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Dear Citizens of the World Charter School Parents, Staff, and Board Members: This letter is written on behalf of the entire Palms Elementary School Community to openly oppose the possible co-location of CWC Mar Vista on our campus. While the intention of Proposition 39 was to create more school choices for parents, the unintended consequence has been that occupied and valued public school spaces are being distributed against the best interests of our students. Did you know that…? •

We serve a diverse student population of over 400 students, including 4 classrooms for our Special Education Program (mild to moderate, moderate to severe disability) and our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. These classrooms, which are located in close proximity to each other and our Speech Therapy teachers, Intervention Coordinator, and Resource Teacher to allow for collaborative learning opportunities, will be dispersed to far-flung “empty spaces” in our school. They are also in danger of being sent to other school sites, which disenfranchises an already-disadvantaged group.

These “empty spaces” include our Computer Lab, which was achieved through the generosity of local businesses and the grant-writing efforts of our teachers. Our Computer Lab allows our teachers to empower our students (many of whom do not have access to computers at home) with dynamic, twenty-first century skills necessary for future success.

Another “empty space” that would be used as a classroom for one of our Special Education classes is our Cafeteria Dining Room. This space is located directly adjacent to the narrow, industrial Kitchen, which is used for food preparation and distribution. Currently, students enter through the Kitchen, receive their food, and exit through the Dining Room. Will the classroom relocated to the Dining Room have an optimum learning experience with hundreds of students moving through their classroom several times a day?

We would lose a dedicated Art and Music space, which allows uninterrupted time for development in the varied visual and performing arts. This space has also been earmarked for a Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning space for students to effectively gain self-management techniques for further academic and personal growth. This is a program model Palms Elementary School was selected for due to our successful Special Needs Program.

The effect of adding hundreds of students and as many as 20-25 more staff members to our space would negatively impact our carefully staggered recess and lunch schedules. It would also impact an already-congested and potentially dangerous traffic situation, and further erode an already-difficult parking arrangement in which we have only 30 parking spaces for over 50 staff members.

Citizens of the World stakeholders, we know your parents only want the best educational experience for their children. We want that for every child. In your mission statement, you state your goal is to provide a learning environment “that develops each individual student’s confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world in which we live.” However, should the aspirations for your students be achieved at the expense of our students’ opportunities to learn unimpeded by the callous decisions of adults? Please reconsider co-location at our dear Palms Elementary. Our students AND your students deserve better. Sincerely, Concerned Parents at Palms Elementary School Please support us by signing our petitions on Facebook: Save Palms Elementary School

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L e t t e r s school, I see the residents of Westchester avoiding contact with Westchester high school students. I know that locals only see us as delinquents from minority backgrounds and think that, as a whole, we are up to no good. I appreciate The Argonaut writing an article about something positive at the high school. Through articles like these, residents of Westchester, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista can learn more about the good things happening at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets. We’re Scholars, Hopefully they will begin Not Delinquents to see that the school is full Re: “Swinging for Success,” of ambitious and brilliant Cover Story, Feb. 16 young scholars. As a senior at Westchester I would love to see more Enriched Sciences Magnets and articles featuring the hard work the school’s Associated Student happening at our school and Body president, I am writing to thank you for your recent article also at Orville Wright Middle School. Maybe these articles about our school’s baseball could help to increase local program making a comeback. support for these schools. During my high school career Ryann Hirt and as a representative of my WESM Class of ’17 school, I have seen that neighborhood support of Westchester Loose Dogs Spell Danger on Enriched Sciences Magnets has the Westchester Bluffs declined significantly. Local I am a Westchester resident residents are no longer sending who, along with others years ago, their students to attend school helped preserve the bluffs. It is here. Every day when I leave

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VOL 47, NO 11 Local News & Culture

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VENICE STORIES Photo by Mia Duncans

Hungry for Help Venice activist is refusing to eat until Google provides food and toilets for the homeless ................................... 6

Lost Cat: $20,000 Reward Bentley disappeared from an apartment in Marina del Rey . ...................................... 7

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Old-School Justice

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Saving Sparky How a stolen dog made it back home to Playa del Rey . ................................... 12

This Big Dig is Almost Done The 24/7 dredging operation in Marina del Rey Harbor is about to wrap . .................. 10

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Sorrow’s Blessings A first-time playwright makes peace with death in a story ‘bristling with life’ ............. 15

FOOD & DRINK Aloha, Poke! ‘Top Chef’

Venice Art Crawl + Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk ...................................... 28

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WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS

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Expert says Santa Monica’s support for the undocumented has some holes in it .......... 8

Islands Murder Arrest

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Brooke Williamson brings Hawaiian street food to Playa Vista ..... 17

Eric Kufs has played big shows but still digs busking .............................. 31

SANTA MONICA LIFE Stars of Tom orrow Samohi musicians play alongside Michael McDonald and Weird Al Yankovic ............ 32

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By John Seeley A homeless man who has been sleeping on the sidewalk behind Google’s headquarters in Venice has gone on a hunger strike to call for the delivery of basic necessities to Venice’s homeless population, and he wants Google to help pay for it. During a Monday press conference in front of the company’s office on Main Street, longtime homeless rights activist David Busch said Venice-based tech giants such as Google and Snapchat need to “step up and do their share” for their destitute neighbors. Busch’s asks — he rejects calling them “demands” — include two safety-monitored portable toilets to serve the perennial homeless encampments on Third Avenue and Hampton Drive as well as a commercial food preparation facility that non-profits could use to prepare and distribute meals. A Sunday evening meal program run by Occupy Venice activists has recently downsized due to Los Angeles County Health Department food safety requirements and lack of access to a commercial-grade kitchen. Bathroom access has long been an issue near the beach, where public bathrooms are shuttered for nighttime curfews. L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who could not be reached for comment, said last year that he will pursue funding to keep beach bathrooms open at night and monitored by city staff. Back in November, a mobile bathing trailer operated by San Francisco nonprofit Lava Mae began providing local homeless people with hygiene kits and weekly access to showers on Third and Rose avenues. Google’s charitable arm, Google.org, funded Lava Mae’s expansion into Venice and downtown Los Angeles. The company also provides funding and volunteers for Venice-based homeless services nonprofit Safe Place for Youth, and local Google personnel regularly participate in committee meetings for Venice Forward — a social services collaborative convened by Bonin with the goal

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Homeless activist David Busch continues his fast outside Google HQ after Monday’s press conference of ending homeless in Venice. Snapchat, among other charitable efforts, is currently bankrolling Safe Place for Youth’s volunteer program as well as a web development training program for low-income or homeless women at St. Joseph Center, where a Snapchat employee sits on the board of directors. So why are Busch and his supporters calling for Google and Snapchat to do more? For one, because they can afford it. Google parent company Alphabet reported $19.5 billion in earnings this year, and Snapchat broke Westside tech startup records with a successful New York Stock Exchange IPO two weeks ago. “What’s being asked here is just a rounding error for them,” said Robin Rudisill, a Venice neighborhood activist who unsuccessfully challenged Bonin for his council seat in the March 7 city election. She adds that Google has already given big to

help the homeless in San Francisco, including $2 million in funding to reduce the wait list for supportive family housing and roll out a career prep program for homeless youth. Then there’s the Biblical mandate to “love thy neighbor,” invoked at the press conference as applicable to corporations by Rabbi Gabriel Botnick of Temple Mishkon Tephilo, a conservative synagogue just two blocks from the Google offices. Busch was arrested two years ago for blocking a city sanitation truck from seizing homeless people’s possessions on Venice Beach. He began his water-only fast on Feb. 28, the day after witnessing a confrontation between a homeless man and a security guard employed by a Google subcontractor. A Google employee speaking on background said that in addition to calling the LAPD, the company asked the security vendor to conduct a full and thorough (Continued on page 14)


