Barnyard Madness at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Barnyard Madness with the Three Pigs is a zany 1940s Country and Western romp and toe-tapping, finger-snapping musical comedy that follows the romantic antics and show business aspirations of the singing McPig Sisters and their wolverine admirers, proving once and for all that true friendship does not depend on size, color, background,... Read more →


U.R. Art Music Festival

U.R. Art Music Festival Series is hosting its second summer music performances on Sunday, July 20 at the Bergamot Station Art Center. Three DJ friends - Rob Garza, member of “Thievery Corporation”, Philip Jung of the electronic group “M.A.N.D.Y.” and John Wander of “Roam Music” - created the event to showcase music groups,... Read more →

Tour de Feast

Tour de feast

Before entering a traditional ramen house there is a certain level of etiquette that should be understood. Speed is the name of the game. Once you are served your brim- ming bowl of soup it's time to go to town otherwise the noodles lose their intended consistency and you've now disrespected the kitchen and disgraced your family... Read more →


Cults, TCS debut deemed uneventful success

SM PIER — City officials got what they were hoping for in the first installation of this year’s Twilight Concert Series Thursday night. The indie-rock duo Cults played to an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 calm attendees in kicking off the 30th year of the iconic free concerts at the Santa Monica Pier. Earlier this year City Council voted to... Read more →



Philz Coffee opens first SoCal store

SM Boulevard — A Bay Area coffee shop with a cult following is now serving in the city by the sea. Philz Coffee, founded by coffee connoisseur Phil Jaber in San Francisco, has opened its first Southern California location on Santa Monica Boulevard at Fifth Street. After 25 years of coffee experimenting, Phil claims to have perfected... Read more →


City Shakes shows a new love for a classic romance story

Courtesy photo DOWNTOWN — “Romeo & Juliet” is a classic work of literature that almost everyone in the English speaking world has either seen or read but Santa Monica's City Shakespeare Company (City Shakes) is promising a new take for their upcoming performance. Director Brooke Bishop, who also co-founded the company, said... Read more →


Twilight Concert Series kicks off with Cults

Cults (Courtesy photo) SM PIER — Thousands of people will gather on and around the Santa Monica Pier Thursday night to watch the indie-rock band Cults kick off the city's iconic free summer concert series. The Twilight Concert Series starts its 30th year Thursday at 7 p.m. This year’s series, which will take place over the next... Read more →


OK Go added to Twilight Concert Series

OK Go SM PIER — The Twilight Concert Series has signed a big-name band as a late addition to its list of performers. The Los Angeles-based alternative-rock band OK Go will headline the free Santa Monica Pier concert series on Sept. 4. The Allah-Las, another L.A.-based band, will open the show. OK Go is known for its intricately... Read more →


Dog for all seasons

4th of July weekend is obviously the time to celebrate all things American. And what can be more American than the hot dog? After all, it's the literal melting pot of meat, reconstituted, grilled up, slathered in mustard and thrown in between a bun. Unfortunately Santa Monica is a heath conscious community and a subsequent wiener... Read more →


Ferris wheel Mozart

File photo SM PIER — You round the bend on the Pacific Coast Highway, watch the Pacific Wheel dancing in the sunset, and see a lightshow. Dana Wyatt hears music. Wyatt, director of Operations at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, programs each frame of each light show like an animator drawing a cartoon. Each show is created to... Read more →