Play Time: You won’t find it on Hotels.com

Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revelori in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.' “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a funny film. Not in the LOL sense, but more in the way of a smile of acknowledgment from time to time at the absurdities of the plot. It’s like an old Looney Tunes cartoon. Watch out for that cliff that you’re just about to fall off... Read more →


Brief: Orchestral concert

Orchestra Santa Monica will present its third concert of the 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 30, 3:30 p.m., entitled Chamber Orchestra Elegance, featuring music by Mozart, Bach and Handel. The orchestra under Music Director Allen Robert Gross will be performing this concert at its intimate concert venue at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in... Read more →


No meat? Don’t Lent it get you down

Pope Francis’ message of humility and tolerance has certainly sent a jolt through the Catholic Church. It’s true; the progressive Pope is making it cool to be Catholic again. And with the Lent season in full swing, millions of said Catholics worldwide (including a large contingent here in Santa Monica) are looking to cut the meat out... Read more →


bG Gallery expands into Bergamot with new exhibit

BERGAMOT STATION — bG Gallery presents Spectrum-Gestalt at its new space in Bergamot Station this Saturday, March 22. The gallery recently decided to acquire a second space in Santa Monica. Om Bleicher, gallery director and co-curator of the current show happened to have an appointment at a nearby gallery, when he saw the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Culture Watch: From jungles to jazz

William Petersen and Rae Gray star in 'Slowgirl.' (Photo by Michael Brosilow) You may know him as the insect expert Gil Grissom on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” but William Petersen has a long, strong pedigree as an accomplished stage actor. He’s appearing in a two-person play, “Slowgirl” at The Geffen alongside Rae Gray,... Read more →


Play Time: Six swinging singers take over Ahmanson

TOGETHER: The cast of ‘Harmony’ in action. (Photo courtesy Center Theatre Group) Three decades before The Temptations erupted out of Motown to wow America with their smooth harmony and their graceful, synchronized dance moves, there were the Comedian Harmonists, six men in Berlin who in the late 1920s and ‘30s became the toast of... Read more →


1 million ways to dine at The Counter

SO TASTY: Among The Counter's new menu items is this tomato salad. (Kevin Herrera kevinh@smdp.com) OCEAN PARK BLVD — Whenever I hit The Counter to satiate my burger craving, I always have trouble assembling the perfect meal. After all, it is the land of one million different burger combinations. It’s a pretty delectable dilemma.... Read more →


Traditional Irish stew in one pot

On a drive across the island of Ireland one summer, three things were guaranteed: sheep crossing the road; pubs in every village; and rainbows after daily rains. The traditional Irish stew, still served in pubs throughout Ireland, dates back to the 16th century. Many comfort foods are steeped in peasant tradition and passed down from... Read more →