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L e t t e r s Who’s Really Overboard? Re: “Man Overboard: Yacht club’s first black commodore resigns amid complaints of racism and assault …,” News, March 8 I have met Keith Mott many times at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club and observed his kindness and dedication to improving the club. I am glad that he is not  tolerating verbal and possible physical abuse. Your article points out his concern about binge drinking. Maybe it’s time for some members to stop going overboard on the drinking and slurring their words. Diane Gardner Marina del Rey Not NIMBY, but NIMFY Re: “Confessions of a Venice NIMBY,” Opinion, March 15 Would everyone please stop trivializing us by just dittoing the NIMBY label? We, the citizens of Los Angeles, have clearly expressed our concern for the homeless by voting to tax ourselves more than $3 billion to help. If your child loses his job or has other problems, you might

convert your garage or build a small unit in the back, but never in your front yard. And even for your own blood, you wouldn’t splurge $340,000 for a beachfront view. You’d want to help them now and give them something to strive for — some reason to change their life for the better. All we are asking is for politicians to spend our tax dollars like it’s real money. Yes In My Back Yard, but Not In My Front Yard. Kris Dahlin Venice Keep Printing the Crossword It seems the crossword puzzle is only appearing every other week in The Argonaut, or am I the only one who has noticed? I like to sit quietly on a Thursday morning with a cup of coffee and attempt to complete the crossword. Don’t get me wrong — I love social media, but there is something quite peaceful about sitting with pen and paper. Please bring the crossword back on a weekly basis! Jacqueline Faridian Marina del Rey

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security guard separating the two men. Gunfire struck the victim multiple times, but he remains in stable condition. The confrontation started around 10 p.m., and by 4:30 p.m. the next day police had identified and arrested the alleged gunman: a 46-year-old who

said. A couple hours later they all met again, resulting in stare-downs and verbal taunts. “This leads to a final incident at 9:55 p.m. in which the suspects seek out the group with the victim and they meet at Windward and Pacific [avenues], where

“Don’t get baited into a fight, because you never know who you’re dealing with.” — LAPD Lt. Randy Goddard arrived from out of state about a year ago and had no criminal history or permanent address in California. The March 15 shooting on Windward also happened around 10 p.m., but under a different set of circumstances, Goddard explained. This time two groups went at it with a skateboard and — again — a semi-automatic handgun after a running beef that spanned about 12 hours. The “suspect group” and the “victim group” first came into contact around 10 a.m., when one group got offended by a look or something the other group

some words are exchanged and at one point one of the victims hits the suspect with a skateboard,” Goddard says. “The suspect pulls out a semi-automatic handgun and fires one round at the primary aggressor [the guy who swung the skateboard], but hits one of [the skateboard swinger’s] associates in the arm. Once that happened, the suspects jumped into the vehicle and fled the area.” As of this writing, detectives are “hot on some really good leads” thanks to video surveillance footage, says Goddard. Security cameras also helped

identify the March 7 shooter. What to make of all this? “If somebody is enticing you to fight, the right thing to do is call police. Don’t get baited into a fight, because you never know who you’re dealing with,” Goddard says.

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Unite Local 11 organized a March 8 picket outside The Ellison Suites to complain that tourists are replacing tenants By Gary Walker Bruce Kijewski can remember waking up to crashing waves and ocean breezes in his apartment on a quiet walk street in Venice in the late 1970s. He also remembers long-term tenants at The Ellison Suites before it became a short-term vacation rental three years ago. “I had neighbors for 20 years. Now I’ve got neighbors for 20 hours,” Kijewski said of changes in the building where he’s lived for 40 years, covered by the city’s rent stabilization ordinance. Of the 60 units at the Ellison, only 12 are now occupied by permanent residents — 10 of whom are organizing to fight what they allege are the landlord’s attempts to force them out, thus freeing up their units up for more lucrative short-term vacation rentals. “It used to be sort of paradise, and now it’s become a party hotel,” said Brian Averill, an Ellison tenant of 15 years. “It’s a disaster.” What’s happening at 15 Paloma Ave., a block from the beach, is all too common in Venice and throughout Los Angeles, affordable housing activists say. Unite Here Local 11, a labor union PAGE 8 THE ARGONAUT March 22, 2018

which represents hotel, restaurant and airport workers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, called attention to the issue by staging a picket in front of the Ellison on March 8, protesting its apparent conversion into an income-generating vacation rental property. “Our members are the most vulnerable

reached at his office. In 2001, then City Attorney James Hahn called Robbins “one of Los Angeles’ most notorious landlords” for repeated code violations, and a spokesman for the office confirmed convictions for multiple violations dating back to the 1990s. Rosario Perry, a Santa Monica attorney who has represented Robbins in

“I had neighbors for 20 years. Now I’ve got neighbors for 20 hours.” — Ellison Suites tenant Bruce Kijewski to the housing crisis. We see [vacation rental brokers such as] Airbnb as a direct threat to their ability to live near their workplaces, which are often in affluent neighborhoods, and have the same access to the resources in their neighborhoods,” said Unite Here Local 11 research analyst Danielle Wilson. The Ellison Suites’ website currently offers rooms for rent starting at $149 per night. Lance Robbins, a real estate attorney and owner of the Ellison, could not be

previous litigation, did not return calls. Mar Vista attorney Amanda Seward has represented two Ellison tenants who have won unlawful eviction cases against Robbins and is currently representing a third tenant. “I think he’s the worst landlord that I’ve encountered,” Seward said of Robbins. Housing advocates complain that the city isn’t doing enough to rein in landlords who illegally convert permanent rental housing into de facto hotel rooms, and that L.A. City Council members are

dragging their feet on approving new regulations initially proposed by Councilmen Mike Bonin and Herb Wesson in June 2015. “It’s been way too long, and there haven’t been enough prosecutions in the interim — especially considering the critical shortage of housing,” said Seward, a former member of the Venice Neighborhood Council. Wilson points to vacation rental ordinances in Santa Monica and West Hollywood as examples of proactive leadership on the issue. Kijewski, who has addressed the L.A. City Council and Venice Neighborhood Council about vacation rentals, argues the problem isn’t as complicated as the municipal legislative process is making it out to be. “We want them to enforce the law that’s on the books. You don’t need new legislation to do that,” he asserted. Averill said he plans to stay at the Ellison as long as he can. “I love Venice, so I’m just sort of digging in for the long haul,” he said.

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#Enough Local Students Demand Action to Prevent Mass Shootings By Gary Walker, Christina Campodonico and Joe Piasecki


he burgeoning student movement for the prevention of gun violence offers pundits and powerbrokers a few new stereotypes about teenagers: intelligent, motivated and capable. On March 14, Westside middle and high school students turned out enthusiastically and in large numbers for the National School Walkout — a youth-led effort to both honor victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and pressure elected leaders into revising the nation’s gun laws. On Saturday, local students will again take to the streets for March for Our Lives Los Angeles, a sister demonstration in solidarity with a Washington D.C. march planned by Parkland shooting survivors.

