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R.I.P., Penny Man Venice Boardwalk personality Eddie Davis is killed by hit-and-run driver on his last night of being homeless ...................................... 9

Copper Crackdown Boaters face penalties if they clean hulls without regard to heavy metal pollution in Marina del Rey harbor ............................. 9


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Venice’s hottest Thai restaurant feels less part of the community than an island onto itself ................................ 19


WESTSIDE HAPPENINGS A Time Travel Dance Party with The Dustbowl Revival . ............................. 33

ARTS & EVENTS Art with a Side of Surf Culture in Playa del Rey . .................................... 35

The Long Game Plans for hotel rooms on Abbot Kinney Boulevard undergo special scrutiny to build public support .................................... 10

OPINION What’s Really Driving Vexit Calls for Venice cityhood are about improving representation, not gaining independence ...................................... 11


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David Voss Stood Up Against the Road Diet Re: “Westchester Playa-Council Cracks in Two,” Cover Story, April 12 Nearly a year ago, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and the LADOT all but snuck in overnight and imposed unsafe and unwanted road diets on Playa del Rey. While those leading the charge to unseat Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa member David Voss turned a deaf ear, Voss took a stand for his community. Voss used his seat on the council to give the majority of residents who opposed the road diets a voice. He put in an enormous amount of work and

time — publicly as well as behind the scenes — leading to the return of the lanes and the installation of features that actually address problems on the roads in question. Playa del Rey now has safer streets with the crosswalks, speed humps and lighting that originally should have been installed in lieu of Bonin’s Bad Idea. The business district that nearly collapsed under the road diet is recovering. And traffic is flowing on the arterials, rather than being pushed onto residential streets. Westchester-Playa residents are lucky to have David Voss on their neighborhood council. Karla Mendelson and John Russo KeepLAMoving, Playa del Rey Let’s Work Together on Widening Lincoln Re: “Breaking the Bottleneck,” News, April 5 The Argonaut has done an excellent job of reporting on all of the craziness of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s road diet mess in Playa del Rey. Say what you want, but the city and Bonin definitely never asked for

any suggestions. Bonin didn’t want to listen and really screwed up. It should have been a “twoway” street. Now it’s the maybe more of the same with Caltrans and the widening of Lincoln Boulevard. I went to the scoping meeting for the project, and it’s too bad the representatives of the contractor, Psomos, were not allowed to go through their slides without being pestered and peppered with questions. But what disturbed me more is that the contact person for questions about planning, aesthetics, air quality, design and like is one of the same Caltrans representatives involved in widening the 405 while I was on the Westwood Hills Property Owners Association. He did not take into account the desires and comments of the homeowners. Not sure anyone feels that the 405 widening was worth all of the years of slowdown for the gridlock we still have, according to the reports. I do support widening the Lincoln Boulevard Bridge, but hope this time state officials and homeowners will

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A Cruel Twist of Fate Hit-and-run driver kills “Penny Man” Eddie Davis on what would’ve been his last night of homelessness By Gary Walker After more than a decade of homelessness along the Venice Boardwalk, 35-year-old Eddie Davis was ready to start a new life. Known to locals as Penny Man, Davis decorated his bicycle and well-worn denim vest with shiny pennies he would collect and often pass out to strangers and friends for good luck. He set aside April 18, however, for saying goodbye to his homeless family. Davis told them he had finally locked down subsidized housing in Los Angeles, and his brother was about to move him into a local hotel until the deal went through. But the Penny Man never made it home. At 1:30 a.m. on April 19, a wrong-way driver heading north along Speedway reversed course onto the terminus of Wave Court Avenue, crashed into a fence and rolled over Davis twice as he lay in a sleeping bag at his usual spot along a narrow sidewalk. Witnesses told the LAPD’s West Traffic Division that Davis was struck by what appeared to be a dark blue or black Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon, and that the driver of the vehicle exchanged seats with a passenger before speeding away from the scene, said Det. Gary McQueen. One of Davis’ friends, a homeless man who goes by the name Bear, told The Argonaut that Davis usually shared a tent with three other people at the same spot where he was killed. “The night before we were all kicking it right here,” Bear said quietly, pointing to spot where a shrine has been erected in Davis’ memory. “If that had happened the night before, there would have been four deaths instead of one.” Bear said he saw the SUV proceeding

L eft : Eddie Davis was known as Penny Man for collecting good luck pennies and sharing them with strangers (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Sanders)

The Tree Man of Venice, Monroe Davis and Bear stand guard at a memorial for Davis on the Wave Crest Court sidewalk where an SUV ran him over in his sleeping bag (Photo by Mia Duncans)

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the wrong way on Speedway before suddenly backing up and swerving toward the beach onto Wave Crest,

Wave Court becomes a walk street. Monroe Davis, who is no relation to Penny Man but often shared a tent with

“If that had happened the night before, there would have been four deaths instead of one.” — Bear, friend of the deceased

rolling over Davis. The SUV pulled forward, running over Davis again before slamming into a wooden fence and knocking down a street sign and a utility pole on the other side of Speedway, where

him, said they didn’t pitch the tent on the night of the hit-and-run because a mutual friend known as Grandma wasn’t feeling safe and Monroe decided to sleep near her a short distance away, closer to the beach.

