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Bad vibrations Confrontations with police, paranoia and too much beer are harshing the Venice Beach Drum Circle’s mellow By Joe Piasecki

8 Westside homeowners go green

13 Vinyl records come full circle

21 Film celebrates Wanda Coleman


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VOL 44, NO 16 Local News & Culture

OPINION Letters to the editor.......................................................................5

NEWS Westside homeowners go green..................................................8 Four ways to help the planet........................................................ 9

Looking back at The Runaways

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32 Gary Ross talks “Hunger Games”

Earth Day events..........................................................................9

FEATURE The Venice Beach Drum Circle’s bohemian spirit is taking a back seat to boozing, unruly behavior and clashes with police..........10

THIS WEEK The Westside celebrates National Record Story Day.................13 Artist Flora Kao finds art in ruins................................................16 Westside Happenings.................................................................18 Film celebrates poet Wanda Coleman........................................21 LMU prof gives the Runaways their due.....................................32 Director Gary Ross revisits “The Hunger Games”......................28

FOOD&DRINK Richard Foss peeks behind The Corner Door............................17 REAL ESTATE Find your dream home............................................................... 24

CLASSIFIED/CROSSWORD Jobs, apartments and more........................................................32 ON THE COVER: Revelers enjoy the Venice Beach Drum Circle. PHOTO BY TED SOQUI. DESIGN BY ERNESTO ESQUIVEL.

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Legendary pro skateboarder Christian Hosoi signs an autograph on April 12 at Venice Originals after the shop’s inaugural Jay Boy Classic skateboarding competition. When Hosoi was a child, his dad — Ivan "Pops" Hosoi — was manager of the now defunct Marina del Rey Skatepark.

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Letters Theft victim finds only frustration, confusion

It was warm, sunny and beautiful on March 12 when, just before 2 p.m., I parked my shiny, like-new, little red folding bicycle — with black fenders and Snoopy bell — in front of the Mar Vista Library at the corner of Venice and Inglewood boulevards, adjacent to the fire station. After locking my bike securely to the library’s bike rack in the only space left between the other bikes, as an extra precaution I also removed my saddle and took it with me into the library, where I attended a computer class. After all, who’d want a bike without a seat, I thought. After class, at about 3:30 p.m., I was astounded to find that somebody had stolen my bike. In shock and disbelief, I went back inside the library to report the theft (on library property). A librarian called the police. After the librarian made her report, I asked her to please pass the telephone to me so that I might speak to the officer myself. She refused, saying I had to go to the police station to file a report. Feeling victimized, frustrated

and helpless at the mercy of such a seemingly ho-hum attitude, I explained to the librarian that the bicycle was my transportation — so how was I supposed to get there? Hearing no suggestions, I walked home. Back home at 4:30 p.m., I dug out an old telephone book and found a non-emergency number for the LAPD, (877) ASK-LAPD, and dialed. Somebody answered, and my call was forwarded to the Pacific Division. Then the phone rang and rang, but nobody answered.

I called the ASK line again. This time, the call was directed by computer to Pacific Division. Again, no answer.  By now it was 5 p.m., and I called again. Finally, a woman answered. "Has my report been filed?" I asked.  She told me, “Someone is on the way.”  I made sure they had my home address as well as the library’s, and I also reminded her that I am now waiting at home.  She assured me that someone was on the way. I waited. And waited. Nobody showed up.

Finally, at 12:45 a.m. — unable to sleep not knowing whether a police report had been filed — I called Pacific again and talked with a very nice officer who managed to assure me that a report had been filed. The next day, I had a flyer put up at the library and walked across the street to ask whether the fire station security camera might have taken a picture of the theft. I was told there were no security cameras for the library or the fire station. On March 19, I called the

Pacific Division again to follow up. However, an officer could not find a report on file. I went in to the police station and, in my presence, that officer filled out a report form, which I signed, and a copy of same was given to me. He then advised me to call back in 48 hours to get a report number — which I, of course, did do. The next day, March 20, there appeared in The Argonaut a story about police cracking down on a bike theft ring operating out of the Ballona Wetlands. (Continued on next page)

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Letters (Continued from previous page) According to that article, “a recent sweep of the Wetlands recovered 15 stolen bicycles and four handguns, according to the Sheriff’s Dept. … There have been multiple arrests in connection with the stolen bicycles, but not all details are being made available because the criminal investigation remains active, Sgt. Anthony Earnest said.” I called the Sheriff’s Dept. and asked, “Could my bike perhaps be one of the 15 bikes that were recovered?” “I don’t know where they got that information,” the deputy answered. Renee Aubry Mar Vista

Support for alcohol compliance unit needed Last week, the Los Angeles city Planning and Land Use Management Committee continued a discussion about establishing a permanent Condition Compliance Unit

that would proactively enforce occupancy conditions the city has placed on outlets that sell alcohol. It’s a decision that will have a direct impact on public health and safety in Venice. The Condition Compliance Unit would be a team tasked to do proactive work to ensure all bars, restaurants and stores selling alcohol comply with the specific rules established by the city that regulate an establishment’s operational practices, including hours, capacity and parking. These conditions are crafted to preserve communities’ integrity and safety. They establish specific operational standards deemed to be optimal for the surrounding area. They are not designed to overburden businesses with regulation. Rather, they support businesses and the community by making the areas surrounding an alcoholrelated business more appealing for visitors and residents. Without this Condition Compliance Unit, there is no

proactive compliance monitoring system in place in Venice or throughout the city of Los Angeles, for that matter. Current enforcement is complaint-driven, and resources for this are scarce. We are a community group working to reduce harms related to alcohol in Venice. It is not our contention that alcohol retailers in Venice are bad businesses, or even that they are intentionally violating the terms of their conditional use permits. However, it is a fact that, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s guidelines, Venice has an undue concentration of alcohol outlets. A great deal of research links alcohol outlet density to a range of problems, from violent crime and traffic crashes to public nuisance activities like littering, loitering, vandalism and noise. Regular compliance checks are proven to be one of the best mechanisms for reducing problems in areas densely

populated with businesses that sell or serve alcohol. The Condition Compliance Unit would provide this form of proactive enforcement. It also would ensure that enforcement is systematic and fair. The result would be a safer and more livable Venice. To voice your support for the CCU, please email the Venice Neighborhood Council at secretary@venicenc.org. To contact the Westside Impact Coalition email impact@ publicstrategies.org. Sarah Blanch Project Manager, Institute for Public Strategies Culver City

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TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to

the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah. After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit — to you it shall be for food.” It is only after the flood, with fruits and vegetables no longer abundant, that humans get permission to eat animal flesh. Even then, the Bible stipulates that lives of only select animals may be taken and always with reverence and minimal cruelty. This is certainly a far cry from today’s factory farm and slaughterhouse practices. Regardless of how we may feel about the interpretation of the Bible in “Noah,” each of us can recreate the recommended diet of the Garden of Eden in our home by dropping animal products from our menu. Steve Prosky Marina Del Rey

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Les Hairrell transformed his front yard into a native plant garden three years ago

Westside homeowners go green Mar Vista showcase celebrates eco-friendly choices that beautify neighborhoods to water it, relying primarily on a drip irrigation system. The steeply sloping front His home is one of 39 that yard of Mar Vista attorney Les will be on display at the sixth Hairrel’s Granville Avenue annual Mar Vista Green Garden home is a dozen shades of green Showcase, a local Earth Day accentuated by stop-sign red tradition that offers Westsiders flowers bursting through it. a glimpse of just how many Just three years ago it was homeowners have made water all just plain grass, which conservation and energy required frequent watering and efficiency staples of everyday maintenance to survive in the life. sandy soil below. This year’s self-guided tour Now Hairrel — who planted the program, which takes place April garden’s nearly 30 varieties of 26 and also features six public succulents himself — hardly has school learning gardens, is a By Gary Walker

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streamlined version compared to last year’s schedule of 98 homes. In keeping with the sustainability theme, destination homes are divided into walkable clusters. This year’s showcase also features a bike valet at the Venice High School Learning Garden. Organizers said they chose to emphasize some of the best and newest examples of popular conservationist themes, including techniques to collect rainwater and prevent storm water runoff as well as solar panels and ecoconscious landscaping. “Particularly with the drought, the tour focuses on things that can really conserve water, like eliminating grass from your yard,” said event co-chair Christy Wilhelmi. “We tried to include some new gardens as well as some well-established gardens. We really wanted to cover all the bases … [and] keep the same diversity that there’s been in the past.” This is the first time Hairrel’s home is part of the tour, but he’s walked the showcase in previous years.

