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Hammer Time – What’s going on at the museum? 12


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ISSUE 4: August 2013

Insights into your neighborhood.

Editor/Creative Director Mark Castellino Sales Bill McCoy Jorie Dunlap T: 310 869 7532 Focus (ISSN 2328-1359) is published monthly and distributed free to homes in Brentwood CA 90049. Please try not to reproduce any of the content without asking us first.

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August is a strange month – a hint that Summer is passing but it’s not quite Fall. Our new issue has a distinct fashion theme, with a look at some pre-Fall collections in the stores. We also have a rundown of all the places you should go to find new outfits, from owner-operated to designer-led boutiques. As usual, there are plenty of things to see and do in the neighborhood, including talks, concerts, theater, stand up, kid’s stuff, (deep breath), and also current health and tech stories. It’s as packed as a basket of Summer fruit! Oh, and you can also read the magazine online. I hope you enjoy this free issue – please email us your comments and suggestions for future themes.

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Great Summer reading suggestions, and Frederick Forsyth in conversation.

A whole month of family activities including this classic closet tale.

If you observed all the days dedicated to sweets in August you might be sick with yourself.




A Sweet Month




It’s a fashion theme this month, dedicated to the style conscious.


Wang Chung

The 80s UK band responsible for ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’ and ‘Dancehall Days’ makes a comeback at the Canyon Club. Oh no, I have that song in my head now.


25 Free

Leave your cash at home. Film, music, yoga and talks which are completely free.


Mediterranean Houses

Warm, inviting homes with a distinctly Mediterranean influence. And they are all for sale.


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Womens Clothing There are three main shopping areas for women’s and men’s clothing. A network of designer boutiques are dotted around Brentwood Village, a concentration of larger shops in Brentwood Gardens and a scattering of designer labels in the Brentwood Country Mart. Easy parking and free validation enables you to shop at leisure, stopping for a coffee or snack to refuel before you renew your search. Here is our rundown of the different places, and what you can expect to find.


Brentwood Gardens BETTINA DUNCAN

Clothing, accessories and jewelry from up and coming designers like 3 Floors, Dannijo, Giles and Brother and her own line of jewelry at this boutique – which is definitely more convenient than traipsing down to Fred Segal, where she initially set up shop. Mon-Sat: 10:30am - 7pm, Sun:12 - 6pm T: 424 256-2402


Shop Madison for the most current fashion from labels Stella McCartney, Missoni, Marni, Elizabeth & James, A.L.C., Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Theysken’s Theory, Current Elliott & J Brand. Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm, Sun:10.30am-4.30pm T: 310 820-2300


From the numerous pictures we’ve seen of Reese Witherspoon in the vicinity, we have to assume this is one of her favorite shops. Designer clothing from the likes of Phillip Lim and Sundry, Alexander Wang bags and accessories. Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm, Sun:12pm-5pm T: 310 207-0927


Fairly large store on the ground level, with mainly European designer labels like the French designs of Tark1, Italian designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua, and Belgian designer Ann Demeulemesteer – plus staples from James Perse and Michael Stars. Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm, Sun:12pm-5pm T: 310 207-4111


Elegant clothing and accessories. The Fall collection features menswear-inspired tailoring, graphic florals and a new look for lace. Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm, Sun:12pm-5pm T: 310 447-9179

San Vicente Blvd VELVET by GRAHAM AND SPENCER Jenny Graham & Toni Spencer create gorgeous fashion-forward clothes out of luxury fabrics. The Graham & Spencer girl is up-to-date on the latest runway news and aware of visionary trends, she likes to incorporate them in to her every day wardrobe. Sharp tailoring, fluid, clean silhouettes and a sophisticated, intelligent aesthetic have become style hallmarks of the brand. The collection features cool separates, iconic suiting and graceful dresses. Each piece is meticulously crafted to reflect the cool, educated fashion sensibility of the designers. Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 11am-5pm 13020 San Vicente Blvd CA 90049 T: 310 395-4000


Transitional pieces including their coveted jackets, cozy sweaters and limited edition skirts make up Free People’s pre-Fall preview. Designs for the 26-year-old girl – smart, creative, confident and comfortable in all aspects of her being. Free and adventurous, sweet to tough, tomboy to romantic. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm, 13030 San Vicente Blvd, CA 90049 T:310 451-5995

Brentwood Country Mart


Inspired by travel, culture & the arts, the Calypso brand appeals to women of every age. From exotic dip dyed caftans to luxurious cashmere cardigans, the brand’s apparel and accessories are designed to mix and match into countless combinations of effortless elegance. Calypso St. Barth’s namesake collection is displayed alongside carefully curated pieces from international designers for an eclectic assortment with wide appeal. Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm Sunday: 11am-5pm 225 26th Street - Unit 39 Santa Monica CA 90402 T: 310 434 9601


‘Love Thy Differences’ is her motto, and Hawaii-born, NYC-based fashion designer Malia Mills designs to her following with body-conscious clothes. Check out the tunics, romper suits, hats, jewelry and accessories. Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm, Sun: 12am - 5pm 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402 T: 310 310-3574


Brentwood Village PAIGE

Ex model Paige Adams-Geller’s denim line – casual yet sophisticated with well considered elements like contoured waistbands and forward sitting side seams. 11706 Barrington Court, CA 90049 T: 310 440 9900

SOTO Jenni launched her line in 2003, when she was just nineteen. She quickly established her signature look: a refined, subtle interpretation of classic American sportswear that draws on her California upbringing and uncomplicated design sensibility. “Superchic, easy to wear clothes,” she says of her designs. “That’s what I do. Nothing tricky, nothing precious, just good clothes that work for you.” The collection, from about $175 to $1,095, is more chic L.A. mom than rock ’n’ roll chick, full of relaxed-yet-polished pieces that mix masculine and feminine elements: button-down silk shirts; tapered, pleat-front pants; lightly structured blazers that are either boxy and short or elongated; and nubby knit, beach-appropriate sweaters, often incorporating lots of sunny color-blocking. Signature, minimalist-cool, pointed-toe D’Orsay flats, (pictured), which launched two years ago, have since become the runaround-town footwear of choice for celebrities. Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm, Sun: 12am - 5pm 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402 T: 310 310-3574


Owner, Ann Helpern, brings her experience from working at Joan and David to stock tasteful, elegant but above all, wearable shoes in her friendly neighborhood boutique. Footwear from Boutique 9, Delman and Matisse. Accessories from Carla Mancini and Merci Marie. Mon - Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 11am-4pm. 165 S Barrington Pl, CA 90049 T: 310 440-8837


