Arts

A Show Like No Other

By Cynthia Citron How do you describe perfection?  What can you say about a fantasy that keeps you spellbound and holding your breath for 70 minutes?  How can I write a 700-word rave about it? The production is called “Feathers of Fire, A Persian Epic,” and epic it is. If it were a collection of the folklore of Germany, it... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch

By Sarah A. Spitz October 26, 2017 In The Grain: Growing A Movement At the end of the second annual Gourmandise Grain Conference (Sep. 24 and 25, 2017) at Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories in Santa Monica Place, Farmer Mai Nguyen, a pioneer in the local heritage grain movement, handed out one Sonora wheat seed to every... Read more →

Life Matters

Finding personal power in the movie heal

This is Domestic Violence awareness month and Breast Cancer Awareness month  as you can tell since everything in the stores is pink, pink, and more pink. The “pink washing” of corporate America continues in an effort to make every corporation look like they care about finding cures and supporting the patients. After seeing the... Read more →

Arts

We Must Not Give Up

CURIOUS CITY” column for Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 By CHARLES ANDREWS LAST WEEK On these very pages, I tried to make sense of a world seemingly gone mad, and get a handle on death and destruction, class conflict and corruption, fire and gunfire, double dealing Dems and rake Republicans, hurricanes and homicides, chaos and crap on your... Read more →

City Council

High revenues and low costs boost city budget

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer The General Fund ended the fiscal year with an extra $10.9 million more than budgeted, thanks to both extra revenue ($4.5 million) and lower expenses ($6.4 million) than initially expected, according to a new report from the City’s director of finance. “The context for this good news is... Read more →

Culture Watch

FILM REVIEW

BREATHE Rated PG-13 117 Minutes Released October 13 There are so many variables beyond our control in how our life will be lived. The film Breathe illustrates the great personal depths where we can find courage when it seems nothing more can be done. This is the true story of Robin Cavendish, who survived catastrophic illness to thrive... Read more →

Food

Restaurant faces protests over Labor Peace Agreement

Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer When they first showed up, the protesters picketed the lunchtime rush. It was a beautiful Saturday in October in Santa Monica. Diners having lunch under the shady patio at Spitfire Grill suddenly had their conversations drowned out by a megaphone. “No justice! No peace!” The small group of... Read more →

Events

Surprise—Delicious Winter Squash in the Summer Heat!

Gardening and Community by Cris Gutierrez Keeping up with the seasons in the Santa Monica Community Gardens means growing year-round and being open to the surprises that abound. In our local Mediterranean climate, active gardening can be lively every day of the year. Yet, even with endless possibilities, planting a winter squash in... Read more →

Laughing Matters

Ten Million Reasons to Impeach Trump

  For fans of “Seinfeld” I'm reminded of the classic line Elaine delivered to Jerry. “Whenever I think you're the shallowest man I've ever met, you manage to drain a little more out of the pool.” Replace “shallow” with “despicable,” and that's how I feel about Donald Trump. If some say Trump is his own worst... Read more →

Events

An Evening with A Happy Family

  by Cynthia Citron The play “Somewhere in the Middle” is about three generations of a family living together somewhere in the Midwest. For once, they are not a dysfunctional family, a subject that many playwrights these days tend to focus on. This family is an affectionate, intelligent, funny, and reasonably harmonious... Read more →

Arts

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

FILM REVIEW GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Rated PG 107 Minutes Released October 6 Goodbye Christopher Robin is the story of the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories written by A.A. Milne, based on the fantasy life his son Christopher Robin had created around his stuffed animals in their remote country home. This is not a simply... Read more →

Food

OUR EAST COAST TRIP

OUR EAST COAST TRIP By Merv Hecht We've just come back from two weeks in Manhattan and Washington DC. What an experience! It certainly is different than Santa Monica, and here are some of the differences: 1.  In Santa Monica we keep our trash in big cans from which it is picked up once a week. In Manhattan everybody puts the trash on... Read more →

Culture Watch

CULTURE WATCH

CULTURE WATCH By Sarah A. Spitz Michael’s: Timeless and Contemporary Michael’s Restaurant has achieved the nearly impossible: after 38 years, it’s still a trendsetter, without the pitfalls of hipster trendiness. In Los Angeles restaurant years, this is practically an eternity. If you’re a fan of red banquettes and martinis... Read more →