Walking the tour, he said, “gives you a lot of good ideas for your own home.” Linda Levine, a professional garden designer, who uses her home garden to experiment with new landscape concepts. Levin’s back yard features a “pond-less waterfall,” which re-circulates and filters water to prevent waste, that is nestled among a grove of Japanese persimmon, orange and loquat trees. “I’m always experimenting with different things. I take out what isn’t working for me and put in things that make it work better,” said Levine, whose home was also featured in the showcase in 2012. “It’s a lot more riotous than other people’s gardens.” This year, both her front and back lawns have more color and “there are also a lot more drought-tolerant plants,” she said. Homeowners going green isn’t limited to Mar Vista. Venice filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first film of the “Twilight” franchise, has been using a compost bin to fertilize her vegetable and

fruit tree garden, interspersed with decorative drought-tolerant plants. Hardwicke also had Eco-Lawn installed at her Dudley Avenue home instead of real grass. Eco-Lawn is a blend of several different types of grass that requires minimal care. “I was raised to be very conscience about water conservation,” Hardwicke said. “All of my appliances are also water-saving.” Hardwicke’s home will be featured as part of the Venice Home & Garden Tour on May 3. The Mar Vista Green Garden showcase features an educational component that includes information about financial assistance for eco-friendly home renovations and guest presenters demonstrating best practices. Tree People, a nonprofit that assists with tree planting efforts, will unveil a new rainwater harvesting component in its efforts to map L.A.’s urban forest, said Lisa Cahill, senior manager of sustainable solutions at Tree People. Due in large part to the


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Jim Carroll and Sarah Auerswald installed a rain barrel five years ago to reduce water usage in their garden

statewide drought, many Westsiders are restructuring their gardens, Levine said, with many installing water-capture features and creating edible gardens. Levine said her clients are asking for what she calls more “minimalist” gardens — a focus on less vegetation. “A lot of people want their front lawns completely taken out because it is less expensive when you don’t have to water it,” Levine said. In Santa Monica, 153 homeowners have received city rebates for installing 381 rain barrels or cisterns at their homes to redirect rainwater into their gardens, said city sustainability analyst Kim O’Cain. Santa Monica homeowners can earn rebates of between $200 and $2,000, depending on the capacity of the water-capture system. The Santa Monica Main Library on Sixth Street has a 200,000 gallon cistern below it, and city ordinances require that all new developments utilize capture systems that can hold at least three quarters of the rainwater that falls on a property. Jim Carroll and Sarah Auerswald, whose Keeshen Drive home is part of this year’s Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase, were among many

Westside homeowners who installed a rain barrel five years ago during a Los Angeles rainwater harvesting initiative. The program provided free assistance to homeowners and businesses who wanted to capture rainwater and use it for irrigation purposes.   The popularity of the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase has grown exponentially since its founding in 2009, requiring organizers to begin identifying homeowners, organizing tour maps and reaching out to environmental organizations up to 10 months in advance. The Mar Vista Community Council’s Green Committee

takes the lead in organizing the tour and its original co-chairs, Sherri Akers and Jeanne Kuntz, were its principal organizers. Melissa Stoller replaced Akers last year on the committee and over the last few years the three have largely been responsible for the entire event. Stoller, Akers and Kuntz told the committee last year that they would no longer be able to organizing and run the tour, prompting Wilhelmi — author of the book “Gardening for Geeks” — to help with this year’s showcase. Wilhelmi, who has used QR codes to add an audio component to the tour, said the effort has been exhilarating. “The whole point of the tour is to get the message out about how we can make our lives more sustainable,” she said. “We’ve found that dual layer of education and visual components that we think really make a difference.” The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is a free event and starts at 10 a.m. at Grand View Boulevard Elementary School in 3951 Grand View Blvd. For more information, visit marvistagreengardenshowcase. blogspot.com. gary@argonautnews.com

The “pond-less waterfall” in Linda Levine’s backyard garden re-circulates and filters water to prevent waste

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Earth Day activities on the Westside — Compiled by Gary Walker

April 17 – ‘No es Basura’ The EarthWE gallery is displaying a photographic exhibit depicting artwork that environmentalist Peter Kreitler created from discarded objects he’s found on the beach. “No es Basura” (This is not Trash) begins at 6 p.m., with sales of the photographs benefitting the environmental education nonprofit Sustainable Works. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Ste. D5, Santa Monica. earthwe.com April 18 – Venice Tree Giveaway The Venice Neighborhood Council’s Environmental Committee is teaming up with the nonprofit group A Million Trees to give away 50 fruit trees and 50 shade trees during the Venice Farmers Market. “We wanted more green in Venice. Trees offer a lifetime of value,” said committee member Abigail Myers. The event begins at 8 a.m. near the entrance of the market, 500 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. venicenc.org April 19 – Friends of the Ballona Wetlands Earth Day Cleanup Volunteers are needed to help clean up trash and help remove invasive non-native plants from the dune and creek areas of the Ballona Wetlands. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Gordon’s Market, 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. “We also use our Earth Day events to educate volunteers about the ecology and history of Ballona Wetlands and to raise awareness of the importance of proper trash disposal and

recycling practices,” Friends of the Ballona Wetlands Development Director Brent Peich said. ballonafriends.org April 23 – Santa Monica Tree Planting City officials, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica and the service group UCLA Circle K are gathering at 11 a.m. to plant two American sweetgum trees along 19th Street between Pico Boulevard and Delaware Avenue. trees@smgov.net April 26 – Heal the Bay’s Nothin’ But Sand Cleanup Heal the Bay hosts its monthly beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon, with volunteers meeting beforehand near the north side of Santa Monica Pier. Thousands are expected, said spokesman Matthew King. Cleanups continue the third Saturday of each month. healthebay.org April 26 – Wild Side School Garden Tour Earth-friendly gardens maintained by several Westside schools are part of a self guided tour. wildsidegardentour.com April 26 – Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase Take a self-guided tour of 39 residential and six school gardens employing sustainability techniques and water-saving design components starting at 10 a.m. from Grand View Boulevard Elementary School, 3951 Grand View Blvd. in Mar Vista. marvistagreengardenshowcase. blogspot.com

Four Things You Can Do Right Now to Help the Planet — Compiled by Jennifer Boucher 1. Grow Native Plants

Most drinking water consumed by Westside residents ends up on their lawns. Replacing thirsty grasses with aesthetically pleasing native plants can save thousands of gallons of water each year, which is all the more important considering the current drought. California buckwheat, Cleveland sage and Manzanita shrubs are among the plants best suited for the region’s naturally dry climate, according to Brooke Christopher, spokesperson for the nonprofit environmental group Tree People.

2. Use Rain Barrels

Another way to save water is to capture rainfall when it happens and use that water for irrigation for weeks to come. Rain barrels collect water from rooftop gutters and storm drains and are becoming increasingly popular among Westside homeowners. Santa Monica has issued rebates to 153 homeowners who have installed 381 rain barrels since 2008. “Rain barrels help a person tune into the value and quantity of water that lands on one’s roof when it rains,” said city watershed supervisor Neal Shapiro. “A rain barrel user can appreciate how much water is available for harvesting and it is rewarding.”

3. Secure Trash

Fast-food wrappers, plastic bags, cigarette butts — if left to blow around Westside streets, chances are they’ll wind up on the beach or in the ocean, which is bad for the environment and just plain gross. “If you were asking me the number one thing that people could do [for the planet], I would say it’s to simply dispose of their trash properly,” said Heal the Bay spokesman Matt King. “Urban runoff is the No. 1 cause of pollution on the beach. Clean streets equal clean beaches.”

