Past Stories


CORRECTION: In last week’s article about the Downbeat 720 open mic night for teens, we misspelled the given name of DJ Jedi. It’s Terence Fredericks. Also, Justin Yoffe is also the city of Santa Monica’s cultural affairs ...

Editorial: Don’t Stop at Being Thankful

Any way you slice it, most of us have reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Those of us on the Westside live in a place that attracts people from around the world to vacation in our backyard. If you’re here…

The view from Kauai is getting increasingly expensive, just like L.A.
Photo by William Hicks

Opinion: Displaced from Paradise

In L.A. and Hawaii, gentrification’s winners and losers both fail to attain the real prize: happiness By William Hicks Early childhood memories of Thanksgiving conjure up images of oddly dressed Pilgrims gathering with the Wa...

Any way you slice it, Maple Block’s barbecued brisket is the best around

Heavenly Brisket

Maple Block Meat Co.’s barbecue is so good that even Texas would be proud of it By Richard Foss ( Long experience has taught me to be wary when someone gets fancy with barbecue. The best I’ve ever ha...


Fix the Damn Streets! Re: “Can You Hear Us Now?” Opinion, Oct. 22 Anyone who has lived in Marina del Rey for the past few years has certainly noticed an increase in traffic, with many of these cars seemingly uncertain…

What kind of torch are we passing to future generations if we don’t make the time and effort to sort out and let go of our own emotional baggage?
Illustration by William Hicks

Opinion: Unstuff for the Holidays

Learning how to express and release negative emotions now can prevent pain and violence later By William Hicks A baby falls, it cries; it sees a funny face, it laughs. When a baby grows, however, it hears such things as…

Alexander Phaneuf, left, and Or Amsalam take it slow with the dough and 
use only wild yeast
Photo by Richard Foss

A Tradition Rises Again

Mar Vista bread makers go back to basics for improved quality and taste By Richard Foss ( There’s a stretch of Washington Boulevard west of Sepulveda that has become the Westside’s hot area for bouti...

An El Niño storm flooded Playa del Rey in 1954
Photo by Richard Morozowicz

Letters: Great Playa del Rey Flood of 1954

Why Build Next to a Runway? Re: “Why is the FAA Dragging its Feet …?” Advertisement, Oct. 29 A full-page ad signed by all seven Santa Monica City Council members that ran in last week’s issue of The Argonaut decries&hel...

Clockwise, from left: Evan Carter, G.A.P. artists collaborating on a group canvas, art by Casey Jones, and David Krieger

Life on the Spectrum — it isn’t what you think

Working with college students with autism has challenged my assumptions and changed my beliefs By Marissa R. Laham As a graduate student in USC’s School of Social Work, my fieldwork internship assignment this semester has bee...

Restaurateur Vincenzo Nicoletta, seated, and his staff make diners feel like part of the family
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Now That’s Amore

Vincenzo’s Ristorante Italiano is a taste of New York on Montana Avenue By Jasmin St. Claire ( Being a native New Yorker is sometimes an advantage in West L.A. For one, I’ve always been better at ...

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