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L e t t e r s What about Affordable Housing by LAX? Re: “Monster on the Median,” Letters, March 1 Daryl Barnett’s letter is right: City leaders, including L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, need to consider the pros of alternative affordable housing project opportunities. Take for example the 330 acres of land the FAA transferred to the city last year. Yes, it is deedrestricted for park and office uses, but that is not to say this huge property could not serve the homeless. Abutting this property is unrestricted land that is owned by the city. If the city moves current uses on unrestricted land to the deed-restricted property, that would leave room for badly needed homeless services. It just takes backing down from a poorly conceived concept in Venice and realizing there might be better solutions. The site I’m proposing has transportation services to entry-level job opportunities at LAX and neighboring business districts. The funds are already available. It just takes leadership. James Murez, Venice
FROM THE WEB Re: “Homeless By Choice,” Opinion, March 1 I am so freakin’ tired of being blamed for the ills of the world by a select few who deem it their mission in life to do so. The vast majority of the homeless that I run across in the streets are mentally unstable. I had nothing to do with that. Many others seem to be on the streets because they just prefer to be, and on the streets in Los Angeles because of politicians like [column author] Mike Bonin. As taxpayers we have in fact done everything we are supposed to do — give to the charities and tax ourselves to death so that government agencies can take care of the problem. So how did this become my fault? L.A. is simply too expensive, and just because you want to live here doesn’t mean you get to live here — especially if you don’t have the means to do so. It’s Bonin and the rest of the “saving the world” crowd down at City Hall who have focused on bizarre saving the planet issues, or on federally mandated issues
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A Marina del Rey yacht club’s first black commodore resigns over its handling of a racial slur ............................................ 6
Why Ocean Park neighbors are appealing a block-long building planned for Lincoln Boulevard ............................................. 12
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A Marina del Rey yacht club’s first black commodore resigns amid complaints of racism and assault, but security camera footage muddies the water By Joe Piasecki The Pacific Mariners Yacht Club will be without a commodore for this weekend’s Opening Day celebrations to kick off the boating season in Marina del Rey. Keith Mott, an LAPD sergeant who became PMYC’s first African-American commodore late last year, resigned from the club on Monday. He is accusing its governing board of tolerating a white former commodore’s use of a racial slur during a heated clubhouse confrontation on Jan. 21. According to PMYC documents, club leadership imposed a 30-day suspension on both men involved in the argument, plus additional penalty time for the former commodore due to what he describes in an apology letter as “an utterance that was both inappropriate and offensive.” Mott has since filed a criminal complaint with the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station, which confirmed that detectives are pursuing a battery and hate incident investigation in consultation with the hate crimes task force. PMYC leadership declined to speak on the record for this story, but granted The
Argonaut’s request to view security camera footage of the confrontation. Mott, a vocal critic of binge drinking at PMYC, said that the other club member threw a bulky set of keys at Mott’s chest during an argument about how the club is managed. The video appears to show the
About nine minutes of footage shot from multiple angles but lacking audio shows the two men entering the clubhouse, engaging in what appears to be heated dialogue before the keys drop, briefly exiting the clubhouse, re-entering the clubhouse and attracting the attention of
“Nobody’s addressing the N-word.” — Keith Mott former commodore facing Mott with his arm outstretched and at eye level before letting the keys drop to the floor at Mott’s feet, after which Mott bends to pick up them up. Neither man appears to lay hands on the other at any time. But Mott stands by his recollection that the keys made contact with his body. “Don’t look at the angle of the hand, follow the keys. They don’t drop straight down. They hit me at the lower part of the chest and then fall to my feet, and at that point I order him to leave the club,” said Mott.
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The man accused of hurling the slur at Mott did not return calls, and a witness who is also one of the club’s few AfricanAmerican members declined to speak to The Argonaut. Mott, a member of PMYC since 2012 and involved in managing the club for the past three years, argues how the word might’ve been said is less important than what it means: a contemptuous, disparaging, racist term used for centuries to reject and disenfranchise people of color. “Nobody’s addressing the N-word,” says Mott, “By letting this go it tells everybody in the club that it’s OK to be racist, that it’s OK to use a racial slur. If that’s what Pacific Mariners stands for, I don’t need to be a part of this club.” Speaking on background, a senior member of the club who did not witness the confrontation takes issue with Mott’s characterization of racism at PMYC, historically a “working man’s yacht club” that casts a wide net for potential members.
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Cops on Camera Officer-involved shooting videos may go public sooner, but Venice may never see what happened to unarmed 2015 casualty Brendon Glenn
Mourners and protesters kept vigil for days after Glenn was shot to death on Windward Avenue believes commissioners are on the right track. “The policy that’s before us now is body camera policy 2.0. It’s next-generation and it fits with what’s going on right now. It’s still written in pencil but not carved in stone and, assuming that we pass it, it will continue to be subject to revision as technology changes and as we benefit from more real-world experiences,” Soboroff told The Argonaut. The new policy would not apply retroactively, however, according to commission spokesman Juan Garcia — meaning the Glenn shooting video may never go public. Glenn’s death triggered days of uproar throughout Venice that triggered public protests and a town hall meeting in
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By Gary Walker It’s been nearly three years since an LAPD officer shot and killed unarmed 29-year-old Brendan Glenn on Windward Avenue, half a block from the Venice Boardwalk. When the Los Angeles Police Commission later determined that LAPD Officer Clifford Proctor had no justification to shoot Glenn, Glenn family attorney V. James DeSimone credited video surveillance from a nearby restaurant as the decisive factor in that decision. “What we have here is an absolute fabrication by an officer who is trying to justify the shooting of an unarmed young man,” DeSimone said of the video, which contradicted statements by Proctor as to why he twice shot Glenn in the back on May 5, 2015. “Thankfully, the video shows that Officer Proctor was lying when he said Glenn was reaching for the [other] officer’s gun.” The city has since paid out $4 million to settle DeSimone’s civil suit, but county prosecutors have not filed charges against Proctor despite public statements by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck that they should. The video has never been made public. As early as their March 13 meeting, police commissioners will consider adopting new policies that would expedite the public release of video footage depicting officer-involved shooting and use-of-force incidents, setting a standard of 45 days except under limited special circumstances. The new policy would cover police body cameras, dashboard cameras, police-operated drones and third-party video, like the business surveillance camera footage of Glenn’s death. Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, who previously headed efforts to develop Playa Vista, is keeping an open mind but
which Soboroff, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and police officials faced pointed skepticism and verbal abuse from hundreds in attendance — many if not most calling for release of the video. Venice community organizer David Ewing said it’s regrettable the video never came out. “The ability to withhold that kind of information works against the interests of justice,” he said. Public support for the release of police video appears high. According to a police commission memo, 67% of those who responded to calls for comments about the policy said footage should “definitely” be made public, and 21% answered “probably.” Among police officers, 31% of responses were in favor and 32% answered “probably.”
