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NEWS Gas Leak Rattles the Marina Blowout at abandoned oil well on Via Marina spews gas and mud 60 feet into the air ...... 7

Beds on the Boulevard Temporary homeless housing could be in the works for Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista ...... 8

Living in Amerikkka Was a racially charged banner at Santa Monica High School hate speech or protest art? ......................................... 9

Local youth share messages of unity at Westchester’s inaugural Kids’ March for Equality . ............................................... 11


COVER STORY ‘A Huge Inspiration’ Schwarzenegger flexes his muscles on Santa Monica Pier to raise $75,000 for firefighters ......................................... 14

Why I Support My Teachers In the classrooms of Venice High or out on strike, they make sacrifices for my education ........................................ 12


FOOD & DRINK Respect Your Meal Food Tribe founder calls attention to food waste and access issues in Venice . .......... 16

WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS Peek ‘Through the Looking Glass’ of the late Ed Moses ............................... 28

The Advice Goddess Care Bare Empathy-impaired boyfriend displays photos of his ex in the bedroom ............... 29

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L etters Not Amused Re: “Fast Friends: The Eskimo Sisters bring ballsy humor to The Reckoning Rally,” This Week, Jan. 17 Why would The Argonaut print this article? How does this help the #MeToo cause or young ladies and young men growing up? You have the interviews of young women and their thoughts, then you turn to the Eskimo Sisters. I can’t believe this is the opinion of a large educated percentage of the millennials. Their comments that they slept with the same guy … their jokes are about tampons … and quote “No, I can be sexy and talk about sexy stuff, but I can also say that I just took a sh*t.” Not my words. The Argonaut printed this! Real nice if younger kids get their hands on your free paper at every corner in the marina. This is nothing but a disgusting advertisement for the Eskimo Sisters and their show. Who did they know to get a page and a quarter in this paper? Obviously your paper is running out of community issues so that you have to print this. In my opinion, their explanation of “ballsy

humor” does not belong in the free community paper describing them in their multifaceted light. If you’re that interested, by all means … buy a ticket. Leslie Clarke, Marina del Rey


Re: “This is Our Stand: Teachers say the strike is about improving learning conditions for students,” News, Jan. 17 “Teachers shouldn’t be striking against LAUSD, says Melvoin, but the California Legislature and the governor’s office — which control 90% of LAUSD’s funding.” And Board of Education members shouldn’t be bought and paid for by charter organizations, or supporting an agenda that encourages segregation and privatization. Fiona Engler Re: “A New Vision for the Heart of Venice: Renee Davidson Community would replace the parking lot at Venice and Pacific,” News, Jan. 10 The architect said “… the project’s design was inspired by Venice’s tradition of social activism and diverse artistic

expression.” I suppose if artistic expression and social activism is expressed by cement blocks and looking like an Auschwitz prison camp extending almost three acres, with barely a patch of green, then I suppose he’s spot on. The article mentions that “34 apartments for low-income artists” will be set aside. Who decides what and who is an artist? Does this include writers, poets and dancers? Eva Greene People have a right to not want stuff like this in their back yard. It costs $1 million for a fixerupper in Mar Vista, and you have tent cities around the corner. It costs $4 million for a home on the canals that’s less than 2,000 square feet, and you have people shooting up drugs in their free housing around the corner. Meanwhile, we pay the highest taxes in the nation, and for what? Representation of people who crap on the sidewalk? Putting free and affordable housing in an extremely expensive area makes no sense. More could be done with the money in the inner city. Paul

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Gas Leak Rattles Marina del Rey Blowout at abandoned oil well spews gas and mud 60 feet into the air at the hotel construction site near Via Marina and Tahiti Way By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki State oil and gas regulators, local firefighters and public health officials are continuing to monitor an abandoned 1930s oil well in Marina del Rey that ruptured during repairs, spewing a mixture of methane gas and mud 60 feet into the air at the hotel construction site near Via Marina and Tahiti Way. “There was a very loud noise — like our pressure cooker releasing steam, but much louder,” said Cynthia Lynn, who witnessed the Jan. 11 blowout from inside her upper-floor condominium across the street and notified first responders. Video recorded by another witness shows what looks like a mix of vapor and liquid, alternately smoke gray and soot black, blasting skyward from a vertical pipe opening. In the video footage, which can be viewed at, a worker quickly escapes a scaffolding platform above the spewing gas and liquid by rappelling

down a metal safety cable. The eruption lasted for around 15 minutes, but there has been noise, lights and activity around the well night and day since, according to several people who live nearby. The California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, known as DOGGR, issued an emergency order about the well on Jan. 18. “Because of the serious concerns about the structural integrity of the well and the sensitive location of the well, efforts to secure the site and properly plug and abandon the well must be taken without delay,” the document states. Public agencies have given no indication that the well poses any danger to residents, but neighbors’ concerns appear to be heightened because many who live near the well found out about the blowout through word of mouth or after neighbors shared the emergency order on social media. As of Tuesday, “The well is under

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control,” said DOGGR spokeswoman Teresa Schilling. “The Los Angeles County Fire Department will issue a public update if anything changes.” According to the DOGGR report, contractors hired by the developers of the future Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Residence Inn were working to bring the abandoned oil well into compliance with current regulatory standards when the “uncontrolled release of fluids, including gas, occurred” after a worker pulled old tubing out of the long-inactive well. MDR Hotels declined to comment. The contractor, a company called Interact, could not be reached. DOGGR, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the county fire department’s Health and Hazardous Materials Unit have been monitoring the site around the clock, Los Angeles County Fire Section Chief Kenichi Haskett said. (Continued on page 11)

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Beds on the Boulevard Temporary homeless housing could be in the works for Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista By Gary Walker Less than two weeks after city transportation officials declared the divisive traffic lane reconfigurations on Venice Boulevard to be permanent, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office is eyeing a city property along the busy thoroughfare as potential temporary housing for some of Mar Vista’s unsheltered homeless. The city owns most of the 13,000-square-foot building at 12901 Venice Blvd., on the northwest corner of the Beethoven Street intersection. The Disability Rights Center has an 11% interest in the building. No details have been made available about how many beds the location might contain, but the building’s footprint of less than a third of an acre is more than 10 times smaller than the 3.1-acre former Metro bus yard on Main Street in Venice, where city officials are planning a temporary (or “bridge”) housing facility with 154 beds. Last year’s annual Homeless Count tallied 178 homeless people in Mar Vista,

including only four people in traditional shelters, 88 in RVs or campers, 46 in vans, 10 in cars and at least 20 sleeping on the street. The Mar Vista temporary housing proposal won preliminary support from

Venice and critics of sacrificing traffic lanes on Venice Boulevard to install protected bike lanes and other safety measures have been relentless in their criticisms of those efforts, and Bonin could face a convergence of those

“Given the disproportionate rage … I fear our neighborhood will be torn further apart.” — Fred Davis, Mar Vista

the L.A. City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee on Jan. 16, and it’s likely to go before the full council in February. Elsewhere in the Westside council district, temporary housing for up to 100 homeless veterans is planned for the West Los Angeles VA campus, and the former West L.A. Animal Shelter is slated to become supportive housing. Both opponents of temporary housing in

campaigns in opposition to temporary homeless housing in Mar Vista. Los Angeles Department of Transportation Director Seleta Reynolds recently told members of the Mar Vista Community Council, already divided along support for or opposition to the road diet on Venice Boulevard, that the city now considers the Great Streets and Vision Zero pilot program to be permanent.

