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Fire on the Water How three sailors survived a harrowing near-death experience miles from shore ..... 5

Jacob Jonas’ dance company marries ballet and breakdancing ....................... 33

ON STAGE ‘Imaginary Invalid’ in Westchester, ‘Lightning’ at Electric Lodge ................................... 30

WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS

INSIDE SANTA MONICA

A Star is Reborn Only after Penny Fuller nearly lost her voice did she discover its true power ..................................... 15

FOOD & DRINK

Learn to Swim like the Aqualillies ........... 31

Art, Commerce — Exodus?

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The fight over Bergamot Station’s future just got real ................................... 6

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THE ADVICE GODDESS Don’t Trust Your Gut Create time for post-hunch verification to avoid heartache ................................... 34

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Cirque du Soleil stages a prequel to James Cameron’s blockbuster ................ 12

Maverick jazz trio the Bad Plus will make you listen differently . ..................... 32

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L e tt e r s Homeless Citizens vs. Undocumented Residents “Re: To Build or Not to Build,” Inside Santa Monica, Jan. 5 Overdevelopment, affordable housing and homelessness all have an easy solution not just in Santa Monica, but throughout Southern California and so-called sanctuary cities nationwide: Enforce our immigration laws. The vacated units will provide more than enough housing for our homeless citizens. Debra-Lynne Terrill Playa del Rey

I am greatly offended by unethical and so called “leaders” like Governor Moon Beam and pathetic officials like L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti who arbitrarily committed $10 million in taxpayer funds to encourage even further illegal activities by undocumented people. The sad looks on the children’s faces shouldn’t be directed at LEGAL citizens, but instead should be directed at their elders, who willingly elected to BREAK our laws and enter the USA on an ILLEGAL basis. Therein lies a great portion of our now outof-control immigration problems.  The balance of our massive immigration problems rest with pillars of tapioca elected officials with ZERO integrity who for far too long have supported Sanctuary Cities, which encourages even further illegal activities by millions. As Barack Obama once said, “Elections mean something” — and mean something they did on Nov. 8.  No new laws need ever be enacted, only the ones already in effect need to be followed — in detail! And until they are, I, like USA

Don’t Blame Me for Your Parents Breaking the Law Re: “Children in Del Rey’s Deep-Rooted Immigrant Community Brace for a Coming Storm,” Cover Story, Dec. 22 I noticed with interest the photo on the cover of the Dec. 22 edition with the young woman holding a placard asking “Are you offended by us?” I am highly offended by spineless elected officials who have refused to follow the laws which have already been passed by Congress and signed by the POTUS.

citizens by the tens of millions, will continue to be greatly offended. We are a nation of law and order. Hopefully, the election of Nov. 8 will finally return the once great USA to a position of honor throughout the world.   Then, at last, the term “being offended” will no longer apply! Paul Dotseth Beverly Hills

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Fire on the Water A leisurely sail from Marina del Rey to Catalina became a waking nightmare for three men trapped on a burning boat miles from shore Photo by Maria Martin

Boat fire survivors Richard Schachter (from left), Richard Peck and Jeffery Druce stand with the charred remains of the Laetitia at The Boat Yard on Fiji Way. By Gary Walker It started out as a weekday sailing trip to Catalina Island for some fishing and sightseeing. But for friends Richard Peck, Jeffery Druce and Richard Schachter, the pleasure cruise became a harrowing near-death experience when the 44-foot sailboat caught fire, trapping them in an inferno on the water. For more than 30 minutes until the Coast Guard arrived, the men battled the blaze without a fire extinguisher as it quickly spread from the engine to the bow of the Laetitia. It was a lesson on just how dangerous the ocean can be and the necessity of safety precautions. The ill-fated journey began on Oct. 14 in Marina del Rey, when the three men set sail from the Del Rey Yacht Club, of which Schachter is a member. “The plan was to attend a lobster fest on the west side of Catalina Island,” said Schachter, a longtime resident of Mar Vista. The trouble started about 11 miles off the coast of Redondo Beach. Druce, the skipper, was at the helm of his sailboat when Peck, who was sitting at an angle where he could see into the cabin, called out that he could see orange flames. PAGE 6 THE ARGONAUT January 12, 2017

Druce, who has been sailing out of Marina del Rey for more than three decades, simultaneously noticed a dip in the fuel gauge. He and Schachter

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When Druce made the distress call, responders told the men to put on their life preservers and move to the front

“It felt like my leg was on fire, like I was in a burning oven. All I wanted was relief. Then I made the boldest, most emotional, dumbest decision in my life: I said,‘Guys, I’m going overboard.’” — Richard Peck went down into Laetitia’s cabin to examine the engine and encountered a smoke-filled room. After sending out a mayday call to the Coast Guard, Druce tried to put the fire out with the boat’s extinguishers, but they weren’t functioning. Then Schachter tried smothering the flams with a blanket. “After Richard told me he thought the fire was out, I thought, ‘That was a close call. Let’s go back into the cockpit and enjoy the rest of the sail,’” Druce recalled. But the fire wasn’t out.

of the boat until help arrived, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Sondra Keene said. Before leaving the cabin, Druce grabbed life vests for all three of them — a decision that very likely saved one of their lives. By that time the cabin was completely filled with smoke, and Druce could not see anything inside. “I had to do everything — including getting the life jackets — by feel,” he said. “I kept telling everyone, ‘Keep calm. The Coast Guard’s coming.

Don’t get excited.’ At that point I was just trying to take care of my crew, my friends.” Once they had moved to the bow, the plan was to inflate the onboard rubber dinghy so they could safely leave the boat. But the dinghy’s air pump had been in the cabin and was melted by the rapidly spreading fire. Peck, who was sitting at the farthest point of the bow, had the least amount of sailing experience. As the flames inched closer and closer, he could feel the inferno’s extreme heat more and more. “It felt like my leg was on fire, like I was in a burning oven. All I wanted was relief,” Peck recalled. “Then I made the boldest, most emotional, dumbest decision in my life: I said, ‘Guys, I’m going overboard.’”

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With his life jacket on, Peck dove into the ocean. Instantly, he regretted it. “The current began carrying me away from the boat. I was helpless. There was no one on the horizon, and I knew there are great white sharks in the area,” he said. “I was helpless and hopeless.”


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Impulsive, certainly. Unwise — according to widely accepted safety protocol, yes. But Peck’s mistake would also turn out to be a lucky one. It wasn’t long after Peck dove off the boat that the Laetitia’s fire-damaged mast and jib came crashing down toward the bow, landing about six inches from Druce. Peck and Druce agree that the mast almost certainly would have struck one of them had Peck not made the hasty, albeit ill-informed, decision to jump from the bow. “If [Peck] had stayed in the boat it would have been crowded by the bow, and I would have moved over a little and it would have hit one of us,” Druce said.

To the Rescue

Immediately after receiving Druce’s distress call, the Coast Guard dispatched both a 45-foot rapid response vessel from the Coast Guard’s Los AngelesLong Beach Station in San Pedro and the 87-foot cutter patrol boat Blacktip from Channel Islands Harbor. But that wasn’t all. “A Los Angeles City Fire Department boat crew, a Los Angeles County Lifeguard boat crew, four Baywatch vessels and a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter crew also assisted in the rescue,” Keene said. All three men recall having faith the Coast Guard would eventually come to their rescue. The only question was how soon they could get there. The fire got so close to Schachter that he suffered second-degree burns on his hands and forearms.

Even though he’d always been told to stay with the boat, Schachter recalled that he too began to contemplate jumping into the ocean to escape the heat of the blaze. Just then, help arrived. “I was jubilant when I saw the boats,” Schachter said. And just in time: the fire was only about five feet away from Druce and Schachter when the first rescue vessel arrived. Responders set a course for the Laetitia at 2:55 p.m., with Baywatch Redondo arriving at 3:27 p.m. and the Coast Guard arriving at 3:28 p.m., according to Keene.

‘A Good Coach’

Peck describes being overcome by a feeling of resignation before first responders pulled him from the ocean. “I remember thinking that I just wanted to be comfortable. I didn’t want to go violently. Consequently, I was grateful when I was saved, but I wasn’t euphoric,” he recalled. Druce said watching the flames gut his boat was like an out-ofbody experience. “I was a spectator watching my boat burn up. It was a surreal feeling,” he said. Peck credited Druce for keeping the three of them alive during the initial response to the fire and the traumatic 32-minute wait for rescue. “What helped us was that we had a good coach. He was our Bill Belichick,” said Peck. Back at Del Rey Yacht Club in December, Schachter gave a presentation about the aborted Catalina trip and the crew’s subsequent rescue to Sea Venturers, a group at the club

that focuses on boat preparation and safety. Sea Venturers chairman Lowell Safier said that during the meeting several members of his group peppered Schachter with questions about how to react during an emergency. “It seemed like it was a traumatic experience for them. Because of [Schachter’s] experiences, I think he helped our members think a lot about how to take care of themselves when they’re on a boat,” Safier said.

