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L e t t e r s Be Careful What You Wish For Re: “A-OK with #CalExit,” Letters, Feb. 9 I’m a little puzzled by David Long’s letter last week: “California is considering secession from the United States. Good! Take New York with you.” It’s short and angry enough that I thought he must be a Trump supporter. But then I thought, since he lives in Santa Monica, does he not realize that he’d be governed by those evil liberals if California seceded? Steve St. John Playa del Rey
However, we have a problem in California’s 33rd Congressional District. The inconvenient truth is that about half of the constituents in CA-33 get their electricity through the burning of coal by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power LADWP burns coal relentlessly — 24 hours a day, year round — at its own power plant. While electrical utilities across the country are shutting down their coal burning operations, and the three investor-owned utilities in California are now coal-free, this danger to our environment continues unabated and the city of Los Angeles L.A. Must Break its Addiction leads in its inaction on preservto Dirty Coal Power ing our environment. Re: “Predictions 2017,” Yet the burning of coal does Feature Story, Jan. 19 not need to happen. According While discussing what to expect to public information, LADin the year ahead, Congressman WP’s electrical system has 45 Ted Lieu makes a plea for sources of energy. The peak continuing our transition to demand for electricity has never emission-free power to protect exceeded 82% of capacity, and our environment. The most no customers would know if the important statement to the heart LADWP’s coal plant was simply of the matter is: “We must be shut down. tireless in advocating for soluWhen demand is low, the tions to combat climate change LADWP lowers energy producand challenge any public official tion from its cleanest sources, who refuses to act.” including its recently upgraded
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Seismic Sticker Shock & Samohi’s Trump Guy By Beige Luciano-Adams Although Santa Monica spans only 8.3 square miles, this is a city that tends to go big: world-class sunsets over the Pacific, astronomical housing prices, strict environmental standards and, coming soon, a massive citywide seismic retrofit program. City leaders are considering a law that would require some 2,000 “potentially vulnerable” buildings to undergo earthquake safety testing and upgrades, the majority of them “soft story” structures — i.e. those ubiquitously SoCal apartment buildings that hang over carports, like the kind that infamously collapsed during the Northridge quake. Better safe than sorry, surely, but the question of who’ll foot the bill is soon to take center stage. As it stands now, the city would pay to get the program rolling but the primary financial burden falls to building owners. How much of those costs landlords will be able to pass through to rent control tenants remains unclear. Los Angeles and San Francisco have approved measures that allow as much as half of seismic retrofit costs to trickle down to tenants via incremental rent increases, including buildings subject to rent control. Santa Monica city spokesperson Constance Farrell said the Rent Control Board will consider what other cities have done and later decide what (if any) cost burden protected tenants will bear. “Our rent control office is analyzing the list of properties to understand impacts on rent-controlled units, including how many of the 2,000 are rent-controlled,” explains Farrell. That analysis, she said, will go before the rent control board at a future public meeting. Lead times to complete retrofits will vary from two years for brick buildings to 10 for concrete. The city estimates costs for a non-complex, six-story wood building would range from $30,000 to $60,000 ($5,000 to $10,000 per unit) — but L.A. and San Francisco have put typical
White House senior advisor Stephen Miller was “the least popular kid at Santa Monica High School,” said “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, summing up an avalanche of media interest in the Trump attack dog’s unlikely origin story soft-story retrofit costs significantly higher, at $60,000 to $130,000 per building, a range the city says property owners can expect to see in Santa Monica. Some local financing assistance will be available, according to a staff report. In the meantime, the city is looking to update protections for tenants impacted by required seismic safety upgrades — including asbestos abatement and temporary relocation assistance, both at the property owner’s expense. In short: A lot of buildings, a lot of unknowns. Find a spreadsheet listing potentially impacted addresses at smgov.net. The Making of a Trump Man at Samohi “The least-popular kid at Santa Monica High School.” That’s how “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah described White House senior advisor Stephen Miller, who creeped out conservatives and liberals alike with this ominous defense of
President Trump’s court-blocked refugee ban: “Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Miller attended ultra-progressive Samohi in the early 2000s and earned a reputation as “the student body’s best-known and least-liked conservative activist,” fighting a lonely battle against political correctness, student access to birth control, the campus LGBT club and Spanish-language announcements. “This guy is 17 years old, and it’s like listening to someone who’s 70 years old — in the 1930s,” school board member Oscar de la Torre told the Times. ‘California Values’ and Betsy DeVos State Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) didn’t mince words following the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, the first White House cabinet nomination in history to require a tie-breaking vote from the Veep:
“As a billionaire with no personal or professional background in public education and an advocate for private school vouchers, she is startlingly unqualified to lead our nation’s public schools,” reads a statement by Allen, formerly president of the Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District Board of Education. SMMUSD Supt. Ben Drati was more circumspect, acknowledging public concern over the appointment while offering the hope “that she will quickly embrace and gain a better understanding of our extremely important education system.” Drati said we’re lucky to live in California, “where education continues to be a top priority.” Allen suggested finding common ground with the federal government where possible, but left on a fighting note: “Where we must preserve our California values, we will.” Unions Look for Another Win One of the few remaining bastions of economic stability for working families and for some the only viable entrée into the middle class, labor unions have been in steady decline over recent decades and are under outright assault in some states. Considering the political climate, small gains count bigtime for unions. In a Feb. 6 letter, the Santa Monica Democratic Club gently reminded Providence St. John’s Health Center that hospital frontline employees voting this week on whether to join the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers enjoy federal protections against “intimidation, threats and other coercive pressures.” The letter came days after an announcement by UNITE HERE Local 11 that three workers fired by the Shore Hotel after leading a drive to unionize prevailed in their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board. The hotel has agreed to pay more than $98,000 in back and front pay and will “prominently display” the settlement.
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From Venice with Angst Challengers to Bonin’s reelection bid draw from frustration about homelessness and development By Gary Walker Long-simmering tensions over the impacts of rampant homelessness and rapid development on quality of life in Venice have boiled over into a hotly contested Los Angeles City Council race. In the March 7 primary contest, incumbent Mike Bonin faces two opponents — both of them from Venice — challenging his bid for a second term representing nearly 400,000 residents of L.A.’s primarily coastal 11th Council District. The challengers are working to build public support for their campaigns by hammering what they see as Bonin’s weaknesses. Venice Stakeholders Association President Mark Ryavec — a relentless critic of the city’s response to homelessness in Venice, where the number of people living on the street has increased 11% since 2015 — is tapping into homeowner frustrations about campsites and vehicle-dwelling along the beach and beyond. Former Venice Neighborhood Council member and slow growth advocate Robin Rudisill, meanwhile, is speaking to concerns that excessive commercial and residential development is changing the character of Venice and other Westside communities for the worse. Far from defensive, Bonin is running on his record of addressing those quality of life issues and others. The three candidates have been invited to a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at University Synagogue in Brentwood. A Westside Regional Alliance of Councils debate set for Feb. 27 at Windward School in Mar Vista has prompted more controversy, with only Bonin on record as planning to attend. Bonin’s campaign released a statement chiding his opponents for backing out,
with Ryavec and Rudisill countering that organizers ignored their notifications of prior commitments.
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hood level, particularly on the council and butting heads with City Hall over growth and development. “This council race is about the dire need for change in our city’s leadership. I don’t remember ever seeing this much discontent for Council District 11 or for our city government overall,” Rudisill said. Ryavec, whose advocacy group has sued the city for allowing homeless campsites to persist along the Venice Boardwalk, also hopes to ride a wave of voter discontent. “I have defied expectations in obtaining 1,400 signatures on my nominating petitions. I am assisted in this by the widespread antipathy this incumbent has engendered across the district with his arrogance and lack of response to resident concerns,” he said. Ryavec is perpetually at odds with many traditional advocates for the homeless, many of them critical of what they call his hardline, enforcement-based ap-
Ryavec and Rudisill must find significant support outside their Venice home turf in order to blunt Bonin’s incumbency advantage and force a runoff in May. Bonin comes into the race with endorsements from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, a close ally, and the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce as well as a distinct financial advantage. As of the city’s Jan. 26 campaign finance reporting deadline, Bonin had raised more than $410,000 in campaign cash. Ryavec — who has pledged not to accept contributions from developers, those who live outside the council district or any campaign contribution more than $250 — had raised about $32,500.