The community council has asked Bonin for an independent traffic study and to convene a town hall about the lane reconfigurations, but the council office has yet to comment on either proposal. Holly Tilson, the Mar Vista Community Council zone director whose area would include the planned temporary housing facility, said she’s advised a council office deputy to collect community feedback and avoid residents learning about the proposal after the fact. The council office “needs to get out in front of this and inform at the very least the residents, schools and businesses within the area. They would like to hear more now rather than after a proposal has been developed, as has happened in several instances in Venice. Without transparency people get upset and the situation gets divisive. Hopefully, we can avoid that outcome by working together and publicly,” Tilson wrote an email. Mar Vista resident Fred Davis hadn’t (Continued on page 12)


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Living in Amerikkka Was a racially charged banner at Santa Monica High School hateful propaganda or Childish Gambino-inspired protest art? By Danny Karel During a May 2018 interview following the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” artist and entertainer Donald Glover (who plays a young Lando Calrissian in the film) was asked to explain the nightmarish ending of “This is America,” a viral song and video released under his rapper alias Childish Gambino. “Naw,” he said, laughing. “I feel like it’s not really my place to do that. I think it should just be out there. It’s for the people.” With Glover maintaining his silence, the video has reached more than 470 million views and inspired countless analytical videos, critical essays and heated debates. On its face it’s a maximalist, nearly surrealist work of art that most see as a commentary on black life in America that thematically addresses gun violence, racism and police brutality. So in late September, when a banner displaying racially charged imagery mysteriously appeared on the Santa Monica High School campus with the provocative caption “This Is Amerikkka,” A Santa Monica High School security guard snapped this photo of the many assumed it referred to the video. controversial “This is Amerikkka” banner before taking it down

And, like the video, interpretations of the banner varied. The focal point of the banner (which has been the operating term, though it appears to be more of a collage) is a young African-American woman in profile, wrapped in the American flag. Behind her, about 100 smaller images are stitched together in a cluttered patchwork: minstrel faces with cartoonish proportions, ghostly-white portrayals of Jesus, aggressively racialized text, depictions of political leaders, and several references to popular culture. “This Is Amerikkka” is written in permanent marker along the bottom, the k’s scrawled in bright red. On Jan. 13, volunteers with the Committee for Racial Justice convened in Virginia Park’s Thelma Terry Building to discuss whether the banner was a work of art or an act of racism. Formed in 2011 after a group of white Santa Monica High School students chained a black student to a locker and declared (Continued on page 10)

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A Voice above the Crowd Playa del Rey Elementary student’s “Strike Song” became her teachers’ anthem Photos by Chryssa Elliott

By Gary Walker Political movements often give rise to breakout personalities and inspirational moments. If the artful posters and billboards depicting Roxana Dueñas turned the Boyle Heights teacher into the face of the LAUSD teachers’ strike, then it was Playa del Rey Elementary School fifth grader Aryana Fields who provided its voice. The 10-year-old Westchester girl became a celebrity among teachers and their supporters with “Strike Song,” a reworked version of Rachel Platten’s chart-topping inspirational anthem “Fight Song” played to the same melody on acoustic guitar. Aryana’s chorus: This is our strike song Our education Prove them we’re right song Our power’s turned on Starting right now we’ll be strong We’ll sing this strike song And it’s so critical that everybody else believes ‘Cause I know this is exactly what I need.

Aryana Fields performed “Strike Song” for local teachers and massive crowds at Grand Park negotiations, the song opens as one popped in my head one night when we student’s appeal for supporting her were talking about what we could do.” Aryana publicly debuted “Strike Song” at teachers: “I’m just a small voice / now in Venice High School on Jan. 17, when she motion / sending big love / like an ocean / accompanied her teachers to a rally at the Watch how a single kid / can make a mind high school. Next up was a UTLA rally on open / I may only have one voice / but I Jan. 18 in front of tens of thousands of can make an explosion / And everything strikers and their supporters at Grand Park that’s done for me / by my teachers daily/ I will scream them out today / Will you Playa del Rey Elementary School teacher in downtown Los Angeles. Asked if she was nervous about singing listen to what I say?” Chryssa Elliott said she discussed the Aryana’s dad, Heath Fields, says his strike with her students the week before it for so many people, Aryana said shyly, “Not really. Honestly, I think I was just daughter’s musical activism did not come began so they would know why their trying to focus on the song. All I saw were as a surprise to him when Aryana told him teachers weren’t at school. Aryana colors.” how she planned to help her teachers. approached Elliott about what she could While later verses of “Strike Song” make “That’s her heart. She’s always been the do to help, and the two decided on a song. reference to picketing and contract type of person who thinks about putting “Fight Song,” Elliott said, “just kind of

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others first. That’s just the type of kid that she is,” he said. UTLA organizers were captivated by “Strike Song” and made it their anthem, sharing with members and supporters a YouTube video of Aryana performing the song. “Aryana is a reminder of why we do what we do. All over the city thousands of students and parents have expressed support in different ways. Aryana shows us how important it is for us to have arts in our schools, and we encourage Aryana to continue her activism through music long into her educational career. Every struggle has a soundtrack, and Aryana’s inspirational song is part of ours,” wrote UTLA Elementary Vice President Gloria Martinez.  Micah Joseph Bradley Byers, the music teacher at University High School in West Los Angeles, has offered to record Aryana’s song. She’s also been tapped to perform later this year at her school’s 5th-grade graduation, where she plans to sing “Rivers and Roads” by indie folk band The Head and the Heart. “Honestly, I think it’s going to be a little more nerve-wracking with less people watching,” Aryana said. “As a school community, we’re so proud of her,” Elliott added. “She’s inspired teachers as well as other students.” The strike may be over, but it appears “Strike Song” has struck a resonant and lasting cord.

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him a “slave for sale,” the public discussion group briefly became the target of white nationalist protesters immediately after the violence in Charlottesville. The committee projected a cell phone camera image of the banner, taken by the security guard who discovered it, onto a large screen. After snapping the photo, the guard immediately took it down, concerned the banner might be racist propaganda. “Come up to the front,” committee member Robbie Jones invited audience members, “and tell us what stands out to you.” After carefully studying the image, the first volunteer turned to the group. “When I was growing up, the heroes on TV always looked like him: a tall white man.” She was referring to a picture of John Wayne, smiling large to the side of the frame. “It was never a woman, and it was certainly never a person of color. He stood out to me the most.” Another volunteer was drawn to the three Ks at the bottom, and another to a particularly hateful phrase. The next commented on the central figure: the PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT January 24, 2019

flag-wrapped young woman. To her, she looked proud, a contrast to the “… typical All-American girl, who is usually white, the classic ‘girl next door.’ This can be your All-American girl as well.” Called to the front, the artist Enkone — who recently had one of his murals in South L.A. defaced with swastikas —

African-American woman, she said, it was “… hard as hell going to Samohi. If I saw this, I would feel personally attacked.” Robert Howard, the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Santa Monica High School, understood her point. Then he offered a rebuttal.

