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Chocolate Excuses

I don’t really need any of these excuses to sneak a chocolate bar. Usually the line “I want chocolate” is good enough for me. That being said, I don’t mind being sweet-talked into eating delectable chocolate. Maybe it will help with the regret I am sure to feel a few minutes later when I am [...]

Pop Culture Paintings By Dave MacDowell

Images of the Dude abound in the newest works by painter and pop culture junkie Dave MacDowell. They’re brightly colored, tongue in cheek dedications to the gods of geekdom. Gallery 1988 is currently showing the works of Dave MacDowell at their Santa Monica location now through June 2nd, and these works look even better in person, [...]

The Very Rich Hours of Mrs. Mole

In 1969, illustrator Ronald Searle’s wife Monica was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, Searle made a “Mrs. Mole” illustration to cheer her after every chemotherapy session. They were a gift of love, never meant for publication. Monica Searle survived until last summer, and Ronald Searle passed away in December. Now 47 of those [...]

7 Groundbreaking Specialty Acts

Imagine that you had one very specific talent -something unusual, that people would normally never encounter in their everyday lives. Could you make a living doing it? Maybe, if you were willing to put the necessary time, effort, and imagination into your act. After all, if Joseph Pujol could make a living by farting, anything [...]

10 Unusual Restaurants Found Around the World

When I was growing up in suburban New Jersey, the most unusual thing about any of the restaurants within a 10-mile radius of my neighborhood was that one of them had a free gumball machine in the entry vestibule. Actually, it wasn’t technically free. It was more like the regular kids, like me, knew that [...]

Silent Disco: That’s The Way (I Like It)

The reports of the death of disco are greatly exagerrated. Disco, that funkadelic music of the 70s, didn’t die … it just went silent. In a hip way, of course. Witness the new happenin’ music scene: Silent Disco. On a Saturday evening in June, the dance floor at Santa Monica’s Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club was [...]

I Know You Art, But What Am I?

If you live in the Santa Monica vicinity, I’m pretty jealous. That means you can go to an all-Pee-wee Herman-inspired art show from July 29 to August 19 at Gallery 1988 Tom Whalen’s “kaiju pee-wee,” left, is probably my favorite. If you stop by in the next few weeks to check out the Reubens, be [...]

The 20 Most Amazing Treehouses in the World

This Lantern House designed by Roderick Romero of Santa Monica is just one of the unbelievable treehouses in this collection. It’s made of 99 percent salvaged goods, including a stained glass window Romero saved from an old movie set. You’ll also find a treehouse that exists in the middle of New York City, a “Spirit [...]

Dieting in Luxury

Mere dieting is for the poor. The rich, my friends, don’t just diet – they book a $5,600 week stay at a luxurious weight loss retreat. Christina Binkley of the Wall Street Journal recounts the horror – oh the horror – of a rich man’s fat camp, The Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu: The six-month-old Ranch [...]

Old Computer Monitor Turned into Dog Bed

Flickr user Monica Wagner turned an old computer monitor into a bed for her dog, Zelda. At the link, you can view fourteen images of it. Sometimes the cat takes over. Link via Gizmodo