“I’m just now coming out of a daze. I was in shock about what happened to Eddie for days,” said Monroe Davis, who said he tried to perform CPR on his friend. “I knew he was gone when he started bleeding out of his nose.” Monroe Davis, who sells drawings on the Venice Boardwalk, said Eddie Davis was from East St. Louis, Ill., had 5- and 7-year-old daughters that he visited last year, and played the guitar. “That’s how we became friends, because I’m an artist and he played the guitar,” Monroe Davis said. Penny Man was also a frequent participant in the Venice Electric Light Parade, parade founder Marcus Gladney said. “I didn’t know him personally, but he would come to the parade on Sundays, do the parade with us and then he and his friends would go back to the boardwalk to hunker down,” Gladney said. “On weekdays I would ride past him and his bike in front of the [since closed] Venice Freakshow collecting pennies from tourists for his bike.” “He was my friend and he was the salt of the earth,” said Ronnie Sanders, a longtime Venice local who memorialized Davis on social media. Bear said he hopes the police work hard to catch those who killed his friend. “Just because Eddie was homeless like the rest of us, it doesn’t mean that he and we are any less human,” Bear said. The Los Angeles City Council offers monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest of hit-and-run drivers but an announcement related to this case is pending. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (213) 4730-0234.

County Targets Dirty Boat Cleaning Boaters face penalties for hull-scrubbing that exacerbates copper pollution in Marina del Rey By Gary Walker Preventing the accumulation of toxic copper particles in Marina del Rey harbor has proved to be a vexing problem for Los Angeles County officials, as boats with hulls coated in copper-based paint still abound in most anchorages. Faced with state and federal mandates to reduce copper pollution while encouraging use of alternative paints, the county’s latest legislative focus is to regulate how boats are cleaned. In March the L.A. County Board of

Supervisors approved a preliminary hull cleaning ordinance that would require all in-water cleanings be done by a certified professional and prohibit in-water cleaning that leaves a “visible” paint plume in the water. Those caught breaking the law would be cited for the first two offenses but could face misdemeanor criminal charges for subsequent violations. The board will soon vote on whether to make the new law permanent. While environmentalists and sailing organizations tend to agree that alterna-

tives to heavy metal paint will reduce contamination, specialists in boat hull cleaning caution that without proper maintenance practices in place Marina del Rey will remain among the state’s most polluted harbors. “The issue should be using best management and cleaning practices. The issue shouldn’t be exchanging one toxin for another,” said Marlan Hoffman, president of California Marine Services Inc., which specializes in hull cleaning. Hoffman, who spoke before the L.A.

County Small Craft Harbor Commission in November on behalf of the California Professional Divers Association, advocates a multi-tiered approach. “It’s a combination of different reduction standards, legislative action reducing copper into the water and education on how to do proper hull cleaning,” he said. Meanwhile, the use of alternative paints has long been a source of contention among the boating community due to its increased cost burden for boat owners. (Continued on page 10)

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Venice Place Project Plays the Long Game Plans for hotel rooms on Abbot Kinney undergo stringent review to inspire public confidence Rendering courtesy of Wynkoop Properties LLC

By Gary Walker Film producer and longtime Venice local Dan Abrams’ plans to develop a boutique hotel and restaurant/retail complex along an entire block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard have been met with both statements of public support and lingering concerns about mass, scale and traffic congestion. In an effort to tip the balance toward community support for his Venice Place project and alleviate as many concerns as possible, Abrams is doing something developers almost never do: voluntarily spending lots of his own money to conduct an extensive environmental impact report, even though the city wouldn’t require such a time-consuming and expensive analysis. “This was done out of an abundance of caution. A lot of EIRs are specifically made for much larger projects. We’ve been very cognizant of the issues brought up by the community, and we don’t have any variances in our project,” said Steven Edwards, co-founder of Santa Monicabased firm ReThink Development, who is leading Abrams’ development team for the Venice Place project. The cost of the EIR, more stringent than other forms of review, exceeds six figures, he said. Cheryl Getuiza, a spokeswoman for the Department of City Planning, confirmed that the developer approached the city with the request for an EIR. Edwards said the team hopes for a late spring or early summer release of the document, after which the public approvals process would resume. Venice Place would occupy the whole block of Abbot Kinney between Broadway and Westminster Avenue all the way back to Electric Avenue. If city officials approve existing plans,

The Venice Place project would put boutique hotel rooms above and behind restaurants on shops along Abbot Kinney Boulevard between Broadway and Westminster Avenue the project would preserve existing restaurants in that footprint (Felix Trattoria, Neighbor, and the combined Hal’s Bar & Grill / Casa Linda reboot)

“We’re trying not to be a standard developer. We’re in this for the long haul.” — Steven Edwards, ReThink Development while adding 80 boutique hotel rooms and four apartments— much of them behind, above or wrapped around the existing buildings. The new hotel portion would include a spa, pool deck and a rooftop nursery and a sculpture garden. Old and new would be connected by an expansive central courtyard of quiet nooks and public open space that Abrams dubs the Outdoor Living Room.