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The Development Game: Santa Monica Edition A play-by-play recap of why neighbors are appealing the approval of a block-long building on Lincoln Boulevard By Tim Tunks Santa Monica resident Tim Tunks is a designer and retired educator. A few doors down from my small Ocean Park duplex, a new development planned for 2903 Lincoln Blvd. would stretch an entire city block. Where there’s now an auto shop and a plumbing store, picture 47 apartments above ground-floor restaurant and retail spanning the east side of Lincoln between Ashland Avenue and Wilson Place — four stories tall on the north end and, at 308 feet, stretching far enough to overlap the goal lines on both ends of the Rose Bowl. Drive down Lincoln from Montana Avenue to LAX, and you won’t see a building with as much potential impact on north-south traffic flow. The Santa Monica Planning Commission approved this project during a public hearing on Jan. 10. But the game isn’t over yet. A small band of locals who felt their input wasn’t fully considered crafted an appeal and raised $500 to file it. The final sentence of the appeal reads: “The residents of Santa Monica are not adequately served nor protected by our representative city planning staff who, as public employees serving the city of Santa Monica, should be working in concert with the residents as well as with the developer(s).” This appeal gives the Santa Monica City Council until April 24 (90 days from Jan. 24) to hold a public hearing and settle the issue. Meanwhile, the developer faces uncertainty and expensive delays. From the cheap seats at the public hearing, this development game shapes up as a three-way contest among the government’s desire to increase housing stock, the developer’s need for a profitable project, and the localized goal of enlivening a portion of the Lincoln corridor without degrading the established neighborhood.
The city of Santa Monica fields many different players with a variety of responsibilities, but all wearing the same “What’s Best for Santa Monica” jersey. Functioning as rule makers and referees, the city’s players guide the game along. Building and Safety keeps the playing field hazard-free. Zoning tries to maintain control over what sort of building is appropriate to what locations. Mobility does something —though there was no evidence of traffic flow consideration in the record for this project. The developer’s professional team outplays the amateur neighborhood team, but the city is in the mix to protect local interests while promoting controlled PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT March 8, 2018
CIM Group’s rendering of its plans for 2903 Lincoln Blvd., as imagined from Lincoln and Ashland Avenue growth. That all sounds OK, doesn’t it? But things get more complicated. The developer’s path — in this case the CIM Group, where Santa Monica’s director of planning and community development was vice president from
public transportation. The Housing Accountability Act (HAA) offers another shield for a qualifying project: It limits the ability of local government to restrict development of “new low- to moderateincome housing or an emergency shelter
The developer’s professional team outplays the amateur neighborhood team, but the city is in the mix to protect local interests while promoting controlled growth. That all sounds OK, doesn’t it? But things get more complicated. 1999 to 2009 — runs an intimidating gauntlet of numerous laws, codes, regulations, special provisions, review boards, investors and public opinion. CIM Group has brought several projects to fruition in Santa Monica, and I admired the skilled presentation that CIM’s players brought to the approval hearing. The players for the state of California are tasked to increase the housing stock by defending projects from NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) objectors who don’t mind development as long as it doesn’t happen where they live. After a long checklist of criteria was met, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) granted Transportation Priority Project (TPP) status — a free pass that absolves a developer from traffic study responsibilities for projects with access to nearby
unless the local agency makes written findings based upon substantial evidence in the record.” The city sometimes also plays for the state’s team because they share affordable housing goals. Both CEQA and HAA restrict local government’s ability to block or demand changes to projects, but neither totally disarms the city from defending its own interests.
Scattered around the Planning Commission hearing at City Council Chambers was the ragtag batch of concerned neighbors waiting for their three minutes each to speak. At the speaker’s podium stage right, the city’s associate planner put the ball into play with the staff report, which follows along with a tightly scripted PowerPoint presentation
projected large. He concluded with a recommendation for commission approval, of course. The Planning Commissioners, appointed by the elected city council, sit above it all at their microphones on an elevated semi-circular platform. The Planning Division manager is stationed next to the city attorney, stage left. They dispense decisions as required to arbitrate or set aside emerging issues. Most on the platform demonstrated moderate to extreme enthusiasm for the project. A few found flaws deserving attention.
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The narrow strip of land known as 2903 Lincoln Blvd. is a complicated site for such a large project because its footprint backs up against a tall retaining wall and extends sidewalk to sidewalk on the other three sides. Any work or material deliveries that cannot be accomplished within that footprint must necessarily utilize the public paving, making sidewalk and roadway lane closures inevitable. The construction excavation will be as deep as the building is tall, with no staging area within the parcel to serve excavation and construction. Digging equipment, cranes, concrete pumpers, contractor sheds, portable toilets, 40-foot long waste rollaways, stacks of building materials and a long list of other stuff all need space. Visualize a line of earth-hauling vehicles blocking a lane of traffic as they wait to receive all that dirt and haul it away. To again quote the residents’ appeal: “Construction of this project will be a two-plus-year nightmare largely done in
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A single underground parking ramp opening to Lincoln Boulevard! What are they thinking? our public right of way. No more guaranteed 15-minute buses northbound at peak hours. The east sidewalk will be closed. The lot is too narrow to adequately and safely contain the large scale cranes, earth movers, etc. required to dig two-plus stories down and to lift steel beams four stories. They will have to work from the new bus lane and the sidewalk.” Why wasn’t interference with traffic on Lincoln Boulevard during construction considered by the Planning Commission? As the rules are written, those issues must be addressed later in the Construction Mitigation Plan that will be filed with the final building permit applications this fall. You’d think such a vital issue would be part of the early evaluation process when all the other issues of site appropriateness are considered.
How will this building function when it’s finished? Let’s look at the underground parking and service areas — which, according to the current plan, residents and restaurant/retail customers can only enter or leave through a two-lane ramp that crosses the public sidewalk as it opens not to Ashland or Wilson, but to cross traffic on Lincoln. Pretend you live at the new
building and park in one of its 151 subterranean parking spaces. Imagine threading through the garage as others head out to work in the morning and breakfast customers enter to jockey for available spaces. Oh look — two delivery trucks at the single loading dock. And here comes the trash truck. Hope an ambulance doesn’t have to get through! Earlier in the process, CIM presented three options for the parking ramp location. They settled on option No. 1, a ramp opening directly onto Lincoln near Wilson, after Options No. 2 and No. 3 — a Lincoln ramp near Ashland and (the one that made the most sense to me) an entrance from Ashland and exit onto Wilson — after initial resident feedback that it could seriously impinge on Ashland traffic flow. The law of unintended consequences solved that problem by creating a bigger one. The plans call for a median island to prevent left turns into the ramp from southbound Lincoln traffic. I see lots of U-turns in our future, and occasional stack-ups when vehicles entering the building have to wait for the garbage truck to turn around or the single loading dock is in heavy demand.
