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VOL 49, NO 11

From The Editor

Local News & Culture

Cover Story

This Week Photos by Diana Feil

A Failure to Communicate The rift between St. Mark Church and St. Mark School resembles the distrust between ‘old’ and ‘new’ Venice ................. 8

A Play About Something Jason Alexander directs “The Joy Wheel,” which explores the underlying social anxieties of our time ............................... 15

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Cell Tower Tipping Point Los Angeles County is pursuing new regulations for placements in residential areas . .................................... 8

The Next Big Thing Bonin says housing complex planned for Marina Marketplace is ‘drastically oversized’ ............................... 9

Vegan-friendly Santa Monica is leading a carnivore’s renaissance of gourmet steak options ......................................... 16

The Spiritual Candidate Marianne Williamson wants to bring goodness back to the White House in 2020 ............................. 12

Decluttering expert Gretchen Rubin discusses how to make more room for happiness ..... 28

Arts & Events

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Women Rule the Day

Art Confronts Abuse

Opening Day Weekend saw an unprecedented number of female commodores helming Marina del Rey yacht clubs .......... 9

An inverted confessional and a bed of nails calls on the Catholic Church to atone for predatory priests ................... 14

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Westside Happenings

Melissa Barak ventures into uncharted dance territory with “OFF Balance” ............ 30

Eye Anxiety Does checking out an office crush mean you’re unhappy in your relationship? ......... 28 ON THE COVER: Spiritual advisor, bestselling author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, where on Monday she received a Santa Monica Organization of Women Leaders Award. Photo by Courtnay Robbins. Design by Michael Kraxenberger.

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bathed in natural light. It offers visitors a glorious place for reading and learning, while giving children and students a convenient place to study. With this in mind I happily drove to 6th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard to drop off 1,000 books that had belonged to our family, carefully packed in boxes to donate to the library. Everyone behind the desk in the (Continued on page 11)

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St. Mark’s Problem is a Failure to Communicate Rift between parish and school resembles the distrust between ‘old’ and ‘new’ Venice Our news coverage of parent consternation over St. Mark Church Pastor Paul Spellman’s decision to remove St. Mark School Principal Mary Ann McQueen and the resulting tsunami of letters to the editor in Fr. Spellman’s defense leaves a few unanswered questions. The most important: Where does the St. Mark community go from here? Fr. Spellman has announced his impending resignation from the parish, citing personal health concerns and roiling turmoil in the parish after dozens of disillusioned families reached out to The Argonaut in a Hail Mary bid to save the educational leader of their school. This means Fr. Spellman and McQueen are both out as of June 30 — in secular terms, the chairman of the board is firing the CEO effective the day of his own resignation. A pastoral coordinator has beseeched people on both sides of the issue to stop communicating with The Argonaut. That seems to have stemmed the flow of letters and online commentary, but this institutional mandate for silence has done little to alleviate parents’ concerns about the school’s future. And fair or not, the optics of a Catholic organization lacking transparency and asking for silence isn’t exactly a great PR strategy in this day and age. Few may ever know exactly why Fr. Spellman decided to dismiss McQueen, as neither will discuss the matter publicly.

Archdiocese support for Fr. Spellman and arguments coming from both sides suggest the church may have concerns that a parochial school under the authority of its local parish is beginning to operate more like an independent Catholic college prep academy. At Saturday Mass, his last before a threeweek Lenten spiritual retreat, Fr. Spellman

What stands out most is an almost tribalistic divide between parish and school, suggesting a lack of communication and empathy between these groups. Many of Spellman’s defenders speak mainly of his good character. But some also cast families who support the school as wealthy newcomers seeking to control an independent fiefdom within

What stands out most is an almost tribalistic divide between parish and school reiterated his love for the parish while sharing his hard-thought decision to leave. He received an extended standing ovation from nearly 200 people in the pews. After the service, a parishioner introduced me to Fr. Spellman, who received me with warmth and grace. He took issue with our newspaper’s headline of parents painting him as a school bully, which I completely understand — that had to hurt. I know that institutions rarely discuss personnel matters in public. But I don’t think parish officials have provided parents with clear and reassuring visions for the future of the school, its relationship to the parish, and its role in the broader community of Venice.

the parish, the endgame being a collegeprep curriculum at a fraction of private school tuition costs. Some use words like “gentrification” and “privilege” — the same words that some of Venice’s more established residents throw at newer arrivals they blame for skyrocketing housing costs and changing community character. I’ve also noticed that some St. Mark School families trust the school a lot more than they do the church. McQueen is the reason many parents enrolled their children at St. Mark, despite lingering personal reservations about associating with a Catholic Church plagued by abuse and cover-up scandals for longer

than their kids have been alive. A more parochial school may not appeal to them. While some devoted churchgoers view parents challenging McQueen’s dismissal as bratty, self-centered and disrespectful, parents going to bat for McQueen — including those who otherwise speak highly of Fr. Spellman’s dedication to the parish — convey a genuine sense of duty to defend the quality of their children’s education. For young families in a society that’s become obsessed with the myth of “a good school” being the primary determining factor of a child’s future health and happiness, taking personal ownership of school affairs feels not like an intrusion but an obligation. They don’t trust the church’s closed-door meetings, and they worry McQueen’s removal will harm their kids. I don’t know what’s going to heal the rift between St. Mark School and St. Mark Church, or for that matter “old” Venice vs. “new” Venice. But the inherent bias of journalism is that secrecy never serves truth or reconciliation. I’ve spoken to good-hearted, well-intentioned people on each side of this issue. My hope for St. Mark is that they start talking to each other. Joe Piasecki Managing Editor joe@argonautnews.com

Cell Tower Tipping Point

Los Angeles County is pursuing new regulations for placements in residential areas By Gary Walker Consumer demand for high-performance 5G wireless has telecom firms installing tens of thousands of tiny cell phone towers throughout Los Angeles County, often without notice to neighbors and sometimes within several feet of homes. Residents of Marina del Rey, Venice and especially Del Rey have waged public protests and lobbied public officials to stop what they characterize as an invasion of miniature cellular towers. Due to its high-frequency waves, 5G service cannot travel as fast as previousgeneration wireless, requiring cellular companies to bridge the gap with networks of small towers. According to Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office, the county’s Department of Regional Planning reports a 300% increase in the number of cell tower applications since 2015. Now Hahn is asking county planners to PAGE 8 THE ARGONAUT March 14, 2019

Small cell towers are rapidly proliferating in residential areas draft a new ordinance regulating how and where cell towers are installed. If approved, it would be the first of its kind in Los Angeles County.

“County residents have seen a huge explosion of cell towers being installed in their neighborhoods, at their children’s schools and outside their bedroom windows. I have heard from residents who are concerned not just because they are unsightly — but because they worry about potential health effects,” reads a statement by Hahn. “We need to be able to regulate where these towers can go and protect communities from an overconcentration.” Federal laws prohibit local governments from regulating cell phone towers due to health concerns, but county officials would be able to do so based on other standards. Hahn’s proposal would consider height and design, but would only apply to unincorporated county areas such as Marina del Rey and portions of Del Rey. Del Rey residents and neighbors in Marina del Rey have met with Hahn, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas,

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, state Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and state Sen. Ben Allen about the increasing number of small cell towers going up in their neighborhoods over the past year. Representatives for AT&T, which is responsible for many of the new cell towers in these neighborhoods, did not respond to requests for comment. Marina del Rey resident Renny Salvestrini, a breast cancer survivor, was shocked to see a small cell tower go up mere feet from her condo last year. “I feel violated by the placement to this day. This ordinance will most certainly help others moving forward. I have to look at this ugly monstrosity day after day, and currently there is also red graffiti on it. It looks terrible and ruins the neighborhood aesthetic near my home,” she said. “For now, I’m just living in acceptance.”


