Past Stories
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Return of The Upsetter

Reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry — from whom Bob Marley, The Clash and the Beastie Boys took notes — heads to Santa Monica to play a free show on the pier By Michael Aushenker Reaching Lee “Scratch” Perry by an&hel...


Milo Gonzalez of Insects vs. Robots is Venice through and through

‘A big, psychedelic ball of craziness’

Milo Gonzalez and Friends, mentored by the likes of Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, close out Saturday’s Venice Beach Music Fest By Michael Aushenker His stepdad is Chuck Dukowski, and...


A scene from “The Cherry Orchard” featuring Anya (Kelsey Ritter)and her mother, played by Marilyn Fox

On Stage

“The Cherry Orchard” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Dana Jackson directs this retelling of Anton Chekhov’s last work, a comic ode to the timelessness of the human condition. The play chronicles an aristocratic Russian woman a...



Jennifer Corday

Not just a walk in the park

Fiesta La Ballona celebrates cultural diversity with three days of free music and dance By Michael Aushenker A celebration of Woodstock, songs from the musical “Hairspray,” a tribute band covering Rat Packers Frank Sinatra,...


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Grit and Grace

Bernadette Peters brings Broadway to Burton Chace Park By Bliss Bowen “There’s no business like show business,” as a tongue-in-cheek Irving Berlin immortally put it in his classic song for the musical “Annie Get Your Gu...


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Muffs a-‘Doo’ about something

After her stint with The Pixies, Kim Shattuck’s wild band celebrates its first album in a decade with a Westside in-store concert By Michael Aushenker Rolling Stone got it wrong. The venerable rock magazine was quick to repo...



“From the time I was a child, music was at the center of my soul,” says Roberta Flack

‘Love is a song’

Soulful singer Roberta Flack breezes through summer into a free Saturday concert in Marina del Rey By Michael Aushenker It’s been a sweet summer for iconic R&B and soul singer Roberta Flack. The season began with one of h...


Simon Petty has loved, lost and found himself again

Riding ‘The Sad Carousel’

Post-divorce and moving forward from the breakup of Minibar, Simon Petty plays weekly local gigs while readying a new solo album By Bliss Bowen “In recent times I must confess/ It’s getting hard to put one foot before the n...


Former aerospace engineer Jack Barnhill’s “African Schoolgirls”

TAG, you’re it!

With Venice artist Laddie John Dill as juror, the Santa Monica gallery displays the 49 winners of its annual California Open By Michael Aushenker The call for art went out from Santa Monica all over California, and more than 50...



Save the bees — celebrate National Honeybee Day on Aug. 16 at Venice Beach

(Click here to ready feature on the local backyard beekeepers) With the honeybee population in serious decline, it’s important for people to know more about the hardworking insects that pollinate one-third of America’s frui...






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