County Targets Dirty Boat Cleaning Nicole Mooradian of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors said non-biocide hull paint can cost up to four times as much as traditional copper-based paint. “Additionally, there’s a significant one-time cost of stripping the hull, which is recommended before non-biocide paint application,” Mooradian said. Water quality nonprofit Los Angeles Waterkeeper has a boat docked in Marina del Rey that transitioned from copperbased paint almost nine years ago, and they dismiss the notion that ditching copper paint is infeasible. “We have ceramic paint now with algaecide, and it’s organic,” said Michael Quill, the Santa Monica-based organization’s marine programs director. PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT April 26, 2018

Venice Place supports say that new hotel rooms could help to calm Venice’s prolific and unregulated short-term vacation rental market.

“I believe in Dan Abrams and I think he has the community’s best interest at heart,” said Venice resident Rachel McDonald, a film and television director, after the Venice Neighborhood Council voted in support of the initial project concept back in 2014. Marta Evry, a Venice film editor who has been an outspoken opponent of the Venice Place Project, would prefer residential units.

“We need housing, not hotel rooms. If they chose to put housing over retail I could support it, especially if they included an affordable housing component,” Evry said. “But not a hotel, under any circumstance.”  Other opponents argue the whole concept is out of place among existing restaurants and retail, and that tourist traffic will exacerbate gridlock at peak hours. Elliott Prather, a developer based in Playa del Rey, said developers generally try avoid doing a full environmental impact report not only because EIRs are expensive, but because the results can result in unpredictable changes to the original project. “The costs of an EIR and possible design changes … could price the developer out of the market. Some developers will not do a project if an EIR is required,” Prather said. Glen Irani, a noted Venice architect, said requesting an EIR may not be common, but may be a good strategy for resolving community concerns and possible delays upfront. “It is unusual, but it could thwart an appeal to force the developer to conduct an EIR,” Irani said. Edwards said he and Abrams believe the EIR shows their desire for total transparency about their intentions. “This is one step further than we need to go. This project has been analyzed to the Nth degree. It’s all going to code. We’re trying not to be a standard developer,” Edwards said. “We’re in this for the long haul.”

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Quill noted that stormwater runoff, among the top water quality problems Los Angeles Waterkeeper is trying to

good beginning. As a sailing instructor, he believes boaters must to be schooled in what constitutes proper certification.

“Education is about changing behavior and awareness, but we also need notification to boaters and enforcement.” — Small Craft Harbor Commissioner Dave Lumian address, is also a big contributor to marine pollution. Small Craft Harbor Commissioner Dave Lumian thinks the draft ordinance is a

“Education is about changing behavior and awareness, but we also need notification to boaters and enforcement,” said Lumina, a Venice resident.

Another contributing factor to the harbor’s pollution lies in the back basins, where poor water circulation can allow many different kinds of toxins to build up over time. “High copper toxicity combined with low tidal flushing creates a perfect storm,” said Hoffman.  Quill backs the county hull cleaning ordinance and said copper contamination could be reduced by as much as 70% through careful and proper boat maintenance. “This move to get divers certified is a good step, but we feel that more could have been done earlier and should be done now,” he said.

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The Real Question Behind Vexit Calls for Venice cityhood are more about improving representation than gaining independence By Michael Feinstein

would want to review the Los Angeles charter to make sure essential rights and protections are not lost in the transition.

The author served on the Santa Monica City Council from 1996 to 2004 and was mayor from 2000 to 2002. A co-founder of the Green Party of California, he is the Green candidate for California Secretary of State in the June primary election. The notion of Venice breaking away from Los Angeles to pursue independent cityhood reached a high-water mark in the public consciousness with last Thursday’s “Uprising: VEXIT Town Hall Discussion” hosted by the Venice Neighborhood Council. The detail-packed two-hour session focused on legal pathways, rationales and political strategies for achieving cityhood, including questions of economic viability. All are necessary, informative and stimulating topics, but the central democratic calculus of an independent Venice — What kind of democracy do Venetians want? — was mostly absent. At the heart of cityhood is whether people feel heard and represented by their local government and, if not, what kind of local government is a better way to get there. It’s easy to say “more local is better,” but “what kind of local” is really determinate. Without it, the Venice cityhood vs. staying in Los Angeles debate remains mostly theoretical and academic. Ultimately, whether an independent Venice would work for most Venetians could depend on who gets elected to its city council.

