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Environmentalists pledge to fight Trump on coastal drilling expansion .................... 6

‘A Tragic Evening’ 75-year-old is accused of killing wife in Del Rey murder-suicide attempt ............. 7

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WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS Party like a Silent Movie Star in Santa Monica . ................................... 24

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L e tt e r s CORRECTION: Last week’s story about Santa Monica’s advocacy for the Community Choice Aggregation renewable power program gave incorrect info about Southern California Edison’s renewable energy offerings. Renewables account for 30% of Edison’s overall power portfolio, but the company offers 50% and 100% renewable energy plans for homes and businesses. Let’s Build Smarter in Westchester Re: “The Secret’s Out on Westchester,” news, Dec. 28 Interesting article about the new rental housing being built in Westchester. While some people (developers and real estate agents) tend to be overjoyed, I often wonder if that elation continues when they’re sitting in their cars for hours. With airport travel on the rise, adding to local gridlock by building more density-friendly projects is not necessarily the answer. I don’t feel the building boom is in step

with traffic mitigation to accommodate the glut. Somehow developers seem to be able to skirt this step. Another thing some developers sidestep is getting the required permits for whatever work they are doing at any given time. For weeks the project at West 74th Street and La Tijera Boulevard shut down traffic lanes both ways, during the holidays, in front of a post office (much mail in December?). Only after the neighbors raised their collective voices asking for permits was the project stopped midday and restarted after the correct steps were taken. I don’t know how much money the city collects in permit fees, but whatever it is might be able to go toward housing for homeless folks, seeing as how many of these expensive new high-density apartments have displaced people who used to live in the old ones. There’s building, then there’s smart building. Leigh Hill, Westchester

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Pot Rules Remain Hazy Recreational marijuana may be legal, but you won’t find it in a store near you By Gary Walker Despite the fanfare about recreational marijuana becoming legal in California on New Year’s Day, it could be a while before Westsiders can just walk into a nearby store and buy some. California residents 21 and older can grow up to six plants in their home and possess as much as an ounce of marijuana for personal use, but L.A. isn’t nearly as hip to weed as you’d think. Los Angeles city leaders have yet to issue rules to implement the legal sale of recreational marijuana, with The Argonaut unable to reach the new Department of Cannabis Regulation but its website ( stating that many existing medical marijuana dispensaries will “quickly receive” recreational sales licenses. L.A. County has yet to decide what will happen in unincorporated areas such as Marina del Rey, leaving a total ban on retail sales intact for now. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is tentatively slated to discuss permanent regulations at its Jan. 23 meeting, more than a year and two months after voters weighed in on the issue.

new regulations.” According to Li, the Santa Monica Boulevard retailer saw a 30% spike in sales on Jan. 1. MedMen operates medical marijuana dispensaries west of the 405 Freeway awaiting L.A. city approvals for recreational sales: MedMen Venice at 410 Lincoln Blvd. and MedMen LAX at 8740 Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. L.A. and Santa Monica are dragging their feet on recreational cannabis Meanwhile, entrepreneurs are beginning to mix cannabis with gourmet meals and Santa Monica officials have also been a retail storefront, but commercial recreslow and cautious — so much so that they ational activities are postponed pending “a social outings despite the hazy legality of it all. Public consumption remains illegal, are just gearing up to allow for medical community process to evaluate “what but on-site consumption inside designated marijuana dispensaries, which became types of adult-use commercial activities legal in California under Gov. Gray Davis. should be allowed and where,” according businesses is a very real possibility. “Under state law, local jurisdictions can In October, the Santa Monica City to a city press release issued Jan. 3. allow consumption on the grounds of a Council greenlighted an application Things played out differently in West licensed and permitted retailer provided process for up to two medical marijuana Hollywood, where city officials gave the the area is restricted to people 21 and retailers in any of three areas: Wilshire MedMen medical marijuana dispensary Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and approval to begin recreational sales Jan. 1 over, the area where cannabis is consumed is separated from the retail area, and Centinela Avenue; Santa Monica Boule— which it did, prompting lines around alcohol and tobacco cannot be sold vard between Lincoln and 20th Street, and the block. onsite,” said Joseph Nicchitta, countywide Santa Monica Boulevard between 23rd “It was a celebratory day for us. We coordinator of the Office of Marijuana Street and Centinela. The city is taking didn’t expect it,” said MedMen spokesManagement, L.A. County’s new regulaapplications through Feb. 28. man Daniel Li. “While everyone was New zoning rules will allow for light drinking champagne and waiting for 2018 tory body. manufacturing of medicinal products like to start, our employees were clearing out cannabis-based lotions or edibles without products in the stores in preparation for

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Oil and Water Heal the Bay and the California Coastal Commission will fight plans for more drilling off the coast By Gary Walker Westside environmental organizations and the California Coastal Commission blasted the Trump administration’s proposal last week to expand offshore oil and gas exploration, vowing to challenge any attempt to open new reserves near the Santa Monica Bay or elsewhere along the Pacific coast. There are 23 existing oil platforms off the California coastline, but no new lease sales off California since 1984. It isn’t clear whether there might be any attempts to drill near Los Angeles, but Heal the Bay Vice President Sarah Sikich said an oil spill to the south or north of Santa Monica Bay could pollute L.A. or Santa Monica beaches under the right conditions. “Depending on how large a spill and how strong the winds and currents are, absolutely,” she said. Heal the Bay has been talking to other environmental groups since the administration’s Jan. 4 announcement of a five-year plan that would commit 90% of the nation’s offshore reserves to leasing, including at least two areas in Southern California. Sikich recalled the 2015 oil spill at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara that discharged 142,800 gallons of crude oil from an underground pipeline. The cost of the cleanup is estimated to be nearly $100 million, and tar balls wound up on beaches within the Santa Monica Bay days after the spill. “The thing about oil drilling and spills is it’s not a case of if it can happen — it’s when it will happen,” she said. California Coastal Commission President Dana Bochco predicts that Californians, regardless of their political preferences, would rally against the proposal. “Nothing galvanizes bipartisan resistance in California like the threat of more offshore oil drilling. We need to pursue a clean energy future, and this proposed

