Events

Local foundation’s 5k supports preventive care

Almost every weekend, Lynne Cohen wanted to spend time at the beach in Santa Monica. From her Brentwood home, she would call what was then the Sand & Sea Club beach house and ask if the overcast skies had burned off. “That’s where we spent every weekend,” recalled her daughter, Amy Cohen Epstein, a current Santa Monica resident.... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Big Voice

BIG VOICE Launched on VOD on September 2nd – available on iTunes, Amazon, Time Warner, Comcast, Dish, DirecTV and other platforms/ will launch on Netflix in November. Professional educators and librarians can view on videoproject.com In 2014, I was invited to attend a performance of a group called “Huls Angels”. This was a... Read more →

Travel

Expo Line tour: A sanctuary for sports fans near DTLA

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 LATTC/Ortho Institute stop. In the past you... Read more →

Culture Watch

A bustling cultural scene

There is still something new under the sun. City Garage, the locally lauded and ambitious theatre company at Bergamot Art Station, is launching a brand new play reading series. This free series takes place the second Monday of September, October, November and December, testing out new material being considered for future production. The... Read more →

Play Time

Not Enough Light Between Oceans

  If you read the book you might find the film a great disappointment. The film, “The Light Between Oceans”, is a maudlin, self-consciously manipulative tear-jerker. But the book, beautifully written by M.L. Steadman, is a dreamy, luminous love story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it. Michael... Read more →

People

Local physician approaches 10 years since cancer diagnosis

Michael Weitz knew something was wrong. The longtime Santa Monica physician was sitting outside when he felt unusual pain in his chest after swallowing cold liquid, and he figured he probably had cancer. “I had this sixth sense,” he said, a bronchoscopy later confirming his dark suspicions. That was about 10 years ago. For Weitz,... Read more →

Events

Herb Alpert concert to raise money for P.S. ARTS

  When Herb Alpert and Paul Cummins met at a school function in Santa Monica, the two men probably didn’t realize that their conversation would lead to arts education for 25,000 students across the state each week. Twenty-five years after their chance encounter, though, that’s exactly what has transpired. What started as an... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘Hell or High Water’ is a sleeper film

  "Hell or High Water" is what you would call a sleeper film – it’s a movie made on a low budget without heavy marketing. The film is going to have tremendous impact because of the extraordinarily high quality of the work of the cast, the writer and the filmmakers. Watching this movie is like reading one of those classic... Read more →

Travel

Expo Line tour: Yucatecan grub in a community hub

  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 Jefferson/USC stop. Don’t worry if you... Read more →

Movie Reviews

‘The Hollars’ restores hope in humanity

  "The Hollars" debuted at this year’s Sundance as a strong independent film. This is a true ensemble piece, shot on a relatively low budget. It is a poignant heartfelt snapshot of a family going through a series of crises, most of which will be personally familiar to many audience members. The characters are well drawn, enough so... Read more →

Play Time

Emily and Becket: Diamonds in the Rough

Wendy Graf usually writes well-crafted plays. Unfortunately, “Please Don’t Ask About Becket” isn’t one of them. The play, now having its world premiere in Los Angeles, is about a dysfunctional family, the Diamonds, with twin kids: a girl named Emily (played a little too frazzled and a little too hurriedly by Rachel Seifert) and a... Read more →

Culture Watch

September Grab Bag

This was another one of those weeks when I couldn’t get out, but thankfully my inbox is bursting at the seams with upcoming events worth sharing. I saw this film at an advance screening and it finally opens on Friday, Sept. 9 at ArcLight Hollywood and the Landmark in West L.A. A documentary that will simultaneously engage and enrage... Read more →

Life

Annual BAM Fest raises money for 18th Street Arts Center

Seven years ago, before craft beer events were commonplace in Southern California, organizers at 18th Street Arts Center were brainstorming ways to bring people from around the region to Santa Monica for a fundraiser. The nonprofit strongly prefered a casual community event to a high-priced gala, and Nicole Gordillo came up with the... Read more →