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L e t t e r s Bullet Train Silence is Deafening One of the myriad reasons for the election of Donald Trump was that voters felt alienated and ignored by their elected representatives. I have good reason to understand that lately. My issue is the ridiculous cost of Gov. Brown’s high-speed rail, which has more than doubled to an estimated minimum of $77 billion and rising. I wondered how our state representatives viewed the rising costs and associated delays, so I attempted to contact Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and state Sen. Ben Allen. When I asked the person who answered the phone at Allen’s office in Sacramento what the senator’s stance was on this issue, her answer was “I haven’t asked him.” Ridiculous! She shouldn’t need to ask him. He should have some statement ready for the people who work for him. I asked the rep to have someone contact me and sent an email through the website. Having heard nothing a week later, I called the regional office. A few days later I was told the senator is



going to find out why costs are so high before stating a position. How much more information does he need to realize this level of spending isn’t what voters want? The same process applied to Burke. The Sacramento office asked if I would like someone to call me, but no one ever called or responded to a subsequent email. Why have a website that solicits questions if you aren’t going to respond to them? A helpfulsounding woman at the local office promised to speak to a supervisor and get back to me, but I’m still waiting. People who get elected abandon their constituents as soon as they settle into office. I can only assume that both Allen and Burke could care less about taxpayer money being poured into this folly because we have surplus funds due to the high gas tax, state income tax, state sales tax, increased vehicle taxes and property taxes. Why not spend it on a train that may never be completed, right? Until the people of California realize their tax dollars could be better spent and start calling out



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Re: “Westchester-Playa Council Cracks in Two,” cover story, April 12 There are some real community concerns that should be prioritized by this council, and absenteeism isn’t one. Stop the petty bantering and focus on the community’s needs or, as Jordan Peele says, get out. A. Frances I wish there were more content to a front-page article like this, or at least some attempt at insight and analysis. This reads like a surface-level account of cattiness, which deserves coverage, I suppose — perhaps not a frontpage feature. Also probably should have been disclosed that Maleman is a former Argonaut contributor. IMHO this story fans flames without any suggestion of a “there, there.” Disappointed in the salaciousness of the coverage. H. Rose



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Pending Los Angeles Times relocation is El Segundo’s latest big win .................... 6

LMU President Timothy Law Snyder says today’s college students are tougher than you think . ...................................... 12

Before the Flood


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Life Unfiltered “Awkward” brings the quirks and imperfections of family life into focus at ESMoA . .......................................... 13


Remembering Manzanar Mae Kakehashi had just graduated from

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2300 E. Imperial Hwy., future home of the Los Angeles Times Demand for Silicon Beach office space remains unrelenting, and El Segundo continues to bring highprofile media and technology companies into its fold. Its latest coup: the Los Angeles Times. Billionaire biotech entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, whose $500-million purchase of the Times from profiteering Chicago-based ownership is expected to clear next month, announced the move to the paper’s staff last Friday. The L.A. Times no longer owns its iconic downtown Los Angeles headquarters — Shiong had to rent the building’s auditorium for the day — and faced a monthly rent hike of $1 million, he told employees. The new Los Angeles Times newsroom and offices will relocate in June to 2300 Imperial Highway, a renovated eight-story office building (one of several Soon-Shiong owns in El Segundo) at Douglas Street that’s very visible from the eastbound 105 Freeway. The 120,000-square-foot building will include a retail space and gallery celebrating the paper’s 136-year history, multimedia studios and a childcare center. The Argonaut confirmed the Times’ new location with El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes.

“I’m really grateful that the Los Angeles Times now has a local owner. Having a free press is integral to our nation’s freedom, and I think having the Times relocate to El Segundo will do great things for our region and our state,” Fuentes said. “Having the paper of record in El Segundo shows that Dr. SoonShiong has confidence in our town, and we couldn’t be more grateful.” El Segundo began the 20th century as an oil refinery outpost before growing into a bedroom community for mid-century aerospace workers, and evolved into the butt of “Tonight Show” and “Sanford and Son” jokes (in part due to the continued industrial presence). With an infusion of economic development over the last decade, El Segundo has reinvented itself as a charming beach town to the west and a corporate powerhouse to the east, with e-commerce and communications firms as well as digital startups bolstering the historic aerospace presence. “The town is changing,” said Fuentes, who was raised in El Segundo. “We consider ourselves to be part of Silicon Beach with the tech companies that are here.”


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B r i e f Culver City Approves Pot Tax; Elects First Black Councilman Culver City voters overwhelmingly approved taxing new cannabis businesses and elected the city’s first African-American city council member during municipal elections last Tuesday. Measure A, Culver City’s cannabis initiative to tax gross receipts of both medicinal and recreational marijuana, won in a landslide: 4,512 votes to 812. Tax proceeds are earmarked for public safety, road repairs, and youth or recreation programs. Medical cannabis retailers will pay 5% to 8% and recreational 6% to 10%.

Daniel Lee, a community organizer who in 2016 came within 143 votes of becoming Culver City’s first black councilman, reached that milestone on his second try. In another nail-biter, Lee bested Albert Vera Jr., son of a highly-regarded local merchant and mayor, by 212 votes: 3,335 to 3,123. Alex Fisch, a lawyer with the state attorney general’s office and a first-time candidate, came in first place among the at-large field with 3,183 votes. He and Lee will fill two seats that opened due to term limits.

Westside Family Health Center Joins Columbine Walkout Survivors of the Parkland shooting have put out another call for students nationwide to walk out of class in support of gun law reforms, this time on Friday, April 20 — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting massacre. In solidarity with student activists, the Westside Family Health Center in Santa Monica will close its Ocean Park Boulevard headquarters between 10 and 10:30 a.m. in a show of solidarity about confronting gun violence, in this case as a public health issue in particular.

“Gun violence is one of the social determents of health, and that’s why we’re joining the students,” said Celia Bernstein, a spokeswoman for the health center. “We recognize that they are the nation’s next leaders and we’re following their lead.” Students throughout the Westside participated in gun reform walkouts and assemblies on March 16, and the Culver City Unified School District has already announced that students are again planning free speech activities during the day.