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Missing Cat: $20,000 Reward Bentley, an 8-month-old male savannah cat, disappeared from an apartment in Marina del Rey on Feb. 26 By Joe Piasecki A Marina del Rey woman whose exotic hybrid cat escaped from her apartment on Marquesas Way is still looking for him — and still offering a $20,000 reward for his safe return. Bentley, an 8-month-old savannah (a cross between a domesticated cat and a wild African serval cat), went missing on Feb. 26. He has long legs, big ears, deep brown eyes and small black spots. The size of the reward for Bentley’s safe return has attracted national media attention, prompting some people to join the search in the hope of a five-figure payday. Bentley’s owner spoke to The Argonaut on condition of anonymity, explaining that she wishes to avoid negative public attention and keep people focused on the safe return of her cat. She had initially posted a $5,000 reward (the same amount she paid for Bentley), but quadrupled it to $20,000 to make sure that Bentley’s safe return would be much more profitable than selling him to someone else.

Mischievous and resourceful, Bentley appears to have broken out of the apartment by figuring out how to work the door handle, his owner said

“I upped the price to eliminate the possibility of someone stealing him,” she said. “It’s not about the money. I just want my cat back.” Bentley’s owner has set up cat traps in the area and at one point even ordered a bloodhound search. She was working with a pet detective agency but lost confidence in them, she said. For a housecat, Bentley is pretty resourceful. Bentley’s owner said he had previously taken an interest in the front door handle, and she believes he used his weight to push the door handle down and open the door while she was away. “It’s the talk of the community,” said Marina del Rey resident Kevin Smith as he was out riding bikes with his son last Thursday. “That’s a really expensive cat. I think everyone is looking for it.” Anyone who finds Bentley is asked to call (310) 299-7905. Staff writer Gary Walker contributed to this story.

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Not Quite a Sanctuary City Expert says Santa Monica’s declaration of support for the undocumented has some holes in it By Beige Luciano-Adams A recent city resolution expressing support for diversity and outlining (non-) cooperation with federal immigration authorities sounds potent: Another act of resistance from this progressive enclave within a progressive enclave. But, like Los Angeles, Santa Monica stops short of declaring Sanctuary City status — even as political pressure builds for a more forceful rebuke of plans to escalate deportations and enlist local police officers to help. President Trump has vowed to cut federal funding to states and cities that give him agita, but some experts suggest the issue could be more about political blowback for ambitious local leaders than financial deprivation of their constituents. Sanctuary City status detractors, meanwhile, point to the term’s lack of legal clarity and consistent meaning. Just this week, the “Sanctuary” bill by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), which would prohibit communication with federal immigration authorities, cleared a major hurdle in the Legislature despite strong opposition from Sheriff’s departments. And don’t forget the little guy: On Monday, the Malibu City Council cast a divisive vote (3-2) in favor of Sanctuary City status. How does Santa Monica’s Feb. 28 resolution stack up? “Overall, this would not be seen as one of the more progressive statements,” said USC Law School professor Niels Frenzen, director of the USC Immigration Clinic. The Santa Monica resolution prohibits the use of city resources to “investigate, question, detect, apprehend, detain or register” individuals who may be in violation of civil provisions of federal immigration law, which Frenzen says “seems to have some teeth to it.”

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But he expects confusion about other sections of the resolution will deepen after California adopts its new response to federal immigration enforcement. The city’s resolution vows not to use resources in support of federal programs requiring “unlawful or unconstitutional” registration or detention on the basis of religious affiliation, race, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual identity or orientation — or to share any collected data that contains this information. “The way I read that,” said Frenzen, “is if it’s lawful to share information — including information about immigration status — it would seem this resolution would say that’s fine.” Another provision appears to prohibit a 287G Agreement, in which the federal government can deputize local police to enforce federal immigration laws, but Frenzen says it isn’t clear whether Santa Monica would refuse to share data with the Dept. of Homeland Security in the absence of such an agreement.

Before Trump was even sworn in, SMPD reaffirmed commitment to its well-established policy of not enforcing immigration violations. But Chicago seems to be making more functional use of its Sanctuary City status by minimizing cooperation with the feds and refusing to allow ICE into local jails. “Some local jurisdictions are going much further,” Frenzen said. Whether that will mean anything “in the real world,” he admits, is another matter.

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Santa Monica is once again the finish line for the L.A. Marathon, so look out for closures of San Vicente Boulevard and Ocean Avenue on Sunday. Find all your race day info, including a helpful map, at smgov.net/lamarathon.

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limbo as they try to guess the intentions of elusive new owner RedCar Properties Ltd. Corey Grayhorse, manager of dnj Gallery, described a rude awakening in which the development company toured prospective tenants through the space. “They started saying, ‘We can tear this wall down, move the kitchen, put office spaces here.’ I listened. After showing the back storage room I asked, ‘What do you think you’re doing with the space?’ She said, ‘We’re turning it into offices.’” RedCar’s rep denied this was the case, calling it a “mistake,” and they eventually emailed the gallery owner affirming there is nothing wrong with their present lease, Grayhorse said. But “it was highly awkward,” he said. “We’re just paying rent and staying quiet until something else happens.” Hiromi Katayama, whose handmade paper store Hiromi Paper Inc. has been at Bergamot for 18 years, recently left to set up shop in Culver City near the foot of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. “Our rent was raised 40%,” Katayama said, adding the hike came out of nowhere. “Since the sale we have no information from the new owner, no introduction, no conversation – we just got the bill for January, with rent already going up. That, to me, is like an insult. We are not interested in working with those people.”

Bring History to Life

The beachfront estate that William Randolph Hearst built for actress Marion Davies, now the Annenberg Community Beach House, was once home to a Roaring ’20s glitterati party scene. Now the city is looking for docents to “bring history to life” at the Marion Davies Guest House. Training for volunteers happens at the Santa Monica Conservancy from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 22, April 29 and May 6. Sign up via info@ smconservancy.org.

