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Culture Watch: Looking forward

TAKING IT ALL IN TOGETHER: The crowd during the opening reception for ‘Robert Swain: The Form of Color’ at the Santa Monica Museum of Art recently. (Photo courtesy Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging) I am going to be gone for the summer, so next week’s column will be my last for awhile. I want to give you a heads-up about what’s coming... Read more →


Mainopoly lets residents eat for a good cause

MAIN STREET — Top hats and monocles are not required to participate in the inaugural Mainopoly fundraiser but organizers are hoping to see a few Monopoly-themed costumes strolling along the sidewalk on May 25. The event is a self-guided restaurants walk featuring 19 eateries along Main Street. Participants will receive 20 tasting tickets... Read more →


Symposium highlights arts policy

SMC — Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) is inviting Santa Monica residents to experience the intersection of policy and art at the organization’s annual symposium. “Arts and Citizenship: Affecting Public Policy Through Personal Narrative” runs through May 18 at 1900 Pico Blvd. with new activities available to... Read more →



Ballet performance highlights connection to the classics

ON STAGE: Sarah Drake (center) in an earlier spring performance of Westside Ballet’s dances featuring Faust. (Photo courtesy Todd Lechtick) SMC — Local dancers will present a unique ballet experience on May 18 at the Westside Ballet of Santa Monica’s spring performance. The show will have two parts, one a modern dance and a... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Art, books, music … and theatre camp

In case you missed “Incognito,” the unique “guess-the-artist” annual fundraising art show benefiting Santa Monica Museum of Art, you still have a chance to get in on another great art show and sale that serves a worthy cause while honoring two local arts leaders. From May 29 through June 1, the Rosamond Felsen Gallery at Bergamot... Read more →

Tour de Feast

From jelly filled to juiced

News of another juice joint opening in Santa Monica is far from extraordinary. However, Chomp Eatery & Juice Station has some surprises in store. Chomp is a venture from Santa Monica donut guru Sean Tao. Tao, part owner of DK's Donuts had been looking to open up a different kind of restaurant. When the storefront went vacant next door... Read more →

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Culture Watch: May arts bouquet

ACTORS PUTTING IN WORK: Daniel J. Travanti and Amanda Summers star in 'False Solution.' (Photo courtesy Mark Monteil/Architect's Newspaper) Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, took place this past weekend. Here in Los Angeles we’re most familiar with the work of architect Moshe Safdie as the architect of Skirball Cultural... Read more →


Beach House turns 5

SM BEACH HOUSE — They grow up so fast. It seems like only yesterday that City Council was agreeing to subsidize the Annenberg Community Beach House. The beach house turns 5 today and will celebrate its birthday with tons of special events this weekend. The land was originally developed by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in... Read more →

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Culture Watch: Notable lives, great performances

There are two one-person plays taking place across town from one another, each concerning notable individuals separated by a generation who broke the conventions of their time. But how very different their stories are. At The Geffen Playhouse, the unmatchable Annette Bening would make Ruth Draper herself envious with her amazing ability... Read more →


Baryshnikov comes to The Broad

MAN OF THE HOUR: Mikhail Baryshnikov is returning to The Broad Stage. (Photo courtesy T. Charles Erickson) Adapted from two Anton Chekhov short stories, “Man In A Case” is a pair of haunting love stories — one of an officious, anti-social man and his involvement with an extroverted woman. The second, a tale of moral ambiguity in... Read more →