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The Next Big Thing Bonin says housing complex planned for Marina Marketplace is ‘drastically oversized’ Image by TCA Architects, courtesy of Sares-Regis

By Gary Walker Plans to redevelop six acres of Marina Marketplace at the southwest corner of Maxella and Glencoe avenues as a 658-unit residential and retail complex have hit a snag. The three separate seven-story buildings envisioned as Paseo Marina would require a city zoning change, and last week Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin announced he would not grant one for the current iteration of the proposal. “While I would welcome additional housing at the Marina Marketplace location, at nearly 700 units the current project is drastically oversized, would significantly increase traffic congestion, and would destroy a walkable neighborhood known and appreciated for having amenities nearby. The project is proposing to eliminate the vast majority of restaurants and shops that locals rely on, forcing thousands of people to hop in their car for basic services they currently walk to,” Bonin wrote in a March 8 letter to constituents. The project would border the Marina del Rey Pavilions to the south and the Stella Apartments to the West, replacing more than a dozen existing shops and the Barnes & Noble at Maxella and Glencoe. Prolific residential developer the Sares-Regis Group is proposing to include 13,650 square feet of restaurant space and the same amount of retail space in the project, which would include above-ground and underground parking for 1,217 cars and 752 bicycles, accord-

A 2017 conceptual rendering of Paseo Marina, as seen from Glencoe and Maxella avenues ing to an environmental review released by the city’s Planning Department last week. The developer would set aside 20% of Paseo Marina apartments as affordable housing for low-income households or 10% for very low-income households. “The Sares-Regis Group is very proud of the project they are presenting, as it brings much needed housing and

affordability to a large, underutilized Westside site where housing does not exist today,” Kristen Lonner of the West L.A.-based urban planning firm Burns & Bouchard, which is representing SaresRegis, wrote in an email to The Argonaut. “Building new housing goes a step closer to addressing the concerns that exist in the community today about traffic,” Lonner continued. “If the proposed

project were within the confines of the current zoning, the site would be designed as an office park, bringing increased traffic impacts to a community that has large employers already — Cedars-Sinai and the multiple other office projects nearby, just to name a few. The proposed project can house those employees near their jobs and neighborhood-serving commercial uses, like the Pavilions.”

Women Rule the (Opening) Day A festive start to Marina del Rey’s ‘yachting season’ showcases an unprecedented number of female commodores helming local clubs By Julia Michelle Dawson Marina del Rey’s traditional Opening Day Weekend festivities, which happened to fall directly after the March 8 observance of International Women’s Day, showcased an unprecedented number of women helming local yacht clubs. Female commodores now lead the California Yacht Club, Del Rey Yacht Club, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club and the Marina Yacht Club. “More than any other opening this truly feels like we have come out of winter. Yesterday being International Women’s Day, I would be remiss in not noticing how many women commodores there are,” Santa Monica Windjammers Commodore Denise George said during

the club’s opening ceremonies on Saturday. The style of Opening Day festivities

commodore, punctuated the greatest difference since CYC was founded in 1922: 80% of its bridge (aka governing

“Yesterday being International Women’s Day, I would be remiss in not noticing how many women commodores there are.” Santa Monica Windjammers Commodore Denise George

varies from club to club. The California Yacht Club, for example, stood formally in the morning to pay regal honors to past and present American military service members. Debbie Feinerman, this year’s

board) is female. You can guess what the percentage was 97 years ago! There were many awards presented over the weekend, but among the most important was the Rescue Award,

conferred at CYC. During the BergerStein 2 Regatta last year, Helen Brierly was knocked from the helm of Mistrial when the steering failed. The wind was fast, the sea was rough and the water was cold. Duncan Cameron and the crew of Trust Me rescued her. “We’ve won races, but this was the best thing we have ever done,” said Duncan, who accepted the award with crew members Scott Barber, Henry Brawner, Paula Cameron, Maeta Vollman and Roland Vollman. The Marina Yacht Club, which is no longer housed in its traditional Marina City Club headquarters, held its Opening Day ceremony under a tree nearby, followed by a catered dock party. (Continued on page 10)

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This Bus Comes to You On-demand city shuttle service connects Westside neighborhoods to transit hubs

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By Gary Walker The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has launched a new on-demand shuttle service intended to connect residents of Mar Vista, Del Rey, Venice and Palms directly to county Metro buses and trains along major local transit corridors including Lincoln, Venice, Washington and Culver boulevards. The 16-seat LAnow shuttle buses are now in service from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Much like rideshare services Uber and Lyft, riders can summon a shuttle ride to a specific destination via a free smartphone app downloadable from the App Store or Google Play and connected to credit or debit account. Riders can also schedule rides via (818) 493-6211 or at ladottransit.com/lanow. One-way fares are $1.50, or 75 cents for seniors or the disabled, and children age 5 or younger ride for free. Daisy Luna was among the very first people to ride one of the bright blue LAnow microbuses. “This is a dream come true for those who are students, disabled or don’t have a car,” she said during a March 7 press conference at Mar Vista Gardens. “A lot of people who live here are housekeepers, nannies, restaurant and hotel workers, and the schedule gives them a lot of flexibility LAnow shuttles provide on-demand bus service that connects for their trips.” transit-poor residential areas to major Metro lines Luna recalled how she and other

residents of the public housing complex began meeting with then-L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl more than a decade ago to improve public transit access in Del Rey. LAnow brings that vision to fruition in the second term of Rosendahl’s successor and former chief of staff, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who hosted the press conference. “We’re launching this here because this is where the seed was planted,” Bonin told a crowd of about 60 people.” My hope is that this will be ridiculously successful and that we soon will be able to expand the coverage area.” Until this week, the only bus line that ran along Inglewood Boulevard near Mar Vista Gardens was the Culver City Green Bus. “For us, this is about bringing people closer to opportunities, giving people more options for employment and helping to build stronger neighborhoods,” L.A. Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds said. “We forget that not everybody on the Westside is of means,” added Bonin. “There are people who are transit-dependent because they can’t afford a car. This now means a grandmother, a 9-year-old or a person in a wheelchair doesn’t have to trek all over the place to go the supermarket or the bus that they need.” LAnow passengers can take two trips for free between now and March 31.

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Vice-Commodore Shari Sellers hopes to promote awareness of the club so they can get back into a physical club space. The South Coast Corinthian Commodore Jennifer Kitchen led a gloriously succinct ceremony in the courtyard of Fisherman’s Village outside Sapori Italian Restaurant. Attendees viewed architectural renderings of the new clubhouse planned for the Pier 44 development on Bali Way, also the future home of a Trader Joe’s. The SCCYC Ukulele Group entertained on the patio with Kathy St. Amant, SCCYA Yachtsman of the Year, happily cradling her instrument with the sling of her new titanium shoulder. Much of various clubs’ Opening Day ceremonies are rituals passed down from generation to generation and from yacht club to yacht club. Just before the commodore declares the club to be open for the season, she or he asks the port captain if the harbor is “free of ice.” We all slightly chuckle in California at this nod to the East Coast. At the Del Rey Yacht Club, where greeters dress in red coats and white gloves, Commodore Laurie E. Romanak replied to her port captain, “That’s all

Cannons punctuate important moments of the festivities fine but what about sea lions on our members’ boats?” He answered “I shall put on my special sea lion glasses,”

The International Order of the Blue Gavel is given to former commodores of various clubs who continue to serve the yachting community. This year International Order President-Elect Sherry Barone inducted Pacific Mariners Yacht Club past commodore Alan Rock. Clubs use ceremonial cannons to punctuate important moments of their Opening Day ceremonies. Explosions are preceded by a shout of “fire in the hole,” which translates roughly to “cover your ears quickly.” Cannon operators are often the people having the most fun during Opening Day, and PMYC’s Zach Knighton, who plays Rick in the new “Magnum P.I.” series, had to be the happiest “cannoneer” in the marina. “Fire in the hole!”

PRO TIP: Enjoying the thrill of yacht racing doesn’t necessarily require boat ownership or yacht club membership. Each boat at the starting line requires a crew of eight, and captains are often A club’s-eye view of CYC looking for new crew members. Visit preparations for Opening Day regattanetwork.com for information about an “Introduction to Yacht Racing” on donned blacked-out glasses, and proclaimed: “Commodore, I report there are March 23, the first of several such events no sea lions.” The tent filled with laughter. in the marina.


