• Photo by Edizen Stowell |

    Westside Scrapbook

    Frank and Tabitha, escorted by proud papa Alan Bills, let their freak flags fly on the Venice boardwalk last Sunday during Uncle Chuck’s 12th annual Dog-O-Ween Costume Contest and Parade. More than 50 dogs turned out in costu...
  • Jessa the Bearded Lady stands at the entrance of the Venice Beach Freakshow. 
Photo by Ted Soqui.

    Who needs normal?

    The Venice Beach Freakshow celebrates a bizarre universe  By Tyler Davidson It’s as if Todd Ray has just stepped out of a time machine. “Folks, you don’t want to miss it! There’s 60 amazing creatures inside. Ten two-he...
  • City sanitation workers will build a new sewer line through Marina del Rey (purple) to support the deteriorating Venice Force Main (red)
Image courtesy of the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation

    Digging to avoid disaster

    Sanitation workers will install new pipes along Via Marina, Pacific Avenue and Vista del Mar as back up for the area’s 54-year-old sewer main By Gary Walker There have been three water main breaks along Sunset Boulevard this ...
  • Dominika Wolski, left, and Megan Prichard
Photos by Lavinia Pisani

    Actress aims to PROVOKE debate

    Dominika Wolski emulates TED Talks with social issue salons in Santa Monica that play to the Silicon Beach crowd  By Michael Aushenker To an upbeat soundtrack of 1980s pop, a youthful and sharply dressed crowd about 150 strong...
  • News in brief

    Compiled by Gary Walker Campaign cash complaint headed to D.A. Allegations that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor accepted illegal campaign contributions from developers whose projects she voted to approve have been referred to...
  • Firefighters worked from Saturday night into Sunday morning to extinguish the blaze at the Extra Space Storage facility on Venice Boulevard
Photo by Marta Evry

    Investigators probe Venice storage facility fire

    It took 365 firefighters, eight of whom suffered minor injuries,  to fight the 14-hour weekend blaze   By Gary Walker Arson specialists with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been called in to assis...
  • Group targets justices for scrapping ballot measure

    Ted Lieu’s Proposition 49 would have put Citizens United in Californians’ crosshairs By Gary Walker Voters have six statewide ballot propositions to choose from on Nov. 4. They would have seven if it were up to Westside sta...
  • A house on the move

    Del Rey-based digital effects studio goes independent in a rocky industry after management-led buyout By Michael Aushenker Del Rey-based House of Moves — a seasoned motion capture and animation studio with credits including t...
  • Civic

    Santa Monica re-imagines the Civic

    Plans for the venue range from a new arts and culture district to redeveloping the complex into retail and office space By Rebecca Kuzins The dormant Santa Monica Civic Auditorium can be reborn as a performing arts venue that w...
  • Seepolitical

    A Rosetta Stone for politspeak uses two-minute cartoons to visually explain the byzantine language of ballot measures By Gary Walker Otis College of Art and Design student Gaby Gorostriota had given scant attention to the eight statewide ini...
 This Week
Joseph Marcell stars in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre traveling production of “King Lear,” opening Wednesday at The Broad Stage

The Fresh King of Broad’s “Lear”

Joseph Marcell, who played Geoffrey the butler on TV’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” stars as the Shakespearean king when London’s Globe Theatre comes to Santa Monica By Jenny Lower     When the touring produ...
Ken Peplowski, who played with Benny Goodman, will perform during the upcoming “Something Cool” festival
 Food And Drink
The courtyard at Brilliantshine makes for a cozy and tranquil culinary refuge during weekend brunch
Photos by Richard Foss

A shine no less than brilliant

Culinary adventurers Josh Goldman and Julian Cox have made an enchanting culinary home for themselves with Brilliantshine By Richard Foss ( The culinary world has its hired guns — people who are brough...

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