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physical presence in Playa Vista will be a catalyst for new collaborations with innovators in the private sector. “We’re really excited about the creative partnerships and opportunities within this dynamic community. And as the School of Film and Television partners with the tech giant and digital entertainment companies in Silicon Beach, we’re preparing students for the world’s most desirable careers— they’re building a portfolio of skills in demand by companies leading the creative economy,” Porter said. Designed by Michael Maltzan of the L.A. architecture firm Gensler and developed by commercial real estate giants Tishman Speyer, The Brickyard — named for its white-glazed brick exteriors — encompasses 425,000 square feet of office and retail space at 12105 and 12126 W. Waterfront Drive. LMU did not disclose terms of its lease. The Brickyard satellite campus isn’t the school’s only entrée into Playa Vista. Its M-School Institute of Marketing, Center for Urban Resilience, Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship and School of Education have been active in the community for years.
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affordable housing bond, which Ryavec opposed as an unfair tax — rolled out a multi-part plan to address homelessness in Venice that included building new housing on city property, quadrupling the number of social services outreach workers and allocating $1.1 million for rapid rehousing interventions . Ryavec’s other stated priorities also include an increased police presence in neighborhoods and response times and relieving traffic congestion by deploying
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Swinging for Success Coach Vic Buttler and the Westchester Comets eye a return to baseball glory — and the lessons it can teach By Gary Walker For most of his life, a baseball diamond has been Vic Buttler’s second home. Now his job is to welcome others inside. A standout player for the Westchester High School Comets in the 1990s, Buttler was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000 and spent a decade as an outfielder in the minor leagues before returning to his alma mater (now Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets) to coach. The Comets baseball program of Buttler’s youth was a force of nature on the field and an engine of school pride. At the start of his first season as varsity head coach, Buttler’s seeks to revive such glory days by overcoming a foundational obstacle: dwindling interest in the sport — particularly among African-American youth, the high school’s majority demographic (73% of students in 2015-16). Thirty years ago, nearly 20% of players on Major League Baseball opening day rosters identified as black or AfricanAmerican. By 2014, that figure had dropped to just 8.3%, with fewer than 3% of college players identifying as black, according to MLB and Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport statistics. Come Friday’s 3 p.m. home opener against the Granada Hills Charter Highlanders, Buttler will field a varsity roster of just 13 players — far fewer than many competing teams — with a third baseman and right fielder prepared to fill in at the pitching mound as the 21-game regular season continues. Nevertheless, Buttler sees potential for greatness and anticipates a winning season. “When I look at these kids it’s like looking at myself when I was in high school,” said Buttler, 36. “My father used to tell me that playing professional baseball was like getting a doctorate in baseball. So now I’m back here at Westchester, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” *** For Buttler, the road to success is paved with fundamentals. He plans to teach his boys “the right way” to play baseball — including respect for the game’s heritage and the ancillary character-building benefits he experienced from the game. “They can run and they’re strong, but that’s not how you win baseball games,” Buttler said of his team. “In baseball, you have to be able to play error-free. As an
outfielder, you have to know which base to throw to; you have to know how to bunt properly, how to play small ball. That’s how I learned to play, and that’s how I’m teaching them to play.” With so few players, Buttler and assistant coaches Ron Perodin and Greg
tions in L.A. and around the world, a crowd of about 150 people showed up at the high school to watch what Buttler dubbed a “celebrity game,” with Westchester Comets alumni squaring off against the current squad. It had all the trappings of a regular
“I want to show my players that it can happen — that I’ve lived this, and they can too if they play the right way, play with passion and work hard.” — Comets head coach Vic Buttler Ramos are relying on a core of experienced leaders to step up: right fielder Johnny Campbell, a senior; third baseman Damien “D.J.” Johnson, also a senior; and junior pitcher Aaron Eden. Eden will have to carry the bulk of the season’s pitching load, supported by junior lefthander Adari Lesley. Because of the versatility, athleticism and leadership qualities of seniors Johnson and Campbell, Buttler is confident he can call on them as relievers if necessary. “Damien is very passionate about the
season baseball game: good-natured ribbing from the bleachers, an early innings pitching duel, a spirited announcer, the smell of grilled hot dogs and players renewing old acquaintances. But there was also baseball royalty: Cleveland Indians centerfielder and Los Angeles native Covelli “Coco” Crisp, who sought to encourage players by signing autographs and reinforcing much of his friend Buttler’s philosophy: hard work, being the first player on the field and always being ready to play.
“It really is a thinking man’s game. You’re constantly learning, and that’s what I wanted to let these kids know.” — Cleveland Indians centerfielder Coco Crisp game and he can play anywhere, including catcher. Johnny Campbell is another guy that I lean on. He’s fast and has a really good arm and can play a lot of different positions,” Buttler said. “Aaron Eden is a hard-thrower who throws 90 miles an hour and has been recruited by San Diego State. So I have a good core.” But the Comets are also counting on support off the field. *** Jan. 21 was a sunny day with blue skies sandwiched in between two rain storms — one that brought record single-day rainfall to Westchester, anathema for baseball. While most will remember that day for the massive Women’s March demonstra-
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“There’s something about a player whose able to work harder and smarter than others that can push them past a guy that’s just as talented, because [coaches] are looking at you and they’re taking it all in,” said Crisp, who won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and returned to the Fall Classic last season. “There are certain things that you can’t teach — like hustle, doing the hard work — and those are the qualities that colleges and professional organizations look for.” Buttler’s pro baseball connections brought 2013 National League MVP slugger Andrew McCutcheon to talk to the team last year, and he’s tapped other former teammates to act as informal advisors. Brandon Watson, who played alongside Buttler as a Comet and went on to
compete for the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds, said he’s all-in this year. “I hope I can be a voice of somebody who’s been where they’re trying to go. Coming back home is always great. You might leave, but you never forget where you came from,” said Watson. “To see these kids trying to do the same things that we were trying to do is great, and now we’re in a position to help them because we understand what they’re going through.” *** Antoine Moten, another former player who has a son and two nephews on the team (one of them is pitcher Aaron Eden) is 100% behind Buttler’s focus on fundamentals. “He’s bringing back a solid brand of baseball. There’s lot of energy, and Vic is motivating them to get to the next level,” Moten said. Moten is also excited that Buttler and his friends are stepping up as role models for African-American youth, as nine of the 13 varsity Comets are black. While this isn’t Buttler’s primary mission — he’s equally committed to every player on his team — personal experience tells him it’s important. “When I was first drafted by the Pirates, I saw a lot of dark-skinned players and I thought ‘I’m with a team that has a lot of black players.’ But then I heard them talk and I found out they were from the Dominican Republic and other countries,” Buttler said. “I want to show my players that it can happen — that I’ve lived this, and they can too if they play the right way, play with passion and work hard. Anything is possible.” Crisp is also living proof. He’s a graduate of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program, an initiative sponsored by Major League Baseball to encourage players from diverse communities to learn the game. Crisp, Buttler, Watson and former Comet star Brian Barton also played in the Sportsman’s Little League in Inglewood, a little-known incubator for primarily African-American baseball talent. There, they all learned that baseball is not just about hitting, running and throwing. (Continued on page 14)
A B OVE : Westchester Comets varsity head coach Vic Buttler (#5) is counting on the dedication and leadership of frontline players: pitcher Aaron Eden (#28), right fielder Johnny Campbell (#24) and third baseman Damien â€œD.J.â€? Johnson (#4).