and the economy as whole. … California has the nation’s strongest environmental protections, so it makes sense to meet our energy needs here under these strict standards, instead of relying upon more imported oil that is produced without these protections and impacts the environment when it is transported here by tanker ship or rail car.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D- Torrance), who represents Westside communities and is an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, called any proposal to open oil reserves off the California coast a “bad idea.” “This is the exact opposite of what we want to do as it pertains to fighting climate change,” Lieu said. “It’s too dangerous and can be harmful to wildlife and local economies. It only takes one oil spill to wreck our ocean’s ecosystem for a long time.” Sikich noted how much cleaner the In 1969, a blowout in this oil platform six miles off the coast of Santa waters of the Santa Monica Bay region Barbara caused what was the largest U.S. oil spill at the time, fouling are following environmental protection nearly 50 miles of coastline from Goleta to Ventura. policies and practices implemented during the Obama administration, which plan will set the country on exactly the oil leases with interest in pursuing them. she says have coincided with the return wrong course,” Bochco said in a state“Where there is currently no offshore of various sea mammals, indicating a ment. “Fortunately the Coastal Commisproduction, such as Northern California, much healthier ocean. sion is the one state agency that actually there is no interest, to my knowledge, to “One of our greatest concerns is how [oil drilling] would undermine the incredible investment that our state has made to protect our coastal waters,” she said. Lieu said those who oppose oil drilling should organize demonstrations and participate in events such as the Los Angeles Women’s March on Jan. 20. — California Coastal Commission President Dana Bochco “We saw how the public was responsible for helping to defeat Republicans’ has the authority to potentially prevent pursue new offshore leases,” Zierman said. attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year,” said Lieu. “Like Abraham this from happening. We’ve fought “If, however, new resources could be Lincoln said, ‘… Public sentiment is similar efforts before, and we will fight produced using existing infrastructure everything. With it, nothing can fail; them again.” — meaning no new offshore platforms Rock Zierman, executive director of the — we should explore it if it makes sense,” against it, nothing can succeed.’” California Independent Petroleum Assohe continued. “Increasing our nation’s ciation, cautions equating availability of energy independence benefits consumers

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A clogged storm drain caused flooding in Playa del Rey of the time. When the storm came along it didn’t work as it should have,” Frasher acknowledged. “We didn’t anticipate any kind of blockage.” One longtime resident said stormrelated flooding has occurred at least a half a dozen times in recent years, especially in the oceanfront neighborhood known as The Jungle. “We had a couple of feet of water in our garage. The county just totally screws up once in a while,” said homeowner Vance Griffith, who has lived at Trolleyway and Culver for 35 years. “Solutions are actively being worked on” to avoid further blockages, Frasher said.

The first rains of 2018 brought flooding to low-lying coastal areas of Playa del Rey streets on Monday and Tuesday, with water pooling at Culver Boulevard and Trolleyway as county workers deployed pumps and hurried to unblock a clogged storm drain. Los Angeles County Department of Public Works spokesman Steven Frasher said it appears shifting ocean currents pushed sand into a 72-inch concrete reinforced pipe at the end of Culver, causing the blockage. The pumps could be in place for a couple of days before all the water has been removed from the intersection, Frasher said Tuesday. “We have a system that works most

75-year-old is accused of killing his wife in Del Rey murder-suicide attempt A 75-year-old Del Rey man is suspected of killing his wife — Donie Vanitzian, the author of a weekly column about homeowner associations for the Sunday business section of the Los Angeles Times — in what investigators believe to be an attempted murder-suicide. Thomas Foster has been charged with murder and use of a handgun and remains in custody in lieu of $3 million bail, according to a statement by L.A. County Deputy District Attorney David Berger. Foster faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty and returns to the Westchester Courthouse on Jan. 18. On Dec. 28, in response to a request by family members, LAPD officers conducted a welfare check at a home in the 4000 block of Corinth Avenue in Del Rey (near the Culver City DMV), where they found

67-year-old Vanitzian dead of a gunshot wound and Foster nearly unconscious. LAPD Pacific Division Capt. James Setzer, who responded to the scene, said paramedics transported Foster to a local hospital because he appeared to have ingested several different medications. “It was determined to be a murdersuicide attempt,” said Setzer, describing the situation as “a tragic evening.” Another LAPD official told the LA Times that Foster had left a suicide note detailing plans to kill his wife and himself. “Donie Vanitzian helped frazzled homeowners navigate the minefield that can be living within a homeowners association,” states her obituary in the LA Times, which ran her columns for more than 16 years.

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tion of this rain event,” Department of Public Health spokesman Bernard Tolliver said. Los Angeles County changed the way sewage spills are reported in 2007 after then-L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe called for an investigation of unreported discharges in the early 2000s. After the investigation, the number of reported spills increased 645% — from 11 in 2006 to 82 in 2007, according to a county audit report. Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the county’s beach closure hotline: (800) 525-5662.

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Ballona Creek Sewage Leak Closes Beaches A sewer line blocked by grease caused 1,100 gallons of waste to flow through a storm drain, into Ballona Creek and out to the ocean on Sunday night, forcing partial closure of beaches within 100 yards of the creek’s mouth. On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health posted warnings to avoid contact with the water from the north end of Dockweiler Beach to the south end of Venice Beach, rain or shine. “Due to the beach use advisory that was declared on Jan. 8, beach users should avoid water contact for at least 72 hours after the comple-

