The Nutcracker Magic Continues for 25 Years at Pacific Festival Ballet

Who says it doesn’t snow in the Conejo Valley? For 25 years the patrons of Pacific Festival Ballet receive a flurry of sparkle and snow as they sit spellbound by The Nutcracker’s snow scene. Not only does it snow onstage but magically, light snowfall descends upon the audience as well.

Madeleine Walker

 Article Sharon Levinsohn | Photography Tim Walker  Anyone who has been taught by—or has met—Madeleine Walker sings her praises. Former students write to her and often come back to visit her at Palisades Charter Elementary School in Pacific Palisades. It is also not surprising that Walker, who has been teaching there for the past 21 years, was chosen as one…

Short Stack: New & Noteworthy Eateries

Say bonjour to ChouChou Cafe. Since Chef/Owner Thomas Sandi opened this sweet little spot in Santa Monica last May, he has engendered quite a loyal following. Chef Thomas creates authentic and scrumptious French fare, including delectable croissants and baguettes, breakfast items, quiche, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads, along with an extraordinary array of desserts. If the decadent treats look…

FarmShop Serves Up Fresh Fare with Flair

Nestled in the quaint Brentwood Country Mart in Santa Monica, FarmShop is a definitive foodie paradise. In a city that embraces the farm-to-table ethos, FarmShop leads the pack with its rare combination of style and substance. The food here is truly exceptional, thanks to Chef/Owner Jeff Cerciello's vision and dedication to sourcing the best California-centric culinary products available. If his…