Johnson readies at the plate, Buttler leads by example and Eden delivers heat from the mound.
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“At the major league level, game preparation, film study and scouting are part of being a successful player. You have to do your homework. I’ve been in the league for 15 years, and I’m still learning,” Crisp added. “It really is a thinking man’s game. You’re constantly learning, and that’s what I wanted to let these kids know.”
Moten agrees with Buttler that the Comets show a lot of promise this year, and gives the team a strong chance to win the Western League championship. Buttler also has his eye on the long view: “We’ve got a great support team and the community is behind us,” he said. “I’m excited about the future of Westchester baseball.”
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Buttler agrees with the suggestion that baseball is something like playing chess on a large diamond-shaped field. “I’m a thinker. In baseball, it’s not about your size or your stature. It’s about the size of your heart,” he said during last month’s alumni game.
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By Brittany Ford “We are all a part of a circus — it’s just the ringleader who changes,” posits Jessica Long, founder of the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade. The annual revival of an Abbot Kinney-era nod to New Orleans party culture returns at noon on Saturday with a come one, come all costumed boardwalk parade from Rose Avenue to Windward Plaza followed by a dance party at Larry’s Venice. Now in its 16th year, the celebration offers a chance to celebrate the uniqueness of Venice, to bring neighbors closer together and to have fun for fun’s sake. Leading the parade under this year’s “Cirque du L.A.” theme are the Mudbug Brass Band, hula squad KCB HoopGangsta and local neighborhood krewes who gather especially for the occasion. Local New Orleans funk band The Gumbo Brothers keeps the party going from 2 to 4 p.m. at Larry’s. Long says the Cirque theme is not just inspiration for costume ideas, it’s a call for anyone feeling like they are living in a circus to forget about any worries and have a good time. While the nation revels in its own political divides, Venice too can often feel divided between residents old and new and those on either end of the tech and real estate booms. Long hopes the parade will be a chance for Venetians of all stripes to cast those worries
aside for a moment, be part of the community and feel like you own the street. “The Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade harkens back to the days when Venice was a more artist-rich and friendly local scene with a passion for sharing good vibes and spreading positive energy to strangers,” she says. “Now the parade is four times its original size and represents participants from all walks of life coming together in an undulating wave of colorful zany costumes, brass bands, smiles, cheers and beads.” This year’s Venice Beach Mardi Gras King and Queen are Ravi and Toni Kristin, who moved to Venice in 1974 — when the Meatless Mess Hall reigned the beach — and stay west of Lincoln as much as humanly possible. They’ve seen and felt a lot of changes: Ravi, who previously worked at Sidewalk Café and the original Venice Whaler, spent six years as general manager of Danny’s before it closed abruptly in January. But that’s the yin and yang of restaurants in a tourism destination. “If it wasn’t for new faces, my work would be very boring,” he says. The 16th annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade steps off at noon Saturday, Feb. 18, where Rose Avenue meets the Venice Boardwalk. Find more info or contact parade organizers via Facebook.
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An Acrobatic Kitchen Confessional Intimate circus show employs music, movement and memories to share the joy of cooking By Bliss Bowen The stereotype of circus and theatrical troupes creating their own families proves doubly true with Les 7 Doigts and their current show “Cuisine & Confessions,” which tumbles into The Broad Stage this weekend. According to Shana Carroll, who choreographed and co-directs the show with husband Sébastien Soldevila, it is a sensory exploration of cast members’ personal memories. The trigger for those memories seems an unlikely inspiration for a circus piece: food. “My husband and I were brainstorming on the next show we were going to create; we had already cast the group of acrobats we wanted to work with, and we were in our kitchen,” Carroll recalls in a rapid-fire stream. “My husband is incredibly passionate about cooking and food, and I joked that if we quit circus we could open a food truck.”
As the notion of creating a circus cooking show dawned, they wondered if it was even possible. When Carroll remembered her step-grandmother’s memoir-cum-recipe book “Young and Hungry,” they recognized that an autobiographical approach fit well with the ethos of Les 7 Doigts (the 7 Fingers), the intimate contemporary circus they co-founded 15 years ago after leaving Cirque du Soleil. “We want to have the performers share often intimate details about their real life so we feel like we get to know them onstage,” Carroll explains, “and then we care about them when [laughs] they do death-defying tricks. It worked. As soon as they began to tell these stories of their lives through their sense memories of the kitchen, we realized we weren’t forcing these things together. In fact, food is at the center of critical turning points of their life. Once we really delved into all their personal stories — which were great
stories, some very tragic, politically charged, socially charged — it became a lot of meaty material. No pun intended.” One Argentinean performer climbs and manipulates his pole apparatus to physicalize the story of how, when he was eight months old, his father was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the military government. In rehearsal, Carroll says, they talked about giving food as an act of love: “How do you serve food to a man that’s being put to his death?” In depicting horror, he finds beauty, using his craft to gratefully, prayerfully express the necessity of “making a beautiful life.” A social circus program helped two other performers break free of their violent St. Louis neighborhood; onstage, they dive through hoops representing pictures of their past. “It’s this feeling of escaping through windows and doors,” Carroll says. “There’s also a celebratory feeling, and it imbues hope.” Onstage, the kitchen becomes a kind of
spice-dusted confessional, where lithely muscled performers twirl in clouds of flour and congregate around a shared chopping block to prepare a dish whose ingredients — pasta, chopped vegetables, herbs and grated cheese — emit what Carroll calls “a strong hallucinatory smell.” Those aromas and striking visuals match the intensity of the stories. In one number, the joy of cooking comes alive as everybody dances in the kitchen — while cooking an omelet. Banana bread baked during the show is later shared with the audience. “There were all these layers,” Carroll says of discoveries the troupe made during rehearsals. “The show is performed very playfully, but it has deeper layers.” The boldness of circus acrobatics would seem to run counter to the intimacies of preparing and sharing food. But Carroll, (Continued on page 16)
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a self-described “theater kid” who joined San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus before training on trapeze in Montreal and France, takes exception to that suggestion. “I think circus is very intimate,” she says. “One defining characteristic of circus you can’t get away from is it’s very celebratory, because it’s in the nature of circus that you’re attempting to do something that seems impossible and hopefully succeeding at it. So there’s something inherently joyful. Pairing it with a deeper, darker side actually complements it really well, because it kind of shows the whole picture and then it becomes about hope, and about being life-affirming. “I think of it sometimes like a monologue: circus performers becoming very vulnerable in front of you, and doing things that are very difficult for your enjoyment —there’s a fragility to it.” Circus performers are not typically trained dancers, Carroll points out, so the physical vocabulary they developed in rehearsals is “really organic.” “Theater people can be great movers, great dancers when they tap into something very individual and organic to them; less so when they have to learn steps that are prerecorded,” she observes. “So we did a lot of improvisation …
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physicalizing emotion” and setting intention-based moves. Carroll, a Berkeley native, has strong memories of childhood summers with her father in Santa Monica. She now lives with her daughter and husband in a renovated convent in Montreal, where they’ve been settled since helping to launch Les 7 Doigts. Soldevila directed the “Circus Princess” opera last year in Moscow; Carroll, who also directed and choreographed a circus number at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, worked on Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour” on Broadway. Carroll is reluctant to share the “very seedling forms of ideas” they are mulling over for their next production. But amidst escalating sociopolitical turmoil, it seems likely “Cuisine & Confessions” will not be their only unorthodox subject. “We used to hesitate [to make] political statements,” she acknowledges. “Live entertainment can be an escape from those things. But with the recent climate, it feels more like something we want to address.” Performances of “Cuisine & Confessions” happen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16 to 18) at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $50 to $95. Call (310) 434-3200 or visit 7fingers.com.