While working for the district, he had removed racial slurs tagged on walls and encountered various forms of hateful propaganda — but this felt different. pointed out that the use of triple k’s to spell America (a reference to the Ku Klux Klan) has traditionally been used by activists and revolutionaries, not hate groups. Just when it seemed like a consensus had been reached, a member of the CRJ asked for the microphone. “I don’t view it as art,” she said. As an

“It also made me feel a way, but that’s what art do.” Howard had been one of the first to see the collage, and was the first to suggest that it might not be overtly racist. While working for the district, he had removed racial slurs tagged on walls and encountered various forms of hateful propaganda — but this felt different. The central

figure was not maliciously portrayed, and the background was thoughtfully arranged. The piece was also laminated, a minor detail that suggested care and attention. Then the organizers invited Santa Monica High School Black Student Union President Dahlia Michael and group Secretary Rachel Porche to speak to the group. Because the collage had been taken down so quickly, they said, there was very limited reaction from the campus community. Instead of giving further analysis, they encouraged the audience to engage as activists. “I see a lot of adults here,” said Porsche, eyeing the mostly middle-aged crowd. “But not enough youth.” “Social media leads to laziness in our generation,” Michael said. “People think sending a tweet or hashtagging BLM [Black Lives Matter] is enough. It’s not. It’s about being in the streets and attending events like this.” If the role of political art is to catalyze conversation, then both Donald Glover and the anonymous artist who created the collage have succeeded.

‘Something We Can All Rally Around’ Local youth spread messages of unity at Westchester Kids’ March for Equality Story by Kyle Knoll Photos by Zsuzsi Steiner “Two, four, six, eight, love makes America great!” On Monday morning, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, under a deep blue and blustery Westchester sky, more than 150 parents and children stretched out along the Sepulveda Boulevard sidewalk between Manchester Avenue and La Tijera Boulevard to raise both their voices and their handwritten protest signs to demand one thing: equality. “It is important to give kids a voice and give them a chance to express their support for equality,” said Jenny Hontz, communications director for Speak Up, an education advocacy group for parents, who attended the march with her son, Max. “I hope that this tells him that he has a voice and that he should always speak up for what he thinks is right.” “We haven’t had this kind of civic engagement in Westchester before,” said Haan-Fawn Chau, one of the main organizers of the Westchester / LAX Coastal Kids’ March for Equality. “It’s important to be engaged in the community and make your voice heard,” she continued, adding that increasing community engagement and trying to treat people with kindness were the main lessons she hoped her sons would take away from the event. While organizers made an effort to keep protest signs and chants positive and non-partisan — going so far as to post a list of ideas for chants like “Choose love, not hate” and “We’re all different, and

Young activists marched along Sepulveda Boulevard in support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy we’re all equal” — a number of antiTrump administration and politically tinged messages were visible at the march, including the slogans “No Trump, No Guns,” “Kids Lives Matter” and “Shoot Kisses, Not Bullets.” “We wanted to give kids an opportunity to have their own voice,” said Crista Copp, director of academic technology at Loyola Marymount University. She

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attended the march with husband Dan Olsen and their daughter Evie, who had decided to scooter along with the march instead of walk. “My mom drew it and I colored it,” Evie said in reference to the “Love will win!” sign affixed to the front of her hot pink scooter with streamers falling out from the handlebars. “Right now in Los Angeles there seems to be so much controversy and division …

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A 1930s photograph of the Playa del Rey oilfields, which is now the Silver Strand The fire department will be keeping gas have been recorded in the air,” states and notified of any significant developan eye on Interact’s progress for as long a Jan. 19 notice issued by the Department ments as the project proceeds,” the notice as it takes to bring the well into compliof Public Health notice. reads. ance, and “it could take two weeks to Meanwhile, public health officials are The well underneath the hotel construcsix months,” Haskett said. asking Interact to develop and implement tion site is just one of more than 100 Despite air quality concerns, “At this a community health plan to “ensure that plugged or idle oil and gas wells under time no measurable readings for natural the public is fully aware of site activities the narrow strip of land between Wash-

but this is something we can all rally around and celebrate,” said Venice resident Courtney Paulson, who marched with her sons Val, 9, and Lee, 7. “I want my kids to know that we’re actually celebrating a wonderful person on this day and not just getting the day off school.” Argonaut intern Tygre Patchell-Evans contributed to this story. ington Boulevard and the entrance to Marina del Rey Harbor, according to DOGGR. Historic public records show the well has been inactive since a blowout occurred in March of 1956. The Ohio Oil Company drilled the well in 1931, boring 3,426 feet under what was then swampland, part of a 258-acre parcel leased from the Recreation Gun Club. By 1940, the well was pumping more water than oil and the DOW Chemical Company began using it to pump saltwater for the production of iodine. The well was plugged with cement after it began “blowing marsh gas, saltwater and sand,” according to a 1956 state memo, with the gas appearing to originate at a depth of about 1,800 feet. On his Facebook account Wednesday, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin posted that he was “particularly concerned at the lack of notification to neighbors” and that the incident “also raises concerns about other old and abandoned wells in the Playa del Rey oilfield area.”

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This Student Supports Her Teachers Whether in class or on strike, they’re making sacrifices for my education And when politicians and school board members made their jobs harder — The author is junior class president of raising class sizes, cutting resources, Venice High School, where she is also stagnating salaries — my teachers only a captain of the girls’ volleyball team worked harder. and president of the Interact Club Some people argue that teachers are (Rotary International). Last year she being irresponsible for leaving their was a leader of the Venice High walkout classrooms to strike. They say that for gun control legislation. teachers are damaging my education just so they can get raises, and that teachers are As the skies opened above our heads in selfish for leaving all us students displaced downtown Los Angeles on the first day of by their actions. But I don’t think that’s the LAUSD teachers’ strike, educators, true at all. parents, students and community members Our teachers are fighting to save public marched under dripping umbrellas in the education, one of the pillars this country tens of thousands. was built on. They’ve sacrificed their own “Tell me what democracy looks incomes for the benefit of the children of like!” bullhorns echoed off the towering Venice High junior Makena Cioni joined her teachers on the picket line Los Angeles. They’re striking because skyscrapers. I’ve seen classes teeming with so many hunt down an ice pack. they love their jobs and, more so, who “This is what democracy looks like!” students that on days with perfect attenThat’s why two Mondays ago, despite their jobs are for. we shouted in response. dance a student has to sit at the teacher’s fears of black marks on our attendance It is a humbling experience to see 34,000 I am proud to be a product of public desk for lack of seats. records and the temptation to stay warm teachers prioritize my education over their education. A product of weekend study own paychecks. We’re constantly told that sessions — voluntary both for the students I’ve seen big, beautiful libraries — rows and dry at home, many students chose to we are the future. But to see my teachers and the teachers — and of bad cafeteria risk missing their car payments, not lunches made slightly better by the hot paying their rent, and not contributing to sauce my teacher brought for us. To see my teachers risk missing their their own children’s college funds — for My public education has taken me far: car payments, not paying their rent, and us— is something I’ve surpassed the scores of private school I will never forget. students on standardized tests. I’ve been not contributing to their own children’s People say one can never stop learning. I recognized as a top volleyball player college funds — for us — is something think a teacher can never stop teaching. among Westside schools, trained by I will never forget. During the strike, my teachers have taught coaches paid a lot less than their privatesacrifice, bravery and altruism. school counterparts. I’ve directed local I have never been more proud to be and international service projects through join our teachers on the picket lines. their student than when they left their Girl Scouts & Rotary International, thanks of computers and open desks, shelf after shelf of books — sitting untouched I stand with my teachers because they are classrooms. to the leadership skills because the school can’t afford a librarian what drive my education forward. They Teachers called out “We’re here for you!” I’ve learned in public schools. All this to keep it open. put our interests above their own, coming as my friends and I weaved through the isn’t to brag, but to attest to the value I’ve sat in an office with a sprained to school at 6 a.m. to help with homethrongs of red and umbrellas in Grand of public education. work, giving up their lunch breaks to Park. They cheered, heartened to see us Yet with everything I’ve learned through ankle for hours because it’s Tuesday, which means the school nurse isn’t sponsor our clubs, coaching our sports for supporting them, just as they have always public education, I’ve learned to see its on campus, and administrators couldn’t the laughable stipend of 70 cents an hour. done for us. flaws as well.