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main lobby was helpful and pleased to receive the donation. A library guard brought out a cart to transport the book boxes inside the glass doors. However, it was only 3 p.m. and the surrounding library parking lot was terrifying. The library guards were doing their best to control the rabble outside the back library main doors. Sleeping bodies were lying on the steps. Drugs were being passed around. Loud screaming came from out-of-control young men who were walking back and forth. I asked the guard to escort me inside as he pushed the cart with the book boxes. What if I had brought young children with me to do homework? The receptionist was so charming I felt guilty that library workers have to endure this on a daily basis. Why is nothing done about the mob surrounding and inside the library? When I came back outside to my car, with the guard as protection, one of the wild men was peeing on the side of a junked up car parked next to mine. He then locked the car with a menacing huge chain and padlock and walked off. I asked the guard if this happened every day at the library. “Yes,” he replied, acknowledging the situation has gotten worse in the past two years. “I will call the police.” What about our politicians? Where are they and what are they thinking about this

A Future with Less Fear “The Green New Deal Comes Home,” Opinion, Feb. 28 Tudor Popescu’s refreshing column about Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “no more gas” decision helps us to think about our future of climate disaster with less fear. It is helpful to understand that there is something we can do about this overwhelming problem. A discussion of resource efficiency could also lead to some hopeful revelations about achieving more effective clean energy. Please Google “National Action Plan Vision for 2025: A Framework for Change.” Diane Fletcher-Hoppe Marina del Rey

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The Spiritual Candidate Santa Monica Organization of Women Leaders Honoree Marianne Williamson wants to bring goodness back to the White House in 2020 By Danny Karel It has become annual tradition for the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and its affiliated Organization of Women Leaders (OWL) networking group to host a special International Women’s Day Breakfast recognizing the achievements of role models and luminaries — among them actress and entrepreneur Jennifer Garner, news anchor and philanthropist Christine Devine, then-SMPD Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, documentary filmmaker Amy Ziering and Bettina Duval, founder of the women’s political fundraising network Californialist. On Monday, members and supporters gathered inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows at the crack of dawn to honor this year’s recipients of the carved wood statuettes they call OWLies, shaped like curious owls. One went to Julie Pilat, a youth mentor and community advocate who is the head of global operations for Apple Music’s Beats 1 streaming service. The other went to Marianne Williamson, a best-selling author, lecturer, spiritual teacher and, as of January, a presidential candidate running as a Democrat to unseat President Donald Trump. Williamson has already accrued a third of the Democratic National Committee’s grassroots fundraising threshold for early presidential primary debates — 65,000 unique campaign contributions spread among at least 20 states. Perhaps in a nod to Williamson — often cited as Oprah’s spiritual guru — the post-breakfast program began with an PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT March 14, 2019

ice-breaking exercise meant to facilitate deeper human connection. “We’re going to kick off this morning with a moment of authenticity,” said Sawubona arts community founder Sasha Speer, who instructed participants to stand, make eye contact with a neighbor, and hold that eye contact for several minutes. “Now, allow yourself to feel every emotion,” she said, acknowledging likely discomfort. The room chuckled

from friends and coworkers that their situation improved. She encouraged everyone in the room to learn from her stubbornness — and her eventual willingness to accept help. When it was Williamson’s turn to speak, she mentioned the “millions of Vickys” forgotten in America — a jumping-off point for a thoughtful and at times whimsical speech about misplaced values and priorities in America.

The Argonaut: The 2020 Democratic field is already very crowded. How do you set yourself apart? Marianne Williamson: I’m not trying to set myself apart. I’m not running against anyone, I’m running with a lot of smart people. I think anyone who speaks their own deep and authentic truth is unique enough [to run].

How have your experiences prepared you for the presidency? I’ve had a 35-year career working on the transformation of individuals and “We need a politics and a capitalism systems, and I know that real transformaof conscience. … What we need to tion goes beyond just tweaking things on the outside — that in order to truly heal stop compromising with is basic principles our lives, to transform our lives, we need of right and wrong.” to address psychological and emotional and moral and spiritual dimensions that — Marianne Williamson are beyond just material change. Our politics is stuck in an increasingly obsolete and even inaccurate mindset that and groaned; the discomfort seemed to “Our national security agenda is set on only addresses external change. If all you bear out. waging war,” said Williamson, “when it do is see politics in terms of tweaking Then Pilat took the stage to share the should be set on waging peace.” things on the outside, then even if you remarkable story of her ascent through the Williamson called on women to harness music industry, a journey fueled by the political and social power they already make a positive change all that needs to passion and sacrifice, and something even possess, instead of dwelling on what they happen is that someone comes around two years later, four years later, and more moving that happened along the way. lack. The message was compelling, and repeals that positive change. So we need At age 29, a mentorship program paired was met with fierce applause. “This generation …” she said, pointing to to expand the entire political conversaPilat with a 15-year-old girl named Vicky tion to be more multi-dimensional, to the audience, “… is making history. And who lived in South Central Los Angeles include the recognition of the political there’s no doubt about that.” and was the sole guardian of her own significance of psychological and After the event, The Argonaut spoke infant daughter. The teenager faced a emotional issues. briefly with Williamson about what it whirlwind of problems, from financial I say ‘political significance’ because means to translate spiritual practice into insecurity to threats of gang violence. how people feel will determine how they the rough and tumble — and increasing Pilat took her in, a decision that briefly act. How people vote, how people act, is interpersonal vitriol — of the national threw her life into disarray. According to not just based on intellectual analysis. So, political arena. Pilat, it wasn’t until she accepted help


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the conversation that dominates the political process right now is, to me, a relic of 20th-century thinking. I don’t see why people who will live the majority of their lives in the 21st century have to be burdened by holdovers of economic and political thinking that should be placed into the dustbin of history. So how would you change the conversation? Well, I’m changing the conversation by having it with you right now. I’m

You write that “there is a groundswell of people in America who are seeking a higher wisdom.” Why do you think that is? Jared Kushner looked out at all the angry people in America and said to his father-in-law: “We could win the presidency if we harness that.” I look out and see a lot of loving, decent, good people in America — I say we need to harness that. There are a lot more loving, good, decent people in America than there are hateful people. It’s just that hateful

“There are a lot more loving, good, decent people in America than there are hateful people. It’s just that hateful people are hating with conviction these days. We need to love with conviction.” — Marianne Williamson changing the conversation by talking about these things on this campaign, things that the traditional political establishment isn’t talking about. As a person of strong conviction, would you be able to compromise with people in Washington — a place where there’s constant political gridlock? We need a politics and a capitalism of conscience. No socioeconomic group and no side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on that. We need to become a more values-based culture. Within that, there are more high-minded, legitimate conservative views, and there are high-minded liberal or progressive views. So, a certain level of compromise is part of the art of politics, but what we need to stop compromising with is basic principles of right and wrong. What we need to stop compromising with are the dictates of love.

people are hating with conviction these days. We need to love with conviction. Why do you think they’re out there? Because I meet them every day, and I think you call up in people the part of them that you speak to. I’ve traveled this country and I’ve traveled this world — we’re no better than anyone else, but we’re no worse than anyone else. We’re good, decent people. But too many times our goodness and our decency are kept in the purview of personal behavior, and we need to extend it into the public sphere. Our economic system is soulless. It’s disconnected from the heart, and anything disconnected from the heart — whether it’s an individual or a large political or economic system — that’s sociopathic. When you don’t posit a moral and ethical responsibility to other people as part of your life code, that’s sociopathic, whether that’s an individual or an entire system. March 14, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13


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Art Confronts Abuse With an inverted confessional, a bed of nails and children’s garments, “Confess” calls on the Catholic Church to atone for predatory priests By Tygre Patchell-Evans A black room at the back of Loyola Marymount University’s Laband Art Gallery displays 14 boxes that creator Trina McKillen calls “Stations of Hope,” akin to the 14 Stations of the Cross inside Catholic churches. Each box is decorated with hand-sewn linen squares, two of which display the embroidered words “sin” and “good.” Such contradictory sentiments reverberate through her larger exhibit titled “Confess,” displaying art installations by the Belfast-born artist that respond to the youth sexual assault and cover-up scandals plaguing the Catholic Church in the United States and around the world. If nothing else, LMU’s decision to host “Confess” demonstrates the Catholic university’s openness to dealing with past trauma. While no public allegations of abuse have emerged from the campus, 11 Jesuits who were assigned to LMU at various times between 1937 and 2003 have been accused of sexual misconduct during their careers. “While the artist confronts a painful and troubling reality within the church, our hope is that the exhibition will open the door to discussion and deep reflection,” reads a statement by LMU Vice President for Mission and Ministry John T. Sebastian. “As a Catholic institution in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions, LMU places an emphasis on care for the individual person, the pursuit of justice, and alleviating the suffering of the poor and the marginalized. Exposing the sins of the church, and ensuring that victims’ stories get told, are consistent with our mission and necessary steps in the healing process.” McKillen was raised Catholic, and a communion dress that her mother made for McKillen’s younger sister hangs in the exhibit. When McKillen was a teenager, a friend who’d suffered a nervous break-

Transparency and personal identity are important themes in “Confess” down shared an accusation of priest abuse that young McKillen struggled to process. “I went to visit her in the hospital and she revealed to me that she was abused by her uncle who was a priest,” she recalls.

to be honest with you, I don’t want to go and look; I can’t look the priests in their faces anymore after what has happened with the children.’ And this broke my heart,” McKillen said.