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Marina del Rey Murder Suspect Caught Victim was shot to death in 2015 outside Islands Restaurant More than a year after a 27-year-old man was shot to death in the parking lot of Islands Restaurant on Washington Boulevard in Marina del Rey, authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Gregory Allen Harte, 29, in Carson on Feb. 15 on suspicion of killing Christopher Rothschild Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2015. Harte is being charged with one count of murder with a gun enhancement, said Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. He was arraigned at the Airport Courthouse in Westchester on Feb. 17 and is being held on $3 million bail. Harte’s next court appearance is set for April 3. Investigators had been looking at several suspects, including Harte,

before they were able to make an arrest. “This was a very difficult case for us,” Mendoza said. “There were several witnesses who we interviewed and a lot of leads that we had to follow before we were able to arrest the suspect. Our investigators worked tenaciously on this case for over a year.” Cleveland, 27, was found dead outside the restaurant at approximately 3:40 a.m. with a single gunshot wound in the torso. A group of bystanders had attempted to give Cleveland CPR before calling the police. Mendoza said his detectives are still searching for others who may have been involved in the shooting. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call detectives at (213) 890-5500. — Gary Walker

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This Big Dig is Almost Done Dredging operation has excavated some 400,000 cubic yards of sand below the standard specification, is a massive sand trap — a previously excavated hole designed to collect sand and prevent it from traveling further into the harbor. More than 250,000 cubic yards of sand will be removed from this location alone. The dredge runs 24/7, unless sea conditions prevent it. The grab dumps the captured sand onto a scow, which is flat-bottomed, like a barge. The scow holds about 1,500 cubic yards of material, and makes, on average, four runs a The clamshell dredge in Marina del Rey harbor, operating 24/7 since day to Dockweiler State Beach to deposit December, is guided by sonar images of the sea floor the material about 100 yards off-shore. sea floor. Once the area in its range is The J.E. McAmis company of Chico, “The deposit sites are pinpointed by done, the dredge spuds are raised and the Calif., is the contractor undertaking the GPS,” explained Greg Fuderer of the dredge is repositioned. work, and the massive clamshell dredge Army Corps of Engineers, “and are The constraints of the project preclude it designed to re-nourish the beach.” and associated scow at the north side of from cleaning the entirety of the harbor. the harbor’s entrance belong to them. Currents gently redistribute the Instead, a priority list is generated to target sand over time. The USACE calls this It is heavy, methodical work. The specific areas where sediment accumulaclamshell dredge holds itself in position “beneficial use of waste materials.” tion is worst. The current effort foregoes via spuds (poles) instead of chains or Personally, I would stick with “re-nourthe south end of the harbor entrance, cables, which causes less interference ish.” It sounds a lot better, and it works with boat traffic. The crane arm positions which was dredged a few years back. for shampoo ads. The north side of the harbor’s entrance is the grab (scoop), and it methodically a key location for regular dredging. Not makes its way along the area to be Martin L. Jacobs is on Twitter cleared via charts and sonar images of the far from the end of the jetty, at a depth far as @ML_Jacobs_Venice. Photo by Martin L. Jacobs

By Martin L. Jacobs You could do a lot with 400,000 cubic yards of sand, like sculpt a sandcastle bigger than Disney Hall or freshen 18 million kitty toilets. That much sand is also enough to impede the draft of marine vessels passing in and out of Marina del Rey Harbor, thus the current dredging operation at the harbor’s mouth. Seasonal currents move the sand, which doesn’t have the common sense to know where it’s not wanted. Oblivious to the constructs of man, sand continually drifts in, making the channel shallower. Periodic dredging ensures an established depth of 20 feet MLLW (nautical speak for “mean lower low water,” the average depth of lowest tide) is maintained. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned and is managing the dredging project, which began last year and is expected to wrap up as early as Monday, March 20, weather conditions permitting. The L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors has been coordinating the agencies involved, tracking progress and warning boaters to use extra vigilance while work is underway.

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Sparky How a stolen dog made it back home to Playa del Rey Story by Gary Walker · Photos by Maria Martin For three weeks, Playa del Rey resident Robert Arbogast was beside himself. Burglars stole his truck and about $100,000 worth of gold coins and watches from his home last month, but they also took his best friend: a very friendly black-and-white Boston terrier named Sparky. But thanks to Arbogast’s own tireless search efforts, an outpouring of assistance from friends and neighbors, some detective work by the LAPD’s Pacific Division and the emergence of a Good Samaritan, Sparky is now safe at home again. Sparky’s March 6 homecoming was extra special, said Arbogast, because it coincided with Sparky’s third birthday. “I am so thankful to have my boy back in my life,” he said. Arbogast’s ordeal began on Feb. 15 after he returned home from a business meeting in the San Fernando Valley. Renovations are being done on his home, and he had temporarily taken off the deadbolt above the handle on his front door. “When I came home all the doors where open. Everything was tossed around. But the first thing I thought about was ‘Where’s Sparky?’” recalled Arbogast, a consumer fraud attorney. Frantic, he called the Pacific Division station and was surprised when Capt. Robert Long, who happened to be on patrol near Playa del Rey, came to his home after hearing the radio call about the burglary. PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT March 16, 2017

“I was really grateful that he came out,” Arbogast said. LAPD Det. Robyn Salazar, a Pacific Division burglary investigator, says burglars rarely steal dogs.

ever see his best friend again. “I didn’t know what else to do. I didn’t want to think about anything bad happening to him. The house was empty without Sparky,” Arbogast said. “I had

“A lot of people were looking for Sparky, but Mr. Arbogast really did this on his own.” — LAPD Det. Robyn Salazar

“I am so thankful to have my boy back in my life.” — Robert Arbogast “This was an unusual case. We listed Sparky as stolen and dedicated some of our patrol units to look for him,” she said. Arbogast’s neighbors also sprang into action, helping him place flyers with Sparky’s image and the promise of a $1,000 reward as far east as Inglewood. They also advised him to join the social networking site NextDoor and post photos of Sparky there as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Arbogast even contacted famed animal communicator / pet psychic Joan Ranquet, who agreed to a consult. Sparky had been Arbogast’s constant companion since his divorce four years ago, and at times he wasn’t sure he’d

been on pins and needles for weeks.” On March 3 police got a break in the case when they located Arbogast’s truck in South Los Angeles. Arbogast posted more fliers of Sparky throughout the area, hoping that someone had seen his beloved friend. Three days later, a call came in from a man who identified himself as Mario and had recognized Sparky from all those lost dog posters. “He said, ‘I have your dog,’” Arbogast recalled. Arbogast and a brother who was visiting raced to Broadway and Manchester Avenue, where Mario was waiting with Sparky. “As soon as he saw me, he ran to me

and jumped right into my arms,” Arbogast said. Mario told Arbogast that he had seen Sparky with a homeless man and “bought” him for $100, knowing the dog’s rightful owner was searching for him. Salazar gives Arbogast all the credit for bringing Sparky home. “He did it on his own. A lot of people were looking for Sparky, but Mr. Arbogast really did this on his own,” she said. Sparky is now something of a local celebrity. On March 9, Sparky and Arbogast visited Pacific Division Station, where a group of officers dressed in black and white in Sparky’s honor, took pictures with Sparky and gave Arbogast a basket of dog treats. Salazar also declared Sparky the station’s “unofficial” mascot. After the homecoming, Sparky’s veterinarian examined the pup and gave him a clean bill of health. “He looked very good. He seemed to be in good spirits,” said Marie Bertman, chief of staff at Banfield Pet Hospital of Culver City. For Salazar, the story continues. She said police have developed some solid leads since recovering the truck. “I’m pretty confident that we’ll be able to identify at least one of the suspects,” she said. Arbogast remains thankful for Salazar, her colleagues and his community for their assistance during what he described as among the worst weeks of his life. “It was a horrible thing to go through,” he said, “but it was a beautiful ending.” gary@argonautnews.com


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Sorrow’s Blessings Playwright and actress Ngozi Anyanwu makes peace with death in a play that’s ‘bristling with life’ By Christina Campodonico “What do you think it’s like before you die?” asks MJ, the male lead in the new play “Good Grief,” now making its debut run at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. He imagines it could feel like kissing and crapping all at once: a cathartic moment between ecstasy and sweet release. That’s a strange thought for someone so young — twentysomething and still living at home — to contemplate. But for the play’s 34-year-old author and lead actress Ngozi Anyanwu, that’s not too early to ponder death or the mournful emotions that arise in its wake. With “Good Grief,” Anyanwu not only stars and makes her playwriting debut, she also explores how grief takes shape in the life of her autobiographical alter ego Nkechi — a first-generation NigerianAmerican med school dropout — after her best friend MJ dies in a car crash. The premise hits close to home for Anyanwu, whose childhood friend Matthew, upon whom the play is based, also died in a traffic accident.

