Movie Reviews

Film Review: Bleed for This

  Rated R 116 Minutes Released November 18th Bleed for This is on the surface the story of a boxer, Vinny Pazienza It is not simply a boxing movie. To paraphrase Aaron Eckardt’s words in the post-screening Q&A, this is a story about perseverance and resilience…about not giving up on a dream. This is a low budget movie,... Read more →

Community Profiles

Santa Monica offers volunteer opportunities

BY MATTHEW HALL In a city known for its wealth and prosperity, City Hall wants residents to think about giving back. City staff have specifically singled out homelessness and hunger as areas of need this season and the City has a list of nonprofits that need help posted to its website. Information about seasonal volunteer opportunities was... Read more →

Play Time

Thanksgiving Is No Picnic

by Cynthia Citron The play is titled “A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes.” The title alone should give you some clue as to how bad the play is. A long narrow table stretches across the long narrow stage (or what would be the stage if they had one), facing the audience. Seated at the table... Read more →


‘DIG’ searches for help

by Marina Andalon DIG Childhood Center, a Family Cooperative Preschool that was located the YWCA Westside/Santa Monica on the corner of 14th and Pico. It was announced that YWCA will be closing and DIG plans to relocate. They are now searching for $150,000 in donations to help create and facilitate the move. The YWCA has shut down... Read more →

Culture Watch

F Words To Live By

Jeanne Field occupies a niche all her own; no single description defines her. She’s been a nanny, a caterer, a restaurateur, a clothing designer, a camera assistant, an editor, film distributor, concert tour manager, producer of documentary and feature films and legit theatre, an agent and literary manager and now, an author. No wonder... Read more →


Know Before You Go

  Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of Nov. 14, the contractor will continue with replacement of the sewer main on Alta Pl. N. between 4th Street and 7th Street. During these operations, traffic control will be set up. Please use alternate routes when possible. Should you have any questions, please contact Carlos... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Arrival

  116 Minutes Released November 11th Before you sit down in the theatre to watch Arrival, loosen the restraints on your brain. Free your tendency to observe new concepts from a preconceived order of your world. This is a gorgeous film about communication that transcends language. It is a great piece of film literature and a... Read more →


Veterans honored at Virginia Avenue Park

By Marina Andalon Abraham Lincoln once said, “Honor to the solider and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” This year the Virginia Avenue Park Parent Connection Group hosted their second annual... Read more →

Culture Watch

Local Theatre, Local Food

By Sarah A. Spitz Some of our smaller local theatres put on reliably good entertainment much of the time. Today a quick look at three of them. The Ruskin Group Theatre showcases Paul Linke, an actor/playwright/director whose original claim to fame came from the 70s TV show CHiPs, in movies (Parenthood, Motel Hell) and as the founder and... Read more →

Play Time

You’ll Love This Play — Unless You Own Stock

  by Cynthia Citron If Lawrence Garfinkle comes to your town, be wary! And be afraid. Be very afraid. Garfinkle, known to his fellow Wall Street stockbrokers as “Larry the Liquidator,” is known to be ruthless, relentless, and rich. When he comes to town you can be sure somebody’s struggling business is about to be... Read more →

Book Review

Rebel With a Cause

In 1965, comedian Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) parodied Dale Carnegie's best-selling book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” with his irreverent autobiography, “How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.” Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bruce's death in 1966, the book was recently re-released to a whole new... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Loving

Rated PG-13 123 Minutes Released November 4th The film Loving covers a critical piece of our country’s history involving an interracial couple in Virginia who were sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 simply for getting married. It is also a skillfully made film, one of the best of 2016. The direction, the camera work, the acting,... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

  Rated R 131 Minutes Released November 4th   While I am fortunate never to have gone into battle as a soldier, I have read many accounts of those who have, including emails from my nephew during his tours in Iraq and my grandfather’s many carefully handwritten letters to his future wife, from his foxhole in World... Read more →

Culture Watch

Designing the Dream

  By Sarah A. Spitz This weekend, the WestEdge Design Fair sets up shop in Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. This annual event showcases every item you could possibly imagine in your dream home. In my case, it’s a kitchen (well, I’ll need a whole new dwelling to put it in, but that’s not the issue just yet). For the... Read more →

Play Time

The Model Apartment: You Wouldn’t Want to Live There

by Cynthia Citron I’ve always enjoyed the plays of Donald Margulies. They usually are variations on a few definitive themes: family dynamics (predominantly Jewish families), the Holocaust, reunions, and various illnesses and insanities. Always delivered with large dollops of humor. But not this time. In “The Model Apartment,” now... Read more →