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L e t t e r s It’s Time for Los Angeles to Reconsider Digital Billboards For many years my husband bravely served as a Culver City police officer, a role that I have long held and continue to hold immense respect for. I am incredibly proud of his service to our community, but when medical issues forced him to retire earlier than we had planned, our family faced many unknowns. Thankfully, a smart investment my father made back in 1993 proved to be our saving grace. That year, Dad was approached with a proposal he knew had great potential — the opportunity to erect a billboard on property he owned in West Los Angeles. Always a forward-thinker, Dad made the decision to lease the space and put one up. The income generated by the sign allowed us to send our daughter to college, give back to our community and, after my husband’s medical leave, pay his health care bills and support our family. Unfortunately this all changed in 2013, when our sign and many other digital billboards throughout the city were turned off due to an outdated policy.
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That was nearly six years ago, and still no new policy has been put in place. Since then we have intimately felt the loss of the sign that our family came to rely on. It’s affected our livelihood by taking away a source of income we depended on and planned for, especially given my husband’s medical retirement. But it has also left us with the burden of uncertainty from not knowing when and if we will be able to depend on it once again.
And, on a larger scale, Angelenos throughout the city have missed out on important opportunities to better our communities. Progressive cities throughout the nation have passed modern billboard policies that are providing lessors, like my family, with certainty while negotiating agreements that are resulting in citywide billboard reductions and ongoing community benefits funding.
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Oxford Triangle Détente
Neighborhood leaders no longer oppose ‘inevitable’ construction of affordable housing at Thatcher Yard .......................... 8
Pessimism is Bad for the Plane Climate change may feel daunting, but there are many important local victories to celebrate on Earth Day . ....................... 6
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Rep. Karen Bass discusses Trump investigation, immigration legislation and health care at town hall ................................................ 9
Marina Trader Joe’s is Go Long-awaited specialty grocery store,
After fire injures deputy, county asks Sheriff’s Department to keep mobile shooting range out of Marina del Rey . ............................. 8
Mother Knew Best Jo Giese shares lessons on decency, generosity and gratitude passed own by example ............................................... 13
Food & Drink Cuisine from the Heart At Yours Truly, chef Vartan Abgaryan strives to make shareables more craveable ......... 15
Westside Happenings Kirk Douglas Theatre stages Richard Wright’s “Native Son” . ........................................ 25 Santa Monica police officers volunteer as waiters at The OP Café ....................... 26
first tenant of the new Pier 44 complex, will open Friday morning . ...................... 7
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Falling for Flowers With a pretty cool van but not much of a plan, The Unlikely Florist ended up sweeping Venice off its feet ................... 10
ON THE COVER: Aspiring actor Spencer Fall bought a 1980 VW Vanagon and found unexpected fame as The Unlikely Florist, pictured on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Photo by Fanny Chu (fannychuphotography.pixieset.com). Design by Michael Kraxenberger.
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Pessimism is Bad for the Planet 5 Local Climate Change Victories to Celebrate on Earth Day Climate change is a daunting challenge: the problem is global in nature, implementing meaningful solutions can be frustratingly complex, public attention to the issue is as fleeting as a Twitter hashtag, and the stakes are existential. As we approach the 49th annual observance of Earth Day on April 22, it’s completely understandable that many people feel discouraged. The White House is rolling back environmental protections that took decades to establish. California is still recovering from the most destructive wildfires in state history, with increasing scientific consensus that changing weather patterns are to blame. Even recycling is losing its feel-good luster, with curbside recycling bin contributions piling up in American cities or even being dumped into landfills due to plummeting international demand for raw materials. But now would be an absolutely terrible time for locals who care about the health of the planet to become apathetic or cynical, for a reason many wouldn’t expect: We have important environmental victories to build upon and celebrate. 1. Santa Monica Is Switching Local Businesses to 100% Renewable Energy on May 1 Environmentally progressive Santa Monica is an early adopter of Community Choice Aggregation, a local government framework that allows utility customers to switch from greenhouse gas-producing electricity generated by private utilities to renewable energy delivered over the same transmission lines. Santa Monica plans offer 36%, 50% or 100% renewable electricity. On May 1, Santa Monica is switching the default option for local business customers to the 100% plan. That’s a hugely important step worth celebrating, for two reasons: 1) Business customers create 75% of the city’s overall demand for electricity, making this a
4. Business Interests Are Organizing to Lobby for Environmental Protections In direct response to the Trump administration’s push to relax offshore drilling restrictions, residents and businesses who value and rely on the coast have quickly organized to protect it. Earlier this year, the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast (BAPPC, pronounced BAY-PACK) hosted an information and networking event in Santa Monica. The group is only a year old and already counts 2,300 business and nonprofit members throughout California, Washington and Oregon. Ecologically conscious clothing retailer Patagonia, which not too long ago launched the digital platform Patagonia Action Works to connect volunteers more easily to environmental causes, is no longer a lonely voice in the wilderness. How the story of climate change ends is still in our hands monumental shift on a local level. 2) The same Community Choice Aggregation framework is available to other communities throughout Greater Los Angeles, so expect other cities to follow in Santa Monica’s smaller carbon footprint.
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3. Public Transportation Is Becoming a Better Option for Commuters Drivers don’t battle rush-hour traffic because they want to. They sit in gridlock because they don’t see any better option. New investment in light rail — the 2. Gas-Fired Power Plants Are on relatively new Expo Line through Santa the Way Out in Los Angeles Monica, the extension of the Purple Line Where there’s a will, there’s a way. into Westwood, the impending Green For Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Line connection to LAX — promise to at least, there better be. Garcetti’s anmake public transportation a more nouncement earlier this year that Los Angeles will not invest billions of dollars convenient and, quite frankly, more reasonable option for Los Angeles area to extend the life of the Scattergood commuters than anyone could have Generating Station and two other coastal power plants commits the city to replacing imagined a generation ago. Investment in short-trip shuttle services, bike share more than 30% of its electrical supply networks and electric scooters are further with renewable sources in 10 years. It’s helping to bridge the “first/last-mile” gap not yet clear how Los Angeles will between residential neighborhoods and achieve this goal, but scientific advancelight rail stations. ments in battery technology are making
5. Coastal Ecosystems Are Bouncing Back Faster Than Anyone Imagined Build it and they will come. Un-build it, and nature comes back. That’s been the lesson of the LAX Dunes preserve, where native plant and animal species are making a comeback in the footprint of a former residential neighborhood demolished decades ago due to increased airport flight traffic. Between Vista Del Mar and Pershing Drive, you’ll find the California legless lizard and the burrowing owl (listed by California wildlife officials as species of special concern) and native flora like bright yellow beach evening primrose. As fragile as coastal dunes ecosystems are thought to be, the Bay Foundation’s painstaking restoration work on six of 100 acres of the LAX Dunes proves that the planet can and will heal if and when we’re willing to put in the work.