Nike’s Go LA 10k Shuts Down the 90 on Sunday Morning The“Just Do It” slogan also applies to taking over freeways. The Marina (90) Freeway and a the stretch of Mindanao Way between Glencoe Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard will shut down from 3 to 10 a.m. Sunday, April 22, to accommodate as many as 10,000 participants in Nike’s Go LA 10k. The event has partnered with Culver City to benefit youth running clubs such as Marathon Kids,

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Sea Level Rise Could Flood Venice Even modest projections put up to 2,200 homes at high risk in just two decades By Andrew Dubbins From 2000 to 2050, sea level rise in the Los Angeles region is expected to match global projections of 5 to 24 inches. By the year 2100, it could increase by as much as 66 inches. To analyze and plan for reducing the potential impacts on Venice, Los Angeles officials have hired three consulting firms to integrate sea level rise policies into the Local Coastal Program, which will become the neighborhood’s pre-eminent urban planning framework. They presented current findings at a mid-March community meeting in the Westminster Avenue Elementary School gymnasium. About 30 locals listened to consultant Aaron Holloway, a coastal and water resources engineer and former L.A. County lifeguard, discuss the areas of Venice most vulnerable to sea level rise. “Areas around the canal that are low in elevation are highly subject to flooding” during a severe storm, Holloway said. Specifically, he’s talking about the iconic Venice Canals — some of the most desirable residential real estate in Los Angeles, where homes have sold for as much as $2,000 per square foot — and other low-lying areas to the north and east, all the way to the chic shops and restaurants of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Holloway’s consulting firm, Moffatt & Nichol, used data from the U.S. Geological Survey to analyze the area’s topography and make flood area projections for different increments of sea level rise over the next 80-plus years. Venice is protected by tide gates, Holloway said, but flooding could still occur even today if the gates malfunction or if there’s an extreme rain event or coastal storm like El Niño. Rising sea levels make for a wider flood zone, he explained. “With about a foot-and-a-half of sea level rise, the area grows significantly. The flooding extends over to Abbot Kinney

declare flooded buildings unusable and not allow new construction.” Contrary to what you’d expect, the beach amenities and homes closest to the shore are deemed less vulnerable to sea level rise than areas of lower elevation near the Venice canals. However, according Moffat & Nichol’s findings, an extreme storm combined with three feet of sea level rise could cause the ocean to breach the Venice breakwater and flood the world-famous boardwalk. Consultant Joan Isaacson discussed how low-income and disadvantaged pockets of Much of Venice will be at serious risk of flooding if the sea level rises 19 inches, Venice may be less able to plan ft (2040-2080) as+1.6 expected, in the next 20 to 60 years for flooding and disproportionInland flood potential expandshenorth Blvd into North Venice ately impacted by the interruption to civic and across Venice Boulevard,” said, acrosstoVenice the Moffat & Nichols analysis, as services. The topic of environmental pointing at a map of Venice, highlighted in well as other structures. 3 justice surfaced once more after a different shades of blue spreading out Venice Vulnerability “SomeAssessment of the most vulnerable are consultant said the city intends to protect from the canals. the schools,” said Holloway, including certain historically and culturally significant buildings and districts, including the former city hall, Venice Canals and the North Venice walk streets from rising seas. But, “How do you identify culture?” shot back a longtime African-American resident of Oakwood, who wanted — coastal resources engineer Aaron Holloway to know why the historically black neighborhood didn’t receive similar protections. Infrastructure located inside the vulner“the Westminster school we’re at here.” able areas — a storm water pumping Erosion, saltwater intrusion, and changing But the discussion isn’t over. The sea level rise conversation, this time focused station, floodgates, and wastewater tidal patterns also threaten the local ecoon mitigation and adaptation strategies, facilities — could be affected, he said, system, including Venice’s sandy beach continues with another workshop from as could transportation. habitat, nesting areas and marshlands. 7 to 9 p.m. on May 22, again at Westmin“Eight miles of roadway could be Senior City Planner Jonathan Hershey ster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 flooded just if the gates malfunction overviewed several adaptation strategies, Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. today,” Holloway said. “That goes up to including berms, breakwaters and 35 miles for the highest sea level rise new building designs with top-floor Visit for Local Coastal scenario.” living quarters. Plan information and to RSVP for the Up to 2,200 homes in north and south“The most drastic [measure] is called next workshop. east Venice could be impacted, according a retreat,” said Hershey. “We’d have to

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A survivor remembers... 76 years ago this week, a fleet of buses transported Japanese-Americans from Venice to Manzanar. Mae Kakehashi was one of them.

By Joe Piasecki On April 25, 1942, the newly created federal War Relocation Agency ordered Japanese-American residents of West Los Angeles to board buses at the corner of Lincoln and Venice boulevards. They were allowed to bring only what they could carry. Eight hours later the buses arrived at Manzanar, a World War II internment camp in the rustic Owens Valley where those forcibly displaced by presidential executive order — including many American-born citizens — would live in Army barracks behind barbed wire until the end of World War II. Mae Kakehashi, a 94-year-old resident of Mar Vista, was 18 years old when she and her siblings arrived at Manzanar. She was a recent graduate of Venice High School who was born in Los Angeles and couldn’t speak much Japanese. She was furious with Japan over the attack on Pearl Harbor. But none of that mattered to Uncle Sam. Last April, Kakehashi was among a team of grassroots organizers who PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT April 19, 2018

erected the Venice Japanese Memorial Monument at Lincoln and Venice on the 75th anniversary of the bus departures to Manzanar. It’s one thing to imagine experiencing this historical injustice. It’s another to have lived it. Kakehashi’s memories of internment convey the feelings of violation that came with the forced removal and imprisonment, harsh living conditions and degrading lack of privacy endured by JapaneseAmericans at Manzanar. But Manzanar is also where Kakehashi (born Mae Kageyama) found a career and married her late husband, Hideo. Her recollections and sense of humor demonstrate a remarkable ability to carry on with the business of normal life as far from normal as one could possibly imagine: cooking, shopping, working, playing — even falling in love and getting married. What was it like growing up here in the 1930s and early ’40s? Venice was a mixed-race area: Caucasian,

Jewish, Mexican, Japanese and black. We all got along fine. There were many Japanese at Venice High School. We were accepted, and many took student leadership offices. The area was surrounded by Japanese farmers growing vegetables, especially celery. There were a few Japanese who worked as gardeners. A lot worked at Robert’s Market, which was a big chain store before the war. I worked there, at the corner of Washington and Lincoln. It was like a grocery store today, but it wasn’t self-service. We had to wait on the customer. Bag it, weigh it, receive cash and put it in the register. How did you meet Hideo? He went to Uni High, and we used to have socials between West L.A. and Venice. He loved to dance and so did I. Mostly the jitterbug. He used to come to visit me in Venice. … There were other guys, too. [laughs]. Why did you pick him? We got stuck together at Manzanar

camp. He couldn’t get away because of the barbed wire! [laughs] How did you find out you had to go to Manzanar? My brother. My father died when I was 7, and I was 10 when my mother passed away. My brother, he was 14 or 15 years old and quit school to support us. He was a gardener and a nice lady he worked for let him keep his car in her garage for the duration of the war. It was a pink twodoor sedan, 1939 or 1940. He was real proud of his car. What did it feel like to board the bus? The people who had businesses or homes, they were sad. Being young, it was sort of an adventure for me. Of course, I didn’t know what was going to happen to us. I thought maybe they would send us to Japan. But would Japan accept us? That went through my mind. Because we were at war with Japan, and I was very mad at Japan for doing this to us. But I also thought it was unfair for America to put us in a camp. So I was really mixed up. …

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[On the drive] I was afraid to get out of the bus. The people out there, the white people, I worried they’d do something to us Japanese. I didn’t know how they felt. I thought they were angry at us. The people here didn’t show it if they were against Japanese people. The people who did show [their feelings] were real sympathetic. A few of them came to the bus stop the day that we left, to say goodbye to us. There was an Italian family across the street from where my sister lived who made us a spaghetti dinner. When I was in camp I wrote to them, asking them to send size four-and-a-half white shoes for my wedding. We were at war with Italy and Germany too, but they weren’t taken to a camp — just the Japanese. What did you take with you? We had to quickly pack. My older sister Fumi sewed duffel bags to put all our clothes in, because we didn’t have a suitcase or anything. We had to bring boots because they said there were going to be scorpions and rattlesnakes — they never bothered us though — so we went to Santa Monica and bought cowboy boots. We were able to store other things at the old Japanese school on Jefferson near Centinela, by the bean fields [across from Hughes Aircraft Co., now Playa Vista]. Herbert Nicholson, a Quaker [and former missionary to Japan] hired a truck to take our belongings there. He visited Manzanar. A few people from Venice High School visited Manzanar.

