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  • Theatricum Botanicum 2024 summer season will pack a lighthearted punch

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    We all need a laugh these days, and audiences will find more than one at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in 2024 - along with a welcome respite from city life at the company's spectacular, one-of-a-kind outdoor venue in Topanga. Get ready for a summer-long season of romance, comedy, music and a sprinkle of fairy dust, all presented with a sideways wink at current events. Magic will abound as the wooded Theatricum stage transforms alternately into the captivating countryside of Bohemia (The...

  • Curated Evenings of Poetry and Music Continue Winter Programming CAP UCLA's Nimoy Theater

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    UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents singer-songwriter India Carney who curates and performs in a two-night celebration of music titled Riding the Rollercoaster: An Artist's Life in Los Angeles at The Nimoy on Thursday, February 15 and Friday, February 16 at 8 pm. Then, Grammy-winning spoken word artist J. Ivy returns to host the continuation of the Poetry Uncut Series: Part III at The Nimoy featuring performances from Def Sound and Sunni Patterson on Saturday, February...

  • The Truth that is Hidden by Anti-Police Activists Regarding Pretext Stops

    Tina Grossman and Arthur Jeon|Jan 15, 2024

    Arthur Jeon writes: This is the truth being obfuscated by anti-police activists (a tiny but vocal minority): 2438 people were arrested in Santa Monica last year. 180 of those 2400 had Santa Monica addresses (many repeat offenders using SAMOSHEL as an address). This means that approximately 92% of arrestees were NOT FROM SANTA MONICA. So comparing racial identities with Santa Monica residents is intellectually dishonest at best, or a lying manipulation by defund activists at worst. Regardless of...

  • Why the Public Works Dept Flushes Out Fire Hydrants, Leaving Water in Santa Monica Streets

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 15, 2024

    Have you ever noticed the men in blue with yellow vests, opening fire hydrants, so that perfectly good water flows into the Santa Monica streets? Well, we were curious, and there is in fact, a good reason. So we asked one of the workmen. “We test the valves every three months by opening them, and allowing water in the system to flow out,” John Ramirez of Santa Monica Public Works explains. "The valves are 100 years old in Santa Monica, and it’s essential that we know before the fire depart...

  • Roosevelt 5th Grader Runs a Yearly Craft Fair, Raises Funds For Westside Food Bank and a Local Animal Rescue Group

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 15, 2023

    Jack Baker, 11, helps provide 20,000 meals for the less fortunate. The Craft Fair has grown and he wants to include anyone who'd like to participate. So that more kids will know that they can make a difference, explains his mom. "We have a current 5th grade student who just raised 6000 for the Westside Food Bank," explains Jen Goldman, teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School. "He runs a yearly craft fair that he works on year round. I thought it might be a story you'd like to run for the...

  • Teacher Attacked by 270 Pound "Boy" Last Summer Wants Brendan Depa to Incur the Maximum Sentence

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Nov 22, 2023

    The Florida teacher who was beaten unconscious by a 270 pound teen reportedly wants "no mercy" for her attacker. She says she has been living off donations. The victim, Joan Naydich, says her whole life has been turned upside down and she wants the maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars for her attacker Brendan Depa. Brendan Depa viciously beat Noan Naydich in 2023 after she took away his Nintendo. Brendan Depa faces up to 30 years in prison for the brutal beating. His sentence will be...

  • Whether it's Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Eat.Drink.Sleep Has Great Holiday Travel Destinations.

    Chanin Victor, Travel and Lifestyle Editor|Nov 17, 2023

    As the holiday season approaches, Southern California's premier boutique hospitality company, Eat.Drink.Sleep is making waves with its biggest sale of the year. Picture this: 25% off room rates at all five of its exquisite hotels, including renowned gems like Tower 23 and the Bellanca Hotel. While there, dine at Catalina Island's charming and scenic Naughty Fox restaurant. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the doors to a year-long adventure swing open, offering travelers an unprecedented...

  • The Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular Gala 2023

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 31, 2023

    On Saturday evening September 30, 2023 the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention held its 18th year invitation –only gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Lala Kent, wildly popular media personality, hosted the event with a fabulous musical performance by American Idol Singer Pia Toscano. The Spirit of Sobriety Award was presented to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Flavor Flav, American Rapper and founder of the rap group Public Enemy. There...

