• Courtesy of Andrew Weiss Gallery

    Forever Marilyn

    A new collection of photos, some locked away for 50 years, explores the soul beneath the glamour By Blair Tindall Frozen in time as a complex Hollywood bombshell who could project both resilience and vulnerability, Marilyn Monr...
  • A dearth of chemical-free baby products inspired actress and mom Jessica Alba to start her 
own business

    Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. is Headed to Playa Vista

    First came movie magic-makers IMAX. Then video game designers Sony Santa Monica Studios and web giant Yahoo Inc. followed suit. And now The Honest Company — an online retailer of non-toxic household goods founded by actress J...
  • An architectural rendering of the twin hotels planned for Via Marina
Image courtesy of the Hardage Group

    County Greenlights New Hotels along Via Marina

    Footprint to include pedestrian promenade, public anchorage and wetlands park By Gary Walker Despite slow-growth advocates’ concerns about traffic, density and preservation of ecologically sensitive open space, the five-membe...
  • The Do Good Bus leaves the Culver City Expo Line parking lot for another charitable adventure
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Pontius

    Volunteerism on Wheels

    The Do Good Bus is just as it sounds — a party bus for helping others By Shanee Edwards File this under: “Why didn’t I think of that?” Thanks to her mother, Rebecca Pontius grew up doing a lot of…
  • Vigil Marks 70 Years Since Atom Bomb Drop

    Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima with a public vigil on Wednesday at the Chain Reaction nuclear disarmament sculpture in Santa Monic...
  • Sun Sets on Westchester Solar Farm

    Plans to build a solar energy farm alongside the 405 freeway in Westchester have gone dark after the owner of the land where it would have been built decided against selling it to the developer. Mirasol Development LLC told the...
  • Bangladesh’s Special Olympics delegation strikes a pose with 
state Chief Service Officer Karen Baker (center) in Playa Vista
Photo courtesy of Sean Hassan

    A Warm Westside Welcome for Special Olympics Delegations

    With the Special Olympics happening in Los Angeles from July 25 to Aug. 2, last week saw many events throughout the Westside to welcome some 7,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches and roughly 30,000 volunteers arriving from 177 countrie...
  • A Great Blue Heron convention in the Ballona Wetlands 
Photo by Jonathan Coffin

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Natural open spaces are ours to lose when we fail to pay attention By William Hicks The Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey is the last remaining coastal wetland in Los Angeles. The United States has lost about half of…
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    Black and Latino Students Aren’t Doing as well as Others in Santa Monica Schools

    Parents and Educators Want to Know Why By Bonnie Eslinger Santa Monica resident Laejohnie Bennett raised her son to be proud of his African-American heritage, so her heart sank one day when he came home from school and said an...
  • With $31 million to spend on sidewalk repair this fiscal year, will city officials finally tackle the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester?
Photo By Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

    Fixing L.A.’s Broken Sidewalks

    The city has money to spend, but how much of it is headed our way — and when? By Gary Walker Near 77th Street in Westchester, the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard looks more like a series of small ramps…
 This Week
Romance takes center stage in “Sneaky Ole Time,” featuring (from left) Amy Motta, Nina Brissey, Ken Korpi and Nicole Olney
Photo by Ed Krieger

A Songbook on Stage

‘Sneaky Ole Time’ puts a story to the chart-topping music of country songwriter Paul Overstreet By Bliss Bowen Study an artist’s body of work over a span of time, and more often than not recurrent themes emerge — though...
A leader of L.A.’s string band renaissance, Dustbowl Revival has graduated from free farmers market 
shows to prime festival gigs
Photo by Becca Murray 
 Food And Drink
The Bentley Roll: spicy tuna, avocado, seared salmon, sesame dressing 
and sweet sauce

Sweet Fish is pretty sweet

Playa Vista’s neighborhood sushi bar gets high marks for quality, quantity and ambiance By Richard Foss ( One of the iniquities of mining towns of the American West was the company store — the sole s...
Phorage owner Perry Cheung (right) at the 
PPLA Food Fare
Photo by Michael Aushenker

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