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In 2013, Cailan and Vales opened their first Eggslut location: a counter with 20 seats at Grand Central Market. It’s been a runaway success since day one, with lines of 50 to 100 people on the regular, including sightings of celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Elijah Wood. Next up was Eggslut at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas, and then in November the Venice location opened, catering to the (Continued on page 18)
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The Fairfax: soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and Sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun and Sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun. Those brioche buns also hold together conventional sandwiches like the Bacon or Sausage, Egg & Cheese, and more adventurous ones like The Gaucho — seared wagyu tri-tip steak, over-medium egg, chimichurri, red onions and arugula — or the Cheeseburger — ground angus beef over medium egg, caramelized onions, bread and butter pickles, cheddar cheese and dijonnaise. (All sandwiches can be served on a buttermilk biscuit instead of a brioche bun.) Eggslut Venice isn’t very large, but there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen — 85% of the menu is
done in-house. There’s a cook at each station: egg, meat and bread. Two people prep one dish. And then two to three people work in the front of the house. More than 1,000 eggs get cooked from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, for an average of 500 to 1,000 sandwiches every eight hours. “We run our kitchen like a French brigade,” says Gonzalves. Without an official grand opening, things got off to a slow start in late November and December — partly because of the rain — but business is starting to pick up these days. Rain or shine, you’ll find a hearty line of Snapchatters and beach tourists alike.
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If you’re under the age of 35, everything you know about owning a home could be wrong; but it’s not your fault. Parents of millennial children have taught them what was financially sound when they were the same age — go to college, get married, buy a home and have children; the formula for the American dream.
rise — is more manageable and gives young people the option to keep living in the city.
3. Millennials Love Incentives The 2008 recession was a tragedy for homeowners who bought under inflated prices, but a silver lining for anyone buying after the fact. To help boost the The American Dream is still real for many, but the economy and the new housing market, the IRS offered details are murkier in 2017. The rising costs of college a hefty tax credit to first-time buyers until 2011. Just tuition are making it a riskier investment, young like a tax credit for electric cars, this was just the people are marrying later and having fewer kids and bump young people needed to buy homes after the the appeal of buying over renting is now less obvious biggest recession in nearly 70 years. than it was for their parents. Blaming the shift on “a 4. Millennials Do Not Love Student Loans changing economy” is a cop-out, as the trends in millennial home ownership are just as cultural as they Perhaps the biggest hurdle standing in the way of are economical. Here are some of the reasons why homeownership, student loans account for the largest the nation’s youngest buyers are having an affect on debt in the United States and are especially harsh on the housing market: younger people. The more you owe in student loans, the less likely you are to buy a house. However, some 1. Millennials Love Mobility programs like Income Based Repayment (IBR), which Economists are calling millennials the “job-hopping allows graduates to pay a lower monthly amount until generation,” because they are more likely than the balance is forgiven in 20 years (10 for public previous generations to frequently change jobs, sector workers), is helping ease this burden. even if it requires moving. As unions are in decline However, now that taxpayers could be on the hook and pensions are shrinking, job loyalty is on the fall for $108 billion in student loan relief, the future of and millennial workers are free to take their 401(k) this program could be in question under the new accounts elsewhere. Because the next job, and next presidential administration. But if interest rates do city, is always on the horizon, more millennials are go up and IBR is eliminated, the rate of buying from opting for short-term apartment leases, which allow America’s 20- and 30-somethings could go downhill for freedom of mobility. fast. 2. Millennials Love Cities ThIS week’S queSTIoN Millennials are more likely to buy their first home in waS aNSwereD by the suburbs, not the city. Even outside of price-inflated cities like New York and San Francisco, urban housing bob & Cheryl herrera, costs are skyrocketing and forcing new homeowners Professional Real Estate Services outside the city limits. However, renting — still on the 310-306-5427
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legal advertising IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN SUMMONS ) ) ) ) Plaintiffs ) v. ) ) VILOS, INC., STEPHEN W. SOLOMON, ) and the Estates of SOL MERKER and TILLIE ) MERKER, their heirs, successors, ) representatives and assigns, and all other ) persons unknown claiming any right, title, ) estate, lien, or interest in Parcel Nos. 16A-4 ) Remainder, 16A-4A and 16A-5 Estate Mandahl, ) No. 16A Coral Bay Quarter, ) St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, ) ) Defendants. ) _________________________________________________________________) TRACY M. KEATING, SLOAN M. KEATING, EDWARD HREBEK and JOYCE HREBEK
NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT AND PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS
CASE NO. ST-14-CV-284 ACTION FOR QUIET TITLE, DECLARATORY JUDGMENT, ADVERSE POSSESSION, and STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
TO: THE ESTATE OF TILLIE MERKER, her heirs, successors, representatives and assigns, and all other persons unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien, or interest in Parcel Nos. 16A-4 Remainder, 16A-4A and 16A-5 Estate Mandahl, No. 16A Coral Bay Quarter, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Defendant Within the time limited by law (see note below) you are hereby required to appear before this Court and answer to a complaint filed against you in this action and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment by default will be taken against you as demanded in the complaint, for ACTION FOR DEBTQUIET TITLE, DECLARATORY JUDGMENT, ADVERSE POSSESSION, and STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS Witness my hand and the Seal of this Court this day of February, 2017. ESTRELLA GEORGE Acting Clerk of the Court Matthew J. Duensing, Esq. Law Offices of Duensing & Casner P.O. Box 6785 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00804 340/774-6011 firstname.lastname@example.org
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NOTE: This defendant, if served personally, is required to file his answer or other defenses with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after service of this summons, excluding the date of service. The defendant, if served by publication or by personal service outside of the jurisdiction, is required to file his answer or other defense with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the attorney for the plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the completion of the period of publication or personal service outside of the jurisdiction.