“He probably was the first person who made me really think about what it is that I think about deeply — the person that you call at two o’clock in the morning, when you’re super asleep, who wanted to

my office, writing and crying,” says Anyanwu of the creative process. “It kind of was a poem at first, and then I worked on it with classmates and it turned out to be a play at the end of year.”

“I think her journey is very much about understanding that you don’t have to be strong all the time. You don’t have to be this sort of impenetrable wall.” — Ngozi Anyanwu talk to you and talk to you about big, deep stuff,” she recalls, “… and probably the first person who artistically got me.” Around the tenth anniversary of Matthew’s death, Anyanwu channeled his memory into her writing while studying for an MFA in acting at UC San Diego. “I think my classmates were kind of worried about me, because I spent the majority of the time sitting in the dark, in

That play caught the attention of Center Theatre Group after Anyanwu submitted “Good Grief” for its inaugural Humanitas / Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize last year. She won the $5,000 prize for un-produced plays written by Southern Californiabased writers and the opportunity for “Good Grief” to be presented in a staged reading.

“I thought her voice was incandescent,” says Center Theatre Group Literary Manager and “Good Grief” dramaturg Joy Meads, who also sat on the Humanitas Prize’s selection committee. “The humor and that open-hearted nature of the play, it was just bristling with life.” Anyanwu’s writing stood out so much from the pack of 234 submissions that Center Theatre Group decided to mount a full-fledged production of the play with Anyanwu as the lead. First-time playwrights don’t normally star in their own work, but “Good Grief” director Patricia McGregor says Anyanwu emerged as the obvious choice for the leading role early in the development process. “I think when we did the reading for the Humanitas award, it was just so clear that not only is Ngozi a very strong writer, but the way in which the resonance of the piece flows through her is undeniable,” says McGregor. “I think everyone was pretty clear that it would (Continued on page 16)

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Rey to Westchester, where they recently bought a home. The So, then, they were friends first? couple often eats dinner at local “Sort of,” says Roberts. spots such as Ayara Thai Cuisine, “… ish,” adds Williamson. “We Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar, didn’t love each other at first.” ASAP Phorage, Caffe Pinguini Today, they wouldn’t have and Alejo’s. things any other way. As they The first restaurant Williamson stand side by side in the kitchen and Roberts opened together was plating a Yellowfin Tuna poke Amuse Café, which launched in bowl, or sit together talking 2003 on Main Street near Abbot about their passion projects, their Kinney Boulevard. After it working relationship works. closed, they opened Beechwood “It’s the only way we know in 2005 on Washington Bouleeach other,” says Williamson. vard, but eventually decided to “It’s nice to not have to explain part ways with their partner. your day to someone who Then, eight years ago, they hit doesn’t understand.” their stride with Hudson House “Or, at the same time, explain in Redondo Beach. The Tripel your day and they do underand Playa Provisions followed. stand,” Roberts says. Tripli-Kit, currently tucked Both Williamson and Roberts behind The Tripel, sells knives, are beach lovers. It’s why they aprons, dishes, cookbooks and picked seaside communities for other of the couple’s favorite all of their restaurants. Roberts items. Williamson’s mom is a surfs. They both love the ocean. potter, and Tripli-Kit sells her “It feels very comfortable on butter bells, berry bowls and this side of town,” says William- olive dishes. son. “It feels like a different city.” “We share with the public When the couple first met, stuff they can’t get on Amazon,” Williamson lived in Hollywood says Williamson. and Roberts resided in Redondo When Williamson’s not in the Beach. The two moved in kitchen at one of her four together in Venice, then moved eateries, she’s traveling — usufrom Mar Vista to Marina del ally for TV, which is something

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she has a lot of fun doing, much to her surprise. “I don’t see myself as competitive,” says Williamson. Roberts is quick to counter: “I disagree. She’s competitive.” And maybe he’s right. In 2012-13, Williamson was runner up in Season 10 of the Food Network’s “Top Chef” competition. Her much-anticipated return for Season 14 paid off big on March 2, with Williamson claiming the “Top Chef” crown by dazzling judges with warm oyster, charred octopus, braised pork belly and flan. With so much to do for a team of only two, it would appear that Williamson and Roberts have enough on their plate. No so, even if they dial down the pace of life now and again. “We’re never settled,” says Williamson. “We have new ideas, even if we’re not ready to take the next step.” “We used to push a lot harder,” says Roberts. “Now we take our time and make the right decisions.” A version of this story also appears in the current issue of Playa Vista Direct. See more at playavistadirect.com.


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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases CraftsMan in VeniCe

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Offered at $2,975,000 Linda Light, Coldwell Banker 310-963-7010

Offered at $409,000 Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia, Coldwell Banker 310-780-0864 and 310-913-8112

“This gorgeous three-bed, two-remodeled-bath, walk street Craftsman boasts an enclosed sun porch, and a formal dining room with original built-ins,” says agent Debra Berman. “The kitchen offers a breakfast area, stainless steel appliances, and a wine cellar in the basement. The home has dual zoned HVAC and a three-car garage. The top floor offers a huge sundeck with a staircase to the enclosed front garden. The attached, single-bed, single-bath, loft rental unit features wooden floors and tons of light.”

“This one-bed, one-and-a-half-bath condo is located in the popular Villas del Rey complex in Playa del Rey,” says agent Jane St. John. “The condo offers an open living and dining area with a fireplace and sliding doors to the large private balcony. The kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, cream counter tops, dark cabinets, and a stackable washer and dryer. The resort-like complex provides a pool, spa, tennis courts, and poolside rec room, as well as two tandem parking spaces in the secure parking area. Low HOA dues.”

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

“This chic two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath penthouse provides dramatic views in the full-service Cove,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The large open floor-plan features African wenge wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows in all rooms. The sumptuous master suite offers limestone walls, a deep soaking Agape tub, and a custom walk-in closet. Included are a home automation system, audio system, motorized blinds, two balconies, fireplace, a laundry room, a large storage unit, and side-by-side parking.”

“Located in desirable Playa del Rey, this light and bright Silicon beach condo captivates you with its abundant natural light and spacious floor plan,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “Warm up by the fireside in the over-sized living room. Bask in the sun on the outdoor patio with new outdoor flooring. The like new en-suite bath offers a sit down vanity and a private shower/tub combo. Additional features offered include an enclosed garage, an extra closet for storage, and a sparkling pool.”