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heard about the Mar Vista proposal, but he already likes it. “I’m fully behind the idea of this and the bridge housing being proposed in Venice. The homeless problem is symptomatic of larger institutional derelictions, and as such this is really a Band-Aid. However, we have to start somewhere. So consider me a YIMBY [Yes In My Back Yard],” Davis said. Steve Wallace, a Mar Vista homeowner of 20 years, is worried that Bonin and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti are “saturating” Venice — and now Mar Vista — with temporary homeless housing facilities. “We understand there are a lot of homeless in Venice and Mar Vista, but you do not need to house them in the most expensive neighborhoods around. PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT January 24, 2019

You can get 10 times more housing away from Venice and Mar Vista if the city were to look further afield,” Wallace said. “If we are going to invest in housing for the homeless population, should we not be making the best investment of our tax dollars, building the best housing for the money in the best value-for-money area?” Davis anticipates residual animosity over the Venice Boulevard lane changes and the temporary housing going up at the former bus yard on Main Street. “Given the disproportionate rage directed at the councilman over the Great Streets projects and the vitriol aimed at the Venice bridge housing, I fear our neighborhood will be torn further apart,” he said.

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“Roller Dreams” traces the disco-era rise of the Venice Beach roller dancing scene By Jacqueline Fitzgerald How often have you traveled the Venice Boardwalk, watched street performers and wondered what their stories are? Director Kate Hickey can fill you in. Her documentary film “Roller Dreams” is a compelling and touching documentary about the roller-skating dancers of Venice Beach, some of whom have been sliding and gliding to a funky get-up-on-your-feet beat for decades. “It’s an ode to old Venice, a sense of community and family, and what is missing these days,” says Hickey. “Those values are becoming lost.” It’s also a tribute to performers, their passion and “keeping the dream alive, no matter what” — particularly in the face of historic racism and cycles of gentrification. “Roller Dreams” screens Sunday as part of the 16th annual Venice Film Fest at Beyond Baroque. Says Hickey: “It makes people want to put skates on.” Roller skating became a popular leisure activity in 1930s America, and film buffs know Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced on roller skates in 1937’s “Shall We Dance.” Coinciding with the era of

disco music, roller skating’s resurgence started with mostly African-American dancers in Venice and spawned movies like “Roller Boogie” (1979) starring Linda Blair and “Xanadu” (1980) starring Olivia Newton-John, both films prominently featuring Venice Beach. For most people, the trendy pastime was a short-lived fad. But Venice roller skate dancers aren’t most people. The fact that they’d kept on skating surprised Hickey when she moved to Venice from Australia in 2007. She was especially intrigued with the old-school/OG folks. “This was not the white-washed Hollywood version — they were from South Central Los Angeles. I couldn’t believe they were still doing it after all this time,” she said. “I was really fascinated and thought, ‘My God, look at how they express themselves.’ These guys were artists, and they were so extroverted. We’re not used to that in Australia.” Having an “alien eye,” as she puts it, helped Hickey frame the story. Using current and archival footage, she spotlights six performers, tracing their ups and downs over the decades, and the family-

like bonds they forge. The group’s undisputed leader is the charismatic Mad (James Lightning), who precisely executes his graceful, seemingly effortless, moves. “Liquid poetry” is how his one-time dance partner Sara Messenger, aka Sally Piano, describes it. She joined the Venice group in 1982, though she’d always loved to dance and remembers dancing on skates at a roller rink when she was about 12. The two dancers shared an instant connection. “He and I were so psychically tuned into each other,” she says. Being part of the group gave her a sense of belonging that she hadn’t felt as a kid growing up in Maryland. “Music connects people, and 99% of the interaction is body language. We know so much about each other that we’ve never spoken in words.” Her all-time favorite song to dance to? “The one that comes to mind is ‘Shotgun’ by Junior Walker [and the All Stars],” she says. Messenger likens dancing to “sex on wheels” and to freedom. “It’s a beautiful integration — it’s sexy, it’s athletically challenging, it’s dance.

There’s a social element because you’re part of a group.” And, she says, it’s sacred and spiritual. “When you’re doing a figure eight, it requires an enormous amount of trust. As you lean into that curve, every turn you make is like a prayer, or saying ‘I trust the universe.’ ” Also a musician, writer and self-described “Renaissance gal,” Messenger, 64, now lives in San Diego. She still comes to Venice to skate and plans to appear at Sunday’s screening. “I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t roller skate,” she says. “You just don’t know what you’re missing.” “Roller Dreams” screens at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 27) as part of the Venice Film Fest at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. No cover; donations requested. Call (310) 306-7330, visit or search Facebook for more information. The Venice Beach Skate Dancers have also launched a fundraising effort to repave Skate Dance Plaza and will hold a Skate Against Hate event on Aug. 10. Search for details.

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‘A Huge Inspiration’ Story by Andy Vasoyan Photos by Ted Soqui Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a small guy. The now 71-year-old actor, ex-governor and seven-time Mr. Olympia checks in at around 6’1”, and he’s no frail senior. It takes a certain kind of person to stand next to the Terminator and make him look svelte. Last Saturday, such physically imposing people were out in force at the Arnold Strongman USA competition on Santa Monica Pier. Ten of the world’s strongest powerlifters came together in the qualifier for the upcoming Arnold Strongman Classic, considered one of the top two events in the sport of powerlifting. Powerlifting is PAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT January 24, 2019

heavy people lifting even heavier objects; 950 pounds of deadlifted weight thumped the wood, louder than the rollercoasters and the ocean, but not the crowd. Part of the event’s excitement was star power: Sofia Vergara helped noted buff actors Joe Manganiello (her husband) and Gerard Butler throw T-shirts into the crowd, while Matt Iseman of “America Ninja Warrior” shared hosting duties with Schwarzenegger. They were joined by Thor Björnsson, the 6’9” reigning world’s strongest man, who plays a giant, bloodthirsty knight called The Mountain in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Another draw was the charitable nature of the event, its $75,000 in ticket sales

(and merchandise proceeds still being tallied) benefiting the Santa Monica, Ventura and Cal Fire benevolent funds. In late November, Schwarzenegger visited firefighters battling the Camp Fire in Central California wildfires, offering financial and moral support. Firefighters from up and down the state, including Santa Monica’s downtown firehouse, competed in their own version of the strongman events to crown “The World’s Strongest Firefighter.” Decked out in firefighter’s gear, ten of California’s bravest took turns stacking heavy hoses, running with 150 pound sandbags, and doing a whole bunch of deadlifts as Schwarzenegger counted out their reps.

