Happy birthday, Marion Davies Singer Janet Klein cut a rug 1920s-and-‘30s-style at the Annenberg Community Beach House last Sunday as costumed Santa Monica Conservatory docents celebrated what would have been the 118th birthday of silent film and talkie star Marion Davies, the house’s former owner. Davies starred alongside Clark Gable in 1936’s “Cain and Mabel,” paired up with Bing Crosby in 1936’s “Going Hollywood” and played the lead in the 1928 King Vidor romantic comedy “Show People,” which docents screened during the party. She was also famous for being the mistress of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who backed...Read More
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Cantalini’s celebrates 15 years Cantalini’s Salerno Beach owner Lisa Schwab celebrated 15 years of classic Italian dining in Playa del Rey on Sunday with a community party featuring a free buffet feast that included baked ziti, pesto-filled pasta, zesty sausage and red wine. A trio led by Ian Whitcomb (who had a Top 10 hit during the British Invasion with “You Turn Me On” and frequently performs at Salerno Beach) played numbers such as “Alley Cat,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and, of course, “That’s Amore” for a packed house. Longtime Salerno Beach regular Marvin Graham recalled how...Read More
Mo Krant just couldn’t resist. In keeping with his Monday night ritual of dressing in costume and handing out prizes to football fans, the hands-on proprietor of Mo’s Place at the Beach in Playa del Rey jumped on the media bandwagon surrounding “The Interview” to do his own sendup of North Korean dictator turned Seth Rogen punchline Kim Jong Un on Dec. 22. As Supreme Leader of the Democratic Republic of 203 Culver Blvd., Kim Jong-Mo (pictured with comrade Alton, left) decreed a good time for...Read More
Student dancers make the grade Fifth-graders from Santa Monica – Malibu School District elementary schools danced the tango, merengue, fox trot, salsa and swing during the inaugural Ballroom Madness Competition last Friday at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall. Students at each of the district’s elementary campuses studied dance for 10 weeks, the classes funded by the Los Angeles County Arts for All and the Santa Monica – Malibu Education Foundation. The top five boys and five girls from each school entered the competition. First place went to Franklin Elementary School, second place to Edison Language Academy and...Read More
Hollywood renaissance man James Franco teamed up with local artists this weekend to paint a mural on the side of an apartment building at 19th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk on Venice Beach. Franco designed the mural based on cast portraits he created during production of the upcoming action/comedy “The Interview” (about TV reporters sent to assassinate North Korea’s dictator), ICU Arts founder and director Stash Maleski said. ICU (short for In Creative Unity) formerly managed the Venice Beach graffiti walls. ICU artists did background work for the new mural in advance and assisted Franco with painting the faces...Read More
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