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Now L.A. has the opportunity to join these progressive cities by passing a comprehensive sign ordinance. And there is currently such an ordinance before the City Council. This policy has been fully vetted and was purposefully developed to benefit our communities, modernize L.A. and reduce the number of billboards citywide. The ordinance will reduce the total number of billboards
significantly by allowing appropriately-located billboards — like mine — to be converted to digital in exchange for the removal of many more existing vinyl billboards in neighborhoods throughout the city. It’s smart policy that’s a win for my family and for residents. It’s also a win for all neighborhoods, as the proposed ordinance will establish a new source of community benefits funding to address critical issues
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our neighborhoods face today. The chance to create a new funding stream in our city is pretty rare, so this component of the ordinance is especially valuable and would help neighborhoods to tackle challenges such as homelessness, youth and recreation programs, sidewalk and road repairs and more through investments tailored to their needs. I’d say that makes this policy a win-win-win — a reduced
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First Look: Marina del Rey Trader Joe’s Long-awaited anchor of Pier 44 redevelopment opens Friday
Marina del Rey store captain Terrence Higa and his crew are stocking shelves in anticipation of massive crowds Story by Gary Walker Photos by Maria Martin More than four years after word spread like wildfire that Trader Joe’s may be coming to Marina del Rey, the popular specialty grocer will open a waterside location at the corner of Admiralty and Mindanao ways on Friday. The 13,000-square-foot store is set to open at 9 a.m. with a welcoming party and ribbon cutting, followed by food demonstrations, raffles and assorted giveaways. The first business to open as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the 10-acre Pier 44 complex, Trader Joe’s now anchors one of Marina del Rey’s most desirable parcels, practically adjacent to Burton Chace Park and catty corner to the popular Ralph’s grocery store in
Waterside at Marina del Rey. A parking lot that opens to Mindanao can accommodate 100 vehicles, but the store is also accessible by the existing Marina del Rey bike path and several boat slips designated for shoppers will become operational in the coming weeks. Anticipation of the grand opening has been extremely high. Over a span of about 45 minutes on Tuesday, more than a dozen people approached the store on foot to ask store captain Terrence Higa if it was open yet. “We’re so excited. We can’t wait!” one woman exclaimed. Inside the new Trader Joe’s, customers will find walls decorated with murals featuring local landmarks such as Fisherman’s Village and Marina “Mother’s” Beach, plus other designs represent-
ing local yacht clubs and various nautical themes. “We wanted to create a neighborhood grocery store that really has a neighborhood feel,” said Higa, who has been with Trader Joe’s for 35 years and arrives from the West L.A. location near Mar Vista. The Marina Trader Joe’s will employ about 80 people — many of them recent and local hires, Higa said. Once completed, the new Pier 44 will also include an 8,000-square-foot restaurant space, a new location for the West Marine boating supplies store, a new home and dry dock storage for the South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club, a room for hosting community meetings, a boaters’ lounge with restrooms and
showers, a boat repair shop and boat sales offices. The development aligns with the long-range Marina del Rey Visioning Statement adopted by county planners in 2014, which prescribes residential, hotel, retail and recreational activity hubs interconnected by various modes of alternative transportation such as water taxis, the bike path and a continuous waterfront pedestrian promenade. Expect to encounter big crowds flocking to the new store on Friday and throughout the weekend — meaning alternative transportation is likely a good idea. But however customers arrive, said Trader Joe’s spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniels, “we just want them to know that they’re welcome.”
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Hahn Wants Mobile Firing Range out of Marina del Rey Trailer used for target practice caught fire in March, injuring a Sheriff’s deputy Citing potential dangers to the public and the nearby Ballona Wetlands, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn wants the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to keep trailers used for target practice out of Marina del Rey. A mobile shooting range in the Ballona Wetlands parking lot across the street from the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station on Fiji Way erupted in flames on March 8, causing repeated explosions of ammunition that was
stored inside. Although there were no injuries to the public, one deputy was treated for smoke inhalation and burns to his hands and face. “While I am relieved that the fire was quickly contained and there were no fatalities, I am deeply concerned that a facility containing highly combustible, live ammunition should be located in the marina at all — let alone be placed directly next to protected wetlands,” Hahn wrote in a March 18 letter to L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. “In light of these safety concerns, I am requesting that the
mobile shooting range be located outside of Marina del Rey at a safer, more secure location.” Capt. Joseph Stephen of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station said that having deputies conduct target practice elsewhere shouldn’t be much of a problem. “There are shooting trailers in fairly close proximity, like the South L.A. Station, so the deputies can get over there fairly easily during their shifts or prior to coming to work. It shouldn’t hamper the deputies too much,” he said.
Local advocates for wetlands protection have long wanted government vehicles out of the parking lot on the wetlands. Walter Lamb of the Ballona Land Trust has petitioned for not only removal of the firing range, but also for the parking lot itself to be restored as part of the wetlands. “Having a mobile shooting range so near to wildlife, a well-used bicycle path and residents was a very bad idea,” said Marcia Hanscom of the Ballona Institute.
County Extends Marina Rent Increase Cap Temporary measure to stabilize housing costs will remain in place all year Marina del Rey tenants who live in older buildings will continue to benefit from temporary rent stabilization measures that cap rent increases at 3%. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave final approval to extend an interim ordinance enacted last year through the end of 2019. The ordinance impacts some 200,000 renters throughout unincor-
porated areas governed directly by the county, according to housing officials. “Our housing market is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many families who live here,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the ordinance’s author. “Rent stabilization is the law in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and the city of Los Angeles, and recently other cities have adopted rent stabilization or other measures to protect renters, including Glendale, Long Beach and Inglewood. The county can only protect 10% of the local population, so I’m happy to see
other cities taking up this important issue to stabilize communities and curb the number of people falling into homelessness due to skyrocketing rents.” A UCLA study last year found that more than two-thirds of county residents favor laws to protect renters, and a 2017 study by the real estate company Zillow concluded that every 5% increase in overall rental costs risks pushing as many as 2,000 renters into homelessness throughout Greater Los Angeles. According to property management website Rent Café, the average rent in
Los Angeles increased 6% from 2018 to 2019, from $2,320 to $2,459. Rental prices have risen faster in Marina del Rey than in most other unincorporated neighborhoods, prompting county leaders to provide additional relief. Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose district includes Marina del Rey, brokered a deal last November to grant a 39-year lease extension to Mariners Village in exchange for converting nearly 200 of the sprawling residential complex’s 981 apartments into designated affordable housing.
