Past Stories

The Green Agenda: Earth Day activities on the Westside

April 17 – ‘No es Basura’ The EarthWE gallery is displaying a photographic exhibit depicting artwork that environmentalist Peter Kreitler created from discarded objects he’s found on the beach. “No es Basura” (This ...


Flora Kao’s rubbings of ruined buildings chronicle “the visual residue of failure and forgotten dreams”

Her career is in ruins

Her career is in ruins Marina del Rey artist Flora Kao has divined artistic inspiration from decaying structures in the Mojave desert By Michael Aushenker Images of dilapidated shacks, houses and barns collapsing and imploding ...


The late Wanda Coleman during a reading at Beyond Baroque

Portrait of a poet

Documentarian Bob Bryan screens his cinematic snapshot of Wanda Coleman at the Venice literary haven she cherished By Michael Aushenker When documentary filmmaker Bob Bryan heard of poet Wanda Coleman’s passing on Nov. 22, al...



Westside Calendar

Thursday, April 17 Egg Decorating, 3:30 p.m. Celebrate spring by decorating an egg at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Poetry and Music Event, 6 to 8 p.m. An evenin...


Kamil Vojnar’s “Beautiful” and other works are on display at TAG Gallery

Living the dream-like state

Marina del Rey artist Kamil Vojnar merges paint and photos to create works that blend the real and surreal By Michael Aushenker Whether gothic and brooding or punched up by swathes of pastel, the art of Kamil Vojnar imports a&h...


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Homer and Barney would fit in at Mo’s

Wet your whistle at this Playa del Rey watering hole for $3 a glass Underneath the giant eight-ball in Playa del Rey, Mo’s Place is rumored to have been the inspiration for Homer Simpson’s cartoon haven Moe’s Tavern. Wha...



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A legacy takes flight at LAX

Author Barbara Schultz revisits the life pioneering aviator Moye W. Stephens By Rebecca Kuzins   All but unknown outside aviation circles, Moye W. Stephens may be the most influential pilot you’ve never heard of. Author ...


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Making her case for ‘Casebook’

Santa Monica author Mona Simpson’s latest novel, both mystery and love story, hits shelves this week By Michael Aushenker   In “Casebook: A Novel,” author Mona Simpson’s latest book, young boy Miles Adler-Rich, wit...


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The furrier side of children’s lit

Therapy dogs make nonjudgmental companions  for kids learning to read in Mar Vista By Rebecca Kuzins   Five book-loving canines are visiting the Mar Vista branch of the Los Angeles Public Library on Saturday to play an i...



The autobiographical “Yo Cora” (“I Am”) is part of Roberto Gil del Montes’ current collection of paintings going on display in Santa Monica

A symbol becomes a sign

Artist Roberto Gil de Montes draws from unlikely inspiration for new works debuting at Bergamot Station By Michael Aushenker The chacmool — a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican representation of a reclining figure with his head uprig...