4. Switch to LED

By now we all know that those twisty compact fluorescent light bulbs save a tremendous amount of energy versus traditional incandescent lighting, but light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use so little energy they make compact fluorescents seem obsolete. To create an amount of light equal to a 100-watt incandescent bulb, LEDs use only two watts, said electrician Tom Barker, owner of Barker & Son Electric in Santa Monica. In addition to just plain white, LED bulbs also come in a variety of warm and cool colors to help control light levels. April 17, 2014 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 9


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Bad vibrations

Drummers and dancers begin to gather for last Sunday’s drum circle

Confrontations with police, paranoia and too much beer are harshing the Venice Beach Drum Circle’s mellow Story by Joe Piasecki | Photos by Ted Soqui he Venice Beach Drum Circle used to be about peace, love and music. Lately, however, the recurring Sunday night celebration of Venice’s bohemian spirit has developed a lousy reputation for boozing, unruly behavior and clashes with police. Los Angeles police officers ordering drum circle crowds more than 400 strong to disperse after nightfall have twice been met with refusals to move, verbal taunts and flying glass bottles. Two people, including one who police say rushed a crowd-control line, were arrested on March 16 after an officer was struck in the leg by a thrown bottle. Police arrested two others on April 6 for allegedly obstructing officers, including at least one person who attended the drum circle with Wave of Action, a fledgling activist group formed

only days before whose members affiliate with the Occupy and Anonymous movements. Drum circle veterans say newcomers who get drunk, use drugs and antagonize police are to blame. In addition to the two arrests, police officers monitoring the drum circle long before sundown have in recent weeks detained, cited and released numerous participants for public intoxication and open containers on the beach. Near the end of the night, an LAPD helicopter performs lowaltitude flybys that are almost noisy enough to drown out the drummers. Younger drum circle participants, including a few who were cited for alcohol possession last Sunday, blame police for provoking anxiety and stirring up resentment through heavy-handed enforcement of

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a buzz-kill noise ordinance that prohibits drumming after dark. Police say standoffs with the crowd have been instigated by a few bad seeds rousing the intoxicated to defiance. “There’s been social media attention on the drum circle that you can come out and do whatever you want. There’s been a very small number of people who have been agitators trying to incite the group. I was told [that on April 6] they were yelling ‘riot, riot,’” Capt. Brian Johnson of the LAPD’s Pacific Division said. “The musicians, they want nothing to do with it.” Johnson, who said the department responds to regular disturbing the peace complaints related to the drum circle, didn’t name any specific individual or group. For their part, Wave of Action members claim that on April 6

It’s not the regulars causing trouble, says Steve Engel, 71

they were just passive observers who stumbled into a tinder box of paranoia ignited by the popular public safety blogger behind Venice 311, who they accuse of riling up police by suggesting the group had planned to get violent.

Inside the activist circle

Wave of Action returned to Venice Beach last Sunday. After 1 p.m., a group of about 15 people and assorted homeless

passersby scoring free riceand-bean burritos attended the group's Facebook-organized People's Populist Political Café of Proletarian Power & Popsicles on a grassy hill near Dudley Avenue and Ocean Front Walk. Wave of Action facilitator Alissa Kokkins, a 37-year-old screenwriter who had been entrenched in the Occupy LA movement, said the loosely affiliated group came to Venice


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A group of young men display alcohol-related citations they received Sunday at the drum circle

“We saw three plainclothes undercover agents, with earbuds and everything, basically harassing people.” —Juan Zuleta, arrested at the drum circle on April 6

Beach on April 6 to monitor police activity at the drum circle after hearing reports of confrontations there. She said the group didn’t exist in March and held an inaugural meeting of fewer than 20 people on April 4 at the formerly Occupied grounds of Los Angeles City Hall. “It was brought up what was going on in Venice at the drum circle, so we said let’s meet in at Venice Beach and do a copwatch: just show up and record the cops and make sure they respect other people’s rights. When we showed up there were news vans in the alley already. We had a very short meeting because cops were already putting people in handcuffs every two or three minutes,” Kokkins said. Kokkins said she witnessed one man who was not part of her group be arrested or detained after crossing the bike path toward the beach after the police dispersal order. Juan Zuleta, a Wave of Action member arrested at the drum circle on April 6, said he had filmed three men who appeared to be undercover police officers attempting to mingle with the crowd. “That was really the main reason I was targeted. For them, the most important thing is to quash your willingness to speak out,” said Zuleta, 26. “We saw three plainclothes undercover agents, with earbuds and everything, basically harassing

people. They would get very close to [people near the drum circle] and pretend they were trying to become part of the group,” he said. “I have my iPhone with me and I’m recording a gentleman in a gray jacket and two gentlemen in black jackets and jeans. Both of them have skateboards, and the skateboards are brand new, so that’s another sign. They bunkered up next to one of the lifeguard stands, looking toward the drum circle … and we walked over to them and began to ask them questions.” The LAPD’s Johnson declined to say whether plainclothes officers had been assigned to the drum circle or to discuss deployments, citing the need to maintain officer safety. “We will use any and all law enforcement resources available to us, whether that is plainclothes officers in an undercover capacity, etcetera,” Johnson said. A San Gabriel Valley resident who said he grew up on the beach while his father worked as a boardwalk vendor, Zuleta said he later followed uniformed officers into the drum circle, bumped into one’s foot “with the very tip of [his] shoe,” and was arrested for interfering with a police investigation. Zuleta said police charged him instead with possessing a small amount of marijuana despite having a state medical marijuana ID card and jailed him at a South Los Angeles precinct for about 20 hours. Zuleta said he had been arrested

Police detain and cite drum circle participants for allegedly drinking on the beach

once before — as one of 13 people who allegedly failed to heed a police dispersal order during a January protest in Fullerton that followed the acquittals of the police officers tried in the death of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man who died in 2011 after an altercation with Fullerton police. “We came out here to do a copwatch. Most of the time it’s silent observation,” he said. “In my opinion, [what heightened tensions] was Venice 311 saying a bunch of anarchists from the Occupy LA movement were going to be coming to the drum circle to create havoc and raise a riot.”

‘Begging for a confrontation’

Alex Thompson — who runs Venice 311 under the motto “Fight Grime and Crime in Venice Beach” and has posted more than 54,000 tweets in three years (about 50 a day) — is upfront about her distaste for the Occupy movement. In a blog post published before the April 6 Wave of Action picnic, she wrote: “I guess they think jamming the word ‘solidarity’ into their bloodthirsty and misguided desperate need for a ‘cause’ makes them feel like they are doing something noble. As previously reported, yes you can access the beach BUT you cannot violate the noise ordinance and when any member of your group violates the law or incites violating that law, which they always do because they have no self control in the first place, the police can order unlawful assembly and force the dispersal. Occupy LA: it isn’t all about you, ok? The people who live in all those houses don’t care if you are at the beach after sunset, just stop drumming and keep the noise down. All you are doing is begging for a confrontation so you can get video snippets that

There’s been a very small number of people who have been agitators trying to incite the group. … The musicians, they want nothing to do with it.” — LAPD Capt. Brian Johnson

demonize law enforcement.” She also tweeted to 36,200 followers: “It would be an interesting turn of events if the residents threw rocks and bottles at Occupy LA today at the drum circle.” But did Thompson actually call to tip off the police, as Zuleta suggested? “Yeah,” Thompson said. “Whenever I see someone coming to do something not in the best interests of the park and the people in it, I let the cops know.” In addition to her police scanner, Thompson intensely monitors social media for Venice-related news and said she will inform police when she comes across warning signs of a potentially dangerous situation. These have included tweets organizing a gangrelated brawls and gangster rap music video shoots without city permits, she said. Johnson didn’t say whether the department in any way acted on Thompson’s tip, but did suggest speaking with her. Thompson said her style of blogging, which often pokes fun at and denigrates troublemakers, has led people to misunderstand her mission. “People think I’m like this Republican, gun-loving asshole who just loves the cops. I couldn’t be more the opposite. …. Mostly

I’m just so shocked at what I hear on the police scanner every day,” she said. “I don’t want Venice to not be funky; I just want it to be safe.” Thompson said she’s criticized 911 dispatchers over slow response to her calls about a man breaking windows and trying to force his way through doors at her apartment complex. Thompson said she ended up using a Taser to try and subdue him, but he fled before police arrived. A play on the Los Angeles city services hotline, Venice 311 is sometimes mistaken for a city website and gets frequent questions about — and disseminates answers to — mundane questions about street cleaning schedules and municipal ordinances. That social benefit is part of the blog’s reason for being, Thompson said. And when it comes to the drum circle, Thompson is somewhat protective of it: “The drum circle people who actually drum… those guys know how to manage their party. It’s this younger element that comes to try to get away with doing something wrong that leads to the degradation of that spirit,” she said.