Edgy, modern, and wearable, Jarbo indulges the sophisticated woman who seeks luxurious comfort and timeless fashion. Beautiful basics that are brilliantly offbeat. Jarbo mixes elements of luxury with ease that transition from am to pm effortlessly for a perfect edit in style and in life. Mon - Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 10am-3pm. 110 Barrington Walk, 90049 T: 310 405-0633


Jenny Jones’ boutique has been In this little corner in Brentwood Village for over 10 years. ‘Where style always trumps trend and classic looks fresh with a twist!’ Paul & Joe, Citizens of Humanity, Notify, Steven Alan, stationery and accessories. Mon - Sat, 9:30am - 7pm; Sun, 11am - 5pm 11620 Barrington Court, CA 90049 (310) 471-3408


A boutique for women’s and teens’ clothes with a constantly changing inventory, great prices, and friendly, helpful atmosphere. Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm 11724 Barrington Ct, CA 90049 (310) 472-7400


A sophisticated boutique with a casual east coast vibe. Clothing and accessories, jewelry from Marcia Moran and Rachel Miriam 11704 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm; Sun: 10am 4pm. T: 310 471-4770

Gloria Strelitz’s boutique is located in Brentwood Village and has been dressing women in the latest fashions for more than three decades. The shop specializes in jeans, pants and jackets and also carries a line of women’s sportswear and a selection of jewelry. Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm; Sat, 10am - 5pm 11624 Chayote St, Los Angeles, CA 90049 T: 310 476-9330


Expect to find mid to high end new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories from the likes of Chanel, Gucci and Marc Jacobs. The owners are former stylists in the media industry so you can be sure they have great taste. Mon, Tues Wed, Fri: 10am - 6pm, Thurs 10am - 7pm, Sat: 10am - 5:30pm, Sun: By Apt 155 S. Barrington Place, CA 90049 T: 310 889-1800 7

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Mens Clothing RPM A compact shop in Brentwood Village which sits inside sister store Chelsea. There’s a nice collection of casual clothes – tees, polos, sweaters and jeans. They will also alter the length of your jeans for free. Mon - Sat, 9am - 6pm; Sun, 10am - 4pm 11706 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049 T: 310 471-4776 PAIGE

Denim and colored jeans from $169 to $229 in mostly slim and straight styles, worn by hip celebs. The Hunter shirt (pictured) is $168. 11706 Barrington Court, CA 90049 T: 310 440 9900

Z CLOTHING Z Clothing is a high-end men’s clothing store in the Brentwood Gardens shopping center. They specialize in on-trend menswear, including designer denim and leather jackets. Some of the brands carried at Z Clothing are Adriano Goldschmied, Citizens of Humanity, Donald J. Pliner and Timberland. Good personalized and attentive service from the owner. 11677 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 T:(310) 826-4500 VELVET by GRAHAM AND SPENCER Jenny Graham & Toni Spencer create gorgeous fashion-forward clothes out of luxury fabrics. In their new shop on San Vicente near 26th Street, head to the rear of the store instead of flicking through magazines while your girlfriend is in the fitting room, and you’ll find a small section of their super soft tshirts, specially devoted to men. Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 11am-5pm 13020 San Vicente Blvd CA 90049 T: 310 395-4000

UNIONMADE Originally opened in 2009 in a little shop on a quiet street between the Mission and Castro neighborhoods in San Francisco. Unionmade brings the finest quality men’s clothing and accessories to one intimate space, and sell it a fair price to people who appreciate such merchandise and customer service. They stock brands which manufacture clothing that is durable, well designed and timeless. Jeans that a customer could wear for years and would sooner repair than replace; sweatshirts that get softer and more perfect after each wash; a shoe that will be just as relevant and better looking in 20 years then it is today. Brentwood Country Mart, Mon-Sat:10am-7pm, Sun:11am-5pm T: 1 310-656-3373 JAMES PERSE Launched in 2007 but it seems like it’s always been around. The iconoc LA brand embodies Perse’s personal design philosophy and aesthetic - low maintenance, high fashion - emphasizing elegance and comfort, and pairing sophistication with simplicity. The cargo short (pictured), is from the pre-Fall collection. Brentwood Country Mart, Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm T:310 656 2800


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tuxedo shorts $ 435 malia mills

d’orsay flat $425 jenni kayne

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Horn Charm Collar $48 free people

nikibiki leopard tank $19.00 soto

4 vintage bracelets (top to bottom) $ 3750, $2450, $3250, $1190 bettina duncan

elliot bead embellished silk dress $350 calypso st barth

narcissa II $1600 kendall conrad

Design Focus on Design

by Tom Callaway

Home Design Meets Fashion

the next step in design evolution seems to be a marked reversal toward the eccentric and the quirky.

Across the globe, how we clothe and decorate our bodies seems to be the heartbeat of personal expression. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this month’s Focus On Design has cast its eyes toward the world of fashion. Before looking at how fashion might influence our practical, day to day choices for residential interior design and architecture, I thought it might be interesting to consider that there may be a symbiotic crossing from fashion to home design that may be occurring, even if we are not consciously aware of it taking place. After a decade of watching mainstream home design favor restrained, clean, minimalism… from contemporary, often green architecture, and the recently chic obsession with mid-century, Scandinavian, modern simplicity… the next step in design evolution seems to be a marked reversal toward the eccentric and the quirky. The many detailed design nuances from graphic wall papers to ornate jewelry, from intricate hair fashions, colors to Afros, from tasseled pillows to fringed sofas, along with the (over the top) collecting of things to display, are all back with gusto in the pages of the recent shelter and fashion magazines. Body art, and its explosion of detail, color, and coverage, seems to have reached new extremes in its acceptance and usage in the western culture during this decade. It’s not only the sports stars and movie stars that have tattooed their muscular or highly developed parts, but there’s hardly a cheerleader, car salesman. or house wife that hasn’t inked some image on his or her frame, from neck to ankle. Although the all white interior may always be classic and accepted as ‘good taste’, the current swing towards color, pattern, detail, and uniqueness, seems to be the natural, evolutionary progression of fashion and style. Just as mid-century’s modern minimalism of the 50’s turned to the Pop and Op art exuberance of the 60’s, from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band regalia, to the resurgence of English and French Country interiors (i.e., stuff and more stuff)…the design moment seems to have returned again where the current clean, hushed, mushroom tones and soft white linen starkness of Belgian Design, (think Restoration Hardware’s ode to tastemaker Axel Vervoordt), is shifting in favor of the eclectic mixture of multiple styles within a single structure, the splash of ethnic pattern from every Moroccan pillow to Turkish Suzanni throw, from animal prints of the entire Serengeti Plains to the kaleidoscopic butterfly graphics of artist Damien Hirst. I have every reason to believe these trends in fashion, art, architecture and home interiors will continue to swing from one camp to the other, and back again, like family generations shifting from careful conservatives, to adventurous, gambling risk takers, only to return again in the following generation to safer, and narrower paths. The one and only certainty is that there will be continuous change. Change that creates new wardrobes, in new closets, in new homes with new styles…before the opposite in tastes and fashion rear their rebellious heads once again and make some design noise! Tom Callaway is an interior designer and architect, living in Brentwood. 11

