Culture Watch

Photos, Film and Music

  This week I attended a couple of free events that are open to the public courtesy of KCRW-FM, the renowned public radio station licensed to Santa Monica College where I was fortunate enough to work, first as a volunteer, then on staff, from 1983 through 2011. On Saturday night I attended the free concert series Sound in Focus... Read more →

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Brett Barrow to perform at TRiP in Santa Monica

Americana/Jazz guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Brett Barrow will perform at TRiP on Monday, Aug.¬†10, at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. The venue is located at 2101 Lincoln Blvd. Club admittance is 21 and over. Brett Barrow is a Los Angeles musician whose soulful jazzy-funk and roll sound blends powerful guitar sounds and a smooth vocal... Read more →

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Santa Monica artists featured at Los Angeles Quilt Show

Hundreds of fiber artists and enthusiasts from across Southern California ‚Äî quilters and knitters, crocheters, dyers and sewers ‚Äî are putting traditions and rules aside for the Los Angeles Quilt Show & Fiber Arts Festival. Santa Monica will be represented by the Santa Monica Quilt Guild, Santa Monica College instructor... Read more →

Health

Will West Nile virus affect Santa Monica?

Area public health officials are paying close attention to the West Nile virus after the first human case of the year in Los Angeles County was confirmed last month. The hospitalization of a male child in the South Bay area serves as a stern reminder for Santa Monica, which has not had any reported cases this year as of the end of July,... Read more →

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A few views of love (Culture Watch)

  Santa Monica‚Äôs own Ruskin Group Theatre, which helped launch the play "Sideways," may just have another hit on its hands. "Sneaky Ole Time" is a zippy, feel-good musical based on the songs of Grammy Award-winning country songwriter Paul Overstreet. He‚Äôs written more than 27 Top Ten tunes; the show features 22 of his... Read more →

Arts

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Free movie in Tongva Park tonight

The Santa Monica Police Department is hosting a free screening of Back to the Future tonight, July 29, at 7:45 p.m. at Tongva Park (1615 Ocean Ave). Amphitheater seating available and residents are encouraged to bring snacks and a picnic basket. In addition to the screening, a¬†Delorean similar to the car featured in the film will be on... Read more →

Entertainment

Netflix wants ‘Arrested’, not Cosby

  Netflix is working to bring back ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, but not Bill Cosby. Negotiations for a fifth season of the Mitch Hurwitz comedy are "plugging along," Ted Sarandos, the network's Chief Content Officer said Tuesday. "It is a really complex deal." "The talent are very busy and working on other shows, but also because... Read more →

Movie Reviews

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Irrational Man

IRRATIONAL MAN Rated R 96 minutes Released July 17 Irrational Man begins in classic Woody Allen-style as an intensely cerebral study of a philosophy professor haunted by his own obsessive thoughts. Soon, as is the pattern in Allen's films, other people become entangled in the man's web of manic-depressive musings. He is, after... Read more →

Culture Watch

Going Gaga for Sophie Tucker

  Move over Bette Midler, Judy Garland, Madonna and Lady Gaga. You may be icons to the gay community and some feminists, but the "over-the-top" thing didn't start with you. Tip your hats to the one and only Sophie Tucker, both an original and the last of the "red hot mamas." Bold, bawdy and brassy, she may very well define the word... Read more →