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Bonin — the driving force behind the Thatcher Yard proposal — praised the Oxford Triangle Association’s letter as “a fantastic example of how neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles are coming together to help end homelessness by saying ‘yes’ to solutions.” Kennedy said that Bonin “did nothing to help [the association] and had no influence on our decision.” Meanwhile, the project itself is on some kind of hold with the city. A city Planning Department spokesperson did not return calls about the status of the project.
‘A Willingness to Work with Us’ with a maximum building height of 40 feet. While the Thatcher Yards project does not necessarily require resident support to get city approval, an April 5 letter of support from the Oxford Triangle Association to the city Planning Department is a significant development. Citing concerns about density and neighborhood character, the Oxford Triangle Association had staunchly opposed any new housing at Thatcher Yard. They aren’t exactly jumping for joy about it now, but credited developer Thomas Safran with being open to
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Nearly 300 people attended an April 6 town hall meeting in Palms hosted by Rep. Karen Bass, whose congressional district also includes Mar Vista, Del Rey, Culver City and much of South Los Angeles. A member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, Bass held a press briefing and listened to comments and questions from the audience on topics that included the Mueller investigation, health care and immigration. Key takeaways from the event included: 1. Democrats Won’t Accept a Heavily Redacted Mueller Report Bass said the Judiciary Committee (of which Westside-area Rep. Ted Lieu is also a member) will issue a subpoena for the Mueller Report if Attorney General William Barr fails to deliver the repot this month, or delivers a very limited version. Said Bass: “You have numerous attorneys that worked on the Mueller report who are saying, ‘Wait a minute, that’s not what we meant.’ So right now there’s just a little ripple of that, but I imagine that’s going to increase over time if he does not release the report or he releases a report that is so redacted that you can’t tell what’s in it.”
2. The Affordable Care Act Isn’t Just for Poor People Speaking of efforts by the Trump Administration to de-fund and dismantle President Obama’s signature health care legislation, Bass emphasized that the Affordable Care Act also forces marketrate insurers to provide stronger coverage. “I think what a lot of people don’t understand is that everybody is impacted by the Affordable Care Act. … [which]
prohibits insurance companies from saying we will not provide coverage to you if you have a preexisting condition,” said Bass. “Just about everyone has a condition like arthritis, diabetes or hypertension after a certain age and those conditions would allow an insurance company to not cover you. This really needs to be clarified, because some people think that [The Affordable Care Act] only helps poor people. … It helps all of us who have insurance.”
3. Liberals Shouldn’t Heckle Trump Supporters (Even If They Heckle Liberals) A handful of town hall attendees periodically interrupted Bass, shouting “Liar” or “Trump 2020” when the congresswoman mentioned President Donald Trump. “There are many people in our district who, like me, are happy with what the president is doing at the economy and with our border,” said an unidentified woman who supports Trump, as the audience rained boos upon her. Bass admonished the audience: “Let her speak. She has the right to say what she wants.”
4. Feds Could Face Liability for Separating Families at the Border Bass said that she will introduce legislation that would make the federal government liable for damages caused by separating immigrant children from their families at the border. “Right now the government is not responsible for reuniting children, so my bill will make it responsible to pay damages to every family where they’ve taken a child,” Bass said. “I don’t know any other definition of kidnapping children than a human rights abuse. … I find this to be on the order of the internment of the Japanese or what was done to Native American and African Americans.”
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Falling for Flowers The Unlikely Florist is sweeping Venice off its feet with rustic bouquets and a van named Untho By Christina Campodonico It’s hard not to fall for The Unlikely Florist’s beautiful bouquets. Spilling from a 1980 VW Vanagon, the rustic arrangements of blushing protea, ruddy South African pincushions and mustard-yellow billy balls attract people like spring blossoms charm honey bees. Small children run to the modified camper van parked outside the beachy Great White café on Pacific Avenue as if it were hawking ice cream; parents wrangle them to get a family picture. Aspiring social media influencers flock to the flora, burying camera-ready faces into bouquets that make for inspired accent pieces in requisite photos of the Venice Sign instantly shared to “the Gram.” Maybe the world has gone super bloom crazy. Perhaps people are just dizzy with the joy of springtime. More likely, it’s the magnetic vision of the man behind the flower van — 29-year-old Venice transplant Spencer Falls, aka The Unlikely Florist. Over the past three years, the young petal PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT April 18, 2019
purveyor originally from New Zealand has romanced Venice and charmed Instagram — more than 29,000 followers — with unique bunches of Australian and South African flora scattered with blooms from around the world. Along the way, Falls has built an enviable business that encompasses street sales, subscriptions, pop-up events at his Hampton Drive studio and even set decoration for fashion photography. His most famous floral installation to date is a wall of luscious red roses that graced the cover of Vogue India last year along with, you know, Kim Kardashian. All the positive attention, however, has not changed the incredibly down-to-earth Kiwi brought up on an orchard in northeastern New Zealand. “The more I get into this business, the more I feel like it was always meant to be,” says Falls, who came to Los Angeles to pursue acting after 100 episodes on a New Zealand soap opera. “There’s nothing foreign to me about feeling an organic skin or a really strong
branch. I grew up skinning apples and pruning trees.” Falls still picks flowers like he would apples, rolls with his van when he’s in town, wraps up his bouquets with burlap and twine, and takes great pleasure in the profusion of protea that recently blossomed in his Venice backyard. (“There’s 90 different types of protea. It’s called the protea because it’s named after the Greek god Proteus, who was a shape shifter, because there are so many different variations of it,” he says. “It’s crazy!”) Home is still not far from the street where he first encountered the quirky van turned flower-mobile that would change his fortunes. “I’m a little bit attracted and addicted to things that have history to them,” says Falls. “The van was no exception. He’s older than me; he has something to teach me.” The “he” would be “Untho,” the vintage van that Falls bought and named during his pre-florist years waiting