‘A visible posture’

By the time the drum circle got going last Sunday on the sand

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by where Breeze Avenue meets the boardwalk , two LAPD sport utility vehicles and several uniformed officers were already in place about 20 yards from the edge of the circle. It wasn’t long before they got to work. Several times before sundown, officers would approach groups of young men hanging out along the outskirts of the drum

circle and ask them to step over toward the SUVs. There, most of them were placed in zip-tie handcuffs, briefly detained, issued citations for alcohol-related infractions and released back into the crowd with a notice to appear in court. A majority of those ticketed were Latino males in their late teens and 20s, several of whom said they had been drinking earlier but claimed they weren’t doing it at the drum circle. “We had a coke bottle. They

thought there was liquor in it,” said 27-year-old Miguel Gonzalez, who was cited for drinking in public but said he didn’t have any alcohol with him at the beach. Police, who appeared to issue less than a dozen alcohol-related citations at the drum circle that afternoon, could have written 10 times as many tickets. Inside the drum circle was all movement — hands and sticks pounding on kettles, tom-toms, bongos and cowbells; hips swaying and hands waving in the air. On the outskirts of the circle, hands were often occupied by tall cans of beer and the occasional hash pipe. “We’re taking a visible posture to make sure people recognize they can’t drink and do drugs, and make arrests accordingly. We don’t want to let a few people disrupt those who want to peacefully enjoy the beach,” said Johnson. The drinking doesn’t go unnoticed by drum circle oldtimers. “You see 40-ouncers all over the place, all around the drum circle. People drinking a quart of hard liquor. It’s not the regulars,” said Steve Engel, 71. Dressed in bright orange from head to toe — shoes, trousers, shirt, sunglasses and velvety, feather-decorated top hat — Engel is an elfin dynamo of a dancer who made his living in real estate and has been consistently grooving in

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said of noise restrictions. Johnson said the LAPD’s approach to keeping the drum circle safe and shutting things down after dark has been pretty much the same since his arrival in late 2011. “Our strategies and tactics as it relates to dealing with the drum circle haven’t changed. Quite frankly, we’d gone six to eight months without any hiccups [until mid-March]. I think the warm weather has brought people out and brought on some level of intoxication,” he said. “The reality is people are going to go out there and express their First Amendment rights. We’re here to protect that. When it turns into violence, throwing bottles at my officers, using narcotics at the beach, we’re going to take enforcement action.” After the second pass of the LAPD helicopter shortly before sundown, a beachgoer was flying a RadioShack-style drone near the drum circle. A man in a thrift store suit stumbled away from the circle in pursuit of it, chucking a partially full plastic bottle into the sky before falling over. “We’ve got some really low, bottom-class people who come out here,” said Engel. “We lift their spirits, but sometimes we don’t lift them high enough.” ª joe@argonautnews.com

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Vinyl is still vital

Soundsations’ Pete Grasso doesn’t mind checking the inventory

The classic LP has survived the rise and fall of the CD, and now Westside record shops left standing after years of struggle are riding a wave of renewed interest in the format By Michael Aushenker Technology — especially when it comes to media — is usually equated with progress, in which one format innovation replaces another, enhancing the user experience. Well, a funny thing happened in the world of music. The compact disc (CD), which was supposed to supplant the traditional vinyl record in the marketplace as the superior option, has itself been rendered obsolete by digital sales. As for the LP, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. On L.A.’s Westside, record shops left standing after years of struggling to survive the digital age are riding the wave of a national resurgence of interest in vinyl. On Saturday, wax specialists Soundsations in Westchester and Record Surplus and Touch Vinyl in West Los Angeles will participate in the annual brick-and-mortar booster National Record Store Day — only this time around, sales of music issued and re-issued in the classic

LP format are not just about surviving but thriving. In June 2013, The New York Times was among media outlets declaring a vinyl revival, gauged in equal parts by record sales, a vinyl fascination among listeners born after 1980 and a burgeoning trend of new pressing plants. According to the Times, Nielsen SoundScan estimated that 19,000 of the 339,000 units sold on the mid-May 2013 release of Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (featuring the megahit “Get Lucky”) were on vinyl. Other albums experiencing disproportionate LP success included Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City” (which sold 10,000 on vinyl that same week) and the National’s “Trouble Will Find Me” (with 7,000). Catalog albums by perennial favorites such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan are constantly being reissued. Meanwhile, many young companies have joined venerable record manufacturers in the current marketplace. Brooklyn Phono, a New York City company launched in 2000, manufactures nearly 500,000 LPs annually, while Quality Record Pressings

“The rising tide raises all ships. It’s only to our benefit to help each other.” —Sebastian Mathews of Touch Vinyl

in Kansas, established in 2011, generates 900,000 a year, including reissues of Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton for major labels. Canoga Park-based Rainbo Records churns out 7.2 million yearly. “Vinyl never died,” said Touch Vinyl owner Sebastian Mathews. “It was always the best sound.”

Behind the music

Since its inception in 1972, Soundsations Records has changed ownership three

times and moved around several locations in Westchester. After working at Soundsations for three years, childhood friends Pete Grasso and Lee Wilson, both 27 at the time, bought the store in 1990. “It was a hobby that turned into a business,” said Grasso, now 51. “We always liked music.” Until recently, the store stood two blocks away on Sepulveda, but after being chased out of the location by higher rents, it occupies a corner spot on La Tijera Boulevard. Grasso estimates that, from 1995-2000, “CDs were coming in strong. We were lucky to sell one vinyl a month.” But things began improving drastically about four years ago, he said. Record Surplus, an anchor of the Westside vinyl scene since 1985, has also changed hands and locations over the years. Longtime employee Neil Canter took over Record Surplus from former owners Mike Colestock and Chuck Rose in 2008 after the store’s landlord died and his children “put the building up for sale and (Continued on next page) April 17, 2014 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 13


Photo courtesy of Record Surplus

sleeves with adorned packaging — shortly before the New York graphic artist’s death in 2012. Freiberg considers The Beatles’ 1967 record “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” a watershed moment for album cover art, which has encompassed everything from the avant-garde paintings gracing 1950s and ‘60s Blue Note jazz albums to Robert Crumb’s cartoony cover for the 1968 Janis Joplin album “Cheap Thrills.” Forward-thinking musical acts have long supported records, even through the doomand-gloom 1990s. Beck, one of that decade’s biggest rock stars, continued issuing his work on vinyl, as did the Beastie Boys, with rapper Mike D. gloating on the 1994 track “Sure Shot”: “I’m still listening to wax, I’m not using the CD.” Jack White, who owns a Nashville vinyl store, recently discussed its charms at length on the VH-1 Classic appraisal show “For What It’s Worth.” The Arcade Fire and M83 also exploit the format. “Younger people view it as objects of art,” Freiberg said. “I’m glad to see I’m not old school or a dinosaur.”

The RSD Effect

A December appearance by Kim Lenz and Her Jaguars kicked off monthly in-store concerts at West L.A.’s Record Surplus

not at our price range,” Canter recalled. In their 70s and facing the prospects of rising rent, a 10-year lease and the store’s probable relocation, Colestock (who also owns Rhino Records in Claremont) and Rose (whose family owns the Chicago chain Rose Records) sold Record Surplus to Canter, who now runs the store with wife Cheryl Perkey. Canter, who came aboard Record Surplus in 1986 and became manager in 1989, remembers a time when there were two Record Surplus stores in Las Vegas, one in Costa Mesa and one neighboring the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood. “I was paid to keep it open during the filming of [Oliver Stone’s 1991] Doors movie,” Canter recalled, chuckling, of the Sunset Strip location. “We made a neon sign for it.” Even during lean years that followed the L.A. Riots and during the recent recession, “We still always sold a lot of records,” Canter said. “We never gave up on vinyl. The ancillary Record Surplus branches were gone by the time Canter assumed the flagship West L.A. shop, which in 2011 did relocate from its Santa Monicaadjacent Pico Boulevard and Barrington Avenue location to its slightly bigger current space on Santa Monica Boulevard near Centinela Avenue. “They basically offered me the store,” he said. “If you want to move, it’s your problem.” Touch Vinyl’s Mathews, 32, may be the newbie among these shop owners, but his business arguably has the most offbeat of origins. Mathews used to represent screenwriters and work in development at J. J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot. However, he found working in PAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT April 17, 2014

Hollywood soul-sucking. “The entertainment industry is a lot of people striving to make it, talking past each other instead of trying to make a connection and moving forward before collaborating,” Mathews said. “Whereas having a record shop, I’ll be invited to a birthday party of a customer.” Mathews, however, has no delusions about his work: “I don’t consider myself music industry. I consider myself retail.” After quitting entertainment, Mathews traveled to Scandinavia, where he wandered into the record shop 12 Tonar in Reykjavik, Iceland. “They very clearly want you to hang out in addition to purchasing music,” he said of 12 Tonar’s cozy, clubhouse feel. “I saw that and it resonated with me.” Upon returning to the States, Mathews set up shop on Sawtelle Boulevard near Idaho Avenue, just west of the 405, with no qualms about jumping into the vinyl biz in 2012. “After 2008 and the decline, all the big stores went out of business: Tower Records, Virgin [Megastore],” Mathews said. “It created a void. Mom-and-pop stores took their place.”