Mae Kakehashi holds wartime portraits of herself and late husband Hideo The entrance to Manzanar, as photographed by Ansel Adams in 1943 Organizers dedicated the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument last April Manzanar barracks during a windstorm, as photographed by Dorothea Lange in 1942 Mae and Hideo on their wedding day in Manzanar: Feb. 19, 1944

What were the living conditions in the camp? The barrack was bare. A potbelly stove with wood to keep ourselves warm. The beds were just a hard mattress on top of a cot. We had to stuff it with straw and pound the mattress to make it flat. They gave us olive drab Army blankets. We had to order our sheets and pillows from a catalogue. The whole barrack was really long, with three families in three partitions, but there were no partitions for privacy [among] our family, my brother and sister. Three or four beds in one room — one married couple, my older sister Fumi [and her husband]. I felt sorry for them because they had no privacy. [laughs] A friend of mine had to live the same way, with a family, and she said they’d end up on the floor for sex! The cot was not very comfortable for two. You could put two together, but there was a big aluminum bar between you. When did you get married? Hideo was in Block 23 and I was in Block 29, so he had to come across a fire break to see me. Everybody used to tease him: “I know where you’re going!” [laughs] Between Block 23 and Block 29 there was a pear orchard. We had an orphanage right across from our building — infants and children and teenagers. It was a nicer building than our barracks, but even babies were sent to Manzanar because they were Japanese. We were married at Manzanar camp on


Feb. 19, 1944, because Hideo got drafted by the U.S. Army. We were American citizens, but we were behind barbed wire. It didn’t make sense. The Army sent us to Minneapolis, where they had a Japanese Language Interpreters School. He was a translator during the occupation. The ceremony was in one of the barracks that were churches. They had Maryknoll Catholic, Methodist Christian and Buddhist. He was Methodist but we got married in the Buddhist church. I guess I was the boss! [laughs]. Ladies decorated the altar with artificial flowers made of crepe paper. Some of my girlfriends were wealthy enough to have elaborate weddings with mail-order gowns and tuxedos — Montgomery Ward had a catalogue, and so did Sears. I got married in a pink suit that was made in Manzanar by one of the tailors there. I ordered my wedding cake from a Japanese chef. I asked for a three-tier cake, but when I got to the wedding there were three sheet cakes instead. I said, ‘Oh my God’ [laughs]. With my broken Japanese, he didn’t understand, I guess. … My parents were from Japan but it was all English at home after my mother died. … I worked at the hospital in Manzanar and got trained for medical stenography … so when I came back to L.A. after the war I learned to speak Japanese working at a doctor’s office. Why was it important for you to help create the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument?

I want everybody to remember what happened to us. That there was prejudice. Against American citizens. It’s a good idea for people to learn about this history because a thing like this shouldn’t happen to any other race. You were taken to Manzanar against your will. Why do you still visit? That’s where we were married! My picture’s on the wall there [at the interpretive center]. It brings back memories. Some of them good memories. How do you feel about the travel ban against Muslim countries and tough rhetoric about Mexican immigration and having a border wall? I went to the hairdresser recently and we talked about this [internment] camp thing. And this one lady says, “But we were at war with you people!” [Laughs] “That’s why you had to go to the camps.” I said, “No, I’m an American. I was born in L.A.” People like that need to be educated. She said you people, to mean people like me. America’s a big country, and usually very generous. But there’s always some crazy guy that will make trouble [laughs] … so we have to teach people. Kakehashi and others will gather at Lincoln and Venice boulevards at 10 a.m. Thursday (April 19) for a commemoration ceremony at the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument. Visit for more information. April 19, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 11

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Melting the ‘Snowflake’ Myth What Laura Ingraham and America don’t understand about Post-Millennial Generation By Timothy Law Snyder The author is president of Loyola Marymount University. Laura Ingraham just returned to Fox News after a weeklong leave with about 50% fewer advertisers following her taunt of Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg. Her return should inspire Americans to reexamine our attitude concerning the Post-Millennial Generation.

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Students don’t seek places where they can hide from things they fear; rather, they seek refuge from incessant bombardment of data and communications. We all know the angle: Post-Millennials are “snowflakes” demanding to be sheltered from delicate topics, pining for “trigger warnings” in college classes that cover potentially sensitive material and “safe spaces” that allow them to check out of reality. They deny the challenges of our world and will never succeed in the “real” one, one in which triggers are flying and spaces are free-for-alls. This common spiel misses key facts and facets of today’s youngsters. Foremost: their solidarity. Those outside of academia seem unaware that the number of students who take action based on trigger warnings, where those warnings are offered, is remarkably small. For example, in a 2016 NPR Ed survey of 829 instructors of undergraduates, 64.7% of whom offered trigger warnings, only 3.4% included the warnings because students requested the warnings, and none of the professors had even a single student missing a class or an assignment because of a “trigger” concern. The trigger-warning phenomenon is one rarely needed by individual college students, but one that is overwhelmingly supported for the few who may benefit from the warnings. Despite this lack of any universal need for trigger warnings, a study by Emily Horton found

“overwhelming support for trigger warnings” among students. This is a prominent feature of post-Millennials: they stand, in solidarity, for every member of their generation. This is a virtue, and one directly in line with the Catholic faith that informs my university: that every person is born of immutable dignity, hence deserves as fair a shot at education as any other. The Ingraham-Hogg conflict vividly displays the snowflake scenario getting melted by post-Millennial solidarity. Following Hogg’s sharing via social media that he had been rejected by some renowned colleges, Ingraham blurted, “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it.” Hogg’s response to her crass insensitivity was anything but flakey: “when you come against any one of us, whether it be me or anyone else, you’re coming against all of us.” As for safe spaces, students don’t seek places where they can hide from things they fear; rather, they seek refuge from incessant bombardment of data and communications — much of which, and especially from ranters like Ingraham, is laden with insult and judgment. The post-Millennials want a place where, no matter who is in the room, the space becomes one that allows them to be only, and

exactly, who they are. Judgment-free. When asked about safe spaces, an LMU undergrad recently shared with me that such spaces were nothing new: “My mom had safe spaces, too. When she got riddled with ‘too much’ negative news or events, she would create her own safe space — by shouting ‘Enough,’ grabbing the remote, and shutting off the TV.” When Ms. Ingraham complains about censorship, let us be reminded that Mr. Hogg’s response and advertisers’ actions were not attacks on free speech. Rather, they were expressions of free speech coupled with social action, fused with capitalist motives and choice. And the snowflake social action that got advertisers to remove their sponsorship of the show will likely cause an avalanche of new voters arriving at the ballot box. Rather than pick up on the single quality that every generation in history has shared — that we routinely disparage the youth of our time — we need to move from exaggerating and mischaracterizing our current young generation and wake up to the extraordinary values that they bring us. The post-Millennials’ standards are not only admirable, but they shake us to the foundation of what America’s founders fought for and stood for. Together.

