Los Angeles

Akasha

By

When the day hits that 3 p.m. lull, the work before us can begin to look a little like “work” and a lot less appealing. I believe that is life reminding us to take a break; a break that includes a drink in hand and a gentle reminder that there’s something to be said about sitting at a bar with friends or strangers and escaping the “busy”…

Read More

Under My Skin, Pasadena Playhouse

By

Under My Skin, recently performed at the Pasadena Playhouse, can best be described as a transparent look at today’s healthcare system, the unrelenting stream of apathy running amuck, the discourse between male and female dynamics, the difficulties of being single parents raising children and children caring for elderly parents, and the harsh truth that life is fraught with challenges, setbacks, and an unrelenting pursuit of accepting that perhaps we’ve given up on our dreams along the way. Acclaimed writers and producers Robert Sternin and Prudence Frasier have created a play that is relevant to us all in some way or another. The brutal honesty, the uncomfortable moments, the sadistic humor, the misguided love, the need to feel what we do matters, the reality of what is and the raw grit of what isn’t is why this story is something of a revelation.

Read More

J. Nichols Kitchen Reviewed by Dawn Garcia

By

With a menu that puts a modern spin on old favorites, new dishes that reflect Chef Roger Hayot’s personality and breadth, and a vision to make this the community stop for decades to come, the new J. Nichols Kitchen may be something the locals are still warming up to. I stopped in and sat with Jimmy and Christene, who shared their family history with me while I browsed the menu.

Read More