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ENTER INTO A MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF BEACHES AND HARBORS intends to enter into a Management Agreement for the use of a dock for chartering purposes within a portion of Assessor's Identification No. 4224-011-901 pursuant to California Government Code Section 25537(b), requiring the posting of a notice of intent with the clerk of the board of supervisors prior to entering into the Management Agreement. The County intends to enter into a Management Agreement as follows: 1. Name of Proponent: County of Los Angeles, Department of Beaches and Harbors 2. Agent: Michael Rodriguez, (310) 305-9573 3. Location of Property to be Managed: 13701 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County, Supervisorial District 4 (see attached aerial) 4. Term of the Agreement: five (5) years 5. Rental Payment Over Term: $6,000 per year 6. Purpose of Agreement: Management of dock for charter operations 7. Management Company: Pacific Ocean Management, LLC
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The City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation – Watershed Protection Division, as the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will be coordinating the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Ballona Creek Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project (Project). The Project entails the development of three water quality treatment facilities in the Cities of Culver City and Los Angeles that will reduce bacteria levels in Ballona Creek and Estuary and provide a new source of water for potential beneficial reuse to offset potable water demands. Please visit www.LAStormwater.org for project details. Pursuant to CEQA, LA Sanitation is requesting identification of environmental issues and information that you or your organization believes should be considered in the EIR. Please email a comment from February 17 to March 20, 2017 to email@example.com or mail a comment to Mr. Hubertus Cox; LA Sanitation-Watershed Protection Division; 1149 S. Broadway, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Public scoping meetings will also be held on March 2nd from 1:00-3:00pm and 5:007:00pm at the Westchester Municipal Building (7166 Manchester Avenue, Westchester, CA). FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 014910 The following persons is (are) doing business as 1) Jonny’s Gems 2) Blacklight Jewelry 3) Blacklight Bling 4030 Del Rey Ave. Marina del Rey, CA 90292 John T. Hjorth III 4216 Tivoli Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). JOHN T. HJORTH III OWNER This statement was filed with the county on Jan. 19, 2017. Argonaut published: Jan. 26. Feb. 2, 9, 16, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this
statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 024338 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1)OP 3 8300 Manitoba St. #110 Los Angeles, CA. 90293. On the Lot Events LLC 8300 Manitoba St. #110 Los Angeles, CA. 90293 This business is conducted by a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/2017 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). ON THE LOT EVENTS LLC Title: Manager This statement was filed with the county on Jan. 30, 2017 . Argonaut published: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 NOTICEIn accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF REGIONAL PLANNING NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Los Angeles County Hearing Officer will conduct a public hearing to consider the project described below. You will have an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments to the planner below or at the public hearing. If the final decision on this proposal is challenged in court, testimony may be limited to issues raised before or at the public hearing. Hearing Date and Time: Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Hearing Location: 320 West Temple St., Hall of Records, Rm. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Project & Permit(s): Project No. 2016002091, Conditional Use Permit No. RPPL2016004293 Project Location: 4720 Admiralty Way within the Playa del Rey Zoned District CEQA Categorical Exemption: Class 1 – Existing Facilities Project Description: The Applicant, Sushi Nozawa, LLC, is requesting a conditional use permit for the sale of beer and wine for on-site consumption at a restaurant located in an existing tenant space at the Waterside Shopping Center pursuant to section(s) 22.56.040 and 22.56.195 of the Los Angeles County Code. For more information regarding this application, contact Kevin Finkel, AICP, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP), 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 974-4854, Fax: (213) 626-0434, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Case materials are available online at http:// planning.lacounty.gov/case or at Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. All correspondence received by DRP shall be considered a public record. If you need reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (213) 974-6488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD) with at least 3 business days’ notice. Si necesita más información por favor llame al (213) 974-6466. 2/16/17 CNS-2975850# THE ARGONAUT
after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS bUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 024415 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1) Limonada LA 2) Limon Lalaland 3) Lalaland Life 11607 Culver Blvd. LosAngeles, CA. 90066 Lorena Alvarado 11607 Culver Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90066 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). PL This statement was filed with the county on Jan. 30, 2017 . Argonaut published: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of
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LEGAL NOTICE CITATION FOR PUBLICATION UNDER WELFARE AND INSTITUTION CODE SECTION 294 CASE NUMBER Ky’ Monnie Frazier Case Number: 16J D0167 To Jamal Alaman and Kenneth Frazier and anyone claiming to be a parent of Ky‘ Monnie Frazier born on 10/25/2016, at Adventist Health Medical Center Birthing Center Hanford, CA. A hearing will be held on 4/6/2017 at 8:15am. in Dept. 1, located at Kings County Superior Court, 1640 Kings County Drive, Hanford, CA 93230. At the hearing we will consider the recommendation of the social worker or probation officer. The social worker or probation officer will recommend that your child be freed from your Iegal custody that the child may be adopted. If the court follows the recommendation, all your parental right to the child will be terminated. You have the right be present at the hearing to present evidence, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney. If you do not have a an attorney and cannot afford to hire one the court will appoint an attorney for you. If the court terminates your parental rights, the order may be final. The court will proceed with this hearing whether or not you a represent. Dated 1/31/2017. Jeffery E. Lewis, Clerk, by Reyna Bajas, Deputy Argonaut 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 2017
istrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). POLE TO WIN AMERICA INC. Title: CFO This statement was filed with the county on Jan. 20, 2017 . Argonaut published: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 008315 The following person is doing business as 1) Sun Transporation Service 4922 W. 139th St Hawthorne CA 90250 Andre Jacobson 4922 W. 139th Street Hawthorne CA. 90250. Luiz Canto 4922 W. 139th St. Hawthorne CA. 90250 This business is conducted by a general partnership The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ENTER INTO A MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF BEACHES AND HARBORS intends to enter into a Management Agreement for the use of a dock for chartering purposes within a portion of Assessor’s Identification No. 4224-011-901 pursuant to California Government Code Section 25537(b), requiring the posting of a notice of intent with the clerk of the board of supervisors prior to entering into the Management Agreement. The County intends to enter into a Management Agreement as follows: 1. Name of Proponent: County of Los Angeles, Department of Beaches and Harbors 2. Agent: Michael Rodriguez, (310) 305-9573 3. Location of Property to be Managed:13701 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County, Supervisorial District 4 (see attached aerial) 4. Term of the Agreement: five (5) years 5. Rental Payment Over Term: $6,000 per year 6. Purpose of Agreement: Management of dock for charter operations 7. Management Company: Pacific Ocean Management, LLC 2/16/17 CNS-2975473# THE ARGONAUT
on Dec. 2006. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Andre Jacobson Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2017 Argonaut published: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 037935 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Acupuncture Westside 4720 La Villa Marina unit G 13114 W. Washington Blvd. suite 101 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. Embodya LLC 4720 La Villa Marina unit G, Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 11/2016. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). PL This statement was filed with the county on Feb. 14th 2017. Argonaut published: Feb.16, 23, March 2, 9, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code.
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Venice Art Crawl Mixer, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy art, culture, entertainment and Mexican food with local artists. Casa Linda Mexican Grill, 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $5 donation requested. venicechamber.net
Playa Vista Surprise Pop-Up, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month’s Playa Vista surprise pop-up may put a smile on someone’s face with a picture-perfect treat. Show up to find out more. Common Grounds, Millennium Dr. and Village Dr., Playa Vista. Free. playavista.com
West Coast Swing, 6:30 p.m. Move your body and free your mind. Celebrate swing with a class or open dance. Intermediate swing dance classes start at 6:30 p.m., followed by beginner and intermediate/advanced classes at 7:30 p.m., and open dancing with deejays at 8:30 p.m. $15 includes the class; $10 just to dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; philandmindiadance.com How to Promote Your Book, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Recognizing that so many writers who follow less traditional routes lack media coverage, Diane Hinds guides writers through the process of devising a personalized campaign with comprehensive information regarding research, targeting audiences, creating the key message and press release composition and distribution. 302 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $30. eventbrite.com; facebook.com/DianeMHindsPR West L.A. Hike, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A community of friendly people gather each Thursday for one of five West L.A. routes. Check website for weekly location. meetup.com/los-angeleshiking-group/events Serving up Comedy, 7 p.m. After a brief hiatus, the stand-up comedy night (followed by an open mic at 8:30 p.m.) returns to The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. servingupcomedy.com Sofar Sounds: El Segundo, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in El Segundo. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com