Profile none. That’s great for lactose-sensitive and vegan consumers. What is the story about you catering at the Oscars ceremony? When I first opened I was approached to cater a charity event, C-CAP, careers through culinary arts, which provides scholarships for kids. I am a sucker for education for kids so couldn’t possibly refuse. Although I was ‘a bit’ overwhelmed, I decided to do it. We took our shavers and went to the event. When we set up in the kitchen, Sherry Yard, at the time the executive pastry chef for WP, came into the kitchen and tasted our product. She liked it so much that she invited us to cater events at Spago Beverly Hills, and then….to join them at the table at the Governors Ball. We served our silky ribbons of espresso, shaved ice and snowflakes of blood orange. Like most things in life, rather random. Who is your own celebrity crush? The Clemmons Twins!


A Sweet Crush

Yael Lustmann has a crush, and like the first joyous emotions of a teenager in love, she has a pressing passion to tell everyone she knows about it. What were the circumstances that led you to open Sweet Crush? I have three little girls and when I feed them I look for three things: tasty, healthy and low calories. I could never find a dessert that would hit on all counts. When I gave them ice cream I felt guilty about the calories, when they ate frozen yogurt they always got a stomach ache afterwards and it was always covered with lots of toppings. The shaved ice experience always left their mouth red and blue for two days. I had been a corporate lawyer for many years but had always entertained an entrepreneurial escape. One day I decided to try and create a dessert that I could gladly feed my kids and even enjoy myself. What is it exactly, and what will we find at Sweet Crush? Sweet Crush, our dairy product, is naturally flavored milk, shaved into silky ribbons of ice, or as the kids like to call it, shaved ice cream. Sweet Crush comes in classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, coconut, peanut butter and espresso. Pure Crush, our vegan non-dairy product, is fruit juice shaved into soft snowflakes. Pure Crush comes in exotic flavors like strawberry lemonade, raspberry, mojito, passion fruit, lychee, and my favorite, grapefruit ginger. 12 FOCUS | AUGUST 2013

Both products are truly all natural. That means none of the syrups, powders, and other artificial ingredients that you find in frozen yogurt and other shaved ice. You can actually pronounce the ingredients list. Both products have low calorie counts. The customized store design is an integral part of the Sweet Crush experience. The design integrates a visual component into the customer’s culinary experience. The snowflake cutouts in the perforated walls perfectly match the snowflake design of the dessert. Add to that the alternating color scheme that shines through the cutouts and, voila!, we have a beautiful ice palace in which to enjoy a beautiful ice dessert. How does it compare to frozen yogurt and can we expect to see more of this phenomenon? It’s totally different. Sweet Crush almost has the richness of ice cream but without the calories, so it leaves you feeling lighter. By contrast, frozen yogurt saves on calories but loses the taste and uses a ton of artificial ingredients. The frozen yogurt market is clearly saturated—“been there”, “done that”—and consumers that value health and quality are ready to try something new. That’s right where Sweet Crush comes in. Also, we offer a lot of non-dairy options, whereas frozen yogurt shops typically offer

What advice do you have for people wanting to start a new business? Aim for the stars, that is the only way you will ever get there. You can always scale back but you have to start with your dream. What is your proudest achievement? When kids say ‘no thanks’ to toppings on their ice. Which is not to say my toppings aren’t good—they’re great! But when they walk out with the strawberry lemonade, and without the M&Ms, I truly feel that we accomplished something. What are your favorite places in Brentwood? For restaurants, I have to say Pizzicotto and Katsuya. Very different in style but both amazing. I can’t do without the farmers market on Gretna Green. I’ve always taken my kids on the weekend so it was only natural that Sweet Crush will get a stand to be part of it.

Sweet Crush, 11753 San Vicente Blvd. CA 90049 T: (310) 820-0607 (North side of San Vicente between Montana & Barrington, next to Whole Foods) Sun-Thurs: 11:30 am–11:00 pm. Fri-Sat: 11:30 am-12:00 am.

Books 4 Books for Summer Reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls by Anton Disclafani Hardcover, 390 pages A 15-year-old is sent to riding camp for an entire year in the 1930s. A well-paced story, including the questions of how the Depression affected families, and how those same families weathered their internal storms. DiSclafani’s writing is smart and sexy, and her characters are flawed and worth knowing as they navigate through life, and don’t always make the wisest decisions. A Tangle Of Knots by Lisa Graff A young orphan named Cady has no idea who her parents are and she comes to live above the lost luggage emporium in a strange city. She meets a lot of odd and interesting people, all of whom seem to have something to do with her background. Included in the story are recipes for delicious sounding cakes, since Cady’s talent is cake-baking. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962...and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.


13 August, 6.30pm

Red Hen Press Poetry Reading

Join Red Hen Press for a night of poetry at the Annenberg Beach House with readings from Eric Morago, Kate Durbin, and Hélène Cardona. Moderated by Brendan Constantine. Free. Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA

18 August, 2pm

Pat Pincus Poetry Fest

An afternoon of Poetry Readings by local poets moderated by Pat Olson and Flo Chotiner. A reception following the program will be hosted by Friends of the Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library. Admission is free. Donald Bruce Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library 11820 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

20 August, 7.30pm

A Conversation with Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth wrote Day of The Jackal in 35 days when he was just 33 – and that was in between assignments, reporting for the BBC. This should be a captivating encounter between the great author and former NPR newsman Mike Shuster.

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 W. Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Free Parking. Tickets, $20.

22 August, 6.30pm

Evening Book Group Meet to discuss The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Anyone can join. Copies of the book are available to check out at the library. For more information, call 310575-8273. Donald Bruce Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library 11820 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 13


Art & Photography JAMES WELLING

0469, 2009. Inkjet print. 33 11/16 x 50 1/2 in. (85.5 x 128.3 cm).

Operating in the hybrid ground between painting, sculpture and traditional photography, Welling explores realism and transparency, abstraction and representation, optics and description, and the material and chemical nature of photography. Monograph is the first comprehensive exhibition of this singular artist. FORREST BESS

Untitled (The Spider), 1970. Oil on canvas. 13-3/4 x 16-1/8 inches.

