Past Stories
A scene from Diavolo’s “Passengers”
Photo by George Simian

Athleticism and Architecture

With flying leaps from impossible set pieces, Diavolo pushes the boundaries of dance By Christina Campodonico A scene from Diavolo’s “Passengers”Photo by George Simian Diavolo is “kind of like the NFL of dance,” say...


The eclectic Abbot Kinney Fest lineup includes conscientious rapper Crown & the M.O.B (upper left), dynamic vocal-guitar-percussion-beatbox duo Bambi + Felix (upper right), articulate Fiction Plane rocker 
Joe Sumner (lower left) and rockin’ “spaghetti surf blues” band Kat Myers & the Buzzards

Free Spirits and Free Fun

Musical acts from near and far headline an action-packed Abbot Kinney Festival By Bliss Bowen The eclectic Abbot Kinney Fest lineup includes conscientious rapper Crown & the M.O.B (upper left), dynamic vocal-guitar-percuss...


Mike Daisey dissects Donald Trump in his new one-man show

Empathy for the Donald

Monologist Mike Daisey makes Santa Monica great again with ‘The Trump Card,’ a search for the man behind the persona By Christina Campodonico Mike Daisey dissects Donald Trump in his new one-man show What makes Donald Tru...



The Venice Brooks Festival stretches from Pacific Avenue to the boardwalk

A Festival for the Rest of Us

Sunday’s Venice Brooks Festival is a reggae-infused alternative to the big show a block away By Brian Welk The Venice Brooks Festival stretches from Pacific Avenue to the boardwalk Those looking for an authentic Venice stre...


Brightside spreads gratitude and grooves

From Venice with Love

Brightside travels to Topanga for Artists Matter showcase Brightside spreads gratitude and grooves An Electric Avenue studio is where frontman Clayton Joseph Scott, lead guitarist Daniel Konscious Krieger, bassist Austin Nich...


Olympian Suzy Favor-Hamilton

A Light in the Darkness

The Alive and Running 5k Takes a Stand for Suicide Prevention Olympian Suzy Favor-Hamilton The Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center is a national leader in training, research and services for people who have thought about, a...



Hot chicks with fake hipster moustaches were a thing at last year’s BAM Fest

An Explosion of Creativity

Beer, art and music collide at BAM Fest in Santa Monica By Kelby Vera Ka-BAM! Hot chicks with fake hipster moustaches were a thing at last year’s BAM Fest Riot Grrrl punk, experimental art installations and draughts of more...


Director Paul Sand (center) and the cast of 
“Save the Pier” revisit the grassroots 1973 battle for a Santa Monica icon

On Stage – The week in local theater

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Director Paul Sand (center) and the cast of“Save the Pier” revisit the grassroots 1973 battle for a Santa Monica icon Seaside History: “Save the Pier!” @ The Santa Monica Pier Direct...


Lucy Alibar channels her Southern upbringing to explore the silly and profound in “Throw Me 
on the Burn Pile and 
Light Me Up”
Photo by Craig Schwartz

Truth, Justice and a Lecherous Goat

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” creator Lucy Alibar revisits her extraordinary childhood in a new play By Christina Campodonico Lucy Alibar channels her Southern upbringing to explore the silly and profound in “Throw Meon ...



Charlie the Unicorn, an art car with attitude

Burning Man Comes to Venice

Post-festival Venice Afterburn art party takes over Windward Plaza on Thursday and Friday By Christina Campodonico Charlie the Unicorn, an art car with attitude Swirling lights, a sea of people and fake flowers on neon fire ...






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