tables and struggling to make it in Hollywood. Once Falls got the seed of the idea to start selling flowers out of his van, Untho soon became a vehicle for literally moving inventory — and attracting eyeballs. “When you got a great van that’s so epic and so beautiful and has so much character … [and] you buy great flowers that are unbelievable and breathtaking and positive, how do those two things not go together?” Falls muses. What sets The Unlikely Florist’s bouquets apart is how they balance attention-grabbing bursts of color with a supporting cast of lush greenery. “I definitely don’t shy away from greens and having eucalyptuses and rhododendrons and such. So I’m often trying to create a very organic look to my arrangements. … It’s ultimately like a composition, a balance of these beautiful flowers,” he says. “I feel as though many florists use epic flower on top of epic flower on top of unbelievable flower, and while that’s awesome … these flowers
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Spencer Falls came to L.A. to be an actor but found a new sense of purpose as The Unlikely Florist A B OV E : Passersby find it difficult to resist Falls’ striking floral arrangements sold from a vintage VW Vanagon LEFT:
aren’t getting their due respect or their due appreciation if they’re just stacked on top of each other.” After restoring Untho and equipping him with handmade flower racks, Falls initially set up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in front of Gjelina Take Away but “was actually kicked off the street before I even sold one flower,” he recalls. “I had to relocate onto Rose [Avenue], and rest assured I was back on Abbot Kinney the next day. … We used to do this on a much more guerrilla-type sort of status.” The persistence paid off and has led to collaborations with brands such as TOMS shoes, Airbnb Experiences, street and surf wear company Banks Journal, and most recently Northern California cannabis company Humboldt Farms, which has partnered with The Unlikely Florist to bring bouquets in the zeitgeist of the California super bloom (and cannabis education) to dispensaries and public spots across L.A. this spring. On Saturday, (aka 4/20, that most sacred of
pot holidays) they’ll set up along Abbot Kinney, so keep an eye out. The Unlikely Florist will be handing out penny bouquets, and Humboldt will be offering information and discount codes for the canna-curious.
in love so much with flowers and being a florist — the sheer appreciation and the experience of making flower arrangements for people. You sit in the van and you put out a bunch of flowers and you hang out and people come up and they’re
“Flowers to me are like the most positive thing there is in the world — they’re pure nature, they’re pure beauty, they’re just so pure.” — Spencer Falls Marketing aside, Falls says the true mission of his bouquets is to spread appreciation and positivity. “Flowers to me are like the most positive thing there is in the world — they’re pure nature, they’re pure beauty, they’re just so pure,” he emphasizes. “That was probably the reason why I fell
so happy. They’re looking to celebrate; they’re looking to thank someone; they’re looking to show love, show appreciation. There’s nothing negative about it. “I think unfortunately at this moment in time, we have many reasons in California and worldwide to feel real f**king gutted about what’s going on in the world —
whether it be because there were fires that ripped through California and took many lives and f**ked up many homes, or the political state of the world, or the fact that like cathedrals are burning in Paris. People need positive and inspiring things to experience in life when there’s so much gnarly stuff going on.” Ultimately, Falls hopes “to inspire the world to enjoy more flowers — that they’re not a waste of money, that they don’t just die out after a couple of days,” he says. “My flowers last for a couple of weeks, and hopefully they can continue to inspire and excite the receiver for weeks after they’ve been purchased, and therefore keep that person happy and excited and motivated in life.” The Unlikely Florist pops up along Abbot Kinney Boulevard this Saturday (April 20) at a surprise time. Check @humfarms on Instagram for updates. Follow @theunlikelyflorist on Instagram or visit theunlikelyflorist.com to keep up with Falls’ adventures. April 18, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 11
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Mother Knew Best Jo Giese shares lessons of decency, generosity and gratitude passed down by example By Bliss Bowen “The beauty of learning a lesson and incorporating it so fully that it becomes part of you, as if it were your original chromosomal material, is that you can casually pass it on without even noticing.” So writes Emmy and Peabody Awardwinning “Marketplace” and “This American Life” journalist Jo Giese in her charming new memoir, “Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons From My Mother,” which is officially released next week (conveniently just before Mother’s Day). Giese will discuss it Tuesday at Diesel Bookstore in Santa Monica. The book’s sweetness is grounded in honest emotion and the astringency of Giese’s warts-and-all memories of her parents. Chapters are organized by specific pieces of life wisdom gleaned from her mother, Babe (“Never Show Up Empty-Handed,” “The Happiness of Giving and Receiving Flowers,” “Make the Best of It”), and a few that Giese writes she learned “the messy way — by doing the opposite of what Babe did” (“Never Leave a Compliment Unsaid”).
“It’s a joyous book,” acknowledges the former Venice resident, who now resides in Malibu with her husband. “There are gentle and tender things in there, even the thing about the good goodbye” — that is, walking guests out at the end of a visit and waving goodbye until they’re out of sight, thus extending the caring embrace of friendship. An effervescent sense of appreciation animates Giese’s conversation as it does her book; she asks questions, offers compliments, and strives to make a human connection. It’s tempting to ask what she’s learned during her career about the kind of stories people want to hear. But really, the answer’s in the book. Babe is at once ordinary and emblematic of her generation and yet too intriguing to easily forget; a feminine woman of her time with a gift for embroidery and bringing people together in unlikely circumstances. (A description of an impromptu neighborhood campout at their house in Texas, playing board games by candle and lantern light while 1961’s Hurricane Carla raged outside, provides one of the most vivid passages.)