Waxing nostalgic about wax

The vinyl resurgence also extends to the original Scratch DJ Academy, co-founded in 2002 by legendary turntablist Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell of pioneering rap group Run-DMC and located near Pico along the 405. In an age where scratching has fallen out of vogue in rap songs while most electronic dance music deejays sequence their music from MacBooks, vinyl is still vital to many in the trade, with shop

owners confirming that Scratch students and alums still frequent their shops. “They used to bring the class to the store and make them look for beats,” Canter said. “Rap music has never abandoned vinyl. Original Pearl Jam or Nirvana, those aren’t easy to find. But you can still find rap on vinyl.” Gary Friedberg, a vinyl enthusiast who in 2002 successfully campaigned for an official declaration of Vinyl Record Day in San Luis Obispo County and has patented a method for framing album covers, said digital technology hasn’t caught up with vinyl’s historic music catalogue. Just as the CD’s format eliminates levels of sound heard on vinyl in order to simplify it into data, CDs have also thinned out catalogues of various musicians. Freiberg noted that many LPs by such artists as Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye and only a small fraction of all music ever recorded have been released as CDs. Keeping vinyl in the hands of listeners “is a preservation of our audio history. It’s a representation of a culture, lifestyle and fashion,” he said. “It gives me great satisfaction to know that last year vinyl record sales were the highest in 22 years.” According to the advocates of traditional albums, it’s not only the aural that’s augmented by records, but also the visual experience. “It’s like a mini poster,” Grasso said of album jackets. “It’s more of an experience listening to vinyl than a CD. You have to flip it over, right? So you sit there, you absorb the music.” Freiberg proudly recalls meeting Alex Steinweiss — who around 1940 convinced Columbia Records to replace brown paper

If National Record Store Day, with its promotional giveaways and discounts, is just a gimmick, it has been an effective one. “It’s been very good for our store. We’ll have 30 to 40 people waiting outside before we open. It really pushed the whole industry,” Soundsations’ Grasso said. “It’s a huge day for all independent record shops,” added Mathews. “It’s a day to spend,” representing for Touch Vinyl “about a month’s worth of sales in one day” and “lines out the door of 75 people. Generally, after the sales rush, we party and celebrate.” Past events at Touch Vinyl have included a cook-out and a food truck. This weekend, there will be deejays and ice cream. “I try and find something to give away,” said Record Surplus’ Canter, who has stored up a palette of original programs from 1970s and 1980s concerts by the Ohio Players, the Beach Boys and the Steve Miller Band. Record Surplus will also offer deals such as three records for 92 cents and 15% off certain merchandise. National Record Store Day has kept up the annual push each April since 2007. This year, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. serves as the day’s national ambassador, backed by testimonials from musicians Ziggy Marley, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, Joan Jett, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Regina Spektor. But not everyone sees RSD as purely altruistic. “There are a lot of people who are resentful of Record Store Day,” Freiberg said. “I feel that it’s primarily a commercial venture organized by big money. It has really nothing to do with what [his alternative] Vinyl Record Day is about.” Mathews acknowledges the holiday has grown up a bit. “Earlier, there was more of a spirit for indie records, indie and smaller labels to create cool releases,” Mathews said. “It’s getting less independent.” Canter said some customers only


show up on Record Store Day to snag promotional gifts—some of which, Freiberg said, simply end up on eBay. However, most agree about National Record Store Day’s upside: It bonds record dealers with customers as well as other vendors. “The rising tide raises all ships,” Mathews said. “It’s only to our benefit to help each other.”

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and Record Surplus,” said Pete Curry, a member of the newly formed Outta Sites and the venerable band Los Straitjackets, which last year issued National Record Store Day limited-edition 45s. Mathews said many Touch Vinyl customers skew younger and he encourages them to assist the careers of local acts. “Say I like this band and I’m a graphic designer,” he said. “I can draw posters for them — practical, simple stuff an As the table turns… independent band can benefit from. When On the Westside, frequent in-store they get big, I can say, ‘I had a hand in activities keep the vinyl vibe going yearthat.’” round. Rap crew Warm Brew and Moses Sumney On Thursday nights, Mathews hosts open are among the acts passing through Touch tables for deejay sets. Vinyl who have benefited from such “We’ll record the set. We’ll post it to our support. Soundcloud site,” he said. “We have a party If anything, 2014 is a time for optimism around it.” regarding the fate of the classic licorice Mathews has seen all genres of DJs pizza. step up — hip-hop, house and electronic Freiberg sees the survival of vinyl culture dance music — but “one of my favorites as “part of the responsibility of the baby was a husband-and-wife team that had no boomer generation. That parent has to pass real experience but a great collection of that onto their children. I hope that it’s not a Scandinavian death metal,” he said. temporary hipness.” Touch Vinyl also throws in-store concerts. The record resurgence will stick “as long On Friday, singer-songwriter Kyle Neal as we don’t repeat the same mistakes,” and indie band Inner Wave perform. Santa Mathews said. “Putting vinyl in every Monica experimental rockers Opus Orange Whole Foods is not ideal.” visited the store earlier this year just prior “I think we’re doing something right,” said to performing at the South by Southwest Canter. “I have customers I’ve seen since music, film and technology festival in day one. … The Westside’s been good to Austin. us.” Record Surplus also recently added inFor Mathews, the second coming of vinyl store concerts, starting with Kat Lenz and isn’t a fad — it’s a new beginning. Her Jaguars in December and, last month, “I wouldn’t be surprised if vinyl record The Outta Sites. shops popped up in Venice, on Abbot “There’s only a few record stores left that I Kinney [Boulevard] and the like. And that’s feel really comfortable in — The Bop Shop a good thing.” ª Grasso and a childhood friend bought Soundsations in 1990 and moved the store to its in Rochester, N.Y., Hymie’s in Minneapolis, michael@argonautnews.com current Westchester location

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By Michael Aushenker Images of dilapidated shacks, houses and barns collapsing and imploding in the burning Mojave: In artist Flora Kao’s creative universe, where both natural landscapes and manmade structures have long worn out their welcome, home is not always where the heart is. The objects of Kao’s obsession are some 100 miles away from the ocean-side community of Marina del Rey where she lives. Yet the authenticity of the blight and decay her art installations have captured has garnered the young artist her first solo museum exhibit, which wraps up Sunday at Pasadena Museum of California Art. Kao described her “Homestead” show as a presentation of “the rubbings of ruined buildings evolved from my interest in mapping the topography of the land and its physical structures.” Those life-size rubbings on canvas depict surfaces of wooden planked walls and beaten-down brick. As Kao explains her process, the rubbings record a particular homestead’s surface “at a specific moment in its decay. My installation work is often

a desperate attempt to capture something fleeting in a world where things are constantly changing and disappearing.” The ultimate goal, she said, is “to inspire a heightened awareness of one’s relationship to physical space and environment.” Kao has worked in a variety of mediums and has written and photographed two books, one on desert homesteads and another on the architectural traces of demolished homes in Taipei. Four years ago, Kao took part in a symposium called “Mapping the Desert,” organized by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. “The symposium took place within walking distance of the abandoned homesteads featured in my project,” she said. “These structures seemed so out of place in the expansive space of the desert, and I began to research how they came to be.” Kao grew up “in the horizontal sprawl of Texas” before “studying in vertical Taipei, working in pedestrian-scale Boston, and living in car-bound Los Angeles,” all of which has “heightened my sensitivity to space. I am constantly examining my physical environment and

questioning why cities and buildings look the way they do.” Her Westside home has also been an inspiration. “Living near the ocean and the rich wildlife of Ballona Creek is quite literally a breath of fresh air from the intense urban experience of Los Angeles,” she said. What drives Kao’s fascination with her subject matter is the contrast between what is and the promise of what might have been. “For me, the desert homestead is a physical reminder of a final wave of American manifest destiny — a 1950s land grab for five-acre tracts of expendable government land. The shack’s simple gabled form recalls the American dream for a single family home,” she said. “My rubbing of this abandoned homestead is a poetic response to the inevitability of collapse,” she said. “It is a visual residue of failure and forgotten dreams.” ª “Homestead” continues through Sunday at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Call (626)568-3665 or visit pmcaonline. org. michael@argonautnews.com