  • Shooter Who Killed 18 at a Bar and Bowling Alley, Found Dead at Recycling Center Where He Worked

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 28, 2023

    Like the coward he was, Robert Card took the easy way out: He shot himself. Multiple let law enforcement sources told ABC News and other main stream media that they had found Card, 40, after an extensive manhunt. Robert Card, 40, had been the subject of a 6 day manhunt after shooting and killing 18 and wounding 13 Wednesday 10/25. Card had spent two weeks this summer in a mental institution after threatening to shoot up a National Guard base where he had worked as a firearms instructor. His...

  • In Maine, 18 confirmed Dead, 50 Injured After Active Shooter Robert Card Strikes Multiple Locations

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 26, 2023

    Update 713 am PST 10.26: The massive search for 40-year-old Robert R. Card II of Bowdoin involves more than 350 police and continues into Thursday afternoon, after he was named the lone suspect in mass shootings in Lewiston that killed 18 people and injured 13 more.—Bangor Daily News 13 people have now been confirmed to be injured with 18 confirmed dead. Numbers are likely to rise as the suspect is still at large. The suspect, Robert Card, had been a National Guard gun instructor. This before...

  • 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...

  • Los Angeles Metro Transit is a Public Hazard

    John Alle, Santa Monica Coalition|Oct 12, 2023

    John Alle of the Santa Monica Coalition investigated the LA Metro Exposition line at night over summer of 2022. Hear and see what he experienced....

  • How Dangerous is Covid Now? Los Angeles County Health Department Claims They Don't Know

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Sep 21, 2023

    September 6, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Health Department claims they have no idea how deadly Covid-19 is any more. "We are unable to calculate the case fatality rate for COVID-19 using our disease surveillance data because many cases are not reported to Public Health," they wrote in response to a media query. Health officials say that, because of home testing kits, they have no idea how many people actually have had Covid and therefore do not have an accurate denominator to use in order to...

  • Crime Wave Hits Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

    Houman Hemmati, Santa Monica Resident|Sep 18, 2023

    Dear Mayor Davis & Honorable members of the Santa Monica City Council, I hope you're having a pleasant Labor Day Weekend. In case you're unaware, I wanted to inform you of a major crime wave that's hit Montana Avenue businesses in Santa Monica this weekend. Last night, several businesses, including the restaurants Margot's and Bardonna and a Pinkberry franchise were broken into, vandalized and looted. And today, at least one other occurrence happened when a woman (shown in the photos below)...

  • Does the Los Angeles County Public Health Department Still Have Any Credibility?

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Health Department is telling us they "have been seeing a gradual and consistent rise in COVID-19 transmission" over the past few weeks. This alleged information, unsupported by any reliable data, is accompanied by various recommendations, including a plug for the latest iteration of the Covid vaccine. After three-and-a-half years of recommendations from the health department, headed by a non-doctor, non-epidemiologist - none of which stemmed or in any...

  • "Sandra, something happens to you that's completely different when you have a brush in your hand."

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 13, 2023

    September 7, 2023 - Artist Sandra Frankel looks at California, and paints it, in her own, unique way, with bold colors and passionate brushstrokes. Raised in what she describes as a "rundown beach house" in Malibu, she believes art was something intrinsic to her soul. By age three, she'd already declared she would become an artist. Today, Frankel has an intaglio print, "Players in the Game," in the permanent collection of the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Other paintings of hers hang in...

  • Gascon Lets Off "Sniffer" From Having to Register as Sex Offender; Cancer-Patient Wig Store Robbed; CA Prison Data Does Not Support Effectiveness of Shortened Prison Sentences and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

    Association of Deputy District Attorneys|Sep 4, 2023

    California Barnes & Noble 'sniffer' won't be charged for failure to register as sex offender after arrest: DA A Los Angeles man who was released from jail again despite a history of sex crimes and other offenses will not face failure to register as a sex offender charges, according to the district attorney's office. Calese Carron Crowder, 37, was arrested on Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender and was released on Friday. Earlier this week, he pleaded no contest to peeping and...

