Life

Longtime City lawyer retires

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer After weathering three decades of local politics and more than a thousand City Council meetings, Assistant City Attorney Joseph Lawrence is stepping down from the dais and heading into retirement. “If I haven’t snored it’s been an oversight,” Lawrence joked during Tuesday’s City... Read more →

Life

Homeless youth realize their dreams through photography

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer In an age where every dinner plate, sunset and palm tree has an equal chance of being photographed by a smartphone and shared on Instagram, it’s hard to fathom how a single picture of a building can change a life. But that’s exactly what it did for Brittnie Pemberton. She snapped... Read more →

Life

Homeless youth realize their dreams through photography

Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer In an age where every dinner plate, sunset and palm tree has an equal chance of being photographed by a smartphone and shared on Instagram, it’s hard to fathom how a single picture of a building can change a life. But that’s exactly what it did for Brittnie Pemberton. She snapped the photo... Read more →

Entertainment

Fall in Love with Fall in Santa Monica

Tourism Talks: Fall in Love with Fall in Santa Monica Though it may not feel like it with recent temperatures, autumn has officially arrived in Southern California. Here in our city by the sea, there’s a lot more to fall in love with this fall than just the beach and pumpkin-spice lattes. To help you celebrate the season in Santa Monica... Read more →

Entertainment

FILM REVIEW: Marshall

MARSHALL Rated PG-13 118 Minutes Released October 13th Marshall is a relevant and timely movie - a gripping story taken from the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American member of the US Supreme Court. The movie focuses on a case that Marshall tried early in his career as an attorney for the NAACP. The film provides... Read more →

Arts

Honor the dead with Dia de los Muertos festivities

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer For many Santa Monicans the end of October takes on a deeper meaning as they observe Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, to honor family members who have passed away. Families observe the holiday at home by building a small shrine and then go out into the community for festivals and... Read more →

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 →