A singular figure in American art who experienced significant recognition and painful isolation during his life, Forrest Bess (1911-77) has recently become the subject of keen new interest. The first museum retrospective devoted to Bess in more than twenty years, Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible, presents 50 of the artist’s visionary paintings dating from 1946 to 1970.

Hammer Time The always adventurous Hammer Museum has such a full book these days that it’s hard not to include a day or evening there in your leisure plans. From art exhibitions to talks, classic films, KCRW sponsored music nights and all manner of things in between. They even thoughtfully fortify you with food from Ammo in their outdoor courtyard, where you can rest your eyes by the swaying bamboo before resuming your culltural tour. Here are four current and diverse exhibitions you might visit this month.

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd CA 90024 Admisssion $10.

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Logus (Blue Logus), 1967. Wood/ Formica. 35 x 45 1/2 x 48 in. (88.8 x 115.6 x 121.2 cm).

Approximately 150 works including sculpture, painting, and drawing. This is the first retrospective exhibition since 1988. Alongside his contemporaries, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, Artschwager is widely known as one of the 20th Century “giants” who played a significant role in establishing American Art.


Transfiguration (working title), 2013. Mixed media. 51 3/16 x 39 3/8 in. (130 x 100 cm).

With sculpture, sound, film, and performance, British artist Mark Leckey explores the potential of the human imagination in his first solo U.S. museum presentation. On Pleasure Bent is a new body of work in which Leckey attempts to form a kaleidoscopic memoir, assembling his past from the imagery that he believes conditioned him. The exhibition will include all new works, several being exhibited publicly for the first time. Objects will include LED screens as well as cinema lobby style ‘standees’ and a trailer for a new video.

Art © Keisuke Katano

© Toshio Yamamoto

Kansuke Yamamoto A Chronicle of Drifting, 1949

Hiroshi Hamaya Man in a Traditional Minobashi Raincoat, Niigata Prefecture, 1956

TILL 25 AUGUST Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto Throughout his career Hiroshi Hamaya pursued objective documentation, while Kansuke Yamamoto favored avantgarde forms of expression. These photographers embody two sides of modern Japanese life: the traditional and the forward looking, the rural and the urban, the Eastern and the Western. Both artists grew up during a period of industrialization and experimentation which then ushered in a modern era (1926– 1989). Hamaya documented regional traditions and social issues, Yamamoto found inspiration in Surrealist art from Europe and produced innovative photographs that advanced the avant-garde movement in Japan. Their responses to modernity exemplified the divergent views of many Japanese people. Getty Museum 1200 Getty Center Drive Monday: closed Admisssion Free. Parking $15 per car.

© Estate of Helmut Newton


Helmut Newton

The Annenberg Space for Photography features the work of the revolutionary fashion photographer, Helmut Newton. This is the first exhibition of Helmut Newton’s work outside of gallery shows in Los Angeles, his long-time winter residence. Images from Newton’s first three books - White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes - will be on view through September 8, 2013. The photographs were made specifically for the exhibition and are large-scale – some reaching nearly 8 x 8 feet. In addition to the more than 100 prints displayed, the exhibit will feature two documentary films about Newton.

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Things to see in the next 30 days

Music & Theater THEATER 13 AUGUST - 22 SEPTEMBER

Rapture, Blister, Burn


Neal Brennan

Multi-talented, Neal Brennan is co-creator of “The Chappelle Show”. He co-wrote the film “Half Baked,” and directed the film, “The Goods,” starring Jeremy Piven and Will Ferrell. He also collaborates regularly with Seth Meyers. Neal recently directed an episode of “New Girl” on Fox and is scheduled to direct Amy Schumer’s new show on Comedy Central. He is also developing a sitcom for himself to star in for the Fox network and has appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan,” “Just For Laughs” and “Lopez Tonight.” Sounds like we won’t be disappointed tonight. Show starts 9pm. Tickets $5. Westside Comedy Theater 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401. T: 310 451 0850. More info:

Hailed as a “genius” by Variety, playwright Gina Gionfriddo’s West Coast premiere tackles feminism’s foibles in what The New York Times called an, “intensely smart and immensely funny,” new play. Three generations of women share their raucous and refreshing approaches to navigating work, love and family. Rock star academic Catherine envies her friend Gwen who finds her domestic responsibilities less than satisfying. Meanwhile the witty and wry student Avery wonders whether she has more in common with Catherine’s aging mother than any of today’s modern feminists. This new comedy takes a sharp look at how women, and men, find happiness and conquer disappointment. Tickets: $39-$79 Geffen Playhouse 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. CA 90025 T: 310-477-2055 More info:


Wang Chung

WANG CHUNG came out of the post-punk, New Wave scene in the UK going on to achieve global success selling millions of records. Throughout their 30 year career they have released 5 albums and 2 Greatest Hits compilations. They have had 6 US Top 40 hits including a number 1. In the process of all of this (and somewhat unintentionally), Wang Chung became part of the contemporary culture of North America. Their huge smash ‘Everybody Have Fun Tonight’, with its now famous line ‘Everybody Wang Chung Tonight’ saw the invention of a new US verb; ‘to Wang Chung’. Icons such as Homer Simpson and Frasier Crane name-checked the band on TV and ‘Wang Chung’ even achieved punch-line status in the ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’. Tickets $20. Canyon Club 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura, CA 91301 T: (818) 879-5016 More info:

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Performance JAZZ 15 AUGUST

Lisa Mezzacappa Trio Featuring Fay Victor


Boz Scaggs

Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs brings his national tour to Royce Hall in support of MEMPHIS, his first studio album in five years. William Royce “Boz” Scaggs began a long and storied career in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording Boz. He first gained acclaim playing with the Steve Miller Band on several highly successful projects, as well as working with the likes of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman. Royce Hall Tickets: $45/65/85


Ethan Johns

The English record producer has worked in the studio with musicians diverse as Kings of Leon, Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Rufus Wainwright, The Boxer Rebellion, Crowded House and The Vaccines. He also toured with Ray LaMontagne. On his new album Ethan gets help from his friends Ryan Adams and Laura Marling, so it’s well worth a visit to McCabes to hear his songs from his new album, ‘If Not Now, Then When?’ 8pm.