“She lowered her voice to a whisper and said … ‘I can’t look the priests in their faces anymore after what has happened with the children.’ And this broke my heart.” — Trina McKillen, artist “I was so horrified that I didn’t know what to do with that [information].” But it was McKillen’s mother who inspired “Confess” years later: “When I was at home I asked my mom — she was 84 — do you still go to Mass with dad? And she said, ‘No, I don’t really go anymore.’ And I asked, ‘Is it because it’s too hard to get out?... She lowered her voice to a whisper and said, ‘Actually,

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pushes the message further. “They have to do what they’re expecting us to do, which is penance. So, the people in the church and the survivors tell the church what that penance is,” McKillen said. “I think we’re at the beginning of that — it can’t be anymore that the church decides what we’re going to do. They need to earn our trust back.” “Confess” calls for change, but also seeks to open the topic for discussion. McKillen conveys through her piece “Children” the sentiment that she hopes follows viewers out of the gallery — “that they feel that their one voice can matter.” For “Children,” she restored or designed 20 communion dresses or altar boy outfits and decorated each with a gold-leafed pattern of a snake that also decorates the glass confessional in “Bless Me Child for I Have Sinned” — each snake having a different pattern, however, to signify that every child’s pattern of abuse was different. “I wanted to honor every survivor of abuse, that they are an individual,” she said. McKillen believes displaying her art on the grounds of LMU makes it all the more powerful. “I had so much trust in the church and they were such a refuge for me and my family that to hear [about abuse], I didn’t know how to process it,” she said. “Having the exhibit here on a Catholic campus, I think it gives Catholics permission to look at things in a different way.” “Confess” remains on display through March 30 at the Laband Art Gallery on the Loyola Marymount University campus. Visit cfa.lmu.edu/labandgallery for venue information. Argonaut intern Tygre Patchell-Evans is a student at Loyola Marymount University.

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A Play About Something Jason Alexander directs “The Joy Wheel,” a story that rises above politics to explore the underlying anxieties of our time

By Christina Campodonico Jason Alexander is brimming with ideas. He’d love to set “Jesus Christ Superstar” in a nightclub-like atmosphere; he’d love to give “Hamlet” a “scary, gothic, sexy” twist; and he’d even like to put a serious spin on the musical “Dracula.” But right now, the actor-director who found widespread fame as George Costanza on “Seinfeld” is at the helm of “The Joy Wheel,” a new dramedy he’s directing at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Group Theatre through March 31. Set in Joy, Illinois, the play written by Ian McRae follows an older couple, Frank and Stella, who after 40 years of marriage are drifting apart. “He’s converting their swimming pool into an Armageddon bunker, doomsday prepper kind of thing,” says Alexander. “And she is talking about traveling around the world.” Surrounding this shift is Stella’s pal Margie, an independent, sexually liberated woman who’s encouraged her friend to take part in a local production of “The Vagina Tales” (a thinly veiled nod to “The Vagina Monologues”). Meanwhile, Frank’s survivalist, racist and

misogynistic next-door neighbor Stew is encouraging him to dig even deeper into his backyard pool. While conservative and liberal ideologies appear to clash against a firmly Midwestern backdrop, Alexander says it’s not an incredibly political play.

The Argonaut: What made ‘Joy Wheel’ feel timely for you to direct? Jason Alexander: I spend a good deal of time all over the country between master classes and concerts and speaking engagements and just travel, and some-

very much similar. I’ve had wonderful conversations with them. What I’ve gleaned from those conversations is a feeling that the world is shifting in a way where they can’t make the shift. That the things that they understood — the world around them, their communities, their jobs, their religious beliefs, technology, global relations — all of it is moving so fast that they can’t find themselves. And they actually think that the movement is dangerous … at least frightening, but potentially dangerous. They tend to cling even harder to traditional values, because it roots them. — Jason Alexander And while I don’t agree with them, I certainly understand and sympathize “It is a values play,” he says. “… So times I’ve been on the road advocating for with them. politics, modern politics, our political political candidates. So I meet all kinds of This play is about a couple, an older atmosphere out there … it doesn’t play a people all across the country. And I meet a couple, who are going through exactly major factor. It’s more of a story of values lot of people who, at first glance, would that. Their children are grown and gone, and ethics, and this idea of feeling seem to be very different from me. I meet their community is changing, they’re no grounded and safe. And where is your a lot of people who didn’t grow up in big longer defined by their parenthood or by community? Where do you have some cities — they tend to be conservative, they their occupations, and they have lost semblance of purpose and self-power and tend to hold faith in high regard, many of touch with each other. They are looking self-worth?” them are Trump voters. But they are, at to find solid ground again, but they’re In that sense, he says, “it was reflective least in my experiences with them, they moving in very different directions. …. of an experience that people are having are very good people from everything I (Continued on page 16) right now across our country.” can discern. I think our values are often

“I meet a lot of people who, at first glance, would seem to be very different from me. … I think our values are often very much similar.”

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when I was doing ‘Seinfeld,’ but even then I still had my hat As I say, one is reaching outward in the ring. I was doing theater and the other one is retreating here in town. … I hope I never inward. It was reflective of an leave the theater, either as a experience that people are having director or an actor. It’s the right now across our country. reason I got into this. … I love helping actors find the thing Do you have a particular they’re gonna do. It’s really directing style? intriguing, it’s really fun. It I am a stickler in rehearsal for engages everything I’ve trained ‘What is the event of the [for] and everything I know. I moment?’ There are times when would be very sad if I didn’t actors will feel like if they are get to do it as often as I can. talking to each other and it feels really natural and real, then that’s What is your dream play good theater. I do not pay $150 or musical to direct? a ticket to watch a conversation, There are all kinds of things no matter how interesting the I’d love to get my hands on. conversation is. I’ll pay $150 to … I have a twisted idea for hear a really good lecture, where how to do ‘Hamlet’ in a way I’m being educated about some- that is so scary and gothic and thing, but not a conversation. sexy and dark and environmental that I just think it It’s interesting to hear that would kick ass. … I have a because people said “Seinfeld” really interesting approach to was “a show about nothing,” or ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ that basically people having would make it doable in very ordinary conversations. Is small spaces, almost club-like there anything from ‘Seinfeld’ spaces. … I started to talk to that you’ve taken to directing? some theaters about redoing Not a thing. … I have always ‘Dracula.’ … It’s been done disagreed with the notion that campy-sexy. ‘Seinfeld’ was a show about But there is something that I nothing. … The stories actually find really touching about the were heavily plotted. If you go Dracula story because we are back, every character has their seeing around us so much own storyline. Every character extinction. There are animals has an event that they’re pursuand species and lands that are ing. And then the brilliance of literally dying in front of our the writing of that show was that eyes. The story of Dracula, if all those different events would you listen to it the right way, is somehow dovetail in a surprising about a creature who didn’t way. But it was always about particularly want what things happening. happened to him, but has The reason that I think people adapted to it and is a tragically claimed it was not about anylonesome figure. He has lines thing is that the events were very that we gloss over all the time, small. They were things that but one of them is, ‘The walls happened to most people most of of my castle are cracked, and I the time. And, [the writers] were am the last of my kind.’ It’s unafraid about taking a comedic, this animal struggling to tangential journey. If they wanted survive and find some way to to discuss something that was coexist and be accepted. tangential to the event, and it was While I don’t think you can really funny, they would do it. take the fun away from And that was audacious back ‘Dracula,’ I do think coming at when ‘Seinfeld’ was being done. it from a place of ‘Well, what In fact, the structure of most if this were actually kind of ‘Seinfeld’ episodes are almost real?’ Is there a way to feel antithetical to what I look for that character’s journey and when I’m directing something, struggle?’ It’s a fight between because ‘Seinfeld’ was written in good and evil where you a style where [the characters] sympathize with the devil a would work themselves into a little bit, and say, ‘Well, don’t conflict, and then often the you have a right to exist too?’ conflict would not resolve. I think that could be a lot They’d just move on. And if you of fun. do that in the theater, people will “The Joy Wheel” continues yell at you. through March 31 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport What drew you back Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets are to theater? $20 to $35 via (310) 397-3244 I never left it. … I was gonna say the only time I left it was or ruskingrouptheatre.com. PAGE 16 THE ARGONAUT March 14, 2019

