Past Stories
Peter Shire’s modern interpretation of an ancient Greek vase
Photo by Monica Nouwens

Paying homage to Homer

LMU and Otis collaborate with the Westchester-Loyola Village Library By Michael Aushenker How do you top “Moby Dick”? For the sequel to last year’s citywide celebration of that classic of American literature, the Los Ange...

Kids made friends with reptiles during last year’s Mar Vista Community Fall Festival
Photo by Roy Persinko

Festivals mark the arrival of Fall

By Michael Aushenker New TV shows and ubiquitous pumpkin products notwithstanding, a sure sign of autumn’s arrival can be found in your own backyard this weekend, when Mar Vista and Del Rey hold their annual fall festivals at...

Ken Chen, Alexis Wong, Kurt Spencer and Joel Korpi are raising funds to help war refugees

‘Art Plus Music’ equals international relief

Venice fundraiser benefits civilians caught in the crossfire in Iraq and Syria By Michael Aushenker Ken Chen lives in Venice and Joel Korpi is from Austin, so it’s only fitting that Big Red Sun is the venue for the DJs’&hel...

Venice muralist Jules Muck is featured in “Freedumb,” a documentary about the local arts scene that screens Friday as part of the Other Venice Film Festival
Photos courtesy of Laura Rudich and Sean VanLoozen

A reel celebration

The Other Venice Film Festival’s roster of 72 screenings includes ‘Freedumb,’ a new documentary profiling six local artists By Michael Aushenker “Freedumb.” It’s a word tattooed across muralist Jules Muck’s knuckl...

Adrian Paul of TV’s “The Highlander” Photo by Georges Seguin

Go ‘all in’ for charity at The Reserve

Microsoft and actor Adrian Paul host a poker tournament to fund water wells in West Africa   By Shanee Edwards The Microsoft Technology Center at The Reserve campus in Playa Vista will look more like a casino in Vegas on&h...


Soy beer brats? Pleather lederhosen? Gott im Himmel!

Santa Monica’s inaugural Vegan Oktoberfest puts an animal-friendly twist on a sudsy and cherished tradition By Shanee Edwards Meat-lovers may feel like the stuffing’s been knocked out of their sausages, but Saturday’s Veg...

Photo by Angela Kase

Reimagining ‘The Magic Flute’

The Broad Stage puts a South African twist on Mozart’s classic opera For opera lovers, the trials and tribulations of Tamino and Parmina are a familiar tale. But now comes an unorthodox twist on Mozart’s classic opera about...

Singer-songwriter Matt Ellis (second from left) has curated (and will perform on) the locals-only Andalusia sound stage during the Abbot Kinney Festival, featuring (from left) Blue Eyed Son, Adrienne Cohen Isom and Chris Isom from Nocona, Paul Chesne, Tom Freund and Lacey Kay Cowden
Photo by J.D. Narro

Abbot Kinney Festival turns 30 with a bang

Five live entertainment stages, three beer gardens, a children’s activity area and vendors galore are expected to draw 100,000-plus on Sunday to the center of West Coast cool By Joe Piasecki These days it’s hard to imagine ...

Lucinda Williams leads a lineup that blends Los Angeles and Newport musical tradition
Photo by Michael Wilson

Newport Folk West

Jackson Browne and Lucinda Williams headline the Way Over Yonder festival on Santa Monica Pier By Bliss Bowen Last year, the folks behind Rhode Island’s venerable Newport Folk Festival helped launch Way Over Yonder, a two-day...

Iranian ex-pat speaks through art

Home is where his art is

Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi draws from a deep well of personal history for his first solo gallery show in the U.S. By Michael Aushenker Hossein Khosrojerdi fled Iran during the Revolution. Though separated from his h...

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