JazzPOP returns to the Hammer courtyard in August with three free concerts featuring some of today’s most original and distinctive voices in West Coast jazz and improvised music. Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa collaborates with Brooklyn vocalist Fay Victor in this Eastmeets-West-Coast trio. The trio’s repertoire explores a wide-open concept of jazz language and

feeling, with inspiration drawn from the earthiness of the blues, the sonic explorations of the avant-garde, the lean architecture of pop music, and a keen sensitivity to sound and groove. The two are joined by guitarist John Finkbeiner. 7.30pm. Tickets: FREE Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6:00pm. More info:

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Kids 3, 4 AUGUST: 4pm

Okee Dokee Brothers Ages: All ages Cost: Free

A 30-day canoe trip down the Mississippi inspired the Okee Dokee Brothers to write their Grammy-winning album, Can You Canoe? Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing put their passion for the great outdoors into every note of their signature blend of bluegrass and rock. Backed by a rollicking band on fiddle, cajon and upright bass, their Getty debut marks the beginning of an all-star season of Garden Concerts for Kids. Getty Center

3 AUGUST: 12pm and 2pm

Groovy David

Ages: All ages Cost: Free Groovy David’s family performances include songs, puppets, and fun that inspire and teach even while having a groovy time. David Brownstein (Groovy David) has been a professional children’s entertainer for over ten years. In 2011, he was recognized by Los Angeles magazine as Best Kids’ DJ. David’s passion is to create one- of-a-kind live events for families. His latest endeavor, The Groovy David Show, is a musical edutainment performance that combines original music with interactive puppets. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

4 AUGUST: 12pm and 2pm

Arthur Trace

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.,

10 AUGUST: 2 pm

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Ages: All Ages Cost: $20 Adults, $12 Kids Step through the wardrobe with Susan, Lucy, Peter and Edmund Pevensie into the wonderful and mysterious land of Narnia. A land of only winter and snow, Narnia is full of exotic and magical creatures. The Penvensie children join Mr. Tumnus, Mr. Beaver, and the mighty lion Aslan to help them defeat the evil White Witch and return Narnia back to the land of Spring. This fun Pint Sized Play is one hour long, audience interactive and perfect for children and their families! Come boo for the villains, cheer for the heroes, clap your hands and stomp your feet in the fantastical world of Narnia. Promenade Playhouse 1404 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, California 90401 T: (310) 804-0223

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Summer Star Festival

Cost: Free Ages: All Ages Astronomers will share information about our solar system and beyond. Telescopes will be directed towards the Moon, Saturn, and other objects in our Galaxy. Learn about nocturnal animals and ecology from naturalists. Bring a flashlight with a red lens or a red cellophane filter. Paramount Ranch 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills T: 805-370-2301

17 AUGUST 6.30pm

Cardboard Yacht Regatta

Cost: $15 registration fee Ages: 8+ Teams of two construct yachts from corrugated cardboard and duct tape, and then race across the pool to win awards in a variety of categories. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica

19 AUGUST: 6pm Toy Story

Cost: Free Ages: All Ages Free screening of the ever popular movie in the courtyard of the Brentwood Country Mart. Grab a bite from the Farmshop, Barneys, or Frida, then an ice cream at Rose Creamery and relax while the kids watch all their favorite characters come alive. Brentwood Country Mart 26th Street Santa Monica. Photo: Patrick Nijhuis

Ages: All Ages Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Kids The mind-blowing magic of award-winning magician Arthur Trace will leave your whole family amazed and wondering how he does it! Highly acclaimed as “one of the most unique acts in the world of magic today,” Arthur Trace is only the eighth magician in the history of magic to be awarded The International Brotherhood of Magicians “Gold Medal International Award of Excellence.” In 2009, Arthur was a featured performer on the hit TV series Masters of Illusion.

10 AUGUST: 7.30pm

21 AUGUST: 6pm

Kids Bowling at PINZ

Cost: Free Ages: 6+ Learn to bowl with certified bowling coaches at the PINZ Bowling Center. Free games, free shoes, prizes and lots of fun. Space is limited to the first 100 kids to RSVP. Call Tiffany at (818) 769-7600 ext 14 or tiffany@ PINZ Bowling Center, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

31 AUGUST: 12pm and 2pm Kinetic Theory

Under the Skirball’s “big top” is a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance by Kinetic Theory. The troupe explores and expands the boundaries of physical and circus theatre through performances that include acrobatics, mime, and physical theater. Kinetic Theory aims to inspire people of all ages and all walks of life through physical, circus, and experimental theater. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

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What is the all time funniest clean joke? Cyndi Perlman Fink How the Internet began..... In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com. And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?” And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?” And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS.)” Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS,) and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures Hebrew To The People (HTTP.) And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS. And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks. And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.” And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known. He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.” And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com. Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE.) That is how it all began....... And that’s the truth.


A new onlineonly service that allows shoppers to customize standard and prescription frames like never before. Made offers eight pre-designed frames (five unisex; three women’s) that can be individualized by mixing and matching colored temples, adding laser engraved patterns or even monogramming. Styles start at $84 and will be shipped to your door in just seven to ten days, which is pretty swift for a custom piece. Made also pledges to donate one pair of glasses to charity for every pair sold.

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Health & Science

No More Smacking The Ketchup Bottle

Smacking the ketchup bottle to coax out the stubborn sauce could soon be a distant memory, after scientists invented an Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Alzheimer’s edible non-stick coating. Patients who took a certain type of blood pressure medication A thin layer of the tasteless got measurable relief from worsening Alzheimer’s symptoms, substance, too, researchers reported on Thursday. Liquiglide, on the insides Patients at a hospital in Ireland who were taking ACE inhibitors of the bottle to treat their high blood pressure did not worsen at the same rate creates a as patients not taking the drugs, said William Molloy of the Centre slippery for Gerontology and Rehabilitation at University College Cork in surface Ireland. allowing the Molloy, who treats Alzheimer’s patients went back through the contents to medical records of 800 patients with Alzheimer’s or vascular slide straight dementia. Of them, 360 had test scores the team could use to out. It is nonassess the progress of their disease over six months. toxic and can Those taking the ACE inhibitors lost their memory and other be used on both plastic and glass containers thinking abilities at a rate that was about 20 to 30 percent slower to ensure you enjoy every last than the others, Molloy’s team reported in a study published drop of tomato sauce – but also Thursday in BMJ Open. condiments such as mustard and “That may not sound like very much,” he said. But over years, mayonnaise. the effect would be compounded. And these drugs are available Liquiglide was created by generically and very cheap. The results would have to be tested in engineers at the Massachusetts a larger study—preferably a so-called double-blind, prospective Institute of Technology. study that looked at patients over time, with the drug randomly According to the inventors, each assigned. That’s important because doctors may have prescribed year an estimated one million the drugs to patients for reasons that could also affect the course tonnes of condiments are thrown of their disease, said Dr. Gary Small of the David Geffen School of away globally because leftovers Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and director cannot be scraped from jars and bottles, with up to 15 per cent of the UCLA Longevity Center. of a product remaining in its “The doctors decide who goes on the drug and who doesn’t. It might be some other factor that is driving the improvement,” said container. The first consumer product with Liquiglide coating Small, who was not involved in the study. is expected to hit supermarket Alzheimer’s is a huge and growing problem. Researchers project shelves by next year.

