Past Stories
Zach Yudin leads Cayucas back home on July 24 Photo by Karen Vandenberghe

California dreamin’ comes true

Launched during a gig in Santa Monica two years ago, alt-rockers Cayucas celebrate success with a massive homecoming concert on the pier By Michael Aushenker OK Go, Yuna, The Zombies, Lee “Scratch” Perry — Santa Monica Pi...


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On Stage

Compiled by Michael Aushenker “Sordid Lives” at Westchester Playhouse The dependable Kentwood Players present Del Shores’ black comedy about a trashy Texas family dealing with the aftermath of their elderly matriarch’s ...


Stephanie Trachtenberg and her painting “String of Pearls”

Restaurant has a taste for art

Upper West hosts new work by Santa Monica painter Stephanie Trachtenberg, a painter of women now exploring the male psyche By Kathy Leonardo Art and the dining experience often entwine, but more often than not the artwork takes...



The Shrine - photo by Olivia Jaffe

Blasting off with ‘Bless Off’

Skate metal group The Shrine brings it home to the Townhouse Venice on July 17 By Michael Aushenker So a funny thing happened in South America. A few weeks ago, Westside musician Rahne Pistor, formerly an arts and entertainment...


The royal couple: Joe McGovern and Carole Weyers Photo by Erika Boxler

Shakespeare dressed down

Venice’s Pacific Resident Theatre has a hit on its hands with a minimalist take on “Henry V” By Michael Aushenker Guillermo Cienfuegos’ minimalist, unconventional staging of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” at Venice’s P...


Photo by Mike Yokotake

Thursdays go ‘symphonic’

By Michael Aushenker Arias ring out tonight from the band shell at Burton Chace Park as Marina del Rey Summer Symphony Musical Director Frank Fetta launches the group’s 15th season with “Opera at the Shore.” The annual en...



Lou Ferrigno and daughter Shanna

Train with the Hulk: Lou Ferrigno and family lead free workouts on the Santa Monica Pier

This is one fitness instructor you don’t want to see angry. Lou Ferrigno, TV’s “The Incredible Hulk,” is teaming up with his wife and daughter to offer a free wellness program for six Saturday mornings on the Santa Moni...


Irene Suico Soriano writes poetry in search of community

A mad dash of multiculturalism

‘Along the Hyphen’ explores creativity fueled by overlapping identities By Michael Aushenker Los Angeles is nothing if not multicultural. There are at least 224 identified languages spoken throughout L.A. County, according ...


A scene from Clare Fog’s “Improvising,” a feature-length comedy screening during Cinema at the Edge

‘The Edge’ finds a center

In a summer awash in superheroes and giant robots, a Santa Monica film festival counter-programs with human-scale fare by local directors By Michael Aushenker If you’ve had it up to your web-shooters with Marvel superheroes o...



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Fireworks and waterworks

Marina del Rey celebrates Independence Day with its annual fireworks show and dinghy parade By Michael Aushenker Come Friday, two annual Marina del Rey events — one volunteer-run, the other sponsored by L.A. County — delive...






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