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12477 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City (310) 313-5810 thecornerdoorla.com Some restaurant names tell you what to expect — home cooking at a place called Mom’s, and you already know what’s on the menu at House of Chicken. All I knew about The Corner Door when we arrived was one detail of the architecture: the door is in the corner. Then again, it’s hard to say exactly what you would call this place if you were looking for a snappy way to define the cuisine. They serve tapas-style gastropub food, a parade of small plates of great variety. It was that element that had brought us there, as we had been heading for a Brazilian restaurant when I realized that one of our party usually dines vegetarian. Unlike churrascarias, gastropubs are usually veggiefriendly, so I headed a few more blocks to The Corner Door. When we got there, the part-time vegetarian ordered a burger — go figure. The big, strangely angled room has a nice vibe but is quite dark; the dim lights are obviously intended for decoration rather than illumination. Our party of four ordered a selection of starters and entrees and told our server, Patrick, to bring them out in whatever order seemed appropriate, and then we got to the serious business of cocktails. They have a sense of humor here — the drink called Archery Merit Badge had a fruit bull’seye with a toothpick through it like an arrow. It was tasty, and the French 75 was excellent, but the one that would bring me back was a whiskey, Benedictine and Italian bitters concoction that was delicious. The first item to arrive was one that looked by far the strangest on paper: tacos with pickled mango, black garlic, candied lime, pink peppercorns, feta and cilantro. I don’t know how someone came up with this combination, but it was brilliant — gentle spice from the cilantro, garlic and peppercorns were perfect modifiers for the mango and lime. There was a succession of cool flavors that hit the spot, and even the person at the table who thought it had to be a weird

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novelty item loved it. The roasted and fried Brussels sprouts that arrived next were less showy but quite tasty, a healthy bar snack perfectly done. The earthy flavor was a fine counterpoint to the item that followed, which was a butternut squash tortellini in a Marsala cream sauce, topped with arugula. I had been concerned that the squash and Marsala cream sauce would turn out overly sweet together, but a fine balance was maintained by the nutty roasted pumpkin seeds and bitter greens. Meat courses arrived next: fried chicken; a burger with cranberry and red onion jam, Pecorino cheese and bone marrow mayo; and roast chicken with couscous mixed with feta, almond and yogurt. The roast chicken had been spiced with vadouvan, a mild French variant of curry, which brought subtlety and sophistication to a home-style dish. The fried chicken was even more surprising because it was done in an actual traditional breading and, considering the parade of exotica that preceded it, shows that the kitchen knows when to leave well enough alone. Yes, there was a Sriracha crème fraiche on the side, and it was a tasty dipping sauce, but the crisp chicken was perfectly fine without it. The burger was the only thing that didn’t work, and that wasn’t due to any flaw in flavor, but because they had used a very light white bread for a very moist sandwich, and it fell apart almost immediately. Change the bread

out for a chunk of baguette or a pretzel roll and it would be a winner. Our final entree was polenta with roasted wild mushrooms and winter squash topped with a fried egg — a rustic Italian dish very well prepared. It was another example of restraint and respect for tradition, a taste of winter’s best as spring produce is coming into season. We had enjoyed another round of cocktails, but decided that dessert was required — beignets and chocolate cake with strawberry rhubarb compote. Due to an error, we also ended up with pecan sandies. Of the three, it was the chocolate cake that was the hands-down winner. Those beignets were fine with their spicy bittersweet chocolate sauce, the cookies were simple goodness with ice cream and raspberry, but this chocolate cake was easily the lightest, most ethereal cake I’ve had in ages. It was a marvel, and despite our very full meals we could’ve eaten another one. Our meal for four ran just about $100 for the food, and it was $174 with the cocktails — a bit of a splurge, but it had been a great night out. The Corner Door is cooking with style and skill, and it’s a worthy watering hole with cool style that makes it a ª fine date night spot. The Corner Door is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Wednesdays and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Full bar. Valet or street parking. Vegetarian/vegan choices available. April 17, 2014 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 17


Westside Happenings — Compiled by Jennifer Boucher

Thursday, April 17

Egg Decorating, 3:30 p.m. Celebrate spring by decorating an egg at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Poetry and Music Event, 6 to 8 p.m. An evening of poetry, music, food and drinks. Tony Barnstone, John Fitzgerald and Mariano Zaro launch their new books and Ariana Hall plays live music at Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station (Gallery B7), 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free.

Mystery Book Club: "Debt of Honor," 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Discuss elements of peace and conflict in the book by Tom Clancy at the Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454; lapl.org

Resonate invites reflection on relationships and rituals that strengthen them. Pastor David Cobia discusses the Christian tradition of Communion, musician Bob Bennett performs live music, and people can participate as painter and poet Kate Peper creates an interactive painting at Jeanie Madsen Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free.

A True Venice Extravaganza, 7 p.m. The Westminster Arts Club presents live music by Michael Jost, Golden Buddah Street Smart and more as well as art by Brian Mylius, Margaret Molloy and others at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org

The Listening Room, Bruce Garnitz Trio, David Serby, TMG Tall Men Group and Franco and the Dreadnaught, 7 p.m. Pop, rock, country and more at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

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7:30 p.m. Listen to professional and amateur storytellers talk about launching a dream career at 60, gambling on love, risking a major medical procedure and more at YMCA Santa Monica, 1332 6th St., Santa Monica. Third Thursday of every month. (310) 393-2721; ymcasm.org The Solo Series: “From 7 Layers to a Bikini Top in Less Than Five Hours,” 8 p.m. A theatrical performance about different aspects of womanhood includes monologues, song, movement and poetry at The Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, $10-$15 donation. RSVP at info@ santamonicarep.org

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Fairfax, Sound Masons, Almost Classy and Just People, 8 p.m. Alternative, pop and rock at Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-1076; goodhurt.com Friday Night Jazz and Off the Wall, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Barry Zweig Trio performs classic jazz from 8 to 10 p.m. and Off the Wall mixes rock, hip hop, soul and more from 10 p.m. to 2 .m. at Townhouse Venice, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $8. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners, 9 p.m. Live blues music at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. 21+. (310) 3951676; santamonica.harvelles.com sMALL TIME and Settle For Crumbs, 10:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Live pop, punk and rock music at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. $7. (310) 393-7437; rustyssurfranch.com

Saturday, April 19 “Culver City Walk With a Doc,” 8:40 a.m. Warm up and stretch with Culver-Palms fitness trainer Brandon Webb and go on a walk led by Culver City pediatrician Dr. Jeffrey Penso, who will discuss causes, cures and prevention of headaches, at Vets Park, 4117 Overland Ave., near the picnic area and tennis courts.


Earth Day 2014 at the Ballona Wetlands, 9 a.m. to noon. Remove invasive species, clean Ballona Creek and watch a live bird release by South Bay Wildlife Rehab at the Ballona Wetlands. Park behind Alka Water at 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Group registration required. Bring reusable water bottle. Gloves, tools, water and refreshments provided. (310) 3016-5994; info@ ballonafriends.org Zumba Party, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a Zumba workout overlooking the city at West Los Angeles College, Student Services Lawn, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free with RSVP. (310) 287-4200; WLAC. edu/Zumba Ann Marie’s Designer Day for Autism, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy new or gently used designer clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories to provide funds for local Autism charities, The HELP Group and Silver Linings Boutique, at 131 Galleon St., Marina del Rey. Music and refreshments provided. Jimbo Ross & the Bodacious Blues Band, 1 p.m. Live blues music at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Concerts held every weekend. Super Saturday, 7 p.m. Home, Hana Kim, Kenton Chen and Vinyl Playlist perform live pop, rock, jazz, soul and more at Witzend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. (310) 305-4792; witzendlive.com

Dead Things and More, President Jesus and Elvis H. Christ, 8 p.m. Live rock, metal and punk at Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-1076; goodhurt.com Hot Jazz Saturdays, 8 p.m. Brad Kay’s Regressive Jazz Quartet performs early jazz and ragtime music and DJ Jedi spins soul, funk and disco at Townhouse Venice, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 3924040; townhousevenice.com Blowin Smoke and the Fabulous Smokettes, 9 p.m. Live blues music at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com Rayford Bros, 9:30 p.m. Live rock at Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 393-7437; rustyssurfranch.com

Sunday, April 20 Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy, 1 p.m. Doctoral candidate in the Department of History at UCLA Ziad Abu-Rish speaks about the causes and dynamics of this conflict and U.S. responsibility at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 829-5436. Upstream, 1 p.m. Live reggae music at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Concerts held every weekend.

Prayer and Healing Explore the connection! Experience the freedom! International speaker, Mark Swinney, is a practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing and a member of the Christian Science Board Lectureship.