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“I’ve grown up seeing so many school shootings. I remember feeling that it’s awful and sad and horrible, but I also thought it was normal. When I saw these Parkland students saying ‘enough is enough,’ it inspired me. It dawned on me how complacent we’ve gotten about it,” said 19-year-old Santa Monica College student Jessica Flaum, one of many student organizers behind the L.A. demonstration. March for Our Lives Los Angeles speakers are expected to call for gun safety measures including universal background checks, a ban on bump stock attachments and a ban on public sale of the military-style assault rifles commonly used by mass shooters, including the

gunman who rampaged at Santa Monica College in June 2013. “The core of this movement is we feel there are answers. Gun violence is preventable. These are our lives at stake,” said Flaum. “And it is a movement. It’s not just about these rallies. At the march we’re registering people to vote. It’s not going away.” Students who walked out of class or led assemblies at Santa Monica, West L.A. and Culver City schools last week echoed Flaum’s clarity of purpose and resolve.


At Venice High, 14 student organizers and three teachers placed 17 empty desks on the school’s front lawn — one for each

person killed during the Parkland shooting. Each read a victim’s name and placed a flower on a desk. April Cuarenta, a senior, spoke for Parkland junior Helena Ramsay, who was shot to death while trying to protect a classmate. “I tried to put myself in her shoes. I really look up to her,” Cuarenta said. “I felt this deep connection to her not only because we’re both 17, but because she was so selfless.” Mya Gates, who spoke for 14-year-old Parkland victim Gina Montalto, took heart to see hundreds at her school join the walkout and take it seriously. “This really made me feel like I can be an important part of this community,” said Gates, also a senior.

1 New Roads seniors Chyna Ellis and Fleurette Modica co-organized the schoolwide walkout along Olympic Boulevard (Photo by Maria Martin) 2 WISH Charter Middle School students ended their assembly by standing in formation as a peace sign (Photo by Zsuzsi Steiner) 3 Faculty and administrators at New Roads threw their support behind the studentled walkout (Photo by Maria Martin) 4 Marina del Rey Middle School students gathered in the quad for 17 minutes of silence honoring the Parkland shooting victims

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5 WISH sixth-grader Hannah Benveniste shared a message of peace (Photo by Zsuzsi Steiner) 6 Culver City High School senior Carolyn Dodenhoff embraced friends at the conclusion of the campus assembly she co-organized

(Photo Courtnay Robbins) 7 A student at John Adams Middle School asked how many must die before adults take action (Photo by Mia Duncans) 7 St. Bernard High School students held a post-midterm prayer vigil in remembrance of mass shooting victims


7 “It was very empowering and it gave me a sense of hope,” added Cuarenta.

“Youth have always had an incredible power in social movements. We have to remember that if our voices are loud NEW ROADS SCHOOL enough people will listen,” she said. More than 400 students walked out of the “We’re disgusted. It’s horrifying that kids Santa Monica private school, accompanied are getting shot, and for me what’s even by staff as they marched along the more horrifying is not doing anything Olympic Boulevard median from Berkley about it.” Street to Nebraska Avenue, chanting and Head of School Luthern Williams said waving colorful signs in clear support of New Roads faculty and administrators gun law reform. Passing motorists honked were very supportive of the students’ horns in support, and workers at some of desire to participate in the National School the businesses along the route cheered or Walkout. even joined the march. “Embedded in our philosophy is developThey paused at 10 a.m. for a moment of ing the tools for social morals and political silence and returned to school shortly participation, and you can’t do that with before 11 a.m. textbooks. You have to do that by doing “I’m sick and tired of hearing about it,” Williams said. students just like me going through this. That could have been me,” student SANTA MONICA organizer Chyna Ellis, a senior, said of PUBLIC SCHOOLS Samohi student organizers opted to hold Parkland. “How many times do these a 17-minute demonstration on the campus shootings have to happen for [adults] to football field, reading short biographies of take some kind of action?” each Parkland victim and leading school“I feel like until some form of gun control legislation gets passed everyone’s wide chants such as “Never Again,” “Enough is Enough” and “We Stand with education is in jeopardy,” said student organizer Fleurette Modica, also a senior. Parkland against Guns.” “This is not and should not be a partisan “We want to keep this at the forefront of issue. No one left class at 10 a.m. as a everyone’s mind.” Democrat or Republican or conservative Modica said her classmates tend or liberal. We left because we’re scared. to feel this is a seminal moment for Because every day we go to school we their generation.

8 know something could happen,” said Will Sherman, one of about two dozen Samohi student organizers. “During school assemblies we look for escape routes. When a door opens quickly during class, we all turn our heads,” continued Sherman, founder of a new activism club on campus and president elect of the Santa Monica YMCA’s youth in government program. “We got over 1,000 kids on that field to stand up for something that affects all of us, because it’s not just the state or country but the world that’s watching.” Santa Monica middle and elementary school students participated in staff- and parent-supported assemblies. Students at John Adams Middle School gathered on the lawn to read short biographies of each Parkland victim, some of them carrying signs such as “How Many is Enough?” and “Books Not Bullets.” Students at Webster Elementary School gathered on their sports field in formation as a peace sign.


School administrators facilitated a voluntary student meeting in the school’s “Respect” handball court to discuss their feelings about school shootings, said magnet coordinator Peggy Lew. “Some of our third and fourth graders

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made very powerful statements about their concerns about gun violence,” Lew said. “Others talked about more personal stories, like the kind of violence they have seen on their streets. It was very important that they were allowed to voice their concerns.” Fifth-graders held classroom discussions about the history and impact of protest.


Students at the Catholic high school in Playa del Rey gathered for a post-midterms prayer vigil in their gymnasium, lighting candles for those killed by gun violence after a slideshow in memory of the 17 Parkland victims, said Shireen Ossanlo, the school’s director of development. “We did have one student who felt very passionate about walking out at 10 a.m. She walked out to the Mary garden and sat in silence for 17 minutes. We were very supportive and admired her courage to do what she felt she needed to,” Ossanlo said.


At 10 a.m., students carried handmade signs to the blacktop, where Principal Chelsie Murphy led a moment of silence for those killed in the Florida shooting. (Continued on page 12)

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1 John Adams Middle School students rallied behind a clear position on gun control (Photo by Mia Duncans) 2 Culver City High School student Ciara Page painted an orange ribbon on her cheek to show solidarity with Parkland students (Photo by Courtnay Robbins) 3 A student speaker rallied his peers at Culver City High School (Photo by Courtnay Robbins) 4 Culver City students signed a banner to show support for Parkland survivors (Photo by Courtnay Robbins) 5 New Roads students weren’t afraid to get political about gun control (Photo by Maria Martin)

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Students delivered prepared speeches on topics that included the importance of school safety and speaking out to keep campuses safe. The event culminated with students gathering in the shape of a peace sign and offering three cheers of “peace.”


