Bite of the Beast and Bastianich Wines

Bite of the Beast and Bastianich Wines By Talia Tinari On the last Thursday of every month Locanda Del Lago serves a four-course communal dinner featuring whole animal roasts and traditional rustic dishes with an optional wine pairing. August’s Morso della Bestia, or Bite of the Beast, featured sustainably caught New Zealand tuna... Read more →

Play Time

About Survival in the Lower Ninth Ward

About Survival in the Lower Ninth Ward   By Cynthia Citron If you are an American, you are aware that there are a number of traumatic dates that have become an indelible part of our collective memory: December 7, 1941, the day we were bombed into the Second World War; November 22, 1963, the day we lost a president; and 9/11, the... Read more →


Tourism Talks

Tourism Talks Residents and Visitors Explore Santa Monica Car-Free with Santa Monica Free Ride Between pedestrian-friendly streets and transportation options such as the Big Blue Bus and Metro Expo Line, it’s easier than ever for both visitors and residents to go car-free while enjoying all that Santa Monica hotels have to... Read more →


The New Look of Breeze

The New Look of Breeze Have you noticed something different about our Breeze bikes? A bit more color rolling around the city? Santa Monica’s Breeze Bike Share is proud to be presented by local business and employer Hulu, which is home to the top TV shows, hit movies and critically acclaimed original content. By supporting Breeze since... Read more →


Locanda Del Lago On The Promenade

  Do you think that we have enough Italian restaurants in Santa Monica? Of course there's some reason to have some variety, since there are a number of regional Italian cuisines. But very few of the Italian restaurants really prepare the regional dishes. One distinguishing characteristic of Italian restaurants is whether they are... Read more →


Grainiacs Gather In Santa Monica

Grainiacs Gather In Santa Monica by Sarah A. Spitz Special to Santa Monica Daily Press Southern California farmers, millers, chefs, pastry makers, brewers, distillers and home bakers are cheering for and building a new movement around locally grown heritage varieties of grain: Red Fife, Sonora, Glenn, Emmer, Spelt, Khorasan, buckwheat,... Read more →



CULTURE WATCH By Sarah A.Spitz EINSTEIN AND THE RABBI Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the start of the Ten Days of Awe that culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  Just in time, Rabbi Naomi Levy has written a new book, “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul,” partly a detective story and partly a... Read more →

Play Time

The Play With The  22-Word Title

Case in point: Halley Feiffer’s new play, now having its west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. It’s called “A Only it isn’t very funny. It involves a ditzy stand-up comic who never stops talking and a scruffy-looking man who wants only to sit quietly and read his New Yorker. They are inhabiting the shared hospital room of... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Rebel in the Rye

Rated PG-13 106 Minutes Released September 15   You probably know Danny Strong for his acting, having appeared in film and television since the mid 1990’s in shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, Billions and Empire, and in films such as The Hunger Games and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Strong also co-wrote... Read more →

Play Time

You Can Toss This Play On the Barbie, Mate

    The last time I saw actors from the Australian Theatre Company, performing in Sydney, they presented a lively, absorbing version of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” starring Australian-born Cate Blanchett. This time the Los Angeles chapter of this company is presenting the world premiere of “Grey Nomad,” written by... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: IT

Rated R 135 Minutes Released September 8   A classic Stephen King horror story set in a quaint and peaceful New England town is the foundation for the movie It directed by Andres Muschetti. This film is not your average horror story however. I say that I not was truly terrified watching It. Last year’s Lights Out, which played... Read more →

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Do Dancers Have “Rhythm and Soul” Any More?

  The film is only an hour long and you’ve probably never heard of many of the people in it. And it has no real “plot.” But you’ll find it to be one of the most joyful films you’ve seen this century. Or ever. It’s called “No Maps On My Taps” and it’s a mini-documentary of a time in the 1930s when black tap... Read more →

David Dines

Solidarity continues to succeed

    When a young Polish woman left her home country to come to America and build a life, there was no such thing as the Solidarity movement, so she named her restaurant after a city – Warsawa. When a young American daughter took over the restaurant to refresh it and continue the family traditions – she chose Solidarity as... Read more →

Culture Watch

Music, A Madwoman and Time Travel

  Josh Groban, the internationally renowned singer and actor, makes his first-ever appearance at The Broad Stage, with a benefit performance on September 14 to support The Broad Stage's Arts Education and Community Programs. The ticket you buy helps bring 20,000 students, teachers, families and community members to the Broad Stage for... Read more →