  • 'Sutton's Dollhouse" make a splash in Beverly Hills

    Preity Upala, Special to the Observer|Aug 23, 2023

    West Hollywood, CA August 10, 2023 -  Tinseltown was at it again as the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH) star Sutton Stracke hosted an exclusive invite only in-person event at her West Hollywood boutique, SUTTON. Fittingly titled "Sutton's Dollhouse", in honor of the new Barbie movie out in theatres. Stracke held the event to showcase her new line to members of the media and clients alike. In edition to the Dollhouse collection, SUTTON also debuted its partnership with KimChi Chic Beau...

  • Tear Up The Tracks: Santa Monica's Crime Train

    Jon Berg, Special to the Observer|Aug 20, 2023
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    For quite some time---maybe, even, years---I've been working out in my head a piece dealing with a curse that arrived in Santa Monica at 9:49 AM on May 20, 2016. At that moment---cheered on by people who had had a hand in its gestation and birth, including (now convicted felon) Mark Ridley-Thomas, the now conveniently exiled hapless Eric Garcetti, and last but not least, the now blessedly-disappeared Pam O'Connor, Sheila Kuehl, and Kevin McKeown---the first train from downtown L.A. pulled into t...

  • Postmaster Louis de Joy's Policies Have Been a Disaster for the US Post Office. It's Time to Remove Him From Office

    Chuck Levin, Lifelong postal patron|Aug 14, 2023
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    Under the current postmaster general the cost of stamps keeps going up, service keeps going down, the post office is drowning. Louis de Joy has, in 4 years, never missed an opportunity to perpetrate the dismantling of the United States Postal Service. Meanwhile, the critical federal government battle to contain inflation can not count on postmaster general de Joy's help in this national initiative to avoid recession. The soaring cost of living is not imagined, prices for everything from gas to...

  • Full Circle: From Ballet to Marketing and Back

    Jill Homes|Aug 14, 2023

    Perris McCracken has always loved dancing. She started her training at a young age, studying ballet, jazz, African, modern, and tap at various schools in Los Angeles. She performed with renowned companies and artists, such as Debbie Allen, City Ballet of Los Angeles, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. She earned a degree in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University and worked as a dance instructor for many years. But life took her on a different path. She explored other careers, such as marketi...

  • Rabid Bats More Common During Summer and Fall

    Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health|Aug 3, 2023

    July 25, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) advises the public to never touch a bat with bare hands, and to report injured, sick, or dead bats. Summer and early-fall months are when rabid bats are most often found in Los Angeles County, especially during July, August, and September. Healthy bats, which are good for the environment, typically hide and sleep during the day and emerge at dusk to fly and eat insects. Only about 1% of bats in nature have...

  • Crimean Bridge Again Attacked and Disrupted, As Kharkiv Comes Under Assault

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 17, 2023

    There are reports Sunday evening (Monday morning in Ukraine), that the Kerch bridge connecting Crimea so Southern Russia has once again been attacked by Ukrainian missiles. "One span of the #Kerch #Bridge collapsed, another one came off its support. Bridge support damaged," read one such report. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian deputy defense minister said that East of Kharkiv, the "situation is difficult," with positions changing hands several times in one day. The news comes amidst a Ukrainian summer...

  • Motorists Avoid Fireworks at the Pump This July 4, Save $500 Million Daily Compared to a Year Ago

    Gas Buddy|Jul 1, 2023

    (June 27, DALLAS) – Good news for summer road trippers: the fireworks displays will be back this year, but the fireworks at the pump are behind us. Independence Day weekend this year will be much more affordable when it comes to fueling up, according to GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform saving North American drivers the most money on fuel. Gas prices this July 4 are projected to be over $1.30 per gallon less than they were in 2022, with the national average estimated to be $3.49 on...

  • Seals, Sea Lions Suffering From Toxic Algae Bloom and Domoic Acid

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2023

    Algae blooms are at a record high this year, and they are causing a record high number of dead and dying aquatic mammals on California beaches. Experts are not sure why the bloom is thicker than it has been in fifty years; this years heavy rain and runoff of fertilizer is a good guess. But they are sure that 100's of marine mammals are beaching themselves. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases marine mammals once they are ready. Marine Mammal Care Center CEO John...

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