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If the score stays put, the CIM Group are certainly winners because their investment in a problematic building site will be rewarded when the finished building generates income. The state gets 47 units of much needed housing, four of which would be set aside for lowincome tenants. We could say the city of Santa Monica is also a winner of much needed residential and commercial development to meet its expanding needs, in addition to more than $1.3 million in various fees, not counting final permit costs. Residents and local business, however, face more than a year of construction dust and diesel exhaust, plus disruption to local bus lines. During construction and after completion, we expect increased demand for limited parking on our already crowded residential streets. Property owners may see an uptick in value and an increase in rental rates if this building delivers the benefits it promises. My takeaway from all this: Early participation in the process is Santa Monica residents’ best hope for steering development thoughtfully into a rosy future for our city by the sea. City council, it’s your move.
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The mood is electric in the line snaking outside the theater, where dozens of star-struck teens and twentysomethings chat, play cards and text as they wait for their chance to share the room with the newest member of Hollywood A-list royalty. “I’ve only ditched class once before, but today I actually ditched two classes just so I could come to see Ava DuVernay,” says Loyola Marymount University freshman Mekayla Ciccie, a double major in modern languages and film production. But this isn’t a film premiere at the Pantages; it’s Loyola Marymount University’s Mayer Theatre, and the occasion is primarily academic. Director of the critically acclaimed Civil Rights period film “Selma” and the first black woman to win Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay is here to participate in “The Hollywood Masters,” an interview series filmed and
co-produced by students and recent alumni of LMU’s School of Film and Television that’s now being streamed on Netflix. Jordan Peele taped a session in January about his soon to be Oscar-winning film “Get Out.” Gary Oldman, this year’s Best Actor winner, dropped by on Valentine’s Day. DuVernay arrived about two weeks before this Friday’s nationwide opening of her new young adult sci-fi adventure “A Wrinkle in Time” — already a milestone in that it makes DuVernay the first black woman to direct a $100-million studio blockbuster. *** Like many of her classmates, Ciccie hopes to gain some knowledge that can’t be so easily derived from a textbook or a classroom — a real-world perspective on how to thrive in the entertainment industry from (Continued on page 16)
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someone who’s not only excelled in that field, but actually broken glass ceilings. With ‘Wrinkle’ about to hit theaters, DuVernay is among what she calls a “small sorority” of black female filmmakers in Hollywood and has emerged as one of 2018’s most vocal advocates for inclusion (she hates the word “diversity”) in the entertainment industry. Even though the 45-year-old Compton native didn’t pick up a camera until age 32, DuVernay is as well-known as the A-listers who star in her films — among
Sophomore James Groose is similarly seeking “a little bit of inspiration” from DuVernay. “I really want to know how different filmmakers’ brains work,” he says. That’s one of the goals behind “The Hollywood Masters,” says The Hollywood Reporter executive features editor Stephen Galloway, who hosts and produces the series. “These are celebrities. These are stars. But they’re also considerable artists. And it’s very important for young people and for anybody who’s interested in film to understand the art form as deeply as
“I cannot tell you one film where a black girl has been a leader of white men and boys. … Just the power of that image is so massive to me.” — Ava DuVernay them Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, who play a powertrio of mystical beings in “A Wrinkle in Time.” And not only has she collected more than 1.8 million followers on Twitter, an emoji of her likeness even appears on Twitter when you hashtag her name. But it isn’t just star power or hashtagworthiness that makes DuVernay an attractive personality among Hollywood’s next generation. It’s something more. “Where did you get the confidence to be where you are?” asks junior animation major Brittanie Lewis, musing on what she might ask DuVernay should the chance arise. “Because being a woman in the film industry is difficult but she managed to do it and continue pushing through and creating these amazing things. … How did she stamp down any doubt that was probably hurtled towards her during her journey?” PAGE 16 THE ARGONAUT March 8, 2018
possible,” Galloway says. “I want our viewers and readers to enter that process, understand the problems, learn if necessary how to do it themselves and really walk through the arc of somebody’s life. “There’s always a very surprising moment,” he adds. “I remember having Jane Fonda here and almost at the beginning of the interview she started crying, talking about her father, Henry Fonda. I wasn’t quite expecting it to happen then. Then you get people to tell you funny stories. Guillermo del Toro was here recently. I asked him if he’s ever seen a ghost, and suddenly he tells me he has and then he told me about seeing an actual UFO! [Laughs] What!?” The seed for “The Hollywood Masters” was planted five years ago, when School of Film and Television Dean Stephen (Continued on page 31)
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By Angela Matano Living on the Westside, I’ll admit a bit of an inferiority complex around those who live (smugly) on the so-called Eastside. Sure, we have cooler weather, cleaner air and miles of internationally renowned coastline, but do we get cultural street cred? Not really — at least not on the other side of La Cienega. As much as I may envy the attitude, style and overall righteousness of neighborhoods like Echo Park, this covetousness does not overcome my greater fear of traffic. Terror, actually. So what’s a Westside girl to do? For those of us with a little imagination, West L.A. contains multitudes of approximations of far-flung locales, from English pubs (Ye Olde King’s Head) to high-class French restaurants (Melisse). That said, creating an ersatz Eastside isn’t all that unfathomable. Venice easily earns the superlative of coolest enclave, and the chillest local restaurateur has got to be Travis Lett, of Gjelina and Gjusta fame. Not content to rest on his laurels, Lett opened MTN last summer. Unlike the granola-
tinged, vegetable-forward, modern California cuisine of Gjelina and Gjusta, MTN veers left to showcase ramen and Japanese pub food (izakaya). Like the beginning of any true poseur night, my meal at MTN began with a line. Even at the senior-friendly hour of 5:30 p.m., just before the joint opened, the line snaked around the block. And this was a Tuesday. As should be expected in any situation brimming with “It Factor,” a certain amount of discomfort greets you — in this case, bar seating and communal tables. Because, let’s face it: Comfort just screams complacency. I found myself blinking a bit in the dark dining room, its dim interior enhanced with charcoal walls, tables, even dishes. Strong aesthetics. But I appreciate the audacity of it all. The specificity. MTN looks, sounds and tastes like no other place in this ’hood. Attention to detail also extends to the food. The relatively pared-down menu focuses on doing a few things very well, and the small plates cry out for sharing … and BTW, is “small plates” the new “family-style”? A Southern California version, perhaps, where tiny amounts of
food get divided among too many people, creating a communal experience of pleasure and dieting together in one meal? For a true dinner, order a bowl of ramen. Much has been made of MTN’s $20 version of the Japanese staple, but for me the pleasure of it justifies the cost. The soup feels nourishing, and I didn’t leave hungry. The two pork versions, dripping with umami, just skirt heaviness. Additions like nira (garlic, chives, fermented black bean paste), and komatsuna (a spicy, leafy green) lend freshness and depth of flavor. What kind of film pairs well with MTN’s precision of style and flavor? An indie movie, of course! And not just any kind of nonconformist anti-studio film, but a black comedy, dripping with irony, sarcasm and wit. “Thoroughbreds,” the debut film by writer-director Cory Finley, picks up what films like “Heavenly Creatures” and “Heathers” dropped. Violent, mean and wickedly funny, the story focuses on two teenage (Continued on page 18)