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Native plants and birds are making a comeback on Santa Monica Beach By Andrew Dubbins Imagine Santa Monica’s flat-combed beach covered in pink and yellow wildflowers. It may sound outlandish, but it’s happening as we speak inside a small fenced-off restoration area just north of the Annenberg Beach House. “Look at this big guy,” says The Bay Foundation’s Rod Abbott, giddy as a schoolboy, examining the pink flowers of a red sand verbena sprouting up next to a hummock of ice-green sea scale. “I don’t have kids, so these plants are like my kids,” he jokes. Last December marked the one-year anniversary of The Bay Foundation’s pilot project to transform three acres of Santa Monica’s flat, highly groomed beach into a beautiful and healthy ecosystem. The goals are to provide a refuge for invertebrates, birds and native vegetation as well as evaluate shore protection from climate change and— on a beach that receives millions of visitors each year — show that human recreational use can be compatible with ecological restoration. “Plover one right there!” exclaims Abbott, the foundation’s watershed

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programs coordinator, pointing to a small bird in the shallows. With a white body, gray wings and black spots around its eyes like smeared makeup, the western snowy plover is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Last April, inside the restoration area, The Bay Foundation’s ornithologist spotted three plover eggs in a nest of twigs, rack and dried kelp, marking the first time in almost 70 years that the bird has nested in the Santa Monica area. “The entire conversation changed,” recalls biologist Karina Johnston, The Bay Foundation’s director of watershed programs. After the sighting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mobilized, posting signs and erecting a metal enclosure over the nest. Although high winds destroyed the nest, Johnston counts the plover’s return as a major victory of the project. “It shows that even a small restoration area where we stop grooming and allow native vegetation to thrive changes the way a species [like the plover] views the beach.” Before the Santa Monica Beach restora-

tion project’s launch in December 2016, some Santa Monica residents worried the restoration area would interfere with beach recreation and enjoyment. But in public outreach meetings, The Bay Foundation won them over with artist renderings of the low, unobtrusive fence-lines, the path through the area and unenclosed perimeter along the water’s edge. “By the end of the presentation,” says Johnston, “the folks who were skeptical became enthusiastically supportive.” “Protecting our beach is protecting the essence of Santa Monica,” said Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown, a governing board member of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, which supported the pilot project. “I look forward to the initial restoration’s continued success and our expansion of such mitigations to make sure generations to come get to swim and surf like we did.” Funding and support for the project came from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Annenberg Foundation, Patagonia and various environmental organizations. “The Bay Foundation continues to be a

grassroots leader in finding solutions to the environmental crisis,” said Patagonia spokesman J.J. Huggins, who oversaw Patagonia’s $4,000 grant to The Bay Foundation as assistant manager of the outdoor giant’s Santa Monica store. “This project is a terrific model because of its cost-effectiveness,” says Johnston. “Whereas some restoration projects may require heavy equipment or moving sand … the cost of this project — other than monitoring and manpower — is the expense of the seed.” A lot of seed, actually. More than 60,000 seeds have already been planted here — a mix of four native plant species: beach burr, sea scale, red sand verbena and beach evening primrose. Most of the growth has taken place inside the restoration area, but some seeds, carried by the wind, are taking root outside the fence-line, as distant as the opposite side of the bike path. “They’re hearty to survive in this wind,” says Abbott, his jacket flapping in the winter gusts. “Weeds can’t take it. You don’t see ’em.” When it comes to beach restoration, the East Coast has a big head start over

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tion workers, and nearby beach club members keep an eye on the project site, steering away beach-goers who wander inside the fence. Bird watchers are flocking, says Abbott, and many surfers use the walk path on their morning commute to and from the waves. The Bay Foundation’s first-year report on the pilot project cites the return of the plovers, dune formation, and vegetation growth. In the coming years, Johnston

“I’d go to Zuma as a kid and I didn’t realize that sand grew plants.” — Rod Abbott, The Bay Foundation “I’d go to Zuma as a kid and I didn’t realize that sand grew plants.” Plants not only beautify the beach and provide a habitat for insects and birds, says Abbott, but also stabilize the dunes, which can already be seen forming inside the restoration area. Santa Monica, Malibu and several south coast cities are looking at dunes as a natural and inexpensive protection against climate change effects such as water-level rise, erosion and storm surges. A year into the pilot project — which has a 10-year clearance from the city of Santa Monica — Abbott says initial skepticism has given way to enthusiastic community support. Lifeguards, sanita-

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Local experts weigh in on what the future may hold for Westside communities Will Home Prices Keep Climbing? By Monica Trepany It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … Going into 2018, it’s the best of times for sellers in the entry-level market. Buyers, maybe not the best, if properties are priced correctly. “Home prices in California will continue to increase next year, but at a slower pace,” predicts the California Association of Realtors, which expects a 4.2% bump in 2018. I believe the real gains will follow increased demand in the entry-level markets, with the higher-end markets not experiencing the same increases due to lower inventory and high land value.

The Argonaut is asking Westside experts to predict the area’s fortunes in 2018 However, I would caution that higherend markets are expected to post gains at lower rates. Larger inventory and tax changes are a few factors. Some wonder how much more they can gain after growth accelerated from 2016 to 2017 at rates of 23% in Marina del Rey, 21% in Venice, 12% in Mar Vista and as much as 46% in Playa del Rey.

Additional demands include: • Strength of the Rental Market: According to U.S. Census data, L.A. residents pay 51% of their monthly incomes to mortgages versus 45% to rent. • Strong Job Markets: Last year saw record-breaking office space square footage on the Westside for organizations like LMU (50,000 square feet), HBO (128,000) and Amazon Studios (280,000).

The wild cards are interest rates (predicted to rise from 4.0% to 4.3%, which will impact the local market’s already low affordability rate, and the true impact of the new tax rules, which until digested add uncertainty to the market.

• Millennials Joining the Market: Walkability and proximity to work are big draws to the Westside. Millennials are now 56% of buyers and growing.

