Past Stories
A scene from Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings" | Image courtesy of Bakshi Productions

The Aero celebrates Ralph Bakshi

America’s first ‘mature’ animator appears in person Friday and Saturday for screenings of some of his best work By Michael Aushenker As a conversation with Ralph Bakshi winds down, the exasperated, no-nonsense, Brooklyn-b...

City officials will likely discontinue pony rides at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market later this year
Photo by Brittany Soo Hoo

Animal rights battle heads to court

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market pony rides operator is suing the activist who campaigned to shut the rides down By Gary Walker A yearlong battle between an animal rights activist and the pony rides operator at the Santa Monica F...

Photo by Ted Soqui

Think globally, drink locally

Peek inside the Westside’s first true brick-and-mortar craft brewery By Rebecca Kuzins The north side of Santa Monica Bay is known for world-class beaches, restaurants and other entertainment options … but not for making gr...

Harrison Ford’s vintage plane came to rest near the eighth hole 
at Penmar Golf Course
Photo by Mia Duncans

Harrison Ford’s plane crash stokes calls for airport closure

Aviation boosters praise Ford’s handling of engine failure, but many living under the flight path are tired of worrying By Gary Walker For Carlos Gomez, actor Harrison Ford’s crash-landing in Venice was a little too close f...

A small plane crash-landed Thursday at Penmar Golf Course | Photo by Michael Ryan

Harrison Ford crash-lands at Penmar Golf Course

                              UPDATE, 6:43 p.m. — National Transportation Safety Board investigator Patrick Jones said the pilot of the crashed pl...

Structural engineer Scott Christiansen (from left), contractors Dale and Cindy Morimoto (Archisys Inc.), master carpenter Serge Levesque, and Renevation Award winners Richard and Keiko Kuyama with daughter Katie

Santa Monica Conservancy Awards

You might say their mission is to protect and preserve. Santa Monica Conservancy hosted its annual meeting and 2015 Preservation Awards ceremony on Feb. 8 at the historic Casa del Mar hotel in Santa Monica, where board members ...


Getting the lead out

Environmentalists score a victory against toxic airplane exhaust in Westchester and Santa Monica By Gary Walker Anti-pollution activists are trumpeting a recent legal settlement with aviation fuel companies that lowers the max...

Vidiots gets a sequel

Here’s a plot twist we didn’t see coming. After the owners of Vidiots announced last week that they would end the Santa Monica video rental store’s 30-year run due to flagging revenue, donors have stepped in to save it. M...

Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown speaks at the SGI-USA Auditorium
photo by Michael Aushenker

Santa Monica’s State of the City 2015

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the City address on Jan. 20 at SGI-USA Auditorium, 606 Wilshire Blvd. Under the theme “Game Changers,” the program included a string of award presentations to ...

Vidiots saw revenue from movie rentals drop 24% in the past five 
months alone

After 30 years, Vidiots fades to black

The venerable Santa Monica video rental store announces April closure after a fundraiser with “Nightcrawler” filmmaker Dan Gilroy and star Rene Russo By Michael Aushenker And that’s a wrap. A fixture in Santa Monica for 3...

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