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From the funny to the downright bizarre, “Awkward” showcases all the eccentricities that bind families together

Life Unfiltered “Awkward” brings the quirks and imperfections of family life into focus at ESMoA By Christina Campodonico In the age of Instagram, the quality of a photo is not only measured by the number of likes, comments, or shares it receives, but also by how it’s hued, how precisely it’s cropped, or how effectively it conveys the photographer’s “brand voice” and #aesthetic. In such a world, it may be hard to share a photo that isn’t picture perfect or, God forbid — unfiltered. But “Awkward,” the El Segundo Museum of Art’s current exhibition showcasing some of the most cringe-worthy family photos from Mike Bender and Doug Chernack’s blog Awkward Family Photos, wants to show off the kind of Kodak moments that are powerful because they’re so imperfect. “Everything runs through this filter of ‘I want to look perfect. I want to look happy. I want to show everybody the whole family just looking perfect,’” Bender, who also co-curates “Awkward,” says of the Instagram-conscious world we live in. “That’s the image you want to convey to your neighbors and your friends and family. We all know that is not life. Life is messy, and sometimes the kids don’t want

to behave. Sometimes the parents are frustrated. That’s really what Awkward Family Photos is about. It’s really about calling out and celebrating those uncomfortable moments in life.” And there are plenty scattered throughout “Awkward”— a sad boy sticking his

fashions so passé they’re funny (like matching plaid or denim outfits, and Halloween pumpkin suits for every member of the family, including the daughter’s American Girl doll.) “It has a very sort of, homey vibe,” says Bender. “It’s hung parlor-style. It’s like

“Awkwardness is universal. It defies race, language, time.” — Mike Bender, Awkward Family Photos head into a pumpkin patch photo cutout, a crying child in the arms of a bug-eyed Big Bird, three kids posing with Santa (who has a black eye) and a goth teen going against the grain by wearing all black on the beach. “Some are really just kind of laugh-outloud, and others are like headscratchers,” says Bender of the collection. Adding to the awkwardness is the retro look of many of the exhibit’s vintage photos — sepia-toned portraits, Cokebottle glasses, ’60s style haircuts and

you’re walking through someone’s living room, and you’re seeing all these family photos up on wallpapered walls. … Everything is framed in a vintage frame of the era when it was taken.” But Bender says it isn’t just the dated look of some of the exhibit’s photos that qualifies them as awkward. “Clarinet Boy” — a ’90s school picture of a band-uniformed clarinetist holding his prized instrument, layered over a very serious profile of the ginger-haired young man — is “like the Mona Lisa of

the Awkward Family Photos,” says Bender, and plenty of contemporary photos make the cut. “There’s just as many photos from the last five years in the exhibition as there are older ones,” he says, referencing a very today-ish looking photo of a couple walking on the beach hand-in-hand with their two young children. The photographer managed to capture a moment when the couple trips and ends up tossing their kids into the air — the younger one (a mere babe) flipping upside down, while the mother gasps in horror. “Luckily the kid was totally fine,” says Bender, who also collects the stories behind each photo. “So that’s a great example of, ‘Can you still have awkward photos now?’ Well, yes, you can.” If anything, the rise of social media since Awkward Family Photos’ founding in 2009 has made people more willing to share their odd and embarrassing Kodak moments. “There’s a comfort level now with that, that maybe didn’t exist a few years ago,” (Continued on page 14)

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says Bender. “People might have felt, ‘Oh, this is too private to share an old photo.’ But now, it’s like everybody feels comfortable at this point sharing photos. So, if anything, it just means there’s more content out there.” And like a burgeoning family, the awkwardness continues to grow, as Bender continues to update the Awkward Family Photos blog with new images and enlarge its IRL showcase with new submissions from every place the exhibit goes. Since holding its first show at Santa Monica’s California Heritage Museum four years ago, Awkward Family Photos has traveled to New York, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Canada. “Each community contributes their awkward photos and then we end up inducting those photos into the exhibition itself. So I kind of think about the exhibition as like a living, breathing thing that keeps traveling around the country and growing,” says Bender, noting that you can contribute your own awkward family photos to the El Segundo exhibition, too. “This really represents a cross-section of the country.” Ultimately, Bender hopes that everyone will see a little bit of their own family in the collection. “They are a snapshot into a family life,” says Bender. “It doesn’t matter what era

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By Jonathan Legg Charly Temmel

1313 Ocean Front Walk, Venice {Editor’s Note: Jonathan Legg is a producer who lives in Venice. This story originated as a YouTube video titled “Rocky Road: Venice Beach’s Ice Cream Showdown,” hosted by Legg and filmed by Venice-based cameraman Zach Vincent, now also posted to} Venice is a classic Southern California destination. It’s rapidly changing, but there are still some old-school gems around. One of my favorites is Charly Temmel, a humble ice cream shop on the Venice Boardwalk that’s been around for 24 years. Its friendly owner, the colorful Austrian immigrant Helmut Elmann, calls Venice “the dreamland” — the perfect place for an ice cream parlor. “It’s not a secret: If you use the best ingredients, you have the best ice cream,” he says. “My great, great grandfather started with the ice cream. At that time they had only white and black — vanilla and chocolate.” Now Elmann serves two-dozen rich flavors (I can vouch for chocolate fudge walnut) — and for surprisingly cheap, considering the ocean view. A generous scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two fresh cookies served hot will only set you back $3, about half what you’d pay at a popular food truck. I ask if Elmann’s ever served another Austrian who made his name on Venice Beach. “Arnold Schwarzenegger — he loves the ice cream,” Elman, who years ago worked at the actor and bodybuilder’s former restaurant venture Schatzi on Main Street, says with a laugh. “He comes here. He loves the ice cream. … When he was governor, I had to cook for him. I had to make a special dessert: kaiserschmarrn — ‘the emperor’s dessert,’” (a shredded sweetbatter pancake served with powdered sugar and fruit sauces).

