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Fig at the Miramar Some restaurants are so busy that they don’t need to advertise, and really don’t want more people to come in than they already get. I suspect that FIG, in the Miramar hotel at the corner of Ocean and Wilshire, is like that. The food is so good, the setting so beautiful, and the happy hour so affordable, that people... Read more →

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HIGH CAMP AND KUBRICK DEVOTION Charles Busch’s campy noir classic “Die, Mommie, Die!” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Leon Vitali, the subject of the documentary “Filmworker,” opening at the Nuart tomorrow, have one thing in common: they’re both ALL IN. Vitali gave up a successful acting career to become Stanley Kubrick’s... Read more →

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Playtime

"School of Rock": Noisy but Nice by Cynthia Citron   I've just spent two and a half hours in the "School of Rock" and I'm exhausted!   After all, how can you watch a fantastic cast of 34 running and jumping and dancing and singing and climbing on the scenery without feeling as if you've just run a marathon? Or have been swept... Read more →

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Little Moon, Big Orbit Raphael Lunetta is a Santa Monica native who grew up surfing. It’s still his passion—that is, when he can find time to get out on the waves. These days he’s busy running his popular eponymously-named upscale restaurant, Lunetta, and its casual next-door diner, Lunetta All Day. To give you an idea of his... Read more →

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Play Time: Marlo and Drew and Baby Makes Five

Play Time Marlo and Drew and Baby Makes Five by Cynthia Citron on May 10, 2018   So what happens when Cinderella finally marries the Prince? Well, sometimes it isn't all glass slippers and carriages made from pumpkins. Sometimes she winds up on the other side of wedded bliss. As introduced in screenwriter Cody Diablo's new... Read more →

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David Dines

1 Pico   When you take Pico Blvd west, and you arrive at the very end, just on the sand, you’ll find someplace magical and wonderful – Shutters on the Beach. Tucked into the first floor is the flagship restaurant that overlooks the beach, the boardwalk and presents the perfect environment for either a raucous group of friends... Read more →

Play Time

Playtime

Conflicts, Surprises and Vegetarian Lasagna It's Christmas Eve and Dana and her mother, Barbara, are sitting in the kitchen, Barbara fussing over the celebratory dinner of vegetarian lasagna and Dana nibbling on her mother's festive sugar cookies. The scene comes from Barbara's memory because Dana, who enlisted as a hospital corpsman in... Read more →

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A Potpourri Of Events

  A pot-inspired burlesque show, a salon-style story, an art and song event, a benefit supporting our local Repertory company, and a pay-what-you-can contemporary classical concert are coming soon to a venue near you. It’s high time you got yourself out to catch “Marijuana Madness,” an original burlesque show that showcases... Read more →

Play Time

Playtime

My Son the Waiter Offers a Few Tips Just about the most horrendous experience I can imagine for a Jewish mother of a certain age is to be surrounded by her contemporaries as they brag about the latest exploits of their sons (“my son the doctor,” “my son the lawyer) when the only son she has is a waiter!  Not the maitre d’ of a... Read more →

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Beautiful Binoche: French Femme Fatale "Let the Sunshine In" is a French film apparently created for the sole purpose of glorifying the beautiful face of Juliette Binoche. But if that were the only thing this film had to offer, it would still be worth seeing. Binoche plays a divorced Parisian artist looking for a relationship with a... Read more →

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LIVES WELL LIVED – AND WRITTEN This Friday, a beautiful little film, “Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age” opens at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center (and on other Laemmle screens). And the 27th edition of “The Emeritus Chronicles,” featuring writing by Santa Monica College Emeritus College students, has... Read more →

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Re-View: Thai Food

I love Thai cuisine. And I’ve eaten at more than one dozen Thai restaurants in this area (and also at a number of them in Thailand itself). But what is it about Thai food that makes it so distinctive? One is the mix of herbs. There is cilantro, lemongrass, basil, and mint. Sometimes there is ginger, galangal, tamarind, turmeric, garlic,... Read more →

Entertainment

Plenty to love in film about Borg versus McEnroe

Let's begin this review of "Borg Vs. McEnroe" with a huge spoiler alert. The final score of the 1980 Wimbledon men's final between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, which takes up the climactic last third of the movie, was 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6. It's not a secret, really. And, in the end, it doesn't really matter. This fabulous, moody film... Read more →

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CannaBiz Gold Rush The 420 Games concluded on April 1 at Santa Monica Pier’s Parking Lot 1. This event’s mission is to break down stereotypes about marijuana by showcasing its connections to those who engage in athletics, fitness and healthy lifestyles. A 4.2-mile run/walk/skate bike competition, yoga, jiu-jitsu, arm wrestling, and... Read more →