American Animals, currently playing at the Landmark Theaters, just over the Culver City border in West Los Angeles, is the best kind of “based-on-a-true-story” movie. It provides backstory, the “actual” story, as well as a glimpse of the real...
Satchmo in Screenland--Louis Armstrong: History and Legends Mythmaker Louis Armstrong claimed to have been born July 4, 1900, a date which suits his colossal stature in 20th Century American culture. However, recent research found a baptismal record with an August 4,...
Culver City's Veterans' Auditorium has hosted events ranging from bodybuilding competitions, basketball, and roller derby to orchestra concerts, musical theater, and the annual rock and mineral show. It has also occasionally hosted other kinds of rock. One especially notable performance...
If there’s one thing that U.K. novelist Nick Hornby knows, it’s all-encompassing obsessiveness. The most recent of his books to be turned into a film is “Juliet, Naked.” Both novel and movie cover the lamentations of Annie (Rose Byrne),...
Eighth Grade Can a movie about what is arguably the worst year of school be delightful, insightful and impactful? The answer is a resounding yes. Comedian Bo Burnham (find his stand-ups “Make Happy” and “What” on Netflix), writer and director,...
On Sunday, August 5, the annual Hare Krishna tradition, Festival of Chariots, will take place. New Dvaraka Temple, on Watseka (just across Venice from Culver City) is the Western World Headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON, informally...
By Jeffrey K. Kid Scoop Media Correspondent, Age 8 It takes a special group of beautiful people, to continue a tradition, like the one I experienced at Pasta Sisters. Thankfully, Culver City has a family that takes pride, love and most importantly the recognition...
Whenever anyone says they’re traveling to Vancouver, I whip out a very old entry on my phone — Zakkushi, and wax rhapsodic about the “sizzling skewers of Kushiyaki.” Zakkushi has two locations and on one trip, we ate at...
As readers and eaters of Southern California cope with the sudden death of the brilliant food, music, and cultural critic Jonathon Gold, the Catalyst would like to highlight his Culver City-specific work. His 2000 book Counter Intelligence: Where to...
AMC’s 10-episode series “Dietland” inexplicably shows up under the genre “comedy,” and make no mistake, this not a comedy. It’s not even that popular mashup genre, a “drama-dy.” Based on the well-received 2015 novel by Sarai Walker, “Dietland” follows...

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