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things from us. And in the past year, we saw that women, in particular, put on the boxing gloves and got in the ring. More women ran for public office in 2017 than in any time in our nation’s history. Millions took to the streets with massively attended women’s marches. Millions more spoke out with the #MeToo movement and brought down some of the most powerful titans of industry who had spent years sexually harassing and abusing women. And it was the mobilization of black women voters that changed history in Alabama. Democracy only works when the governed take responsibility for their government. We cannot sit back and expect that our elected leaders will do what’s best for us. We have to tell them what we want, and sometimes we have to shout. And that’s what women are doing. That’s what I encourage everyone to do. Stand up. Get involved in your democracy. Tell your leaders what you want, or become a leader yourself. The more representative our government is, the stronger our government is. I grew up watching my mother speak out and stand up for what she believed. And that is what motivated me to get involved. Not every little girl has the example I had. So let me tell every woman and especially every little girl right now that there is a place for you. Your voice needs to be heard. You are important. Get involved politically and make a difference. Two ways to start are Emerge CA and Close the Gap. Autumn Burke is a member of the California Assembly whose district includes Marina del Rey, Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice and parts of Mar Vista. NEXT WEEK’S PREDICTIONS INCLUDE TECHNOLOGY AND HOMELESSNESS.



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Matthew Modine gets fired up between takes during the filming of “Full Metal Jacket” L E F T : To get into character as Vietnam War military photographer Private Joker, Modine shot rolls of behind-the-scenes footage, including candid shots of enigmatic director Stanley Kubrick RI G H T :

The Art of War Matthew Modine shares photos and insights from the making of ‘Full Metal Jacket’

By Andrew Dubbins On the set of Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War film “Full Metal Jacket,” actor Matthew Modine felt so lost at one point that he fell to his knees and prayed — “asked all the souls of soldiers who’d fought in wars for some guidance,” he tells The Argonaut. Modine, currently a Venice resident, revisits that time through “Full Metal Diaries,” his LA Art Show exhibit featuring photographs and writings he created while shooting the film.

To inhabit the role of young war correspondent Private Joker, Modine took hundreds of photographs on set and kept a meticulous journal throughout the grueling two-year shoot. He and fellow cast members had to shave their heads once a week and each day endure up to 10 hours of vitriol from actor R. Lee Ermery, who played sadistic Gunner Sgt. Hartman (Ermey, a former drill instructor, personally wrote 150 pages of insults to prep for the role.) Then there was Kubrick, who could be

obsessive to the point of cruel. During the filming, 26-year-old Modine had to convince the director to let him attend his son’s birth. “I had a pocket knife with me,” Modine recalled in a 2013 interview. “I put it in my palm and I said ‘Look, I’m going to cut my hand open and I’m going to have to go to the hospital, or you can let me go to the hospital to be with my wife.’” Kubrick let him go, but ordered him to “come back immediately after it’s done.” Kubrick’s countless takes and retakes

wreaked havoc on Modine’s nerves. “You start to think, because of your ego, that you’re somehow responsible for the lack of progress,” Modine recalls 30 years later. Eventually, the actor realized the slow pace had nothing to do with him; it was merely Kubrick trying to “find his film.” Kubrick has said his vision for “Full Metal Jacket,” was to capture the reality of war, free of clichés or romanticism. To that end, he instructed Modine not to play (Continued on page 12)

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‘Whatever You Want It to Be’ Coldhands is a malleable creative community that’s warm to new ideas By Christina Campodonico Every couple of months, Skyler Mendoza and his friends — a collective of musicians and artists who call themselves — host a kickback, creative gathering at a secret location in Venice. The chill event, usually featuring music and artwork, could be in a friend’s backyard or some other creative hang, but the spots are almost always unexpected. While the inspiration for Coldhands had been swirling in Mendoza’s mind for years, the right name for it remained elusive. “I had the concept and the execution and all the ideas,” he says. “It took me awhile to find something that fit the theme and that was attention grabbing and still modest.” Then the name “Coldhands” struck about nine months ago, like a hit of inspiration … or pot. “I was taking a walk in my neighborhood and smoking a joint and ‘Coldhands’ came to me,” recalls Mendoza, who teamed up with his partner, visual artist Lalah Brooks (a.k.a. Spaaced), to

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Coldhands cofounder Lalah Brooks (a.k.a. Spaaced) designed the group’s emblem form the semi-underground music-and-art group. They’ve been organizing free gatherings in Venice Beach to bring the Westside’s creative community together ever since.

Last August, the group held their first “Nothing Major” party, showcasing various deejays and the 3-D artwork of visual artist Brea Peck for an eclectic audience of globe-trotting partygoers. Around Halloween, they threw a party themed “Menace Beach.” And the Coldhands team recently worked with fashion house bebe to produce a song for one of its promotional videos. “We collaborate to put together events and blog posts and mixtapes,” says Mendoza of the collective. “I think the best way to describe it … take what you want from us. If you need us to be a community, we can be a community. I want it to be whatever you want it to be.” A music-driven blog and Instagram presence ( helps document and promote the group’s events and artists online, but Mendoza wants to spark creativity and connections in real life, too, not just on the internet. “We’re trying to bring the entire website to life. You’re going to meet the deejays and producers and friends

of friends,” says Mendoza of the next “Nothing Major” party, happening from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday in a clandestine corner of Venice. (RSVP to find out more.) Mendoza hints that the event will be “near the beach,” and that even locals with an intimate knowledge of Venice may be stunned by the party’s under-theradar locale. “We try to surprise them,” he says. According to the party invitation, Mendoza, who also goes by the deejay name Mood Ring, will be joined by DJ Rahmos and EDM duo Deep Tribe. Brooks, Peck and artist Jamie Sterle will be contributing artwork and designs as well. “Expect to see some stuff you’ve never seen before and hear stuff you’ve never heard before,” says Mendoza. Like inspiration, you never know when or how Coldhands will strike. RSVP to “Nothing Major,” happening from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 14), at

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a character. Don’t give me John Wayne or Jimmy Stewart, Kubrick told him — “I just want you to be yourself,” Modine recalls. “What Stanley was interested in was who I am. I grew up in Utah, my dad was a drive-in theater manager — which was a completely alien world to Stanley, having grown up in the Bronx. That was fascinating to him.” Modine captured the making of the film using a medium-format Rolleiflex camera. He’d learned the basics of composition from his dad, who’d taught him how to lay out and photograph newspaper ads to promote his drive-in films.

