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  • One of the best fall foliage spots to see autumn

    Best Fall Foliage Spots: Discovering Southern California's Autumnal Beauty

    Chanin Victor, Travel and Lifestyle Editor|Oct 18, 2023

    As the warm embrace of summer transforms into the crisp chill of fall, nature unveils its vibrant masterpiece: the spectacular display of autumn foliage. The transition from green to fiery reds, oranges, and yellows paints landscapes in an exquisite palette, enticing travelers to embark on a leaf-peeping adventure. If you're based in Southern California or seeking a nearby autumn escape, fret not, for the West Coast, too, boasts breathtaking spots for witnessing fall foliage. We'll also...

  • Over 80 Westside Ballet Pre-professional Dancers Share the Stage with Professional Alumni Memorial Weekend

    Jill Homes, Observer Staff Writer|May 24, 2023

    The cast of over 80 student dancers-including over 40 Santa Monica and Culver City residents and students-are preparing to perform in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's "Masters of Movement: Ballet through the Centuries," returning for the ninth year at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. On Friday, May 26, the five-decades-strong nonprofit performance company will host its annual Soirée special event, including cocktails, appetizers, awards, and...

  • Westside Ballet Santa Monica Dancers Perform in Nutcracker Nov. 26-Dec. 4

    Jewels Solheim Roe, Westside Ballet|Nov 26, 2022

    The longest-running NUTCRACKER production in SoCal returns Thanksgiving weekend to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The cast of over 80 student dancers include 34 Santa Monica residents and students who will grace the stage in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's annual Holiday production, returning for the ninth year at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center. This will be the nonprofit performance company's 49th Season. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The...

  • "The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King". Queen Elizabeth Is Dead, as Family Surrounds Round Her at Balmoral Castle

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 9, 2022

    9.8.22 Queen Elizabeth II, whose seven decades on the throne of the United Kingdom was a longer reign than any other British monarch, has died at the age of 96. The queen "died peacefully" on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands, royal family officials announced. She died with her entire family gathered around her. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and of 14 other sovereign countries...

  • Russia Denies Deal to Trade Notorious Arms Dealer for WNBA Allstar Brittney Griner, Businessman Paul Whelan

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 31, 2022

    Update, July 28 2022: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “there are no agreements” on a U.S. request to release WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan from Russian custody. Peskov told reporters that Moscow was aware of media reports of a U.S. proposal for the release of Griner and Whelan. “Since there are no agreements that have been finalized now, I have nothing more to add,” Peskov said. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he will discuss the U.S. p...

  • Violinist Geneva Lewis to perform with Pianist Marisa Gupta. Part of the Recital Series at Pepperdine University

    Tyler Flynn, Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine|ERROR

    Violinist Geneva Lewis, accompanied by pianist Marisa Gupta, comes to Pepperdine University's Raitt Recital Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2021 as the first performer of the Recital Series for the 2021–2022 season. Lewis' program, entitled Joachim & Friends, includes Robert Schuman's Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105, Clara Schumann's Three Romances, Op. 22, Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, Joseph Joachim's Romance in B-flat Major, Op....

  • The Resilience of Westside Ballet / the arts in our backyard: Ballet Persists in Dancing Forward

    Jewels Solheim Roe, Observer Staff Writer|May 17, 2021

    Westside Ballet of Santa Monica announces plans to "dance forward" with an intimate new workshop performance slated for May 15 & 16. This private offering for friends and family of the local pre-professional performers will serve as a final bow for seniors moving on to collegiate and professional careers. The performance will be held-adhering to all COVID protocols-in its newly enhanced black box, 'Theater Studio Six,' at Southern California's most well-known and celebrated ballet school,...

  • Identity of Royal Family Member Who Allegedly Made "Racist" Remarks About the Sussex Children Revealed?

    Polly Hansen, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2021
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    Since the broadcast of the Oprah interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, speculations have abounded as to the identity of the senior royal family member who allegedly had expressed concerns about the skin color of Queen Elizabeth's multiracial great-grandchildren. The answer to the heavy question discussed around the globe might have been finally revealed by Lady Colin Campbell. Also known as Lady C, she is a British socialite and television and radio personality who has published four bo...