Back at the Helm

Druce, who recently learned the cause of the fire was a leak in the engine’s high-pressure fuel line, plans to get a new boat once the insurance company completes its investigation of the fire. In the meantime, he is still mourning the Laetitia. “The seriousness of my loss didn’t hit me until the next morning, and then I started to get depressed. I feel like I lost a family member,” Druce said. Peck’s time aboard the burning boat and adrift in the ocean left an indelible impression on him. “There’s a certain amount of randomness to life. When all hell breaks loose it can be unexpected, and you have to make decisions sometimes that will determine if you survive or not. If I hadn’t had my life vest, I wouldn’t have survived,” he said. “It made the difference in saving my life.” Schachter reports that, come October, the three men hope to sail to Catalina for this year’s lobster festival. “This time, we plan we make it,” he said with a laugh.

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By Beige Luciano-Adams The recent sale of two acres of privately owned land within Bergamot Station was not in itself shocking — the art colony’s cofounder, Wayne Blank, sold the parcel to RedCar Properties LTD after years of public sparring over the city’s plan to redevelop the site as a contemporary, mixed-use transit hub. The twist came when tenants opened invoices from the new owners a few days after escrow, and just in time for Christmas: Surprise! Exponential increases — not in rent, technically speaking, but in passed-through property taxes, insurance and common-area fees. Jeff Gordon, owner of Writers Bootcamp and the newly appointed spokesperson for Bergamot tenants, reports that annual property tax fees on his own triple net lease jumped from $5,400 to $73,000 — an increase of 1,250%. That inflammatory math has re-escalated the standoff over development and brought rhetoric to crisis levels. “I sold because of the uncertainty of what’s going to happen here,” said Blank, whose lease on the city-owned five-acre Bergamot parcel is up at the end of this year. “I don’t know if there’s a future; the city hasn’t made up their mind whether to develop it.” Blank had been involved but withdrew from the development process in 2014; the city selected a plan by Worthe Real Estate Group and is currently reviewing advisory committee recommendations and feasibility. Andy Agle, Santa Monica’s director of housing and economic development, reserved opinion as to how the city might respond until officials know more about the sale, but he defended the city’s attempts to preserve this “cultural gem.” “The plan preserves the vast majority of the gallery spaces on the publicly owned portion. The privately owned portion ... presents more of a challenge. And we’re seeing that challenge bear fruit right now,” Agle said. The city’s approach balances preservation of the “best of Bergamot Station” while providing amenities to enhance cultural aspects and “broaden the commercial appeal,” Agle said. Blank begs to differ. He is planning to pack up his Shoshana Wayne gallery and leave town, taking “the best of the galleries” with him. Where? “Probably down off of Jefferson, West Adams — anyplace where there are large buildings.” The exodus is inevitable, he said, unless someone wants to grant him a five-or10-year master lease extension. “The city is talking out of both sides of its mouth, saying, ‘We’re going to keep the galleries’ and ‘We’re going to

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hopes Santa Monica will step in, like a good mother, to advocate. “If the city doesn’t get involved in some way it will be very difficult for any of the tenants to make their case,” Gordon said, mentioning “forgiving taxes” or a temporary moratorium on fee increases. Hint hint.

“The city is talking out of both sides of its mouth, saying,‘We’re going to keep the galleries’ and ‘We’re going to develop.’” — Bergamot Station co-founder Wayne Blank

“If reports of the sale price on that parcel of land are correct, somebody just picked up $35 million. Maybe he can write a Blank check.” — Santa Monica Councilman Kevin McKeown around the revamped transit hub — which, despite the happy accident of a world-renowned arts colony blossoming there, remains Bergamot’s preordered destiny, having been purchased with transportation money. Current animosities of course belie a complex history of shifting development visions, alliances and delays orbiting the fight over the fundamental character of Bergamot Station. Like the children of divorce, tenants are caught in the middle. Gordon notes they defer to the paterfamilias, who has kept their rents low over the years, and calls the city’s development logic “flawed,” its process “dismissive of what [Blank] created” — but still

Asked about the surprise cost increases for tenants, Blank replied: “I didn’t really think about it.” Frustrated by news of the sale and cost increases, McKeown offered a short-term solution until the community can come up with a long-term one — and a little bit of levity: “If reports of the sale price on that parcel of land are correct, somebody just picked up $35 million,” he wrote in an email. “Maybe he can write a Blank check.” About a dozen of the 18 impacted Bergamot tenants have a lawyer, an emissary they sent to RedCar with hopes the company “will be interested in supporting the arts culture.”

A request for comment from the developer went unanswered at press time. In 2015, as the rift over the commercialization of Bergamot Station reached an earlier boiling point, Blank tripled the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s rent, prompting it to flee to downtown Los Angeles and rebrand as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). Meanwhile, Revolver Gallery, “your Andy Warhol specialists,” is migrating to Bergamot Station from Beverly Hills and opening next month. “If Bergamot Station leaves in its entirety … if they continue to drive us out ... there are not going to be any galleries left. And the city has squandered one of their really great assets,” Blank said, going on to paraphrase Nietzsche’s “we have art in order not to die of truth.” “There’s got to be a fairly significant economic impact. They don’t understand that. Because they don’t come here. You don’t see council people here very often,” Blank said. The intersection of art and commerce is rarely an uncomplicated affair. How the city with the most expensive rent in the entire nation ($4,800 on average, according to ApartmentGuide. com) will preserve an organic arts culture in an industrial plot that now has a major light rail station may take more than a commitment to development tradeoffs and subsidies. It may take a collective prioritization — public and private — of cultural values that arose out of different material conditions than the ones we’re staring down in 2017. To send a Santa Monica story tip to Beige Luciano-Adams, email her at InsideSM@ argonautnews.com.


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By Martin L. Jacobs Surfers talk about getting “first to the curl,” which earns them the right to ride a wave. Business often operates on the same principle. Sound pioneer Frank Serafine was first to the curl in 1987 when, chasing a dream to build his own sound megafacility, he purchased a large lot at Westminster and Riviera avenues in Venice. Twenty-eight years later, Serafine has released his dream back into the wild; he sold the building, and Snapchat has moved in. The change of hands exemplifies the continuing sea change in the Westside media business paradigm. In 1986, the affluent future of the Abbot Kinney Boulevard was far from evident. The tony strip where patrons now exchange money for pricey clothes and fine cuisine was then a preferred place for the Culver City Boyz and Venice 13 gangs to exchange gunfire. One memorable Thanksgiving, a shootout victim died on the sidewalk in front of Serafine’s building. In 1986 there were also very few film and TV sound facilities on the Westside. “All of the film and television sound facilities were in Hollywood,” Serafine recalls, “and even home studios were quite rare. That all came much later.” Serafine enjoyed the art colony feel of Venice and hoped his clients would feel the same way. His “build it and they will come” mindset was powered by a string of successes, including his seminal work on Disney’s “Tron” and Paramount’s “Star Trek I.” These were the early days of what we now call sound design; a blue-sky reimagining of ways to use sound that embraced electronic and later digital music tools and techniques, and applied them to film sound. Serafine’s background in music and fluency with

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That’s more than 11 acres, if you do the math, and probably a lot of Uber rides. The company stands to be the most successful Los Angeles tech start-up in history. large live/work space. During the first week of construction the teeth of a backhoe punched a hole in an under-

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quiet, open spaces. Serafine sees Honey Hills as a tech hub surrounded by organic farms and rolling hills. Meanwhile, Snapchat has settled into the fortress Serafine built and have made it their own, but no signage speaks to it. Honoring their logo, the company is famously ghostlike in its media presence as it continues its quiet expansion across the Westside. Unlike most of the companies that are terraforming Silicon Beach, however, Snapchat has local street cred, having been spawned by three Stanford overachievers in a Venice bungalow circa 2011.

