Past Stories
Marc Karzen and “Late Night” colleagues holed up for the weekend at the Berkshire Place Hotel to create this iconic Letterman bumper, one of several on display in Santa Monica

Bumper-to-Bumper Graphics

Marc Karzen’s career shooting stills for ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ began in Santa Monica By Michael Aushenker Last night the lights went out on David Letterman’s 33-year reign as la...

Jake La Botz returns to his L.A. roots this week, starting with a gig at Liquid Kitty
Photo by Zosia Krusberg

Blues and Buddha

Musician, actor and meditation teacher Jake La Botz circles back to L.A. By Bliss Bowen For years Jake La Botz was a regular fixture at the Liquid Kitty, rumbling in the corner with his signature blend of hardcore blues, obscur...

Dancers meld sound and vision during avant-garde String Theory performances 
Photo by Luke Rothschild

The Art of Sonic Sculpture

Dancers become instruments in Emmy-tested String Theory’s avant-garde “Remembering Water” By Michael Aushenker Holly Rothschild won’t forget August’s 66th annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Governors Ball. The...

Photo by Alyssa Torrech

Hitting the Hard Stuff

Folk-pop singer-songwriter Liz Longley gets into the emotional nitty gritty at McCabe’s By Bliss Bowen Liz Longley learned a lot studying songwriting at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, from which she graduated in 2010. B...

“Children of War” chronicles the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Uganda

Found in Translation

The Garifuna International Film Festival, devoted to the world’s indigenous peoples, returns to Venice By Michael Aushenker Sometimes foreign films put off American viewers through unintentional cross-cultural confusion. The ...

The Kentwood Players’ “4000 Miles” features Alexandra Johnston as Bec, who wonders what Leo, played by Dan Fagan, has on his mind after riding cross-country to see her.
Photo by Shari Barrett

Comedy is King

Four new theatrical offerings explore very different styles of humor By Michael Aushenker “Laughter is the best medicine,” or so goes the saying that long pre-dates the similarly titled section in Reader’s Digest. If that...

Ryan Stalder gives a free show at the Purple Orchid

Not just a punch line anymore

The inaugural Gundo Comedy Festival brings the funny to El Segundo By Michael Aushenker Back in the 1970s, Redd Foxx, as irascible sitcom patriarch Fred Sanford on “Sanford and Son,” used to say that his cheap Ripple wine h...

Perla Batalla was singing in jazz clubs when Leonard Cohen nudged her onto the global stage

A Musical Homecoming

Genre-spanning songstress Perla Batalla returns to Santa Monica for a Mother’s Day concert By Bliss Bowen Growing up in Santa Monica and running around Discoteca Batalla, her parents’ record store “right on the border of ...



When L.A. hard rockers Kicking Harold, whose tune “Gasoline” could be heard on the reality show “Overhaulin’,” descend on South Bay Customs on Saturday, it won’t be to get their Harleys fixed. Yes, in recent years, ...

Gene Simmons poses with fan Yuko Toyama
Photos by Michael Aushenker

Shout it out loud, El Segundo!

Fans line up to dine with KISS bassist Gene Simmons at Rock & Brews By Michael Aushenker Would you pay $80 to dine with your favorite rock star? About 125 exuberant KISS fans leapt at the chance when Gene Simmons…

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