People wanted to be around Babe — and now, according to Giese, they want to hear her lessons about decency, generosity, and why “Thank-You Notes Are Never Too Plentiful.” “The feedback I’m getting from people as I travel around is that we’re living in a pretty coarse time,” Giese observes. “And some of the civilities that I talk about in the book that people used to take for granted … should probably still be part of our vocabulary.” She writes about how her mother accompanied Giese’s self-taught, hard-working father on his business trips; while he made sales pitches to shipyard owners, Babe contentedly embroidered dish towels and pillowcases outside in the car. Giese understandably rebelled against what she perceived as her mother’s “silly, subservient behavior.” Yet as she writes in “Maybe We All Need Someone Waiting for Us in the Parking Lot,” the arrangement served a practical purpose: it strengthened the marriage. “If Willy Loman had had a Babe to kick back with, and laugh with, and have a scotch and soda with after his sales
calls,” she writes, “how different his story might have been.” “Sheryl Sandberg wrote this book, ‘Lean In,’” Giese says now. “Well, my parents didn’t need to be told that. They were a team, and they were doing this together. David Brooks in The New York Times writes a lot about the idea of independence; that we’ve just carried that too far in this country, that everybody has to be independent rather than codependent or interdependent or in relationship. I think there’s a lot of value to that.” Numerous bits of wisdom rang true and caused this writer to smile throughout the book, as various passages triggered memories of a beloved grandmother, mother and small-town traditions, such as anonymously leaving flowers on neighbors’ porches for May Day. Others reminded of how many of us learned lessons despite our own stubborn will. “Isn’t that the truth though?” Giese says, referencing an amusing episode in which her parents compelled her to write out “I will be grateful for everything I get” (Continued on page 14)
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1,000 times after she was ungrateful for an oversized maroon coat. “When my mother had me writing those thank you notes when I was little, it truly, truly, truly felt that I would be midway through opening the present, the wrapping’s not even off yet, and she’s saying,
her friends, really. I hate death and dying, and when someone I love dies it just tears me apart. I’m much younger than she is and I haven’t outlived everybody yet, and I wish maybe she could have put that into words for me. But I think her philosophy about that was probably ‘Life is for the living and I’m still alive.’ So if there was a question, it might
and daughter. She’d previously cited an Abraham Lincoln quote painted across a building on Lincoln Boulevard in West L.A. — “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” — and observed, “Babe couldn’t have said it better.” Indeed. The beauty of Babe’s lessons is their simplicity. The same is true of Giese’s
“Sheryl Sandberg wrote this book,‘Lean In.’ Well, my parents didn’t need to be told that. They were a team, and they were doing this together.” — Jo Giese ‘You’ve gotta write the thank you note,’ and I’m going, ‘Give me a break!’ But then these things do stick with you, and there’s a value to that.” Giese recounts numerous questions she asked her mother. Was there any particular question she wishes she’d asked but never did? “She was almost 98 when she died, and she outlived her three sisters, her husband and all of
have been that one: How do you deal with death when it comes at you, and it keeps coming?” In the poignant final chapter, “Sometimes Life Begins Again at Ninety-Five,” Giese invokes her own personal mantra — one developed as a result of being Babe’s independent daughter, and one she calls up as her mother is dying. It’s like a summation of cumulative wisdom shuttled between mother
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topping restaurant 71Above for three years. The change in location means a change in pace for the native Angeleno chef: Yours Truly maxes out at 85 diners (including a back room for large parties and events) who can choose from a menu of about 20 shareable plates, seven signature cocktails, and an extensive wine list. At 71Above, Abgaryan says the rigor of serving up to 300 diners multiple courses per night each
squid ink pasta, roe, uni and bottarga for an ever-so-slight richness that mimics pancetta and pecorino Romano found in a traditional carbonara. True to its refined chill vibe (there is a succulent plant at every table), shareables like the zucchini blossom tempura stuffed with housemade yuzu-infused ricotta are meant to be eaten by hand, stuffed-side first. And drink offerings are equally casual but refined — the Dante’s Inferno
Some menu items take three days to create, like the chicken liver mille crepe: each $14 slice is made of up to 40 layers meticulously separated by paper-thin rye crepes … occupied by Salt Air, the modern American outpost is chef Vartan Abgaryan’s most sincere endeavor yet, so he says. “Everything has to be very craveable. And everything, from tasting and testing, came completely from my heart. I’ve always cooked that way, very heartfelt,” he said. Abgaryan recently opened Yours Truly with partners Paul Pruitt and Dave Reiss. It’s the chef’s first venture on the Westside, a migration he’s made from downtown L.A., where he was at the helm of skyscraper-
meant less time to get to know his customers. Now, “relaxed” is a word that comes up a lot — about Venice, about Westsiders and, to an extent, his work style. “I say that, but I’ll probably never relax,” he added, laughing. Especially not when some menu items take three days to create, like the chicken liver mille crepe: each $14 slice is made of up to 40 layers meticulously separated by paper-thin rye crepes and served with candied kumquat, artichoke and currant mustard. A bucatini “carbonara” — yes, in quotes — is served with al dente
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JuSt LiSted 13082 MinDanao way #57, MDr 3 bD & 2.5 ba 2,217 Sq.ft. $1,599,000 www.13082Mindanao57.com
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in eSCrOw 13131 MinDanao way #2, Marina Del rey 2 bD & 2.5 ba 1,544 Sq.ft. $1,069,995 www.13131Mindanao.com
JuSt LiSted 13650 Marina Pointe Dr. #1805, MDr 2 bD & 2.5 ba + office 2,904 Sq.ft. www.Cove1805.com $2,995,000
Open Sun 2-5 12895 runway rD. #1, Playa ViSta 3 bD & 2 ba 1,601 Sq.ft. $1,549,000 www.12895runway.com
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JuSt LiSted 13600 Marina Pointe Dr. #1414, MDr 1 bD & 1.5 ba + Den 1,720 Sq.ft. $1,179,000
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in eSCrOw 4350 Glencoe aVe. #2, Marina Del rey 2 bD & 2.5 ba 1,544 Sq.ft. $1,079,000 www.4350Glencoe.com
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legal advertising FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019 078269 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: KOYLA HOOKAH LOUNGE, KOYLA HOOKAH, KOYLA, KOYLA LOUNGE. 13603 Marina Pointe Dr., Apt. D319 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Liit Partners, LLC, 13603 Marina Pointe Dr., Apt. D319 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Sandra E. Leon. TITLE: Managing Member, Corp or LLC Name: Liit Partners, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 27, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/4/19, 4/11/19, 4/18/19, 4/25/19 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019 088555 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: CLOVE PILLOWS. 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste. 100 Sacramento, CA 95833. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Clove Home LLC, 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste. 100 Sacramento, CA 95833. State of Incorporation or LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Dave Stein. TITLE: Managing Member, Corp or LLC Name: Clove Home LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 3, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/11/19, 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019 094237 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: CLOVE. 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste. 100 Sacramento, CA 95833. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Clove Home LLC, 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr., Ste. 100 Sacramento, CA 95833. State of Incorporation or