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Meat on Ocean’s chateaubriand steak is thick-cut tenderloin filet cooked to perfection very sought-after,” says general manager Travis Robinson. Customers can see the aging The butcher’s back in business. room, which boasts an entire Santa Monica is famous for its wall made of Himalayan sea farmers markets and innovative vegetarian or vegan fare, but red salt. Additionally, says Robinson, healthy bacteria, humidity, meat is making a comeback as temperature, air flow and water restaurants find fresh ways to loss contribute to the slow entice carnivores, often with an emphasis on superior quality and seasoning process, ranging from 30 to 60 days. Robinson says he gourmet preparation. The popularity of the paleo diet has heard of places that age meat and consumer demand for clean, for as long as 390 days. Part of the King’s Seafood unprocessed food (particularly Co. family, the restaurant also high-quality protein) means offers seafood choices and a many diners are seeking meat charcuterie bar. — especially natural, organic, As for the ongoing controversy grass-finished beef. over red meat’s impact on the And then there’s the fact that planet, some restaurateurs have many simply crave the taste of taken steps to assuage potential a perfectly grilled steak. guilt about animal welfare and “Even though we’re in an address concerns about the anti-meat era, this is the cool environment. place to be,” says Colleen Roth A desire to put human and of trendy Meat on Ocean (1501 animal health first was the Ocean Ave., 310-773-3366), impetus for Anya Fernald to which is modeled after an co-found Belcampo Meat Co. Argentinean-style steakhouse. (1026 Wilshire Blvd. 424-744Besides detailing the origins of 8008). The Belcampo website its beef choices, Meat’s prodiexplains: “We track our animals gious menu arrives with a dated from birth to butchery to your slip identifying the butcher’s plate. And because we always name and daily cuts. know exactly which animal each Meat on Ocean specializes in meat-aging treatments. Wet aging cut of meat comes from, you can enhances tenderness, whereas dry feel good about its quality, its integrity and its safety.” aging intensifies flavor. “Dry The farm-to-table company aging is becoming a thing that’s By Jacqueline Fitzgerald

owns 25,000 acres of farmland at the base of Mt. Shasta as well as a processing facility, retail butcher shops and restaurants. The Santa Monica dining room, which recently had a renovation, gives the feeling of eating in a very chic barn. Belcampo practices whole-animal butchery, for premium cuts with as little waste as possible. Whole-animal butchery is a guiding principle at A Cut Above (2453 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-998-8500), a purveyor of all-natural meat and poultry. This butcher shop and deli is run by self-taught chef and butcher Eddy Shin, a 20-year veteran of the industry. “If you’re going to eat meat once or twice a week, you might as well eat good, clean meat,” declares Shin. “Ours is pastureraised so it’s very clean, and you can kind of taste what they eat depending on the season. Not everyone likes that, though.” Is conventionally raised, grainfinished meat less nutritious? Not according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, which states: “Consumers can be assured that all beef provides the same high-quality proteins in a delicious package of essential nutrients to support a healthy, active lifestyle.”


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And not everyone agrees that grass-finished beef yields superior taste. Just ask restaurateur Bruce Marder, who opened the highly acclaimed Capo (1810 Ocean Ave., 310-394-5550), a swanky New York-style Italian steakhouse, in 1999. Says Marder: “My opinion is that grass-fed beef has less flavor and is tougher than a mixture of different styles of meat that are produced. We offer organic grass-fed, but I prefer steaks that are finished with corn because that produces more marbling and makes it more tender.” Kyle Lau, maître d’ at Capo, says their customers usually “want organic and they want the best. With us, they’re confident that they’re getting it.” Charles Hueston, general manager of BOA Steakhouse (101 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-899-4466) says his menu accommodates a variety of dietary preferences, adding that the organic grass-fed petite filet and Never-Ever Nebraska Wagyu rib-eye are current favorites. (“Never-ever” refers to the fact that no growth additives, hormones, antibiotics or feed containing animal byproducts are utilized in producing the beef.)

Of course, sometimes you want to enjoy a great steak and a more casual vibe. In that case, try Chez Jay or The Galley. Chez Jay (1657 Ocean Ave., 310-395-1741) is a low-key, beachy hangout that has drawn celebrities since it opened in 1959, starting with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe. As Chez Jay general manager Chris Anderson puts it: “We hold steady to what we’ve done since the very beginning. We’ve kept it mostly the same.” It’s a similar story at The Galley (2442 Main St., 310-4521934), which dates to 1934. Ron Schur, who has owned the restaurant for the last 30 years, says his philosophy is to sell good food at reasonable prices. “People tell me: ‘We didn’t feel like going out to dinner tonight, so we came to The Galley.’ And I don’t think you’ll find servers like ours anywhere else,” he says. “Plus, the lighting in here makes everyone look 10 years younger.” Additionally, should you have a late-night craving for a juicy filet mignon in an elegant setting, note that Pacific Dining Car (2700 Wilshire Blvd., 310-4534000) is open 24/7.

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What happens to real estate when the owners divorce? Property: community or separate? Consider a property that was acquired by either spouse while they were married. This property is community property, unless the couple clearly states their intention to own individual interests in the property. However, real estate is treated as separate property when it is acquired: • before marriage; or • after marriage as a gift or inheritance. Just because a home is treated as separate property doesn’t mean the owner gets to automatically keep 100% of the home upon a divorce (or profits from the home if it is an income-producing property). For example, when the spouse contributes money from their own funds to improve their spouse’s separate property or make mortgage payments on the property, the situation becomes complicated and may be decided by a judge. For example, the spouse of the separate owner may be awarded money to cover their investment in the separate property. [Fam C §2640(c)] On the other hand, community property is

divided equally when a couple divorces. Since you can’t exactly cut a home in half, how does a judge decide how to divide community property? Dividing community property A judge considering how to divide up community property may have the owners: • sell the property and split the profits; • defer the sale of the property; or • give ownership of the property to one person, granting the other an equal share of other community assets. The couple has a say in which route the judge chooses, but it’s up to the judge to determine which route is most fair (especially when children are involved) and economically feasible. For example, the parent who receives primary custodial care of a child (or children) may request the deferred sale of the property until the child graduates fromhigh school. The judge needs to determine whether it’s economically feasible for the parent(s) to keep up with the costs of mortgage payments, repairs, homeowners’

association (HOA) fees, insurance coverage, etc. after their finances change postdivorce. When the judge determines it is economically feasible to defer the sale of the home for the duration requested, they will consider whether it’s necessary to limit the burden to the child residing in the home. The judge will consider: • how long the child has lived there; • how old the child is; • where the home is located in relation to their school or childcare facility and the resident parent’s place of work; • whether the home has been specially modified to accommodate a disability of the child or resident parent; • the child’s emotional attachment to the home; • whether the non-resident parent will be able to find suitable housing; • the tax consequences of deferring the sale; and • the negative financial consequences of deferring the sale for the non-resident parent.

Property in a different state When the property is located in another state, the judge will divide the property in a way that it isn’t necessary to change the individuals’ interests in the property. This may be accomplished by selling the property and splitting the proceeds, or by one individual keeping the property and “paying out” the other with other assets. Editor’s note — When a couple signs a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement specifying how property is to be treated in case of divorce, the agreement set forth in that document will likely prevail.

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mation in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Steven Reissner. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Westside Production Rentals Inc. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: January 29, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 2/21/19, 2/28/19, 3/7/19, 3/14/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019 040072 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: APF ADVISORY SERVICES. 3231 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 217 Santa Monica, CA 90405, 3435 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 107-211 Santa Monica, CA 90405. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 2487190.