In 2005, Modine collected his behindthe-scenes photographs and diary excerpts into a book and app titled “Full Metal Jacket Diary.” Re-reading his diary entries, Modine said he gained a deeper respect for Kubrick. “What I have newly discovered is how difficult it is to be an artist of his singularity,” says Modine. “How rare that is.” The actor and director became friends during the filming, Kubrick often inviting Modine to his London home for dinner and conversation. Kubrick even sought input from the young actor, asking whether they should kill off Joker in the film’s finale. After months of discussion and

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some heated arguments, Modine suggested that surviving Vietnam and having to remember its horrors was a crueler fate and, thus, a more fitting ending. Modine believes the film succeeds in capturing the grim reality of war. “I meet Marines and Army soldiers that were in Vietnam, and they tell me how much they love ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and that we got it right,” Modine said in a 2012 interview. Modine and Kubrick maintained their friendship until Kubrick disappeared into his next project. “[Kubrick] didn’t have room in his space [for others] because of how committed he

was to his working process,” Modine says, recalling a telephone conversation three years after “Full Metal Jacket,” just as the late director was beginning pre-production on “Eyes Wide Shut.” “Hey Stanley, what’s going on?” Modine asked him. “Hey Matthew,” Kubrick replied. “What do you want?” It was the last time they’d speak. “Full Metal Diary” is on display through Sunday (Jan. 14) as part of the LA Art Show at the L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St., downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $25 at

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Musician-turned-chef Derrick Fox brings a flair for improvisation to unlikely kitchens

By Shanee Edwards Derrick Fox has all the ingredients of a celebrity chef: rock ’n’ roll seasoning, bad boy good looks and a killer instinct when it comes to food. You may have seen him as Derrick Peltz (he took his wife’s surname when they got married this year) on Season 6 of TV’s “MasterChef,” where he was voted fan favorite. The Florida native learned to play drums as a teenager and became a touring musician in his 20s, with the music biz bringing him to L.A.’s Westside about a decade ago. He always loved cooking for his bandmates, so on a whim he decided to audition for “MasterChef.” But as Fox’s culinary star began to rise, he didn’t 86 rock ’n’ roll from the menu. In fact, he’s found the two go hand-inhand: “You have to have a rhythm in the kitchen to be successful,” he tells me. All those years on tour also gave Fox a “show must go on” mindset of being able to problem-solve on the fly in different venues night after night. That’ll come in handy for his next adventure: “Dinner on Ice,” an outdoor pop-up dining experience at ICE Santa Monica. On Tuesday, Fox will attempt to

serve a five-course meal to diners on ice skates. And yes, there will be cocktails. Asked whether skating and dining sounds like a recipe for spills, Fox laughs. “I think it sounds awesome! People just have to skate around in a circle, not do tricks and stuff,” he says. But he knows that pop-ups can be incredibly challenging. For one, the ice rink doesn’t have a kitchen, so they’ll have to set up propane stoves and portable convection ovens to get the job done. So, what can we expect from the culinary portion of Dinner on Ice? “The theme is ‘fire and ice,’ with lots of contrast between hot and cold,” Fox explains. “We’ll have a hot miso cod with a shaved purple carrot puree and soy reduction. On the cold side will be oysters with rosé granite — which is basically a rosé wine slushy on top. We’ll also have spicy crab bites on top of cucumber, combining cold with some heat.” For my money, it’s the dessert course that’s number one with a bullet: a self-serve s’mores station. “I envision them skating over, grabbing a skewer and roasting a marshmallow,” says Fox. “I

don’t know the logistics of how everything is going to be set up, but that’s the fun of doing a pop-up.” And that’s OK, because Fox attributes his success in the kitchen to what he calls a “yes mentality” — an ideology he also learned on the road as a musician. “You have to believe anything is possible. Sometimes you’ll get to the location and the power will go out. So, I think, we’ve got to find ice to keep things cold. We’ve got to find fire, so we need a grill. Or maybe there’s nowhere to park, so you have to load in from really far away. Do you know how many times as a struggling musician I had to carry my drums for blocks? Those things don’t discourage me,” he says, “whereas some chefs would let their ego take over and cancel the event, but I’m not that kind of guy.” When Fox isn’t pairing food with winter sports, he’s flying all over the world to cook private dinners. “Within the span of a week, I cooked down in Turks and Caicos at the most amazing villa on the coast. Four days later, I was in northern British Colum(Continued on page 27)

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The ArgonAuT reAl estAte Q&A Q: How much should I expect to pay in commission to sell my home? Is it negotiable? A: This is an important question because it’s critical for homeowners to be aware of the standard commission costs, as well as what they should expect in exchange for that rate. For many years, the standard commission for a residential sale was 6%. Slowly but surely, that has changed, and I can tell you that the overwhelming current standard commission in Los Angeles is 5%. Is it negotiable? Yes, and you will occasionally see a price of 4% or less; and occasionally you will still see a 6% commission. Even though I am an attorney in addition to being a real estate broker, I too have adopted the now standard 5% commission rate. I don’t negotiate that rate, and in my experience, those who insist on a discount often get what they pay for. In a real estate sales transaction, the Seller generally pays the commission, which is typically divided between the listing agent and the buyer’s agent. Therefore, of the 5% commission, your listing agent is offering 2.5% to the broker who represents the buyer. From the listing agent’s 2.5%, a varying percentage of that goes to the agent’s brokerage office. The agent invests from their own funds up front for marketing, including advertisements, property brochures, websites,

mailers, and open houses. If the house does not sell, the agent is not reimbursed for these costs. A good, full-service real estate agent more than earns their commission. I often say that while I bill my legal clients at a rate of $400/hour, I estimate that my hourly earnings on a real estate sale are about $10/hour. Ok, I may be slightly exaggerating. However, one would be surprised at how easily hundreds of hours can be spent on a single sale. Most people think of the agents’ job as listing the property, and giving private showings or holding open houses until they find a buyer. While this is true, it leaves out the value of an agent’s experience in properly pricing, marketing, and ultimately negotiating the sale of the property. While negotiation of the contract is a significant aspect of the transaction, in many ways it is once the contract has been signed that the work really begins. Navigating the escrow process with inspections, appraisals, repairs, high emotions of the Seller, nervousness of the Buyer, this process can be a roller coaster. It is up to the agents to mediate issues that arise, keep everyone calm, and resolve problems that can jeopardize your sale. No one thinks their home