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girls who bring out the worst in each other. Both exhibit sociopathic, even psychopathic tendencies that left unchecked lead them down the garden path toward criminal behavior. What makes “Thoroughbreds” work, pulling back from the edge of exploitation, is the juxtaposition of the girls’ vision of the world with that of the adults surrounding them. The privileged Connecticut suburbs
D r in k — toxic with marble kitchens, dressage lessons and in-home tanning beds — showcase the self-absorption of Americans in general. A sea of grown-ups whose hobbies consist of maintaining and grooming their own bodies, as if warding off death, is at the forefront of the girls’ brains at all times. I defy you not to laugh and cry at the same time. While a night of dark satire and hipster chic may not be the most comfortable evening, it will
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Q: To Rent or to Buy: The question on everyone’s mind. A: With soaring rents throughout Los Angeles, tenants are finding it less and less palatable to write their large rent checks each month. Watching property values rise, they are torn between regret for not having bought sooner, and anxiety in calculating the increasing down payment needed. In our local “Silicon Beach” area, rents are especially high. While national rents grewwith the average for a onebedroom apartment up 4.6% to $1,300, Los Angeles, even with a slight recent monthly decline, is up 10% from last year, with average one bedrooms at $2,200, according to Zumper. com’s March 2018 National Rent Report. Zumpers’ most recent Los Angeles rental report shows that Santa Monica continues to hold its title for most expensive rent in Los Angeles, with one-
bedroom apartment rents continuing to rise, and now averaging $3170 per month. This is an increase from even the recent winter report, where Santa Monica was seeing $3,090 per month for one-bedrooms. Venice was not far behind at $2,900 per month, Marina del Rey at $2,650, Westchester/Playa area at $2,450, and Culver City at $2,100. (Westchester and Playa del Rey had a big increase over winter quarter, up 10 and 12%, respectively.) Most tenants cite the lack of down payment funds as the predominant reason they have been unable to buy. However, many people believe that 20% down payment is necessary, an amount which can seem unattainable at todays’ prices. The truth is, 60% of buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors, used
down payments of 6% or less!! A shockingly low percentage of potential buyers are even aware that they can buy a house with a down payment of 5% or less. Now you know! Don’t throw all of your money away on rent when you could be building a nest egg with equity in your own home. Take a look at Zillow’s “Rent vs. Buy Calculator” at https://www.zillow. com/rent-vs-buy-calculator/ to evaluate how long it will take for a purchase to pay off for you in comparison to rent. Get prequalified with a lender, and you may be surprised at what you need to make this happen. Of course, work with an experienced Realtor® to find you the right home at the right price. Armed with knowledge and the right professionals, you can do this, and finally start feeling good about those
monthly payments that are building your own investment portfolio instead of your landlords’! Disclaimer: This article is intended to be primarily for entertainment purposes, and is not to be considered legal advice. This week’s quesTion was answered by abouT Lisa PhiLLiPs, esq./ Ca bureau of real estate Lic# 01189413 Lisa Phillips is an active Realtor® in the Los Angeles area, with more than twenty years as a Real Estate Broker and attorney. Lisa is also a member of the National Association of Realtors “Green Resource Council”, and achieved its “GREEN” Designation. Her unparalleled knowledge of real estate, from local markets and pricing to legal issues and deal-making, has made her a trusted and valuable asset to her clients. In addition to her real estate and business savvy, Lisa is passionate about helping others, and works tirelessly to achieve the best results for her clients. For more information, please visit www.LisaPhillipsRealEstate.com.
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legal advertising FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018036192 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: GGíS HEALTHY ENTERPRISES; 3943 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Eugenia Williamson, 3943 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Eugenia Williamson. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 12, 2018. NOTICE ñ 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). Publish: Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 2/15/18, 2/22/18, 3/1/18, 3/8/18 IN THE DISTRIcT cOURT STATE OF NEW MEXIcO cOUNTY OF EDDY PANHANDLE PROPERTIES, LLc, Plaintiff,v. D-503-CV-2018-118 THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF NINA B. PRITCHARD BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CLARENCE BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CARL RICHARD WULFSBERG, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF BETTY LU WULFSBERG, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THE ADVERSE TO THE ESTATE OF THE PLAINTIFF, Defendants. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO, TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF NINA B. PRITCHARD BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CLARENCE BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CARL RICHARD WULFSBERG, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF BETTY LU WULFSBERG, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT ADVERSE TO THE ESTATE OF THE PLAINTIFF, GREETINGS: You, and each of you, are hereby notified that a civil action is
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ObituAriES Shirley Anne Cosgrove
September 23, 1939 – February 22, 2018
Shirley passed away peacefully, surrounded by her beloved family on February 22, 2018, at the age of 78. She was born September 23, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, and was a loving daughter to Anne and Iven McLing, and sister to Pat McLing Ballew. She met John Cosgrove in 1960, during their senior year of college at Immaculate Heart and Loyola University of Los Angeles, respectively. It was love at first sight, and Shirley decided to forego the convent. Six months later they married and made Playa del Rey their home for over 56 years. Shirley’s love for literature led her to obtain her Master’s degree in English Literature. A career as a teacher followed, and more recently she was a tutor at St. Bernard High School, in Playa del Rey. She was an avid reader and lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society. Shirley’s life was lived as a steward of the community. She was well known for her famous Christmas Eve dinners, which she hosted for family, friends, and friends of friends, who did not have, or were not able to, travel to see family for the holidays. She was full of life; she loved, and was loved by many. Shirley is survived by her husband John, her twin daughters Danielle Cosgrove and Denise Cosgrove Bassett, her son Mark Cosgrove, and her grandchildren Kali Cosgrove and Amanda Bassett and sister, Pat McLing Ballew. Shirley’s extended family included her many honorary grandchildren and dear friends. The love, guidance and life lessons she provided, will be sorely missed by all of us. May you rest in peace beautiful Shirley. The Rosary will be held at 7:30pm on Friday, March 16th, 2018, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church located at 7390 West Manchester Avenue in Los Angeles, 90045.The Memorial Service and Mass will be held the following morning, Saturday, March 17th, 10:30am at the same location. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to St. Bernard High School- STEM Programs (in honor of Shirley Cosgrove): 9100 Falmouth Avenue, Playa del Rey, CA 90293 ATTENTION: Shireen Ossanlo, Director of Development.