Culver City High School seniors Carolyn Dodenhoff and Cecilia Ribordy were already planning a gun control demonstration when news broke March 1 that a classmate had been arrested for making a shooting threat, and that authorities had confiscated a gun in the student’s home. “It made us realize, like, ‘Wow, this is something that touches all of us,’” said Dodenhoff. “Really the threat just comes to show that we are not any safer than anyone else,” added Ribordy. PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT March 22, 2018

They began working with their school, Culver City Middle School, city officials and local police to organize a safe but still student-driven display of activism. And while dozens of parents wearing orange shirts emblazoned with the hashtag “Enough” greeted students on the football field Wednesday morning, their participation was more supportive, than helicopter-y. “We’re here to show the kids that we’re behind them,” said Culver City High School parent Dermot Wall, on his way to the field. “They’ve organized this. But they’re not alone. We’re here to help.” “It was all student-organized,” Assistant Principal Kelli Taryvd said. “I just did the administration.” Youth voices definitely did take center stage when high school and middle school students flooded the football field between the two campuses around 10 a.m., waving handmade protest signs and walking to the beat of the high school’s drumline. “Enough is enough” chanted students as they gathered around a stage at the center

of the field — 17 empty chairs, representing the 17 killed in the Parkland massacre, bordering one side of the stage. Over the next hour, 10 students from the two schools gave impassioned speeches to the energized crowd, leveling criticism at the NRA, Congress and President Donald Trump, as well as calling for gun reform. “As guns change, the law must change again,” said junior Liam Wall, Dermot Wall’s son. “There are those that say ‘Make America Great Again,’ I say it is time to make schools safe again. … [We need] gun legislation that puts Americans first, not the NRA.” “The right to bear arms does not mean the right to break hearts,” added middle schooler Alba Navas. High school teen Aliah Fabros also stirred the crowd with a passionate poem capturing the zeitgeist of this cultural moment: “… Lately our lungs have been burning for air / As our banners shout for what is fair / Schools are not your target / Students should not know what it’s like to be painted scarlet.”

Throughout their orations, student speakers not only voiced their outrage at the powers that be, but also reminded their peers — some as young as 11 or 12 — of the political power they hold. “We’ll cause a ripple of justice so large it will be too big for the textbooks. It is time for a revolution and we are the revolution,” said high schooler Ciara Page, who had painted an orange ribbon of solidarity for Parkland shooting victims on her cheek. “We’ll never be silenced.” “The fact that this movement today is led by kids — kids my kids’ age — it’s a moment of anger and hope mixed together,” said Culver City Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells. “Having teenagers myself, they have a great B.S. meter. They know when adults are just trying to pat them on the heads and tell them to go play. They ain’t playing.” March for Our Lives Los Angeles is on Saturday, March 24. There will be a rally at 9 a.m. at Pershing Square, followed by a march that culminates in a second rally at Grand Park, next to L.A. City Hall.

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By Carl Kozlowski As one of America’s premier storytellers, Lauren Weedman has shared very personal tales about life as an adopted child, dysfunctional families, the single life, marriage, divorce and single motherhood. She often inhabits multiple characters, she increasingly throws in song-anddance numbers, and she’s always funny. But as the longtime Santa Monica resident’s notoriety has grown with evermore popular stage shows and acting roles in “Will & Grace” and “Arrested Development,” Weedman sometimes feels the need to rein herself in on stage. That’s why her current string of bimonthly “All the Bad Words” shows at The Three Clubs in Hollywood, the latest of which debuts Saturday, is refreshing for her and exciting for her fans: The underground feel of the dive-bar-with-a-showroom encourages new avenues of exploration. “I was trying to do a show where I wouldn’t have to be gone as long, in regional theaters, because of my kid, who’s 8. This is a new show every time — all new songs every time — and my goal is to write three or four new songs every show, with Brady Harris on guitar while I play guitar and egg shaker,” says Weedman. “All the Bad Words” serves as preparation for her next big solo show, “Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” which debuts in Seattle this summer and builds off her acclaimed 2016 REDCAT show “Tammy/Lisa.” Weedman explored

her roots in that show, recounting her discovery that her biological parents originally wanted to name her Tammy Lisa and imagining how she’d fit into that name’s redneck-sounding image thanks to “my two divorces, Santa Monica rentcontrolled apartment and overbite.” Weedman’s increasing use of singing and playing guitar stems from her relationship with a musician who taught her the instrument after her second divorce. She notes that her musical abilities were first honed in high school theater, and the Seattle show will feature her playing a fictional fading country-western star. “It’s pretty freaking fun to play that I’m a rock ’n’ roll star, as I’m almost 50 and caught in midlife crisis, because music is the best. Put comedy and music together and it feels like a weekend at the beach,” says Weedman. “I’m writing about midlife crisis now, and reading lots of Jungian analysis of midlife, which means I’m a combination of Carl Jung and country music these days,” she continues. “I write about whatever’s going on with me, because I’m pretty self-absorbed in that and sharing whatever’s obsessing or haunting me. This is that time period where everything starts to fall apart. I can either push harder or take a breath and ask what the hell’s going on, how’s the next 20 years going to look? I’m ambitious, these things are waning, so the question is: ‘What the f*ck are you going to do?’” Weedman is pulled in two different directions these days, feeling the need to

be a solid stay-at-home mom to her son while bursting with creative energy and the need to express it. This fuels her frequent songwriting, as well as an active urge to paint in her garage — a hobby that is paying off with an exhibit she’ll feature at her Saturday show. The fact that her son can’t hang out at the bar during her Three of Clubs shows has proven to be liberating for Weedman, combined with the fact that she doesn’t tape or allow recording at the venue. As a result, she has a “go for it” attitude about the series, sharing tales and songs about her ex’s affair with their teenage babysitter and other revelations she’d be wary of expressing in a higher-profile setting. “I consider myself more of a theater artist than a storyteller even though I am about telling stories,” explains Weedman. “Doing experimental theater was a big influence on me. I definitely want the

Land of No Rules, not stuck to any one thing. “I’ve had this complicated relationship with Santa Monica because I’ve been here 15 years in the same apartment,” she adds. “There’s a vibe among people with rent-controlled apartments who have been here a long time. I used to joke they only have to work every five months, riding bikes around town in their 50s. Now it’s a big tech city, and I feel like an aging hippie artist still living here. But I’m here to play and I’ve still got my own show to pitch to TV. That’s the one thing I still need to do.” Lauren Weedman performs “All the Bad Words” at 9 p.m. Saturday, (March 24) at The Three Clubs, 1123 N. Vine St., Hollywood. Tickets are $20, with a two-drink minimum. Search Lauren Weedman at MArch 22, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13