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sale will have any problems, but here are some examples of roadblocks I have had to overcome to get my clients’ deals closed: Unexpected title issues that need to be cleared; loan conditions and disapprovals; excessive repair requests or attempts to renegotiate price upon inspection; discovery of mold; failure to appraise at the sales price; homeowner association regulations or lawsuits; and my recent hurdle, property in a county designated by FEMA as a disaster area! It is your agents’ job to keep you informed, yet to take the burden and create solutions that yield results-a-closed-sale. Will an agent who you haggled with for a discount go the extra mile for you? Maybe. However, some listing agents have confessed that they are resentful when agreeing to a discount, and do not perform at their highest level, focusing their efforts on their higher paying transactions. Many buyers’ agents will steer their buyers to properties that pay the full commission. The very discounted online sites generally provide less than full service, and are less likely to pull through for you when difficulties arrive, which they often do. A good agent will not sell themselves short, and you shouldn’t either. Whatever your

profession, it is always a good idea to consider how you would react and/or perform if asked to do your same job at its best for a fraction of your usual pay. (Keep in mind, most agents believe they are already providing you with a discount by accepting 5% instead of 6%.) In one of, if not the largest financial transactions of your life, go with the best-not-the-cheapest. With that being said, knowing that 5% is now the almost universally standard commission rate will allow you to enter into a listing agreement from an informed perspective. This week’s quesTion was answered by

Lisa PhiLLiPs, esq real estate Connection Lisa Phillips is an active Realtor in the Los Angeles area, with more than twenty years as a practicing real estate broker and attorney. Lisa is also a member of the National Association of Realtors “Green Resource Council”, and achieved its “GREEN” Designation.


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body to the Los Angeles City Council meets the second Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. Live Music Thursdays, 9 to 11 p.m. Discover new bands by the beach. A new blues, reggae, rock or hip-hop artist is featured each week after Thursday Night Football. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894;

Friday, Jan. 12 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. The 13th annual Prayer Breakfast honors King with a helping of food and faith at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $25; RSVP to (310) 452-1116 or ESMoA Drawing Club, 10 to 11 a.m. This informal group meets every Friday. Start with warm-up drawing exercises and then draw, taking inspiration from the featured artworks. All skill-levels welcome, but adults only. ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. Free. (424) 277-1020; Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with food and drinks at this weekly open house. Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark at (562) 508-0260; facebook. com/toastedfridays Friday Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. With harbor views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two-and-a-half

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Saturday, Jan. 13 Safety at Sea Seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. What do you do if someone falls overboard? Do you have a plan for heavy weather if you can’t reach safe harbor? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. $25 to $75. Judy Gavin (818) 472-2959; Venice High School Alumni Association Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the history of Venice High School with yearbooks, scrapbooks, panorama photos and memorabilia for this school that has been educating youth for 107 years. Venice High School Alumni House, 2435 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. Free. Laura (310) 210-1396; “Mae Among the Stars” Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Author Roda Ahmed releases her new picture book inspired by astronaut Mae Jemison. Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence and determination paved the way for success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; ages 4 to 8. (310) 559-2665; Paddington Storytime, 11 a.m. Paddington Bear has charmed readers around the world with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures for over 50 years. Experience the new edition of this classic picture book at storytime. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400

A Star Shines On Annenberg Community Beach House throws its annual Marion Davies birthday bash The third of January marked what would have been philanthropist and silent film star Marion Davies’ 121st birthday. On Sunday, the Santa Monica Conservancy throws a belated birthday bash for the dearly departed actress at the Annenberg Community Beach House — the site where Davies once threw lavish parties as the queen of California’s Gold Coast and mistress to media mogul William Randolph Hearst. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. party guests can travel back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood, celebrating on the same sands where the likes of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin once partied. LA Love Band performs music from the classic American song-

offer insight into the actress’ life and times, and curator of UCLA’s History of Medicine and the Sciences Russell Johnson discusses Davies’ philanthropic work. Glam up to take your own silent movie era photo and enjoy something bubbly at 1:30 p.m., when the conservancy toasts the multi-faceted star. Jazz Age attire is encouraged, and all ages are welcome. — Nicole Elizabeth Payne

Marion Davies in the 1920s book, while dancers from Santa Monica’s Arthur Murray Dance Studio foxtrot and lindy hop on the dance floor. Magician Tom Frank also performs sleight of hand. Producer Elaina Archer and Davies biographer Lara Fowler

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“Happy Birthday Marion 2018!” happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 14) at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP to (310) 458-4904 or happybirthdaymarion2018.

Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; Yoga & Four-Course Brunch Workshop, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join a guest yogi in a one-hour yoga class followed by a plant-based menu. Superfood School teaches a miniworkshop on how to recreate the recipes at home. Bring your yoga mat. Sign up to receive the address. $35. Westchester’s Wood-Fired Community Oven Bake, noon. Bring dough and toppings to bake your own pizza in an authentic wood-fired adobe oven. Oven is ready for baking bread around 2 p.m. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. Free. (310) 850-8022; Organic Gardening Workshop: Composting & Vermiculture, noon. Learn how to make compost and worm tea from recycled materials and how to use kitchen scraps as pesticide and nutrients for your plants. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free; RSVP required. (310) 821-1769; oneiemi3@ Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a reggae and ska concert by Upstream. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; Media Ecology Soul Salon, 2 p.m. Gerry Fialka interviews dancer Paula Perlman. Café 212 Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. Classic Yacht Association Change of Watch Harbor Cruise, 2 to 4 p.m. This weekend is the group’s annual meeting, so keep an eye out for five classic yachts touring Marina del Rey harbor on Saturday. For more information about the group, visit “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” Author Talk, 2:30 p.m. Featuring 40 trailblazing women, “Little Leaders” educates and inspires with stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Book signing follows the talk. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; ages 8 to 12. (310) 559-2665; Scarlet Night Paint Party, 6 to 9 p.m. Grab a glass, an apron and a seat for a night of creativity to kick-start the year. Truxton’s American Bistro, 8611 Truxton Ave., Westchester. $40. Hollywood Short Film Festival, 6:15 to 11 p.m. The awards and red carpet ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Meet filmmakers and enjoy a photo shoot with invited guests. Film screenings and Q&As with filmmakers start at 7 p.m. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St., Santa Monica. $15. Don’t Tell Comedy, 7:30 p.m. Don’t Tell Comedy is a secret comedy show in living rooms, backyards and other intimate settings around Los Angeles.