Mat Pilates, 11:30 a.m. Work out your core muscles and stretch away stress at Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org “The Day of Forevermore” Screening, 7 p.m. Marnie Weber’s film takes viewers on a journey into a mythological world, exploring the relationship between a young witch and an old witch. Discussion with the filmmaker follows the screening. LMU, Mayer Theater, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and maybe win a prize. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate (310) 315-0056; unurban.com John Gorka in Concert, 8 p.m. Folk singer-songwriter John Gorka, a major figure in the New Folk Movement, performs at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com Hedgehog Swing, 8 p.m. Jazz group Hedgehog Swing plays gypsy jazz from 8 to 10 p.m. in The Del Monte. Then DJ Jedi spins soul, funk, hip hop, disco, house, indie and electronic from 10 p.m. until close. The Townhouse &
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John Gorka, who Rolling Stone called “the preeminent male singersongwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement,” brings his signature style to Santa Monica. SEE FRIDAY, FEB. 17. Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com The Picture Business, 10:30 p.m. Local rock fanatics The Picture Business return for a night of new wave, soul, rockabilly and more. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com
Saturday, Feb. 18 Mustang Car Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presented along with South Bay Mustang Owners, this award show presents five people’s choice awards: best paint, best engine, best interior, best coupe and best convertible. $10 adults, $5 children ages 10 to 17. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org The Mosaic Tile House, 1 to 2 p.m. Since 1994, artists Cheri Pann and Gonzalo have been transforming their once bland stucco home into a kaleidoscope of color —covering nearly every square in mosaic tile. Cheri creates contemplative largescale oil paintings with mythic themes, and Gonzalo canvases the walls, floors and ceilings with vignettes of their life together. Location emailed prior to event. $25. cheripann.com
“Grease Girl” Kristin Cline teaches women how to be confident around cars. SEE SUNDAY, FEB. 19. PAGE 28 THE ARGONAUT February 16, 2017
“Creed” Screening, 1 to 3:30 p.m. In this sequel to the “Rocky” franchise, Adonis Creed, the son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a boxing legend in his own right. He travels to Philadelphia to recruit Rocky Balboa as a trainer in order to earn a shot at the title. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-1676; colapublib.org
Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by Friends. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Fortunate Son, 2 p.m. Combining timeless Creedence Clearwater Revival favorites and John Fogerty solo hits, Brad Ford and Fortunate Son personify the spirit and grit of one of America’s favorite rock and roll bands. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2728; library.elsegundo.org Open Mic, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and enjoy a cold one. Open to all. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com
secret location in Santa Monica. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com Albert Lee in Concert, 8 p.m. Grammy Award-winning British guitarist Albert Lee brings his lightning speed finger-picking style and signature Ernie Ball guitar to a performance at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $26.50. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com. “Diotima: Paris,” 8 p.m. Chamber music group Jacaranda hosts the Diotima Quartet, which will perform the U.S. premiere of “Quartet No. 4” by part-time Venetian and part-time Parisian Hugh Levick and play works by French composers Eric Tanguy, Pierre Boulez and Henri Dutilleux. First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica. $20 to $45. jacarandamusic.org/season
“Stop Senior Scams,” 3 p.m. Written and performed by an all-senior cast and hosted by two retired judges, this revue alerts audience members to criminals and unscrupulous businesses that prey on seniors, teaching audience members how to protect themselves, their families and friends. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org LA Opera Multimedia Talk: “Akhnaten,” 3 p.m. LA Opera community educators share an entertaining and informative audiovisual presentation about ancient Egypt’s sun-worshipping monotheist king and the opera based on this pharaoh’s reign by composer Philip Glass. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org “From Schumann to the Stars,” 5 p.m. The Mar Vista-based Mason Home Concert series hosts The Argus Quartet, which will play a program exploring the starry and celestial works of composers Robert Schumann, Todd Mason, Ted Hearne and Garth Knox. 3484 Redwood Ave., Mar Vista. RSVP required. Contact masonmedia@ verizon.net. $20 suggested donation. masonconcerts.org Lisa Hilton Piano Performance: “Day & Night,” 7 p.m. Delivering echoes of a young Bill Evans, flashes of Brubeck and influences from Basie to Prokofiev, Lisa Hilton performs her West Coast cool jazz piano with power and passion. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $22.50. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com
Lisa Hilton channels jazz greats like Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck in Santa Monica. SEE SATURDAY, FEB. 18. Unkle Monkey, 8 to 11 p.m. Local favorites perform rock and reggae along with their own original music. Mercedes Grille, 14 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. (310) 827-6209; mercedesgrille.com
Sunday, Feb. 19 Aqua Aerobics, 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Build strength and endurance during the early shallow-water workout or the later deep-water workout at the Santa Monica Swim Center, 2225 16th St., Santa Monica. $2.75 to $11. (310) 458-8700; santamonicaswimcenter.org/ adult-fitness Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Baila Baila plays live music that nurtures Spanish language skills for children of all ages at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. Free. smgov.net
“Solo Sisters,” 7:30 p.m. Comedian Wendy Hammers shares stories from her battle with pancreatic cancer in “Solo Sisters” at the Moss Theatre, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. One-woman-show writer/ performers Arlene Malinowski (“A Little Bit Normal”) and Ann Randolph (“Inappropriate in All the Right Ways”) also perform. $50. tastywords.com
Ladies Car Care 101, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Grease Girl” Kristin Cline, a classic car enthusiast and hobby mechanic, helps other women feel confident around cars. She teaches about routine checks for tires, fluids, and belts and how to know what your car needs when something goes wrong. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $5. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org
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By Bliss Bowen As Nashville has grown over the past decade, its reputation as “Music City USA” has become truer than ever thanks to an influx of rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B artists who have broadened the ranks of an already deeply rooted community of country and Americana musicians. Yet it still remains a lonely outpost for jazz. That makes Nashville native Annie Sellick a rarity: not just a jazz singer in the Grand Ole Opry’s hometown, but an ex-Deadhead who has never sung country. Starting in the early 2000s, when she hit the road singing with marquee acts like Mark O’Connor and Tommy Emmanuel as well as a plethora of jazz trios, she found more work in her “second home” of Los Angeles — and not just because of her unconventionally dreadlocked appearance. “I worked in the L.A. area a lot, with a lot of different bands,” she says by phone from her Nashville home, rattling off the names of Shelly Berg, Charles Berghofer, Gerald Clayton, Bruce Forman, Josh Nelson, and various other cabaret and jazz players with whom she worked at venues like Hollywood’s Catalina Club, the Westin Hotel near LAX and the Vic in Santa Monica, where she recorded her 2005 live album “A Little Piece of Heaven.” “It was awesome. It was a little life. I did two albums out there, just to kind of harness the fun and excitement and growth I was experiencing in the Los Angeles community of jazz musicians.” Sellick estimates she still comes to the L.A. area four or five times a year. But after 20 years and several albums of straight-ahead jazz, she says, “I don’t want to do piano trio jazz anymore.”
Pat Bergeson and Annie Sellick are experimenting with a husband-wife jam band that’s grittier than they look Instead, the engaging vocalist is having fun swinging with the Hot Club of Nashville, whose sparkling gypsy jazz has found receptive ears in the bluegrass community and at the fabled Bluebird Cafe. Concurrently, she is exploring new musical possibilities in a duo with her guitarist husband Pat Bergeson, who also plays in the Hot Club and will join her at Boulevard Music Friday night. Both the unnamed duo and the Hot Club, which had been side projects to her bread-andbutter jazz trio work, are “gaining more life,” she says, “partly because — this is interesting — a lot of the jazz clubs I used to play are closed.” Her duo with Bergeson, who once played in Chet Atkins’ band, leans into folk and blues, thus opening opportunities to play at different venues for new audiences.
“I wanted to grow into something a little more original, whatever that might look like,” she explains. “And honestly, that scares me. It scares me to death. I really admire all these Nashville people that write songs and come out and do their own thing.” Although she has written a couple of songs that went over well with audiences, like the openhearted “Rain,” she jokes that songwriting “feels like solving a long division problem, or algebra. It’s not fun.” So she’s searching for other ways to “crack a show” and be original without being a songwriter. She and Bergeson have reinvented arrangements for standards like “That’s All,” which a friend played as they walked down the aisle in 2008, and Sellick’s medley of “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and “Hit the Road Jack.”
Their acoustic sound isn’t as funky or rocking as contemporary bands she admires like Umphrey’s McGee (“They’re very compositional when they jam”) and Brooklyn soul-rockers Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, but Sellick hopes the duo has “some of the energy and heart and soul” of jam bands. Sometimes, she reads journal entries backed by Bergeson’s tasteful fingerpicking; other times, she accompanies his guitar and harmonica with her own body percussion. Her hamboning is as much a signature as her hair. Early in her career, a local critic noticed her at a weekly jam and made mention in his column of “a girl with dreadlocks and Birkenstocks who sits in and sounds like a contemporary of Rosemary Clooney.” While Sellick has a sweeter, lighter tone than Clooney, he was on point about her style. Down to earth in conversation, she personably shapes songs with her voice in performance — a rhythmic angling of a word here, a smooth elongation or emotional parsing of a melodic phrase there, a grittier tone for bluesy tunes. That holds true even as she purposefully ventures beyond the purist approach that defined her career. “I sang jazz standards, and I did it in very much a purist way, and I loved it and honored it for a very long time,” she muses. “But now I want to see what might come from different instrumentation, and different kinds of groups.” Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson perform at Boulevard Music (4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City) at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $17.50. Call (310) 398-2583 or visit anniesellick. com/duo.