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The Hot Club of LA revives the spirit of 1930s Paris in Culver City Jazz was born in the U.S.A., but in the early 1930s the liveliest scene in the world was in Paris. While nightlife here was stifled by Prohibition, French crowds flocked to hear electrifying performances that mixed swing and blues with European traditional music and classical ideas. At the forefront was a brilliant band called the Hot Club du France that blazed a trail for “gypsy jazz” full of melodic and collaborative improvisations. Gypsy jazz is rarely heard today — partly because it’s rare to find musicians with the skill and passion to play it — but it lives on every Monday night at The Cinema Bar in Culver City. That little watering hole has barely changed since it opened almost 70 years ago, and it’s a perfect setting for the band that calls itself The Hot Club of LA. Acoustic guitarists Josh Workman and Jake Bluenote, accordionist Carl Byron, bassist Paul Eckman and drummer Jim Doyle prove that you don’t need electric instruments to create an electric

The Hot Club of LA makes electric music with acoustic instruments atmosphere. The leads switch from instrument to instrument, melodies mutating and evolving as each piece goes on, and sometimes you can see from a player’s face or body language that they really didn’t expect what just happened. There’s an extraordinary finesse here, and to see this sort of performance in a small club for no cover is simply amazing. If you know this music you will be thrilled to hear it performed with such dexterity and emotion; if

you don’t know it, you should stop in and hear one of the world’s great musical traditions thriving under the radar in your own backyard. — Richard Foss The Hot Club of LA performs from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays at The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. No cover. Visit thecinemabar. com or for weekly gig info.

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1635 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 314-2229 We live in a world of linguistic mysteries, of products and businesses with foreign names that are sometimes meaningful, sometimes whimsical, sometimes gibberish. Häagen-Dazs, for example, doesn’t mean anything — a Brooklyn entrepreneur just thought it sounded exotic and vaguely Scandinavian. Wolfgang Puck named his restaurant Spago (Italian for “string”) because he liked the sound of the word. The popular Abbot Kinney Boulevard sushi bar Wabi Venice does, however, relate to a real Japanese concept. Wabi is a word for things that are subdued, austere and beautiful, like an ink brush painting or a Zen rock garden. Thus one might expect a subtle, minimalist décor with wide expanses of blank wall broken by exquisite small items. Which isn’t even close — though the décor is a feast for the eyes since a recent remodel. Patrons enter via a lively bar area with a free-form countertop, pass into a tranquil space filled with

plants and light, and finally come to the sushi bar with mirrors and incongruous Victorian floral wallpaper. Even if you decide to dine in the bar, as I did, it’s worth taking a stroll through the place just to admire the decorator’s art. The menu is as eclectic as the décor, with contemporary creations outnumbering tradi-

Sashi pioneered, which is fine because the food at that restaurant was hit-and-miss. But Wabi does use pickled chilies and Southeast Asian ingredients in a way that mirrors some of the more sensible offerings from that restaurant. We started with a Pablo Escobar Roll, reasoning that nothing says

We started with a Pablo Escobar Roll, reasoning that nothing says fine dining like a dish named after a Colombian drug lord. tional items. There are even a few items with no tether to Japanese tradition at all, like a ribeye steak and barbecued pork ribs, but in general the theme is Asian fusion. I was dining with someone who is an enthusiast for their modern sushi items, and as he had particular favorites I let him do most of the ordering. New chef Rain Pantana’s style has something to do with his Thai heritage and his time at Sashi, the Manhattan Beach restaurant that had an outsized influence during its brief existence. Wabi isn’t making outrageous dishes like the udon carbonara or the eel, foie gras and mango rolls that

fine dining like a dish named after a Colombian drug lord. The menu says this contains crawfish salad, avocado and tuna with truffle ponzu, and is topped with shaved fried leek. I assume there is no cocaine in there, but then again the menu doesn’t say anything about the microgreens or the seeded pickled Serrano chili. Whatever the ingredients, it’s a superb item and one I’d heartily recommend. Frying the leek adds a delightful texture and intensifies the flavor, and with the mild chili gives a great counterpoint to the seafood. The presentation is (Continued on page 16)

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Dine at Wabi Venice’s elegant bar or explore its artful interior is made in the Peruvian pisco style. While this is much higher in alcohol content than sake (45% alcohol rather than 15% to 20%), it is similar to some varieties of the Japanese liquor called shochu, a popular pairing with sushi. The distillation from Muscat grapes gives Frisco fruity overtones that are reminiscent of sugar cane based shochus, and it’s worth trying if you enjoy experimenting with

different flavor combinations. The rolls at Wabi Venice are generously sized but somewhat more expensive than you’d find at Japanese restaurants not occupying such pricey real estate. You’re paying for an upscale and esoteric experience in surroundings to match. There is a place for the minimalism, tradition and serenity implied by this restaurant’s name, but it isn’t Abbot Kinney Boulevard.


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The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A As a homeowner, I’m still unclear whether I’m going to be permitted to deduct the interest from my home equity loan on my tax returns? The new tax reform rules have caused much confusion, even amongst tax professionals — and I am NOT a tax professional, but as a Realtor®, do my best to stay informed and get the latest relevant information for my homeowner or buyer clients. The confusion regarding ability to deduct interest from home equity lines was created by the statute itself. Section 11043(a) of the Tax Laws and Jobs Act amends Section 163(h)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code by 1) disallowing home equity indebtedness interest, and 2) limiting deductibility of home acquisition indebtedness to $750,000 (this was previously $1,000,000). Within the statute, acquisition loans, meaning loans obtained to pay for the purchase price of your home, obtained prior to December 31, 2017 (or in escrow for a period around that time) were “grandfathered” in, meaning you would not be subject to the new, reduced, $750,000 limitation. However, there was no such “grandfather” provision as related to home equity loans. Similarly, while the new law protects even the refinanced acquisition loans that it has grandfathered in, it expressly excluded the refinancing of home equity lines from the same protection. This left everyone

wondering — are all home equity line interest payments now unavailable for any tax deductions? Well, the IRS recently issued a clarifying ruling (IR-2018-32), stating that regardless of how the loan is labelled, including home equity loans or lines of credit, if it represents acquisition cost of your qualified residence or was used for the improvement of that residence, interest is deductible, although total interest deductions taken are still capped at the $750,000 principal limit. If you used your home equity line to pay down credit card debt or take a vacation, you may not deduct the interest, but if you used it toward improving the home itself, you can, as long as it doesn’t take you over the new limits. Rememberalways consult a tax professional for information and applicability to your own circumstances. Meanwhile, here are the specific examples provided by the IRS for illustration: example 1: In January 2018, a taxpayer takes out a $450,000 mortgage to purchase a main home with a fair market value of $800,000. In February 2018, the taxpayer takes out a $250,000 home equity loan to put an addition on the main home. Both loans are secured by