  • History's Most Famous Cats Include Morris the Cat, Unsinkable Sam, And Viking Cats who Discovered the World

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 11, 2021

    Cats have shared campfires with humans for the last 10,000 years. At one time it was thought that ancient Egyptian priests domesticated the house cat from African wildcats. But when archaeologists discovered an 8500 year old grave on Cyprus containing a young girl and her cat, they knew the relationship went back much longer than the pyramids. It is also believed that cats decided to move in with us. They "self-domesticated," the only animal ever to do so on a large scale. In between the Roman...

  • Jet Set Rent Hotel Rooms in Santa Monica That Used to be Rent Controlled Apartments. Waiting Out Covid-19 in Style

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 13, 2021

    What do you do if you're say, Saudi Royal Family and you get stuck in LA's Covid Lockdowns? You check into the Oceana Hotel is on Ocean Avenue just south of Montana Ave, and stay for a couple months. A repurposed apartment building, Oceana Hotel has rooms that start at $1000 a night, and go up to a modest $4000 a night. It is about half occupied longer term, with the very wealthy. Many of them unable to travel due to Coronavirus. And now it is under new management. "LXR Hotels & Resorts, Hil...

  • Los Angeles DA-elect George Gascón meets with Black Lives Matter and other Criminal Procedure News Stories

    LA Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Nov 21, 2020

    In an appearance on FoxNews, newly elected George Gascón laid out initiatives for his first term as Los Angeles County District Attorney Los Angeles District Attorney-elect George Gascón outlined the initiatives for his upcoming term including stopping the practice of trying minors as adults and ending the use of the death penalty. After serving eight years as district attorney for San Francisco, Gascón was elected as the new Los Angeles County district attorney, replacing Jackie Lacey who...

  • #Wayfair: Twitter Lights Up With Retailer's Alleged Ties to Missing and Exploited Children

    Kristin Peach, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 16, 2020

    7/12: Social media is rife with allegations that retailer Wayfair is selling missing and exploited children under the guise of expensive furniture. #Wayfair and variations have been trending on Twitter all weekend. For example, Wayfair.com.uk lists a two piece Cactus set for $99,999. The theory is that selling 2 small pieces of cheap art for so much money, is intended to mask the sale of missing and exploited children. The essence of the conspiracy theory is that furniture couldn't possibly...

  • Westside Ballet: Even With Social Distancing, the Show Must Go On

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|May 27, 2020

    It's 2020, and all sorts of arts and educational programs are looking for ways to continue teaching, in a time of social distancing. Santa Monica's Westside Ballet has some brave and innovative continuation plans, in the face of Covid19. "We were to have a benefit performance honoring Patricia Neary 5/15, and then 5/16, our Spring Performance, two show times, at The Broad Stage," explains Jewels Solheim-Roe, press coordinator for WB. "Up until last week, Westside Ballet was still hoping for a de...

  • The Conscious Life Expo near LAX, Soundwaves at SMPL in Downtown SM

    Observer Staff|ERROR

    blackbox @ the edye: Joshua White Friday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.: Broad Stage (photo) For the last several years, Joshua White has been in demand as one of Southern California's most creative and technically accomplished pianists. Formed in January 2014, the Joshua White Quartet is a bi-coastal group focused on interpreting original compositions, as well as exploring the boundaries of collective improvisation. The JWQ features David Binney (Alto Sax) Harish Raghavan, Hamilton Price (bass) Damion...

  • Duty Free - Harry and Meghan Determined To Make A Royal Mint- A PR Disaster Bigger Than Prince Andrew's TV Appearance.

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 12, 2020

    Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle - The Duchess of Sussex, announced yesterday they are taking their own path, a road less travelled by a leading Royal since Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, and look how that turned out! The news has left a country and the world's leading monarchy in shock. Or has it? Was this the long term goal? Will the outcome be the one the ‘Royal’ pair seek out? In their statement which read, 'After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we...

  • Thirty Meter Telescope: Mauna Kea Protest is Not a Culture War

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 7, 2019

    The protesters blocking the access road for construction of a new Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii are only the latest in a long line of protests regarding the dormant volcano. All of these protests have had ample cause for frustration and anger. The volcano, designated a conservation district in 1964, has been exploited since that time with unpermitted construction, toxic waste, spilled sewage, and uncollected trash - all under the eyes of Hawaii's...

