so he writes fiction. But the locally based author, who this month is releasing two novels — “American Asshole” and “Keep Santa Monica Clean” — still uses real locations to bring his characters to life. He mentions the Big Blue Bus system, the construction of the Expo Line and numerous... Read more →

Culture Watch

Movies Worth Your While

I had a profound experience watching the documentary “The True Cost” last week at a Sustainable Works screening at the Aero Theatre. “The True Cost” is about consumerism at its most destructive, the ethics of “fast fashion” that forces people in developing countries to work in unsafe, horrendous conditions for as little as $2 a... Read more →

Play Time

Natalie and the Dysfunctional Writers

At least it’s not about a dysfunctional family.  This time it’s a group of dysfunctional writers who are blocked, burnt out, and distracted. The play is “The Portman Delusions”, which stars Adam Mervis, who also wrote it.  He is a good actor (he plays Roy), whose head appears to be on upside down:  shaved on top and... Read more →

Recreation

Local square dancing group angling for growth

The auditorium at Marine Park isn’t usually as crowded as it used to be. Santa Monica’s officials square dancing club, the Red Ribbon Squares, has seen its numbers dip in recent years as people have moved away, pursued other interests or given up the hobby to care of their families. And the group now organizes dances just once each... Read more →

Movie Reviews

FILM REVIEW: DEEPWATER HORIZON

Rated PG-13 107 Minutes Released September 30th Deepwater Horizon is based on the true story of the devastation caused by the explosion of the oil-drilling rig of that name. In order to better comprehend the chaos you will witness in this film, a brief exposition of some of the facts is necessary. You may remember watching the news... Read more →

Travel

Expo Line Tour : The First and/or Final Stops

The last or first three stops of the Expo Line reside in Santa Monica depending on which end you start from. Visitors riding the Expo Line to the very end, finding themselves at the Santa Monica beach while locals are starting here but either way, you can take a day of your weekend and hop onto the Expo to explore the Pier, the food and... Read more →

Culture Watch

It’s all in the timing

On the off-chance you haven’t had enough of election year politics, tonight (Thursday, 9/29) Mike Daisey presents “The Trump Card,” his one-man take on what makes Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump tick. There’s one performance only at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica at 7:30 p.m. this evening. Daisey, a master... Read more →

Community Profiles

Book seeks to capture millennials’ essence

Throughout her daily life, Traci Propst observes and interacts with what seems to be a strange subset of creatures. These so-called millennials have immersed themselves in a technologically driven society but are old enough to remember life without smartphones. Indeed, before texting was popular, they communicated during school classes by... Read more →