BYOB. RSVP to receive the address of the event, taking place somewhere in Venice. $10. Folk Rock-n-Blues Night, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Live performances of folk and blues by Stefani Valadez, Steve Moos, Rick Moors and Christo Pellani. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; Fireside Concert Series: Nick Mancini, 8 to 10 p.m. Vibraphonist, composer and bandleader Nick Mancini returns for an intimate concert of original jazz. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to $10.

Sunday, Jan. 14 Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frankie + Rufus are an indie folk rock duo with influences like Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana and Kimya Dawson. Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kitz’s popular series for beginner and intermediate watercolorists, this three-hour class features exercises to hone compositional vision and teaches principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $35 drop-in; $140 session. (310) 458-2239; Sunday KJazz Champagne and Brunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. Jazz lovers can enjoy this two-hour harbor cruise with live music, free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider and brunch buffet. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $68.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; Quick Dates: A New Year’s Resolution for Love, 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stick to those New Year’s resolutions and find love in 2018. Have a Sunday Funday with speed dating followed by an after party with DJ Young Wags of Lez Do Brunch and GoodBoy. For women in their 20s and 30s. The Birdcage SM, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. $25 to $30. queerspeeddatingdotcom Writers Resist II: Los Angeles, 1 to 4 p.m. Heartened by the first Writers Resist event, David St. John, Jim Natal, Emily Vizzo and Lynne Thompson host a second literary protest as a way to inspire focus on the future and to give people conviction in these anxious times. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. writersresistLA@; Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a salsa concert by the Susie Hansen Latin Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; (Continued on page 26)


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NEWS & EVENTS Co-working/co-living company Outsite (think Airbnb meets WeWork) opened their Venice location with a housewarming party on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Boasting locations in Hawaii, New York and Costa Rica (to name a few), Outsite offers members ($99/year) the opportunity to crash and clock a few hours for typically less than $100 a night. The five-bed, three-bath Venice facility features a kitchen and communal workspace for digital nomads. “For a growing segment of millennials, the dream is no longer a 20-year, mortgaged house close to an urban center but the ability to live different experiences across the globe,” said CEO Emmanuel Guisset in a statement. “Airbnbs and hotels are not ideal for longer stays and lack the social component. … Outsite’s network can fill the gap by providing consistent accommodations, work amenities, and a community.” Exhibit A: Guests can check out bikes and surfboards for excursions to the beach and boardwalk between office hours. Lesbian/queer women’s community and events organizer Lady Luck brings their recently developed Mixalot matchmaking software to Santa Monica’s The Birdcage (above The Victorian, 2640 Main St.) for a speed-dating event aimed at lesbian/ queer women in their 20s and 30s. Designed by Lady Luck founder Rachel Weinstein (no relation), the software operates via text message to set women up on a series of mini-dates

based on preferences, but can also match potential friends or business partners at mixers. The difference from other dating or networking apps, notes Weinstein, is Mixalot’s ability to seamlessly integrate into in-person meetups. No awkwardly introducing yourself, or asking for a phone number. Mixalot sets up the meetings, notifies you of matches, and facilitates follow-ups. “The unique thing is the software,” she says. “There are the online dating apps. Those things are all digital. It requires a certain amount of messaging. None of it is face-to-face or in person. The goal of Lady Luck is to create a space to meet in person.”

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Santa Monica rooftop cycling studio RYDE4 (1233 Third Street Promenade) unveils a new, high-tech fitness program on Saturday (Jan. 13) featuring heart-rate monitors and real-time data displays of calories burned. Try it for yourself during Saturday’s celebratory bash, with free rides happening at 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., plus a deejay, food, drinks and raffle giveaways keeping the party moving.


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Openings Following extended renovations by the Artisinal Brewers Collective, Brennan’s Pub (4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey) reopened Dec. 19 with a new menu, wider craft beer selection and a much improved habitat for their famous racing turtles, who now compete the third Thursday of each month. Downtown L.A. Arts District success story The Pie Hole opened a new Venice location (324 Lincoln Blvd.) in December.

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“How God’s Love Can Change Your Life and World,” 2 p.m. Christian Science Board of Lectureship member Mark McCurties discusses how the power of God can shape and improve people’s health and lives. 7855 Alverston Ave., Westchester. (310) 877-0037; Post-Holiday Potpourri Concert, 3:30 p.m. Westside Voices presents

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this 12-voice mixed a cappella group for an afternoon of music and fun. Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. $10 donation. (310) 670-3777; (310) 822-9067 Mt. Olive Interfaith Jazz Vespers, 5 p.m. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church presents jazz every second Sunday of the month. This month listen to Cathy Segal Garcia and friends. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean

Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 donation. (310) 452-1116; Writers Blok, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Writers Blok provides everything needed for a productive writing evening: space, WiFi, outlets and the implicit peer pressure of fellow writers. Open writing with tea and coffee from 5 to 7 p.m. Dr. Amanda Frick discusses the link between health and creativity at 7 p.m. followed by a Q&A. Writers

