Film Review: Table 19

  Rated PG-13 87 Minutes Released March 3 Table 19 is a charming date night movie for couples that can admit they’re not perfect. There is a depth of relationship psychology at the base of the story. Personalities that seem to be mismatched turn out to be excellent balancers for each other, especially when the ability to... Read more →

Albee’s Voice: Gone But Still Being Heard

  Well, it isn’t “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, but it is as scathing in its depiction of a frustrated marriage as anything else Edward Albee ever wrote. And as performed by the incomparable players of Deaf West Theatre, it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. “Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” is... Read more →

Opera Gala to benefit mothers in Kenya

  The St. Monica Catholic Community (SMCC) is hosting an Opera Gala Benefit Concert to raise funds for health care of mothers and children living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. According to a study done in 2014 by the United Nations Population Fund, 3,759 women die for every 100,000 live births in Kenya. It is the most dangerous... Read more →

Art, Paradise, Heaven And Hell

  You’re going to the 11th Annual Santa Monica ArtWalk at the SM Airport, aren’t you? Of course you are, why wouldn’t you? It’s a day of free entertainment and education about the arts of theatre, ceramics, photography, painting, sculpture, food trucks, music, crafts and more. It all takes place on Saturday, March 18 with... Read more →

Stairway of the Stars returns

  The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will present the 68th Annual “Stairway of the Stars” concerts series this month. The event showcases the music education programs within the district as an estimated 1,000 SMMUSD elementary, middle, and high school students will participate in three separate... Read more →

Married People: Laughing and Listening

  Sometimes middle-aged couples who have been married for a decade or two will admit that there have been periods of time when they didn't love their partner at all.  They get caught up in the “is this all there is?” malaise and begin to wonder what possessed them to commit all the rest of their life to this one stranger. In a... Read more →

A Watershed Event

  Lucy Blake-Elahi is an artist engaged in both public art commissions and painting. She spent three summers as Artist-in-Residence in Yellowstone National Park and has long been involved with local community art and environmental concerns. When she returned to Culver City, she made her way to the only nearby place she could find... Read more →

Twilight Concert Series to return this summer with fewer events

The popular Twilight Concert Series will return in June with an abbreviated schedule as an effort to cut back on the exponential costs of the Santa Monica summer series. Instead of ten concerts there will be eight and they will start earlier, in June instead of July, to compete less with the busy tourist season when City resources are... Read more →

FILM REVIEW: GET OUT

Rated R 103 Minutes Released February 24   Get Out is unexpectedly a beautifully made movie. One of its assets is its simplicity. It was a low budget production ($4.5 million) made without elaborate special effects. Most of the shock value is created in the editing room without a lot of the ubiquitous blood and gore that... Read more →

Culture Watch: Fun Home, Nowruz, Spring Break

I can’t remember the last time a musical moved or impressed me so fully on so many levels. “Fun Home,” now at The Ahmanson Theatre, is that musical. This is one remarkable piece of theatre. It’s rightfully been called “groundbreaking.” Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 autobiographical cartoon (aka graphic) memoir of the same... Read more →

Coast festival is clear for 2017

  At least one day a year traffic will not be a problem in downtown Santa Monica. After a successful launch last summer, Santa Monica’s first open streets event is coming back for round two. The City will merge last year’s popular Coast Open Streets with Santa Monica Festival this fall, according to a newly released staff... Read more →

One big party for four park projects

Santa Monica will celebrate Parks Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 with a morning of activities spread across four parks. The day will include the grand opening of Ishihara Park, renaming of Gandara Park (formerly Stewart St. Park), reopening of Reed Park and the conclusion of construction at Los Amigos Park. Karen Ginsberg, Director of... Read more →

OSCAR CHOICES AND PREDICTIONS An Essay in Two Parts: Part Two

Best Director, Best Picture With so many awards shows leading up to the Academy Awards, I’m sure everyone is feeling a bit of “Awards Fatigue.” However, the Oscars are the Super Bowl of Awards Shows, coming up on Sunday February 26th, so get your cinematic waterfowl in a row in anticipation for the voting results of the members of... Read more →

“As I Remember It”

If my editor will indulge me, I should like to tell you about a book today rather than a play or film. The book is called “As I Remember It” and it is my memoir which has just been published. As the publisher describes it, the book "chronicles the author’s adventures in the Philippines, Spain, South Africa, India, Norway, Ethiopia,... Read more →

Culture Watch: Making movies, changing lives

If it hadn’t been for Geraldine Gilliland, owner of Finn McCool’s and Lula Cocina on Main Street, I might never have heard of Cinemagic. Which is strange because Cinemagic has been around for nearly three decades, has served half a million young people since its inception and is now a worldwide force. A Gala for the Belfast,... Read more →