LLC: California. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Limited Liability Company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Dave Stein. TITLE: Managing Member, Corp or LLC Name: Clove Home LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 9, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/11/19, 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019069089 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AKTIONSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY, AKTIONSHOT; 8419 Truxton Ave Los Angeles, CA 90045. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Ann E. Kaatz, 8419 Truxton Ave Los Angeles, CA 90045. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Ann E. Kaatz. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 18, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/4/19, 4/11/19, 4/18/19, 4/25/19 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019077471 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: KT DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT; 12473 Osprey Lane Unit 2 Los Angeles, CA 90094. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Kevin Tague, 12473 Osprey Lane Unit 2 Los Angeles, CA 90094. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 3/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Kevin Tague. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 27, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any
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change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/28/19, 4/4/19, 4/11/19, 4/18/19 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019082799 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2019082799 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: THE CONTAGIOUS FERN; 3961 Moore Street Apt. 5 Los Angeles, CA 90066. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) SzeFern Lim, 3961 Moore Street Apt. 5 Los Angeles, CA 90066. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 1/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Sze-Fern Lim. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 28, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19, 5/9/19
FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019093251 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: STRATEGIC INNOVATIONS CONSULTING; 5720 W. Centinela Ave., #226 Los Angeles, CA 90045, PO Box 451964 Los Angeles, CA 90045. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Carole S. Neal, 5720 W. Centinela Ave., #226 Los Angeles, CA 90045. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Carole S. Neal. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 8, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19, 5/9/19
TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 12, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19, 5/9/19 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019098738 Type of Filing: Amended The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: TWO HILLS MEDIA; 13900 Panay Way R114 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Susan O’Leary Hull, Bruce M. Hull Jr, 13900 Panay Way R114 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Married Couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 4/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Bruce M Hull Jr. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 12, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19, 5/9/19
FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019085717 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: GMONDAYS. 1835 Colby Avenue Unit #2 West Los Angeles, CA 90025. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Gineryll Abracosa, 1835 Colby Avenue Unit #2 West Los Angeles, CA 90025. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 3/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Gineryll Abracosa. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 1, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/11/19, 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19
FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019098395 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: DEL REY DENTAL; 8410 Pershing Drive Playa Del Rey, CA 90293. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) David E. Schwarting, 8410 Pershing Drive Playa Del Rey, CA 90293. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 01/1972. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: David E. Schwarting. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 12, 2019. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19, 5/9/19 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NAME STATEMENT FilE NO. 2019098689 Type of Filing: Original The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 360 SELF DEFENSE ACADEMY; 8707 Truxton Ave. Westchester, CA 90045. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Riccardo Ruelas, 8707 Truxton Ave. Westchester, CA 90045. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 3/2019. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Riccardo Ruelas.
Public Notices ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. 19TRCP00086 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of HARPER RAE DECOU by her parents, KRISTIN MALISSA DECOU AND ROBERT MALCOLM DECOU, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: HARPER RAE DECOU by her parents, KRISTIN MALISSA DECOU AND ROBERT MALCOLM DECOU filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Harper Rae DeCou to Kalea Rae DeCou 2.) THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: 05/17/2019. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: B. The address of the court is 825 Maple Avenue Torrance, CA 90503. A copy of this Order to Show Cause
shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Los Angeles. Original filed: March 26, 2019. Deirdre Hill, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19, 5/9/19 SUMMONS (CiTACiON JUDiCiAl) Case Number (N˙mero del Caso): 18CHlC09868 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): ANTHONY LETSON, an individual; Miles Gaines, an individual; and DOES ONE through TEN, inclusive, YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO EST¡ DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): OPTIO SOLUTIONS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, dba QUALIA COLLECTION SERVICES. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court.There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. Tiene 30 DÕAS DE CALENDARIO despuÈs de que le entreguen esta citaciÛn y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefÛnica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y m·s informaciÛn en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/ espanol/), en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede m·s cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentaciÛn, pida al secretario de la corte que le dÈ un formulario de exenciÛn de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podr· quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin m·s advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisiÛn a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www. courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/espanol/) o poniÈndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados
locales. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y direcciÛn de la corte es): Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 9425 Penfield Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre, la direcciÛn y el n˙mero de telÈfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): D. Lilah McLean, State Bar No. 203594, 1444 North Mcdowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94954; Tel: 707.665.217 DATE (Fecha): April 26, 2018; Sherri R. Carter, Clerk (Secretario), by Marissa Morales, Deputy (Adjunto) PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 4/11/19, 4/18/19, 4/25/19, 5/2/19 Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at a top height of 66’ 9” on a 54’ 9” building rooftop at the approx. vicinity of 1316 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, CA 90403. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Emily Senne, email@example.com, 2121 W Chandler Blvd, Suite 108, Chandler, AZ 85224, 480-8500575. 4/18/19 CNS-3241581# THE ARGONAUT Notice of Declaration of Assignee’s Update Of Patent; Patent Number: PLC 434; BLM Serial Number: CACAAA 085098; That Etta Hindra does severally certify and declare that I bring up this Land Patent in my name: Etta Hindra; Land Patent Number PLC 434; State: California; Issue Date: 12/8/1973; Names on Document: Machado; Authority: March 3, 1851; Grant-Spanish/Mexican (9 Stat. 631); Survey Information: Total Acres: 13933.87; Geographic Name: Ballona; The Patent Listed is: A tract of land #12385 Lot 9 lying in the vicinity of T1S R15W, San Bernardino Base and Meridian. Township Identifier: CA 270010S0150W0. In Year 1993 The Real Property was Assigned to Etta Hindra. Instrument No# 93 2546788. The Grant Deed and the Deed of Trust was Authenticated on 11/3/2016. Real Property: 2712 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064; Assessors ID#4255 015 009 07 000 33 Legal Description: Lot(s) 9 of Tract No.12385. In the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in book 261 Page(s) 28 to 30 inclusive of Maps, in the office of the County Recorder of said County. In Year 2004; 12/10/2004 Individual Quitclaim Deed filed in the County Recorder Office; Quitclaim Deed to Etta Hindra, A Single Woman. Instrument No#04 3190450. In Year 2005 The Real Property was Refinanced on 6/29/2005. Instrument No#05 1584000. The Original Lender was The Commonwealth United Mortgage sold the Note to the National City Mortgage then the Loan securitized [MBS] to Morgan Stanley Trust. Deutsche Bank as the Trustee, did not get TITLE to the Property transferred due to Improper transferred/indorsement in year 2005. All the Five Assignments were made after the Trust Closing Date 10/31/2005; therefore all the Assignments were Defective rendered the Assignments VOID; Broken Chain of Title caused Defective Transfer/ No Constitutional Standing. The Securitization Loan failed. Etta Hindra, Assignee
