Culture Watch

Culture Watch: Using her head

Image courtesy Bruria Finkel What happens when an artist, dependent upon head, hand and heart, loses the full use of one of them? Local artist Bruria Finkel faced that dilemma when she was seriously injured in a car accident, losing her ability to turn her head. For more than six months during her recovery Finkel was forced to wear... Read more →

Food

Wownuts

First Cronuts, now Wownuts! Why are we so blessed? We are truly living in a golden age of donuts. Approximately one year ago, Santa Monica's favorite donut shop, DK's Donut's was spearheading the Cronut craze in Los Angeles. The Double Decker O-Nut (DK's spin on the trademarked Cronut) garnered a social media frenzy that caught the... Read more →

Entertainment

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Twilight Concert Series lineup announced

Cults SM PIER — What are you doing every Thursday night of the summer? City officials have announced the lineup for the 30th annual Twilight Concert Series. The free shows will be held Thursday nights on the Santa Monica Pier. This year's calendar, which starts with the indie-rock band Cults and ends with soul man Charles Bradley,... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Looking forward

TAKING IT ALL IN TOGETHER: The crowd during the opening reception for ‘Robert Swain: The Form of Color’ at the Santa Monica Museum of Art recently. (Photo courtesy Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging) I am going to be gone for the summer, so next week’s column will be my last for awhile. I want to give you a heads-up about what’s coming... Read more →

Entertainment

Mainopoly lets residents eat for a good cause

MAIN STREET — Top hats and monocles are not required to participate in the inaugural Mainopoly fundraiser but organizers are hoping to see a few Monopoly-themed costumes strolling along the sidewalk on May 25. The event is a self-guided restaurants walk featuring 19 eateries along Main Street. Participants will receive 20 tasting tickets... Read more →

Arts

Symposium highlights arts policy

SMC — Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) is inviting Santa Monica residents to experience the intersection of policy and art at the organization’s annual symposium. “Arts and Citizenship: Affecting Public Policy Through Personal Narrative” runs through May 18 at 1900 Pico Blvd. with new activities available to... Read more →

Arts

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Ballet performance highlights connection to the classics

ON STAGE: Sarah Drake (center) in an earlier spring performance of Westside Ballet’s dances featuring Faust. (Photo courtesy Todd Lechtick) SMC — Local dancers will present a unique ballet experience on May 18 at the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s spring performance. The show will have two parts, one a modern dance and a... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Art, books, music … and theatre camp

In case you missed “Incognito,” the unique “guess-the-artist” annual fundraising art show benefiting Santa Monica Museum of Art, you still have a chance to get in on another great art show and sale that serves a worthy cause while honoring two local arts leaders. From May 29 through June 1, the Rosamond Felsen Gallery at Bergamot... Read more →

Tour de Feast

From jelly filled to juiced

News of another juice joint opening in Santa Monica is far from extraordinary. However, Chomp Eatery & Juice Station has some surprises in store. Chomp is a venture from Santa Monica donut guru Sean Tao. Tao, part owner of DK's Donuts had been looking to open up a different kind of restaurant. When the storefront went vacant next door... Read more →

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Culture Watch: May arts bouquet

ACTORS PUTTING IN WORK: Daniel J. Travanti and Amanda Summers star in 'False Solution.' (Photo courtesy Mark Monteil/Architect's Newspaper) Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, took place this past weekend. Here in Los Angeles we’re most familiar with the work of architect Moshe Safdie as the architect of Skirball Cultural... Read more →