Culture Watch

Holiday Potpourri

CULTURE WATCH — Santa Monica has its own Nutcracker! Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, now in its fifth decade, returns to the Broad Stage, in collaboration with Santa Monica College Symphony, to present the holiday dance classic, from Dec. 13 – 21, nine performances only. Comprised primarily of dancers from Santa Monica and surrounding... Read more →

Culture Watch

An Explosion of Sound and Vision

(C) 2014 Michal Story CULTURE WATCH — Although I’m a three-decade-plus resident of Santa Monica, I hesitate to admit that I’ve never set foot inside the beautiful and beloved St. Monica’s Catholic Church. But that is about to change. This Friday at 8 p.m., The Dream Orchestra, under the leadership of Music... Read more →

Play Time

Semyon and Katia Take the Z Train

PLAY TIME — If you wanted to write a play to honor your father, it might be a bit inappropriate to portray him as a scoundrel. But that’s what Henry Jaglom has done in his new play “Train to Zakopane,” now having its World Premiere at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica. The play starts off as what seems to be a... Read more →


Local band at home underground

CITYWIDE — Leave it to a Santa Monica band to find soul in a parking garage. We Are The West has played shows in a mineshaft and an abandoned convent but the band's Westside home is in a parking garage in an undisclosed location, where they've performed a private show nearly every Saturday prior to the full moon for more than two... Read more →


Biking way, way up in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — Biking is on the rise across the nation but especially in Santa Monica. A report released by City Hall earlier this month - an update on the progress of Santa Monica's Bike Action Plan - shows significant improvements for Santa Monica bikers over the past decade. Between 2000 and 2012, cycling is up 61 percent across the nation... Read more →

Play Time

DysFUNCtion Can Be Funky

PLAY TIME — Okay, so we all have dysfunctional families.  And their doppelgangers have been running rampant, loving and hating one another, as in “August--Osage County,” or attempting to provide hilarity onstage a la Kaufman and Hart’s “You Can’t Take It With You.”  So enough already! The latest entry in the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Cross-country walker stuck without signatures

SM PIER — After a journey across the country and back, Armand Young, of West Virginia, is stuck, like the Israelites on the border of Canaan, at the Staples on Wilshire Boulevard. Young, who has marched from Santa Monica to New York City and back again, promised his mother, who died in his arms, that he'd collect one million signatures on... Read more →

Community Profiles

Holbrook says farewell after six terms

CITY HALL — After about 500 meetings and thousands of hours in the Council Chambers, Bob Holbrook will take to the dais one last time tonight. Holbrook, elected in 1990, is the longest serving member of City Council in Santa Monica’s history. The elder statesmen has survived six elections and without the help of Santa Monicans for... Read more →



Outdoor fitness trainer ordinance reduced complaints

PALISADES PARK — After 10 months of enforcement, city officials say the controversial ordinance that restricts the usage of public parks for outdoor fitness training had its intended effect but could use some tweaks. They proposed some changes to the ordinance — a one-year pilot program that expires in January — including a move... Read more →


Ingo’s Tasty Diner to replace Callahan’s, JiRaffe closing

WILSHIRE BLVD — With Callahan's scheduled to close on New Year's Eve, building owners are moving forward with their plans for a farm-to-table diner and a restoration of the 58-year-old building. Ingo's Tasty Diner got its alcohol permits earlier this year — though it won't have a bar — and its design proposal easily passed the... Read more →


BLT’s and Blood Mary for Black Friday

Michael McCarty, owner of Michael's restaurant provides his thoughts on the Thanksgiving holiday and a pair of recipes to keep the celebration going for those that would rather eat (and drink) than shop.   Why are these recipes good fits for Thanksgiving? As much as how they're going to roast the perfect turkey, what's going... Read more →