Past Stories
Mar Vista’s inaugural art walk will feature live painting to live music along the Venice Boulevard
Photo courtesy of Lenore French

Art Follows Commerce

Mar Vista continues its renaissance with an inaugural art walk and a street festival for Small Business Saturday By Christina Campodonico Andy Warhol once said, “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Mak...

Rahim Javan bleeds blue 
and gold at Sports Harbour in Marina del Rey
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

It’s Time to Ring the Victory Bell

Where Bruins and Trojans who can’t make it to the Coliseum can watch L.A.’s crosstown football rivalry By Christina Campodonico It’s that time of year again when you have to pick a side, even if you didn’t go to UCLA&he...

Violinist Pasha Tseitlin, left, and pianist Nic Gerpe thrive on performing complex music as Panic Duo

Happy Musical Accidents

Panic Duo has serendipity on its side as the ensemble pushes the limits of contemporary classical music By Christina Campodonico Panic Duo plays it all — classical and contemporary, jazz and modernist, world music-inspired an...

Westside Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Dinner at Venice Whaler, begins at 9 a.m. Celebrate the holiday beachside with cider-glazed turkey and lager gravy, apple brioche stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts with capers and walnuts, cranbe...

Everett Henry’s “The Voyage of the Pequod,” an illustration from a 1950s edition of Moby Dick, traces Melville’s epic tale of obsession, perception and the human condition
Library of Congress image

Still A Whale of a Tale

The Venice Oceanarium marks 20 years of “Moby Dick” readings at the breakwater By Christina Campodonico “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul … I accoun...

Cast members Frank Boyd, Gary Wilmes, Brian Slaten, Richard Riehle with playwright/director Young Jean Lee in rehearsal for “Straight White Men.”
Photo by Craig Schwartz

On Stage – this week in local theater

The Existential Crisis: “Straight White Men” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre In this historical zeitgeist where identity matters and privilege is problematic, what does it mean to be a straight white man? Playwright and director You...

Downbeat 720 alumnus Darius Ivey makes a cameo appearance during a recent session of the creative gathering for teens in Santa Monica
Photo by Christina Campodonico

A Safe Place for Self-Expression

Downbeat 720, a city-sponsored open mic night for teens, is a platform for performance without fear of judgment By Christina Campodonico Between competing in today’s college admissions race, fending off cyber bullies and know...

Bob Hope performs for armed services members stationed in the Solomon Islands in 1944. 
U.S. Army photo

Bob Hope USO Fundraiser at Westchester Elks Lodge

The 4,000-square-foot Bob Hope Hollywood USO Center is a temporary home away from home for some 50,000 active and retired American armed services members who travel through Los Angeles International Airport each year. In additi...

Matt Wedel started “Banana Tree” with Adam and Eve in mind before it grew into a tangle of stems and fruit

‘Peaceable Fruit’ at L.A. Louver

A sinuous banana tree sculpture and a slew of ceramic bodiless heads — these are just a few of the whimsical creations that sculptor Matt Wedel has prepared for his solo show, “Peaceable Fruit,” which opened on Wednesday ...


Where Performance is on the Menu

The Philosopher’s Stone Poets create a safe place for dance, poetry and music with local flavor By Michael Reyes Poets, musicians, dancers — it’s hard to predict who is going to perform during a Philosopher’s Stone Poet...