Los Angeles has the lowest per capita council representation of any U.S. city. Ranked choice voting (RCV) describes voting systems that allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, without fear that ranking others will hurt the chances of their favorite candidate. An RCV system then uses those rankings to elect candidates able to combine strong first-choice support with the ability to earn second- and third-choice

It’s easy to say “more local is better,” but “what kind of local” is really determinate.

support until candidates reach the election threshold. RCV is already in use for single-seat city council districts in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. It ensures the winner receives a majority of the vote without requiring a separate runoff A Venice City Council Let’s assume most Venetians would want election, while simultaneously giving the diversity of Venice to have a seat at the voters more general election choices. When used in multi-seat, multi-winner table of their new local democracy. The contests (such as an at-large council best way to get there is to have a large election for a newly independent enough city council, combined with ranked choice voting and public financing Venice), RCV is a form of proportional representation, because the winning of elections. Most California cities (except the largest) threshold is proportional to the number of seats up for election. This empowers have city councils of five or seven members, with roughly half the members diverse groups of voters to elect candidates of choice, promoting elected every two years to staggered diversity of political viewpoints four-year terms. Having seven council and candidates of varied background members would naturally create more and demographics. opportunity for representation than five.


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listen to each other. Let’s work together this time. Larry Steven Londre, Playa Vista FROM THE WEB: Re: “Westchester PlayaCouncil Cracks in Two,” Cover Story, April 12

Then there is the cost of running for office. Venice could lower the cost of campaigning and educate more voters by providing free time on local public airwaves for all candidates and candidate debates, because as an independent city Venice would be entitled to free municipal channels as part of its cable TV franchise contract.

“The bylaws are more of a guideline. I don’t want this to be used as a ‘gotcha’ document.” Wow. While that “got myself” candor bodes well for stickiness of sunshine laws, that remark betrays the speaker’s ignorance about an elected official’s most fundamental pre-service homework task: “Read the rules.” Public service is clearly the

Charter City vs General Law City Democracy isn’t just about elections, but how much authority to govern you have between them. California state law provides two options for cities to organize: under the general laws of the state or under a charter adopted by the local voters. Charter cities have more autonomy than general law cities with respect to municipal affairs, because charter cities can enact and enforce local ordinances different than the state, and place protections like rent control in their city charter. Given the gentrification and development pressure upon Venice, Venetians would want the extra legislative and legal tools that come with being a charter city. Los Angeles is already a charter city, and its charter already includes protections like rent control. Any Venice cityhood effort

wrong business for him. While the oversight responsibility here lies with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE) in its handling of a body whose public funding isn’t doing its job, the city attorney is not blameless: If the rule says “automatic,” removal is automatic. What could possibly motivate a highly-compensated

More Voice within Los Angeles One of Vexit’s ironies is that issues most cited as a reason for an independent Venice — gentrification and homelessness — actually have their solutions in regional (and statewide) policies and practices. In that sense, Venice is already part of such a regional body: the enormous (502.7 square miles) City of Los Angeles. L.A. has a lot of lobbying power in Sacramento, more than would a tiny city of approximately 30,000 people. Therefore, it’s worth comparing the benefits of Venice cityhood to an improved democracy in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has the lowest per capita council representation of any U.S. city — 266,000:1— resulting from having only 15 city council members to represent 4 million people. Not one state other than California has even state assembly districts as populous as L.A. City Council districts. Increasing the number of city council seats and electing candidates to them by ranked choice voting could make it easier for city government to reflect L.A.’s great diversity, either via smaller single-seat districts or new three-member multi-seat districts. New York City, for example, has 51 council members (a ratio of 160,000:1), and Chicago has 50 (54,000:1). An Issue Not Going Away All of this is not to say that Venice’s representatives on the L.A. City Council haven’t tried to be responsive. They have, and I personally support Councilman Mike Bonin and supported Bill Rosendahl before him. But, by definition, extremely large single-seat, winner-take-all district elections are limited in their ability to represent all voices; and separate from political representation, delivery of services in a behemoth like Los Angeles has its challenges. Both are reasons why this debate within L.A. will continue, in Venice and beyond.

city employee to advise elected officials who volunteer to follow the Brown Act to ignore a rule’s crystal-clear direction? Then again, neighborhood councils exist because of longstanding, rationally developed mistrust of L.A. City Hall’s governance practices and procedures. The “resign in disgust” factor is

understandable but sad. While one or more grievances appear to be warranted by this fiasco, the test of DONE’s will to do its job will be whether it summons the courage to implement a board reboot — the necessity for which, again, was partly triggered by the city attorney’s apparent abuse of discretion. Jed Paulker