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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, March 8 Santa Monica Chamber Networking Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring at least 40 business cards and be ready to share a 30-second elevator pitch. Enjoy lunch, a goody bag giveaway and raffle. The Viceroy Hotel, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $25 to $35. smchamber.com Mar Vista Community Outreach Committee, 6:30 p.m. This committee encourages stakeholder engagement and meets the second Thursday of each month at the Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. marvista.org Westchester Playa Democratic Club, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Find out the action plan for midterm madness and how to get involved with this and neighboring Democratic clubs. Meet members, participate in voter outreach, volunteer on a committee and share ideas on how to flip districts in 2018. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. westchesterplayademclub.org Bay Cities Coin Club Meeting, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month to announce coin shows, present a show-and-tell or host a guest speaker. The club is open to the public. El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. firstname.lastname@example.org Serving Up Comedy, 7 to 9 p.m. Showcasing a new lineup of standup comics each second Thursday of the month, the featured performers are
followed by an open mic. The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover; suggested donations to benefit First Responders. (310) 823-5451; servingupcomedy.com Taste of Feastly: Women’s Edition, 7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate International Women’s Day with an all-female chef edition of Taste of Feastly. Sample more than 10 unique dishes paired with spirits and wine. This is a standing/ strolling event. Address provided upon ticket purchase. $50. bit.ly/2BzdTQb
scene. One Way Ticket, Highwaves, Cairo Knife Fight, The Gitas and Stonefeather perform at The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Friday, March 9 Career Fair, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Job opportunities include sales reps, account executives, managers, customer service, brokers, Human Resources and more. Bring 10 to 15 resumes. Dress business professional. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1440 E. Imperial Ave., El Segundo. Free. hirelive.com
Del Rey Neighborhood Council Meeting, 7:15 p.m. The local advisory body to the Los Angeles City Council meets the second Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Windjammers Open House, 6 to 9 Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org p.m. Watch the sunset, listen to jazz music, and enjoy food and drink International Women’s Day Sofar specials. Santa Monica Windjammers Sounds: Santa Monica, 8:15 to 10:30 Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, p.m. A carefully curated set of live Marina del Rey. No cover. (310) music, kept secret until showtime, at a 827-7692 secret location in Santa Monica. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your Cristina Vane Live at Surfside, 9 p.m. public speaking skills in a relaxed and to midnight. Shine Delphi kicks off this enjoyable atmosphere with food and night of music at 9 p.m. followed by the drinks at this weekly open house. Ladies of Sound, Cristina Vane and Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Cyndy Fike. Cristina Vane with a full Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark band takes the stage at 10 p.m. Surfside at (562) 508-0260; facebook.com/ Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. toastedfridays No cover. (424) 256-7894; surfsideFriday Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. With venice.com spectacular views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a Westside Revival, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. four-course dinner, this two-and-a-half Westside Revival is a musician hour cruise makes for a quick romantic collective leading the Westside music
Venice’s resident country twanger Lacey Kay Cowden gigs with Particle Kid (a.k.a. Micah Nelson) at the Del Monte. SEE TUESDAY, MARCH 13. getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $87.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com “It’s a Gift” Screening, 8:15 p.m. Friday and 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Often cited as W.C. Field’s best comedy, “It’s a Gift” features small-town grocer Bissonette escaping his life to buy an orange grove in California and getting more than he expected. Every show begins with pipe organ music, an audience sing-a-long and a comedy short followed by a 15-minute intermission and then the feature screens. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $10. (310) 322-2592; oldtownmusichall.org Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 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 “Unity,” 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A compilation of Philippine
and Pacific Island short works showcases solidarity through ancestral and cultural connection through dance, music, film, poetry and visual installation. Highways Performance Space & Gallery, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org DJ Jedi & DJ 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; townhousevenice.com
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Passport to Comedy:“Roast Beef & Frog Legs” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Well-traveled comedians Chris Martin (a Brit) and Eric Lampaert (a Frenchman) condense the entire Edinburgh Fringe Festival into a 90-minute comedy routine that takes audiences around the world without leaving Santa Monica. One performance only: 8 p.m. Thursday (March 8) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $7 to $10. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com History Revisited:“Crossing Our Red Sea” @ The Braid Jewish Women’s Theatre presents a compilation of contemporary stories, poems, plays and songs reexamining the Exodus and Passover. A group art show of the same name — exploring this Biblical story through paintings, sculptures, photography, textile designs and ceramics by 11 female artists — is on view before and after the show. Opens at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 10) at The Braid, moves to various locations on the Westside on March 12 and 13, then returns at
Deep South and her big rock ‘n’ roll dreams that carried her to Hollywood. One performance only: 6:30 p.m. Sunday (March 11) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $38.50+. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Philippine and Pacific Island artists bridge time and tradition in “Unity” 7:30 p.m. March 19 and 20 to The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. #102, Santa Monica. $40 to $45. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomentheatre.org In the Crypt:“Underneath” @ Odyssey Theatre Olivier Award-winning Irish thespian Pat Kinevane kicks off his month-long L.A. residency with his acclaimed solo show about a dead woman speaking from beyond the grave. Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Thurs-
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day, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 8 to 11), then again at 8 p.m. on March 29 and 30 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $30. (310) 447-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com Tennessee Kosher:“The Hebrew Hillbilly” @ Santa Monica Playhouse The “Memphis Belle of L.A.” Shelley Fisher sings about her life growing up as a good little Jewish girl in the
An Island of Many:“Unity” @ Highways Performance Space Honolulu’s A Stage of Our Own presents a compilation of short works by Philippine and Pacific Island artists exploring ancestral and contemporary cultural connections through film, dance, music, poetry and visual arts. Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 9 and 10) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org Two Peas in a Pickle:“An Illegal Start” @ Santa Monica Pier The merry go-round in Santa Monica’s historic Looff Hippodrome serves as the backdrop for this Santa Monica Public Theatre production about two young men who find refuge in an abandoned amusement park and strike up an unlikely friendship. Extended Run. Shows continue at
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 17 at the Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. $30. (310) 458-8901; Search “An Illegal Start” at eventbrite.com Last Stand:“The Alamo” @ Ruskin Group Theatre Eight working class Bay Ridge natives fight to keep their local bar afloat as artists and gentrifiers move into the neighborhood and aim to make the hangout their own. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 18 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $30. (310) 3973244; ruskingrouptheatre.com Shared Histories:“The New Colossus” @ The Actors’ Gang Tim Robbins directs this bold play about 300 years of struggle drawn from the true ancestral stories from The Actors’ Gang ensemble. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 24 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com
