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‘White Marriage’ Calls for a Divorce


A review of "White Marriage" on stage at the Odyssey Theatre. The French call it a mariage blanc, which translates to “white marriage,” although “blank marriage” would be equally appropriate. It’s an expression that refers to unconsummated nuptials. As the title of a play by noted Polish playwright and poet Tadeusz Różewicz, however, it takes on the unintended meaning of a play with unconsummated

Today is our chance to make a difference in Culver City.

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The Culver City community is invited to the Farragut Elementary campus on Saturday, from 11 until 4, for Artworks! for Kids, a fun, free celebration of arts education in our schools. Families will enjoy performances, workshops and art happenings throughout the day. Groups from schools throughout Culver City will take the stage. Performances range from Taiko Drumming to Flamenco Dancing to the Culver City Middle School Improv Troupe. Kids can take part in

Coffee’s Cloud Nine at the Bar Nine Collective


An introduction to Culver City's newest coffee wonderland, Bar Nine Collective. Here’s a riddle for you: When is coffee like wine? Before I offer you the answer, take a moment to consider what kind of coffee drinker you are. Are you:read

Flyin’ West, Soarin' Low


A review of Flyin' West, on stage at the International City Theatre in Long Beach until April 6, 2014. On the heels of the toe-tapping Cole Porter musical Let’s Misbehave, the International City Theatre’s season of “uniquely American stories” continues with the way-back machine set to the unsteady period after the Civil War in Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West. As the Author’s Notes helpfully inform us, tens of thousands of African-Americans left the South to escape racist violence and establish all-black settlements where they could live and work towards achieving their own dreams. It’s not a well-known chapter of American history, which makes it all the more important a story to

Three Student Films Debut Tonight at Sony


Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Art’s Young Filmmakers will premiere three new films, “Flux,” “Artificial Silence” and “House of Eve” this evening, beginning with a reception at 6:30 at Sony Pictures Studios. The invitation-only event is at

Walk Me Home, Run to the Theatre


Review of Walk Me Home, on stage at Santa Monica's Promenade Playhouse until March 16th.In anticipation of Theatre by the Blind’s Walk Me Home, I was cautioned (twice!) to be gentle and keep in mind that this is not a professional acting troupe. Setting aside the implication, intentional or otherwise, that I might be an unusually tough critic, the warnings were unnecessary. Professionalism isn’t an indispensable hallmark of good theatre, rendering moot the

Will the Culver Studios Be Transformed into Condos?

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In 1919, Harry Culver convinced Thomas Ince to return to Culver City. He wanted Mr. Ince to build his own studio a few hundred yards east of the studio that he previously had owned with D.W. Griffith and Mack Sennett, later Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. When Mr. Ince built his second studio, the first building to go up was the front office building known as The Mansion, it was designed as a replica of George Washington's home at Mt. Vernon. However

How I Met Le Grande Charles

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Going through a stack of old photographs yesterday, I found pictures from the initial filming of the first Screen Actors' Guild Legacy Program back in December, 1979. I was appointed associate producer by actor-attorney John Kerr. The goal was to

Put Your Best (Bare)foot Forward

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An interview with Steven Sashen of Xero Shoes.Walk into almost any practical shoe store, or pick up a catalog like Footsmart, and the number of shoes that purport to align, realign, support, strengthen, and otherwise correct will knock you off your feet. (Note: All puns intended, without apologies.) What if instead of helping our feet they are actually

Six AVPA Stars to Enjoy a Harmonious Weekend

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Six Culver City High School music students from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts are spending this weekend at Cal State Los Angeles, working with the High School First Chair Honor Band and Section Leader Honor

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