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Cirque du Soleil stages a prequel to James Cameron’s blockbuster By Christina Campodonico In the mega blockbuster “Avatar,” James Cameron created an epic world on the faraway moon of Pandora through cutting edge motion capture animation technology. Blue-skinned natives known as the Na’vi roamed lush computer-generated forests and soared through the boulderfilled skies on pterodactyl-like creatures called Toruk. But for Cirque du Soleil’s “Toruk – The First Flight,” now playing at The Forum in Inglewood, the real challenge of adapting the celestial world of “Avatar” for the stage was not so much technical, but physical. “The Na’vi are nine feet tall,” says co-writer and co-director Michel Lemieux. They also have tails, and the average Cirque du Soleil acrobat is around 5’6’’ or 5’7’’, he adds. “So it would be really difficult to find really tiny people to do the humans.” So “Toruk’s” costume and makeup teams transformed the cast into Na’vi, while Lemieux and collaborator Victor Pilon decided to set “Toruk” 3,000 years before humans ever set foot on the alien moon — making the Cirque du Soleil show a prequel to the 2009 film, which showed humans attempting to decimate Pandora’s indigenous people and harvest its abundant natural resources. But the show isn’t simply a set up for what’s to come in the Avatar universe (film sequels “Avatar 2,” 3, 4 and 5 are currently in development), but rather a nod to Pandora’s wildlife, Na’vi folklore and the movie that spawned it all.

‘Dramatic Intentions’ In the film, paralyzed former Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) inhabits a Na’vi avatar and joins the elite ranks of Na’vi who are able to pilot the Toruk. But Lemieux and Pilon wondered who was the first Na’vi to tame and ride the winged and dragon-like creature that’s operated by puppeteers in the show. “We said, ‘OK, if we go in the past, we want to tell the story of the first one,” says Lemieux, who along with Pilon crafted a coming-of-age tale about three teenagers from two different Na’vi tribes who harness the power of the Toruk to save the sacred source of life on Pandora — The Tree of Souls. “We started with dramatic intentions,” says Pilon. “… Which is different because Cirque du Soleil, usually they have incredible, PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT January 12, 2017

high-performance acrobatic numbers,” adds Lemieux. “Then they modify it. They change the costumes. They change the choreography, the music, and they make the show around what they call an ‘acrobatic skeleton.’ In this show, Cirque du Soleil told us they want to try something else — not an acrobatic skeleton, but story-driven.”

The Human Element Even with Cameron’s blessing, however, Lemieux and Pilon still felt the pressure to make a show that would please the film’s countless fans. “There’s a million people that saw that movie, you know. And a lot of those million people liked it very much, so how can we come back to reality? Because

“James Cameron told us ‘invent’ — invent new tribes, new cultures. He said to us,‘I’m going to open up all my files, the deleted scenes, the scenes people didn’t see. I’m going to open that to you. The only thing I ask you is invent a few things and be sure that you have a reason for everything. It’s not just pure fantasy.’” — Michel Lemieux, co-writer/co-director And so a new legend was born into the Avatar universe with special guidance from James Cameron himself. “James Cameron told us ‘invent’ — invent new tribes, new cultures,” says Lemieux, who told The Argonaut that Cameron served as an advisor and script doctor on the show. “He said to us, ‘I’m going to open up all my files, the deleted scenes, the scenes people didn’t see. I’m going to open that to you. The only thing I ask you is invent a few things and be sure that you have a reason for everything. It’s not just pure fantasy.’ … So he just let us go in our imagination. And we created these different tribes, different cultures, different ways of living. And some [tribes] are more into fighting battles. Other ones are more into culture. So by the end of this story, they have to get together despite their cultural differences to save the day.” But even with the keys to Cameron’s “Avatar” kingdom at hand, living up to the filmmaker’s expectations was still a daunting task, says Pilon. “At the beginning we were quite scared,” he says. “And we were quite intimidated when we presented our story to James Cameron, but while we were presenting to him, we just saw this huge grin on his face, just smiling. … So from then on, when we saw that he knew that we were respecting his world, his values, from there it became easy.”

our artists are flesh and blood, they cannot jump 50 feet high” like a computer-generated character in a virtual world, says Lemieux. But Cirque du Soleil performers can do some pretty amazing things in real time and in front of a live audience. An aerial ballerina can dangle from a silk sash hanging high above. A contortionist can balance with her legs over her head on a seesawing set piece. A bedazzled singer can belt primal vocalizations into a microphone, and an actor can look you straight in the eye while delivering lines. In fact, aside from narrations by the show’s Storyteller, all the dialogue in “Toruk” is spoken in Na’vi, the eponymously-named tongue of the Pandoran people that USC linguistics professor Paul Frommer originally developed for the “Avatar” movie. For Lemieux and Pilon, having “Toruk’s” actors speak in Na’vi not only added “Avatar” authenticity to the show, but also created an atmosphere of intimacy, even within the grand arenas that “Toruk” has toured through over the past year. “I think it helped them, the fact they’re speaking Na’vi, to fall into their characters and be their characters and to embed and create their character,” says Pilon. “Usually the acrobats in a Cirque du Soleil show have no voice. We don’t hear them. We see them perform. But for us it

was important to add that level of experience — of having them talking Na’vi, having them breathe, hearing them move, having microphones.” “It’s really not often that you put microphones on acrobats,” adds Lemieux. “But [in ‘Toruk’] you hear them. They jump everywhere. They run everywhere. And it’s touching to see that. Because when the show is really perfect and you don’t hear [breath], your subconscious thinks these are machines. And so you forget about the risk they take to perform and to do all those acrobatics. So adding microphones and hearing them breathing and being out of breath sometimes brings back the human nature.”

Innovation & Improvisation Even though “Toruk” has its share of state-of-the-art multimedia features, from arena-size video projections to a mobile app that interacts with the show, the show’s live elements — its actors and acrobats, performers and puppeteers — make “Toruk” new every time it is performed, says Lemieux. “The show is alive. It’s not fixed,” says Lemieux, citing how the stagecraft of “Toruk” responds to the performers in real time. The lighting system tracks the artists’ movements through sensors embedded in their costumes and, even though the show’s soundtrack is pre-recorded, a deejay plays the music, allowing the performers space and time to execute their moves precisely. “So if the acrobat is doing something and taking a little more time, the music adapts,” says Lemieux. “It’s like if Na’vi came on the planet Earth and gave us a show with our technology, with our tools,” adds Pilon about the production side of the show. For both directors, this marriage of high-tech stagecraft with the performers’ live, heart-pounding performances is the ultimate homage to the technological innovations and human themes of James Cameron’s “Avatar.” “Technology and all these tools that we use in our shows are there to hopefully make us better human beings,” says Pilon. Or as Lemieux sums it up: “This is not a computer-generated show. It’s a human show.” “Toruk – The First Flight” plays Jan. 12 through Jan. 15 at The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Tickets start at $39. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/toruk for tickets and showtimes.


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Davidson’s Mark Taper Forum Repertory Company. And since singing as Sally Bowles in 1966’s “Cabaret,” Fuller has had a soft

But it took decades for Fuller, who won an Emmy for her role in 1982’s “The Elephant Man,” to recognize the power of her own singing voice.

“That kind of character didn’t have to sing as well. And that was the kind of singer that I was at that point.” — Penny Fuller spot for the performance style of the same name — she’s been doing a cabaret-style show with veteran Broadway actress and friend Anita Gillette, called “Sin Twisters,” since 2014. She even taught courses in the mid-2000s at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center with composer/lyricist Barry Kleinbort on “How to Perform a Song.”

