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Massage Parlor Reopens in Santa Monica, But This time The Action is on the Street For All to See

Who are those masked men and women massaging backs and feet on Wilshire Blvd? We sent our most senior photographer to find out. After a 6 month closure mandated by Governor Newsom because of Covid...

 

Life in Santa Monica Returns to Normal, Sort Of, as Coronavirus Pandemic Rules Ease a Little

Most Santa Monica residents are trying to obey Gov. Newson suggestions about interacting with people, wearing masks and flattening the curve, during this pandemic crisis. One of his dictums was that...

 

Rip City Suddenly Has a Near Monopoly on Skateboard Stores in Santa Monica

Jim McDowell and William Poncher were very serious when they opened RIP CITY - a skateboard shop at 2709 Santa Monica Blvd on April 1, 1978--April Fools Day . They were semi retired , and had come to...

 

Life at Costco has Changed. Not entirely for the good.

Life has changed. Usually Sunday a parking space at Costco was golden- you had to walk to one edge of the lot to find one, but not any more. I found one in aisle A Getting into the building before...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    News    August 15, 2020

Santa Monica Pier Reopened, Partially. What Does That Mean? We Sent Our Most Senior Photographer to Investigate

The Santa Monica Pier is opened- sort of. The usual entrance is off Ocean Ave and Colorado, on a steep incline. This has been closed and pedestrians are directed to Seaside, several blocks south. A...

 

Cycle Bar Moves Exercise Machines and Social Distances to Keep Clients Coming During Covid

Cycle Bar in Culver City has taken extreme measures to continue classes during the most recent County of Los Angeles health closures. Steph Sklar-Mulcahy told Inside Edition that moving outside is...

 

Virginia Tokunaga's 90th Birthday Party at Silvercrest Underlines Stop Senior Scams

A party with her friends from the community and fellow residents at Silvercrest Senior Apartments was planned but it did not happen. Instead there was a birthday parade to celebrate Virginia Tokunaga...

 

Local Man Celebrates his 100th Birthday With Drive-by Neighborhood Block Party

Sam Marquez turned 100 on Tuesday, and his family, friends and neighbors didn't want to let a little thing like Covid-19 get in the way of a celebration. So they threw him a drive-by 100th birthday...

 

Topping Off Ceremony on Discovery Building at Santa Monica High School

1/30: Would that I could aligned the world and its intricacies similar to the delightful "Steeling Topping Out" ceremony, - given by the McCarthy Building Companies Inc. on the grounds of Santa...

 

Story Corps Oral History Project Records on SM's Promenade

Slightly south of Wilshire Blvd on the Third Street Promenade sits a big silver van, with Story Corps scrawled in flowing red letters. A red metal desk sits near by. When I arrived yesterday Mia...

 

Chabad of Simcha Monica conducts Sukkos Festival on 12th Street Thursday

Chabad in Simcha Monica is located on 17th Street. It held its annual Sukkot Extravaganza Block party, closing the street at Broadway and 12th Street Thursday afternoon. Chabad invited the entire...

 

Seafood Centric Restaurant Bottlefish Uncorks Your Fishiest Fish Wish List

Three years ago Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax opened Bottlefish, a seafood-centric restaurant. They had been successful for 25 years owning a California Pizza Kitchen (the one across the plaza) and...

 

Friends and Family Gather Under Santa Monica Pier to Remember 34 Divers

Friends and loved ones gathered in front of the Santa Monica Pier aquarium on Thursday, for a memorial to those killed in the boat fire on September 2nd. Two of the 34 divers killed in the Labor Day...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    July 29, 2019

Lou D'Elia artist at California Heritage Museum- exhibit extended to Aug 28

Lou D'Elia is an assemblage artist working with found/obsolete objects to create 3 dimensional artworks. D'Elia frequently incorporates vernacular photography, artificial light and visual puns in his...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    July 29, 2019

What Drives a Salesman to Suicide Makes for Compelling Theater in "Death of a Salesman"

Deception, ambition, illusions, reality all play a part in the" Death of a Salesman" at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica . Set in New York and Boston in 1949, the action takes place in the...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    July 24, 2019

Can a Soft Hearted Waitress Find Happiness With New Jersey's Favorite Wedding Singer?

A raucously enthusiastic "The Wedding Singer," adapted from the Broadway musical and hit movie opened June 29th at the Morgan-Wixson theatre. A cast of 28 multi racial singers and dancers told the...

 

Classic Book "The Diary of Anne Frank" Retold From a Feline Perspective

In 1996 Steven Rubin had the idea for retelling this tale in another media. His friend David Miller was a knowledgable of children's literature, had a poetic nature and they worked well together. Orig...

 

Carousel of Time: LGBTQ Prom on the Pier Was A lot of Fun for all

Despite the fact that the United Methodist Church nationally is in limbo about the LGBTQ community, the Church in Ocean Park sponsored its 8th dance for this community last Saturday night. The City...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    May 27, 2019

Venice Family Clinic Conducts Annual Fundraiser at Google's Main Street HQ

5/19/2019: The Venice Family Clinic Art Walk and Auction hosted an event at Google LA on Sunday, May 19, raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the Clinic's mission to provide health care to...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Crime    May 19, 2019

Santa Monica Police Department and Fire Department Conduct Annual Memorial Service

Santa Monica's Public Safety Building was the site of a memorial service honoring fallen fire fighters and police officers. The Tuesday morning event was the 10th annual memorial service conducted by...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    News    May 10, 2019

Pilgrim Lutheran Church Celebrates 105 Years in Santa Monica

Pilgrim Lutheran Church celebrated its 105 Anniversary on May 5, 2019 with a special sermon by Rev. Dr. Micheal Gibson, the president of the Pacific SW district of Lutheran Missouri Synod. A...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    April 17, 2019

12 Angry Women Register Voters in 60 Cities, Following Dramatic Reading of Play

Last weekend, over 60 US Cities hosted readings from the play "12 Angry Men," performed "by 12 impassioned women!" Says the group's website, 12000voices.com. In 1954 Reginald Rose wrote a...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    April 17, 2019

Exploring the Jewish Musical Legacy at the Braid Theater

The Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT) Presented Bravissima! Jewish Women in Music last Sunday. The event included a Celebrated Flutist, Emmy-Winning Composer and Internationally Renowned Conductor . The...

 

So Cal Edison Science Scholarship awarded to Samohi Senior Katie Richards

3/26: At a presentation today, So Cal Edison surprised SamoHi Senior Katie Richards with a $40,000 college scholarship from Edison International to pursue STEM education. Breanna Snyder, Katie's...

 

The Curious Palate Brings Adventure and Pasta to Santa Monica Place

Carefully hidden on the third floor of Santa Monica Place Mall, beside the Arc Light theatre and across from the new Children's Museum is THE CURIOUS PALATE. An adventurous small restaurant with fine...

 

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