REGISTERED OWNER(S) All Point Financial, Inc., 3231 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 217 Santa Monica, CA 90405. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 12/2008. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Gary Harold Shev. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: All Point Financial, Inc. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 15, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 2/28/19, 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19

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FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019 041872 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: VERSO CREATIVE. 1450 2nd Street #256 Santa Monica, CA 90401. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 3944823. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Verso, 1450 2nd Street #256 Santa Monica, CA 90401. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 2/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ David Thomas Larosa. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Verso. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 19, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under

federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019 049476 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AKRON MORTGAGE. 1423 15th Street Apt. #2 Santa Monica, CA 90404. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 4208517. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Akron Ventures Inc., 1423 15th Street Apt. #2 Santa Monica, CA 90404. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 10/2018. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Konstantine Kabilafkas. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Akron Ventures Inc. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 27, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered

owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019 049484 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AKRON PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. 1423 15th Street Apt. #2 Santa Monica, CA 90404. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 4208517. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Akron Ventures Inc., 1423 15th Street Apt. #2 Santa Monica, CA 90404. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 10/2018. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Konstantine Kabilafkas. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Akron Ventures Inc. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 27, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of


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legal advertising 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: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019 049498 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AKRON REALTY. 1423 15th Street Apt. #2 Santa Monica, CA 90404. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 4208517. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Akron Ventures Inc., 1423 15th Street Apt. #2 Santa Monica, CA 90404. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 10/2018. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Konstantine Kabilafkas. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Akron Ventures Inc. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 27, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019 049558 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 11 MED BILLING. 8436 W. 3rd Street Suite 603 Los Angeles, CA 90048. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Sidper Holdings, LLC., 8436 W. 3rd Street Suite 900 Los Angeles, CA 90048 State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 4/2018. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Khawar Siddique, MD. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Sidper Holdings, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 27, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19

FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019 052852 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: WESTCHESTER DEL REY FOURSQUARE CHURCH, HOPE CHAPEL DEL REY. 7299 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045-3547. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 0126840. REGISTERED OWNER(S) International Church of The Foursquare Gospel, 1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90026. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 01/1945. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Ron Thigpenn. TITLE: Chief Financial Officer, Corp or LLC Name: International Church of The Foursquare Gospel. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 1, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19, 4/4/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019 057398 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: PLAYA DEL REY SPORTS CAMP. 9100 Fairmouth Ave. Playa del Rey, CA 90293, 1553 Live Oak Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Sports Camps, LLC, 1553 Live Oak Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 03/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Steve Taylor. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Sports Camps, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 6, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19, 4/4/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019 059463 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: A CLEAR PATH. 11081 Venice Blvd., #6 Los Angeles, CA 90034, 2355 Westwood Blvd., 359 Los Angeles, CA 90064. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) A Clear Path, LLC, 11081 Venice Blvd., #6 Los Angeles, CA 90034. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS

IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 02/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Regina F. Lark. TITLE: Owner, Corp or LLC Name: A Clear Path, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 7, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19, 4/4/19

HAPPY, LOUISE L. (PRIOLETTO) HAPPY, LOUISE L. (PRIOLETTO), 76, a 44 year resident of Westchester, CA passed away March 29, 2017 after suffering many years from several painful conditions. She was born October 31, 1940 (Halloween) in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University. She was an English teacher in Ohio, Wisconsin and Palos Verdes, California. She married Blaine G. Happy and raised two sons, Blaine and Brian. Louise was preceded in death by her parents William and Lucia L. Prioletto, her ex-husband, Blaine G. Happy, and her son, Blaine W. Happy. She is survived by her sister, Rita Sand of Palm Gardens, FL and son Brian Hendricks of Playa Del Rey, CA. She taught Making Friends with Great Works of Art Program at Westport Heights and was Treasurer of Westchester High School Booster Club. She was Treasurer and Secretary of Gratitude Retreat Foundation where she also helped with their fundraising activities. 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: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19, 4/4/19

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: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 2/28/19, 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19

FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019033526 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: BARKS AND BUBBLES LOS ANGELES; #103B-8320 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Jeffray Fargher, #168722 Delgany Playa del Rey, CA 90293. 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/: Jeffray Fargher. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 7, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 2/21/19, 2/28/19, 3/7/19, 3/14/19

FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019041296 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: HUITRON & HUITRON PRODUCTIONS; 13428 Maxella Ave., #368 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Elizabeth Andrade and Joel Andrade, 13428 Maxella Ave., #368 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a General Partnership. 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/: Elizabeth Andrade. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 19, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 2/28/19, 3/7/19, 3/14/19, 3/21/19

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FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019 059856 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: YOURS TRULY. 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291, 822 Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA 90292. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 201202700005. REGISTERED OWNER(S) 1616AKB, LP, 822 Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA 90292. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 03/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ David Reiss. TITLE: Partner, Corp or LLC Name: 1616AKB, LP. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 7, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/14/19, 3/21/19, 3/28/19, 4/4/19 FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019 060757 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AGENT LOUNGE. 3229 Rosewood Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: C2451015. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Agent L. Incorporated, 3229 Rosewood Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/2002. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Laura Elian. TITLE: Owner, Corp or LLC Name: Agent L. Incorporated. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 8, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any

FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT FILE NO. 2019038205 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MB HOSPITALITY; 560 Grand Blvd., Unit 1 Venice, CA 90291. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Margot Bloch, 560 Grand Blvd., Unit 1 Venice, CA 90291. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 01/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Margot Bloch. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 13, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any

Public Notices Notice of Self Storage Sale Please take notice US Storage Centers - Marina Del Rey located at 12700 Braddock Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90066 intends to hold an auction of the goods stored in the following units in default for non-payment of rent. The sale will occur as an online auction via www.storageauctions.net on 3/21/2019 at 10:00AM. Unless stated otherwise the description of the contents are household goods and furnishings. Francis David Mancini (2 units); Samy Asadi; Dana Marie Douglas; Marcos Orozco. All property is being stored at the above self-storage facility. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply. See manager for details. NOTIcE OF PUBLIc hEarING The Los Angeles County Hearing Officer will conduct a public hearing to consider the project described below. You will have

an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments to the planner below or at the public hearing. If the final decision on this proposal is challenged in court, testimony may be limited to issues raised before or at the public hearing. Hearing Date and Time: Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Hearing Location: 320 West Temple St., Hall of Records, Rm. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Project & Permit(s): Project No. 2018-001484-(4), Conditional Use Permit No. RPPL2018002150 Project Location: Fiji Way Rightof-Way, 33.977351, -118.437833, within the Playa del Rey Zoned District CEQA Categorical Exemption: Class 2 — Replacement or Reconstruction Class 3 — New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures Project Description: A request to remove and replace an existing street light utility pole in the public right-of-way and install a wireless telecommunication facility perched atop the replacement pole with associated equipment integrated into the new pole and in two underground handholes pursuant to Section(s) 22.20.030 of the Los Angeles County Code. For more information regarding this application, contactKevin Finkel, AICP, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP), 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 974-4854, Fax: (213) 6260434, E-mail: kfinkel@planning. lacounty.gov. Case materials are available online at http://planning. lacounty.gov/case or at Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way. All correspondence received by DRP shall be considered a public record. If you need reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (213) 9746488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD) with at least 3 business days’ notice. Si necesita m·s informaciÛn por favor llame al (213) 974-6466. 3/14/19 CNS-3230525# THE ARGONAUT NOTIcE OF PUBLIc hEarING The Los Angeles County Hearing Officer will conduct a public hearing to consider the project described below. You will have an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments to the planner below or at the public hearing. If the final decision on this proposal is challenged in court, testimony may be limited to issues raised before or at the public hearing. Hearing Date and Time: Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Hearing Location: 320 West Temple St., Hall of Records, Rm. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Project & Permit(s): 2018-002032(4), Conditional Use Permit No. RPPL2018002991 Project Location: 552 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey within the Playa del Rey Zoned District CEQA Categorical Exemption: Class 1 — Existing Facilities Project Description: A request to sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption at an existing restaurant (CafÈ Buna) tenant space pursuant to section 22.140.030.D