“I wasn’t really a singer. I was kind of a singer,” says Fuller about her early years on Broadway. “In fact, chorus people are the real singers, or were in those days. ‘And ‘I’m just a girl who can’t say no,’” continues Fuller, referencing a tune sung by the character Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” “That kind of character didn’t have to

sing as well. And that was the kind of singer that I was at that point.” Now starring in the musical “13 Things About Ed Carpolotti,” playing this month at The Broad Stage, Fuller has found more confidence in her singing chops since her early days on Broadway. The New York Times agrees, saying, “Penny Fuller does a beautiful job” in the one-woman show, in which she plays a grief-stricken widow saddled with debt by her late husband. (Fuller also played a major role in turning “13 Things” into a musical, convincing Kleinbort that the Jeffrey Hatcher play on which it’s based, “Three Viewings,” could be translated into song.) Even so, it took Fuller, now 76, almost losing her voice for her to finally recognize its strength. She had just been (Continued on page 16)

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cast in composer and lyricist William “Bill” Finn’s 1998 Off-Broadway production of “A New Brain” when “something snapped in my neck and I lost the top half of my voice. I could go la, la, la, la [going up the scales, then in a whisper] la, la, la, la.” Fuller then recounts the repercussions with the gusto of a committed actress as we sit and chat in The Broad Stage’s Santa Monica offices: “The show was to start rehearsal in April and this was November. So I went to the doctor. I said it felt like a twist. He said, ‘No, you only think it felt like a twinge.’ He made me cry. He was so mean. And I said, ‘But I have to be able to sing.’ And he said, ‘Well, go to your vocal coach.’ So I went to this woman and she used to say — I don’t know if you can use this — ‘Think big tits!’ … “So I did that for a while, and she said, ‘Listen, I’m going to send you to my student. She’s a vocal therapist, but she also was a Broadway singer.’ So she sent me to this woman named Jackie Presti, and I went in and Jackie was pregnant and she said, ‘We’ll begin to work.’ … “Anyway, I’d cry and she’d say, ‘Stop it! Just keep singing.’ And one day,

with her help, I thought, ‘I think I feel a difference.’” Soon after, Fuller sang for Finn at a rehearsal with her renewed voice. “I did it and they loved it, and I opened the show. The first night after the first preview I thought, ‘I did it,’” recalls Fuller. “I didn’t know I was that strong, that I could overcome something and that I could work that hard. I got [my voice] back, and I’ve never left Jackie Presti’s side. And her daughter just went to college, the baby that she had. I’ve never left. She’s made me into somebody who can sing.” Fuller still thinks of herself as more of an actress than a singer, but she now embraces that side of her artistry. “I had a wonderful teacher here in Los Angeles, Milton Katselas, and he kept saying, ‘You have to stamp your passport as a singer,’” says Fuller. “And I’d say, ‘No, I’m an actress who sings.’ And he’d say, ‘You have to stamp your passport as a singer.’ I think I can do it now.” Penny Fuller performs “13 Things about Ed Carpolotti” at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 29 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $45. Call (310) 434-3200 or visit thebroadstage.com for venue information.


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Crave Dessert Company founder Heather Roseborough adds creamy frosting to a Brown Butter Pumpkin Teacake

Story by Jessica Koslow Photos by Emily Hart Roth

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When Red Bread closed its doors in 2014, regulars wondered what would replace the farm-to-fork breakfast, lunch and brunch spot on Washington Boulevard just west of Redwood Avenue. Few imagined life could get any sweeter. But then Crave Dessert Company set up shop, offering brownies, bars, cakes, rice pudding and one of owner Heather Roseborough’s signature desserts: the Brown Butter Pumpkin Teacake. Roseborough spoke to The Argonaut about the origins of these mouthwatering teacakes and some of her other popular baked goodies. Brown Butter Pumpkin Teacake Roseborough started playing around with the idea for this

heavenly dessert when she was the pastry chef at Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City. She needed a gluten-free dessert and, as it turns out, the Brown Butter Pumpkin Teacake is better gluten free. Roseborough first made it at home for her daughter Esme. And when she introduced her teacake at Ford’s, it became the go-to dessert. Of course it did: It’s a buttery brown teacake with creamy frosting, and topped with pecan-pepita crunch roasted in candied ginger. Roseborough dreams up most of her creations the same way: She finds a recipe that she likes and then adjusts it. For the initial Brown Butter Pumpkin Teacake recipe she picked, the frosting lacked a brown butter taste. What a waste, she thought. So she began trying to get brown butter in the cream cheese frosting. Now her frosting has a touch of caramel. And how does she get her gluten-free desserts to taste like real desserts? For cakes like carrot and pumpkin, the moisture in the ingredients absorbs into the brown rice flour as opposed to letting the dessert taste grainy.

German Chocolate Teacake Roseborough loves coconut, nuts and chocolate. But most German chocolate cakes tasted sickly sweet to her. She hated the sugar aftertaste. She tweaked a recipe she liked to make it less sweet, so it was all about the coconut, chocolate and pecans. The German chocolate cake also started at Ford’s for Cochon 555, a competition for porcine, from snout to tail, which Chef Ben Ford won that year. Everything, even the dessert, was required to include bacon. She added caramelized bacon in between the layers of German chocolate. Bacon German Chocolate Cake sold big at Ford’s. The bacon, however, didn’t make the move to Crave. At first the German Chocolate Cake was not on Crave’s menu. But when someone from the neighborhood asked for it for his wife’s birthday and boasted about it on Yelp, all of a sudden Crave was selling six to eight cakes per weekend. Brownies Galore When Roseborough was thinking about opening Crave, (Continued on page 18)

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she decided it would be best to have a theme: brownies. She started trying out different flavors with the same recipe, including one she found while attending the Culinary School at the Art Institute in Santa Monica. She wanted five types of brownies: German chocolate, peanut butter, chipotle, salted caramel and espresso. It took Roseborough three years to get her brownie recipe right. The original recipe left butter at the bottom of the pan. So she made a shortbread crust underneath. “If you have extra butter,” she says, “you might as well let it absorb into something.” People either like brownies that are cakey or fudgy. Instead of trying to do both, Roseborough decided to offer the style she liked: fudgy. Today, her most popular flavors are peanut butter (or as she calls it, a Snickers bar on steroids) and salted caramel. Even though she thought brownies would be her biggest seller because chocolate ships so well, it turns out that the neighborhood is intensely loyal

Crave’s peanut butter brownie is like a Snickers bar on steroids and locals love the German chocolate and salted caramel cakes. Plus, all the office parties in the area are more than enough to keep her busy baking. Housemade Granola When she worked at Craft Los Angeles Restaurant in Century City, Roseborough was in charge of making granola. But she always knew that she would tweak the recipe once she opened her own place. Roseborough sells her granola at both Crave and Espresso Cielo Santa Monica on Main

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases ConteMPorary Mediterranean

Marina City Club

Offered at $2,495,000 James Allan, Coldwell Banker 310-704-0007

Offered at $775,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

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Offered at $579,000 Patricia Araujo, TREC 310-846-0018

Offered at $1,529,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

Marina Views

regatta Penthouse

Offered at $790,000 Eileen McCarthy, Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910

Offered at $2,195,000 Jesse Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg & Associates 800-804-9132

“This newly-completed four-bed, four-bath, Mediterranean is perched on Playa’s sought-after oceanside bluff,” says agent James Allan. “This fabulous home was designed for entertaining using the highest level of material. Set above the street, you are greeted by a tiered citrus garden. On the second story, the family room and master bedroom afford dramatic ocean views and breezes. The rooftop deck and spa tub were created for ultimate entertaining. This home is the perfect blend of modern style and privacy.”

“Relish in exceptional sweeping views that encompass the Marina Harbor and stretch to Catalina offered by this highly renovated two-bed home,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The gourmet kitchen offers custom cabinetry and quartz countertops, while the bathrooms feature glass mosaic tile. The large living area is ideal for entertaining and extends to a generous patio with an unobstructed view of the Marina. Luxuriate in thoughtful finishes, modern aesthetic, recessed lighting and wood floors throughout.”

“This remodeled California Cape Cod is perfectly situated in prime North Kentwood,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Remodeled with today’s stylish buyer in mind, every detail has been attended to in this open concept home. The master suite features vaulted ceilings, a stunning master bath, and French doors to the back yard. Behind the garage, a newly built studio space is a perfect home office or fourth bedroom. This brand new house is the perfect find for your brand new year.”

“Enjoy a quiet community when you move into this remodeled second floor unit,” says agent Patricia Araujo. “The unit comes with open hallways, elevator access to the community garage, two assigned tandem parking spaces and visitor parking inside gated complex. With smooth ceilings, tile and carpet floors, recess lighting, and an in-unit washer and dryer, the unit is in move-in condition. Other features include central air conditioning and heat, a fireplace in living room, and LAX soundproofed windows.”

“Welcome to the Center Tower South of the Marina City Club,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “This condo offers you two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as views of the Marina and the ocean. Enjoy all the amenities of the Marina City Club, including, including pools, six tennis courts, a fitness center, a full restaurant and bar, 24-hour gated security,, and much more.”

“An exceptional, dramatic home, this two-bed, two-anda-half-bath, penthouse is in the full service high rise, The Regatta,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “With southwest exposure and full walls of glass, this unit features tons of natural light. The large master features access to a balcony and a luxurious bath. Other features include automatic blinds, an extra storage unit, and an in-unit washer and dryer, as well as 24 hour security. The Regatta is seconds from bike paths, dog walks shops, restaurants, LAX, and more.”

