Past Stories
“Chef” director and star Jon Favreau brought in Roy Choi’s famous Kogi truck for a screening of the film

A film lover’s ‘Fantasia’ (continued)

A jewel worth saving The story of the Aero’s rebirth begins at the Brentwood Country Mart, the Westside’s answer to the Fairfax District’s Farmers Market. It was a place where Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn c...


Aero Theatre founder Donald Douglas welcomed members of the California State Guard to the theater in July 1942
Photo By Santa Monica History Museum

A film lover’s ‘Fantasia’

Santa Monica’s landmark Aero Theatre celebrates 75 years By Michael Aushenker Where else could you hear Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau deliver live commentary during a screening of “Iron Man,” meet Werner Herzog or wat...


Marissa Roth documented Afghan women and children refugees in Thal, Pakistan, in 1988
Photos by Marissa Roth

Women and War

Marissa Roth captures the devastation of international conflict through a different lens By Michael Aushenker Last weekend, “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood defended his movie’s point of view, stating that “the...



Westside Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 29 SaMoHi Art Show, 5 to 7 p.m. Santa Monica – Malibu Unified middle and high school students showcase their work in the school district’s annual art show, featuring two-dimensional artwork and photography, c...


Kid Acne’s “Stabby Woman” series, hand-embellished 3’-by-3’ canvases, remain on display through Feb. 2 as part of the artist’s third exhibition in Venice

Scratching the creative itch

Multi-faceted muralist Kid Acne returns to C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice with his latest works By Michael Aushenker As devastating as this month’s attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was for creatives worldwide, im...


With Moshe Ninio’s holographic “Rainbow: Rug” installation in Santa Monica, what 
you see depends on where you’re standing
Photo by Shaxaf Haber

Inside the ‘Rainbow’ room

Israeli artist Moshe Ninio has only one piece up at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, but it’s a doozy By Michael Aushenker Artist Moshe Ninio relies on technology in his photographic work. It’s just not very recent technolog...



Zoé Bruneau in Godard’s “Goodbye to Language 3D”

‘Goodbye to Language 3D’

American Cinematheque enters its second decade at home in the Aero Theatre with screenings of French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard’s lauded 2014 film “Goodbye to Language 3D.” Writer Howard Rodman and actress Heloise Go...


Rapper Crown relocated from Brooklyn to freshen 
up a stale Westside hip-hop scene

The beat merchant of Venice

Crown rules a domain in need of hip-hop leadership By Michael Aushenker As Westside L.A.’s music scene continues to struggle, Venice (or the entire west side, for that matter) is not exactly known for its hip hop. Outside of ...


1. Chen Man’s “Red Crest No. 1” 2. “Love and Water” 3. “Long Live the Motherland, Beijing No. 1”

East meets West in Venice

Beijing-based photographer Chen Man discusses her work at L.A. Louver By Michael Aushenker “Let’s have a picture together. Selfish!” What photographer Chen Man meant to say was “selfie” as she turned her back on the ...



Tom Rhodes says Venice still has the kind of cool that’s been priced out 
of San Francisco

The wandering comic

Globe-trotting comic Tom Rhodes arrives in Venice — his favorite place in the world — for another one-night stand By Tyler Davidson Over his 30 years in comedy, Tom Rhodes has seen more of this planet than most could ever&...






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