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How to Break the Cycle of Hate From school bullying to African genocide, CNN commentator Sally Kohn finds the remedy is human connection By Bliss Bowen CNN political commentator and former Fox News contributor Sally Kohn has spoken with self-deprecating awareness about her “nice” persona. It’s not a put-on; in conversation she listens well and asks questions, preferring dialogues to monologues. But even those who reach across the aisle with open hands attract hostile tweets and threats, a fact she addresses with her timely new book, “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity,” published last month by Algonquin. In her introduction before Chapter One (“Why We Hate”), she makes a confession: as a 10-year-old, she bullied a poor classmate named Vicky. Excavating that awkward memory begins her exploration into hate’s myriad forms and causes.  “We all have a psychological predilection against thinking negative things about ourselves in general, and thankfully we tend to think hate is a bad thing in society,” she says during an interview. “So if we think of it, we usually don’t think it’s our problem.” That attitude, of course, deepens everwidening political divides, which she addresses with wit and extensive research. Kohn forthrightly checks her prejudices, both visible and unseen, making her contentions more palatable for readers. When she reaches out to some of her uglier Twitter trolls, one man apologizes almost instantly and acknowledges, “People have forgotten how to sit down and look people in the eye.” A casually cruel older woman shrugs off her online vitriol as “entertainment” and stubbornly claims her prejudices are reasonable. Many choose to remain in shadows. Few perceive their comments as hateful. Asked about onetime colleague Glenn Beck — who, the book notes, built his following through “unapologetic hatemongering” — Kohn describes her response as an opportunity to put her progressive beliefs into action. “For the world to change, people have to change, and I believe in redemption,” she says. “I believe in forgiveness. We’re all flawed, right? I find Glenn Beck to be a deeply imperfect figure in modern and political history. When he says, in effect, ‘I screwed up; I played a part in dividing this country and I don’t want to do that anymore,’ my two choices are: ‘No, no, no, keep doing what you’re been doing, Glenn, keep hatemongering and dividing people!’ OR: ‘Thank you, let’s try to be constructive, try to be part of solution, not part of problem.’ ... “If I’m not gonna give [someone] the opportunity and possibility of change and forgiveness, then I’m condemning people PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT April 26, 2018

Sally Kohn will be in Santa Monica to discuss her book with Reza Aslan to continue to be as bad as I keep saying I don’t want them to be.” Forgiveness is not achieved without effort, a fact illustrated with piercing

of the killing that was described to her: “To sit in the living room of a woman who invited a neighbor who had slaughtered basically her entire family — her

“If I’m not gonna give [someone] the opportunity and possibility of change and forgiveness, then I’m condemning people to continue to be as bad as I keep saying I don’t want them to be.” — Sally Kohn clarity by Kohn’s visit to Rwanda, where at least 200,000 members of the country’s Hutu majority slaughtered an estimated 800,000 minority Tutsi neighbors, coworkers, godchildren and even blood relatives in just 100 days in 1994. Comparisons to Nazi Germany are inevitable, and the “radio propaganda” that incited bloodshed wasn’t far removed in spirit from the toxic extremes of U.S. talk radio. The harrowing stories shared by survivors and perpetrators, and their remarkable compassion, inspire cautious hope. Kohn says reading about the genocide beforehand did not prepare her for the “intensity of the intimacy and brutality”

husband, her children — to see her invite him into her home and serve him tea and treat him like a friend and laugh with him is — to be honest, I don’t know if I could be capable of that kind of forgiveness. But again, it shows what good human beings are capable of.” The opposite of hate is not love, she writes in the book; nor is it some “mushy middle zone of dispassionate centrism.” Regardless of the passionate “otherizing” defining our political climate, it honestly is possible to be civil and respectful despite adhering to different beliefs. “The opposite of hate is connection.” That core lesson is underscored by

exchanges with reformed neo-Nazi Arno Michaelis, who once fronted racist metal band Centurion and co-founded Hammerskin Nation (“the largest organized white-power skinhead group in the world”) but now practices Buddhism. His trigger of change: an older black woman looking past his intimidating tattoos and telling him, “You’re a better person than that.” That’s a grossly simplified version of Michaelis’ twisty story, which Kohn presents in pause-giving detail, interspersed with scholar Pete Simi’s research into how extremists often “slide in” to hate from the side, more for “camaraderie than doctrine.” Michaelis says listening to Skrewdriver helped make him racist, and that dancing to house music helped guide him to acceptance of different people; his story raises numerous questions, not least being, why are people drawn to extreme behavior? As a mother, Kohn says she found it “really unsettling” to learn that such swings are not uncommon among extremists; she wanted to find identifiable distinctions she could help her child avoid. Instead, she found “tons of evidence” that “most people don’t start out with these extremist views but are looking for belonging. They find belonging in extremist organizations.” Hate follows. Further tying the political to the personal, the Allentown, Penn., native thoughtfully addresses how policies like NAFTA hurt Appalachian and Rust Belt communities currently ravaged by the opioid epidemic. Hate motivated voting choices there in 2016, and those same voters continue to be sandblasted with hateful labels — “hillbilly,” “white trash,” “podunk” — that stoke their resentment, which in turn makes them susceptible to political manipulation. “They felt like they were being shafted,” she observes. “Politicians, especially on the right, can point and say, Oh, you’re being shafted by women, people of color, and immigrants, etc. That’s the part that’s fallacy. But the experience of feeling left out, condescended to and pushed to the margins — that is, in fact, people’s experience.” So what about political forgiveness? How do we handle that, especially when real-world stakes are so dangerously high? Last year, Kohn was one of numerous public figures to call for former Sen. Al Franken’s resignation after several women accused him of sexually inappropriate conduct, despite Franken publicly examining his actions and agreeing to an ethics review. How does that square with (Continued on page 34)







