New artist takes residence at 1450 Ocean

By Camille de Beus Daily Press Intern Santa Monica has been an inspiration for local artists for generations and the City's Artist-in-Residence reflects the connection between artists, residents and the City By The Sea. Zeal Harris is the newest Studio Artist-in-Residence at 1450 Ocean. From Aug. 10 to Nov. 12 Harris will be teaching... Read more →

Culture Watch

Big theater, small theater

Compare and contrast: “Grey Gardens” at the Ahmanson Theatre (Downtown L.A. Music Center) and “A Raisin in the Sun,” at Ruskin Group Theatre. One with sizeable budgets, big stars and a big commercial stage, the other a small house (50-plus seats), a tricky L-shaped stage, a limited budget and skilled actors who aren’t necessarily... Read more →


National Night Out events spread to four Santa Monica parks

The Santa Monica Police Department is hosting National Night Out tonight, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout the city. All events have free food, snacks and drinks while supplies last. Events are scheduled at four locations citywide and organizers are encouraging participants from all four locations to gather at Clover Park at 8:15 p.m.... Read more →


Original Picasso works on display in Santa Monica

They’re treasured pieces of a distinguished art collection, usually kept in protective wrapping and stored away in private. But through Sept. 3, the original proofs by Pablo Picasso will be on display at the Leslie Sacks Gallery in Santa Monica. Visitors to the Bergamot Station gallery won’t find famous works like “Guernica,”... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Why ‘Lights Out’ is not just a scary movie

By Kathryn Whitney Boole Why is it that people get hooked on horror movies? It could be these films provide opportunity for social bonding. As I watched "Lights Out," the two guys next to me in the theatre kept gasping, “Oh no”, “Watch out!” “Don't go in there!” as if they were living the story. And what is it that makes us so... Read more →


Santa Monica walks examine preservation, change

By Emanuela Boisbouvier Daily Press Intern Locals are encouraged to put on their walking shoes in the coming weeks and participate in one of the Conservancy walks featuring Downtown Santa Monica. On Saturday, July 30, the Conservancy is partnering with the City of Santa Monica on a walking tour that will feed into a workshop about the... Read more →

Play Time

Make a date to see ‘Church and State’

Keep your eye on playwright Jason Odell Williams. If he keeps writing plays as extraordinary and impassioned as his latest play, “Church and State,” he may in time be hailed as this country's newest Eugene O'Neill. Ostensibly a play about gun control, “Church and State” broadens to include some of the most crucial issues Americans... Read more →


Searching for World War II veterans’ stories

By Camille De Beus Daily Press Intern Rishi Sharma is on a race. Specifically, he is on a race against time. Every day, about 430 American World War II Veterans die, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Every day, Sharma tries to beat time and save the veterans' stories by interviewing them for his organization, Heroes of the... Read more →


Expo Line tour: Volunteer opportunities at Expo/La Brea

Editor’s note: With the opening of the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, locals have a new way to explore neighboring areas. The Daily Press will publish a weekly travelogue about what to eat, see and do near each of the stations along the Expo Line, continuing this week at the Expo/La Brea stop. For some, the Expo Line is a... Read more →

Culture Watch

‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Ruskin Group Theatre

Starletta DuPois may be the only actress ever to have played all three female roles in the classic play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry. Then called “a Negro play,” it was the first play by an African American produced on Broadway. Staged in 1959, it starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Lou Gossett, Glynn... Read more →