Movie Reviews


DARKEST HOUR Rated PG-13 125 Minutes Released November 22 As I was growing up, I was fascinated by a set of six thick volumes on my parents’ bookshelf (yes, we had books in those days,) each written by Winston Churchill, detailing a period of World War II. Reading excerpts from those works gave me great respect for the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Misses and Hits

CULTURE WATCH By Sarah A. Spitz Misses and Hits OK, call me the Grinch. “Something Rotten” at the Ahmanson Theatre just did not float my boat. Having recently seen both “Hamilton” and “Spamilton,” the bar for true theatrical innovation, as well as satire and parody of Broadway, is very high for me. I am vastly in... Read more →

Play Time

Travels With The Obsessive Librarian

Travels With The Obsessive Librarian By Cynthia Citron How long do you keep an overdue library book on your nightstand before you get around to returning it? Three days? Two weeks? How about 113 years? That's the mystery that confronts the inimitable Arye Gross, who plays the nameless Librarian in playwright Glen Berger's... Read more →

Culture Watch


Culture Watch By Sarah A. Spitz GIVING THANKS FOR SPAMILTON Need a laugh? Head to the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City for Spamilton. It’s a both tribute to, and roast of, the creator of Hamilton, as well as a meta-commentary on Broadway musicals. As clever and speedy as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rapping rhymes are, Spamilton... Read more →


Santa Monica Food Banks Prep for the Holiday Season

What they need and how you can help Lauren Label SMC Corsair/Daily Press Staff Writer When preparing for Thanksgiving, Santa Monica food banks gather traditional holiday ingredients to feed those in need. Local food banks including Westside Food Bank and the Santa Monica Salvation Army Food Pantry are doing everything in their power to... Read more →


Kimchi Pancake

Kimchi Pancake From Native restaurant Chef Nyesha Arrington has returned to Santa Monica with a new Downtown restaurant Arrington has a Westside pedigree with specific Santa Monica influences. After graduation from the Culinary School at the Art Institute of California in 2001 she worked for Josiah Citrin at Melisse and opened two... Read more →


The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Method

From Raphael Lunetta A turkey can be an intimidating bird to cook. You need one large enough to feed your holiday guest list, but small enough to actually fit in your oven. It needs to be cooked through but kept moist on the inside, preferably with a crispy exterior. The white and dark meat cook at different temperatures and yield... Read more →


Candied Yams

Candied Yams From The Santa Monica Farmers Market The holidays are a time to indulge but they don’t have to be a time when the value of nutritious, local and seasonal food is forgotten. With some thought, care and maybe a little butter, holiday traditions can be a way to forge lifelong habits in young and/or picky eaters. For Rufiena... Read more →


Hot And Sweet Orange Chutney

Hot And Sweet Orange Chutney From Slow Food Preservers Slow Food Preservers of Los Angeles Certified Food Preservationist, Marcella Missirian, celebrates tradition and raises the bar with her California native alternative to cranberry sauce. Growing up among orange and lemon groves in LA and her love of world travel, she’s upped the... Read more →


Miso & herb glazed eggplant

Miso & herb glazed eggplant From Emma D'Alessandro Santa Monica is home to many lifestyles and specialized diets. Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Pescatarian, Gluten Free, low carb, reduced sugar, raw or just picky: somewhere in the city, there’s a holiday meal suitable for every appetite and just because you’re not eating a turkey... Read more →


Chicken A La Russe

Chicken A La Russe From Sea Wind Organics Holidays are about traditions, passed down from one generation to the next and along the way there are some habits that become cultural touchstones. Turkey at Thanksgiving, a Christmas Ham, pumpkin or perhaps a pecan pie. However, sometimes an untraditional dish becomes its own tradition as is... Read more →


Honeynut Squash and Apple Stuffing

Honeynut Squash and Apple Stuffing From Vucacious Catering For Chef Kim Vu, the main event of a holiday is actually the side dishes and her take on a classic stuffing recipe is all about enhancing taste by selecting peak produce. “Thanksgiving happens to be my most favorite holiday of the year,” she said. “It’s a holiday I... Read more →


Butternut Squash soup with fried Brussel sprouts

Butternut Squash soup with fried Brussel sprouts By Smith Farms When you’re a local farmer, you tend to eat what you grow and that means you’re going to have a highly seasonal diet. Eating what’s in season is just the way it’s done with Smith Family Farms and they said the benefits of synching your stomach to the seasons are... Read more →