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Salsa & Burlesque, 9 p.m. Latin Fever Night at The Del Monte features Forbidden Roses Burlesque Troupe, DJ Tito El Guayaco and M.C. Roman Vasquez for an evening of salsa, bachata, merengue and more. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Monday, Feb. 20 10th Annual Presidents’ Day Organ Festival, 9 a.m. Presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, this festival features the pipe organ music of nine different composers, at four churches in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. Box lunches available for $10 with advanced
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Seated Breath Meditation: Naam Yoga, 10:15 a.m. This class aims to calm and clear the mind through controlled breathing, mudras (handseals) and simple seated movements that promote balance and rhythm in our emotions, thoughts and physical bodies. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org
“Fearless Activism as a Moral and Spiritual Imperative,” 6 to 8 p.m. Activist Support Circle is an ongoing and open support group for progressive activists to help guard against activist burnout. This month’s special guest speaker is longtime personal development counselor and former radio host Michael Benner. A Q&A follows the talk. UnUrban Café, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000; facebook.com/activistsupportcircle
Culver City Friends of the Library Knitting Circle, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Learn how to make knitwear, from scarves and caps to cell phone covers. Be part of the latest knitting trends. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975
Nina’s Tango Practica, 6 to 9 p.m. Each Monday night learn the art of tango and enjoy a tapas tasting menu. (Continued on page 33)
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Santa Monica Life Pleasures, Pastimes & the Spirit of the City Photos by Ben Gibbs
The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation received $161,801 from 588 donors to meet a $25,000 matching gift from Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows / MSD Capital. smmef.org Rain Pryor, daughter of comic legend Richard Pryor, opens her new solo play “Fried Chicken & Latkes” on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Santa Monica. jewishwomenstheatre.org California Sen. Ben Allen (DSanta Monica) was named Legislator of the Year by TechNet, an association of leading technology companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft. technet.org
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L.A. Legends @ The Broad Stage Ed Ruscha. Larry Bell. Ed Moses. Billy Al Bengston. Today these men are icons of California art, but once upon a time they were just ambitious kids who couldn’t afford to quit their day jobs. The four friends — members of the legendary 1950s and ’60s L.A. arts collective known as the Cool School — discussed their winding pathways to success during the “Artists Talk: L.A. Legends” panel on Jan. 18 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, inaugurating a series of dialogues co-organized by Sotheby’s Institute of Art-Los Angeles and Bergamot Station gallerist William Turner. Prompted by moderator Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, a KCRW art critic and author of “Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s,” Ruscha, Bell and PAGE 30 THE ARGONAUT February 16, 2017
Bengston shared anecdotes about the jobs they took on to support themselves while pursuing art. Ruscha, a pioneer of L.A. pop-art, drove out to California from Oklahoma City to attend CalArts (then known as Chouinard) before running a studio in Venice and finally settling down in Culver City. He talked about painting names and personalized messages on hundreds of gift items — like birdhouses and denture dishes — in order to make enough money to live on while also making art. That seems like a precursor to the paintings, prints and lithographs of witty phrases he’d create to critical acclaim in the 1960s. But the idea of becoming (Continued on page 32)
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immersion in local culture unified Bengston, Ruscha, Moses, Bell and others a famous — much less a financially such as the late Edward Kienholz and successful artist — was far removed from Craig Kauffman into a fraternity of L.A. his mind at the time. loyalists. “All my friends wanted to make art that Most eschewed the idea of moving to would blow your hair back and have fun New York “to make it” as artists. doing it,” said Ruscha, 79, “but the idea “I thought California was much more of having a vocation out of it and making sparkly and chicks in cars,” said Ruscha. a living at it was nonexistent … that “This was a better area code … although happened by accident.” it was sort of like the Australia of the art Larry Bell, known for his minimalist world.” sculptures of transparent and reflective But that distance from the mainstream Artists Elizabeth Orleans and Kelly Berg (Ed Moses’ daughter-in-law) cubes, moved his studio to Venice in the made the L.A. scene ripe for artistic represent a new generation of Westside artists 1960s and still maintains a studio there. innovation and opportunity, Bengston He talked about working at a framing shop said. “You could buy it any place. It was scholarship and realized I wasn’t going pointed out. in Burbank and being a bouncer at a not very expensive. … And it had a shelf to be an athletic supporter, and I dropped “All of us wanted to make a contribution coffeehouse on Sunset Boulevard called life of something like 3 million years.” out and went to work in display at of some type,” he said. “And you didn’t The Unicorn, where he’d sometimes Bengston, 82, also shared a colorful art Desmond’s [department store]. That need museums, galleries or any of that. entertain patrons with folk songs on his education history. Even though he was a good education.” You just need your buddies… 12-string guitar. “… and Barney’s Beanery,” he quipped, But “at a certain point I just decided I a shout out to the iconic West Hollywood had to figure out a way to make a living “You didn’t need museums, galleries bar where the Ferus Group, as they’ve that didn’t include working,” said Bell, 77. also been called, used to go out for drinks. or any of that. You just need your “I went into the studio and didn’t come “We thought we were great, too,” added buddies … and Barney’s Beanery.” out again.” Moses, 90, who still lives in Venice. Yet Bell did take away some important “Well, we were!” said Bengston. “I’d say — Billy Al Bengston lessons from working at the framing shop everyone sitting here was fantastic.” — namely that glass could be a valuable To quote a 2009 Ruscha lithograph of material for his sculptures, which would attended several art schools throughout Despite varied work and artistic backwhite letters floating over cloudy skies, all lay the groundwork for the California California, he never let that circuitous grounds, the Ferus Gallery — where they the Cool School needed was “Cold Beer, Light and Space movement. route interfere with his actual education. exhibited their work under the direction of Beautiful Girls” … and some solid “The thing I liked about glass was that it “I lasted one day at USC,” recalled L.A. art impresario Walter Hopps, whom creative friendships to guide them into art reflected light, it transmitted light and it Bengston, whose day job was racing they called “Chico,” and gallerist Irving world superstardom. absorbed light all at the same time,” he motorcycles. “I went on an athletic Blum, who attended the discussion — and — Christina Campodonico
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Tuesday, Feb. 21 Gateway to Go Food Trucks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks gathers each Tuesday at the Sky View Parking Lot, 6101 W. 98th St., Westchester. gatewaytola.org
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Gourmet Food Truck Night, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Each Tuesday a diverse array of tent vendors and gourmet food trucks take over the California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-8537; californiaheritagemuseum.org Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The advisory council is a certified Los Angeles city body that meets the third Tuesday of each month at Westminster Avenue Elementary School to discuss matters facing the community. 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. venicenc.org Sierra Club Airport Group, 7 p.m. Participants learn why a plant-based diet is important to the planet and all of us. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Vegan snacks served. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao
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Unkle Monkey Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Local favorites perform acoustic music and comedy each Wednesday in the Tiki Bar, with special guest appearances including an Elvis impersonator. The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451; mdrwarehouse.com
Etc. Records Electronic Beat & Jazz Showcase, 9 p.m. Etc Records presents electronic musician Pink Siifu, jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell, experimental vocalist Christina Wheeler, percussionist John Hendron (a.k.a. A Grape Dope) and electronic music duo The Presdent Elders (Brother El & Radius) in a live showcase in The Del Monte. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $10. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
LMU’s Annual Interfaith Forum: “The Jewish Cardinal,” 6:30 p.m. The Jewish and Catholic Studies programs at LMU screen “The Jewish Cardinal.” An interfaith discussion with John Connelly (UC Berkeley) and Rabbi Mark Diamond (LMU) follow. LMU, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Westchester. Free but RSVP requested. (310) 338-7664; bellarmine.lmu.edu/ interfaith
No Page Unturned Book Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Held each fourth Wednesday of the month, this book club for adults discuses engaging and thought-provoking books. This month’s book is “Heroines of Mercy Street” by Pamela D. Toler. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 559-1676; colapublib.org The Spirit of Old California Dinner, 7 p.m. chef Anne Conness presents a multicourse meal based on the unique cuisine of Spanish California, and culinary historian Richard Foss explains the history of the dishes. Wines made in historic styles and a 19th-century punch will be served. Proceeds benefit the Pacific Food and Beverage Museum. Sausal, 219 Main St., El Segundo. (310) 322-2721; pacificfood.org
