Apr 302010
Grunion Run 2010

  The Venice Oceanarium is organizing a Grunion party tonight at 11 pm at the Venice Breakwater (head to the end of Windward Avenue).  Grunions are sardine-sized fish found only off the coast of California and Baja California.  During grunion season, which peaks from March – June, grunions arrive at beaches en masse, 2 to […]

Mar 182010
Need Inspiration?

Always inspirational – check out the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour this weekend at the John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica.  Details on tickets and films here.  The festival starts at 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday nights (March 20, 21). If you need even more inspiration, head to the finish line of […]

Jan 132010

This weekend, Santa Monica will be hosting two photo events: Photo LA (The 19th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition) and Review LA. Photo LA will be held in the Santa Monica Civic Center, open to the public from Friday, January 15 – Sunday January 17. Review LA, a photographers networking event, will be […]

Mar 252009
Where I’m from, we call them “dry land fish”

Earlier this year, I sprained my ankle. Recovery took more than two months, and is still progressing. Because I wasn’t able to climb, hike, or do much more than walk, I had a lot of time on my hands. I took the opportunity to explore some activities and places that I normally wouldn’t visit. One […]

Mar 122009

Every year, I look forward to the world tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The tour features the best movies from the festival in Banff. Topics range from impossible feats of rock and ice climbing, radical kayaking descents of unexplored rivers, quixotic quests, larger than life mountain men and women, and my favorite–surprising cultural […]

Aug 122008
Our daily bread

Whole Foods is opening in Venice on September 3! I have mixed emotions about the opening in my neighborhood of one of my favorite stores. I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods. (On one hand, I love to browse the aisles, and find the experience strangely soothing. In fact, the food writer Michael Pollan […]

Aug 122008
Slow Food Nation San Francisco

If you like pickles, this is one event you don’t want to miss! It’s a festival called “Slow Food Nation” in San Francisco (where else?) on August 29 to September 1. According to the SFN website, the festival “is dedicated to creating a framework for deeper environmental connection to our food and aims to inspire […]