Charly Temmel exudes simple, old-school charm But now this Venice landmark is under attack by the most unlikely of antagonists: Ben & Jerry’s. Newly opened. Directly. Next. Door. “Honestly, I cannot even speak. It’s such a surprise for me that

do and support local businesses. And Ben and Jerry, your central mission says you have deep respect for individuals in and outside the company and support the communities of which they are a part. I’m asking you to be

“I don’t know who’s next. Maybe McDonald’s. Maybe Starbucks. Who knows? But this is not right, that they put [a Ben & Jerry’s] next to me.” — Charly Temmel owner Helmut Elmann they put next to me another ice cream store. And not only another ice cream store, an ice cream store with a name,” says Elmann. “The community in Venice says we never want to bring any big corporation in here — now look at this!” he continues. “I don’t know who’s next. Maybe McDonald’s. Maybe Starbucks. Who knows? But this is not right, that they put them next to me.” So I’m issuing a call to action for all Venice Beach locals: If you are a local, do what locals

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Open sun 2-5 13017 discoVeRy cReek, Playa Vista 3 bd & 3.5 ba + deN 3,880 sq.ft. $2,399,999

Just Listed 29 26th aVe., VeNice duPlex 2,150 sq.ft. $1,950,000

Open sun 2-5 11900 WashiNgtoN Pl. #d, MaR Vista 4 bd & 3.5 ba $1,379,000

Open sun 2-5 4080 gleNcoe #303, MaRiNa del Rey 1,340 sq.ft. 2 bd & 2 ba $1,049,000

Open sun 2-5 4734 la Villa MaRiNa #c, MaRiNa del Rey 2 bd & 2.5 ba 1,582 sq.ft. $895,000

Open sun 2-5 7354 tRask aVe., Playa del Rey 5 bd & 4 ba 3,126 sq.ft. $2,395,000

Open sun 2-5 7301 Vista del MaR #10, Playa del Rey 2 bd & 2.5 ba 1,840 sq.ft. $1,999,000

Just Listed 13600 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #307, MdR 2 bd & 2.5 ba 1,850 sq.ft. $1,349,000

Open sun 2-5 4754 la Villa MaRiNa #g, MaRiNa del Rey 3 bd & 2.5 ba 1,582 sq.ft. $998,000

in escROw 13700 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #707, MdR 1 bd & 1 ba 996 sq.ft. $829,000

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Deadline: TUESDAY NOON. Call (310) 822-1629 for Open House forms Your listing will also appear at

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Cul ver City Sun 1-4 10753 & 10755 Northgate St.

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2/1 & 2/1 Duplex, live in one, rent the other


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2/2 Top floor end unit 3/3 Completely remodeled home w/ open layout 3/3 Townhouse has bonus room, & 2-car garage 2/2 Townhouse style and ocean views

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2/2 Sunny southwest corner Marina Strand 4/4 Impressive custom Cape Cod contemporary 2/2 Open & spacious modern industrial unit 3/2.5 Upgraded town-home offers great floor plan 2/2 Fabulous unit in a resort-style gated community 2/2.5 Fabulous town-home offers a great open floor plan

$985,000 $3,495,000 $1,049,000 $998,000 $979,000 $895,000

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Coldwell Banker Bergman Beach Properties KW Silicon Beach KW Silicon Beach KW Silicon Beach KW Silicon Beach

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5/6.5 Ocean view, completed 2017, high ceilings 4/4 5/4 Stunning Mediterranean estate atop the hills 2/2.5 Two-story town home with ocean views 2/2 Beach area lagoon front condo 4/4

$4,495,000 $1,700,000 $2,395,000 $1,999,000 $1,075,000 $1,794,000

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3/3.5 Bright & spacious single family home w/ rooftop deck 2/2.5 Silicon Beach chic; open & spacious, private, fabulous

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4/3 4/3 Exquisite Mediterranean home 4/3 Brand new mid-century 6/4 North Kentwood home on a quiet tree-lined street 3/3 4/3.5 5/3.5

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Playa del rey Sun 2-5 Sun 2-5 Sun 2-5 Sun 2-5 Sun 2:30-5 Sun 2-5

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Open House Directory listings are published inside The Argonaut’s At Home section and on The Argonaut’s Web site each Thursday. Open House directory forms may be faxed, mailed or dropped off. To be published, Open House directory form must be completely and correctly filled out and received no later than 12 Noon Tuesday for Thursday publication. Changes or corrections must also be received by 12 Noon Tuesday. Regretfully, due to the volume of Open House Directory forms received each week, The Argonaut cannot publish or respond to Open House directory forms incorrectly or incompletely filled out. The Argonaut reserves the right to reject, edit, and/or cancel any advertisng at any time. Only publication of an Open House Directory listing consitutes final acceptance of an advertiser’s order.

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases GOrGEOus wEstchEstEr hOmE

OcEan ViEw EstatE

Offered at $1,879,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

Offered at $4,495,000 Paula Ross Jones, Sotheby’s International Realty 310-880-9750

GOrGEOus ViEws

EntErtainEr's DrEam

Offered at $899,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

Offered at $1,995,000 Jesse Weinberg, KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

sunsEt Park

marina Vistas

Offered at $2,399,000 Janet Jung, RE/MAX Estate Properties 310-720-4165

Offered at $795,000 Eileen McCarthy, Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910

“Graciously ensconced in North Kentwood is this stunning Mediterranean home, with price improvement” says agent Stephanie Younger. “This home’s sweeping two-story ceilings above the living room and ample windows infuse the room with natural light. The spacious kitchen features double ovens, and abundant cabinet storage. A family room is anchored by a fireplace and custom bar with built-in wine rack. Enjoy the expansive backyard with a pool and Jacuzzi. Upstairs are three bedrooms and baths.”

“This five-bed, six-bath, home is set on the bluffs of Playa del Rey, with plenty of room for a pool or barbeque,” says agent Paula Ross Jones. “A sophisticated residence, with high ceilings and luxurious finishes. The gourmet kitchen features Miele steam appliances. There are three rooms that are free to be used as family rooms, offices, or media rooms. The elegant master suite boasts dual baths and a walk-in closet. Inviting decks offer views stretching from Point Dume to the Hollywood Sign.”

“Relish in exceptional Marina Harbor, Mother’s Beach, Oxford Basin, and sunset views from this highly renovated three-bed home,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The large living area in ideal for entertaining and extends to a generous patio overlooking the Marina. Luxuriate in beautiful, thoughtfully chosen finishes throughout, including wood flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows, creating the perfect coastal and modern abode. Enjoy all the amenities that the Marina City Club offers.”

“This beautiful six-bed, four-bath, home sits on a quiet, tree-lined street in North Kentwood,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “This grand home features high ceilings and oversized windows offering unobstructed city views from almost every room. The first floor offers an amazing flow with access to an expansive terrace overlooking the backyard, and two bedrooms. Upstairs you will find the additional four bedrooms. It is easy to entertain in this Kentwood Bluffs home.”

“This unit offers luxury living and views of the Marina,” says agent Eileen McCarthy “This two-bed, two-bath home provides sunset views over the Marina and the ocean. This home also has access to all the amenities of Marina del Rey, with easy access to Santa Monica, LAX, and Venice Beach. The Marina City Club has six tennis courts, three swimming pools, racquet ball and paddle tennis courts, and a gym. Other amenities include a restaurant, café, convenient store, and much more.”