“It’s an incredible experience,” said Jason Silva, one of the competitors from the Santa Monica Fire Department, right after blasting out 35 deadlifts on a 265 pound weight. “When I was a little kid, I don’t think I ever thought my life would be at this point: lifting in front of Arnold, in front of him and Thor.” Silva came up in the SMFD recruit class of 2014, three years before the Thomas Fire charred almost 300,000 acres and prompted Cal Fire officer Scott McLean to disavow the very idea of fire season: “Take the ‘season’ out — it’s year-round.” Then-Gov. Jerry Brown later called the threat of wildfire “the new normal.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger flexes his muscles on Santa Monica Pier to raise money for firefighters “We all come together as a fire department as a whole in California, when all these huge fires break out,” Silva said, “but to see the community gather around us, for a charity event like this? It’s pretty awesome.” While the fire department may come together during fires, they do no such thing on the topic of their favorite Schwarzenegger movie. Silva prefers the 1996 Christmas classic “Jingle All The Way,” while 27-year-old Tim Scott from Mariposa County, the eventual winner of the event, called dibs on both “Terminator” 1 and 2. Fellow SMFD competitors Dominick Bei and Andrew Klein vouched for “Conan the Barbarian” and

“Kindergarten Cop,” respectively. The Mountain, he’s a fan of the Terminator as well: both the movie and its star. “He is a huge inspiration to me and many others,” Bjornsson said of Schwarzenegger. “This is a great cause here, and he’s doing a really amazing thing. It’s great to be part of it.” It would be pretty hard for a powerlifting event on the pier with the name “Arnold Strongman” not to be a really amazing thing, really. The original Muscle Beach, that legendary mecca of strongmen that helped launch Schwarzenegger’s career and others, was just below the pier, and its successor in Venice is not far down the coastline.

Martins Licis (aka “The Dragon”), a Latvian native who now trains in California, delivered five full reps of lifting a 375-pound Atlas Stone from the ground to his shoulders and ended up winning the competition. The reality of California wildfires, and the firefighters that help contain them, isn’t far off either. In the middle of it all was Arnold Schwarzenegger, once Mr. Olympia, once a governor, now helping to raise money for relief funds … and also helping out on a deadlift. “Let them concentrate!” Arnold would jokingly chastise the crowd, in his unmistakable accent. “QUIET!”

Arnold Strongman USA competitors pulled an antique firetruck along Santa Monica Pier, deadlifted as much as 950 pounds, hoisted a 385-pound log and shouldered a 375-pound Atlas stone while chasing the trophy captured by Martins Licis. Local firefighters (pictured: SMFD’s Andrew Klein) competed by stacking hoses, lifting weights and moving 150-pound sandbags. Sofía Vergara, Joe Manganiello, Lou Ferrigno and X-Pole USA athletes also joined the festivities. January 24, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 15




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about them. “It really can make a difference — not just on a microlevel, but on a macro-level if we start influencing the way that people think,” she said. Latimer knows well that decisions about food consumption can be intensely personal. “Looking back, food has always been something that was super interesting for me. At one point I weighed 406 lbs. I lost all that weight through diet and exercise,” he said. “I’ve certainly had to recognize my own culpability in being wasteful, over-indulging. I would say that the empathy aspect certainly developed. Like, how can I tell someone I’m not willing to help when you’re hungry, and I’ve eaten

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A Tale of Two Sales As the prospective seller anticipates the listing presentation by the listing agent/ brokerage, the first consideration for both parties is always the same thing: what is the appropriate sale price. Invariably, the seller shall insist on the highest possible listing/sale price, which is fine when the sale price is well-substantiated by accurate and timely consideration of carefully selected sales comparables. As the listing agent/broker, my general response to the seller is: what do you prefer, a fast nickel or a slow dime? In the most optimum of situations involving a typical sale transaction without any distress, such as a divorce, death, or job transfer, the sale (asking) price should reflect the realities of the immediate demand area; in other words, objectively, the market determines the sale price. Realistically, emotions, feelings, and sentiment all contribute to the determination of the sale price; however, such considerations are not necessarily easily quantifiable. In such situations, the master negotiator/listing agent shall demonstrate the justification of his commission by accurately counseling the seller regarding the arrival of an appropriate sale price.

Utilize the services of a local brokerage, rather than an out-of-area agent I’m a local real estate practitioner, having attended LMU, USC, and UCLA. West Los Angeles is my only home for 60+ years. Recently, my accountant referred me to his tax client who was having difficulty selling her home; as a matter of fact, it had not sold in over a year being on the market. The owner contacted me and during discussions with her I learned that her previous listing agent was not a local one and had listed the home for an unsubstantiated, inflated amount. Suffice it to say, the home did not attract serious interest from buyers nor agents. After appropriately pricing this home, our brokerage was able to sell this home for an all-cash, non-discounted sale price. Tenant Relocation Assistance In the City of Los Angeles, and other municipalities, if there are tenants residing on your property when you sell, you may need to be prepared to pay them Tenant Relocation Assistance. The amount may range from $7,750-$20,050 depending upon several factors, including age of tenant, disability, length of tenancy, tenant’s income, among others.

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Highest and Best Use Your property’s zoning may allow for a more potentially advantageous use than its current use; for example, you may have multi-family zoning although the current use is single family residence, then the Highest and Best Use may be an apartment building or some other physically possible, legally permissible, economically feasible, and maximally productive use. Such a scenario may greatly interest a developer/builder. Appraisal Issues Without a doubt, the appraisal process is one of the most contentious areas in a typical home sales transaction. Unless the buyer is prepared to purchase all-cash or negotiate some form of seller-financing, the mortgage loan application and appraisal process shall be necessary. To reiterate, this aspect of the home sale transaction is why the determination of an appropriate initial sale price is particularly critical. It is counterproductive for all parties involved to set an unsubstantiated listing/sale price only to have the appraiser reach a value estimate that may essentially “kill the deal”. There’s nothing worse than a seller resorting to a “price reduction” scenario, whereby the

initial sale price is so unrealistically high (due to utilizing the “PFA” formula: picked from air) that the market response is one of caution concerning the reason for a price reduction; there must be something wrong with the property, otherwise, there would be no need for a price reduction. To insure a well-substantiated sale price, I am a practicing independent appraiser with over 30 years experience working with financial institutions, agencies of the US Federal Government, e.g., Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Resolution Trust Corp., law firms, and have served as a valuation expert witness in LA County Superior Court. THIs week’s qUesTIon wAs AnsweRed By

