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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 →



Holocaust survivor to speak in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Public Library's Ocean Park branch will host Dr. Avraham Perlmutter, author of “Determined: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m. Perlmutter will discuss his experience escaping Nazi capture three times as a young boy, eventually winning his freedom. The autobiography takes readers from his... Read more →