Play Time

Hitler Tries to Intimidate Hollywood

By Cynthia Citron At first he was seen as a joke. Then, as he continued his campaign of insults and threats, outrageous proposals, and the promise to make his country great again, his countrymen rallied around him and Hitler became the elected dictator of Germany. At the same time, one of the most popular figures in America was... Read more →

Culture Watch

’Tis the Season – Already

By Sarah A. Spitz Stay local for your holiday entertainment. Enjoy “A Christmas Carol” at Miles Memorial Playhouse, Impro Theater at The Broad Stage, and at Bergamot Art Station view works by three Edelsteins at Ruth Bachofner Gallery. Santa Monica Rep brings Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to Miles Memorial Playhouse,... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Lion

PG-13 120 Minutes Released November 25th The story in the film Lion is so well told and beautifully acted that you will feel you have become part of this extended family of extraordinary people, people who have been drawn together by chance and by will. The true story behind the movie is so full of drama and so moving in itself, that... Read more →

Travel

KBUG week of Nov. 28

Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of Nov. 28, the contractor will continue with replacement of the sewer main on Alta Pl. N. between 4th Street and 7th Street. During these operations, traffic control will be set up. Please use alternate routes when possible. Should you have any questions, please contact Carlos Rosales,... Read more →

Health

Staying fit during the holiday season

by Marina Andalon During the festive season temptations rise to skip the gym and break the diet, especially with the holiday season in full effect. With Thanksgiving behind us, comes the endless shopping. Not to mention the holiday office parties and the tasty treats that your neighbors baked just for you that might just break your... Read more →

People

An Inspiration in Santa Monica

by Marina Andalon A role model and an inspiration for people who strive to better their lives, and surround themselves with positivity. That is what Esvin Rodriguez is doing, and continues to do at Gold Star Medical Center. Rodriguez was born in 1979 and experienced a near death experience in his late teens. He was shot by gang members... Read more →

Food

Don’t let Thanksgiving sabotage your weight

by Marina Andalon The holiday seasons are full of delicious dishes and treats, but no one likes the extra calories and weight that comes with the seasonal food. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Americans tend to gain weight by 0.2% during the Thanksgiving holiday and 0.4% weight gain over Christmas. Many people... Read more →

Play Time

So What’s YOUR Problem, Playgoer?

  by Cynthia Citron If there is such a thing as a “mild-mannered play,” Alena Smith’s “Icebergs” would certainly qualify.  It appears that its five self-absorbed  characters have no serious problems or conflicts. Unless, of course, you consider the speech delivered at 100 words a minute by Abigail (Jennifer Mudge)... Read more →

Play Time

So What’s YOUR Problem, Playgoer?

by Cynthia Citron If there is such a thing as a “mild-mannered play,” Alena Smith’s “Icebergs” would certainly qualify.  It appears that its five self-absorbed  characters have no serious problems or conflicts. Unless, of course, you consider the speech delivered at 100 words a minute by Abigail (Jennifer Mudge) about... Read more →

People

The people of Santa Monica give back

by Marina Andalon Meals on Wheels operates in various communities throughout the country. There are over 5,000 independently run local programs and one happens to reside in Santa Monica. Meals on Wheels West is located at 1823 Michigan Ave and has been a certified nutrition program since 1999. They continue their dedication to... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Film Review: Bleed for This

  Rated R 116 Minutes Released November 18th Bleed for This is on the surface the story of a boxer, Vinny Pazienza It is not simply a boxing movie. To paraphrase Aaron Eckardt’s words in the post-screening Q&A, this is a story about perseverance and resilience…about not giving up on a dream. This is a low budget movie,... Read more →

Community Profiles

Santa Monica offers volunteer opportunities

BY MATTHEW HALL In a city known for its wealth and prosperity, City Hall wants residents to think about giving back. City staff have specifically singled out homelessness and hunger as areas of need this season and the City has a list of nonprofits that need help posted to its website. Information about seasonal volunteer opportunities was... Read more →

Play Time

Thanksgiving Is No Picnic

by Cynthia Citron The play is titled “A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes.” The title alone should give you some clue as to how bad the play is. A long narrow table stretches across the long narrow stage (or what would be the stage if they had one), facing the audience. Seated at the table... Read more →

Education

‘DIG’ searches for help

by Marina Andalon DIG Childhood Center, a Family Cooperative Preschool that was located the YWCA Westside/Santa Monica on the corner of 14th and Pico. It was announced that YWCA will be closing and DIG plans to relocate. They are now searching for $150,000 in donations to help create and facilitate the move. The YWCA has shut down... Read more →

Culture Watch

F Words To Live By

Jeanne Field occupies a niche all her own; no single description defines her. She’s been a nanny, a caterer, a restaurateur, a clothing designer, a camera assistant, an editor, film distributor, concert tour manager, producer of documentary and feature films and legit theatre, an agent and literary manager and now, an author. No wonder... Read more →