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“The Hollywood Masters” host Stephen Galloway has interviewed Amy Adams, Kenneth Branagh, Jordan Peele, the Farrelly brothers and, most recently, Ava DuVernay (Studio shots by Juan Tallo / LMU) (Continued from page 16)
on the world of blockbusters, usually helmed and carried by white men. Ujlaki approached Galloway about “Just the idea that boys will see an image collaborating with the school. of a boy on screen asking a girl — a black “Stephen was very interested in doing girl — what to do ... It may seem slight to something in academia. We were trying to people in the audience who experience figure out what that might be, and we both that all the time, but ... I cannot tell you realized that it shouldn’t be a traditional one film where a black girl has been a course. But was there something else that leader of white men and boys,” said could be journalistic and current, potenDuVernay. “Just the power of that image tially leverage all the contacts he had? is so massive to me. ... It’s a big deal.” And that’s when we came up with the idea Not only was Disney supportive of this of ‘Hollywood Masters,’” Ujlaki says. vision, noted DuVernay, but one executive At first only accessible to LMU students, in particular — Tendo Nagenda — activethen available in recaps, clips or tranly encouraged her to imagine what “the scripts on The Hollywood Reporter’s website, “The Hollywood Masters” launched in 2014 and started streaming on Netflix last August. The second season drops March 15 and features interviews with Fonda, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Hillary Swank and Jerry Bruckheimer. *** When DuVernay sat down for her “Hollywood Masters” interview on Feb. 21, her hair done up in braids and sporting a red carpet-red dress, she discussed how race shaped her perspective on film. “I didn’t grow up with a lot of white people. … Till I was 13, the white people I knew were only some nuns ... and cops. So I really didn’t have a relationship with white folks personally, except for the relationship I had as a viewer to everything I consumed on television and in film, which was overwhelmingly white,” she said. Yet working with Disney on the film adaption of Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel and casting the story’s heroine as black and biracial was an empowering way for DuVernay to put her own stamp
carry. Nevertheless, she cautioned against celebrating “Wrinkle” and her direction of it — or the recent box office success of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” — as game-changers for Hollywood’s inclusion problems. “I am not change. Ryan is not change. ‘Black Panther’ is not change. And ‘Wrinkle’ is not change. It’s change when there are 10 walking in the door behind us, when there are more down the pipeline,” she said, speaking of the need to recruit more filmmakers of color into the entertainment industry. “I think it’s a pedestrian way of thinking if we are assigning
“There’s something I wanted to say to this next generation of people about what I believe in, about the pursuit of justice and dignity for all.” — Ava DuVernay
worlds” of the beloved children’s book might look like in her hands. “I went home with that line in my head. I get emotional thinking about it, because that’s exactly what he said to me: ‘Imagine what you could do with the worlds,’” said DuVernay. “And there was so much in it. ... There’s something I wanted to say to this next generation of people about what I believe in, about the pursuit of justice and dignity for all. … I just fell into the idea of making this film that expresses those things that are important to me.” The beauty of multicultural casting and power of female-driven films are among the torches DuVernay hopes the film will
success to these couple of films.” Even so, DuVernay finished her talk by reminding the audience that it is because of such deficits in the entertainment industry that young filmmakers should do everything in their power to create. “The answer is make everything all the time — keep shooting, stay shooting!” she said. *** It’s these raw and candid first-person takes on Hollywood that LMU students crave, savor and, yes, even skip class for. “I feel like you retain a lot more when you actually see them in person,” says
freshman Kelly Levine, an aspiring screenwriter. “You’ll remember it a lot better, versus like a video on YouTube. The opportunity to get this from the actual source … it gives me so much more knowledge than reading ‘How to Write a Screenplay’ online.” “The interview alone blew my hair back,” says sophomore screenwriting major Joey Britton after DuVernay’s talk. “Her words of wisdom in regard to how the industry is changing and how to be the change in that industry were really powerful.” “It’s so good to have been in that room,” adds Mekleit Dix, a double major in English and biology. “I can’t believe I listened to her speak and had all of that wealth of knowledge.” In the end, Galloway hopes that “Hollywood Masters’” collaboration among The Hollywood Reporter, Loyola Marymount and Netflix not only helps current students chart their careers through the worlds of film and television, but also offers in-depth and accessible entertainment coverage to people across the globe. “You can hardly find anything now that has depth. What we’re trying to do is fill that gap. … The goal is really to understand art at a deeper level. And because art is inseparable from life it’s also about understanding biography on a deeper level,” says Galloway. “This creates the bridge to Hollywood.” “A Wrinkle in Time” opens Friday, March 9, in theaters nationwide. Season 1 of “Hollywood Masters” is currently streaming on Netflix; Season 2 drops March 15. Visit THR.com for recaps, interview transcripts and video clips. MArch 8, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 31
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In Tune with the Law Members of the Legal Voices choir divide their practice between the courtroom and the concert hall By Brian Marks The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices formed in 2009 and 2011, respectively, but it might have been much earlier if founding attorney Gary S. Greene’s timing had been better. “The first time I thought about an orchestra composed of lawyers was in the 1970s,” says Greene. “Before I could do anything with it, all of a sudden I read somebody formed a lawyers orchestra. Within the next year I thought, ‘What L.A. needs is a good pops orchestra, since there isn’t one.’ But just when I was about to form that, I read that the lawyers orchestra was disbanding to become a pops orchestra!” One of the groups Greene eventually founded, Legal Voices, performs Saturday, March 10, at St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica. Their program features a mix of popular songs and a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48.” A portion of the proceeds benefits people unable to afford legal representation. After his aborted attempts to start a lawyers orchestra, Greene spent the next few decades focusing on his legal practice in Beverly Hills, where he specializes in real estate and personal injury cases, and leading youth music education efforts. The legal ensembles that he eventually founded are open exclusively to lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff. Greene grew up in a musical family and was inspired by his uncle, Ernst Katz, who founded the Junior Philharmonic