of the Los Angeles County Code. For more information regarding this application, contact Shanna Farley-Judkins, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP), 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 974-1516, Fax: (213) 626-0434, E-mail: sfarleyjudkins@planning.lacounty.gov. Case materials are available online at http://planning.lacounty. gov/case or at Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way. All correspondence received by DRP shall be considered a public record. If you need reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (213) 9746488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD) with at least 3 business days’ notice. Si necesita m·s informaciÛn por favor llame al (213) 974-6466. 3/14/19 CNS-3230571# THE ARGONAUT NOTIcE OF PUBLIc hEarING The Los Angeles County Hearing Officer will conduct a public hearing to consider the project described below. You will have an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments to the planner below or at the public hearing. If the final decision on this proposal is challenged in court, testimony may be limited to issues raised before or at the public hearing. Hearing Date and Time: Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Hearing Location: 320 West Temple St., Hall of Records, Rm. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Project & Permit(s): Project No. 2016-002642-(4), Conditional Use Permit No. RPPL2016004956 Project Location: Marina del Rey Lease Parcels IR, 91, 45, and 49R within the Playa del Rey Zoned District CEQA Categorical Exemption: Class 3 — New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures Project Description: A request to install eight (8) wifi access points and associated infrastructure attached to various existing facilities including light poles and existing buildings pursuant to Section(s) 22.26.060, 22.20.030, and 22.16.030 of the Los Angeles County Code. For more information regarding this application, contact Kevin Finkel, AICP, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP), 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 974-4854, Fax: (213) 6260434, E-mail: kfinkel@planning. lacounty.gov. Case materials are available online at http://planning. lacounty.gov/case or at Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way. All correspondence received by DRP shall be considered a public record. If you need reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (213) 9746488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD) with at least 3 business days’ notice. Si necesita m·s informaciÛn por favor llame al (213) 974-6466. 3/14/19 CNS-3230633# THE ARGONAUT

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legal advertising FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019054668 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MERMAID WAVE WEAR; 804 Pacific Ave. Venice, CA 90291. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Melodie Meyer, 804 Pacific Ave. Venice, CA 90291. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Melodie Meyer. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 4, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920,

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Friday, March 15 Miles of Portraits: How the Bicycle Brings People Together, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. When Annalisa and Erik ride their nearly 100-pound loaded bicycles, people ask them questions. “Miles of Portraits” is a magazine and film they’ve created to capture their stories and celebrate kindness in a time of bad news. They stop by LA to discuss their travels and why they ride really, really far. Santa Monica REI402 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. rei.com Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge and win prizes while having a brew. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover before 9:15 p.m.; $10 after. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drinks at this weekly open house. Marina City Club Quasar Room, 4333 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Mark at (562) 508-0260; facebook. com/toastedfridays

Friday Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. With breathtaking views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two-and-a-halfhour cruise makes for a quick romantic getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com Webb Wilder Live at McCabe’s, 8 p.m. “Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard” is the credo of rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and all-around evangelist Webb Wilder. The roots-rock Renaissance man brings his powerful elixir of music to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; store.mccabes.com 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; townhousevenice.com Out of Office: My House is Your House, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Arts and entertainment group Out of Office presents deep disco by Duff & Silt at Nameless, 2810 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 936-6184; facebook. com/Out-of-Office

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Rock ‘n’ roll Renaissance man Webb Wilder stops by McCabe’s for a live show. SEE FRIDAY, MARCH 15. Carothers Brothers, 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. This South Bay-based blues, rock and country band with a hint of reggae comes out to jam after months in the studio. TRiP Santa Monica, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 cover; 1 drink minimum. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com

Saturday, March 16 Bay Foundation’s Volunteer Event, 9 a.m. to noon. The Malibu Lagoon is home to birds, fish and other important wildlife. Help remove invasive

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Kentwood Does Sondheim: “Sunday in the Park with George” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players revive this lively Sondheim musical about an artist’s complicated relationship with his creations and his longtime mistress. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday (March 15) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 20 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $27. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org Move Over, Dorian Gray: “Portrait of a Soul” @ Studio 106 When a young woman in a troubled marriage asks a prominent artist to commission her portrait, she must confront a painful mo-

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Music & Lyrics:“La Fontaine Brassens” @ Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz French actress Marie-Christine Barrault stars in an enchanting musical combining the worlds and words of 17th-century fabulist Jean de La Fontaine and 20th-century master singer-songwriter Georges Brassens. One performance only: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 14) at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $30. (310) 2860553; theatreraymondkabbaz.com

Jess LaFever and Patrick Olsen play star-crossed plant enthusiasts in “Little Shop of Horrors” ment from her past. An actual artist’s studio is the backdrop for this sitespecific play. Limited engagement: noon Saturday (March 16) and 8 p.m. Sunday (March 17) at Studio 106, 3021, Airport Ave., Ste. 106, Santa Monica. $15. eventbrite.com. An Assortment of Laughs: “Crazy Woke Asians” @ Santa Monica Playhouse More than 15 Asian-American comedians come together for a performance festival featuring autobiographical creations, clown acts, burlesque, music, magic, poetry and more. Limited engagement: 8 p.m.

Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday (March 14, 15 & 16), with various showtimes through March 24. $25 to $35. santamonicaplayhouse.com Fresh Take:“Chicago: HighSchool Edition” @ Moss Theater Performing arts students of New Roads School present an adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical, with original choreography and stage direction. Limited engagement: 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $10 to $15. brownpapertickets.com

A New Spin on Life:“For the Love Of (or, the roller derby play)” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre Joy finds new passion in her life when she joins the Brooklyn Scallywags women’s roller derby team. But when her girlfriend loses her job and the team’s star beckons her into a deeper entanglement, Joy must decide how to truly follow her heart. Last shows: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (March 14 to 17) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City. $25 to $72. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org A Doo-Wopin’ Good Time: “Little Shop of Horrors” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre This beloved musical comedy about a meek flower shop keeper and his bloodthirsty plant comes to life along with Alan Menken’s 1960s-style score. Opens Saturday (March 16) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 13 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $23 to $28. (310) 828-7519; morgan-wixson.org One-Act Wonders: One Act Festival @ The Actors’ Gang The Actors’ Gang puts on a series of five memorable one-act plays: Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit,” about

three sinners waiting for the gates of hell to open; “A Perfect World,” about a couple’s retreat into the world of imagination; “Clean Slate,” about a woman’s solitary existence and embrace of “minimalistic bliss”; “Tradition,” about a former Iraq war veteran’s reentry into civilian life; and Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape,” about an elderly man’s odd birthday ritual. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday (March 14) and continues at various dates and times through April 20. $25 to $35, or pay what you want on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com Most Memorable:“Best of ‘New Shoes’” @ Highways Performance Space Curated by Highways artistic director Patrick Kennelly, this year’s iteration features the work of 16 “New Shoes” alums presented over four weeks. Week two features choreography by Julienne Mackey, Sophia Stoller, Emily Meister and Liz Bustle, and Samantha Mohr with Candace Scarborough. Now playing at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 30 at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformance.org

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Eye Anxiety I’ve been with my boyfriend for four years. I thought I was super happy, but I recently got a crush on a co-worker. Now I’m worried that maybe I’m not totally satisfied in my relationship. If I were truly in love with my boyfriend, why would I be crushing on somebody else? Does this make me more vulnerable to cheating? Should we go into therapy? — So Confused

F. O’Sullivan, 80% of the participants reported having a crush on somebody other than their partner while in a committed relationship. Only a small subset (17%) of those participants “reported they would leave their romantic partners for their crush if the opportunity arose,” suggesting that for many, their crushes “are not considered true viable alternative partners.” The researchers found people’s crushes to be “of relatively long duration, although not as long as the length You’re in a relationship, not a coma. That said, your worries are understand- of a person’s current romantic relationship, and that this duration “suggests able. There’s been a belief, even that one’s crush endures in parallel to amongst some researchers, that one’s primary relationship.” They even crushing (on somebody other than speculate that having a crush may one’s partner) is the gateway to cheating — as well as lower commitment and even help sustain a relationship, by lower relationship satisfaction. Obviously, (mentally) “providing some variety to crushy thoughts about, say, a co-worker help cope with monotony” that’s a natural part of long-term relationships can lead to a hookup (or more) in a way that matter-of-fact thoughts — “Why but “without the risks inherent to does he have four chargers?” — do not. infidelity.” So, getting back to you, as long as However, it turns out that researchers your relationship’s satisfying and the failed to make a distinction — between only sex vacations you take with your having a crush (an attraction to a crush are in your mind, you’re probably person other than one’s partner) and okay. In short, “I only have eyes for you” having a high degree of what’s called sounds lovely but is probably only “attention to alternatives” (basically, eyeballs ever on the prowl for “attractive realistic if you wear special headgear whenever you leave the house — one alternatives” to one’s current partner). of those stylish black bags favored by In research by doctoral student Charlene F. Belu and psychologist Lucia kidnappers and executioners.

