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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Lust for So-Cal With Teens In Trouble's Debut Single, "Santa Monica"

Premiere: Lust for So-Cal With Teens In Trouble's Debut Single, "Santa Monica"

When you type "Teens in Trouble" into Google, make sure you also write "band;" otherwise, you'll get a lot of Dr. Phil and WebMD search results about how to deal with troubled teens. As the name suggests, Teens In…
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News, Sucka Free City

Parking on the Head of a Pin: An App That Miraculously Finds a Spot

Evidently, rideshare start-ups — or "Transportation Network Companies" per the new patois — aren't the only businesses to benefit from an impending BART strike. A Santa Monica parking directory service picked this moment in commuter hell to launch its new…
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Calendar, Night&Day Be Frank Morris

Be Frank Morris

Popular culture would have you believe that swimming from Alcatraz is a hypothermic journey from which you’re lucky to escape. But the reality is ... exactly that. (As a city, we’re obligated to view Alcatraz swims as one of the…
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News, The Snitch Circumcision Ban Didn't Make the Cut in Santa Monica

Circumcision Ban Didn't Make the Cut in Santa Monica

So it is only in San Francisco that a ban on circumcising would make it to the ballot. Efforts to replicate the city's outlandish proposal in Santa Monica are no more. Jena Troutman, a self-described child advocate, has been leading…
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Dining, Eat Cafe des Amis reinvents some French culinary classics

Cafe des Amis reinvents some French culinary classics

If you Googled "French food" and got one of those Wikipedia stubs listing the Twenty Classic French Dishes, it would look something like the menu at Cafe des Amis. Everything from some Reader's Digest version of the Larousse Gastronomique is…
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Film, Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

A glint in his eye and a grin on his lips, artist Don Bachardy looks into the camera and explains the dynamic of his three-decade relationship with the late literary icon Christopher Isherwood as if it were a fairy tale.…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Chris & Don: A Love Story</i>

Chris & Don: A Love Story

Tina Mascara and Guido Santi’s Chris & Don: A Love Story is a charming, illuminating portrait of the complex and storied queer romance—one lasting three decades—between literary icon Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy, who met on a Santa Monica…
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Music, OK Then

All Together Now

I first met Devendra Banhart in December 2002. He was 21 years old, and he had just released his introductory record, Oh Me Oh My ... the Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs…
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Dining, Eat The Bland Leading the Bland

The Bland Leading the Bland

When a friend is the first to tell me about a new restaurant that hasn't yet appeared on my radar, I reply, automatically, "Would you like to go there with me?," and his answer in the affirmative is usually just…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Santa Monica to SFW: Garrote Garrett Look, he already works for a "shotty" tabloid: I am writing in response to the article (or should I say "critique") by Garrett Kamps regarding the Moonwalk for Earth event .…
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News, South to the Future

South to the Future

April 5, 2000 SANTA MONICA -- While some gay activists are protesting the recent passage of an anti-gay marriage initiative in California, a feminist group has launched a movement questioning the institution of marriage, gay or otherwise. The group, which…
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Riff Raff

Welcome to the Majors On Saturday, Dec. 6, Creeper Lagoon drummer Patrick Mangan took a day off from recording songs for a new album at Sony Studios in Santa Monica to headline a show at the Bottom of the Hill…
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