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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, April 18 Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Commemoration and Fundraiser Dinner, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Locals gather at the corner of Venice and Lincoln boulevards to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the forced removal of Japanese-Americans from the Westside to Manzanar. Hama Sushi hosts a fundraiser dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., pledging 10% of dinner sales to the VJAMM Committee. Hama Sushi, 213 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 396-8783; venicechamber.net Venice Art Crawl Mixer Fundraiser, 6 to 10 p.m. Experience this fundraising night of art and entertainment with free beer and bites. “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution” screens followed by a talk with the filmmakers. James Berkowitz recites poetry. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25. veniceartcrawl.com Super Bloom Art Show!, 6 to 10 p.m. In honor of the environmental phenomenon, this art show features floral inspirations and works from artists in full bloom. Buckwild Gallery, 12804 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. facebook.com/marvistaartwalk Bay Cities Coin Club Meeting, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The club meets on Thursday to announce coin shows, present a show-and-tell or host a guest speaker. The club is open to the public. El Segundo Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. firstname.lastname@example.org Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org Tango Nights, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Monday. Come out to
shake away your stress. Learn tango every Monday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 and then dance your heart out until 10:30 p.m. All levels welcome. Makela Tango Dance Studio, 9431 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $25. (310) 740-2007; makelatango.com
Santa Monica. Enter on 14th Street. Free; RSVP requested. smspoke.org Bay Foundation’s Volunteer Event, 9 a.m. to noon. The Malibu Creek Watershed is home to birds, fish and other important wildlife. Help remove invasive vegetation that crowd out and compete with native, drought-tolerant plants in the Malibu Lagoon. Gloves and tools provided. Wear closed-toed shoes. Bring water and snacks. Malibu Lagoon State Beach, 3999 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu. (310) 417-3093; santamonicabay.org
“Thirdsdays,” 8 p.m. Improvising ensemble Scrappers perform two sets of improvisational jazz. Industry Café & Jazz, 6039 Washington Blvd., Culver City. No cover; donations encouraged. (310) 202-6633; industrycafela.com Turtle Races at Brennan’s, 9 p.m. Each third Thursday of the month, local Irish pub Brennan’s resumes its 45-year tradition of turtle racing. Brennan’s, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 443-5119; brennansla.com Genius Loci: Surf Music Yoga Live, 9 p.m. A slice of Baja’s Genius Loci Fest comes to Venice with deejays Henry Pope, Little Foot and more spinning beats and breaks. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Friday, April 19 “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” Screening, various times. This noir-tinged story about a lost soul (Jue Huang) searching for a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang) takes the audience on a journey through China’s Guizhou province. The Landmark, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $15. (310) 470-0492; landmarktheatres. com/los-angeles/the-landmark 3rd Annual LA Punk Film Festival, 6 p.m. Watch the red carpet awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and then enjoy two screening rooms showing trailers, features and shorts all centered on punk. Hang out in the Punk Chill
Maleka Tango invites you to dance your worries away. SEE THURSDAY, APRIL 18. Lounge upstairs or listen to readings in the bookshop from 8 p.m. to close. Food, beer and wine available in the garden area. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $7 to $10. beachdancerfilms.com/la-punk-film-festival The Sweatpants Series, 7:30 p.m. Throw on some sweatpants and listen to some great music starting at 8 p.m. by guitarist Morrison Conway and Venice singer-songwriter Monica Aben. A special guest performer from Safe Place for Youth performs, and 70% of proceeds go directly to S.P.Y. Amiga Wild, 2124 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free, but donations encouraged. sweatpantsseries.com Venice Vandals Comedy Show, 8 to 10 p.m. Sit under the stars and enjoy some of the best Los Angeles comics at this monthly Venice comedy showcase. BYOB. Lone Wolfs, 2545 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10. venicevandalscomedy. brownpapertickets.com DJ Jedi & Anthony Valadez Dance Party, 9 p.m. Deejays are on the
decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Saturday, April 20 Roga, 8 a.m. A running group and all-levels yoga class each Saturday morning through Aug. 3. Meet under the Santa Monica Pier sign at the top of the ramp for a brisk two- or five-mile run. Walkers welcome. Afterward, Paula Tapia leads a yoga class. Bring your own mat. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Free. santamonicapier.org Kidical Mass: The Lorax Garden Tour & Earth Day Family Ride, 9 a.m. to noon. Take a family-friendly ride to visit Park Drive Community Garden for a day of fun with face painting, pancakes and a hands-on kids garden workshop. Playground at Memorial Park, 1401 Olympic Blvd.,
Free Legal Housing Clinic, 10 a.m. to noon. The third Saturday of each month the California Women’s Law Center hosts a free legal clinic. Experienced housing attorneys meet with guests on a first come, first serve basis to help with legal issues facing tenants in the beach cities. VCH, 720 Rose Ave., Venice. Free. (323) 951-1041; email@example.com BookArtsLA Birthday Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Celebrate this double “fifth” milestone with BookArtsLA’s fifth birthday celebration and the publication of Jim Natal’s fifth poetry collection. Grab some birthday cake and prosecco while listening to a poetry reading. Guests receive a broadside of one of Natal’s haibun poems. BookArtsLA,11720 Washington Pl., Mar Vista. Free. bookartsla.org Strikers Band, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to live music, nibble on light refreshments and dance the afternoon away. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Culver City Senior Citizens Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. $5. (310) 253-6700 Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club Open House, 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy an open house every third Saturday of (Continued on page 26)
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Hellfire and Brimstone:“Booger Red” @ The Electric Lodge Booger Red survives a rough childhood to become a renowned and intimidating Southern Baptist preacher. But can his kid Jimmy find
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Theater of the Absurd: “The Wonderful World of Dissocia” @ Fanatic Salon Culver City Public Theater moves indoors for the first time and delves into the mind of Lisa, a young woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder undergoing electric shock therapy. The treatment brings to life a multitude of characters, including a druggie “insecurity guard,” an abusive goat and a singing polar bear. Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 27 at Fanatic Salon, 3815 Sawtelle Blvd., Culver City. $10 to $15. ccpt.org.