that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will triple in the next 40 years, which means that 13.8 million will have it by 2050. Currently an estimated 4.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, the most common cause of dementia. “We have nothing that works in dementia at all. We have nothing that prevents it,” Molloy said. Researchers are desperate to find something that works. Other studies have suggested that blood pressure medication may help—but others show it may actually cause memory loss in some patients. “The science is so confusing,” said Small, who has written a series of books on Alzheimer’s. The drugs we have for Alzheimer’s dementia are basically symptomatic drugs. They work temporarily. So far as we know there is no specific drug to prevent disease. We know probably that lifestyle choices have an effect.” People who eat more fruits and vegetables, who exercise and who stimulate their brains with reading, puzzles and social interaction all can lower their risk of Alzheimer’s. But people who do everything “right” still often get the disease anyway. Small said this study and the others show that, at the very least, it’s important to take prescribed drugs to control blood pressure. Story: Maggie Fox, NBC News (edited)

The Benefits of Nostalgia

Most people report experiencing nostalgia at least once a week, and nearly half experience it three or four times a week. These reported bouts are often touched off by negative events and feelings of loneliness, but people say the “nostalgizing” — researchers distinguish it from reminiscing — helps them feel better. To test these effects in the laboratory, Dr. Sedikides at Southampton University, England induced negative moods by having people read about a deadly disaster and take a personality test that supposedly revealed them to be exceptionally lonely. Sure enough, the people depressed about the disaster victims or worried about being lonely became more likely to wax nostalgic. And the strategy worked: They subsequently felt less depressed and less lonely. Nostalgic stories aren’t simple exercises in cheeriness, though. “Nostalgic stories often start badly, with some kind of problem, but then they tend to end well, thanks to help from someone close to you,” Dr. Sedikides says. “So you end up with a stronger feeling of belonging and affiliation, and you become more generous toward others.” A quick way to induce nostalgia is through music, which has become a favorite tool of researchers. An experiment in the Netherlands found that listening to songs made people feel not only nostalgic but also warmer physically. The usefulness of nostalgia seems to vary with age, according to Erica Hepper, a psychologist at the University of Surrey in England. She and her colleagues have found that nostalgia levels tend to be high among young adults, then dip in middle age and rise again during old age. “If you’re not neurotic or avoidant, I think you’ll benefit by nostalgizing two or maybe three times a week,” says Dr. Sedikides. “Experience it as a prized possession. We have it, and nobody can take it away from us. It’s our diamond.” Story: John Tierney, NY Times (edited)


Snippets News and Gossip.

Johnny Depp Quitting?

Depp said, in a recent interview with the BBC, “I wouldn’t say that I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away.” He said he’s considering pursuing “quieter things” and that acting is kind of “insane.” The 50 year old actor explained, “At a certain point, you start thinking, and when you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, and you realize that you’ve said written words more than you’ve actually had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking of that as a kind of insane option for a human being. So, are there quieter things that I wouldn’t mind doing? Yeah.” His latest movie, The Lone Ranger, didn’t score many points with the critics, and it could be argued that his decision is based on that disappointment. However, he insists that he doesn’t care much for critics views, preferring the opinions of his kids who, biased though they may be, loved the movie. As well as committing to a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Depp is currently filming a sci fi movie Transcendence, due for release next year.

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The Lohan Show

It’s been 90 days and Lindsay Lohan is out of rehab. Her latest movie, The Canyons is set for release and rumor is that Ben Affleck wants her in his new movie Live by Night, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. On her release, Lindsay has agreed to be followed around by Oprah’s documentary crew for the first 45 days of her return home to New York.

Nobu Malibu Hotel

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who is also the property owner of Nobu Malibu, is to team up with Nobu Matsuhisa for another project. In an interview with Haute Living, Matsuhisa reveals that he and Ellison are working on a Japanese hotel, which will commence construction this Fall. “Larry Ellison and I are planning something next to the Nobu Malibu property. Larry wants to try for a Japanese concept hotel. They say it’s going to start construction in September. He already has a design, but it won’t start being built until later this year.” Matsuhisa said.

50 Shades of Grey – The Movie EL James’ best-selling erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey is going to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, who previously directed the Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy. Prior to directing, she made her name as a contemporary of Damien Hirst – as the provocative artist Sam Taylor-Wood. Her art tackled madness, death, power, and sexuality. Brontosaurus, where a naked man flails his body about like he’s possessed to a classical score; Knackered, where a naked woman acts out opera scenes; and Pieta, where Taylor-Wood cradles Robert Downey Jr. in her arms. Accordingly, we can expect an uncompromising stance from her for this story of the kinky, S&M relationship between a 27-year-old billionaire and a college student. Producer Michael De Luca told Deadline. “EL James’ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit.” And just maybe the fact that she met her husband Aaron on the set of a movie when she was 42 and he was just 18.


Movie Guide





Long anticipated biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the iconic Silicon Valley visionary, sheds new light on Steve Jobs’ most defining and personal moments, motivations, and the people that drove him. The film covers Jobs from his early years as an impressionable youth and wayward hippie, through his initial successes and infamous ousting, to his storybook return and ultimate triumphs as a man who set out to change the world and did just that. Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Ron Eldard, Lesley Ann Warren, James Woods. Director: Joshua Michael Stern.

Leigh (Kristen Bell) is almost 30, and living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into teenage life and behavior. She moves into her old room with her parents, hangs around with friends who never left town, and reclaims her high school job as a condocomplex lifeguard. But as Leigh enjoys shirking adult life and responsibilities and enters into an illicit affair, she begins a chain reaction that affects those closest to her. Stars: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Amy Madigan. Director: Liz Garcia.

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries. Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman Director: Edgar Wright.

Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young and idealistic, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. This unique visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. Our Nixon is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency. Director: Penny Lane.


Kingpin PG13

The Lifeguard


Raucous 1996 Farrelly brothers movie, which is lots of fun to watch on an inflatable screen under a night sky. FOOD TRUCKS : * Komodo * Smokin Willie’s BBQ * India Jones * Tortas 2 Die 4 * Lomo Arigato * Baby’s Badass Burgers * Coolhaus * Brasil Kiss * Waffles de Liege Doors: 5:30pm | Band: 7pm | Movie: 8:30pm Paul Revere Middle School. Enter on Allenford Ave just south of Sunset. This is the ONLY entrance to this event. Tickets $12 or $10 in advance. Parking: $5. Or you can bike in.