Legal Voices. “We did the second movement as a solo quartet because the director at that time didn’t think [the full chorus was] capable of doing it. This time around we just ran right through it, and it really shows either the confidence or the improvement in the singers,” she says with a chuckle. Schultz works in Santa Monica as an entertainment lawyer for the film production and distribution company Lionsgate. She began playing music as a child when her parents bought her a recorder (they weren’t ready to invest in a piano yet), but the origins of her legal career weren’t far behind. While in a Catholic catechism class as a child, Schultz answered a The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic’s Legal Voices recently bishop’s question with a legalistic performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall equivocation, prompting him to suggest she become a lawyer. Orchestra for Young People in 1937. From Hurevitz sings “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ but For the legal professionals of the the beginning, Katz’s programs featured a the Blues,” a song composed by Duke Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices, mix of classical music with then-popular Ellington and popularized by Ella the ensembles provide a crucial creative tunes. Though a controversial choice Fitzgerald. Bill Ryan accompanies outlet. The City of Los Angeles has among staid audiences at the time, Hurevitz on guitar. proclaimed the Lawyers Philharmonic to contemporary audiences don’t mind the “It’s very difficult to maintain your skill split, and Greene now programs all his level and work law,” says Ryan. “But once be “L.A.’s only legal orchestra,” which makes it sound a bit like all the other concerts with that same mix of classical it’s in your DNA, I don’t think you can and popular music. completely dismiss it. At least I couldn’t.” orchestras are breaking the law, but it really just emphasizes the importance of The popular portion of this weekend’s The finale of Saturday’s concert will be music in our lives, regardless of profesprogram features songs from Rogers and Fauré’s “Requiem,” his most popular sion. Everyone needs music, even Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” work. His “Requiem” begins in D minor, with soloist Anita Olp. Brian W. Anderson just as Mozart’s “Requiem” from a century lawyers. performs as soloist with the chorus in an a earlier does. But unlike that piece, which Legal Voices performs at 7 p.m. cappella version of “Danny Boy.” Derrick is full of turbulence and fury, Fauré’s Saturday (March 10) at St. Augustine Lowe accompanies additional perforapproaches death with calm acceptance, by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1227 mances on piano, including pieces from even a faint sense of hope. the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” and “We’ve done the ‘Requiem’ once before,” 4th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $25 to $30 at lalawyersphil.org. Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” Linda says Michele Schultz, who sings alto in
’80s Night for Arts Education Rick Springfield and Terri Nunn headline the Greg Coote Concert for the Arts By Bliss Bowen The guys in Venice are ubiquitous, but there’s one concert they flog on social media with particular enthusiasm: the Greg Coote Concert for the Arts, an annual event benefitting arts programs at Santa Monica-Malibu public schools that returns Saturday, March 10. Aside from bringing their trademark harmonies, Venice functions as house band for the headliners — this year, that’s 1980s survivors Rick Springfield and Berlin frontwoman Terri Nunn. For audience members who recall Members Only jackets, lip-syncing to MTV music videos and teasing their hair with buckets of mousse, the concert is a nostalgia bonanza. Native Aussie and sometime “General Hospital” actor Springfield has maintained his heartthrob status since his Grammy win for 1981’s “Jesse’s Girl,” while the L.A.-born Nunn PAGE 32 THE ARGONAUT March 8, 2018
is still working the club circuit and performing Berlin’s 1986 megahit “Take My Breath Away.” Brothers Mark and Mike Lennon and their cousins, Kipp and Pat Lennon (younger sibs to ’50s singing quartet the Lennon Sisters), have been recording, touring and harmonizing as Venice for
over three decades, perfecting a smooth, sunny blend that instantly evokes their namesake town. Jackson Browne, one of numerous marquee acts they’ve accompanied, aptly described them as “quintessentially Californian.” The Lennons will be lifting their voices Saturday but more importantly, the local
legends will place the evening’s theme into action by bringing its intended beneficiaries — students — onstage. Student orchestra, choir and horn section members will perform in the backing band alongside Venice and also get to solo. The concert, which raises funds for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation to support the creation and maintenance of arts programs at Santa MonicaMalibu public schools next year, is an opportunity for the musical community to come together and give back. The Greg Coote Concert for the Arts starts at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 10) at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall, 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. “Entertainment Tonight” alum Mark Steines and veteran classic rock radio DJ Cynthia Fox will co-host. Tickets are $50 to $200 at smmef.org.
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spirit. Live music on two stages, games and family-friendly activities. Post-race pancake breakfast provided for $5. Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. See race details for pricing. (310) 645-5151; facebook. com/LAXCoastalEdFoundation Farmer’s Market Lunch Stop, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. BBQ Smokehouse pulls in to the Marina del Rey Farmer’s Market serving up smoked beef tri-tip, pulled pork, St. Louis pork ribs, chicken and Louisiana sausage and a slew of Southern side dishes. 4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. thebbqsmokehouse.com “Music Day Hooray!” Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. Teacher Davis plays songs that are cool for learning and great for moving in this interactive and educational show. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; Ages 3 to 7. (310) 559-2665; childrensbookworld.com Open Art Crits, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Are you looking to get out of the studio, share your practice and get feedback? Alumni from Otis College of Art & Design stop by to share constructive analysis of technique, narratives, subjects, symbols and execution. Open to visual artists and serious art lovers. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free; registration required. (310) 458-2239; facebook. com/1450Ocean Smorgasburg Food Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Westside outdoor pop-up food market features notable food vendors Shrimp Daddy, Amazebowls, Goa Taco, Lobsterdamus, Big Mozz and more. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. la. smorgasburg.com/calendar Artists & Fleas, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Established to bring together emerging artists, indie designers and vintage enthusiasts in an alternative retail setting, Artists & Fleas provides a community gathering spot and hipster haven each second and fourth Saturday of the month. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. artistsandfleas.com Shop Talks: “The Current Status of the Collector Car Market,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This interactive lecture series showcases the American automobile throughout history and explains the current status of the collector car market. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $10. (310) 909-0950; thadm.org Westchester’s Wood-Fired Community Oven Bake, noon. Bring dough and toppings to bake your own pizza in an authentic wood-fired adobe oven. Oven is ready for baking bread around 2 p.m. Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Westchester. Free. (310) 850-8022; email@example.com Media Ecology Soul Salon, 2 p.m. Gerry Fialka interviews filmmaker Megan Williams. Café 212 Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. laughtears.com
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Simone Porter Concert, 7:30 p.m. Violinist Simone Porter is an emerging artist of impassioned energy, musical integrity and vibrant sound. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $30 to $60. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org Folk Rock-n-Blues Night, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Live performances of folk and blues by Stefani Valadez, Steve Moos, Rick Moors and Christo Pellani. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com Katalyst Jazz, 8 p.m. Inglewoodbased future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by DJ Shiva spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance music at 10 p.m. DJ Vinyl Don spins upstairs. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com
Sunday, March 11 Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to noon. TJ & the Staircase perform at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net
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LoveLiv Cycle for Strength, 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. This ride benefits A Foundation Building Strength for Nemaline Myopathy, looking for a cure to this congenital neuromuscular disorder. SoulCycle, 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 322-7685 Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 7 p.m. Performances by Almost Vaudeville (1 to 4 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (4 to 6 p.m.) precede the Screenwriting Tribe workshop Meetup group at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, 2 p.m. This conductor-less orchestra premieres works by composers Nina Shekhar and Gregor Mayrhofer in a pay-what-you-want concert with open seating. First Presbyterian Church Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica. RSVP to kco.la/concerts. Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a bossa nova and samba concert by Brasil Brazil. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Calder Quartet, 4 to 6 p.m. The Calder Quartet conclude their multi-year Beethoven String Quartet cycle with three programs offering a stellar blend of classical and modern pieces. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $35 to $65. (310) 434-3200; thebroadstage.org A&I Open House, 4 to 7 p.m. Argonaut contributing photographer Ted Soqui (who took this week’s cover shot of Ava DuVernay) discusses and signs copies of his book “Occupy Los
