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No More Neon: Monty's Steakhouse, the Westwood fixture set atop the Westwood Center building at 1100 Glendon Ave., has closed. Arden Realty Inc. purchased the building in early '98 with plans to renovate it completely from the outside in. Monty's had been entrenched in the penthouse since 1969 (the structure dates from '65). During its reign, its neon sign became a landmark and its dark interior saw lots of interesting events, including Snoop Doggy Dogg's acquittal party.
April 25, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
There's a twinkly dual meaning to the title of the French import "Bright Days Ahead. " It refers to the optimistic name of a seaside town's senior activities club as well as to the immediate future of the group's newest member, 60-year-old retired dentist Caroline (Fanny Ardant, gorgeous and self-assured). How director Marion Vernoux, who co-wrote with Fanny Chesnel (based on Chesnel's novel), melds these two halves makes for an enjoyable and unfussy portrait of growing older - and feeling younger.
When art librarian Annette Masling was in Southern California recently, her must-see list included a light-industrial mall in the 900 block of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica. She didn't go there to have her car repaired, despite the plethora of body shops in the area. Masling, who directs the library at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.
April 25, 2014 | Mark Paredes
She had me at privyet . I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both lived in Moscow. Then she switched to English, which she had acquired as an au pair in London. I was a never-married bachelor in my early 40s and had begun to doubt that Miss Right and I would ever cross paths, much less during a speaking tour of Eastern Europe.
The Belle-Vue, established in 1937, was for many years the good French restaurant in Santa Monica. Sitting at the far western end of Santa Monica Boulevard, it dished up steaks and chops, escargot and sweetbreads without challenge. But in recent years, Ocean Boulevard and the 3rd Street Promenade became studded with new restaurants, including one restaurant so truly French, its chefs commute in shifts from their Michelin-starred restaurants in France.
December 31, 2009
Start the New Year with a preview of what's ahead at Psychic Reading Jamboree , a celebration of psychic skills, where you can get 20-minute readings on the topic of your choice, including past lives, career, love, money and more. Readers use a variety of techniques to answer your questions. Southern California Psychic Institute, 1737 21st St., Santa Monica. 1 to 4 p.m. Sat. $10 per reading or $25 for three readings. (310) 587-3536.
February 14, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Some people think of watching a sunset on the beach as a romantic way to start an evening. When the wind is blowing, however, it becomes a slightly different experience. As Molly Fast said of this photo taken on Feb. 1 in Santa Monica, the weather was "so windy you could barely see in front of you. " Still, even a windy day at the beach is better than a polar vortex.  Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
November 10, 2011
EVENTS For the fifth year, the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica will morph into an 8,000-square-foot rink by the beach called, fittingly, Ice. In addition to ice skating, events include a L.A. Kings-hosted hockey clinic, adults-only after-hours broomball, wacky hat Wednesdays, a post-Halloween costume skate and rock 'n' skate on Fridays with live bands and DJs. 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. Fri.-Jan. 16. Various times. $12.
October 3, 2011
Address: 2017 Pearl St., Santa Monica 90405 Listed for: $989,000 Size: Two bedrooms and one bathrooms in 1,074 square feet Lot size: 0.14 acres Features: Built in 1941, the redone single-family house has hardwood floors, copper plumbing and an upgraded kitchen with granite counters. MLS ID: 22151091 Address: 3043 Linda Lane, Santa Monica 90405 Listed for: $899,900 Size: Three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,742 square feet Lot size: 0.12 acres Features: The traditional-style house, built in 1956, sits on a corner lot. The single-story home has a fireplace and hardwood floors.
March 16, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Three Santa Monica police officers and two residents they rescued from a burning apartment were hospitalized Sunday afternoon, officials said. One of the residents sustained burns and was in serious condition, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Clemo said.The officers and the other resident suffered from smoke inhalation and were expected to be released Sunday evening. The fire was reported at 3:33 p.m. in an apartment behind a commerical building in the 1000 block Montana Avenue.
April 23, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 - with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase. But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved. The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha.