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This is a large, gated home with pool, three floors, and so much potential via rehab and updating. Three car garage and storage on ground floor. Great fixer upper opportunity for investors or owner-users. For more information, please call Brad Krasnoff @ 310.277.0077 (US BK CASE: 2:18-bk-10665). Details: January 24, 2019 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section PAGE 23



hose of us who live and work in the Villa Marina Community know the area has many fine qualities, including entertainment, dining, and shopping all within walking distance. We also know it has challenges, including traffic. There are current and future developments that will impact the quality of life in the Villa Marina Community. The City is currently redoing the Community Plan for our community, covering the next 10 years (or maybe twenty). Included in this will be Recode which will incorporate into one place online all zoning for every piece of property in the city. Community Plans are the blueprints that guide growth in our neighborhoods by stating the community’s vision for the future, establish policies and designating how land should be used, whether it’s for parks,housing, schools, jobs, or manufacturing. The City has begun holding meetings to get local resident input. For more info, go to; and complete the survey telling the City what you do, and don’t, want to see in the community in the next 20 years. If you care whether land turns into a park or into a parking lot, be involved in this 2018/2021 City Planning effort. The proposed Paseo Marina Project is located at the corner of Glencoe and Maxella. It will replace a significant portion of the existing Marina MarketPlace with 3 sevenstory buildings. 657 apartments and

reduce current retail space by over 70%. After over a year, this proposed project is still with the City Planning Department. Their Draft Environmental Report is estimated to be released sometime between the first quarter and 3rd quarter of 2019. Councilmember Bonin’s office and many others have said on multiple occasions that they do not support this project. The proposed Cedars-Sinai Project is located in the vicinity of Lincoln and Mindanao. A recent presentation was made to the Del Rey Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee detailing the proposed 9 story replacement building for the hospital. The presentation can be found at: in the Committee’s Agenda section for December 2018. This Community has absorbed a tremendous amount of additional housing in the last few years, including the Glencoe/Maxella area, Stella on Maxella, and developments in the county across Lincoln Boulevard. If you want to have a say in the future, now is the time to get involved.

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“Breathtaking oceanfront views are offered from this two-story, home,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Enter to an open living space with vaulted ceilings that leads to a private balcony overlooking an idyllic white-sand beach. The kitchen includes custom maple and glass cabinetry, granite counters, a breakfast bar, pantry, ample storage and stone floors. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms and access to a shared rooftop. Other features include maple floors, recessed and track lighting, and private garage.” Offered at $2,300,000 Charles Lederman Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

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“This 1958 open floor plan is an entertainer’s gem with plush landscaping, three fireplaces, an upper level swimming pool, and upgrades throughout,” says agent Daniel Levin. “Enjoy city lights from the large floor-toceiling windows in the living room, complete with custom fireplace. The open kitchen includes a subzero refrigerator, recessed lighting, and an additional bar, complete with accent lighting. The master bedroom includes a wood burning fireplace and opens to the landscaped backyard.” Offered at $939,000 Daniel Levin Coldwell Banker 424-280-7400

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“This top-floor, two-bed, two-bath home is an ideal unit in the highly sought-after Seagate Village community,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Just blocks from the ocean, this home boasts rare conveniences, including a stacking washer and dryer, a walk-in attic storage, and side-by-side parking. A sleek spiral staircase leads to an expansive loft. Building amenities include gated access with security system, two large saltwater pools, multiple hot tubs, saunas, and tennis courts.”

Offered at $749,000 Stephanie Younger Compass 310-499-2020

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“Recently renovated, this bright Kentwood home boasts three bedrooms and three baths,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Vivian Lesny. “A gourmet chef’s kitchen is complete with breakfast bar, soft close custom cabinetry, wine fridge, and dry bar. Hardwood floors throughout the living room and adjacent dining room both flow through the kitchen to the patio and spacious yard. The master suite boasts vaulted ceilings and a luxurious master bath with dual vanity, and a separate frameless shower.” Offered at $1,399,000 Jesse Weinberg & Vivian Lesny KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

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“This three-bed, two-bath, home is situated in the desirable living space that is the Marina City Club,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “Enjoy all the luxurious amenities. Stay fit with the huge executive gym, free classes (yoga, stretch, cardio, spinning and more), swimming pools, and tennis courts. Enjoy the restaurant and bar, gourmet market, daytime cafe, and convenient room service. Also at your fingertips are a car wash, beauty salon, and 24 hour guarded security. This home is ideally located.” Offered at $950,000 Eileen McCarthy Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910

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“Situated in the heart of Marina del Rey is this two-master suite end unit townhome with contemporary architectural appeal,” say agents Bob and Cheryl Herrera. “Its open floor plan is accented by solid hickory and bamboo floors, added side windows welcoming sunlight throughout the day, as well as the stone patio and pool. You will appreciate the redesign expanding the usable space for living/entertaining and extra bedroom. Villa Tropez is a gated resort styled community with the joys of coastal living.” Offered at $1,100,000 Bob & Cheryl Herrera PRES 310-578-0332

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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, Jan. 24 “What Juniors Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for College Applications,” 4 to 5 p.m. College counselor Crystal Reed helps students with the process of college applications by providing information, handouts and answering audience questions. Pico Youth & Family Center, 715 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 415-9278; crystalreed. college La Pub Fait Son Show, 7:30 p.m. Watch a medley of French and international TV commercials and then hear a Q&A with writer-filmmaker and founder of “La Maison de La Pub” Anne Saint Dreux. Complimentary wine and cheese tasting. Theater Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $12 to $16. (310) 286-0553; Glass Spaceship’s “Wild Things” Party, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Bring your bush hats, binoculars and tiger energy as Glass Spaceship welcomes you to the jungle, featuring live performances by Lederrick, SinceWhen, Barely Great, Friz and more. West End Nightclub, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica. $5.

Friday, Jan. 25 Last Fridays Art Show, 6 to 11 p.m. Meet amazing artists and buy some art while sipping cocktails and mingling with new and old friends. Enter a raffle, explore the vendors and enjoy live music at Amiga Wild, 2124 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free. Isabella Rossellini’s Link Link Circus, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Rossellini

playfully argues Darwin’s theory of evolution, which links humans to animals. Illustrated with short comic films, home movies and animation, this show is both quirky and scientifically informed. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $79 to $99. (310) 434-3200;

ukulele classes for children, teens and adults. After the mini-lesson strum along to your favorite song. Bring a ukulele or use one provided. Age 6-to12 class at 2 p.m. Teen and adult class at 3 p.m. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Don’t Tell Comedy, 7:30 p.m. Don’t Tell Comedy is a secret comedy show in living rooms, backyards and other intimate settings around Los Angeles. BYOB. RSVP to receive the address for this event, taking place somewhere in Santa Monica. $15 to $25. DJ Jedi & Anthony Valadez Dance Party, 9 p.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; Funky AF Concert, 9 p.m. to midnight. Funky AF brings a reggae, Latin, jazz and funk sound to Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. (424) 256-7894; The Black Hips, 10 p.m. to midnight. Indie band The Black Hips plays alternative covers, originals and mashups at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, 2702 Main St., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 452-1734;

Saturday, Jan. 26 Special Theatre Fare Play Reading, 10 a.m. This special reading of the play “Jack and Jill” with PRT artists

The late Ed Moses kept agile by making fresh art. SEE MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES. will be at held at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-8392 Swing Set Band, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to live music, nibble on light refreshments and dance the afternoon away. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Culver City Senior Citizens Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. $5. (310) 253-6700 Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country and rock-a-billy concert by Jack Brand. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; Meet Me at Reed: Pups in the Park Day, 2 to 4 p.m. Let the dogs roam free in the off-leash dog area and watch dog agility demos. Enjoy tasty eats from the food trucks. Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. Free. Ukulele Saturdays, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Heidi Swedberg teaches a series of