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

How does an appraiser determine a home’s value? “Comps,” or comparable sales, is a term anyone on either side of a real estate transaction should know well. It refers to homes located in the same area and very similar in size, condition and features as the home you are trying to buy or sell. Buyers look at comps when deciding what price to offer on a home, and sellers use them to figure out how to best price their home for the market. Real estate agents look at comps all day long as a way to keep on top of their local market. If you are a buyer or seller, it’s helpful to have a strategy to analyze comps, because all comps aren’t created equal. Location is the highest priority If you are trying to price a home or figure out its value, you need to look nearby. The market is based on location, so keeping as close to the subject property as possible — meaning, within the same neighborhood — is the most effective approach. If you can’t get enough comps nearby, it’s fine to keep expanding out. But the lenders have gone from looking

back one year, then to six month’s back – to now 3 months back for comparable solds. This often creates huge problems for the seller, realtor and appraiser who can’t find enough comparable solds close to the subject property. Under these circumstances – the Appraiser will have to use homes that are less similar and then do a Plus Minus Cost Analysis for the home. Say, for example, the only homes sold within the last three months all have 3 or 4 bedrooms and are larger in square footage. The appraiser will then take the sale prices of those homes and start subtracting the value of the additional amenities, the additional square footage, etc. Upgraded homes have additional value for newer kitchens, appliances, windows, roofs, plumbing, electrical, and the list goes on. Timeframe matters The best comps are homes that are currently “pending.” Why? Because a pending home is a piece of live market data. A pending home means that a

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buyer and seller made a deal, and that deal will reflect the most up-to-theminute stats on the market. A good real estate agent can get a fairly accurate idea what the ultimate sale price or range is for a pending deal. Try to stick with sales in the past three months, and never go more than six months, because older data is not reflective of the current market. Factor in home features Once you have location and timeframe, it is key to look for homes with similar features that have sold, as opposed to comparing price per square feet. While the latter is helpful, it won’t consider factors like views, a new designer kitchen or other features.If you have all three bedrooms on the top floor, look for something similar. Try to compare your subject property to like properties when it comes to traits like total size, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the size of the lot. You can make adjustments once you have found similar homes.

Don’t overanalyze the comps Putting your trust in a good local agent will keep you from agonizing over the petty details of each comparable home. Your agent is likely familiar with some of the recent sales, and can help shed light on why one comp fares better than another. You may not know that one home was next to a fire station or across from a parking lot, or that another didn’t have a real backyard, but your agent will. These small nuances will affect the home’s value. This week’s quesTion is answereD by Jesse Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg and Associates (310) 995-6779 www.JesseWeinberg.com


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($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: TERESA LAFRONTIERE . Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 27, 2016 Argonaut published: 1/5 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 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 2016 313295 The following person is doing business as TRG Golf 2807 2nd Los Angeles, CA. 90018. Sandra Joy Richlin 2807 2nd Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90018 This business is conducted by an individual. 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)). Registrant Signature/Name:SANDRA JOY RICHLIN President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2016 Argonaut published:Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 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 2016 301865 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Nery Lopez Handyman 3972 Minerva Ave. Los Angeles CA. 90066 Nery Lopez 3972 Minerva Ave. 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 8/2016. 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)). NERY LOPEZ OWNER This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 13, 2016. Argonaut published: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 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 2016 302042 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Sportschic 13935 Tahiti Way #336 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 Tennischic LLC 13935 Tahiti Way #336 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 10/2016. 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)). TENNISCHIC LLC This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 13, 2016 Argonaut published: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 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 File no. 2016 209360 The following person is doing business as: 1) Food Photography Blog 2) Food Photography Club 4712 Admiralty Way #544 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 Registered owners: Merseyside Productions INC.4712 Admiralty Way #544 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by a Corporation. 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)). Registrant Signature/Name: Christina Peters. Title: President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on: Aug. 22, 2016. Argonaut published:Aug 25, Sept 1, 8, 15, 2016 . 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 File no. 2016 290900 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Jerusalem Prayer Project 635 California Ave. Venice, CA. 90291. 635 California Ave. Venice, CA. 90291. 2) . This business is conducted by a corporation. 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)). Registrant Stephen L. Fiske Title CEO This statement was filed with the county on Dec. 1, 2016. Argonaut published: Dec. 22, 29, 2016 Jan. 5, 12, 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 File no. 2016 313241 The following person is doing business as 1) Travel Guru 2) Travel Coffee Guru 3) Travel Doctor Guru 1009 W. Laurel Street Compton, CA. 90220. Damon Hogan 1009 W. Laurel Street Compton, CA. 90220. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant

commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/2016 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)). Registrant Signature/Name Damon Hogan Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 28th 2016 Argonaut published: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 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 File no. 2017 006186 The following person is doing business a 1) Prism Permits 2) Prism Permit Expediting 1421 Venice Blvd. #10 Venice, CA. 90291.PO Box 283 Malibu, CA. 90265 Sharyl Beebe 1421 Venice Blvd. #10 Venice, CA. 90291 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)). Registrant Signature/Name SHARYL BEEBE OWNER This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2017 Argonaut published: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 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 2016 279869 The followiersons is (are) doing business as: 1) Passion8media 1204 California Ave. unit 5 Santa Monica, CA. 90403 Christina Kline 1204 California Ave. unit 5 Santa Monica, CA. 90403. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/2016. 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)) CHRISTINA KLINE This statement was filed with the county on Nov. 17th 2016 Argonaut published: Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2016. 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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legal advertising SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. BS166511 This statement was filed Dec. 5, 2016 , with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles Petition of a FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Allen Jove Mariano to Allen Marino Andres filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Allen Mariano to Allen Mariano Andres. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why

the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: March 14th 2017 Time: 10 AM. Dept.:44 room 418 The address of the court is Superior Court of California, 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for

hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Argonaut Newspaper. Date: Dec. 5, 2016 By Order of the Presiding Judge, MARK A. BORENSTEIN Superior Court, PUBLISHED: Argonaut 12/29, 2016 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 2017 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. NS033178 This statement was filed Dec. 16, 2016, with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 257 Magnolia Ave. Long Beach, CA. 90802 Petition of Shawntee Cardwelll for Zoe-Jane Christian Bratcher ORDER TO SHOW

Obituaries Patricia Maureen duncan – 1931-2016

Patricia Maureen Duncan, 85, of Playa del Rey, California, passed away peacefully in her home on December 15, 2016. She was born on January 24, 1931 in Beverly Hills, California, to John Patrick and Beatrice Moriarty, the first of seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Michael, Dennis, Daniel and Terry, and is survived by her brother Timothy and sister Kathleen, as well as by her children, Mark, of Prescott, Arizona and Denise, of Playa del Rey, and numerous nieces and nephews. Patricia never remarried after her divorce, focusing instead on her employment with Dr. Jack Weintraub and her involvement with her church. She retired in 1998. In retirement, she enjoyed the fulfillment of her lifelong dreams to visit her ancestral Ireland and the Holy Land of Israel. She also did volunteer work for the Los Angeles Police Department. Patricia was a quirky, thoughtful, generous and helpful person who devoted herself to her children and her close friends. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church of the Messiah, 7300 W. Manchester Ave., on Sunday, January 15, at 1pm.

CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: a filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Zoe-Jane Christian Bratcher to Zoe-Jane Nicole Cardwell. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: 2/3/17. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: room 27 The address of the court is Superior Court of California, 257 MAGNOLIA Ave. Long Beach CA. 90802 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Argonaut Newspaper. Date: Feb. 3, 2017 By Order of the Presiding Judge, Ross Klein PUBLISHED: Argonaut 12/22, 12/29, 2016 1/5 1/12, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2016 300282 The following person is doing business as: 1) New World Catering Service 2) Cruzin Cuizine 933 Lake St. Venice, CA. 90291. Ronald Edward Johnson 933 Lake St. Venice, CA. 90291 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)). Registrant Signature/Name: RONALD EDWARD JOHNSON OWNER This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 12, 2016 Argonaut published: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 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 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. SS026741 This statement was filed Dec. 9, 2016 , with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 1725 Main St. #102 Santa Monica, CA. 90401 Los Angeles Petition of a FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: RONIK DYASHIAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: RONIK DYASHIAN to RONIK SARIAN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not

be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: Feb. 3, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM. Dept K room A203 The address of the court is Superior Court of California, 1725 Main St #102 Santa Monica, CA. 90401 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Argonaut Newspaper. Date: Dec. 5, 2016 By Order of the Presiding Judge Superior Court GERALD ROSENBERG, PUBLISHED: Argonaut 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 2017