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the main home and the total does not exceed the cost of the home. Because the total amount of both loans does not exceed $750,000, all of the interest paid on the loans is deductible. However, if the taxpayer used the home equity loan proceeds for personal expenses, such as paying off student loans and credit cards, then the interest on the home equity loan would not be deductible. example 2: In January 2018, a taxpayer takes out a $500,000 mortgage to purchase a main home. The loan is secured by the main home. In February 2018, the taxpayer takes out a $250,000 loan to purchase a vacation home. The loan is secured by the vacation home. Because the total amount of both mortgages does not exceed $750,000, all of the interest paid on both mortgages is deductible. However, if the taxpayer took out a $250,000 home equity loan on the main home to purchase the vacation home, then the interest on the home equity loan would not be deductible. example 3: In January 2018, a taxpayer takes out a $500,000 mortgage to purchase a main home. The loan is secured by the main home. In February 2018, the taxpayer takes out a $500,000

loan to purchase a vacation home. The loan is secured by the vacation home. Because the total amount of both mortgages exceeds $750,000, not all of the interest paid on the mortgages is deductible. A percentage of the total interest paid is deductible (see Publication 936).” I hope that helps. There are still many questions to be answered, and I will do my best to keep you informed as the IRS provides guidance. The best person to advise you is your licensed tax professional- this is new and complicated so don’t skimp on hiring professionals for this! This week’s quesTion was answered by

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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. Dates: 3/22/18, 3/29/18, 4/5/18, 4/12/18 IN THE DISTRIcT cOURT STATE OF NEW MEXIcO COUNTY OF EDDY PANHANDLE PROPERTIES, LLC, Plaintiff, v. D-503-CV-2018-118 THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF NINA B. PRITCHARD BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CLARENCE BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CARL RICHARD WULFSBERG, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF BETTY LU WULFSBERG, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THE ADVERSE TO THE ESTATE OF THE PLAINTIFF, Defendants. NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO, TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF NINA B. PRITCHARD BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CLARENCE BROWMAN, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF CARL RICHARD WULFSBERG, DECEASED, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF BETTY LU WULFSBERG, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS OF INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT ADVERSE TO THE ESTATE OF THE PLAINTIFF, GREETINGS: You, and each of you, are hereby notified that a civil action is now pending in the District Court of Eddy County, New Mexico, the same being numbered D-503-CV-2018-00118 on the docket of said Court, wherein Panhandle Properties, LLC is the Plaintiff and you, and each of you, are named as defendants therein; and that the general object of said action is to quiet title to real estate to the following real property, to-wit: A. An undivided 1/4 interest in and to all of the oil, gas and other minerals lying

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proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels, the USO, Culver-Palms YMCA summer camp and scholarships for Culver City High School seniors. Casa Sanchez Mexican Restaurant, 4500 S. Centinela Ave., Del Rey. $20 to $25. (310) 453-2314 West Coast Swing, 6:15 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and open dance. Beginner swing dance class starts at 6:15 p.m., followed by an intermediate at 7 p.m., an intermediate/advanced at 7:45 p.m. and open dancing with deejays at 8:30 p.m. $10 per class; $15 for class and open dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606; Santa Monica Democratic Club, 6:30 p.m. Hear from gubernatorial hopeful Michael Bracamontes, candidates for lieutenant governor Ed Hernandez and Eleni Kounalakis, and state Supt. of Public Instruction candidate Tony Thurmond during this monthly meeting. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free.

Friday. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents nightly screenings of critically acclaimed Francophone films from Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Canada, France and Belgium. All screenings preceded by a reception at 7 p.m. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $5. (310) 286-0553; Live Music Thursdays, 9 to 11 p.m. Discover new bands by the beach. A new blues, reggae, rock or hip-hop artist is featured each week after Thursday Night Football. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894;

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LMU’s 14th Annual Guitar Festival, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. This two-day festival features concerts, workshops and performances by young musicians. A masterclass by Russian classical guitarist Dimitri Illarionov kicks off the festival at 4 p.m. Friday; a performance by LMU guitar faculty member Martha Masters follows. Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Dr., Westchester. $15 to $65. (310) 338-5142;

West L.A. Hike, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A community of friendly people gathers each Thursday for one of five West L.A. Mole & Mezcal, 7 to 9:30 p.m. This routes. Check website for weekly Oaxacan-inspired evening with chef location. Criswell focuses on various hiking-group/events mezcal pairings. Cookdrop, 1046 French Language Cinema in Los Princeton Dr., Marina del Rey. $125. Angeles, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and (424) 289-8556;

four specialty beers, followed by an imperial stout float with French vanilla ice cream. Andrew’s Cheese Shop, 728 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $60. (310) 393-3308;

Watch Buster Keaton go to “College.” SEE FRIDAY, MARCH 23. Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed and enjoyable 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; toastedfridays SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056; Grilled Cheese & Beer Night, 7:30 to 10 p.m. A starter salad precedes four courses of grilled cheeses paired with

Burt Reynolds In-Person Double Feature, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. In “Gator,” Reynolds reprises his role as Gator McKlusky, who is blackmailed by federal agents to betray his friend and local crime czar Jerry Reed. “The End” features Reynolds as a man who uses his recently diagnosed terminal illness as a means to manipulate those closest to him. Reynolds discusses his films between the screenings. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $8 to $12. (310) 260-1528; Friday Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. With breathtaking views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this 2.5-hour cruise makes for a quick romantic getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $87.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; Chânnel the Sün Vices Party, 8 to 11 p.m. Explore the theme of vices with live soul by Lion Harp, a short film/art installation, a raffle and T-shirts. Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. $17.89. (310) 3922122; (Continued on page 29)

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Pearls of Wisdom:“Forgotten” @Odyssey Theatre Olivier Award-winning Irish thespian Pat Kinevane combines classic Irish storytelling with Japanese Kabuki to tell the stories of four fictional elderly people as they confront life and death in their nursing homes. Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 22 to 25), then again at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S.

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World Dance:“Speak: Tap & Kathak Unite” @ The Broad Stage Classical Indian dance and American tap meet in this program fusing styles from two different continents and traditions. Tap master and MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance teams with Leela Institute for the Arts founder Rina Mehta, Broadway performer Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Indian classical dance leader Rachna Nivas to explore rhythms of history, body and soul. Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 22, 23 and 24) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $50 to $95. (310) 4343200;

Tap and Kathak partner up at The Broad Stage Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $75. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; Love at First Sight:“Five Second Chances” @ Pacific Resident Theatre PRT’s co-op space welcomes this new play by Mattie Brickman about an Irishman’s heart — stirred when a young American woman visits his small town to close down her aunt’s bed and breakfast. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through April 8 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 suggested donation. (310) 822-8392;

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Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder: “50 Shades of Perfection” @ Santa Monica Playhouse How is it that people look so perfect online? Shortburst Theatre explores standards of beauty in the Instagram age on the same night that one of its members turns 50. One night only: 8 p.m. Friday (March 23) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 394-9779 ext. 1; Midnight in New York:“The Dorothy Parker Project” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Step back in time to legendary poet Dorothy Parker’s 1950s New