“Welcome to a well-located, spacious two-story, set in Santa Monica,” says agent Janet Jung. “This home boasts four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a peek-a-boo ocean view from the hallway window. The large step-down family room features a built-in bar and a fireplace. The park-like back yard includes a grass yard, covered patio, rear large storage shed, and a basketball court. The remodeled kitchen opens to the living and family rooms and also leads to the covered patio.”

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A What do I need to do to get ready, just in case I decide to sell my home? Spring is prime time for selling your home — it’s also an ideal time to simply refresh your home. If you are not selling right now, do it for yourself instead of only making your home its best for the next owner. So many sellers, after de-cluttering and a fresh coat of paint, wonder why they hadn’t done it sooner! From my personal and professional experience, here are a few suggestions for anyone to maximize both the value and the personal enjoyment of your home: • de-clutter. You have likely heard this before, and the importance of de-cluttering cannot be overstated. Buyers don’t want to see crowded surfaces or stuffed closets, and neither should you. I have become a big fan of the Kon Mari method, named for Marie Kondo, tidying extraordinaire and author of the popular book, “the life-changing magic of tidying up”. Ms. Condo has several refreshing approaches to minimizing clutter, including organizing by category rather than by room, and by keeping only those items that bring you joy. Almost every house I view, my first piece of advice is to clear out what you don’t need — if you aren’t ready to part with your things, place them in storage. • spring planting. Plant some fresh sod or grass seed and your favorite spring perennials. Time for some new mulch, or if you prefer a more contemporary look, garnish your garden with small stones. A trip to your gardening store, and a little work over a weekend will welcome homebuyers, or you and your family, to an inviting home. • Check and maintain all of your systems. Do you have a couple of non-working electrical outlets or a leak you haven’t gotten around to? Now is the time — do it for yourself, not just for the next owner. Check your HVAC system, filters, light bulbs.

• Clean and primp. They call it Spring Cleaning for a reason, so get to it! Not your usual cleaning of the counters and floors, but a top to bottom cleaning. From moldings to ceiling fans, kitchen utensil drawers to garage shelving. • Finishing Touches. Don’t forget to give your home those last touches that you always planned to do. Hang some art, put something beautiful on your shelving, flowers or a simple bowl of lemons on the table. Now that your walls and baseboards are as clean as they can be, take a little paintbrush and touch up those scuffs on the wall, and especially the baseboards. Your home will sparkle with just these little expressions of love. Now that you’ve given your home a big hug, take a look around. Do you love it? Enjoy it! Or did this exercise help you decide that you are ready for a change — more space, less space, the yard you always wanted, or an ocean view? If so, spring is the perfect time to maximize your home’s sales price and work toward those future goals. This week’s quesTion was answered by

Lisa PhiLLiPs, esq real estate Collective Lisa Phillips is an active Realtor in the Los Angeles area, with more than twenty years as a practicing real estate broker and attorney. Lisa is also a member of the National Association of Realtors “Green Resource Council”, and achieved its “GREEN” Designation.

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FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NaME STaTEMENT FilE NO. 2018050280 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: FINE WINE TASTING FOR ALL; 7819 W. 81st Street Playa del Rey, CA 90293. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) David Weiss, 7819 W. 81st Street 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: 02/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: David Weiss. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: February 28, 2018. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/22/18, 3/29/18, 4/5/18, 4/12/18

FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NaME STaTEMENT FilE NO. 2018073727 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ROS RESEARCH; 1455 4th St., #303 Santa Monica, CA 90401. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Jamie Palumbo, 1455 4th St., #303 Santa Monica, CA 90401. 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/: Jamie Palumbo. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 27, 2018. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/29/18, 4/5/18, 4/12/18, 4/19/18

FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NaME STaTEMENT FilE NO. 2018072640 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: REAL ESTATE WEST LA; 10008 National Blvd., #336 Los Angeles, CA 90034. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Alvaro Rene Dicristofaro, 2739 S. Orange Dr. 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 statement is true and correct. /s/: Alvaro Rene Dicristofaro. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: March 23, 2018. NOTICE — in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 3/29/18, 4/5/18, 4/12/18, 4/19/18

OrDEr TO SHOW CaUSE FOr CHaNGE OF NaME Case No. SS027528 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of NATALIE ANNE PAUL, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Natalie Paul filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Natalie Anne Paul to Makani Nalu 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: 05/25/2018. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K Room: A-203. The address of the court is 1725 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401. 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: April 9, 2018. Judge Gerald Rosenberg, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 4/12/18, 4/19/18, 4/26/18, 5/3/18

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“Paper is White” Book Launch, 6:30 to 8 p.m. A special guest joins author Hilary Zaid for a reading from her debut novel. Diesel, 225, 26th St., Ste 33, Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960; VEXIT Townhall Discussion, 7 to 9 p.m. Does detachment from Los Angeles make economic sense for Venetians? Listen and engage with a panel of city experts from media, government and academia on the future of Venice. Ánimo Venice Charter High School, 820 Broadway St., Venice. Romantic Comedy Two-Year Anniversary Show, 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy with “One Day at a Time” writer Janine Brito, actor-writer Will Miles, Jennifer Goebel, Diana Dinerman and Dave Yates. Author Amy Spaulding reads from her new YA novel “The Summer of Jordi Perez.” Ripped Bodice Bookstore, 3806 Main St., Culver City. No cover. 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; Howl, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. A dance party featuring music by Venice’s own LoboMan and special guests. DJ Vinyl Don spins at 10 p.m. in the Townhouse bar. Townhouse & Del Monte Speak-

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7 Creative Ways to Celebrate Earth Day {Saturday, April 21} 1. Watch a Movie

Take your tap card for a spin or get on the Big Blue Bus for KCET’s Earth Focus Film Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Laemmle Monica Film Center (1332 2nd St., Santa Monica). The program includes a $3 screening of Emmy- and Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen’s documentary on trailblazing conservationist Jane Goodall, featuring a treasure trove of National Geographic archival footage; a free screening of the sequel to “March of the Penguins”; and a presentation of conflict photographer Kate Brooks’ searing look into the world of elephant and rhino poaching, “The Last Animals.” Visit for show times and tickets.

2. Pull Some Weeds

Hoist one for Mother Earth at Venice’s Rose Room (6 Rose Ave.), where Golden Road Brewing and Heal the Bay team up to save SoCal’s beaches and waterways one sip at a time. Enjoy $4 craft beers from noon to 4 p.m. in a free pop-up gallery featuring ocean-inspired artwork by Casey Anflick and Venice painter Tori White. Then kick it up a notch during an amped up charity party ($20) from 6 to