Public Notices Notice of public sale of goods to Satisfy lien. Location: 8727 Venice Blvd. LA 90034 Date: Tues. Jan. 17, at 10 AM. Goods belonging to or deposited with Elephant Moving Company 8727 Venice Blvd, LA 90034. Said goods are being held in the account of Senita Brooks. The goods are the contents of a small one bedroom appartment and consist of boxes, furniture, and miscellaneous items. The auction will be held for the purpose of satisfying a lien. For information contact Elephant Moving Co. 310 815-8304 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, SUMMONS CASE NUMBER BC565223 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): ANTHONY D. MACK, AMELIA WIJAYA, ANGELIA and DOES 1 TO 30 , an individual, YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTA DEMONDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): VIVIEN LOWY an individual NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this

court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The courtís lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y direcciÛn de la corte es): Stanley Mosk Courthouse 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Steven Ross, Esq Ross & Ross Law APC, 24025 Park Sorrento Suite 220, Calabasas 91302 818-2250100 The Date the Complaint was filed: December 3, 2014. Clerk Issuing Summons: SHERRI R. CARTER, Deputy,PUBLISH: The Argonaut Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017

On Stage – The week in local theater c o m p i l e d b y C h r i s t i n a ca m p o d o n i c o

Opens Tuesday (Jan. 17) and continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 29 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 628-2772; centretheatregroup.org

Prying Eyes: “Picnic” @ Pierson Playhouse Theater Palisades presents William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a handsome young stranger who happens upon a small town on the eve of Labor Day, stealing hearts and rousing suspicion along the way. Art Imitating Life: “Adler & Gibb” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre Opens Friday (Jan. 13) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and When a film actress digs into the past of a celebrated artist Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays who gave up the art world for through Feb. 19 at Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon her lover, the lines between Rd., Pacific Palisades. $18 to the real and the unreal blur. $20. (310) 454-1970; theatreWritten by experimental thepalisades.com ater maker Tim Crouch. PAGE 30 THE ARGONAUT January 12, 2017

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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. Opens Friday with a champagne and dessert reception at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14; continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

In a scene from “The Imaginary Invalid,” Toinette (Michele Selin) warns her husband (Harold Dershimer) not to pressure their daughter (Jenna Tovey) to marry a doctor Widow Speak: “13 Things about Ed Carpolotti” @ The Broad Stage Broadway veteran and Tony Award nominee Penny Fuller plays a widow whose world is turned upside-down when debt collectors come calling after

her husband Ed’s death. Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 29 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $45. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.com

High Energy: “The Lightning Series” @ Electric Lodge The Electric Lodge kicks off its 2017 season with a collection of experimental performances curated by Josh Berkowitz. Puppeteer Pam Severns and ventriloquist Karl Herlinger team up for a double bill on Thursday, Jan. 12. Immersive theater troupe Fiasco Physical Theater and hip-hop artist Ssssnake bring their imaginative antics to the stage on Saturday, Jan. 14. Rook Theater and Venice’s own Ruth Gould-Goodman round out the weekend with “Freebird Goes to Mars” and “Rutty in the Wild Fire,” respectively, on Sunday. The series continues with performances by various artists at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 28 at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $20. lightningseries. eventbrite.com


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, master storyteller Michael D. McCarty presents a program of stories from African-American history and culture that inform, educate and entertain. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 5592665; childrensbookworld.com

Santa Monica History Museum Free Day, noon to 8 p.m. This is the last free admission day before “The Old Soldiers’ Home: A Veterans’ Community by the Sea” exhibit closes. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org AARP Financial Seminars: Budgeting and Goal Setting, 4 to 5:30 p.m. This 90-minute interactive session is designed to help you build habits that can improve your financial situation, give you a handle on where you stand financially and make measureable progress toward your financial goals. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org Soups, Stews and Cracker Class, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Learn how to make some healthy, tummy-warming soup after the gorge fest of the holidays. This year’s soups are homemade chicken stock, chicken and sausage gumbo, Cuban black bean soup, chicken soup with vegetables and shell pasta and fisherman’s soup. Holy Nativity Community Hall, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. $50 to $55. (310) 670-4777; holynativityparish.org

Salsa Night at Wokcano, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dance teachers Nicole Gil and Charlie Antillon lead a beginner lesson at 8 p.m., an intermediate class at 9 p.m. and social dancing from 10 p.m. until close every Thursday at Wokcano, 1413 5th St., Santa Monica. $8. facebook.com/dancesalsala

Friday, Jan. 13 Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Come together to participate in the 32nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This year’s theme is “Stand Against Injustice.” First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 452-1116 Mar Vista Senior Club, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The club meets each Friday for speakers, bingo, live entertainment, parties, trips and tours for people 50-plus. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 351-9876

meets each Friday at Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades. (310) 917-3313 Quilts from the Heart, 1 p.m. Sew for those in need of a quilt to cuddle with at special times. Beginners and pros are welcome. All materials provided. Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free. (310) 390-3454; lapl.org Jimmy Brewster, 6:30 p.m. to close. Get the full American steakhouse and classic cocktail bar experience featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones and The Beatles each Friday night at Dear John’s, 11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 397-0276; dearjohns.net Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. 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. unurban.com The Barry Zweig Trio, 8 p.m. A classic jazz repertoire featuring electric guitar, bass and drums is followed by DJ Shiva spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, disco and dance beats in The Del Monte at 10 p.m., and DJ Doomz up in Townhouse bar at 10 p.m. No cover. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Sofar Sounds Super-Secret Anniversary Show: Culver City, 8 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Saturday, Jan. 14

Mat Pilates, 11:30 a.m. Work out your core muscles and stretch away stress. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Pacific Resident Theatre “Doubt” Reading, 10 a.m. Members of the PRT’s Theatre Fair class (Hosted by Venice local Maryjane) hold a special reading of John Patrick Shanley’s play “Doubt.” Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-8392

Rotary Club of Santa Monica, noon. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica

Hearing Loss Disability Rights & Open House, 10 a.m. to noon. Callie

Frye of Disability Rights California addresses the legal rights of individuals with disabilities at this monthly Hearing Loss Association meeting. A potluck follows. Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica. Free. meetup.com/hlaa-smo/ events/236423687 Chevy Tri-Five Collector Car Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrating the famous Chevy Tri-Five vehicles built from 1955 to ’57 that defined the era of American automobiles, the Automobile Driving Museum and L.A. Classic Chevy Club showcase collector vehicles. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $5 to $10. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org MLK Day Storytime with Michael D. McCarty, 10:30 a.m. In honor of

Culver City Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance hosts a conversation on the theme “Peaceful Warriors for Positive Change,” a screening of “King: Man of Peace in a Time of War,” speakers from the Culver City High School Black Student Union Club, and an electrifying performance by actor Gerald Rivers as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Culver City Senior Center 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 253-6675; culvercity.org Hands on History Workshop: Chinese New Year, 11 a.m. to noon. The roots of Chinese-American heritage run deep in Southern California. This workshop explores the history of the Chinese-American community in Santa Monica, including the celebration of Chinese New Year.

“Poetry & the Art of Listening” Writing Workshop, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Conducted by Annenberg Community Beach House’s Writer-inResidence Dinah Berland, this free eight-week workshop allows participants to read master poets, write and discuss original work, and present poems to the public. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. meetup.com/Camera/ Westchester Wood-Fired Community Oven Bake, noon. Bring dough and toppings to bake your own pizza in an authentic earthen oven. Oven is ready for baking bread around 2 p.m. Oven is not fired if rain is probable. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. Free. (310) 850-8022; westchestercommunityoven@gmail.com Organic Gardening, noon to 2 p.m. Learn the essentials of organic gardening. RSVP mandatory. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by Blue Breeze. (Continued on page 33)

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Odyssey Theater opens its doors to dance The Odyssey Theater is known throughout the Westside for staging classic and contemporary plays, but starting this weekend the venue will take its first steps into the world of dance — inviting troupes from around Los Angeles and the world to perform on its stages for an inaugural dance festival Dancers Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah, founders of the German dance collective MAMAZA and alumni of the cuttingedge Forsythe Company, kick off the festival on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 14 and 15) with their duet “Eifo Efi,” sponsored by the Goethe Institut Los Angeles Based on their 30-year friendship and partnership as creative collaborators, the piece explores the world of doubles and doubling through reflections and the pair’s nonstop verbal and physical interactions. “We wanted to find a way to enlarge our presence on stage, multiply it, give an

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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

Fiber artists VALYA discusses her inspiration for the Branch Gallery’s “Recycled” exhibit. SEE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS.

