Month: September 2020

Page-Turning Power

Santa Monica’s Teen Readers Society is busy building the next generation of bookworms By Julia Escobar Since the late 1970s, the percentage of 12th graders who said they read a book or magazine almost every day for pleasure has dropped from 60% to 16%, according to a study published by the American Psychology Association. With online schooling becoming the norm and COVID-19 creating an even larger socioeconomic gap between books and teens, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. Teen Readers Society, a new Santa Monica-based nonprofit, is passionate about changing young adults’ reading habits. The nonprofit group...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: Casino cardrooms, breweries & wineries get county green light to reopen

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Reported Cases & Deaths by Neighborhood as of Tuesday, Sept. 29 Culver City: 386 (Deaths 29); Del Rey: 354 (Deaths 10); El Segundo: 131 (Deaths 1); Marina del Rey: 71 (Deaths 1); Mar Vista: 321 (Deaths 6); Playa Vista: 141 (Deaths 0); Playa del Rey: 28 (Deaths 0); Santa Monica: 879 (Deaths 41); Venice: 293 (Deaths 3); Westchester: 422 (Deaths 15) Total Westside Cases:3,026 Total Westside Deaths: 106 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 269,284 Total Deaths in LA County: 6,551 Total New Cases as of Sept. 1: 905 Total New Deaths: 39 Hospitalizations: 714...

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Calling Die-hard ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Fans  

The moms of the popular teen drama have their own podcast! By Katherine Brubaker The hit television show “Pretty Little Liars” came to an end three years ago when the identity of the infamous and feared “A” was revealed. But the actresses who played the mothers of the show’s angsty teens have recently reunited to make a podcast series, “Pretty Little Wine Moms”(PLWM). And yes, they sometimes drink wine during the show! Lesley Fera, who played Veronica Hastings on PLL, and her husband Ned Mochel have their own podcast, “Homeward Bound: Surviving the Coronavirus.” Fera asked her previous co-stars...

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Singing for the Planet  

Westchester duo Joselyn & Don celebrate love’s healing power and address the universal threat of climate change with debut album ‘Soar’ By Bliss Bowen It’s been almost 20 years since Joselyn Wilkinson and Don Barrozo met and bonded at a jam in Venice. During that time they married, raised a family, and supported each other’s creative projects. Wilkinson, a music educator and musician who founded the celebratory female-vocal-and-drum ensemble ADAAWE, played percussion on Barrozo’s trumpet-driven 2005 album “Blue Talk”; Barrozo, a longtime editor for “The Simpsons,” produced and created horn arrangements for Wilkinson’s 2010 solo album “Chance for Rain.”...

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Modern California Steakhouse Bull & Butterfly Opens in Playa Vista

From the owners of Lemonade comes a meaty new, al fresco experience By Shanee Edwards After many hungry months of waiting, amidst the dust of the remodel of the mixed-use retail and residential mall called Runway in Playa Vista, Bull & Butterfly is finally open, serving dinner under string-light adorned gazebos on two patios. Brought to you by restauranteurs Alan and Heidi Jackson, creators of the fast-casual, comfort food-rich Lemonade restaurants, with Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin (Otium) leading the kitchen, this California steakhouse has a modern, coastal vibe that’s sure to impress Silicon Beach’s tech-heads. In the wake of...

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