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6. Hang with Wild Women

Wild Women of the West Side, a collective of female artists in the worlds of rock ’n’ roll, surfing and skateboarding, host a celebration at Santa Monica’s Rapp Saloon (1436 2nd St.) honoring local poets and photographers. Experience earth-centric poetry and photographs during an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Contact Jill at jillashphotos@gmail. {Sunday, April 22} com or Andi at Or unleash your inner Earth Goddess 3. Get Dirty with Brentwood-based women’s creativity Community Healing Gardens and Sustain- collective Wild Wmn during their Earth able Venice team up for an Earth Day Day Fire Ceremony from 5 to 9 p.m. garden party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rise Bring a yoga mat, journal, pen and be and shine with coffee, juice, pastries and prepared to move your body and mind planting in the a.m. at the Oakwood freely. Address provided upon sign up. Recreation Center (767 California Ave., Visit Venice), then have some fun with raffles, beverages and bike demos, starting at 7. Hug a Tree noon. Visit Instagram @sustainableGather in Palisades Park to celebrate the venice for an event flyer. rededication of the Children’s Tree of Life — “a living monument to world peace”— 4. Go For a Paddle during a public ceremony at Ocean and Rent a kayak or SUP board ($30 sugColorado avenues from 3 to 4 p.m. Santa gested donation) and join The SeaChange Monica residents Jerry and Marissa Agency out on the water, where you’ll Rubin, who planted the tree 35 years ago scoop up debris in the marina’s trashand were also married there, host a free prone areas. Be ready to depart by noon gathering, featuring songs, poetry and from Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht guest speakers. Visit Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del TreeHuggingFriends. Rey. Your ocean buddies will thank you! Visit — Compiled by Christina Campodonico Join The Bay Foundation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help restore the Culver City Rain Garden, native landscaping designed to filter storm water runoff on its way to Ballona Creek. RSVP at for location information.

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From the Beats to The Doors to skate culture and beyond, Venice has long been a source of inspiration for artists. Now it’s also the inspiration for a new line of shoes by the socially responsible homegrown brand TOMS — and to celebrate, TOMS is throwing a party for Venice. The free community bash for the Venice Collection happens Saturday afternoon at The Unlikely Florist, and like any good Venice party there’ll be music and art. Psychedelic electro-rock band Gypsum weaves dreamy sonic tapestries; Spencer Falls and The Unlikely Florist have teamed up to assemble an interactive art piece; and community leaders from nonprofits like Homeboy Industries, Art with Purpose and Get Lit give short talks to inspire. A display of local artworks, a collage of activist posters curated by creative agency TaskForce, and music by singer-songwriter Madison Douglas as well as Mars + MOUF round out the afternoon.

Everytable (from the minds of food desert combater Groceryships and a winner of TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund) serves up bites, and eco-friendly wine company The Dreaming Tree provides the pours. Before you jump to conclusions about capitalism co-opting Earth Day or cashing in on Abbot Kinney cool, remember that since TOMS started out of founder Blake Mycoskie’s Venice Beach apartment, it’s stayed close to its roots (Playa Vista adjacent) without trying to shoehorn corporate offices into Venice, and tried to make the world a better place — donating a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair purchased. And for that, why not raise a glass? — Christina Campodonico “Art, Music, Purpose” happens from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday (April 21) at The Unlikely Florist, 715 Hampton Dr., Venice. Free.

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The fence behind Google becomes L.A.’s newest public art space on Saturday For being one of the foremost art cities in the world, Los Angeles has very few spots where it’s actually legal to just go ahead and paint on the walls (with a permit, of course!). But L.A. will get one more on Saturday, when a strip of Third Avenue in Venice becomes L.A.’s newest public art space, joining the Venice Art Walls as the second legal graffiti spot in Venice. Google and the Venice Chamber of Commerce are throwing their weight behind STP (Setting the Pace Foundation, which also manages the Venice Art Walls) to transform a 200-foot stretch of fence behind Google’s Venice headquarters into a graffiti-friendly zone, where anyone with an idea and a permit can create to their heart’s content.

To celebrate, STP is throwing a block party there on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Sixty street artists representing four decades of L.A. street art history will be there inaugurating the space with live painting sessions. There will also be food, music, vendors, sticker trading and raffles throughout the afternoon. “From the ’80s to the ’90s to the kids of today, you’re going to see the styles and the stories,” says STP Executive Director Bruno Hernandez. “It’s going to be a block party.” — Christina Campodonico “Our History” happens from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (April 21) at 346 3rd Ave., Venice. Free. (424) 264-6564.

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A Brief History of Tame I’m a 45-year-old single guy seeking a long-term relationship. My problem is that when I’m interacting with a woman I’m attracted to, my ability to read whether she’s interested in me goes out the window. I suspect I’ve missed out on some great women because I couldn’t read their signals quickly enough. — Disappointed Where you go wrong is in taking the hesitant approach to asking a woman out — waiting for her to give you some unambiguous indication of interest (ideally, in large red letters on a lighted billboard pulled by a pair of rented elephants). That said, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. The psychological operating system now driving you (and all of us) evolved to solve ancestral mating and survival problems, and what was adaptive back then can be maladaptive today. Take how we evolved to be deeply concerned about safeguarding our reputation. Reputation is essentially our social report card, others’ evaluation of the sort of person we are. It matters today, of course, but not in the life-or-

death way it often did in an ancestral environment, where — per anthropologist Irven DeVore’s estimate — many people were with the same band of about 25 others for much of their life. Back then, if a guy got snubbed by a girl, it would be front-cave news; everybody would know and be laughing behind his back in short order. Flash-forward to today. You’re in a bar. Some woman you hit on spurns you. Well, that blows — and more so if there are witnesses. But there are countless other bars, which means you can erase the embarrassing stain on your social rap sheet simply by trotting down the block to the next happy hour. Ultimately, recognizing the mismatch between our evolved emotions and modern life helps you understand when the emotions driving you are counterproductively outdated — and basically stupid. In short, assuming that a woman you’re chatting up isn’t giving you a hate glare, ask her out. If she isn’t interested, she’ll let you know — either right then, with some brushoff like “Actually, I have a boyfriend …” or later, when you phone her and hear: “Home Depot, lumber department.”

Darth Vaper I just accompanied my best friend on this extremely stressful trip to put her mom into assisted living. My friend vapes, and I started vaping, too, after being off nicotine for years. I bought a vape, but I’m hiding it from my wife because she’s so judgmental about it. I’m not ready to stop yet, but I feel awful hiding it. — Hooked What’s worse than the crime? The cover-up — when your wife asks “How was your day, honey?” and you just nod as vape smoke leaks out of your nostrils. Your hiding your vaping is an “instrumental lie.” This kind of deceit, explains deception researcher Bella DePaulo, is a self-serving lie used as an “instrument” to unfairly influence other people’s behavior — allowing the liar to get what they want, do what they want, or avoid punishment. Chances are, the “punishment” you’re avoiding is the rotten feelings you’d have in the wake of your wife’s dismay that your old BFF, nicotine, is back. However, DePaulo’s research on people duped by those close to them suggests that covering up the truth is ultimately more costly, leading to far more and far longer-lasting feelbad. It makes sense that the betrayal is the

bigger deal because it socks the duped person right in the ego, telling them they were a sucker for being so trusting. In romantic situations, a duped person’s notion of the relationship as a safe space — a place where they can let their guard down — gets shaken or shattered when reality turns out to be “reality” in a fake nose and glasses. Telling the truth, on the other hand — leaving your wife feeling disappointed, but not deceived — sets the stage for a discussion instead of a prosecution. This allows your wife the emotional space to see the real you: the you who broke down and started vaping while doing this emotionally grueling very kind deed. (What?! You aren’t made of titanium?!) Compassion from your wife should mean more leeway for you to set the behavioral agenda — to tell her that you want to stop, but ask that she let you do it on your own timetable. This isn’t to say you should always be perfectly or immediately honest. For example, if you prefer your wife with longer hair, that’s something she needs to know … eventually. But at that moment when she walks in with an “edgy” new haircut, “Helloo, beautiful!” is actually the best policy — as opposed to the more honest “Whoa! Stevie Wonder attack you with a pair of garden shears?”

Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Alkon’s latest book is “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence.” Follow @amyalkon on Twitter and visit

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#MeToo:“The Vortex” @ Odyssey Theatre Donna Sternberg & Dancers tackle the silent trials of women, people of color and gender non-conforming individuals within the scientific community, turning their stories of harassment, sexism and racism into empowering movements. Limited engagement: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 21 and 22) at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $30. (310) 260-1198;

Art in the Park:“Wilderness” @ Tongva Park Dubbed “the best immersive performance to hit L.A. so far” by No Proscenium, experimental theater troupe Wilderness reimagines the “rooms” of Tongva Park — its winding paths and swooping vistas — as spaces for play, performance and to blur the line between the observer and observed. Two performances only: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (April 25 and 26) at Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free. tongvapark.

Fashion Statement: “Sweating Saris” @ Highways Performance Space This interactive, multimedia duet between Ramya Harishankar and Dr. Priya Srinivasan examines the history of Indian dance in the U.S. from 1880 to the present and explores dance’s relationship to social, political, historical, cultural, racialized and gendered forms of power. Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday (April 20) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 21) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; Stroke of Genius:“Einstein!” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Actor Jack Fry explains how Einstein’s hair got all crazy in this one-man show about the genius physicist’s early personal life and revolutionary scientific discoveries. One performance only: 2 p.m. Sat-

The Making of an Assassin: “Alik” @ AmVets Julio Vero’s play, which debuted at the Wende Museum of the Cold Wark, dramatizes the secret life and littleknown marriage of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Soviet Russia. Run extended! Shows continue at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through April 29 at American Veterans’ Culver City Post, 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City. $20. (424) 360-0330; alik.

A Family Affair:“Bad Jews” @ Odyssey Theatre Joshua Harmon’s critically-acclaimed Roundabout Theatre play about three cousins duking it out over a prized family heirloom gets a West Coast run. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Wednesdays and Thursdays through June 17 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda, West L.A. $10 to $35. (310) 477-2055; Overwhelmed:“Lost in the Light” @ The Blue Door An adventurous blind girl grapples with family expectations, social limitations and the possibility of regaining her sight in this inaugural Blue Door production by Theatre by the Blind. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through May 12 at The Blue Door, 9617 Venice Blvd., Culver City. $15. (310) 9028220;

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Larry Koonse & David Roitstein Duo, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Guitarist Larry Koonse and pianist-composer David Roitstein perform songs from their CD “Conversations.” Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $10. (424) 800-2006;

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Sunday, April 22 Team TBG Champion Paddle, 9 a.m. to noon. Champion Paddle celebrates healthy bodies and the tremendous women who have battled breast cancer. Sponsored by ProSUP Shop, participants who come out to support survivors and pre-vivors can enjoy discounted paddleboard rentals. Please bring a gift donation that could be helpful or uplifting to a newly diagnosed patient. Mother’s Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 989-9444

Women Who Travel Solo, 4 to 7 p.m. Travel journalist Jeanette Ceja covers the basics of solo travel, from finding the right location to choosing the perfect accommodation and shares Katalyst Jazz, 8 p.m. Inglewood-based tips for feeling comfortable on the road. Outsite Venice, 2000 Dell future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to Ave., Venice. $30; RSVP required. the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by solofemaletravelworkshop. a Dot Dot Dot dance party with DJ Canyon Cody. DJ Shiva spins soul, 7 Dudley Cinema, 7 p.m. Nicole funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance Macdonald’s compelling “Last Days music at 10 p.m. upstairs. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward of Chinatown” looks at who and what remains in Detroit’s Corridor. Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., 392-4040; Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; SoulfulofNoise Tour, 8 p.m. to midnight. Featuring the best independent artists in Southern California, this Jane Monheit Quartet, 8 and 9:30 live music experience guarantees good p.m. Jane Monheit (vocals) pays vibes and good music at the beach. The tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Larry

Monday, April 23 Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330; King Ten’s First Show, 10 to 11 p.m. Critically acclaimed improv team King Ten bring the funny to M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third St. Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th), Santa Monica. $5. (310) 451-0850;

Tuesday, April 24 Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Four writers: Sebastian Matthews, Chelsey Clammer, Ellen Rachlin and Sarah Manguso and musician Joanna Wallfisch come together for a night of words and music. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free; RSVP required. (310) 458-8350; Lacey Kay Cowden & Jeff Smith, 9 p.m. A boot-tapping, knee-slapping good ole time curated by Venice’s folk-country queen. DJ West Novena spins upstairs at 10 p.m. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

Tech Celebrates Film Silicon Beach Film Fest returns with 160 creative indie flicks Venice Beach resident Mable Stark rose to fame and fortune in the 1920s through an unlikely career: she was the first-ever female tiger trainer. While Stark survived several near-deadly maulings, her story has almost vanished from history. Now, however, a new documentary called “Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer” from director Leslie Zemeckis tells the story of Stark’s audacious life and will have its Los Angeles premiere at the third annual Silicon Beach Film Festival. Screening over 160 short and feature-length films over six days at the Cinemark 18 and XD theaters at HHLA (formerly the Howard Hughes Center), the Silicon Beach Film Festival is focused on bringing the tech community together to celebrate independent film. “Our mantra,” says festival co-director Peter Greene, “is to show independent film in the way that we believe people should see films. There’s nothing like watching a film in a dark room in a nice theater

Ed Moy’s “Middleton Madness” follows a housewife obsessed with the Duchess of Cambridge with excellent projection and fantastic sound in a communal atmosphere. And that’s what this festival is about.” Another festival highlight is director Colin McIvor’s feature film “Zoo,” about a group of misfit teenagers who rally to save a baby elephant at an Irish zoo during the German air raids in 1941. A sure to be crowd-pleasing short documentary called “Middleton Madness,” directed by local filmmaker Ed Moy, screens at noon on Tuesday. It’s about an American housewife, Julie Chan Lin, whose obsession with Kate Middleton leads her to

follow her own dreams in a very surprising way. Rush Street in Culver City will host the festival’s opening night party and feature a panel of industry experts discussing filmmaking hacks for working with small budgets. The closing night awards party and reception will be held at the Custom Hotel in Westchester. — Shanee Edwards Films screen between 11 a.m. and midnight from April 24 to 29. Visit for a complete schedule. Wednesday, April 25 Mussar & Holy Listening, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Listening is a healing art. Join Rabbi Lori Shapiro for a breakfast and introduction to Massar, a Jewish spiritual path. Engage in mediation, silence and reflective learning. Open Temple, 1422 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1414;

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