Past Stories
Filmmaker Michael Barnard discusses a scene with 
Barry Henley and The Broadway Barbershop proprietor Vernon Williamson
Photo by Dan Smith

The long, slow goodbye

The film “90404 Changing” argues some of Santa Monica’s essential culture is slipping away, but it hasn’t all been lost By Michael Aushenker Just as Earth’s resources evaporate before our eyes — water, lumber, fossi...


“Shorties,” a series of brief plays written and directed by women, continues this week at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica
Photo by Alex Dilks Pandola

SWAN takes flight in Santa Monica

Celebration of creative women invites female playwrights to submit a page By Michael Aushenker This Saturday in Santa Monica, the writing is on the wall for playwrights: women need apply. SWAN Day Action Fest and its companion ...


Westside Calendar

Thursday, March 26 Cal Yacht Club dinner, 6:15 p.m. A yachting dinner titled “Towards Cleaner Waterways in Marina del Rey: A Public Forum on Issues Impacting Use and Enjoyment of Our Maritime Vessels” features The Boat Yard...



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When muscle ruled the road

The Pontiac GTO makes a comeback — if only for a day — at El Segundo’s Automobile Driving Museum By Michael Aushenker You oughta see her on a road course or a quarter mile This little modified Pon-Pon has got…


Ally Cool, Jon Licht and Paul Haapaniemi became the Roustabouts after jamming together at Sonny McLean’s

Feel-Good Fun

The Roustabouts roll with their ‘organic and natural’ flow to Santa Monica Farmers Market By Bliss Bowen It sounds like a sitcom setup: three friends, two instrumentalists and one neighborhood Irish pub. But those were the ...


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Something to ‘fret’ over

French-Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan returns to McCabe’s His fret-work bedazzled at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and now Westsiders can soak up his internationally acclaimed acoustic guitar work when Pierre Bensusan retur...



Top left: Gian Maria Volonté in “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion”. Top right: Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in “Marriage Italian Style”. Bottom left: “A Fistful of Dollars” launched Clint Eastwood’s movie career. Bottom right: “Kid Auto Races at Venice” introduced The Tramp.

Cinema, Italian style

LMU hosts a film festival with drama, absurdism and a heaping plate of Spaghetti Western By Michael Aushenker To say that the surreal imagery of Federico Fellini, the politics and ambiguities of Michelangelo Antonioni or the fl...


A roller coaster connected the  cliff-side Arcadia Hotel to Santa Monica in the late 1880s (photograph by E. G. Morrison).

Do-It-Yourself History

KCET highlights local collectors whose personal obsessions opened new doors into California’s past By Matt Hormann Monomania. It’s a word meaning total obsession with one thing. For Venice’s Carol Wells, it’s political ...


Orquesta Charangoa, led by Fay Roberts (center), is headed back to Marina del Rey

Charanga on the water

Cuban jazz ensemble lends Fisherman’s Village a different rhythm By Michael Aushenker By way of Cuba, a Jewish Valley girl of Eastern-European heritage who was raised on radio pop and bluegrass became an ambassador of the isl...



Left: Session musician Tommy Tedesco 
in 1996. Center: Tedesco, center, and 
Carol Kaye. Michelle Phillips (above) and Brian Wilson with Bill Pitman

Homecoming for ‘The Wrecking Crew’

LMU grad Denny Tedesco tells the story of L.A. session musicians who anonymously made music history — including his late father By Michael Aushenker If you’re of Generation X or older, the opening music from “The Twilight...






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