Barging in Burgundy

Good food, good wine, good company, the rolling hills of Burgundy and tranquility. That's what we found aboard the barge l'Impressioniste as we slowly cruised the historic Burgundy Canal in Eastern France. Unlike cruises on board ocean-going ships with hundreds or even thousands of passengers, a cruise on a European Waterways (EW) barge is... Read more →


Venice (Venezia) and Florence (Firenze)

My first experience in Venice involved waiting on a dock for a water taxi to pick me up from the Venice Airport and being extremely aware that I didn't know a word of Italian. Worse yet, I had no idea how to act like I knew what I was doing. Thankfully, the vaporetto (my first Italian word!) soon arrived and hurdle number one was crossed. I... Read more →


Ax murderers and the civic auditorium in 1913

LONG AGO — To give a sense of how hot the civic auditorium issue was for Santa Monicans a century ago, here are the headlines and sub-headlines for a single Los Angeles Times article in July of 1914: “DECAPITATED BY MURDERER” “Woman Mangled With Ax; Police Hunt Husband” “Marriage License, Torn Up, Found Near Body” “Voters... Read more →


Novena celebration marks 102 years of history at St. Anne’s

PICO BLVD — A century of tradition is currently on display at St. Anne's Church and Shrine. For 102 years, the congregation has celebrated the Novena, a multi-day celebration honoring the church's namesake. Members of the church are currently in the middle of the nine-day event and they will mark its conclusion with a pair of public... Read more →


TCS a homecoming show for Cayucas

SM PIER - If you listen to The Cayucas it's hard to imagine them playing anywhere but on a pier. The beachy indie-pop band will co-headline the third installment of the Twilight Concert Series, which starts at 7 p.m. on the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night. The concert series is free to the public and in it's 30th year. The Cayucas, a... Read more →


Relay teams ready for day-long walk to fight cancer

Relay for Life will hold its annual 24-hour fundraiser July 26-27 at Santa Monica College. During the event, teams organize to walk continuously for the entire 24 hours around a track. During the walk, special events are held to honor cancer survivors, victims and as additional fundraisers. Teams solicit sponsorships prior to beginning the... Read more →


Barnyard Madness at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs is a zany 1940s Country and Western romp and toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical comedy that follows the romantic antics and show business aspirations of the singing McPig Sisters and their wolverine admirers, proving once and for all that true friendship does not depend on size, color, background,... Read more →


U.R. Art Music Festival

U.R. Art Music Festival Series is hosting its second summer music performances on Sunday, July 20 at the Bergamot Station Art Center. Three DJ friends - Rob Garza, member of “Thievery Corporation”, Philip Jung of the electronic group “M.A.N.D.Y.” and John Wander of “Roam Music” - created the event to showcase music groups,... Read more →

Tour de Feast

Tour de feast

Before entering a traditional ramen house there is a certain level of etiquette that should be understood. Speed is the name of the game. Once you are served your brim- ming bowl of soup it's time to go to town otherwise the noodles lose their intended consistency and you've now disrespected the kitchen and disgraced your family... Read more →


Cults, TCS debut deemed uneventful success

SM PIER — City officials got what they were hoping for in the first installation of this year’s Twilight Concert Series Thursday night. The indie-rock duo Cults played to an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 calm attendees in kicking off the 30th year of the iconic free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier. Earlier this year City Council voted to... Read more →



Philz Coffee opens first SoCal store

SM Boulevard — A Bay Area coffee shop with a cult following is now serving in the city by the sea. Philz Coffee, founded by coffee connoisseur Phil Jaber in San Francisco, has opened its first Southern California location on Santa Monica Boulevard at Fifth Street. After 25 years of coffee experimenting, Phil claims to have perfected... Read more →


City Shakes shows a new love for a classic romance story

Courtesy photo DOWNTOWN — “Romeo & Juliet” is a classic work of literature that almost everyone in the English speaking world has either seen or read but Santa Monica's City Shakespeare Company (City Shakes) is promising a new take for their upcoming performance. Director Brooke Bishop, who also co-founded the company, said... Read more →


Twilight Concert Series kicks off with Cults

Cults (Courtesy photo) SM PIER — Thousands of people will gather on and around the Santa Monica Pier Thursday night to watch the indie-rock band Cults kick off the city's iconic free summer concert series. The Twilight Concert Series starts its 30th year Thursday at 7 p.m. This year’s series, which will take place over the next... Read more →


OK Go added to Twilight Concert Series

OK Go SM PIER — The Twilight Concert Series has signed a big-name band as a late addition to its list of performers. The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band OK Go will headline the free Santa Monica Pier concert series on Sept. 4. The Allah-Las, another L.A.-based band, will open the show. OK Go is known for its intricately... Read more →