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Play Without Words: “Small Mouth Sounds” @ The Broad Stage The cast hardly speak in Bess Wohl’s avant-garde play about a half-dozen anxious souls who seek solace at a remote spiritual spa, where mum’s the word … literally. Based on the playwright’s own experiences at a silent retreat in upstate New York, the work is a “model of ingenuity,” praises The New York Times. Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 28 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $45 to $90. (310) 434-3200; Boiling Point:“Crucible” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players present Arthur Miller’s classic drama on the Salem Witch Trials, infidelity in Puritan New England and the dangers of following the herd. Opens Friday (Jan. 12) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 17 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; Meeting of the Minds:“Freud’s Last Session” @ Odyssey Theatre As far as anyone knows, Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis never met in

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Angst & Fury:“True West” @ Pacific Resident Theatre PRT presents great American playwright Sam Shepard’s play about brothers Lee and Austin. One is a straight-laced screenwriter, the other an unpredictable drifter. All hell breaks loose when they both find themselves under their mother’s roof at the same time … and mom’s away. Opens Thursday (Jan. 11) and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 28 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392;

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Los Angeles CineFest Live Event, 6:15 to 11 p.m. CineFest 2018 live event features awards ceremony with red carpet, a chance to meet filmmakers, raffle prizes and photo opportunities. Enjoy film screenings and Q&As with filmmakers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St., Santa Monica. $14.50 to $15.

Soundwaves Series: Nathan Hubbard Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Versed in styles from musical theater to hip-hop to experimental, Hubbard performs with an all-star band for this concert: Jeff Gauthier (violin), Max Kutner (guitar) and Steuart Liebig (bass). Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Make It Funky, 7 p.m. Gerry Fialka hosts an evening of live music and rare film clips of James Brown, Sly Stone and PFunk. At 8 p.m. Shawn Atkins performs a set evoking Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green with a Super Heavy Funk jam at 8:45 p.m. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free.

Monday, Jan. 15 Tango at Dawn, 6 to 8 a.m. Begin the week with morning tango and be finished in time for work. Oxygen Tango, 12958 W. Washington Blvd., Mar Vista. $10.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 The Kentwood Players revive “The Crucible,” set in Puritan New England real life, but in this play — based on a Harvard professor’s actual philosophy course — they discuss life, love, sex and God as World War II rages on. Prepare for intellectual somersaults, intense verbal sparring and deep debates. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 4 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Weeknight shows happen at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24, Feb. 8, Feb. 21 and March 1. $10 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; Art in Motion:“Unicorn” @ Electric Lodge Indulge in a fusion of architectural eye candy and the svelte dancers of Arrogant Elbow. Choreographer-director Sarah Elgart presents three solo dance portraits and two dance films: “Ideologies,” about the human need to follow leaders, and “Ghost Story,” featuring artist Stephen Glassman’s eye-boggling, eight-story sculpture “Flow Two Ways,” New York’s geometrically ground-breaking VIA 57 West apartment complex and the fashion of Japanese designer Issey Miyake. Two performances only: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 12 and 13) at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $20 to $25. Search “Unicorn” at Bawdy Big Top:“Mental Head Circus” @ The Actor’s Gang Dance Wednesdays continue at The

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Actors’ Gang with the vaudevillian antics, aerial shenanigans and campy burlesque of Mental Head Circus, a Victorian cabaret revue led by choreographer-director Terry Beeman and a flock of wicked beauties. Keep the kids at home, but adults are welcome at this risqué circus. One performance only: 8 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 17) at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $30. (310) 838-4264; High School Hijinks: Improv Diary @ M.i.’s Westside Comedy Club Two brave grownups read from their real teen diaries and improvisers riff on their embarrassing and heartfelt remembrances. This month Chapter One Workshop creator Jennifer Dickinson and yoga guru Susan Garfield look back on their tumultuous teenage years. One performance only: 7:45 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 17) at M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $5. (310) 451-0850; Audition N otice : The Kentwood Players are holding open auditions for “Sister Act” (based on the 1992 convent-comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 13) and 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 14) at Westchester Playhouse.

Westchester Senior Citizen Center Club, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Come for coffee, donuts and new friendships each Tuesday morning. The center also offers $1.75 daily lunch, special holiday events, exercise classes, bingo, garden club, karaoke, card games, entertainment, birthday celebrations, movie Monday, special seminars, trips and tours. $12 annual membership. (310) 649-3317; westchester Surfside Trivia Night, 9 to 11 p.m. Win prizes and impress your friends with your trivia skills. Happy hour drink prices all night. Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (424) 256-7894;

Wednesday, Jan. 17 Open Temple: Tea and Torah, 1 to 2 p.m. Enjoy tea with Rabbi Lori and special guests. Open Temple House, 1422 Electric Ave., Venice. L.A. County Design Control Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m. This countyappointed body reviews project designs and policy initiatives of Regional Planning and the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors each third Wednesday of the month. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9503 Meditations on Media, 6 to 9 p.m. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree inventories the psychic effects of media on individuals and society, and muses on why they are ignored. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; Mar Vista Community Council Homeless Solutions Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at

Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. L.A.’s all-female swing band The Lady Lucks play swing music from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. A half-hour beginner swing dance class happens at 7:30 (no partner needed) and is followed by live and deejayed music. $15 cover, includes the class. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606 5606; Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Thursday, Jan. 18 Venice Art Crawl Mixer, 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate art, culture and entertainment with sushi and cocktails, while networking and socializing with community artists and merchants. Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. “First Look: The California Voter’s Choice Act,” 7 to 9 p.m. The West LA Democratic Club hosts a voter education discussion with state Sen. Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica) and L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan. They’ll help Westsiders understand big changes coming to the way you vote, including regional voting centers and a redesigned vote-by-mail ballot. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. $5 suggested donation. Turtle Races at Brennan’s, 9 p.m. Each third Thursday of the month, local Irish pub Brennan’s resumes its long tradition of turtle-racing. Brennan’s, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 443-5119;

Galleries & Museums Meghan Patrice Riley Trunk Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. For one night only see Riley’s solo show, incorporating fashion into art and art into fashion. Our Gallery Store, Bergamot Station E3, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 829-6990; Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar

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