FILM REVIEW LADY BIRD Rated R 93 Minutes Released November 3 Watching the film Lady Bird feels like sneaking a read of someone’s diary. This heartfelt and relatable story coming of age story is more anecdotal than a deep character study. It is a saga of the growing pains of a daughter and mother as the two ride the bumpy road... Read more →


Go to Cuba!

Editor: I just returned from a trip to Cuba, despite the recent warning to US citizens against travel there for safety reasons. The recent unsubstantiated allegations of sonic attacks on American diplomats, and the latest travel restrictions announced by the Trump administration this week will further decrease US travel to the... Read more →


Council buzzing about Electric Vehicle charging plan

Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer The City Council will review a plan Tuesday to add 200 public charging ports for electric vehicles (EVs) to the city by 2020, with a long-term goal of having 1,000 public ports by 2025. The infrastructure improvements required to create the stations is estimated to cost $2.42 million over three... Read more →

Laughing Matters

 Has the Expo Turned into the Crime Train?

  Last Friday was horrific for the Santa Monica Police Department beginning with a call about an assault with a deadly weapon near 4th and Santa Monica Blvd. When officers arrived in front of the REI store they found a man who had been stabbed numerous times but the attacker had disappeared. Valerie, a loyal reader, happened to... Read more →


Patient parking

Editor: Along Broadway, a block south of Saint John's Hospital, there once was a stretch of meters where people could park for nine hours. As I learned to my dismay last Monday, that time limit has been reduced to four hours. This is bad in two ways. First, the signs in that area continue to advertise the availability of nine-hour... Read more →


Love Music but I Really Love it Live

  By CHARLES ANDREWS REVIEWING ALBUMS SUCKS As anyone who has done more than a few dozen knows. It can be tedious, should be exacting, you search for the right words to express that most ethereal of art forms, and by the time you’re done you may not want to listen any more to that album you started out loving. You have to... Read more →


Santa Monican arrested for huge parking lot scam

  Authorities claim the suspect owes the Department of Veteran’s more than $11 million Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer A Santa Monica man is accused of defrauding the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) out of $11.4 million over the last ten years and bribing at least one federal official to keep the scheme... Read more →


The Curies: A Life in Research

  by Cynthia Citron Nina Sallinen is simply terrific channeling the fiery spirit of Marie Curie. She is sorrowful, angry, demanding, persistent, proud, playful, coquettish, loving, and RADIANT. And that last, in fact, is the title of the play. Shirley Lauro, the playwright of this intriguing drama, delves into the little-known... Read more →



Rated R 115 Minutes Released November 10 Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is a modern American folk story by a British/Irish Playwright. This film consists of spheres of an intricate story populated with flawed colorful people intertwining and colliding with each other’s souls, provoking humor and tragedy. This is what... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch

By Sarah A. Spitz Turn Him Loose Joe Morton IS Dick Gregory. Watching him in “Turn Me Loose” all you’ll see is Dick Gregory…ok, minus the gray beard. Without Dick Gregory, there might never have been a Richard Pryor. What a shame that would be. Gregory more than deserved this biographical homage. He was alive when it debuted... Read more →



By CHARLES ANDREWS IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE Growing up as a news junkie, in the ‘50s and ‘60s, I used to think corruption, serious political corruption, was what happened in other places in the world, but not here. Oh sure, we had crooked politicians, lots of them, willing to vote for something for the right payback, but that was... Read more →