Movie Reviews

Thrills aplenty in ‘Jason Bourne’

By Kathryn Whitney Boole "Jason Bourne" is one of those rare movies that straps you into your seat, picks you up, and doesn't put you back down to earth until the very end.  The seamless rhythm of the editing and the excellent performances provide the film with this continuous pace.  All the characters become fully realized and the... Read more →


Concert puts spotlight on Australian residents, tourists

Diners in and around Santa Monica have found something familiar in the laid-back beach mood at Bondi Harvest, an Australian cafe that opened this spring. But area residents aren’t the only customers at the eatery. “We have Australians who trek from all over,” general manager Sabrina Harper said. “We’ve gotten a lot of support... Read more →

Play Time

Once a Nazi compound in Pacific Palisades

A new play, “Blueprint for Paradise,” currently having its world premiere in Los Angeles, is based on a true story ... maybe. Or on fragmented evidence, rumors, and bits and pieces of documents that point to a startling plan set in motion in the 1930s. The perpetrators, Herbert and Clara Taylor, were Nazi sympathizers during the time... Read more →


Expo Line tour: A quest for covert truffles at Expo/Crenshaw

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the Expo/Crenshaw stop. If I tell you that some of the best... Read more →


New artist takes residence at 1450 Ocean

By Camille de Beus Daily Press Intern Santa Monica has been an inspiration for local artists for generations and the City's Artist-in-Residence reflects the connection between artists, residents and the City By The Sea. Zeal Harris is the newest Studio Artist-in-Residence at 1450 Ocean. From Aug. 10 to Nov. 12 Harris will be teaching... Read more →

Culture Watch

Big theater, small theater

Compare and contrast: “Grey Gardens” at the Ahmanson Theatre (Downtown L.A. Music Center) and “A Raisin in the Sun,” at Ruskin Group Theatre. One with sizeable budgets, big stars and a big commercial stage, the other a small house (50-plus seats), a tricky L-shaped stage, a limited budget and skilled actors who aren’t necessarily... Read more →


National Night Out events spread to four Santa Monica parks

The Santa Monica Police Department is hosting National Night Out tonight, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout the city. All events have free food, snacks and drinks while supplies last. Events are scheduled at four locations citywide and organizers are encouraging participants from all four locations to gather at Clover Park at 8:15 p.m.... Read more →


Original Picasso works on display in Santa Monica

They’re treasured pieces of a distinguished art collection, usually kept in protective wrapping and stored away in private. But through Sept. 3, the original proofs by Pablo Picasso will be on display at the Leslie Sacks Gallery in Santa Monica. Visitors to the Bergamot Station gallery won’t find famous works like “Guernica,”... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Why ‘Lights Out’ is not just a scary movie

By Kathryn Whitney Boole Why is it that people get hooked on horror movies? It could be these films provide opportunity for social bonding. As I watched "Lights Out," the two guys next to me in the theatre kept gasping, “Oh no”, “Watch out!” “Don't go in there!” as if they were living the story. And what is it that makes us so... Read more →


Santa Monica walks examine preservation, change

By Emanuela Boisbouvier Daily Press Intern Locals are encouraged to put on their walking shoes in the coming weeks and participate in one of the Conservancy walks featuring Downtown Santa Monica. On Saturday, July 30, the Conservancy is partnering with the City of Santa Monica on a walking tour that will feed into a workshop about the... Read more →