York salon as she and 15 of her actor friends regale you with short stories, poems and dramatizations. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 6 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25 to $30. (310) 822-8392; Shared Histories:“The New Colossus” @ The Actors’ Gang Tim Robbins directs this bold play about immigrant struggle and survival, based on true ancestral stories of The Actors’ Gang ensemble. Extended run: Shows continue at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 22, 23 and 24), then again at 8 p.m. each Saturday through May 12. The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $20 to $34.99. (310) 838-4264; The Making of an Assassin:“Alik” @ The Wende Museum Julio Vera’s play dramatizes the secret life and little-known marriage of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Soviet Russia, with the Wende’s collection of Cold War artifacts as a backdrop. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays

through March 30 at the Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. $18. Praise Be:“Sister Act” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players present this Allen Menken musical based on the famed Whoopi Goldberg-led film about a runaway who finds sisterhood and harmony in a Philadelphia convent. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 21 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25. (310) 645-5156; MRS Degree:“The School for Wives” @ City Garage City Garage remounts its acclaimed 2009 production of Moliere’s comic masterpiece about a rich merchant who believes he can train the perfect wife. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through April 1 at City Garage, Bergamot Station T1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25, or pay what you want at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939;

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tion for this man’s disappearance is probably textbook stuff — psych textbook, that is, and specifically a couple of personality traits. One of these is “conscientiousness.” And the bad side of the spectrum is being “low in conscientiousness” — psychologists’ term for a person who is careless, irresponsible, impulsive and lacking in self-control, and who habitually ducks his obligations (as if they were flaming arrows). The other trait is the unfortunately named “psychopathy.” Though it calls to mind showerstabbing hobbyists, it doesn’t necessarily lead to murderous rampages. Still, it isn’t exactly the personality trait of angelic hospice nurses, as it’s marked by exploitiveness, aggression, poor impulse control, selfcenteredness and a lack of empathy. Low conscientiousness and psychopathy partner up into an inability or unwillingness to admit to being wrong. Apolo-

gizing takes emotional strength and character strength — the conscientiousness and empathy that leave the wrongdoer feeling borderline queasy until they come clean and express remorse to the person they hurt. It isn’t just men who do the disappearo thing; it’s anyone low on conscientiousness. The problem is when love appears to be on the horizon, we want to believe more than we want to see. It’s helpful to take an almost pessimistic approach to any new relationship: Assume a man has flaws, figure out what they are, and decide whether any are deal breakers. This takes observing his behavior over time (at least a year) in a variety of situations, especially crisis situations. You want to know that when the chips are down, a man’ll have your back — and not just to use you as a human shield so the SWAT team snipers won’t pick him off.

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See and Be Sung An album co-written by wounded combat veterans lifts voices America needs to hear

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By Bliss Bowen There’s emotional logic in Mary Gauthier’s involvement with SongwritingWith:Soldiers (SWS), a nonprofit that pairs wounded combat veterans with professional songwriters: Throughout her career, she has been renowned for not shying away from anguish or the risk of intimate rejection in her search for blunt truth. Now, five years into helping armed services veterans musically unfold their stories, she has released “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” an album of songs mostly co-written with soldiers. Collectively, they create a sense of hope and renewal, reminding that music serves a valuable function in society. “I think we have the Civil War diaries of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Gauthier says. “We’ve got the voices of our veterans in these songs.” Songwriter Darden Smith co-founded SWS with Mary Judd five years ago after performing at a military medical center in Germany and having his “world shifted around” by a music-loving Iraq veteran, Marine Lt. Col. Fred Cale. The group has been building community around songwriting retreats ever since, with a stable of songwriters that includes Gauthier, whose songs have been recorded by country superstar Tim McGraw, soul/ blues diva Bettye LaVette and gospel shouter Mike Farris, among others. At each weekend retreat, four professional songwriters help six to 10 veterans turn their stories into songs. The secluded beauty of the physical environments is key to helping soldiers open up creatively and emotionally. As abuse and assault survivors can attest, something as mundane as the placement of a chair before an open door, or the unplanned roar of a passing car’s muffler, can become a trauma trigger. “These places are very, very safe, quiet, they’re in pastoral settings,” Gauthier says. “Chefs cook really good food. There’s a very comfortable sleeping quarters. I had a veteran with me this weekend [who] said he felt so safe because we were on top of a hill.” As Gauthier describes the tender process of listening to combat veterans and then helping translate their experiences into rhyming song form, it becomes clear that songwriting does not help the soldiers “heal”; rather, it helps them to feel heard — to feel still present and accounted for, if you will. It’s a vital distinction. “We would never call ourselves therapists, because we’re not,” she explains. “We don’t have the training or the license to be called therapists, but we are doing something that the veterans say is very helpful in their process; these songs help

Mary Gauthier’s “Rifles & Rosary Beads” features songs written in the round with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans them to articulate what they’ve been through. I think that’s real important. It sounds like we’re playing word games, but it matters a lot because there is a whole field called music therapy. We’re not doing that. We do have a therapist there on the team on the retreat in case someone goes into a state where they

trauma into art is transformational, and it does bring hope and it brings light into dark places. I think it is impactful in ways that just sitting and talking may not have. … These songs become useful to other veterans who are struggling to articulate what they’re going through.” Poignant and sometimes profound, the

Songwriting does not help the soldiers “heal”; rather, it helps them to feel heard — to feel still present and accounted for, if you will. It’s a vital distinction. need to have the counseling, but we’re not it. We’re doing songwriting.” Gauthier is a uniquely empathetic collaborator. From early albums like 1999’s “Drag Queens in Limousines” on through 2005’s widely acclaimed “Mercy Now” and 2014’s balm-like “Trouble & Love,” she has unflinchingly plumbed her conflicted experiences with adopted family, addiction, sexuality, alienation, and the struggle for integrity and balance. Songwriting, she often maintains, saved her life. “I’ve used songwriting all along as a way of articulating my own trauma and struggle and challenges; my own life has had its own highs and lows and it started out pretty rough. I think that transforming

songs Gauthier co-wrote with soldiers and military spouses on “Rifles & Rosary Beads” are mined with emotional depth charges, their potency magnified by the melodies’ hymn-like simplicity. The gimlet-eyed, sometimes gothic confessionalism of Gauthier’s solo work is opened wide by walking in the shoes of soldiers, from the survivor guilt of “Still on the Ride” to the post-trauma adjustments depicted in “Soldiering On” (“What saves you in the battle/ Can kill you at home”). “Iraq” gives forlorn voice to military women victimized by fellow soldiers, while “The War After the War” movingly shines light on loyal partners lost in the shadows of deployed spouses’ honor and pain, who now must navigate