April 23, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Back in the day, actress Marion Davies' luxurious beach house in Santa Monica had more than 100 rooms and an ornate swimming pool. Little of the original mansion still exists, but what's now known as the Annenberg Community Beach House still has plenty of oceanfront allure. The beach house will mark its fifth anniversary Saturday and Sunday with an open house that is to feature activities as varied as ballroom dancing and paddleboarding lessons. Guided tours with architects John Berley and Mia Lehrer are scheduled for 10 a.m. each day. The mansion was financed by Davies' lover, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and many grand Hollywood parties were held here, according to a history on the beach house website . Hearst engaged Julia Morgan to design it; Morgan also designed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.
April 21, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
An 8-year-old was recovering Monday after suffering "significant wounds" and had "flesh ripped away" when three pit bulls attacked her in Santa Monica, authorities said.  Police responded to a call of a dog bite about 8 p.m. Sunday in the 1800 block of 21st Street. Moments before, the girl, her mother and a family cousin were visiting a neighbor close to the enclosed property, police said.  Once through the gate, one pit bull approached the girl and sniffed her. Seconds later, the pit bull was joined by two other dogs, who did the same.
April 14, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Holding red apples, a crowd of more than 100 parents, teachers and students raised their arms high on Sunday in a salute to Mark Black, Santa Monica High School's suspended veteran science teacher and wrestling coach, and to besieged teachers everywhere. The rally in support of Black, who was put on leave 10 days ago after physically tangling with a student carrying drugs in class, was also an implicit rebuke to the school district's superintendent, who appeared to side with an unruly student, rather than a respected educator and coach.
April 12, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Today, the image would have gone viral in an instant: The president of the United States, dripping wet in swim trunks before a throng of excited beachgoers, trading a look and a laugh with an attractive woman in a polka-dot bikini. But well before the Internet's relentless rationing of spontaneous fame, the 1962 photo of President Kennedy at Santa Monica's beach made quite a splash. For a Los Angeles woman named Eva Ban, its effect lasted a lifetime. Ban was the woman in the two-piece swimsuit, which was called a bikini in news accounts but was modest by today's standards.
April 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
An outside investigator has been brought in to examine a classroom altercation between a teacher and student that resulted in the Santa Monica High School instructor being placed on leave and the pupil's arrest. Supt. Sandra Lyon said the report is expected by the end of spring break next week. Lyon has come under fire for her remarks after a cellphone video of the classroom fight went viral. The superintendent was sharply critical of the teacher, and pledged support to the student's family.
March 17, 2009
Progressive, eclectic Main Street in Santa Monica is notable for its green businesses. With organic cafes and boutiques catering to environmentally conscious living, this shopping street just steps from the Pacific is a great place to go green. But on St. Patrick's Day, going green means something else altogether. Between Hill Street and Rose Avenue, Main is prime for a bar crawl -- with taverns, lounges and alehouses aplenty -- making it an ideal place to toast the Irish spirit.
October 9, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Brent Bolthouse's breezy beachside hideaway, The Bungalow, has closed temporarily while it sorts out a minor issue with the California De partment of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The bar is located on the grounds of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, and it turns out the hotel's alcohol license needs to be updated to include The Bungalow.  In some ways, the timing is perfect, say representatives for the spot. The Bungalow recently turned 1-year-old and is in need of a few upgrades. Expanding the women's restrooms is at the top of the list.
April 9, 2014 | By Alicia Banks, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A man who died after a collision with a Santa Monica police vehicle Saturday was identified by coroner's officials Wednesday as a 30-year-old Highland resident. Walter James was driving  a dark-colored 2013 Taotao scooter east on Pico Boulevard when he collided with a Santa Monica police officer's patrol car, which was traveling north on 4th Street, officials said. The patrol car was marked and equipped with emergency lights, said Karina Munoz, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.
April 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
In Los Angeles, patrol officers are caught disabling recording equipment that was in place to keep them honest. In Santa Monica, a high school student demonstrates why the wrestling coach is the last faculty member to mess with. And in Glendale, a young woman challenges the definition of "hands-free" driving after getting a ticket for talking on a phone tucked into her head scarf. These three police blotter tales have little in common, except that I've assembled them in a nice spring bouquet, along with a prickly observation or two. First the LAPD.
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