“This architectural three-story duplex is on one of the best walk streets in Venice,” says agent Linda Light. “Two three-bed, two-bath units are offered, in addition to downstairs office or studio space. Top floor unit is spacious w/high ceiling, fireplace, open living area, washer/dryer, and fabulous private rooftop deck. The second unit has open floor plan, two balconies, and a washer and dryer. The lower studio or office has French doors that open to outdoor garden area. Four car gated parking is offered.”

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

Are You GettinG the home tAx DeDuctions You’re entitleD to? owninG A home cAn pAY off At tAx time — pArt 2 of 2 — Continued from previous week —

Property Tax Deduction You can deduct on Schedule A the real estate property taxes you pay. If you have a mortgage with an escrow account, the amount of real estate property taxes you paid shows up on your annual escrow statement. If you bought a house this year, check your HUD-1 settlement statement to see if you paid any property taxes when you closed the purchase of your house. Those taxes are deductible on Schedule A, too. Vacation Home Tax Deductions The rules on tax deductions for vacation homes are complicated. Do yourself a favor and keep good records about how and when you use your vacation home. If you’re the only one using your vacation home (you don’t rent it out for more than 14 days a year), you deduct mortgage interest and real estate taxes on Schedule A. Rent your vacation home out for more than 14 days and use it yourself fewer than 15 days (or 10% of total rental days,

whichever is greater), and it’s treated like a rental property. Your expenses are deducted on Schedule E. Rent your home for part of the year and use it yourself for more than the greater of 14 days or 10% of the days you rent it and you have to keep track of income, expenses, and allocate them based on how often you used and how often you rented the house. Homebuyer Tax Credit This isn’t a deduction, but it’s important to keep track of if you claimed it in 2008. There were federal first-time homebuyer tax credits in 2008, 2009, and 2010. If you claimed the homebuyer tax credit for a purchase made after April 8, 2008, and before Jan. 1, 2009, you must repay 1/15th of the credit over 15 years, with no interest. The IRS has a tool you can use to help figure out what you owe each year until it’s paid off. Or if the home stops being your main home, you may need to add the remaining unpaid credit amount to your income tax on your next tax return.

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Generally, you don’t have to pay back the credit if you bought your home in 2009, 2010, or early 2011. The exception: You have to repay the full credit amount if you sold your house or stopped using it as primary residence within 36 months of the purchase date. Then you must repay it with your tax return for the year the home stopped being your principal residence. The repayment rules are less rigorous for uniformed service members, Foreign Service workers, and intelligence community workers who got sent on extended duty at least 50 miles from their principal residence. Energy-Efficiency Upgrades The Nonbusiness Energy Tax Credit lets you claim a credit for installing energyefficient home systems. Tax credits are especially valuable because they let you offset what you owe the IRS dollar for dollar, in this case, for up to 10% of the amount you spent on certain upgrades. The credit carries a lifetime cap of $500 (less for some products), so if you’ve used it in years past, you’ll have to subtract prior

tax credits from that $500 limit. Lucky for you, there’s no cap on how much you’ll save on utility bills thanks to your energyefficiency upgrades. Among the upgrades that might qualify for the credit: · Biomass stoves · Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning · Insulation · Roofs (metal and asphalt) · Water heaters (non-solar) · Windows, doors, and skylights File IRS Form 5695 with your return. This article provides general information about tax laws and consequences, but shouldn’t be relied upon as tax or legal advice applicable to particular transactions or circumstances. Consult a tax professional for such advice; tax laws may vary by jurisdiction. THis wEEk’s qUEsTion was answErED by

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of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Gerald Norman Friedman. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on: March 3, 2017. Argonaut published March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious

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The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Gesuina Paras. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 3, 2017 Argonaut published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).

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FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 060349 The following persons is (are) doing business as Robles Yacht Maintenance 9408 San Gabriel Ave. South Gate, CA. 90280 Eva C. Robles 9408 San Gabriel Ave. South Gate, CA. 90280 This business is conducted by a married couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Eva C. Robles Partner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 9, 20117 Argonaut published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 042510 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Odesk Solutions 12610 Braddock Dr. #203 Los Angles, CA. 90066 Ana Patterson 12610 Braddock Dr. #203 Los Angeles CA. 90066 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 02/017 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant ANA PATTERSON OWNER Owner Argonaut published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five

years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 064514 The following person is doing business as: Juice.Uticals 10777 Rose Ave. suite #9 Los Angeles, CA. 90034 Registered owners: Gisselle Gordon 10777 Rose Ave. #9 Los Angeles, CA. 90034. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: Gisselle Gordon. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 16, 2017. Argonaut published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FIcTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 043004 The following person is doing business as 1) Treeline Artists 13802 Northwest Passage #203 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 Christopher Cate 13802 Northwest Passage #203 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by an individual. 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. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: CHRISTOPHER CATE Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2017 Argonaut published: Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code

SUPERIOR cOURT OFcALIFORNIA cOUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. SS027041 This statement was filed March 6, 2017, with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles 1725 Main St Santa Monica, CA. 90401 Petition of Leah Raquel Goldstein to Leah Raquel Carwell ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Leah R. Goldstein a filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: 5/5/17. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.K Room Annex The address of the court is Superior Court of California, 1725 Main St Main St. Santa Monica, CA. 90401 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week each week for four consecutive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Argonaut Newspaper. Date: March 6, 2017 By Order of the Presiding Judge, Gerald Rosenberg PUBLISHED: Argonaut March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017

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 18, 2017 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. 2016002546, Conditional Use Permit No. RPPL2016004845 Project Location: 4700 Admiralty Way within the Playa del Rey Zoned District CEQA Categorical Exemption: Class 1 – Existing Facilities Project Description: The Applicant, Mainland 4 LP, is requesting a conditional use permit for the sale of full-line of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption at a restaurant located in an existing tenant space at the Waterside Shopping Center pursuant to section(s) 22.56.040 and 22.56.195 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) 626-0434, 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, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. 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) 974-6488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD) with at least 3 business days’ notice. Si necesita más información por favor llame al (213) 974-6466. 3/16/17 CNS-2986077# THE ARGONAUT


legal advertising FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 047104 The following person is doing business as 1) A Studio Named Desire 1818 Stoner Ave. Apt. 108 Los Angeles, CA. 90025. Hector Torres 1818 Stoner Ave. Apt 108 Los Angeles, CA. 90025. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above 02/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name HECTOR TORRES: This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2017 Argonaut published: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 026850 The following persons are doing business as: 1) Makers Source 8517 Pershing Dr. #4 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293. Registered owners: RD Travers Enterprises 8517 Pershing Dr. #4 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293 This business is conducted by a a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/Name: RD TRAVERS ENTERPRISES LLC Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 1, 2017 . Argonaut published: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 045520 The following person is doing business as:Integrative Academic Consultancy 8160 Manitoba St. unit 304 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293 Registered owner Gwen M. Part 8160 Manitoba St. suite 304 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 11/2016. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: GWEN M PART OWNER This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2017 Argonaut published: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 030407 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Wepackitall 2745 Huntington Dr. Duarte CA. 91010-2302 Bershtel Enterprises LLC 2745 Huntington Dr. Duarte, CA. 91010-2302 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 12/2006. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matte pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Bershtel