their psychological “landmines in the living room and eggshells on the floor.” “Waitress asks me how I’m doing but I don’t know what to say I was thinking bout the battlefield the night I learned to pray Marchers wind their way down Main Street the crowd begins to cheer I feel my chest exploding as my eyes fill up with tears They thank me for my service and wave their little flags They genuflect on Sundays and yes, they’d send us back” — “Bullet Holes in the Sky” Smith, who’d previously done conflict resolution work through songwriting with gangs and homeless teenagers, says his goal for SWS was a unifying “collaboration model” enabling soldiers to “see me seeing them.” “The way I phrase it is ‘crossing over the imaginary divide.’ We believe that we are different from one another — in this context, civilians and military communities. As soon as we begin to remove that thinking, then it’s possible to find the commonality. Collaborative songwriting is a vehicle to make that happen.” He says the SWS catalogue holds over 400 songs; Gauthier’s is the first album to emerge from that, but Smith doubts it will be the last. Even though recording albums is not the point of SWS, he notes that “Rifles & Rosary Beads” is already expanding their community, and making more people aware of the program. He says a portion of Gauthier’s album sales is donated to SWS, and the participating soldiers were registered with ASCAP as co-writers so they receive publishing revenue. Apart from SWS, Gauthier recently signed a book deal and continues to give songwriting seminars with peers like Darrell Scott. A Louisiana native who makes her home in Nashville, she offers advice to students that echoes her one-onones with soldiers: Be vulnerable, avoid platitudes and “duct-taped happy endings,” and be brave enough to tell their own, real story.  “I really don’t think that escapist entertainment is the only use for the art. We forgot something that the ancients knew all along: that songs can help sing home people who can’t find their way,” she says. “This is going to the wound, like a fireman going to the fire, and bringing music to the site of the injury and singing the pain.” Mary Gauthier performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday (March 23) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Tickets are $26.50 at

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Buster Keaton’s “College” at Old Town Music Hall, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. In this 1927 comedy, Buster Keaton plays a bookish college student who tries to become an athlete to reconcile with his girlfriend. Every show begins with pipe organ music, an audience sing-a-long and a comedy short followed by a 15-minute intermission before the feature screens. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $8 to $10. (310) 322-2592; Shilo Kloko’s “Behind Shadows,” 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Shilo Kloko is an interdisciplinary performance team using puppetry, animation and the Japanese dance theatre form of Butoh to draw the audience into a meditational, entertaining and surreal world. Highways Performance Space & Gallery, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; 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;

Saturday, March 24 Inaugural Playa Vista Fun Run, 8 a.m. to noon. This is a family-friendly event intended to build community. Strollers permitted. Race begins at 9 a.m. The Pointe, 12812 W. Runway Road, Playa Vista. Free. Introduction to Yacht Racing, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This instructional seminar takes place aboard racing yachts, and the day ends with a race around the marina. Meeting location provided upon registration. $15; 18+. sbyrcla@ Explore the Ballona Wetlands, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Join the effort to restore native plants in our local wetlands. Closed-toe shoes required. Gloves and equipment provided. Park in the lot behind Alkali Water/Gordon’s Market, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey.

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All-Girl Car Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calling all girls to enjoy a day of beauty and bonding. Browse vintage cars, pinup girls, retro-burlesque and pole champions. Dress like the year of your car. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. Free to $10. (310) 909-0950; Ilene Cohen Puppet Theater, 10:30 a.m. Ilene Cohen entertains with her puppet, Woody, and his puppet friends with stories to tickle the funny bone. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; ages 3 to 7. (310) 559-2665; “A Stroll Down Memory Lane” Ladies of the Elks Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests enjoy an afternoon of shopping, cocktails and lunch with raffle baskets and door prizes. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. $40; reservations required. (310) 780-1393 or (310) 383-2428 “Connected Families: Robot Playtime,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring the family to play with robots and coding toys. Work together to complete challenges and see what sparks your imagination. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl. org Artists & Fleas, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Established to bring together emerging artists, indie designers and vintage enthusiasts in an alternative retail setting, Artists & Fleas provides a community gathering spot and hipster haven each second and fourth Saturday of the month. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. “How to Survive your Childhood Now that You’re an Adult” Book Discussion, noon. Ira Israel talks about

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how to clean up your past so that you can show up authentically for your present. Discover how to keep yourself at the high end of your happiness spectrum. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice. Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; Tacos & Beer with Lt. Governor Candidate Cameron Gharabiklou, noon to 2 p.m. Stop by for free tacos and beer or wine while mingling with community members and a candidate for lieutenant governor. The Gallery at Marco Place, 928 Marco Pl., Venice. Free; donations appreciated. facebook. com/CameronForCA

“An Intimate Evening of Chamber Music,” 4 p.m. The Culver City Chamber Orchestra performs works by Tchaikovsky and Schubert at Culver Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. $10 to $25. Dydine Umunyana: “Embracing Survival,” 7 to 8 p.m. Rwandan genocide survivor Umunyana discusses her book “Embracing Survival” and gives a personal account of the genocide, domestic violence and PTSD. The Lev, 1817 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free. venice

KJazz Champagne and Brunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. This two-hour harbor cruise for jazz lovers features live music, free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider and brunch buffet. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $68.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900;

Katalyst Jazz, 8 p.m. Inglewoodbased future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by a Dot Dot Dot dance party with DJ Canyon Cody spinning Latin, African, hip-hop and mashups at 9 p.m. DJ Shiva spins upstairs at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Open Mic for Musicians, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and crack a cold one. Open to all. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010;

Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at

Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B concert by Friends. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Blowin’ Smoke Revue, 9 p.m. Larry “Fuzzy” Knight and the 11-piece Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm & Blues band perform St. Louis-style rhythm and blues hotter than St. Louis BBQ. Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 395-1676;

Traveling Through Spain: the Music and Life of Isaac Albéniz, 3 p.m. Pianist Isaac Friedhoff and guitarist Jaxon Williams lead an immersive trip to Spain with evocative images of Spanish cities and anecdotes illuminating the life of Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

Sunday, March 25 Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, 8:30 a.m. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers join the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society the fourth Sunday of each month for a two- to three-hour walk exploring the lagoon and coastal region in search of 40 to 75 bird

species. A shorter walk for families follows at 10 a.m. Park near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, and meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the lot. Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to noon. Get ready for a heavy funk infusion and good vibes from Ocean Park Sound System during the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. Doga (That’s Dog Yoga), 10 a.m. to noon. Bond with your dog in this fun yoga class and learn massage techniques your dog will appreciate. Dogs must be vaccinated and on a leash. Bring your own mat and towel. Adopt & Shop, 4235 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. $15. AdoptNShop Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 7 p.m. Performances by Almost Vaudeville (1 to 4 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (4 to 6 p.m.) precede the Screenwriting Tribe workshop Meetup group at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; Women’s History Month at Santa Monica Airport, 2 p.m. A documentary about the first Women’s National Air Derby — featuring actual footage of the 1929 race from Santa Monica Airport to Cleveland, Ohio — screens at the Museum of Flying, 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $8 to $10. Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz funk concert by 2 Azz 1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; 7 Dudley Cinema, 7 p.m. Learn about the history of the black (Continued on page 31)