The World’s End

7 August, 7:00pm In Person: Angie Dickinson

Our Nixon

The Landmark is screening, on its 50th Anniversary, Captain Newman, M.D. starring Angie Dickinson, Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis. A realistic look at life inside a stateside military hospital’s psychiatric ward during World War II, the movie was nominated for 3 Academy Awards.Peck stars as the affable Captain Newman as he uses both humor and compassion to reach patients whose wartime injuries plague their minds instead of their bodies. Dickinson plays the sympathetic head nurse whom Peck enlists to help with the most troubled patients on the ward. Angie Dickinson will appear in person after the screening. Best known for her roles in Dressed to Kill, The Killers, Point Blank and of course the TV series Police Woman. Advance tickets are now on sale for $13. (Seating is unreserved for this series—first come, first served.) anniversary_series.htm 23

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The best things in life are

Free Here are some things you can do around your neighborhood this month, that won’t break the bank.


Tuesdays – Open Mike of Love

Popular on the comedy circuit, this open mike comedy event is hosted by Vance Sanders. Names are collected from 7:30 until a little before 8pm, when slots are chosen via a random lottery, and then the show starts. There are usually six performers an hour. It’s mostly funny since everyone tries really hard, and it’s very good practise for aspiring actors! 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Westwood Brewing Company 1097 Glendon Ave. Westwood, CA 90024

ACTIVITIES AND TALKS 13 August, 3pm – Norman Seeff

Renowned photographer Norman Seeff, whose life-size celebrity images were recently installed in the bar at Hotel Bel-Air, uses film and video to illustrate how he used his photo sessions as way to explore the inner dynamics of creativity, both personally and with his subjects. The stunning images are the result of several photo sessions with the world’s most creative innovators and entertainers in the 1970s and ‘80s. “At these intimate lectures, I am honored and thrilled to be sharing what I have learned from my interaction with hundreds of renowned creators of all disciplines. We will screen film from my sessions revealing and demonstrating the dynamics of innovative creativity, in action,” said Seeff. Seeff’s images have been featured on the covers of TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine and more. His photo genius was featured in Apple’s famous “Think Different” campaign and on the back cover of the recent biography of Steve Jobs.

6 August, 7.30pm – Scott Sternberg & Kevin West In Conversation

Scott Sternberg is a fashion designer, photographer, and entrepreneur who founded the brand Band of Outsiders in 2004. Kevin West is a journalist, author, and canning evangelist. He spent thirteen years on staff at W Magazine, and since 2009 he has run the blog about the cuisine and culture of food preservation. His first book is Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving. For this program Sternberg and West discuss the surprising overlap between fashion and food. Billy Wilder Theater.10899 Wilshire Blvd, 90024.

Till 24 August – Run + Yoga

Get fit with this free workout class held every Saturday morning. Meet at 8am under the Santa Monica Pier sign at the


11 August, 8pm – Enchanted

Sunday Movie Nights – A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess who is sent to our world by an evil queen. Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer. Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world? Movies will be shown on a 20-foot inflatable screen. 8pm. Beverly Canon Gardens.Free parking at 241 N Canon Dr.

13 August, 6pm – Charlotte’s Web

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen. Brentwood Country Mart 225 26th Street, Santa Monica


8 August, 7 p.m – Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars top of the ramp on Colorado and Ocean for a 2-5 mile run around the beach and pier. (Not a runner? Don’t fret—walkers are welcome, too.) At 9am, pick up your yoga mat and meet at the far west end of the pier. Enjoy sweeping ocean views as local yoga instructors help perfect your Downward Dog and Warrior pose. All experience levels are welcome. RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

Sunday Morning Yoga

Every Sunday, complimentary in-store yoga at Lululemon from 9:30 -10:30am. Take your yoga mat – and if you don’t have one, you can borrow one for the class.

Thursdays – Run Club

If you like company when you’re running, Lululemon have a great free running club for the Brentwood community on Thursday evenings at 6:15pm. Meet at the store (11920 San Vicente Blvd.) and run around the neighborhood. Lululemon 11920 San Vicente Blvd, T: 310 442-3563 brentwood-store@

From humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, the band has gone on to perform their danceable fusion of vintage reggae, Congolese soukous, American soul, funky African grooves, and deep tribal chants on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. Also, for this concert only, KCRW’s Tom Schnabel will spin records in the courtyard prior to the performance from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ADMISSION FREE; no reservations

15 August, 7 p.m – The English Beat at Santa Monica Pier

Continuing as they have done for the last three decades, with an amazing all-star ska backing band, (featuring players from The English Beat, General Public, and guest stars from the likes of The Specials, The Selecter, and other 2Tone bands), The English Beat play all the hits of those bands and some new songs. Expect Mirror in The Bathroom, Hands Off - She’s Mine, Tears of A Clown and Save it For Later. Santa Monica Pier 25

Eat & Drink

Sweet August We’re not quite sure why August is sweeter than a kitten drinking a milkshake – but we’re celebrating every one of these national days. Wait, they’re not holidays?

PE RECI enna by J ison Atch National Watermelon Day

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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette Dressing This is a ridiculously quick and easy recipe that looks super gourmet, your family will think you hired a personal chef. Ingredients: 1 Large Watermelon (or, if you’re in a real hurry, use the presliced watermelon from your local grocer) 2-3 Kiwis Microgreens, or mixed herb salad Handful of chopped pecans A bit of fresh cilantro to top


National Rice Pudding Day

Dressing: 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 Tbsp of Strawberry Basil Balsamic Vinegar 1 tsp of Tangy Dijon Mustard 2 Tbsp of Watermelon Puree


S’Mores Day

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Make the dressing first. In a high speed blender puree a cup (or two) of fresh watermelon Mix together the oil and vinegar, add the mustard and watermelon puree. Add more or less of the puree to your liking, remember you want a bit of a kick, dont want it to blend too much with the watermelon chunk. Wisk the ingredients and pour into an air tight container and place in fridge until serving. To assemble the salad: Start with a nice chunk of watermelon Next add the kiwi Top with microgreens (or mixed herb salad), pecans, and a few leaves of cilantro Finally, drizzle the dressing on top (use sparingly, don’t want it to overpower the watermelon) Try to get a bit of every ingredient in each bite to maximize your experience. Its lovely.


National Creamsicle Day



National Sponge Cake Day

Yikes - a double whammy!