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By Christina Campodonico A Turkish academic fleeing political oppression. A German Jew on the run from the Nazis. A black woman escaping slavery in the South. Young lives impacted by war. These are some of the stories that have swirled on The Actors’ Gang stage since early February, when the company premiered “The New Colossus,” a theatrical work taking place across time and space, eras and countries, barriers and borders in a kind of no man’s land between escape and freedom. The play begins with its ensemble of 12 — each from a different region or nation — introducing themselves, then frenetically packing up all their worldly goods into suitcases, explaining why they have to leave their homeland in a cacophony of varying tongues. Each character on stage is based on real people the cast composited through research on friends, family members and historical PAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT April 26, 2018

figures who immigrated to the U.S. over the past three centuries. After dodging patrols and hopping fences, they come to a dock, where they

called “The Refugee Project.” That workshop production took place in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban. “The New Colossus”

“Our job is to find the humanity in these stories and the truth of that humanity, and let the audience decide for themselves. … Who are we as a country? What does it mean to be an American?” — Tim Robbins wait, and wait and wait — their future in a new land uncertain, much like the millions of Syrian refugees scattered across the globe, whose exodus initially inspired The Actors’ Gang to explore themes of forced migration last year in a precursor to “The New Colossus”

occurs in a world warped by even more Trumpian polices and verbal gaffs, continuing its critically-acclaimed run on Saturdays through May 12. The Argonaut spoke with Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins, the artistic director of The Actors’

Gang and the show’s director, and five cast members about making sense of immigrant histories in the Trump era. Why was it important to revisit your work from “The Refugee Project?” Tim Robbins: When the Syrian refugee crisis was happening and the United States was wavering about accepting them or not, and then when the campaign happened, and then all of the xenophobic rhetoric and racist rhetoric from the Republicans, it just felt like that really needed to be addressed, this idea of what it is to be an American, because their version is not the truth. And our job is when people are hypocritical or lying or not being held accountable, artists can be the conduit through which society can deal with some of these things. And so we started workshopping it, and I realized that there were some really important stories to be told that reflect on who we are as a country. And the more The cast of “The New Colossus” developed characters out of their ancestries (Photo by Ashley Randall) L eft : Cast members utilize authentic family heirlooms for stage props and character development (Photo by Maria Martin) R ight : Audience members have been marking the origins of their family tree on a map in the lobby (Photo by Maria Martin) O pposite Page :

we work on it and the more research we do, the more admiration and respect I have for the incredible courage it takes to actually leave the place that you love to seek freedom somewhere else. That’s a big thing. And that’s a big thing whether you’re doing it in 1868 or 2017. It’s a huge, huge challenge. As actors, how did you go about developing your characters? Onur Alpsen: I was thinking about telling my story and my artist friends’ [stories] who are struggling in Turkey because of censorship. But during the workshop production, a close friend of mine in Turkey, who was a research assistant in the university, he signed a petition. A lot of academics signed this petition, and a couple months later the government took action against them by suing them, by taking their passports, by firing them from universities. And then [my friend] got into a depression because he lost his job. And he killed himself a year ago. So before the show opened, a couple months before, I decided to change my story. I decided to honor his name and I developed a character around him. Paulette Zubata: What was interesting and wonderful about starting this process was first approaching my family and being told so much about how they came to this country. It’s an ever-evolving kind of discovery, research-wise. It’s like this bottomless pit of information in my family. Doesn’t matter if they’ve told me everything — it’s always beautiful new details about their country, about their journey. This process has helped me start these conversations with them. That’s so beautiful.

Kayla Blake: I knew immediately that I wanted to share the story of my family’s immigration. My grandfather was a famous magician, and they were in Malaysia performing when WWII began and the Japanese invaded. So when trying to decide who to play, it just felt more natural to play my mother. And I play her when she’s nine years old. She’s very proud of our history. Jeanette Horn: I’m a first-generation American. My entire family, for the most part, are refugees [of the Holocaust]. This is my grandmother’s story. I didn’t know her, but I heard a lot about her and I’m named after her. [My Dad], he kept timelines and I went back and looked at those. My mother went back to Germany to meet my father’s relatives in 1934. And when we discovered that, I cannot imagine why she did that, or how that happened, or how she got out. Why did these stories take on urgency after Donald Trump says something like “shithole countries?” Robbins: Because we’re all from ‘shithole countries.’ [laughter] … I don’t think we’re here to provide answers, but to raise questions and to consider the actions of our leaders as something that should be put to question. Our job is to find the humanity in these stories and the truth of that humanity, and let the audience decide for themselves. … Who are we as a country? What does it mean to be an American? And who are our ancestors?” Unless you’re one of the less than 2% indigenous people in this country, you’re an immigrant. And chances are you were a refugee from something really horrible that was happening somewhere