West L.A. Democratic Club Meeting, “Victory Starts Today,” 10:30 a.m. Join Congressman Ted Lieu for a community conversation demanding that the Democratic National Committee respond to their opponents’ challenges. St. Bede’s Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista. westlademocrats.org

2017 is the Year of the Rooster. Afterward, participants move to the lobby to create fun, festive rooster crafts. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org

Dancers Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah kick off a threeweekend festival of dance at the Odyssey impression that there more people than the two of us in that space,” writes Mazliah in an email. Galiana & Nikolchev’s Useless Room’s “The Last One” follows “Eifo Efi” on Jan. 20. The physical theater performance investigates the battle between preservation and destruction with a lot of dirt and rocks, (yes there will be dirt and rocks on stage). And if you can’t catch it at the Odyssey, the group will be do-

ing an encore in Venice with The Electric Lodge’s Lightning Series at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21. Flamenco troupe Herencia Flamenca spices things up with “Olé Flamenco,” featuring guitar virtuoso Paco Arroyo, on Jan. 22. Then L.A. Contemporary Dance Company concludes the festival with works by four choreographers in “Force Majeur” on Jan. 27 and 28. Associate Artistic Director Beth Hogan hopes that hosting dance at the Odyssey will introduce new audiences to the theater, excite current theatergoers about dance and “open up people’s minds that a theater isn’t just about doing plays. … It’s also an open space.” — Christina Campodonico “Dance at the Odyssey” runs Jan. 14, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 28 at the Odyssey Theater, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $25. Call (310) 477-2055 or visit odysseytheatre.com for performance times.

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Variations on a Genre Maverick jazz trio the Bad Plus will make you listen differently By Bliss Bowen Tradition vs. innovation: It’s a continually raging debate in jazz. The Bad Plus seem to firmly side with innovation, with improvisation-inspired originals and wildly unpredictable reinventions of pop hits by artists ranging from Nirvana and Heart to Peter Gabriel, the Flaming Lips and Johnny Cash. (Not to mention Stravinsky, whose “The Rite of Spring” inspired the trio’s 2014 album of the same name.) Yet they recorded a meeting-of-theminds album with saxophonist Joshua Redman (2015’s “The Bad Plus Joshua Redman”) that evolved out of live shows and was spiritually true to jazz’s vital exploratory essence. And Bad Plus “covers” of other artists’ songs not only approach rewriting, they are also firmly grounded in jazz tradition and language. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King perform at The Broad Stage on Sunday night, part of a tour promoting their most recent “covers” set, “It’s Hard,” released in August by Sony Masterworks. But with more than a dozen (largely original) studio, concert and collaborative albums to their credit, they have a substantial catalogue to plumb. It’s a body of work impressive for its musicianship and provocative scope. Iverson, who also authors the deeply thoughtful blog “Do the Math” (ethaniverson.com), recently discussed deconstruction, creativity, and jazz’s past and future. One of the things I value about the Bad Plus is that you guys make me listen differently. When you’re rearranging another artist’s material, is the fun or creative challenge for you in deconstructing the song and listeners’ expectations, or do you get an emotional charge out of the song itself? There has to be a reason for the Bad Plus to play any of those songs. We aren’t making fun of the songs we cover, but I think there has to be room in the song for another kind of complex emotion to evolve. On the other hand, this is something that musicians have done for centuries. If you play a tune that the audience knows and provide variations on it, that’s a way that everybody can follow what you’re doing. Mozart and Chopin and Liszt all wrote their variations on famous opera tunes of the day, and if they were at a party, they’d provide some more. In jazz it really began with Louis Armstrong taking on pop of the day, and a lot of those tunes became jazz standards and coin of the realm in terms of how you play jazz. PAGE 32 THE ARGONAUT January 12, 2017

I think that song did go through a few iterations in terms of the arrangement. The thing about that song that makes it hard, it’s sort of like a soul number. And soul music is harder to put on piano. So when we realized that Reid could play the melody on the bass, which is a more soulful instrument than the piano, that unlocked the rest of the arrangement.

The Bad Plus takes inspiration from Louis Armstrong to rework tunes by Barry Manilow, Crowded House and Pink Floyd Many artists cover other artists’ songs because they connect with the lyrics; others insist you should never cover something unless you do it completely differently; and then there’s Lucinda Williams, who once wrote in a songbook that doing

It wouldn’t serve us to do an obscure Crowded House song. You know, you want to do [“Don’t Dream It’s Over”]. There are probably a lot of Pink Floyd songs that only Pink Floyd mavens know, but let’s just do “Comfortably Numb.” We like going with the obvious.

“All the songs we play have real compositional integrity; otherwise, we wouldn’t play them.‘Mandy’ is probably a perfect example of something that has hidden depth, once you take it away from its primary association.”

Some might consider it arrogant to so drastically rearrange popular songs; but maybe it’s more true that it requires not just detachment but also humble understanding of what’s needed to write a good song. How important do you think humility is to free creativity? I think in most of the arts, the truth is that one perspective and the total opposite are very nearly coexisting. So in this case, yes, you’ve gotta be humble, you’ve gotta be like, “I love the song, I love how it goes,” but then you have to be supremely egotistical — “I’m going to make it my own now.” They coexist. Hopefully the end result makes some sort of sense. Like blues, jazz gets referred to sometimes as a dying art form. Do you believe that’s true, or is it in a state of evolution, similar to the shifts that occurred from big band swing to bop to fusion? I’m actually less positive on that topic than many musicians. I don’t feel like jazz is all that vital compared to the great jazz of past. It’s up to us who really still love it to play as well as we can, to play the most engaging music we can, to try to keep it going. But I also [agree with] the argument that it was a 20th-century form. So who knows? I’m in it to win it, but I’m also not super positive.

We’re hearing interesting jazz / hip-hop hybrids from artists like Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin. Do you think of that as jazz, or a distinct form of its own — Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus that’s developing? I’ll tell you this much: I’m really glad someone else’s song should mean Scott English and Richard Kerr owe they’re there, because without the black you’re saying, “I wish I’d written you big thanks; liberating “Mandy” community, there’s no jazz. That was this.” Where would you place the from the production schmaltz of Barry always what jazz was, this American Bad Plus on that spectrum of beliefs? Manilow’s recording shows how project that was really driven by the black Almost all jazz musicians play other graceful the core melody is. community. Wynton Marsalis really tried people’s tunes; that’s just part of how [Laughs.] It’s a great song, for sure. to help reclaim that with the Young Lion the music works. If we’re playing TV There’s a powerful compositional intent in movement. Now we’ve got Glasper, on the Radio, we know we can’t play that song. All the songs we play have real Martin and other guys trying to explain it like them, partially because of the compositional integrity; otherwise, we that. I’m all for it. However, whether any tropes you’re talking about. But I wouldn’t play them. “Mandy” is probably of the music any of us is making now will can play a gig tonight with any jazz a perfect example of something that has hold up to John Coltrane or Miles Davis musician in the world and we can play hidden depth, once you take it away from remains to be seen. three hours of music from the standard its primary association. repertoire, all of which none of us The Bad Plus perform at 7:30 p.m. wrote. So that’s the baseline, I would You recorded “The Beautiful Ones” Sunday, Jan. 15, at The Broad Stage, say, for our perspective; jazz cats before Prince died. Did it feel more 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets always play standards and other challenging to redo since the band has are $50 to $85. Call (310) 434-3200 people’s tunes. … roots in Minneapolis? or visit TheBadPlus.com.


