Articles written by Mary Leipziger

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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...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    March 25, 2019

SamoHi Senior is a Semifinalist in The Music Center's Spotlight Program

Dilay Akcora, a senior at Santa Monica High, was just announced as a Semifinalist in The Music Center's annual Spotlight program.  Spotlight is a free nationally-acclaimed scholarship and arts...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    News    March 14, 2019

United Methodist Church Divided as Church in Ocean Park Aligns with Progressives on LGBTQ rights

Rev Janet Gollery McKeithen, the minister of the Church in Ocean Park (CIOP) was ordained in the United Methodist Church 35 years ago. She is the daughter of the late United Methodist minister...

 
 By Mary Leipziger    Arts    March 14, 2019

It's a Life Explores Death: Artists and Playwrights Share their Deepest Emotions

Death is mysterious and unexplainable. Yet, throughout time, artists have strived to unravel and explain it in ways that bring comfort to the living. Five artists will share their explorations of...

 

Can a Nice Jewish Boy Find Happiness Singing at the Church In Ocean Park?

Our photographer Mary Leipziger captured teen heartthrob (well ok, not really) Ross Altman, as he performed at the Church in Ocean Park. Altman has been singing at the Church in Ocean Park the Sunday...

 

Retirement Fest For Fromin's Founder Maurice Solomon Features Well, Deli Food What Else?

I enjoyed a warm, low key party to celebrate Maurice Solomon's retirement from the deli business after 65 years. His partner and friend from his Cleveland days, Dennis Fromin ,will be the new owner...

 

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