“What is it that Connects Prayer with Healing?” Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. 7855 Alverstone Avenue, Westchester 90045

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The Toledo Show, 8 p.m. “Soul singer, jazz man, poet, dancer, choreographer” leads a cabaret show on Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 3951676; santamonica.harvelles.com

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Green Living Workshop, 7 to 8:30 p.m. This Sustainable Works Workshop teaches how to save money and positively impact the planet. "Mad Men" Screening, 6 p.m. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Watch episodes of Madmen at TRiP, Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Also April 29 and May 6, 13, 20 and 27. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org

Wine Tasting Dinner, 7 p.m. Join international wine expert Peter Kerr Sin for a five-course meal with four wines from the Donelan Family Winery at Sam’s By the Beach, 108 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica. $105. (310) 230-9100; samsbythebeach.com

Monday, April 21

“Service Your Soul,” 9:30 p.m. Join Hunter and the Dirty Jacks for their energetic mix of soul, rock and blues Tuesdays at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $5 or two cans of food. 21+. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

House of Vibe All Stars, 8 p.m. Rock, jazz, hop hop and R&B every Wednesday at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $7. 21+. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles. com

Free diploma classes, 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 8 p.m. Earn a high school diploma with free classes offered Mondays through Fridays at Emerson Adult Learning Center, 8810 Emerson Ave., Westchester. (310) 258-2081; ed2go.com Learn to Knit, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Knitting class at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Bring supplies. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Stand Up Mondays, 8 to 10 p.m. Like2Laugh and Danny’s Venice present a live comedy show every Monday at Danny’s Venice, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 566-5610; dannysvenice.com

Tuesday, April 22

Wednesday, April 23 Westchester Life Story Writing Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. meets on Wednesdays at the YMCA Annex, 8020 Alverstone Ave., Westchester. Donation: $6 a semester. Call (310) 397-3967 Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea, 11 a.m. to noon, Learn how to improve public speaking skills when the club meets at 12000 Vista del Mar, Room 230, Playa del Rey. (310) 559-2834

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The Dollface Dames’ TRiP Tease Burlesque Show, 8 p.m. Swing/ pop/folk by The Strands with dancing, singing and comedy by the Dames. 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Red Light Wednesdays, 11 p.m. Burlesque dancing show with performers from Bootleg Bombshells at Townhouse Venice, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 3924040; townhousevenice.com

Thursday, April 24 California Yacht Club Yachting Luncheon, noon. Join fellow boaters at this forum addressing major issues impacting enjoyment of watercraft during lunch at the California Yacht

Unkle Monkey, 6 to 9 p.m. Marina del Rey duo plays their SoMar Association, 6:30 p.m. unique brand of acoustic rock Discuss important issues to the South and island music Wednesdays Mar Vista Neighborhood Assoc.at at Warehouse Restaurant, 4499

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“Bathwater Wine” won the Lenore Marshall National Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and catapulted her to national attention. “Wanda was close to all of our hearts,” Sherman Pearl, vice president of Beyond Baroque, said after her death. “She had the most articulate voice of Los Angeles that I know of. [In 2012] she was given our annual award for achievement in poetry.” Bryan had harbored the idea of doing a film about Coleman since finishing his documentary “The Odyssey,” in which “she was obviously one of the flavors of the Los Angeles poetry scene.” Cast alongside 30 other poets in that film, Coleman received about seven minutes of screen time. But he could not forget his conversation with Coleman for that project. She stood out. What Bryan found most mesmerizing about Coleman was her uncanny chameleonic powers. “She would put on the skin of other people and write about that point of view,” he said. One poem she wrote in the voice of a woman who had undergone a mastectomy felt so authentic that people consoled her after a reading. Except that Coleman had never experienced it firsthand. “She stopped denying and let people assume things and went with it,” Bryan said.

During their conversation on film, Coleman “was in top form,” he said. “Physically and mentally, she was at the top of her game. She was successful but still very hungry.” Bryan is now back to finishing up his earlier project, a film called “Myth, Magic and Miracles,” for release later this year. But in a way, Bryan had found the myth, magic and miracle he had been looking for in that 2006 footage he had shot of Coleman at her brother George Evans’ home. “It’s the most holistic interview that you’ll ever hear in your life,” Bryan recalled. “We laughed, we cried. If you want to know who she really is, there it is.” Bryan’s documentary is not concerned with retracing welltraveled territory of Coleman’s biographical history. “This is more about the motivations, the ideas, the methodology [of Coleman],” he said. “Who you are is more engaging than the bloody details. It’s a snapshot in time.” ª “The Wanda Coleman Project: Genius” screens at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free, but donations welcome. Call (310) 822-3006 or visit beyondbaroque.org. For information about other screenings, visit graffitiverite. com. michael@argonautnews.com

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The Runaways “were stigmatized from the beginning and not taken seriously by the media or radio or the public,” McDonnell said. “They are more notorious than they are famous.” “Cherry Bomb” didn’t sell well in the United States, but the Runaways spurred a loyal fandom in Japan, Australia and parts of Europe — even as contemporaries such as the Slits and the Raincoats were dismissive, said McDonnell, an assistant professor of journalism and new media at LMU. Midcareer, the Runaways embarked on a North American tour with celebrated New York proto-punk act The Ramones, coheadlining and alternating lead billing. “They got paid the same. In some reviews, people preferred the Runaways over the Ramones,” McDonnell said. Nevertheless, the experience became “a very hard tour for both bands, trying to break punk in the heartland.” On Jan. 27, 1978, the Runaways opened for the Ramones at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Santa Monica-based photographer Jenny Lens, who attended the show, photographed Jett during an after-party on the Santa Monica Pier. “She was having more fun on the Santa Monica Pier party than most anyone else,” Lens recalled. McDonnell, who in February discussed “Queens of Noise” during an author series at the

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By Michael Aushenker Loyola Marymount University closes out its Faculty Pub Night discussion series with a bang — or rather, a cherry bomb — on Tuesday with Evelyn McDonnell, author of the band biography “Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways.” The book captures the wild ride of the all-female rock band that’s best remembered for its anthem “Cherry Bomb” and a cover of The Troggs’ lascivious 1966 hit “Wild Thing.” The Runaways’ brief but fiery existence from 1975 to 1979 is an epic coming-of-age tale, as McDonnell calls it, of a prefab group of teenage girls assembled by rock svengali Kit Fowler that quickly disintegrated into “narcotic abuse, clashing egos and the dog-eat-dog undercurrents of Hollywood stardom.” The book is billed as “a cautionary tale of what can happen to girls on the cusp of womanhood who dare to put themselves in alluring but dangerous positions.” McDonnell is signing copies of her book that are sold at the event, co-sponsored by campus radio station KXLU. Upset, an all-female group including Patty Schemel of Hole, will perform after the signing. It was the early 1990s explosion of feminist Riot Grrrl groups like Bikini Kill and SleaterKinney that led McDonnell to look back to the formation of the first real all-female glam rock band, which became the launch pad for successful solo careers by Runaways Joan Jett and Lita Ford.

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“This home has the best of Southern California indoor/outdoor living,” says agent Bob Waldron. “The living room features hardwood floors and recessed lighting, and the formal dining room opens onto the inviting back yard, highlighted with a pool and mature landscaping. The master bedroom, with a sumptuous bath, fireplace and vaulted ceiling, and the second upstairs bedroom both open to a deck with city and mountain views. The rec room, currently used as a gym, could be a fifth bedroom. There are two bedrooms downstairs, one with an attached bath.” The property is offered at $975,000. Information, Bob Waldron, Coldwell Banker, Westchester/Playa, (310) 337-9225.

“The minute you open the front door, your eye will be drawn to the gracious living room with a high ceilings and a fireplace,” says agent Debra Berman. “The formal dining room has French doors leading out to a lush garden. The newly remodeled kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances and a breakfast nook, and leads to a family room. There is one bedroom and a bath on the first level, and upstairs there are two family bedrooms and a full bath plus a master suite with vaulted ceilings and a brand new luxurious en suite bathroom.” The property is offered at $1,299,000. Information, Berman Kandel, RE/MAX Estate Properties, (310) 424-5512.

“This two story penthouse in the prestigious Avalon complex is just steps away from Concert Park, Coffee Bean, Farmer’s Market, yoga studios and shopping,” says agent Kim Williamson. “Two spacious bedrooms and three baths, high ceilings, travertine tile in kitchen and bathrooms, and bluff views from the balcony, make this a rare gem. The living room has a fireplace, a media center and wood blinds, and the kitchen has all appliances including a washer/dryer. Parking for two cars, basic cable and high speed internet, water, the use of The CenterPointe Club pool, gym and Playa Vista parks are all included.” The property is offered for lease at $3,300/month. Information, Kim Williamson, RE/MAX Estate Properties, 310-678-6650. This year on May 4th “Blooms with a View,” will be hosted by Inspired Garden Artistry, a committed group of local residents who have worked on the Garden Tour since its inception. Hosted from 12 noon to 5:00pm, the garden tour happens only every two years, and this year it features nine homes in the coveted rolling hills of Windsor Hills/View Park and includes a few special gardens in Ladera Heights and View Heights. The local Keller Williams Pacific Playa office will volunteer for the event. Tickets are $20.00. Information, visit www.inspiredgardenartistry.com, or call Keller Williams Pacific Playa, (310) 256-3038.

