Play Time

Sam Shepard’s Flock — Not By Norman Rockwell

PLAY TIME — Sam Shepard's plays are almost always a little weird. His people live in a world of their own, usually hostile and dysfunctional. And so it is with “Buried Child”, Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that is currently celebrating its 35th birthday at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. The principals in this unhappy... Read more →

Culture Watch

An Art Day Out

CULTURE WATCH — With Bergamot Art Station redevelopment leading the headlines, it’s nice to remember what Bergamot actually is: a pretty darned great collection of galleries and a local museum, all of which offer an eye-delighting and/or intellectually intriguing array of arts, open to the public. This past week on my way to hear... Read more →

Food

More details on Brick + Mortar misdemeanors

MAIN STREET — As first reported in the Daily Press on Sept. 11, the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office has successfully concluded the prosecution of the local restaurant Brick and Mortar Restaurant on Main Street. Brick and Mortar had been charged with persistently exceeding permit restrictions by operating as an unpermitted bar/nightclub... Read more →

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Brick + Mortar pleads to 14 misdemeanors

EDGEMAR — A Main Street restaurant has pleaded no contest to 14 misdemeanor counts for, among other things, violating City Hall’s alcohol permits. Brick + Mortar, located in the Edgemar complex, will pay $12,000 in fines and restitution and be on probation for 30 months, according to Councilmember Kevin McKeown. Representatives from the... Read more →

Play Time

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in 55 minutes

PLAYTIME — If you're looking for a play that is smart, witty, well written, well acted, and well directed, this isn't it. The show is called “Women” and the main characters are called Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, along with their mother, insipidly called “Marmee”. Sound familiar? It's “Little Women”, but, unfortunately it isn't... Read more →

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Rustic Canyon, Mélisse add employee benefit surcharge

WILSHIRE BLVD — Santa Monica restaurant groups are supplementing healthcare costs for their workers by adding a 3 percent surcharge to every bill. Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, part owners of Rustic Canyon, Milo and Olive, Huckleberry Cafe, and Sweet Rose Creamery, along with Josiah Citrin, chef and co-owner of Mélisse, started adding the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Bound and Unbound

CULTURE WATCH — There's something distinctive about a Neil Simon play; the quick patter, the complex relationships, the neighborhood (Brighton Beach especially), and sometimes these elements play out poignantly and pointedly. In the case of “Broadway Bound,” just extended at The Odyssey Theatre, all the elements are there, it's just... Read more →

Food

Planning Commission approves three alcohol licenses

CITY HALL — The next time Planning Commission ends at 12:30 a.m. and the Commissioners are in need of a nightcap, they'll have three new choices in Santa Monica. The five and a half hour meeting on Aug. 27 took an unusual turn from almost the first minute as the commission chose to hold full hearings for each of three consent items and... Read more →

Culture Watch

Fringe Binge, Part 2

CULTURE WATCH — Sadly the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 ended this past Monday. But what an incredible array of arts, ranging from the unwatchably boring to the outrageously outlandish and everything in between. I sought out theatre events, but my mind can only take in so much in a week; on my busiest day I saw four productions,... Read more →

Food

Callahan’s closing after decades

WILSHIRE BLVD — After 26 years under current ownership and decades under previous owners Callahan’s will close at the end of this year. The diner, beloved by many local regulars, has been open since 1946 according to the new building owners. Abraham Vazquez, who has owned Callahan’s since 1988, said that his lease is up at the end of... Read more →

Arts

Young musician launching new album

CITYWIDE — Leena Culhane, a 24-year-old Santa Monica resident is about to release her latest album entitled “The Reckoning” and she is hoping to tap into the arts-loving local community for support. Culhane moved to Santa Monica from Fairfax, a town just north of San Francisco. She said the community was a great place to develop as a... Read more →

Entertainment

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City officials add more pier guidelines

SM PIER — It’s been a rough year for large events at the Santa Monica Pier. In January, City Council voted to downsize the popular Twilight Concert Series, beef up security, and add restrictions to pier events. Now, city officials have restricted guidelines for events at the Santa Monica Pier parking lot, including a requirement that all... Read more →

Culture Watch

Fringe Binge, Part 1

CULTURE WATCH — After not traveling for more than 15 years, I just returned from a two-month trip throughout the UK, from northern Scotland to southern England. One specific goal was to attend my first Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s the world’s largest arts festival, with more than 3500 unique events ranging from comedy and theatre,... Read more →

Tour de Feast

The Luther Burger

TOUR DE FEAST — Instagram is a dangerous app. After scrolling through my usual feed full of sunsets, selfies, cats, and concerts I stopped after coming across a particular picture of a bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg and a glazed donut as the bun. By definition a burger with a donut bun is called a Luther Burger. Legend has it that it... Read more →

Life

Chariots to march from Santa Monica to Venice

The 38th annual Festival of the Chariots, a Hare Krishna celebration commemorating Indian Lord Jagannatha, will take place locally on Sunday, Aug. 3. Dating back thousands of years to Jagannatha Puri, India, the Festival of the Chariots honors Indian history and culture while offering a free feast, entertainment and exhibits for the public.... Read more →