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Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Cultivating Food Mood Awareness, 3 p.m. Start off the new year by focusing on your health and re-connecting with your body. California Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine Jordan Hoffman discusses the five stages of better food choices, building a pantry, meal planning, Chinese medicine and food mood awareness. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Media Ecology Soul Salon, 4 to 6 p.m. Gerry Fialka interviews filmmaker, author and meditation teacher Henry Schipper about his documentaries, followed at 7:30 p.m. by 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; unurban.com Hot Jazz Saturdays, 8 to 10 p.m. Brad Kay’s Regressive Jazz Quartet plays early jazz and ragtime music,

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By Christina Campodonico When Jacob Jonas needs a hint of inspiration, he goes to the sea — the Venice Pier actually. “I rely heavily on inspiration from watching the ocean and catching my breath at the pier,” he writes in an email. The 24-year-old Santa Monica-based choreographer and founder of Jacob Jonas The Company got his start dancing with the Venice Boardwalk’s Calypso Tumblers at age 13, and he has emerged over the last two years as a creative force and community connector within L.A.’s dispersed dance scene. At the Dance Camera West film festival in 2015 he assembled 25 of L.A.’s most legendary dancers and choreographers for a moving and historic improvisational dance jam session on the stage of the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Former Alvin Ailey dancer Hector Mercado and Emmy-winning choreographer Anita Mann were among the performers who shared how dance changed their lives through movement and spoken word. Online, Jonas has created a digital hub through #camerasanddancers on the Jacob Jonas company’s Instagram account (which has more than 75,000 followers). The photography series brings together dancers and social media influencers for

Jacob Jonas takes a leap over the Santa Monica Pier in this self-portrait.

photoshoots in iconic and out-of-the-ordinary places, from cultural institutions like The Getty to the sands of Venice Beach. Jonas’ work also goes outside the box on stage. Combining break dance and ballet, Jonas’ fusion of stage and street styles is not just refreshing, but kinetically explo-

sive and visually vibrant. When I first saw Jonas’ work last year and reviewed it for the L.A. Times, I was impressed by the choreographer’s ingenuity and fearless risk-taking. A relevé, or rise onto toe point, could coexist with a contorted breakdance handstand.

A delicate arabesque could cross paths with an exuberant flip or head spin. To paraphrase what I wrote in my review, if breakdancing and ballet had a baby it would be Jacob Jonas’ dance company. Cross-pollination is at the center of Jonas’ work and it’s a welcome addition to the L.A. dance scene, itself a marvelous mixture of dance traditions and styles. Jonas’ hopes to shine a light on this diversity through his choreography, which will be presented at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Friday. On the bill are the world premiere of “Fly,” a short film titled “Grey,” his breakout 2014 work “In a Room on Broad St.” and the 2016 dance piece “Obstacles.” “We all come in different colors and sizes, with different perspectives, but yet we all coexist,” writes Jonas. “To me that is fascinating. Mixing this diversity while showcasing and telling the stories of the talented and remarkable artists I work with is what I am hoping to accomplish and share with those who see my work.” The experience promises to be eye opening. The show has sold out, but call (310) 310-746-4000 or send an email to tickets@thewallis.org to be placed on the wait list.

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Ballona Wetlands Bird Walk, 8 a.m. to noon, Tour the Ballona saltwater marsh and look for local bird species each third Sunday of the month. Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot off of Pacific Avenue in Playa del Rey (323) 876-0202; losangelesaudubon.org Aqualillies Synchronized Swim Class, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Have you always marveled at the beauty of synchronized swimming? Train with representatives of the world-famous Aqualillies to learn sculling techniques, back layouts, ballet legs, and torpedoes and tuck turns. The class includes complimentary hot chocolate. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. $37 or $83 for session of three. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

Marion Davies Birthday Celebration, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the Santa Monica Conservancy, this celebration honors silent film actress and famed party hostess Marion Davies (who would have turned 120 on Jan. 3) in her former Santa Monica Home. Cut a rug to music from the classic American songbook by LA Love Band, enjoy a performance by magician Tom Frank, and watch snippets from Davies’ home movies and her silent film “Show People.” Marion Davies Guest House, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com

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Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a salsa concert by Susie Hansen Latin Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

Monday, Jan. 16

“Moana” Screening, 2 to 5 p.m. Directors Ron Clements and John Musker present and discuss their sweeping CG-animated feature about a teenager inspired by the seafaring adventures of her ancestors to leave the safety of her Polynesian island. Discussion follows the screening. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave.,

Santa Monicans Against the Trump Agenda, 3 p.m. As part of the national groundswell taking action against the radical policies of the incoming Trump administration, Santa Monicans Against Trump meet for the first time to discuss what can be done on a local level to protect communities and support tolerance as well as social and economic justice. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 suggested donation. (310) 392-6252

32nd Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 9 a.m. to noon. Hosted by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Westside Coalition, this celebration honors MLK’s the life and legacy, followed by a Community Involvement Fair featuring opportunities to get active in the community. St. Monica’s Church, Grand Pavilion, 701 California Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 393-9287; facebook.com/mlkwestsidecoalition “MLK’s Dream not Donald Trump’s Nightmare,” 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 topic is “MLK’s Dream not Donald Trump’s Nightmare.” UnUrban Café, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 399-1000; facebook. com/activistsupportcircle

Tuesday, Jan. 17 Sierra Club Airport Marina Group Presentation, 7 p.m. Biologist Roy Van De Hoek and photographer Jonathan Coffin show and tell what is happening in the winter at Ballona Wetlands. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. angeles.sierraclub.org “Healing Pen Ink” Class, 7 to 9 p.m. Get inspired by connecting with others at this retreat-like weekly writing class. One free introductory class happens the last Tuesday each month. The Farmhouse, 2629 Purdue Ave., Mar Vista. $35. (310) 848-4918; writeyourlifela.com Sofar Sounds: Santa Monica, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, (Continued on page 35)

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you know, fired, ostracized and sleeping in a refrigerator box on the corner.” Consider that anything you email can be rapidly shared — and shared and shared and shared. For example, novelist and professor Robert Olen Butler emailed five of his grad students the sad (and rather creepy) details of the demise of his marriage, asking them to “clarify the issues” for other Sending a mass email is a great way to students who wanted to know. The get some piece of information out to email quickly made the rounds in the everybody — everybody from your best literary world and ended up in The New friend to 1.4 million people on Twitter to York Times and on Gawker, where they three random drunk dudes who really “clarified” that his wife had left him to shouldn’t be on their phones at their become one of four women in “Ted boss’s funeral in Estonia. Turner’s collection.” The ability we have online to dispense But even a less tawdry, less tycoona little information to a whole lot of filled breakup email may go more viral people, immediately, effortlessly, is about than one might like. Anthropologist the coolest thing ever — and the Jerome Barkow, who studies gossip, Frankenstein monster of our time. explains that we evolved to be keenly As I write in “Good Manners for Nice interested in information that could People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” have some bearing on our ability to because all the groovy new digital tools survive, mate and navigate socially. As are so fun and easy to use, we often “fall Barkow puts it (and as is borne out by back on what’s technically possible” as others’ research), gossip about how our behavioral standard. Our chimp-like soundly somebody’s sleeping is unlikely impulse to just click already derails to be as spreadworthy as whom they’re picky-wicky concerns we might othersleeping with. wise have, such as “Hmm, wonder However, our propensity to spread whether sending that might get me, oh, gossip may be both the problem with My girlfriend of six years is breaking up with me. My question is: How do I let our friends and my family know? I’m thinking a mass email telling my side of the story. Then I wouldn’t have to have the same conversation over and over with different people. — Glum

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Thinking from the Right Side of the Crotch I’ve been seeing this woman for two months. I really like her. She’s made some mistakes — two bad marriages, some promiscuity, running from debts — but she’s determined to change. My friends think she’s bad news. But our relationship, though mostly sexual so far, has been terrific. Shouldn’t my intuition count more than my friends’ opinions? — Fretting When you’re deciding how to invest your life savings, you probably don’t say, “I’ll just take a moment to ask my penis.” Your intuition is about as reliable a judge of your girlfriend’s character. Intuitions (aka “gut feelings”) are conclusions we leap to — automatically, without the intervention of rational thought. Our mind flashes on this and that from our past experience, and up pops a feeling. The problem is

we’re prone to overconfidence that our intuitions are correct, mistaking strong feelings for informed feelings. Psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Gary Klein find that certain people’s intuitions are somewhat more likely to be trustworthy — those who repeatedly encounter the same situation, like a surgeon who only does appendectomies. Her hunches about a patient’s appendix are more informed because they come out of repeated experience and because she presumably gets corrective feedback when she guesses wrong (though, ideally, not from a monitor making that awful flat-lining sound). But Kahneman tells the McKinsey Quarterly, “My general view … would be that you should not take your intuitions at face value.” In fact, you need to go out of your way to look for evidence that your intuitions are wrong. In this case, it will take time and challenges to her character — and your actually wanting to see whether she acts ethically or does what’s easiest. In other words, your hunches can tell you things, but things that need a lot of post-hunch verification through applying higher reasoning (which, again, doesn’t simply mean calling upon any organ that’s higher than your knees). Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave., Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. Alkon’s latest book is “Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*ck.” She blogs at advicegoddess. com and podcasts at blogtalkradio.com.

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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

“Recycled” Exhibition Artist Talk, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Fiber artist VALYA discusses her history, techniques and inspiration for her exhibit “Recycled,” which utilizes leftover materials to emphasize the understanding that everything is recycled. Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Free. (310) 395-3880; theknittingtreela.com

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