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“The extra-large porch and beautiful front landscaping lead you to a spacious living room with a coved ceiling, hardwood floors and a fireplace,” says agent Nanci Edwards. “The sunny kitchen has a custom breakfast nook, a walk-in pantry and laundry area, and the formal dining room, with a wet bar and refrigerator, leads to the patio and backyard. The large master suite has French doors to the backyard, and its bathroom has a skylight, spa tub and separate shower. There is a two car detached garage.” The property is offered at $869,000. Information, Nanci Edwards, The Real Estate Consultants, (310) 645-7785. “This open, airy home has a living room with hardwood floors and a stunning fireplace,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “The cook’s kitchen, with its granite counters, stainless appliances and abundant cabinet space overlooks the formal dining room. The family room has a full wet bar, a brick fireplace and French doors to a private backyard with deck and sprawling lawn. An en-suite bedroom and another full bath complete the downstairs. Upstairs is a large master suite with gas fireplace and relaxing spa-like bath, two more bedrooms and another full bath.” The property is offered at $1,269,000. Information, Stephanie Younger, Teles Properties, (424) 203-1828.

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“This renovated two bedroom, two bath condo has sweeping views of the Marina Channel, from its extensive floor-to-ceiling windows,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The tiled foyer leads to a remodeled kitchen featuring ample storage and granite counters. Enjoy the unparalleled amenities offered by Marina City Club: a huge executive gym, free classes (yoga, stretch, cardio, spinning, etc.), swimming pools, tennis, paddle tennis and racquet ball courts, gourmet restaurant and bar, daytime cafe, room service, car wash, 24-hour gated and guarded security and more! Walk to the beach and many restaurants.”The property is offered at $599,000. Information, Charles Lederman, Marina City Realty, (310) 795-8267.

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Data reveal that 2.4 million couples divorced in 2012. After plummeting to a 40-year low at the height of the 2007-2009 Great Recession, the divorce rate has climbed for the third year in a row, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2012, 9.8 percent of Californians had been divorced at some point and had not yet remarried. Researchers attribute the spike in marital splits to an improving economy. Many couples who wanted to divorce during the recession put it off due to economic necessity; each partner unable individually to shoulder the cost of separate lives. Research from the University of Arizona has shown that, for every 1% increase in unemployment, the divorce rate tends to drop around 1.75%. But now, as employment and home prices continue to improve (one sluggishly, the other perhaps too quickly), married couples who’d rather they weren’t are finding themselves ready to call it quits. With growing nest eggs and increasing asset values, divorcing couples have more to divide between them, easing the transition to a newly single life in separate dwellings. The bifurcation of a household through divorce, however, is seldom so tidy. Dividing an estate often leaves both partners financially hobbled, with expenses doubled and assets halved. And the split is

especially hard on women, many of whom have to enter the labor force – some for the first time in years. Divorced women, according to research from the University of Utah, tend to see their household incomes drop as much as 15%. There’s a silver lining to this gloomy statistic: simply put, in divorce, one household becomes two. The need for one home – and all that fills it, from appliances to furniture and beyond – suddenly becomes the need for two. Consumer spending follows suit, stoking the fires of our still-smoldering economic recovery. Follow the money through to larger business earnings, increased hiring and wages, and higher tax revenues. The virtuous cycle is underway. This is good news when you view the dismal rate of household formation we’ve seen in the Golden State. In 2012, a meager 84,000 new households were formed in California. While that’s a 35% improvement over the prior year, it’s still a serious drag on new housing construction, existing home sales volume and rental occupancy. A boost in household formation spurred by more divorces, although relatively small, has the potential to counteract the negative effect of the Boomerang Generation’s ability to strike out on their own financially. Generation Y, faced with lackluster employment prospects and staggering

student debt, is staying at home and putting off marriage, maternity and a mortgaged homeownership even longer. If a bump in the divorce rate creates a spurt of new household formations among the once-married to set off the extended adolescence of their Millennial children, we say that’s good news. And employment growth, while way short of sufficient for a full recovery, continues to plot along. It is now on track to produce a full jobs recovery around 2017 – not counting jobs for the 10 addition to our population since employment’s 2007 peak. Following shortly thereafter is the demand convergence of Generation Y’s entry into the home-buying market and Baby Boomers’ delayed retirement, relocated homeownership and corresponding dis-savings and downsizing, likely peaking in 2019. This, five years hence, is the point at which we see a healthy, sustainable housing market recovery. If a bump in household formations, driven by more divorces, moves us toward that point at a quicker pace, that’s welcome news in an economy plagued by austerity. This week’s question was answered by Matthew Taylor, firsttuesday Journal Online - firsttuesdayjournal. com, P.O. Box 5705, Riverside, CA 92517.


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LOS ANGELES TIMES SUNDAY CROSSWORD PUZZLE

“NEVER MIND” By WREN SCHULTZ (Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis)

ACROSS 1 “100 Years...100 Movies” org. 4 Bill and Hillary, e.g. 8 Gives a boost, say 12 Direction from Columbus, Ohio, to Columbia, S.C. 15 Mister Rogers network 18 Fall back on 20 “True __”: 2010 Best Picture nominee 21 Sound qualities 23 Mashed potatoes feature? 25 Board at a station 26 Prefix with meter 27 Nebraska native 28 Martini garnish 30 Wheat whiskers 31 Jefferson and others, religiously 34 Signature clotheswashing move? 37 Marine eagle 38 Rap sheet letters 40 BTWs, in letters 41 Casually considered, with “with” 42 Walk unsteadily 44 Takei role 47 “__ I know ...” 51 Bear with backup musicians? 58 Simpson judge 59 Cookie sellers 60 Night sky feline 61 Stoked 62 86-Across, overseas 63 Shot 64 Poker variety 66 Dismissal 68 Picturesque Japanese peak 69 Heads-up from your

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co-star about a former mate in the wings? “A Jug of Wine ...” poet Granola cousin Take in Put up China’s Chou En-__ Tried it Innovative musician Brian Crime scene clues 62-Across, in the States Home of robot jugglers and digital clowns? Sweater type In Decimal opening “Peg Woffington” author Flips, e.g. Have some grub Moon and Starr: Abbr. Stylist’s jobs? Tennis rival of Roger Sticky situation Helicopter part Wide sizes O’Neill’s “__ Christie” Briefs “Never mind,” and a hint to this puzzle’s theme Nomeite, for one Salad dressing initialism, à la Rachael Ray Cut off Business card abbr. Game show purchase Bring under control, with “in” Watch over Lawn roll

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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 File No. 2014 081308 The following person is doing business as: 1) TBO/Dworski /Associates, 821 Nowita Place, Venice, CA. 90291, 2) TBO/The Blue One, 821 Nowita Place, Venice, CA. 90291. Registered owners: 1) Susan Dworski, 821 Nowita Place, Venice, CA. 90291, 2) David Dworski, 821 Nowita Place, Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on May 21, 2005. 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: Susan Dworski. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Mar. 26, 2014. Argonaut published: Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014. 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 File No. 2014 083525 The following person is doing business as: 1) Diamond Empress, 1209 South Lake Street #316, Los Angeles, CA. 90006, 2) Diamond Empress Apparel, 1209 South Lake Street #316, Los Angeles, CA. 90006, 3) Dempress. com, 1209 South Lake Street #316, Los Angeles, CA. 90006.. Registered owners: Janelle A. Sampson, 1209 South Lake Street #316, Los Angeles, CA. 90006. 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: Janelle A. Sampson. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Mar. 28, 2014. Argonaut published: Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014. 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 File No. 2014 089568 The following person is doing business as: Mighty Cream, 5738 Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90016. Registered owners: Askilya Justice, 5738 Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90016. 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 state-

ment 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: Askilya Justice. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Apr. 3, 2014. Argonaut published: Apr. 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2014. 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 File No. 2014 096080 The following person is doing business as: Strong Like Girl, 640 Santa Clara Ave., #2, Venice, CA. 90291. Registered owners: 1) Michael Phillips, 640 Santa Clara Ave., #2, Venice, CA. 90291, 2) Jessica Lindkrantz, 640 Santa Clara Ave., #2, Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by a partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (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: Michael Phillips. Title: Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Apr. 9, 2014. Argonaut published: Apr. 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2014. 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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