Enterprise LLC. This statement was filed with the county on Feb. 6, 2017. Argonaut published :March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 038344 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Heartsease Productions 8634 Falmouth Ave. #8 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293 Angela Zappella 8634 Falmouth Ave. #8 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 02/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant ANGELA ZAPPELLA Argonaut published: Feb. 23 March 2, 9, 16, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 039208 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Premiere Dental Group 4560 Admiralty Way suite 250 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. Helen Sanderson DDS INC 4560 Admiralty Way suite 250 Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 05/2003 declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). HELEN SANDERSON DDS INC. This statement was filed with the county on Feb. 15, 2017 Argonaut published: Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 049082 The following person is doing business as: 1) Caregiver Connector LA, 2) Caregiver Connector 8664 Falmouth Ave. #20, Playa del Rey, CA 90293, County of Los Angeles Registered owner: Cheryl N. Vega, 8664 Falmouth Ave. #20, Playa del Rey, CA 90293. California. This business is conducted by an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Cheryl N Vega. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2017. Argonaut published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2017. 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Born Jesterday I’m a 27-year-old guy, and I’m not very funny. I know women like a guy with a sense of humor, so I was interested in these “Flirt Cards” with funny messages that I saw on Kickstarter. You write your number on the back and give the card to a woman you’d like to meet. Good idea or bad for breaking the ice? — Single Dude Using a pre-printed card to hit on the ladies makes a powerful statement: “I’m looking for a kind woman to nurse me back to masculinity.” Asking a woman out isn’t just a way to get a date; it’s a form of display. Consider that women look for men to show courage. (The courage to unwrap a pack of cards doesn’t count.) And mutely handing a woman some other guy’s humor on a card is actually worse than using no humor at all — save for extenuating circumstances, like if it were the Middle Ages and you’d had your tongue

cut out for unseemly behavior with the earl’s livestock (again). Consider evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller’s “mating mind” hypothesis: the notion that “our minds evolved not just as survival machines, but as courtship machines.” Miller explains that the mind acts as a “fitness indicator,” a sort of advertising agency for a person’s genetic quality (among other things). Humor is a reliable (hard-to-fake) sign of genetic quality, reflecting high intelligence, creative problem-solving ability and a lack of mutations that would handicap brain function. But it isn’t just any old humor that women find attractive. Any guy can memorize a joke. Accordingly, in a study of the pickup lines men use on women, psychologists Christopher Bale and Rory Morrison “distinguish wit (spontaneous jokes that fit the context exactly, are genuinely funny, and require intelligence) from mere humor (the pre-planned jokes and one-liners which … do not demonstrate intelli-

gence).” Anthropologist Gil Greengross, who studies humor and laughter from an evolutionary perspective, suggests that even a guy who’s lame at humor should at least take a run at being funny: “The risk of not even trying to make women laugh may result in losing a mating opportunity.” I disagree — though only in part. If you’re unfunny, trying to force the funny is like bragging, “Hey! I’m low in social intelligence!” However, you shouldn’t let being unfunny stop you from hitting on a woman. What you can do is be spontaneously and courageously genuine. Just put yourself out there, say hello to her and acknowledge and even laugh at any awkwardness on your part. This isn’t to say men should give up entirely on using pre-printed notes. Save them for special occasions —like when your message to a woman is something along the lines of “Stay calm and put all the money in the bag.”

Meet Joe Blacklist My girlfriend’s father is a famous actor, and I’m on my way up. I worry that if things go wrong in our relationship, he could put a big kibosh on my career. I guess because of this, I find myself putting up with more stuff than I might normally. I wonder whether our relationship will suffer because of my secret worries about her dad. — Marked Man There’s doing the right thing, and then there’s doing the right thing for the right reasons. Ideally, you refrain from shoplifting because it’s wrong to steal, not because they show videos of shoplifters on the news sometimes and your nose always looks so big on security camera footage.

It turns out that there are two fundamental motivations for all lifeforms, from microbes to men. They are “approach” (going toward good, helpful, survival-promoting things) and “avoidance” (moving away from bad, dangerous, deadly things). Research by social psychologist Shelly Gable suggests that romantic relationships are happier when they’re driven by approach rather than avoidance motives. So, say your girlfriend asks that you put food-encrusted plates in the dishwasher instead of leaving them out for the archeologists to find. An approach motivation means doing as she asks because you’re striving for a positive outcome — like making her

feel loved — instead of trying to avoid a negative one, like having your fate in showbiz patterned after that first guy in a horror movie who gets curious about the weird growling in the basement. The research suggests that you can happy up your relationship by reframing why you do things — shifting to an “I just wanna make her happy” motivation. To do that, set aside your career fears and just try to be fair — to both of you. The relationship may fizzle out. Even so, if you don’t do anything horrible to daddy’s little girl, there’ll be no reason for him to see to it that you look back on a lifetime of iconic roles — like “White Guy With Umbrella” and “Bystander #5.”

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave., Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. Alkon’s latest book is “Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*ck.” She blogs at advicegoddess.com and podcasts at blogtalkradio.com. March 16, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 27


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Thursday, March 16 STEAM Robotics Workshop Series, 4 p.m. Kids can design three different kinds of robots in this four-part series offered by LA Makerspace. Ages 7+. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Inaugural Punk Film Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Presented by Venice Media District, the inaugural Punk Film Festival screens rare footage of 1970s Venice, a hotbed for the punk scene, featuring Venice filmmakers and artists. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $5 to $10 suggested donation. venicechamber.net Venice Art Crawl: “This is Venice,” 6 to 10 p.m. Highlighting what makes Venice unique through art, culture and entertainment, this celebration takes place on a 1.5-mile stretch of Venice Boulevard from Speedway to Oakwood Avenue. Experience pop-up galleries featuring paintings, installations, performances, sculptures, live painting and music along the route. Free. veniceartcrawl.com Serving Up Comedy, 7 p.m. Featuring a new lineup of standup comics each week, the main show is followed by an open mic at 8:30 p.m. at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover; suggested charity donation. (310) 823-5451; servingupcomedy.com Sofar Sounds: Santa Monica, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Santa Monica. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com

Friday, March 17 L.A. Social Karma Monthly Bootcamp, 10 a.m. Designed for local business owners, this month’s workshop focuses on utilizing Instagram. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Ocean Swim Preparation, 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The ocean is challenging even in the best conditions. Don’t show up to the beach unprepared. Start training in the pool to improve technique and establish a base. Classes through March 24. Culver City Municipal Plunge, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. First class free; membership prices vary. (310) 390-5700; swim.net John York, 8 p.m. York’s American roots music continues in the Byrds tradition, with a rich emotional voice and favoring the 12-string guitar. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com St. Monica Opera Gala Benefit Concert, 8 p.m. This evening of arias and overtures conducted by Maestro Anthony R. Parnther includes works such as “The Barber of Seville,” “L’elisir d’Amore,” “Rigoletto,”

