Past Stories
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Life lessons from the ballet bar

Actress Jenna Elfman, who trained at Westside School of Ballet, returns to preach the value of discipline learned through the classical arts By Shanee Edwards On TV’s “Dharma and Greg,” Jenna Elfman played a free-spirited...

Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Rapper Hosts a During-School Special

Back in his elementary school days, rapper Chali 2na — the charismatic MC best known for his work with Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli — loved to draw. He’d spend lunchtime creating customized mini-comics to sell to his classmate...

Sunday afternoon at Arlington West, Santa Monica Beach. Photo by Ted Soqui.

Living monuments

Post-9/11 vets fight new battles to transition back into civilian life By Joe Piasecki The rows of wooden crosses that line the sand north of Santa Monica Pier each Sunday are a rare public reminder that more than 6,800 militar...

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...


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...

Santa Monica City  Mayor Pam O’Conno

Group accuses Santa Monica mayor of breaking city ethics law

Records show Pam O’Connor took campaign contributions from developers after voting to approve their projects, and Councilman Bob Holbrook may have done the same By Gary Walker A group of Santa Monica activists has accused May...

Alix Hobbs has come full-circle to lead Heal the Bay
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Heal the Bay gets a new CEO

Alix Hobbs started at the Santa Monica nonprofit as a teenage volunteer By Gary Walker Alix Hobbs was a teenager when she began volunteering for Heal the Bay in the summer of 1993. On Oct. 1, the Santa Monica nonprofit’s…

Tom Kirlin lives it up with the beautiful undead after one of his Zombie Fashion Show events
Photo by Tony Hulse

How to have fun for a living

Santa Monica’s Tom Kirlin on turning his Pancakes & Booze art-and-music happening into a full-time job and a global phenomenon The premise is simple enough: a big party featuring a pop art group show and a lineup of local...

Mary and Norman Litvak, right, pose in front of their store — soon to become one the nation’s first exclusively homeopathic pharmacies — in 1950

A healthy choice brings many happy returns

Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy, one of the first drug stores to embrace natural medicine, celebrates its 70th anniversary on Wednesday By Coby Kindles In the days that ads proclaimed “more doctors smoke Camels than any oth...

The Bay Foundation’s Victoria Ippolito helped volunteers remove more than 100 pounds of trash from waters in and around Marina del Rey last year and is ready to go another round on Saturday

No ordinary day at the beach

Volunteers draw a line in the sand in the fight against water pollution with Saturday’s 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day By Gary Walker Billed as “the biggest volunteer event on the planet,” the 30th annual Cali...

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