else in the world, whether it was the 17th century, or the 21st. Zubata: If there’s no face or there’s no soul to these names, it’s very easy to disregard them. But if you really introduce a person to someone and show them humanity and show them — Robbins: Struggle… Zubata: Yeah, I think that I have an urgency at least for my story, especially now to connect a face to a name. Stephanie Lee: The urgency for me was when we had first started doing this workshop for “The Refugee Project,” my grandmother had just passed away. … My character is based on a recollection of stories that my family has told me about their time in the Vietnam War. Her name is Ly My Dung, and it is a combination of my last name, my mother’s name, and also my aunt’s name. What’s really important for me in playing this character is to give dignity to the faces that had to flee a civil war in their own country. Like my grandfather and many other Vietnamese, they were somebody in their country, and then when they came here they all just had to start from nothing ... that’s what this country is, coming from nothing and making it into something great and grand. If Donald Trump or someone like him came to see this show, what would you hope they would learn? Zubata: I really hope that they see the humanity of each of these people. Take away all the dates, the years, the gender, the country, and just saw a human trying to be a good human and trying to survive — that’s it. Horn: They said with the Holocaust, it

was “Never again,” well it is again. Hitler said he wanted to make Germany good again. And took [it out on] the scapegoats. It was the homosexuals, or it was the elderly, or the ill, or the gypsies, or the Jews, they were to blame for everything that was going wrong and everything that was going bad for the Germans. … So I would hope someone of that ilk, who feels that way, could be here and could see that these are all individual human beings. Kayla Blake: Hopefully, after seeing this, they realize that one of their ancestors was an immigrant and think about how they would feel if what they’re doing now was happening to their ancestors. Tim, if Donald Trump came to the show, what would you want to say to him? Robbins: ‘Ticket price is $34.99.’ [laughter] But really? Robbins: I would hope that they could see humanity and the individuals involved. I’d also remind them that how the world thinks about us is defined by its immigrants. … The character of this country was not made by white elites. The character of this country was made by indentured servants that escaped to start families with Indians, indentured white servants that started families with African slaves … people that challenge the social order at various times in our history. Immigrants defined who we are. The (Continued on page 16)

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Into the Great Outdoors The Walgrove Wildlands help city kids connect with the natural world Story by Christina Campodonico Photos by Courtnay Robbins Vegetables scare some kids away, but they’re the most delicious part of the school day for students of Walgrove Avenue Elementary. The LAUSD campus on the Mar Vista/Venice border boasts a burgeoning edible garden, a 25,000-square-foot native plant habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators, and a hearty curriculum that intertwines the two spaces. The seeds for the Walgrove Wildlands sprouted six years ago, with a campaign by Walgrove parents to replace decommissioned bungalow classrooms not with asphalt but with open space. Landscape architect Ryan Drnek of Culver Citybased Sodder Studio designed the space pro bono as a coastal sage scrub habitat. There’s a meadow of native grasses and wildflowers, a forest of oak, pine and sycamore trees, and an arroyo with willows, wild strawberry and wire grasses that doubles as a bioswale that can capture as much as 5,000 gallons of storm water. “It’s attracted all kinds of life,” says Walgrove Principal Olivia Adams. “We

see a lot of hummingbirds, a lot of butterflies. ... Three summers ago we actually had a duck family that came and hatched eggs.” On Saturday afternoon, the Walgrove Wildlands hosts a free public block party in conjunction with the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase, a tour of exemplary residential landscapes intended to demonstrate that sustainable can also be beautiful. The starting point for tours is Venice High School’s organic Learning Garden, cared for by students and master gardeners. At Walgrove’s 5,000-square-foot edible garden, students learn not just to eat their vegetables but also how to plant, pick, clean and cook them, with an eye toward the life cycles of plants within the larger food web. “They learn all the parts of the plant,” says master gardener Daniela Roveda, who works with students twice a week. “They learn we eat certain parts. They learn families of plants. They learn how a plant gets nutrition, what it needs to grow. They learn some basic photosynthesis, and they work with their hands. They dig,

they fertilize, they prune; they mix water and dirt.” “Everything is hands on,” adds Jeanne Kuntz, of the garden’s chief volunteers and a past organizer of the Green Garden Showcase. “They learn about what the soil needs. They learn about what the plants need, and the seasons. … And from that we teach them another aspect of environmentalism: Should you go out and buy a peach that’s going to travel halfway around the world in the middle of winter? Do you want all that fossil fuel being used?’” Students get to practice local farm-totable techniques when they host the occasional campus farmers market to fundraise with surplus produce — “which frankly happens rarely,” says Roveda, “because they eat everything!” Parent volunteer Clara Gottesburen confirms a shift in her daughter and daughter’s classmates’ attitudes toward plant-based foods. “They have a lot of fun with Daniela and Jeanne, and they just kind of throw themselves out there,” she says. “They’re trying all these different vegetables that their parents would buy at the grocery

store and they’d be like ‘Ew! Weird! I’m not doing it.’ Now they’re going to the grocery store with their parents and saying, ‘We grow that at school, Mama, let’s get it!’ It really expands the kids’ brains, along with their palate.” The garden provides a unique learning opportunity for differently abled students, says fourth- and fifth-grade special education teacher Kathy Elkins. “I’ve found that the garden itself, and just being in a place that has a lot of greenery, has been really impactful on them,” Elkins says. “Students that require more visual, multi-modality learning, this is a huge thing for them. … They don’t get it from words on a page, but they do get it when they’re putting their hands in the ground.” The neighboring Wildlands, rich with native milkweed to sustain monarch butterflies and caterpillars, also complements multiple facets of student learning, notes fourth- and fifth-grade teacher Elvia Perez. (Continued on page 18)