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Singer-songwriter Amy Rieckelman lends a soundtrack to a night of storytelling about overcoming personal setbacks. SEE SUNDAY, MARCH 19. “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Eugene Onegin” and “La Boheme.” Concert proceeds support St. Monica Catholic Community’s efforts for the Visitation Maternity and Children’s Health Center in Kenya. Post-concert hors d’oeuvres and desserts hosted by Urth Caffé. St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $50. stmonica.net/Africa Sammy Miller and The Congregation, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Playing brassy, stomp-your-feet-and-dance music with the raw, uplifting vibe of a New Orleans street parade, Sammy Miller and the Congregation bring their “Great Awakening” tour to the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $20. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com Sinatra Opera Workshop: “The Old Maid and the Thief,” 8 p.m. Originally written for radio performance, Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act comic opera exposes the gossips and secrets of a seemingly quiet town. Murphy Recital Hall, LMU, 1955 Ignatian Circle, Westchester. Free. (310) 338-2389; cal.lmu.ed Hedgehog Swing, 8 p.m. Live gypsy jazz followed at 10 p.m. by DJ Jedi spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, house, indie and electronic in The Del Monte. DJ Doomz at 10 p.m. in Townhouse bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Growing Perfect Tomatoes, 8 a.m. Learn how to grow delicious and juicy tomatoes. Armstrong Garden Center, 3226 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 829-6766; armstronggarden.com Ladies Car Care 101, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Grease Girl” Kristin Cline, a classic car enthusiast and hobby mechanic, helps other women feel confident around cars. She teaches about routine checks for tires, fluids and belts and how to know what your car needs when something goes wrong. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $5. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org “Some Like It Hot” Ladies of the Elks Spring Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m. Guests can enjoy a sizzling afternoon of shopping, cocktails and lunch with raffle baskets and door prizes. Vendor showcase begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch at noon. Fashion show from 1 to 3 p.m. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. $40. (310) 821-3005 Zumba, 11 a.m. to noon. Zumba is dance fitness set to international music with Latin rhythms. Make new friends, move to high energy and party yourself into shape. All levels welcome. Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 430-0577; schatz11.zumba.com Hands on History Workshop: History of Girl Scouts, 11 a.m. to noon. Girls can celebrate Women’s History Month and explore the Girl Scouts by learning how the organization got its start and grew to be one of the nation’s premier women’s organizations. After a lesson in the galleries, participants will create a tissue paper “campfire” to take home.

Ages 5 to 11. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org Materials and Movement Studio, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A hybrid between a dance and art studio with a space to dance your drawings and draw your dances, Materials and Movement utilizes prompts, props, text and images to generate movement phrases. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 458-2239; smgov.net/camera 11th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk, noon to 5 p.m. 60 artists open up their studios for ceramic demonstrations, theater and art workshops, while live music and food trucks abound. Santa Monica Airport, 3223 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica. Free. smgov.net/airportartwalk 2017 Les Storrs Regatta, 1 p.m. Hosted by the South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club, this regatta in honor of Commodore Les Storrs invites all PHRF, one-design, cruisers and ORCA boats. Registration closes at 9 a.m. on Saturday. SCCYC, Fisherman’s Village, 13723 Fiji Way, #BU5, Marina del Rey. $25 to $45. regattanetwork. com/event/14099#_home Peace Corps Info Session, 1 p.m. Discover the toughest job you’ll ever love. Attendees learn about Peace Corps’ graduate programs, career advantages and how you can make a difference. The event includes photos highlighting the work of a volunteer, tips on the application and a Q&A session. Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by the band Friends. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Bookmaking with Peggy Hasegawa, 3:30 p.m. Origami artist and book-

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Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The original Prohibition Era speakeasy (beneath Townhouse) hosts a party benefiting Venice Arts. Enjoy whiskey tastings, appetizers and desserts from local restaurants, a silent auction, a raffle and surprises. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $30 to $40. (310) 392-0846; townhousespeakeasy-2017.eventbrite.com

Visit the Museum of Flying during the Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk and try to stump artist Mike Machat, who says he can draw any airplane from memory. SEE SATURDAY, MARCH 18. Sofar Sounds: Venice, 7:45 to 10 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com Tommy Keene and Ivan Julian, 8 p.m. Pop songwriter Tommy Keene and pioneer punk guitarist Ivan Julian join forces for a dynamite acoustic double bill. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

Sunday, March 19 Music by the Sea, 1 to 4 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a salsa concert by the Susie Hansen Latin Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 6 p.m. Performances by Almost Vaudeville (1 to 4 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (4 to 6 p.m.) precede the Screenwriting Tribe workshop Meetup group at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com

Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com “blind spot,” 8:30 p.m. Combining autobiography, butoh and contemporary dance, Christopher Jette and Michael Sakamoto explore intercultural identity and the need to follow one’s nature. Reflecting a passion for history, social justice and pop culture, Sakamoto traces personal episodes as an Asian-American, post-WWII political events, America’s fraught relationship with Asia, and contempo-

maker Peggy Hasegawa teaches about the history of books and how to make one step by step. The process connects children to math, geometry, listening, sequencing, manual dexterity, inspiration and creativity. All ages. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org

Sammy Miller and the Congregation bring jazz history to life with a rousing theatrical show. SEE SATURDAY, MARCH 18.

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Monday, March 20 6th Annual Spring Into Kindness, 11 a.m. to 2:22 p.m. Creator, producer and humanitarian Spring de Haviland celebrates the beginning of spring just north of the Santa Monica Pier. In years past Haviland has handed out carnations to beachgoers. This year a surprise furry friend accompanies her procession as part of her campaign for kindness and Paw It ‘Fore’ward Program. Meet at the Santa Monica Pier Merry Go Round. Activist Support Circle, 6 to 8 p.m. The Activist Support Circle is an ongoing and open support group for

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nursery rhymes and songs, followed by a chance for toddlers (18 months to 3 years) to make new friends and share stories, songs and playtime. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; colapublib.org

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Art for Art’s Sake: “Harlequino: On to Freedom” @ The Actors’ Gang In this musical play written and directed by Tim Robbins (“Mystic River,” “The Shawshank Redemption”), a band of rogue actors battle with a Commedia dell’Arte expert for the soul of the Italian theatrical form. Opens Thursday, March 16, and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and at 9 p.m. Fridays through May 6 at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $30 to $34.99; pay what you can on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264; theactorsgang.com

Grief and Mourning: “The Rose Tattoo” @ Barnelle Theatre LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts presents Tennessee Williams’ haunting 1951 play about a Louisiana widow who withdraws from the world after her husband’s death and expects her young daughter to do the same. Opens Friday, March 17, and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 25 at Barnelle Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $10 to $15. cal.lmu.edu

Turning Point: “The Gun” @ Ruskin Group Theatre When a struggling actor finds a gun in a New York City alleyway, it forever changes his life and those of his two best friends. Opens Saturdays and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 30 at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com Boy Meets World: “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” @ Morgan-Wixson Theatre In this whirlwind musical adventure for kids, Stanley Lambchop, an average 10-year-old boy, wakes up one morning flat as a Photo by Shari Barrett

Whale of a Tale: “Big Fish” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players present this Broadway-style musical based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton. When Will Bloom learns that he has a son on the way and that his father Edward’s health is in decline, he becomes determined to get the “true” story of his father’s life. The one problem: Edward is known for telling outlandish tales. Opens Friday, March 17, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 22 at the Westchester Playhouse,

8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

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pancake. He scours the globe for a solution to his peculiar problem and is stamped and postmarked from Hollywood to Honolulu along the way. Opens Saturday and continues at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 2 at Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $12. (310) 828-7519; morganwixson.org A Little Pick-Me-Up: SHINE presents “Comeback” @ Santa Monica Playhouse This month’s SHINE Storytelling session is about picking yourself up when you’re down and is hosted by actor-writercomedian Alan Aymie, with live music by singer-songwriter Amy Rieckelman. One performance only: 7 p.m. Sunday at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. storeyproductions.com Woman Warrior: “The Heidi Chronicles” @ The Actors’ Gang The Actors’ Gang reads from Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a lifelong career woman who grows up from a brainy teenager in the 1960s into a fierce feminist in the ’70s and a single mom in the ’80s.