Who’ll Stop The Reign? Out of nowhere a male friend started criticizing me, telling me that I need to change careers to make more money. He does have a successful business (started with seed money from his extremely wealthy family). But I didn’t ask for his advice. And besides, I love my job, and I’m working on what I need to do to move forward. So I ended up snapping at him. He got mad and insisted that he just wants the best for me. — Steamed Criticizing someone does not make them want to change; it makes them want to google for listicles like “10 Foolproof Tricks for Getting Away with Murder.” To understand your friend’s spontaneous outburst of unsolicited advice, consider that human communication is strategic — just like that of our earthdwelling colleagues, from apes to insects. Honeybees, for example, do a little dance to tell their fellow bees where the nectar is; they don’t just go all twerky for no reason. Back here in Humanland, evolutionary scientists Vladas Griskevicius and Douglas Kenrick find that seven “deepseated evolutionary motives” emerging from survival and mating challenges

our ancestors faced “continue to influence much modern behavior.” These evolved motivations still driving us today are 1) evading physical harm, 2) avoiding disease, 3) making friends, 4) acquiring a mate, 5) keeping that mate, 6) caring for family, and — ding-dingding! — 7) attaining status. Yes, status. There’s a good chance that a dispenser of unsolicited advice has the best of intentions — like “I just want to help you … uh … help you (and others who hear about my help) think more highly of me!” (He then becomes the expert, the career seer, the swami of success.) But whatever this guy’s motive, you have no obligation to donate your attention to his cause. The best time to set boundaries is before they’re needed. Or needed again. Gently inform your friend that you truly appreciate his desire to help but the only advice that works for you is the solicited kind. Should he wish to, uh, solicit your solicitation, he can ask: “Would you be open to hearing …?” If you accept, it might help you keep an open mind if you focus on what you two have in common — for example, a relative who proclaimed, “When I die, all of this will be yours!” Unfortunately, your grandma was making a sweeping gesture toward her shaker collection.

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. ©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 blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon.

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Sunday, March 17 Purim Carnival and Street Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa Monica Synagogue and Beth Shir Shalom host their annual community carnival. Sample from food trucks and a bake sale, browse vendors, play games and win prizes.18th Street between Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway in Santa Monica. Free admission. thesms.org High Tea with Enid and Friends, 11:30 a.m. Enjoy an afternoon honoring Enid Wizig on her 96th birthday. Nosh on homemade food and teas as you mingle among new and old friends. The first female comedian with hearing loss Kathy Buckley and captioning advocate Nanci Linke-Ellis join Enid for a panel discussion. All proceeds benefit the Enid Wizig Scholarship Fund, which aides low-income deaf children and their families. Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th St., Santa Monica. $50 to $96. nolimitsfordeafchildren.org Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by Floyd & The Flyboys. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com

H A P P E N I N G S “Wright on Exhibit” Book Discussion, 2 p.m. Author Kathryn Smith discusses her book, exploring the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Cruise, 7:30 to 10 p.m. This Irish-themed cruise around the harbor features DJ entertainment, a green glass of champagne, a four-course dinner with St. Patrick’s Day dessert and scenic views. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $99. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com

Monday, March 18 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; townhousevenice.com

Tuesday, March 19 Homeless Solutions Forum, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join the Westchester Playa Democratic Club in a conversation about solving the critical issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. Hear from government officials as well as community members working with homeless populations and housing developments. Westchester

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Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown celebrate 50th anniversary of The Band Dustbowl Revival — the enterprising, Venice-rooted octet that launched from local house parties and dive bars to global festival and theater tours — has teamed with Texas trio Hot Club of Cowtown to celebrate Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, aka The Band. They’ve been performing songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends’ first two albums, 1968’s seminal “Music From Big Pink” and 1969’s madein-L.A. “The Band,” on a West Coast tour that brings them to Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Tuesday. Set lists have varied, but at each concert Dustbowl and Hot Club are framing some of their own material with soulful Band classics like “This Wheel’s on Fire” and the Bob Dylancomposed “I Shall Be Released” to identify musical DNA they share with The Band, who filled in the blueprint for rustic Americana before there was such a named genre. Known for infusing Western swing with gypsy jazz, Hot Club of Cowtown’s new EP “Crossing the Great Divide” is seven songs drawn mostly from the gentler end of The Band’s catalogue. Dustbowl Revival’s live shows have long featured swampy Band chestnuts like “Don’t Do It,” “Rag Mama Rag,” “Up on

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Rethinking Ballet Melissa Barak ventures into uncharted territory with “OFF Balance” By Christina Campodonico

Ballet is a world of structure — a language of poses and positions usually timed to a precise note or beat. But what if you frayed the edges of its strict adherence to timing and rhythm, transforming a style of dance tailored to peacocking into something less presentational and more observational? That’s the idea Barak Ballet artistic director Melissa Barak wanted to investigate for “OFF Balance,” her dance company’s new (and she hopes annual) experimental dance program that invites L.A. artists and friends to collaborate with each other through dance, music and — for this weekend’s shows in Santa Monica — multimedia. Barak has invited SFDanceworks Associate Artistic Director Danielle Rowe to premiere a new work on Saturday alongside Barak’s “Off The Grid,” and both are working with media artists and floor projections to create more immersive experiences. Barak’s media elements (designed by Tommy Etkin and Jon Macleod of audiovisual collective Optexture and Sebastian Peschiera of Narduli Studio) offer “a bird’s eye view of what’s going on the floor,” she says. A Westside School of Ballet alumna and former ballerina with New York City Ballet, Barak’s latest piece offered a chance to explore uncharted dance territory for herself. “It’s probably the most contemporary thing I’ve ever done,” she says. It’s an intriguing statement coming from the choreographer who injected a new level of innovation into L.A.’s dance scene with her digitally-driven “E/Space,” a celestial whirl of dance and projections that made its premiere at The Broad Stage in 2017. “My comfort zone is neo-classical ballet … but this is like a lot more grounded,” she says of “Off The Grid.” “Like I was telling my dancers the other day, when you’re doing a ballet, you’re usually

San Francisco Ballet principal Sarah Van Patten guests for a program put together by Barak Ballet’s Melissa Barak (Left: Photo by David and Estzer Matheson Photography / Right: Photo by Jin Lee) design by Nathan Scheuer. dancing with the sense or the mentality ogy and “how our environment used to “It would be amazing if some real that you want to be watched. You’re kind control us, but now through technology of thinking, ‘Watch me.’ …. Then what I we’re more in control of our environment.” artistic ground was broken,” says Barak. “We’re creating a space for new ideas was explaining to them for this piece: “… But I’m also sort of exploring how and new things to be explored, and ‘You want people to observe you.’ we’ve become a little detached from sometimes things will probably be great “It’s coming more from a place of nature and from each other due to and other things may not be as great, forcing the audience to kind of research technology,” she continues. but it’s about trying something new. you and discover you, as opposed to Ultimately, Barak hopes that “OFF hitting a pose and hitting a thing on the Balance” will become a laboratory where We can’t see greatness, we can’t see the next level in artistic expression note. It doesn’t have to be so concise and artists can collaborate, “cross-pollinate” without taking chances.” perfect. I want the movement to be a little and launch new barrier-breaking works. bit more human and raw and genuine and For this weekend’s shows, expect San “OFF Balance” premieres at 8 p.m. less forced — to make it really natural and Francisco Ballet’s Sarah Van Patten to Saturday (March 16), with additional real, which has been a challenge for me cross paths with the strains of violinist shows at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday (March 17) and my dancers because they’re all such Heather Powell in Rowe’s “Before You in The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 fabulous ballet dancers.” Had a Name” and Barak’s choreography 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $45 Barak is also exploring more existential doing additional alchemy with composer at barakballet.org. territory too — human evolution, technol- David Lawrence’s music and lighting

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