Mildred Marie Langford and Jon Chaffin in “Native Son” a way to live outside of his father’s larger-than-life shadow? Told by actorplaywright and Southern yarn-spinner Jim Loucks. Limited engagement: Opens Saturday (April 20) and continues
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 28 at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $15. Search “Booger Red” at eventbrite.com; jimloucks.com. This is America:“Native Son” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre Center Theatre Group’s Block Party caps off with Anateus Theatre Company’s production of “Native Son,” an adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic novel about a young black man in 1930s Chicago, the racism he lives with and the violence that seals his fate. Opens Thursdays (April 18) and continues at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays (no matinee April 21) through April 28 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $27 to $72. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org
Sermons and Showmanship: “Faith Healer” @ Odyssey Theater Is Fantastic Francis Hardy a miracle worker or a charlatan in search of a dollar? Four monologues explore the healing power of faith. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 12 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $32 to $37. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com “Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Follow Dorothy on her escapades doing battle with a vainglorious queen, meeting a magical Patchwork Girl and setting a rainbow king free. Now playing 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through June 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to
$15. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com Faith and Healing: “Bar Mitzvah Boy” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse Joey, a thoroughly secularized man in his 60s longs to reconnect with his Jewish roots by throwing the bar mitzvah he never had. Meanwhile Michael, a female rabbi, must come to terms with her 11-year-old daughter’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Can both find meaning through their faith? Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 12 at Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $25 to $35; get $5 off at the door if you bring a picture of your own bar mitzvah. (323) 821-2449;
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Sligo Rags Concert, 2 p.m. This ensemble presents Celtic folk music with a bluegrass attitude, using fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass and percussion. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2728; eslib.org Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country rock concert by JB & The BC Riders. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com The Hawt-Thorns Concert, 8 p.m. Husband and wife duo KP and Johnny Hawthorn perform their melodic, rocking Americana joined by Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $18. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com We Are The West Underground Concert Series, 8 p.m. to midnight. Sylvain Carton (solo woodwinds and electronics) and duo Bernie Larsen & Cassidy Linder join inventive folk-pop five-piece We Are The West in the next installment of their Underground Series—parking garage concerts that happen each Saturday before a full moon. 701 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. facebook.com/wearethewestmusic
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Monday, April 22 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. culvercity.org Salsa Night, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. World champion dance instructor Cristian Oviedo leads a beginner salsa class from 8 to 9 p.m. and a beginner bachata lesson from 9 to 10 p.m. followed by live music and social dancing until 2 a.m. West End, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica. $12. 21+. (310) 451-2221; facebook.com/westendsalsa
Tuesday, April 23 Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Airport Relations Committee, 5 p.m. The committee meets at the Westchester Municipal Building Conference Room, 7166 W. Manchester Blvd., Westchester. ncwpdr.org Calamity Company + United Jams, 9 p.m. Enjoy live rock, soul, folk, and blues every Tuesday night in the Del Monte Speakeasy. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Wednesday, April 24
Los Angeles County Beach Commission, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This 20-member body appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors reviews Beaches and Harbors’ policies, contracts and capital projects and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Maria Wong (310) 821-5245; beaches.lacounty.gov Venice Connect Mixer and Art Activity, 6 to 8 p.m. Head to A Window Between Worlds to get artistic while learning about how art can heal trauma. Paint watercolor greeting cards and enter the raffle for a chance to win a reusable tote filled with greeting cards or tickets to the community festival, Art in the Afternoon. 710 4th Ave., Ste. 5, Venice. (310) 822-5425. info@ venicechamber.net 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. delreync.org
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Adult Journaling Program, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Practice journaling skills to unleash creativity and get words down on paper. Participants discuss and select fun writing topics. Bring writing materials. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; lacountylibrary.org
Grunion Party!, 11 p.m. A grunion is a fish similar in size and shape to a sardine and found only around Southern California. Come out to witness the grunions as they wiggle onto the beach to lay their eggs. Venice Beach near the breakwater rocks straight from the end of Windward Avenue. veniceoceanarium.org
Sunday, April 21 Easter Sunday Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The West L.A. Farmers Market hosts an Easter egg hunt at noon and kids Easter crafts and egg dyeing until 2 p.m. Bring your own basket. 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. Free. facebook.com/ westlafarmersmarket Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz funk concert by ‘The Funky Sax Man’ Chazzy Green. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Bugs Bunny and Friends, 2 to 5 p.m. Celebrate spring with a thoroughly jolly and rabbit-filled family matinee of classic Warner Bros. cartoons. Free Easter candy for all kids in attendance. The Aero, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. $8 to $12. americancinemathequecalendar.com
Service & Appreciation Some of Santa Monica’s finest serve up cafe fare for a good cause this Tuesday (April 23). From 8 to 11 a.m., members of the Santa Monica College Police Department step in to wait tables at OP Cafe (3117 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica) in honor of National Administrative Professionals Week and to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Twenty percent of proceeds will be donated to the California Chapter of the Special Olympics. The SMC Police also offer rides to the cafe at 7:45, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10 or 10:30 a.m. from the SMC Police Station (1718 Pearl St., Santa Monica). Call (310) 434-4608 or follow @smc_collegepolice on Instagram for updates.
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Old and New, Both Ends of Venice: Laura Shepherd Townsend & Jim Smith, 8 to 10 p.m. A reading and discussion of two new books about different eras in Venice. Townsend reads from the new book in her Destiny’s Consent series “Angel’s Flight.” Smith reads from “Gentrifying Paradise,” highlighting Venice’s evolution in the 21st century. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $10. beyondbaroque.org
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Museums & Galleries “1915,” through April 30. Artist Diana Markosian exhibits her photography, documenting survivors of the Armenian genocide as they reconnect with their lost homeland. Venice Arts, 13445 Beach Ave., Venice. venicearts.org
“Progression,” through May 11. Artists Sia Aryai, Ray Carofano, Dylan Vitone and Melanie Walker come together for an exhibit that reveals how art is an outlet for innovation and reflection. dnj Gallery, 3015 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-3551; dnjgallery.net
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Otmaro Ruiz & Bruno Mangueira Duo, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Versatile and virtuosic Venezuelan pianist Otmaro Ruiz teams up with Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger Bruno Mangueria for a double set. Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. $20 plus one drink minimum per set. 21+. (424) 800-2006; samfirstbar.com
“It’s a Life,” through May 1. Death is a part of life, and how we deal with it can be challenging. Coinciding with a new show at The Braid, this exhibit features photography, drawing and sculpture on the theme “It’s a Life.” The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Ste 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.com
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