9th Annual Poetry of Venice Photography, 2 to 6 p.m. Paramedia ecologist Gerry Fialka hosts a panel discussion of award-winning Venice photographers who explore landscapes of the human psyche and examine the transforming power of cameras from 2 to 4 p.m. The photo show opens at 4 p.m. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; Family Feud at the Lodge, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a night of dinner and live game shows. Start the evening with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by “Shawn’s Famous TV Dinner” at 7 p.m. and then play The Feud at 8 p.m. Westchester Elks Lodge 2050, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. $15 donation; RSVP requested. (310) 821-3005; “Music Gets Me High!” 6 to 10 p.m. This monthly sober dance event provides deejay music to build a healthy and fun environment free of drugs and alcohol. Soho Dance LA, 1618 Cotner Ave., West L.A. Suggested donation $10. Lauren Turk Concert, 7 to 10 p.m. Artist Lauren Turk takes you on an introspective musical journey guiding you to set your intentions for 2019. Late Sunday Afternoon, 1920 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. RSVP requested.

“Last Call,” 8 p.m. Shine storytellers share their stories of what they did when they thought it might be their last chance, whether it had to do with romance, career or bucket list adventure. Live music provided by artist and performer Zana Messia. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 452-2321; Joachim Cooder, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, composer and songwriter Joachim Cooder (son of roots multi-instrumentalist and record producer Ry Cooder) brings his world music-infused dream pop to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828.4497; HEX Vocal Ensemble, 7 p.m. Made up of members from LA Choral Lab, the LA Opera, C3LA and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Hex performs a unique musical tapestry of Renaissance and contemporary works for Masters in the Chapel. First Lutheran Church of Venice, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. Unkle Monkey, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Local favorites play a blend of danceable rock and world music at this Polynesian-themed restaurant. The Warehouse Restaurant, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) 823-5451

Sunday, Jan. 27 Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, 8:30 a.m. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers join the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society the fourth Sunday of each month for a two- to three-hour walk exploring the lagoon and coastal

O n S tage – T he week in local theater compiled by Christina campodonico

Dance at the Odyssey:“CollectivesDrift” @ Odyssey Theatre The Ja Collective (a collaboration between USC Kaufman dancers Jordan Johnson and Aidan Carberry) and The TL Collective (brainchild of Ate9 alum Micaela Taylor) team up for an evening celebrating the cross-pollination of contemporary dance and hip hop.

Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 25 & 26) and 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 27) at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $25. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2;

and-cheese croissants for breakfast, a descendant of two generations of con men, and the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish doctor who discovers her dad’s stash of pornography. The art display “Secrets,” a collection of long-hidden canvases by artist Maury Ornest, who coped with debilitating mental illness, accompanies the show. The artist’s sister, former radio news reporter Laura Ornest, speaks at 6:30 p.m. before the Monday and Tuesday shows. Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 28 & 29) and 8 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 30) at Jewish Women’s Theatre’s The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. $45 to $50. (310) 315-1400;

Exposed:“Family Secrets” @ The Braid Jewish Women’s Theatre’s salon performance explores tales of a painful and personal nature. Meet a Kosher Jew who sneaks out to have ham-

American Love Story:“Fool for Love” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Trapped inside a Mojave Desert hotel, Eddie and May attempt to reconcile their love with the truth of their haunting pasts in this drama by

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Love & War:“Romancing Peace” @ Fanatic Salon Presented in a podcast-style format with live original music, this play formerly known as “Peace for Children” returns for an encore. Daniel, a pro-military singer-songwriter, falls in love with Sara, a peace activist. But can their chemistry survive wildly different political views? One performance only:  4 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 27) at Fanatic Salon Theater, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., Culver City. $5 at the door.

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famed American playwright Sam Shepard. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 24 to 27) at Pacific Resident Theatre’s Co-op Space, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; The Dating Game:“We Should Hang Out Sometime” @ Santa Monica Playhouse In this solo show combining standup and true stories, author and adaptive athlete Josh Sundquist recounts asking girls he tried to date why they rejected him, sharing the comedic results of his semi-scientific study with the audience. Now playing at 8 p.m. the next two Fridays (Jan. 22 and Feb. 1) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $50. All-American Avant-Garde:“Our Town” @ Westchester Playhouse

The Kentwood Players bring to life Thornton Wilder’s classic American play about the residents of a small New Hampshire town, including its fourth-wall-breaking narrator. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 16 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $22. (310) 645-5156; Talk Nerdy to Me:“Smart Love” @ Pacific Resident Theatre In this new comedy with a scientific twist, the Wachowski’s household is turned upside down when the family’s son returns from MIT with an unexpected guest. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd, Venice. $25 to $34. (310) 822-8392;

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Sammartano is a musical road warrior Jeremiah Sammartano plays a homecoming show at the Cinema Bar Change is the enduring constant in L.A.’s Americana/roots community, with songwriters and players pinballing along a highway of opportunities from the West Coast to Austin to Nashville and back again. Guitarist/ songwriter Jeremiah Sammartano was a longtime fixture in that community, often fronting his Red Eyes band at the Cinema Bar and chowing down with fellow musicians around the corner at Metro Café — until he packed it in for Flagstaff last May. Reunion time’s next Thursday, when he returns to his former “home away from home stage.” It won’t be his first homecoming. Sammartano, who moved to L.A. from Orange County in 1998, quietly compensated for the scarcity of regular local gigs by developing a tour circuit of wine bars, brew pubs and pizza parlors across the West, and in 2008 he gave Nashville a year to see if it fit. It didn’t. He returned to playing the region in search of 40 to 75 bird species. A shorter walk for families follows at 10 a.m. Park near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, and meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the lot. LMU Children’s Concerts, 1 and 3 p.m. LMU hosts two concerts featuring music by Mozart, Schumann, Koichi Kishi and Brubeck, as well as dance, storytelling and shadow puppetry to entertain young audiences ages 3 to 12. Murphy Recital Hall, LMU, 1955 Ignatian Circle, Westchester. Free. Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz and funk concert by 2 Azz 1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; “Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph” Discussion, 2 p.m. After his wife and daughter were hit head on by a Los Angeles city bus, Douglas Segal began emailing updates to family and friends, forming the basis for this inspiring memoir. This memoir serves as a profound example of how people show up for one another in times of crisis. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; “Mozart’s 263rd Birthday Concert,” 3 p.m. The Culver City Symphony Orchestra performs an all-Mozart program to celebrate the birthdate of Mozart. Robert Frost Auditorium, 4401 Elenda St., Culver City. $15 to $20.

