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...



win-0410-LAXbook-stephensLEFT_HalRIGHT

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 ...


win-0410-MonaSimpson-Photo_by_Gasper_Tringale

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...


hanna.harte

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...


nicolas-cage-picture-3

Nicolas uncaged

Directors Werner Herzog and David Gordon Green help the American Cinematheque pay tribute to one of Hollywood’s most successful actors By Michael Aushenker There’s little doubt that Nicolas Cage has earned the three-day tri...


win-0403-acrocats1

Internet cat videos — live!

Trainer and ‘Chief Human’ Samantha Martin arrives in Santa Monica with a feisty troupe of feline entertainers By Michael Aushenker Tuna, the star of the show, rings a bell. Then Buggles takes to her skateboard while Sookie ...



Rescued by love and letters

Delving deep into a wellspring of determination, author John Stover has overcome drugs and alcohol, a paralyzing accident and homelessness to finish his latest novels By Michael Aushenker John Stover was not only a man on a mis...