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Four’s a Crowd: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Edgemar Center for the Arts This comedy written by Christopher Durang and directed by Barbara Tarbuck pokes fun at the hardships, miseries and relationship troubles of Chekhov’s characters. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania countryside, until their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events to come and their superstar actress sister Masha returns from traveling the world with her 20-something boy toy Spike. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 5 p.m. Sundays through March 11 at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 392-7327; edgemar.org
Contemplation: “Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Harvard-educated molecular biologist, visual artist and provocative underground philosopher Steven Friedman shares his answers to life’s big questions in this one-of-a-kind-the-
atrical event, weaving together personal narrative, poetry art and science. Proceeds support the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Campaign. One performance only: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 394.9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com From Hong Kong to Hollywood: “Second Chances for Grace” @ Santa Monica Playhouse In this one-woman show, actress-writer Kiki Yeung shares a coming-of-age story about a Chinese girl from Hong Kong defying her Tiger Mom, battling two autoimmune diseases and chasing her American dream of becoming an actress. Proceeds support the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Campaign. One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394.9779, ext. 1; santamonicaplayhouse.com Photo by Paul M. Rubenstein
Finding Yourself: “Sacred & Profane” @ 2231 S. Barrington Ave. In this one-man show that’s part TED Talk, part sermon, actor-writer Tim Lewis shares his coming of age story about coming out as gay in the heart of an Evangelical Christian community and, in the midst of it all, finding God. Proceeds benefit the Trevor Project, a national organization providing suicide intervention and prevention services to LGBTQ youth. One performance only: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at 2231 S. Barrington Ave., West L.A. $20 in advance. $25 at the door. endpain.com/ events
Dinner Party Divorce: “Dinner with Friends” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Middle-aged couple Gabe and Karen begin to question their seemingly tranquil marriage when their family friend Beth reveals that she’s divorcing her husband Tom for infidelity. The twist: Gabe and Karen introduced Beth to Tom. #awkward Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through March 5 at Pacific Resident Theatre’s Co-Op Space, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
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The Shiniest: “The Best of Shine” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Seven audience favorites from the SHINE’s 2016 storytelling series share their stories this month at SHINE’s new home, the Santa Monica Playhouse. Playwright, actress, director and Tell-Tale Company founder Deana Barone hosts. One performance only: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 4522321; storeyproductions.com
about a pair of Christmas tree salesmen wreaking havoc on NYC, a detective duo bent on catching a killer, and a young woman drawn into a vicious game of cat-and-mouse makes its West Coast premiere. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at City Garage, Bergamot Station T-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay what you can at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: “Arco Iris: The Rainbow Bridge” @ Highways Performance Space Critical Mass Dance Co. illuminates the stage with its signature glow-in-the-dark costumes and black-light dance theater. One performance only: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org
Hypochondriac: “The Imaginary Invalid” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players present Moliere’s outrageous satire of medicine, its practitioners and the patients who rely on laxatives, bloodlettings and quacks for medical treatment. Closing soon. Last show is at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Life Songs: “Debussy: His Letters and His Music” @ Odyssey Theatre Soprano Julia Migenes explores the life of the famed French composer in this new stage biography combining Debussy’s letters and compositions. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 26 at Odyssey Theater, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $30. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com Mind Games: “Grimly Handsome” @ City Garage Julia Jarcho’s Obie-winning play
Speaking Truth to Power: “Lyrics from Lockdown” @ The Actors’ Gang Hip-hop theater innovator and spoken word champ Bryonn Bain shares his incredible true story about being wrongly held in New York City jails while a student at Harvard Law School. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and at 9 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 25 at The Actor’s Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $30 t o $34.99. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
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Ideally, “till death do us part” doesn’t lead to daydreams involving a shovel and a tarp. Granted, there are people in miserable marriages who stay together — sometimes because they believe that a man with horns and a tail would end up chasing them around with a flaming pitchfork if they split up and married somebody else. Others, in humdrum but not ugly or toxic marriages, stay together —admirably — for their kids’ sake. But many unhappy couples — with no pitter-pattering little feet but the schnauzer’s — don’t split up or are seriously slow to do it out of this notion that quitting is for losers. I’m not suggesting that couples should scurry off to divorce court at the first sight of a cloud on the marital horizon. But there’s a costbenefit analysis to be done. Couples need to consider whether it’s actually possible to work to make their marriage succeed or whether that would take their being two totally different and actually compatible people. As for what “succeeding” in
marriage means, let’s be honest: In modern society, we have a luxury we never did before — marrying for love and happiness. We then expect that these will continue to some reasonable (or sometimes unreasonable) degree. In previous centuries, sometimes you lucked out and got love in the marital package. But, as marriage historian Stephanie Coontz points out, for “thousands of years” — until the late 18th century — “marriage was more about property and politics than personal satisfaction.” Two people would get “betrothed” to each other as a way of brokering peace between nations or getting the money to keep land in the family (“marriage is between a man and a potato farm”). These days, however, if continents or children won’t be ravaged by a couple’s breaking up, maybe there’s no reason to be answering the question “Grandma, how’d you and Grandpa make it work?” with “We didn’t. I just stayed till he died.” Even so, human psychology doesn’t make it easy to extricate ourselves. Research by psychologist Elliot Aronson finds that we are prone to “self-justification” — believing whatever puts us in the best light. In other words, we are natural-born spin doctors, driven to protect both our ego and our public persona to the point where our knee-jerk response when we fail at something is pretending we haven’t, to ourselves and everybody else. There is a psychological tool you can use to combat this. It’s “self-compassion” — basically, when you’re going through a hard time, treating yourself as kindly as you’d treat someone else who’s struggling. Psychologist Kristin
Neff, who studies self-compassion, finds that an essential element of this is seeing your “common humanity” — meaning viewing yourself as part of a whole population of flawed, fallible humans. This might help you look charitably on the concept of the “starter marriage.” This is a first marriage for a very young couple without kids or many assets that ends in divorce in five years or less. (These are people who went into marriage not knowing themselves or their partner all that well and not really understanding what marriage requires.) Still, older people, upon hearing about this newfangled “get out of jail free” card, will often grumble the marital version of “When I was your age, I crawled 20 miles to school over broken glass!” (“Um, thanks, Aunt Bessie, but I learn just fine when Mom drops me off in her Tesla.”) But consider that this “starter marriage” concept is actually very helpful — right in line with the notion from self-compassion that you’re not alone in making mistakes. Understanding this can help you view your failures less as shameful embarrassments and more as learning experiences that you can use to make better choices in the future. Seeing failures in this more compassionate, positive light could also help you be a bit faster to admit when you’ve screwed up so you can move on. This is certainly preferable to just sitting there glumly mired in your bad choices like a little kid who peed his pants — and has to stay in those wet pants for the next 50 years, at which point somebody will throw him a big anniversary party to celebrate.
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I really appreciated your recent column about people who go through with getting married when they know deep down that they’re making a mistake. I’m reminded of the common societal admonishment against being a “quitter.” There’s this notion that you’re some kind of loser if you quit anything — even when logic tells you that you should bow out. This sort of absurd anti-logic is used (with the “marriage takes work” notion) to intimidate people into remaining in marriages that are total failures, which prolongs everyone’s suffering. — Been There
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