Cinema Bar and other low-key L.A. watering holes friendly to bluesy Americana, slide guitar and heart-on-sleeve laments, and, until his car collapsed in 2016, toured frequently. A tug could be felt on the local web of communal connections when Sammartano announced his relocation to Arizona, but the move made practical sense (although the former Huntington Beach boy says he’s still adjusting to high mountain altitudes and snow). Last March he released “These Motel Days,” an album of rustic, slide- and harmonica-colored tunes recounting his interstate rambles. In September, he uploaded 10 tracks recorded at his Flagstaff home to Soundcloud, titling the collection “4 Hours Sleep, 12 Hour Drive.” It’s presumably too late (early?) for his beery Townes Van Zandt-inspired Christmas song (“Townes, Jesus and Me [At the Gold Rush],” from 2012’s “Home”), but it’s a fair bet he’ll pull out new tunes like “Beneath These Strange Skies” and “Coffee & Donuts” when he reprises his guitar-drums duo with Matthew Magener (a “troublemaker,” Sammartano quips) at the Cinema. Pop around to Metro Café beforehand and you might catch him grabbing dinner like it’s still 2016. Some things don’t change. — Bliss Bowen Jeremiah Sammartano returns to the Cinema Bar (3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City) at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. No cover; tip jar donations go directly to the artists. Also performing: Colleen Kinnick and Christopher Lockett. Call (310) 3901328 or visit 16th Annual Venice Film Fest, 6 p.m. Celebrate the colorful history of films made in Venice with live music and rare newsreels about Venice. Watch Taylor Cox’s documentary “Pull” at 7:30 p.m., exploring how the inner voice can guide to the truest path in life and the idea that teachers can be found everywhere. Screening at 8:30 p.m., the 1984 film “Roller Dreams, ” a documentary about Venice Beach as the epicenter of the pop culture explosion roller dancing. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; Cristina Vane Concert, 8 p.m. Back from Nashville, blues singer and guitarist Cristina Vane is joined by Lauren Stockner on bass and Billy Stobo on percussion for a live performance at Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. Free. (424) 256-7894;

Monday, Jan. 28 Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330; Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

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Care Bare I’m dating this new woman. I like her a lot, but she keeps complaining that I still have pictures of my ex-girlfriend on my wall, saying that it makes her uncomfortable, especially when we’re having sex. I was with my ex for a while, and we lived together. They’re just pictures. What’s the big deal? — Irritated There’s a place for the photographic Museum of Relationships Past, but it isn’t the area around your bed. Actual human beings have feelings. They long to be treated with dignity — to be given the sense that others value them and care about how they make them feel. This would be reflected, for example, in replacing what, to a woman, probably looks like a wall shrine to the ex with pix of your other, less inflammatory loves, like Linda, your family’s late Rottweiler. It’s possible that you have some sort of empathy gap — something keeping you from the usually automatic “fellow feeling.” This is a way researchers have described the sort of empathy that involves “emotional contagion” — “catching” and then feeling an emotion another person’s feeling, to some degree. Even if this

isn’t natural for you, you can bring it into your relationships through “perspective-taking” — making an effort to imagine how another person feels in a situation. (This is different from imagining how you would feel.) Research by C. Daniel Batson suggests that trying to feel what another person is feeling leads us to have empathy, “which has been found to evoke altruistic motivation.” This means that it motivates a person to behave in kind and compassionate ways. In contrast, though imagining how we would feel if we were in the other person’s shoes produces empathy, too, the researchers found that it also produces “personal distress, which has been found to evoke egoistic motivation” — which is to say, “Me! Me! Me! All about me!” In general, treating other people as if their feelings matter, even when you don’t share their feelings or think they’re entirely legit, makes for far happier relationships. If you aren’t interested in putting in the work to show empathy, you can still have a relationship, but with an atypical partner. Your best bet is probably a Boston fern — specifically one advertised to have “durable plastic leaves that are resistant to fading.”

Bad Stare Day Do men fall in love at first sight more than women do? My male friend says it’s mostly men who’ll see a woman from across a room or subway platform and fall for her. Yeah, I know that happens. Don’t women do this, too? Like, a lot? — Wondering Dude A guy’s claim of “love at first sight” plays better with the ladies than “I wanted to spend eternity with your boobs.” Research by psychologists Andrew Galperin and Martie Haselton finds that men, far more often than women, report experiencing “love at first sight.” However, they conceded that “some men might be reporting some episodes of sheer sexual desire as ‘love at first sight.’” (Ya think?) This sex difference in love at first sight aligns with the different pressures ancestral men and women had to contend with to survive and pass on their genes. Because women alone get pregnant from sex, female emotions evolved to push women to take the slow route in mating — to assess a man over time for his level of commitment and character — lest a woman end up with a baby daddy who’s all “Beep, beep! I’m outta here,” like the Roadrunner.

Men, on the other hand, have an evolved sexual business model of volume and variety (kind of like Walmart). However, because ancestral men could bolt right after sex and still have a chance of leaving surviving descendants, it was in men’s evolutionary interest to hook up with an endless parade of hot-erellas. As I often mention, female features we think of as beautiful — like youth, clear skin, an hourglass figure and pillowy lips — are actually cues of health and fertility. So, not surprisingly, male mating imperatives evolved to be visually motivated (“Do you look like the woman for me?”) in a way female ones did not. Ultimately, though evolved male mating psychology is pushing you — even today — to be eyeball-driven, understanding its origins can help you be mindful to take a step back and put in the time to explore a woman’s character. This may help keep you from jumping into a relationship with some woman who turns out to be an extremely hot sociopath. As you might cry to your friends, “I’m so confused; she seemed so genuinely interested in me … wanting to know where I bank, the name of my first pet, and the last four of my Social.”

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at ©2019, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Alkon’s latest book is “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence.” Follow @amyalkon on Twitter and visit

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documentary explores the social history of Tupperware during 1950s America. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; Soundwaves Series: Andrew Raffo Dewar, 7:30 p.m. Dewar performs original music for soprano saxophone and electronics at Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Soundwaves Series: Inna Faliks and Daniel Schlosberg, 7:30 p.m. Faliks and Schlosberg perform and discuss Gustav Mahler’s sixth symphony, arranged for piano by Alexander Zemlinksy. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Live Talks: Jason Rezaian with Maz Jobrani, 8 p.m. Maz Jobrani, author of “I’m Not a Terrorist But I’ve Played One on TV” and star of the Netflix comedy special “Immigrant,” interviews Washington Post opinion writer Jason Rezaian about his 544-day imprisonment in a Tehran jail. New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $30.

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Friday brings the shop’s first Last Fridays Art Show of the year, a monthly happening that showcases the work and music of local artists during an allare-welcome community party. There’ll be sips, raffles and plenty of opportunities to appreciate the work of local artists. The event features the wry pop art of Venice artist Rohitash Rao, the California landscapeinspired work of Los Angeles painter Lauren Badenhoop, the colorful paintings of illustrator Lucy Scarlet and the abstract expressionism of Bob Martinez. Venice’s own queen of bootstomping roots music, Lacey

Kay Cowden, does double duty. Her whimsical illustrations of frontier folk will be on display as she plays her Southern-soul-drenched music live. Indie artist Trishes also brings her electro-pop sounds to the festivities. So grab a friend and savor some art! — Christina Campodonico This month’s Last Fridays Art Show happens from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday (Jan. 25) at Amiga Wild, 2124 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free. Visit or check for updates.







Rohitash Rao’s comedic artwork meets Lacey Kay Cowden’s cool cowgirl art at Amiga Wild 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. “Secrets,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 and Tuesday, Jan. 29. This exhibit features the secret works of Maury Ornest, who painted through paranoia, delusions throughout his life. His sister and former radio news reporter Laura Ornest discusses his art before “Family Secrets.” Gallery at Jewish Women’s Theatre, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400;

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