  • Murderer in a glass case: Controversy in Thailand Over Museum Displaying Corpse of Executed Man

    Christoph Sator, DPA|Jun 7, 2019

    Bangkok (dpa) - Every child in Thailand knows the name Si Quey. A bad man from China, allegedly a serial killer, even a cannibal. "Do not go outside when it is dark. Otherwise, Si Quey will get you," parents here have warned their children for generations. That is, with all due respect, complete nonsense of course. The man has been dead for nearly 60 years, executed on September 17, 1959, by a firing squad. His body, embalmed with paraffin, is kept in a tightly sealed glass box in Bangkok's...

  • Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, Absent from State Banquet to Honor President Trump

    Bill Smith, DPA Wire Service|Jun 5, 2019

    London (dpa) - US President Donald Trump and his family enjoyed a royal banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at London's Buckingham Palace late Monday, ahead of large protests against his three-day visit expected on Tuesday. "The Queen and the entire royal family have been fantastic," Trump tweeted after meeting the British monarch and most senior royals during a formal welcome ceremony and a private lunch at the palace earlier in the day. Prince Charles, the Queen's eldest son and heir to the t...

  • Trump Meets British PM Theresa May; President Upbeat on Brexit, US-UK Trade Deal

    Bill Smith, DPA Wire Service|Jun 5, 2019

    London (dpa) - President Donald Trump promised Britain a "phenomenal" trade deal with the United States once it leaves the European Union, praising Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit talks. "Our nations have more than 1 trillion dollars invested in each other's economies," Trump told reporters after talks with May on the second day of his three-day state visit to Britain. "As the UK makes preparations to exit the EU, the US is committed to a phenomenal trade deal between the US and...

  • President Trump, Melania to meet the Queen, Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May

    Jun 3, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - US President Donald Trump will begin the first day of his three-day visit to Britain on Monday by meeting with the royal family and lunching with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The visit, planned months ago to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, comes as Britain remains in the throws of the Brexit process and British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to resign her position on Friday. Even before arriving, Trump had already waded into the...

  • How Game of Thrones Affects Brexit and the Open Border of Northern Ireland

    Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times|May 29, 2019

    (tca/dpa) - The Europa Hotel was once known as the most bombed hotel in Europe, but on a Friday morning in April, it's bustling with tourists and weekenders enjoying a hearty breakfast buffet. Almost no one recognizes Conleth Hill, the actor who plays Varys, the bald eunuch and royal adviser whose cunning enabled him to survive nearly eight seasons on one of TV's bloodiest shows, "Game of Thrones," without ever lifting a sword. The anonymity (aided by the reappearance of his thick, silver hair)...

  • Spanish King Juan Carlos Withdraws From Public Life Five Years After His Retirement

    DPA-News|May 29, 2019

    Madrid (dpa) - Spain's former king Juan Carlos has announced that he will be withdrawing from public life this coming Sunday, five years after his retirement. In a letter to his son, King Felipe VI, that was published by the Spanish royal family on Monday, the 81-year-old former monarch says that from June 2 he will no longer be available for representative duties. "I think the time has come to open a new page in my life and withdraw completely from public life," the former king wrote, adding...

  • #PrinceHarry & #MeghanMarkle: It's A Boy! Royal Baby Here Already

    Christine Peake, Observer Staff Writer|May 4, 2019

    As a British ex-pat I am going to go all out here and place my bet, faith, journalistic research and good ole British sources and wager that HRH Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have already welcomed a beautiful son. There it is, I said it. And here is why. Firstly, let us look at the dates leading up to this much anticipated arrival. Markle's engagement to Prince Harry was announced on November 27, 2017, by Clarence House and Kensington Palace. Markle announced that she would retire...

  • Westside Ballet of Santa Monica Celebrates 46th Annual Performance of Nutcracker

    Livia Squires, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 6, 2018

    Santa Monica (10/22/18) – Westside Ballet of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra, announced its 46th season of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. After selling out five years running, the company returns to the Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center to present eight beautifully imagined ballet productions scheduled from November 24 – December 2. Among the few Nutcracker ballets performed with a live orchestra, Westside's production provides a...

  • Twas the Last Weeks of Shopping: A Holiday Gift Guide For World Domination... Part Two

    Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny|Dec 23, 2017

    By Kat Thomas 'Twas the last weeks of shopping and all through the land, There were people purchasing for friends, family, and their assistants de right-hand. So we made a list of some of Edible Skinny's favorites for under the tree! They're presents perfect; much more practical than that proverbially requested pony. ;-) For Anyone Wanting to Shine Just a Bit Brighter SAND & SKY – Purifying Pink Clay Mask Give your skin a winter holiday with Australian skincare SAND & SKY. Created...

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