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It’s Santa Monica Art Weekend! Start the season with Bergamot Spring Fling or Santa Monica Airport Art Walk By Christina Campodonico Spring may just be waking up, but Santa Monica’s arts scene goes into full bloom this weekend when not one but two Santa Monica arts institutions kick off their spring art season. Bergamot Arts Center — formerly known as Bergamot Station, and now simply going by Bergamot — holds its annual Spring Fling open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. At the same time, various arts and cultural organizations at Santa Monica Airport participate in the Santa Monica Airport Art Walk from noon to 5 p.m. After a tumultuous winter that included a name change, an ownership change and the threat of rising rents, Bergamot is showing it’s alive and well with live music, a dance performance, pop-ups and food trucks zesting up its annual Spring Fling event on Saturday. Kybele Dance takes over Lois Lambert Gallery starting at 2 p.m., Rosegallery hosts a book and frame sale, and Lilla Bello sets up a succulent bar where you can customize your own potted plant. Food trucks are serving up Appalachianstyle barbecue, Thai street food, American beach cuisine and a mashup of Asian and

also Studio 106LA, which is doing some pretty experimental things with sound and visuals in their space. The Museum of Flying, just down the street (3100 Airport Ave.), features a collection of artifacts from the Douglas Aircraft Company, as well as an array of aircraft and replicas from the time of the Wright Brothers to the jet age. And Ruskin Group Theatre (3000 Airport Avenue) puts on excerpts from its signature L.A. Café Plays series. DUBLAB Radio’s DJ Slayron spins family-friendly beats throughout the day, and the lively Carmen Perez Memorial Marching Band brings a boisterous blend of jazz, Afro-funk, klezmer and New Orleans second line to this celebration of Spring has sprung at Santa Monica Art Studios arts, spring and creativity. Cajun cuisines. Meanwhile, Friends of the Street. Really get to know how art is made March may have been seized by a perpetual cold spell, but now it’s time to Venice Symphony Orchestra — a fiveby stepping inside the Santa Monica Arts piece component of the ensemble — pro- Studios’ converted airplane hangar (3026 get out there and explore. vide musical accompaniment for a portion Airport Ave.), where you can peek into of the afternoon. Expect the unexpected more than 60 artists’ studios or watch Bergamot’s Spring Fling is from noon to 4 from this group, whose larger ensemble ceramic art demos by Santa Monica City p.m. Saturday (March 24) at 2525 Michiplays Beck as well as Beethoven. College students. gan Ave. Visit The Santa Monica Airport Art Walk is Be sure to stop by quadriplegic abstract The Santa Monica Airport Art Walk is from showing off its full colors that same painter Tommy Hollenstein’s demo, where noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (March 24) along afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.) along Airport he’ll show you how he paints marvelous Airport Avenue, between Bundy Drive and Avenue between Bundy Drive and 23rd creations with his wheel chair. There’s 23rd Street. Visit

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11 a.m. Parkinson’s advocate Amy Carlson speaks about her personal experience living well with the disease. Beauty Bus Foundation, 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 1062, Santa Monica. Free. (310) 392-0900;

community in Venice through inspiring talks by Laddie Williams MC and Venice elders. Delve deep into a story that has long been suppressed. Mark Bravo gives closing remarks. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; “The House of Broken Angels” Discussion, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Luis Alberto Urrea reads and signs his new novel “The House of Broken Angels.” Diesel, 225 26th St., Ste 33, Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960; facebook. com/dieselbrentwood Elevating Under-loved food: A No Waste Dinner, 7 to 10 p.m. Chef Huntley See creates a dinner celebrating the produce and seafood that often gets left behind. Location provided upon purchase. $50. Sonic Sunday Sound Bath, 8 to 9:30 p.m. The sound healing journey includes light breath work with vocal toning leading into a live performance of healing sounds and frequencies tuned to a frequency found in nature and sacred geometry. KnockoutLA, 177 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Venice Symphony Orchestra Variety Show, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. With a repertoire that spans Beck, Beethoven,

Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330;

Artists reinterpret the Passover in “Crossing the Red Sea.” SEE GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS.

Culver City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. City Hall of Culver City, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Free.

Meatless in March Community Scavenger Hunt, through March 31. The Beach Boys, Brahms and more, the The City of Santa Monica spearheads a Venice Symphony Orchestra brings month-long scavenger hunt to their eclectic musical lineup to the encourage you to eat less meat, reduce Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, your carbon footprint and improve 52 Windward Ave., Venice. townhouyour health. Download the Chase app and join the “Meatless in March 2018” game to start hunting. Complete missions such as ordering Monday, March 26 vegan/vegetarian meals or volunteerSpring Break Day Camps, 9 a.m. to ing at community gardens. The more 2:30 p.m. March 26 to 30. Teens and points earned, the more chances to win young adults with autism spectrum prizes. Hunt ends March 31. 18+. disorder and other special needs can attend one of four unique day camps designed for their needs. The Help Tuesday, March 27 Group, 4160 Grand View Blvd., Mar Santa Monica City Council Meeting, Vista. $300 to $650. (310) 751-1486; 5:30 p.m. The council meets every other Tuesday at Santa Monica City Parkinson’s Disease 101, 10 to

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Hall, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica. The Deltaz, 8 p.m. The Deltaz bring blues, folk and country stylings to this month-long bar residency. Smoky Nights, Greg West and Feisty Heart also perform at The Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 390-1328; Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 to 10:45 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at Lacey Kay Cowden & Jim Smith, 9 p.m. A boot tapping, knee slapping good ole time with fine wine and moonshine. DJ West Novena spins upstairs at 10 p.m. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; The Brig Band Concert, 9 p.m. Every Tuesday enjoy Back of the Hand All-Stars at Surfside Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894;

Wednesday, March 28 Del Rey Neighborhood Council Community Services/Health and Wellness Committee, 6:15 p.m. The committee meets at the MOA Wellness Center, 4533 Centinela Ave., Del Rey. “Another Day in Paradise: Weathering the Storm,” 7 p.m. Licensed boat captain and entrepreneur Christine Perakis shows a multi-media presentation of her experience being on the British Virgin Island Tortola when Category 5 Hurricane Irma passed over. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free; reservations requested. (310) 823-4567; Pop Quiz Team Trivia, 8 p.m. Each Wednesday, take part in a friendly game of trivia while enjoying a burger and any of 20 beers on tap. Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. No cover. (310) 670-1212; Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Thursday, March 29 “February One” Screening, 5:30 p.m. Learn about the Civil Rights Movement’s lunch counter sit-ins in this PBS documentary. On Feb. 1, 1960, four African American college students staged a sit-in to protest racial segregation at a small-town lunch counter. The action they took, and the events that followed, changed the course of American history. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 821-3415; Whiskey Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. Indulge your love of great whiskey, local cuisine and a beautiful sunset view at this five-course dinner created by Chef Eric Duchene. Cast & Plow in the Ritz Carlton, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $150. RSVP at (310) 574-4333 or daniel.bautista@

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