Movie Reviews

“No Escape” is an intimate, effective thriller

This film is one of the most intimate, most effective thrillers ever. The first few minutes set the tone — subtle changes in the rhythm of what is seen, drawing you into a very up close and personal vantage point. This style, like a symphonic poem, is consistent throughout the film. The way the action and the camera move, you can feel... Read more →

Culture Watch

A Guy Walks into a Starbucks

If you like your stage plays tight as a drum and sitcom funny, then you'll love “Café Society” at The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Written by author and Emmy Award-winning TV writer Peter Lefcourt and directed by his wife, Teri Hanauer whose credits include film, TV and stage, this Santa Monica Canyon-based couple set their... Read more →

Community Profiles

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Greywater keeps lawn green

As lawns citywide turn brown or are replaced with drought tolerant alternatives, Andy Lauer's plush green lawn stands out. The front yard has flourished despite being untouched by a hose or a sprinkler for over a decade. The secret behind its healthy appearance? The entire lawn is grown in sand. This may surprise any passersby because the... Read more →

Briefs

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Santa Monica farmers market to host cookbook author

  Amelia Saltsman will sign copies of her new cookbook, "The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen," at The City of Santa Monica Wednesday Downtown Farmer's Market. In her second cookbook, Amelia shares 150 recipes that offer a refreshingly different take on traditional and contemporary Jewish cooking, tracing the delicious thread of Jewish cuisine... Read more →

Movie Reviews

Lily Tomlin hits the mark in “Grandma”

"Grandma" is a fun, witty, compact study of an eccentric headstrong woman and her unique relationships with her family and her lovers. A life-changing incident causes her teenage granddaughter to make a rare visit in order to ask the only person she feels she can trust to help with a dilemma without judgment: her grandma. Of course, grandma... Read more →

Community Profiles

PYFC gala to honor local leaders, activists

The promotional poster features an opening hand, brightly colored butterflies soaring upward and the word “REBIRTH” down the left side. It's a seemingly appropriate theme for one of the Pico Youth and Family Center's biggest fundraisers. The 8th annual Hope & Unity Awards Gala comes at a time of deep uncertainty for the... Read more →

Culture Watch

Afro Funké is Back

Get your yaya on as the popular club night Afro Funké returns to its home base, Zanzibar in Santa Monica for one night only, Sept. 10 from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. Afro Funké (that's funk-AY, not funk-ee) started in the Spring of 2003, when husband and wife team Rocky Dawuni and Cary Sullivan decided to dedicate a club night to African music,... Read more →

Culture Watch

Take an art break

Once again Bergamot Art Station has come through for me. Just as my brain was beginning to boil in the heat, a refreshing jolt of art gave me cool relief.    A number of galleries have moved from the D to the B building including Lora Schlesinger and Skidmore Contemporary Art. I think both show better in these new spaces. I found a... Read more →

Briefs

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Auction items sought for Boys & Girls Clubs gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica (SMBGC) is seeking the help of individuals and businesses to donate items for auction for its upcoming 40th annual Great Futures Gala to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13th at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. This year's event honors Jim Jonassen,... Read more →

Culture Watch

Photos, Film and Music

  This week I attended a couple of free events that are open to the public courtesy of KCRW-FM, the renowned public radio station licensed to Santa Monica College where I was fortunate enough to work, first as a volunteer, then on staff, from 1983 through 2011. On Saturday night I attended the free concert series Sound in Focus... Read more →

Briefs

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Brett Barrow to perform at TRiP in Santa Monica

Americana/Jazz guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Brett Barrow will perform at TRiP on Monday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. The venue is located at 2101 Lincoln Blvd. Club admittance is 21 and over. Brett Barrow is a Los Angeles musician whose soulful jazzy-funk and roll sound blends powerful guitar sounds and a smooth vocal presence.... Read more →