National Peach Pie Day National Waffle Day


National Banana Split Day

“Summer on the Italian Peninsula”

Um - didn’t we just have S’mores Day?


National Cherry Turnover Day

Please join us on Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. for an elegant winemaker tasting event with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Ambassador John King, set against the beautiful and contemporary backdrop of the al fresco lounge at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. Guests will taste three of Wine Spectator’s top-rated Piper-Heidsieck champagnes, as well as a selected cognac from this sixtime consecutive winner of the Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Trophy at London’s prestigious International Wine Challenge. Each of the wines will be paired with delectable small plate specialties from Luxe Hotels Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle. For reservations, please contact On Sunset at 310-476-6571.


National Toasted Marshmallow Day

FAB STUDIO Join us at FABstudio for a pop-dinner experience. Culinary teacher and comedienne Elana Horwich, will be collaborating with award-winning filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro to transport your senses to the Mediterranean, for one night only. You will eat in style surrounded by the “architectural landscapes, figurative series and functional art pieces” of Argentinean-born architect, designer and artist Flavio Bisciotti . There is only space for 18 guests. Price: $60 suggested donation for dinner & welcome prosecco, + $20 suggested donation for wine Date: August 8, 2013, 7:00pm The Menu: A 5 course meal based on some of our favorite foods from throughout the Italian Peninsula. Squid-ink risotto, eggplant involtini with burrata, fresh local salads and vegetables and more. 2001 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90405 Phone: 424-744-8156 27

Real Estate AUGUST 2013

Mediterranean Houses for Sale

437 N. Bonhill Rd., 90049

$3,295,000 5 Beds | 4 Baths Just north of sunset is this beautiful Mediterranean home. Light & bright with warm, welcoming rooms that allow for both comfortable living and intimate gatherings. A generous cook’s kitchen with family room and formal dining room make this the perfect home for entertaining. French doors from the elegant living room & family room, both with fireplaces, lead to a private backyard patio with gorgeous pool and spa. There is a separate large 1 bedroom 1 bath guesthouse with fireplace which is perfect for guests, home office or play room. Truly the ideal setting to enjoy the California lifestyle. Size: 2,652 sq ft. Built 1929 Contact: Darlene Hutton, Partners Trust Tel: (310) 751-4468

548 Crestline Dr, 90049

$5,295,000 5 Beds | 5 Baths Exceptionally bright and airy 5 bedroom, 5 bath Mediterranean villa and guest house, offering stunning ocean views extending as far as Catalina. Situated on one of Brentwood’s most sought after streets, this completely remodeled entertainers dream home on almost 1/2 acre boasts a limestone formal entry, gourmet chef’s kitchen with stainless steel Viking appliances, formal dining, spacious rooms, a grand living room with vaulted ceiling, two master suites, large walk in closets, generously sized den/media room, pool side guest house, canyon and lush tropical garden views from almost every window, huge indoor pool & spa and an outdoor pool and spa with spacious decks and terraces for entertaining. Size: 4,433 sq ft. Built 1933 Contact: Marcie Hartley, Hilton & Hyland Tel: (310) 980-0141

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Photo: Marc Singer

12659 Promontory Rd, 90049 13827 W. Sunset Blvd, 90272

$5,199,000 6 Beds | 6.5 Baths This 1927 restored Spanish Villa boasts amazing arched doorways and balconies, rich colors, natural textures and authentic design, expressing the romantic beauty and architectural integrity of that time. Gorgeous French doors adjoin the living and entertainment spaces to the beautiful hacienda courtyard with towering walls covered in flowing vines, graceful arcades, tranquil water fountains, outdoor fireplace and seductive palm-lined pool. The serene oasis provides an ideal indoor/ outdoor living. The period ambience and details are preserved within the original glass windows, hand painted archways, ornate tiles, delicately sculpted wrought iron. High ceilings with heavy wood beams accentuate the grand scale and spacious feel of this stunning estate. The Villa provides generous living spaces with gourmet kitchen, family room, loggia, 5 bedrooms in main house and separate guest quarters with complete privacy and generous living spaces. This is truly an incredible, one of a kind home. Size: 6,549 sq ft. Built 1927

$2,795,000 5 Beds | 4.5 Baths Located in gated Stoney Hill at Mountaingate, this Italian villa welcomes you at the dramatic entryway which leads to a formal living room w/ stone fireplace, intimate dining room & spacious family room. Chef’s kitchen opens to a stone patio, private spa & yard great for entertaining. Downstairs also features a guest BR, media room w/ surround sound that doubles as a 5th BR, finely appointed powder room & laundry room. Custom-designed stairway w/ wrought iron hand-rail leads to an upstairs den & 3 en suite BR, including a luxurious Master suite w/ wrap-around views, a generously sized BR w/ spa tub & dual closets. Architectural details include red brick exterior, open beamed ceilings, French limestone & antiqued walnut floors as well as custom draperies & Barbara Barry-designed chandelier. Panoramic golf course, city & mountain views. Close to club house & community pool Size: 7,719 sq ft. Built 2000 Contact: Nora Wendel, Coldwell Banker Tel: (310) 979-3913 Peter Wendel, Coldwell Banker Tel: (310) 979-3927

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MTV started broadcasting in 1981

Wiggle Your Toes Day

Play in the Sand Day

National Tell a Joke Day

Wilt Chamberlain Born in 1936

Women’s Equality Day

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Sea Serpent Day

Middle Children’s Day

International Homeless Animals Day

Be An Angel Day

Mother Teresa Born in 1910.


National Trail Mix Day

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National Mustard Day National Watermelon Day

Dollar Day The US dollar was created in 1786

International LeftHander’s Day

Bad Poetry Day

National Sponge Cake Day

National Cherry Turnover Day

American Family Day. Barack Obama born, 1961

National Rice Pudding Day

National Creamsicle Day

National Aviation Day Potato Day

National Peach Pie Day National Waffle Day

Michael Jackson Born in Gary, Indiana in 1958.

Neil Armstrong born in Ohio in 1930.

S’Mores Day

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La Belle et la Bête Music in Twelve Parts The Etudes Sandra Bernhard I Love Being Me, Don’t You? Jérôme Bel Cédric Andrieux The Show Must Go On Complicite and Setagaya Public Theatre: Shun-kin Chelsea Wolfe and Anna Calvi Robert Wilson John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing JUST ADDED!

Laurie Anderson for Kronos Quartet: Landfall Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese The Spring Quartet Chick Corea and Béla Fleck PLUS MORE...

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Brentwood Focus September 2013 – Fashion Issue  
Brentwood Focus September 2013 – Fashion Issue