One performance only: 7 p.m. Monday at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Free. (310) 8384264; theactorsgang.com Taking Charge: “It’s Time” @ Pacific Resident Theatre This autobiographical oneman show by writer and performer Paul Linke (“CHiPs”) follows a young man as he navigates youth and ultimately finds success. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through April 16 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 705½ Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. (310) 822-1629; pacificresidenttheatre.com Bearing Witness: “Voices of Survivors” @ Santa Monica High School Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and Santa Monica High School’s theatre department team up to present an evening of original student theatre based on the life stories of four Holocaust survivors. One performance only: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Santa Monica High School’s Humanities Center, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to $10 suggested donation. lamoth. ticketleap.com


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Songs from the Street Smooth-grooving troubadour Eric Kufs plays a free show at the Santa Monica Farmers Market By Bliss Bowen You can observe a lot from behind a microphone on the street, a vantage Eric Kufs occupies regularly. Passersby singing favorite songs, rating overhyped bistros, silently proclaiming identity via T-shirt slogans … and if you’re lucky, they’ll break stride long enough to hear you. Kufs, who self-identifies as “#streetsinger” in social media hashtags, was a road dog for almost 20 years, singing and playing guitar with his high school folk-rock band Common Rotation. Farmers market gigs like the one he’s playing in Santa Monica on Sunday don’t possess the cachet of Common Rotation’s concerts with They Might Be Giants and Indigo Girls, or of shows at nightclubs like the Hotel Café, where Kufs will celebrate the release of his solo EP, “Sense and Nonsense in Psychology, Part One,” on April 14. Yet street performing has developed skills that turn audience ears his way. “For seven years I played Third Street Promenade pretty much for a living when I wasn’t on tour,” he observes. “Instead of coming home and working at Starbucks or something, I’d play on the street for four to six hours a day for five to six days a week. I do really well at these farmers markets because I’ve played on the street for that long, I have a repertoire, I play a number of different genres, and I have chops that I don’t think I had before I spent that much time playing.” Kufs grew up on Long Island, where his dad schooled him in “old R&B and soul”: Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Motown, Van Morrison. Those influences are evident whether he’s performing his own Morrison-esque “Same War,” delivering Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” as a mellow-grooving love song, or investing Webb Pierce’s “There Stands the Glass” with the smooth warmth that’s his vocal signature. He estimates he has almost 500

Common Rotation alum Eric Kufs is about to release a soulful new album

songs in his repertoire, including unexpectedly rearranged recent pop hits as well as material from “Sense and Nonsense” and his 2013 soul album “The Long.” “I really do enjoy playing live in front of people,” he says. “As much as there’s some societal or industry stigma [about] singing on the street with a tip jar, to be honest, I make a decent living playing music, and I’m completely grateful for that. If I was dressed up as a clown singing children’s songs, it might be different.” Thoughtful and self-deprecating, Kufs projects an amiable presence onstage. For almost 20 years he recorded and toured extensively with Common Rotation, which eventually relocated to Los Angeles (where actor bandmate Adam Busch achieved fame as Warren in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). As Kufs played solo more, he was able to indulge his R&B

inclinations and “see what my voice could do.” Now living in Eagle Rock, he says he recorded a “Woody Guthrie-like” album post-9/11 that remains unreleased. He took a break from politics and social protest during Obama’s presidency, but recent gig announcements on his Facebook and Instagram accounts have been interspersed with postings of new songs like “Making America Great Again” and “Fake News”: “I tell ya that news is fake/ At least that’s what I’m hearing from all the people who say I’m great/ Well up is down and black is white/ A smile’s a frown, day is night/ It’s true … everything you read is fake news.” “It’s almost so absurd that I can’t even write a serious song about it,” Kufs says with a laugh. “What’s happening? Alternative facts? Reality is in question,

and we’re living in a post-fact society? I don’t understand.” He’s carefully respectful of differing opinions but doesn’t shy away from substantive conversation. What he does try to circumvent is selfies. No matter how much the “paradigm of the culture” has shifted for independent artists, room needs to be maintained for mystery; he prefers to establish any relationship with fans through music. “Writing a song and recording it and putting it on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter fits me better,” he explains. “I made something. You want to look at my face? Look at my face singing the song. The whole selfie thing, I’m not comfortable with it.” He pokes fun at himself for sounding “like I’m Taylor Swift,” then turns serious: “By recording the moments you’re living in, you’re taking time out of the moment to document the moment for people who are disembodied individuals in the ether [laughs], in order to validate your existence with their likes or their views.” He sounds decidedly more romantic on “Sense and Nonsense,” which he’ll promote with a full band at Hotel Café. (He hopes to release a second EP by June.) And he plans to keep playing the solo street gigs that give him independence. “I do worry about how long I can continue doing it,” he admits. “I have friends who are like, ‘You don’t have to get a job! You don’t have to do something you don’t particularly enjoy doing!’ I’m not the most spiritual guy, but that’s a blessing.” Eric Kufs plays a free show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at the Santa Monica Farmers Market in Heritage Square, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. Visit erickufs.com to hear songs from his new EP.

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March 27 is the deadline for local nonprofits to apply for Rotary Club of Santa Monica Community and Youth Grants. clubrunner.ca/ santamonica/ The Santa Monica Conservancy is looking for volunteer docents to help share the Roaring ’20s history of the Annenberg Beach House. smconservancy.org Samohi students present “Voices of Survivors,” an evening of original theatre based on the life stories of four Holocaust survivors, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. lamoth. ticketleap.com The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts Speed Networking from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Steve Little State Farm Insurance office on Pico Boulevard. smchamber.org

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(“How Do I Survive,” “Shake Me Wake Me”), with additional performances from Richard Page of Mr. Mister (“Broken Wings,” “Kyrie”), as well as noted parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic. Listening to such amazing sounds in the 80-year-old Art Deco theater, it would be easy to forget the high school setting — until a look on stage revealed a backing section of student musicians, keeping time with a coterie of pros. The Westside natives who make up the band Venice (including two cool dads of current Samohi students) lent support as the house

Take a free Zumba dance fitness class at Reed Park from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 16, or Saturday, March 18. schatz11. zumba.com Easter is coming, and the Santa Monica Jaycees will hold their annual Peter Rabbit Day — including an egg hunt, egg dyeing and sack races — on April 15 at Douglas Park. smjaycee.org


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Galleries and Museums “Art-Past-Present,” 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 16. This first installment of a monthly speaker series hosted by the Wende brings together contemporary artists Farrah Karapetian and Christopher Wyrick for a discussion about what it means to make art during a time of alternative truths. The Wende Museum, 5741 Buckingham Parkway, Ste. E, Culver City. RSVP to rsvp@wendemusem.org “Family Album,” opening reception 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18. In this retrospective of local fiber artist Pat Ahern’s collection of crocheted family portraits, each person is depicted in a candid moment, lending a timeless quality to the imagery. Through April 28. Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. Free. (310) 395-3880; theknittingtreela.com

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