Shriver Honored by amFAR

Tweet Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver, co-founder of the (Product) RED Campaign that has raised $57 million to combat AIDS in Africa, is one of three people who will be honored tomorrow night in New York City by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). Shriver, artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and Carine Roitfeld, editor- in-chief of French Vogue, will each receive amFAR’s Award of Courage for their “vital and distinctive contributions” to the global struggle... Read More

Obama and California – A Perfect Match

Tweet According to the Associated Press, “Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton” in the South Carolina primary Saturday. Following his impressive victory, Obama told a crowd of excited supporters, “The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or genders, It’s not about rich versus poor, young versus old and it’s not about black versus white. It’s about the past versus the future.” We were as jubilant as the people in the... Read More

Dell, Microsoft Go (RED)

Tweet DELL and Microsoft joined the (RED) roster this week, adding new products whose sales raise funds to fight AIDS in Africa. According to a report issued by the Global Fund this week, total revenue generated by the sales of (RED) partners has reached $57 million. The announcement was made by Bono, RED co-founder, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Michael Dell this week at the World Economic Forum at Davos. The unique (PRODUCT) RED branded Microsoft and Dell PC and printer powered... Read More

Whither the Weather 1/25 – 2/1

Tweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Rainy and cool Highs: 55-60; Lows: 41-51 Inland Cool with weekend rain Highs: 56-62; Lows: 34-46 Deserts Partly cloudy with a chance of rain Highs: 58-64; Lows: 40-47 And Santa Monica… It’s a rare occurrence in Santa Monica, but this Sunday, there is a 100 percent chance of rain. In our city by the sea that gets so few days of rain each year, this is a special day. Rather than moan about your wet misfortune, embrace the rain as a miracle... Read More


Tweet Don’t get thinking it’s a real country because you can get a lot of high school kids into gym suits and have them spell out “bananas” for the newsreels. – F. Scott Fitzgerald SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Bananas!", url: "" }); Read More

Once-Banned Film To Be Shown Here

Tweet “Salt of the Earth” was made in 1954 during the black list frenzy. The House UnAmerican Activities Committee and the FBI ruled Hollywood, and they didn’t want this film made, much less seen. It will be screened in Santa Monica on Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m. by ILMS4CHANGE Shot on location in New Mexico, the film focuses on the plight of the Mexican-Americans who worked for the company that owned the town and the mine in which they labored. Read More SHARETHIS.addEntry({... Read More

Arts and Commerce

Tweet At last night’s City Council meeting, one of City Hall’s constant critics, Joy Fulmer, fulminated against the City’s plans for the pumping up of downtown Santa Monica in general and the Third Street Promenade in particular. Following “Managing the Future of Downtown Santa Monica,” the staff report, which featured Bayside’s long-running consultants, Fulmer scolded the Council, noting that residents keep asking for the City to do less in the way of growth and... Read More

American Idealist: Sargent Shriver on PBS

Tweet “American Idealist,” a profile of Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., will premier on KCET (channel 6 in Santa Monica) on Monday, January 21, at 9 p.m. In addition to founding the Peace Corps, Shriver also created Head Start, the Job Corps and VISTA, three of this country’s most direct, successful and enduring public service programs. He also spearheaded President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, but though LBJ enjoyed boasting about it, he failed to... Read More

To the Dispatch

Tweet As a longtime resident of Ocean Park, as director of Beyond Baroque in neighboring Venice, and as a Santa Monica Arts Commissioner for several years, I’ve seen many of my creative friends, and the vast majority of newcomers in the arts, move to Silverlake, Echo Park, and parts further east, north, and south. Artists left here, now losing affordable studios (at the airport and elsewhere), are ready to abandon Santa Monica. A number of galleries have already moved to... Read More

Rosendahl Calls Airport Meeting

Tweet Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution have scheduled a town hall forum focusing on “the impacts of Santa Monica Airport on the surrounding communities.” It will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, at Daniel Webster Middle School Auditorium, 11330 West Graham Place in Los Angeles. The forum will be devoted to reports on the political stance of local. state and federal officials regarding the airport,... Read More