The turtles are off to the races at Brennan’s! SEE THURSDAY, MARCH 15. Angeles” during A&I’s open house. Also, “Days of Our Lives” star Bryan Datillo makes an appearance. Coffee and pastries will be served. A&I Fine Art + Photography, 6844 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 848-9001 Mt. Olive Interfaith Jazz Vespers, 5 p.m. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church presents jazz every second Sunday of the month. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 donation. (310) 452-1116; mtolivelutheranchurch.org Striking Ghosts Acoustic Show, 6 p.m. Striking Ghosts (E. Davis) performs intense personal music full of universal meaning. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. facebook.com/StrikingGhosts Social Justice Action Plan: The Conversation Continues, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Committee for Racial Justice presents a passionate and reasoned response to the Social Justice Action Plan presented on February 11th. Community responses encouraged. Potluck at 6 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. Virginia Avenue Park, 2200
Venice Art Crawl honors women’s contributions to the local creative scene While the female form has long been a source of artistic inspiration, art history books have had a tendency to overlook female artists. As Virginia Woolf once wrote, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” Venice, to its credit, has not been reticent to honor its female artists, and is celebrating their artistic achievements next Thursday (March 15) to mark Women’s History Month. Starting at 8 p.m. the Venice Art Crawl is holding a reception in the Hotel Erwin’s Red Bull Room (1697 Pacific Ave.) honoring women artists who have made major contributions to Venice’s art scene, including L.A. muralist and SPARC founder Judy Baca, Venice street artist Jules Muck, muralist and activist Emily Winters, landscape artist Meryl Leibowitz and many more. (To get on the list for
art exhibits, live painting and pop-ups. Be sure to stop by photographer-anthropologist Geri-Ann Galanti’s exhibit of “Black Lace” portraits — inspired by fashion photographer Edward Steichen’s 1924 portrait of silent film star Gloria Swanson — at Venice West Salon (1501 Main St.) from 6 to 9 p.m. Also that night, Small World Books (1407 Ocean Front Walk) hosts a 39-year retrospective of Susan Weinberg’s original watercolors of Santa Monica and Venice locales. — Christina Campodonico
“Cynthia,” one of Geri-Ann Galanti’s “Black Lace” portraits the Legendary Women Artists of Venice reception RSVP to info@ veniceartcrawl.com.) Before that, the Venice Art Crawl kicks off at 6 p.m., taking over businesses and restaurants along Windward Avenue with
The Venice Art Crawl happens from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday (March 15) in and around Windward Plaza, 1 Windward Ave., Venice. Pick up a map at the VAC’s info booth at Surfside (23 Windward Ave.) or download one at veniceartcrawl.com.
ArgonautNews.com Virginia Ave., Thelma Terry Bldg., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 422-5431 Rhythm Future Quartet, 8 to 11 p.m. Acoustic jazz ensemble Rhythm Future Quartet performs Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $18. (310) 828-4497; McCabes.com
Monday, March 12 Salsa Night, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. World champion dance instructor Cristian Oviedo leads a beginner salsa class from 8 to 9 p.m. and a beginner bachata lesson from 9 to 10 p.m. followed by live music and social dancing until 2 a.m. West End, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica. $12. 21+. (310) 451-2221; facebook.com/westendsalsa
Tuesday, March 13 CycleBar Culver City First Anniversary, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. CycleBar Culver City celebrates its first birthday with a full day of free premium indoor cycling classes. The facility provides indoor cycling shoes, water bottles, towels and lockers for your workout. Classes are expected to fill up quickly, so sign up online to reserve your spot. 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (323) 325-5759; culvercity.cyclebar.com LAX Chamber Young Professionals Happy Hour, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Meet other dynamic young professionals that are looking to better their communities while developing solid professional relationships. Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com “Another Day in Paradise: Weathering the Storm,” 6 p.m. Licensed boat captain Christine Perakis shares her experience of being in the British Virgin Islands when Category 5 Hurricane Irma passed over. Light dinner served at 7 p.m. followed by the program at 7:45 p.m. Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free; RSVP required. rsvp@ wsasmb.org Los Angeles Computer Society Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Under the Computer Hood User Group President
Greg Skalka discusses how voice-operated assistants Siri, Cortana, Amazon Echo’s Alexa and Google Home are here to help with automated tasks and more at 7:30 p.m. An informal computer forum precedes the event. Fellowship Hall, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. Free. (310) 398-0366; lacspc.org Mar Vista Community Council Meeting, 7 p.m. The elected advisory body to the Los Angeles City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. marvista.org The Grand Ole Calamity, 9 p.m. Prepare for a boot tapping, knee slapping good ole time with Venice country-soul singer Lacey Kay Cowden and special guest psychedelic rocker Particle Kid (a.k.a. Micah Nelson) at the Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. venicetownhouse.com
Wednesday, March 14 Mar Vista Community Council Great Streets Ad Hoc Committee, 6 to 8p.m. The LA Dept. of Transportation hosts an open house to provide information on and gather input about the Venice Boulevard program. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine Ave., Mar Vista. marvista.org Culver City Democratic Club, 7 p.m. The Democratic Club holds a forum for the candidates vying to fill the open seat in the 54th Assembly District. Culver City Veterans Building, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. culvercitydemocraticclub.com Venice Local Coastal Program Public Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. This focused discussion of the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for Venice includes scenarios and adaptation strategies. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. venicelcp.org Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Celebrated jazz singer Barbara Morrison joins the Bobby Barron Swing Thing Band for a live 8 p.m. set after a half-hour beginner’s swing dance (no partner needed). $15 cover, includes the class. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; rustyfrank.com
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Westchester Woman’s Club, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This social, philanthropic organization meets the third Thursday of the month for lunch and entertainment. The club supports Airport/ Marina Counseling Service, LMU Feed the Hungry and other local non-profits. Tony P’s Restaurant, 4455 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $16; yearly membership is $35. airportmarina.org
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Galleries & Museums “Awkward” Art and Booze Tour, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Take a happy hour tour of the Awkward Family Photos exhibit, led by Awkward co-founder Douglas Chernack. Beer pairings and nonalcoholic beverages available. ESMoA, 208 Main St., El Segundo. Free. (424) 277-1020; ESMoA.org Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar @argonautnews.com.
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“The fact that we elected [Mott] commodore is the very antithesis of the idea that this club is racially biased or bears any racial animus toward anyone,” the member said. According to a Feb. 15 letter in which members of PMYC’s governing board inform Mott of his suspension, a Feb. 5 meeting with Mott included a review of the video after which “a larger discussion ensued about disrespect, racial lan-
“consider this matter settled” and remain commodore by accepting the suspension — and, says Mott, continue working with the man who used the slur. “All of a sudden, I’m the ‘angry black man.’ The old guard is protecting their guy,” says Mott. “This is why racism will never stop, because we don’t want to deal with it when it happens.” email@example.com
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