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“One of our studio lab teachers, he tied math into art by going into the Wildlands, looking for the Fibonacci sequence in nature. And then we’ve also used the Wildlands for theater and for filming PSAs about weather. Students use it as a backdrop or as part of their plays,” she says, adding that the Wildlands also functions as a safe space where children can sit with their emotions, practice mindfulness and discuss their feelings during group sharing circles, called “council.” “There’s some kids that, you know, they come with a little bit of baggage from home. They will ask if they could step away for five to 10 minutes, and they’ll take a peer and they’ll go out there and walk around the Wildlands. It helps soothe them and get them ready for the class,” she says. “When students find a caterpillar out on the blacktop where it doesn’t belong, I see them without prompting, pick it up and put it on a leaf and carry it back, and put it on the right plant,” says Elkins. “This is not a

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I had been to Siam Best, the Thai restaurant in Venice on the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Grant Avenue, a few times. The food was always good, but the standout feature was a colorful fish tank down the center of the room. Most of the time, the restaurant was empty. My brother would comment that the quiet made for good conversation. I always felt a wave of sadness as I scanned the place. As more and more hip restaurants began to pop up in Venice, Siam Best began to feel more like a relic. Each time I drove by, I would think incredulously, “Still here, eh?” Then one day, the lights were off at Siam Best. It had become another casualty of the rising rents and changing demographics of Venice. I’m not so sure anyone was too upset about this closing. This wasn’t like Hal’s or Abbot’s Habit on Abbot Kinney.

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packed, and with people I had never seen in my life … people who definitely fit the aesthetic of Abbot Kinney, but not whom I would peg as Venice locals. As Venice natives, my husband and I pride ourselves on seeing

Maybe it doesn’t feel like a Venice restaurant. But these days, who even really knows what a Venice restaurant feels like? Song in Silver Lake, was opening a third incarnation in Venice — replacing Siam Best. Yenbamroong’s original plans to open in summer 2016 were pushed to Feb. 3. Now, you can’t get a seat, unless you come right at 5 p.m. when the doors open. The first time I stopped by the bright orange and blue spot was with my husband. It was 10 p.m. on a Friday and we waited 30 minutes for a table. As a mother of a 3-year-old, I didn’t even know people ate out at 10 p.m. anymore. But the restaurant was

people we know at local restaurants. Or at least, people we feel like we could know. But here, not a familiar face in the place. I wondered, who were these people? My husband and I laughed at ourselves for waiting 30 minutes to grab a small bite, but I was fully committed to experiencing Night + Market Sahm. Plus, we were asked multiple times if we wanted a drink as we stood at the bar near the door. Maybe it was the friendly service that swayed me to stay. (Continued on page 20)

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“Located on one of North Kentwood’s most coveted streets, this Tudor-style home offers the ultimate in luxury living,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “A meandering walkway leads to this estate-sized home, where a double door entry, a grand living room with oversized windows, and a formal dining room create a stunning first impression. The cook’s kitchen offers ample counter space and a breakfast room with a charming window seat overlooking the city. Relax in front of the family room’s stone fireplace and wall-to-wall windows. Entertain under the pergola in the backyard, where a sparkling pool and mountain views are sure to impress every guest. The master suite features a fireplace, a spa-like bath with a glass shower and jettedtub, and a private garden. Upstairs, four additional generously sized bedrooms provide views all around. Seamlessly blending California comfort with European elegance, this home creates a timeless space in today’s most desirable Silicon Beach location.”

offered at $2,395,000 i n f o r m aT i o n :

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Stephanie Younger The Stephanie Younger Group 310.499.2020 | @stephanieyoungergroup

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7943 Kenyon Avenue, Westchester 3 Bed | 2 Bath | $1,299,000 Open House Sunday 2-5pm 4 Bed | 3 Bath | $1,499,000 Open House Sunday 2-5pm 3 Bed | 2 Bath | $1,199,000 Open House Sunday 2-5pm

6674 West 80th Place, Westchester

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6653 West 82nd Street, Westchester 4 Bed | 3 Bath | $1,549,000 Open House Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm 4 Bed | 2 Bath | $1,299,000 Open House Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm 5 Bed | 4 Bath | $1,584,000 Open House Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm

Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478. CalBRE# 01365696

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Stephanie Younger The Stephanie Younger Group 310.499.2020 | 7918 West Manchester Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90045

7147 West 91st Place, Westchester

7938 Kenyon Avenue, Westchester

6524 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey 4 Bed | 2 Bath | $949,000 Open House Sunday 2-5pm 4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | $1,950,000 Open House Sunday 2-5pm 4 Bed | 4 Bath | $1,794,000 Open House Sunday 2-5pm

6527 West 84th Place, Westchester

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7037 La Tijera Boulevard D101, Westchester 3 Bed | 3 Bath | $1,349,000 Open House Sunday 2-5pm 5 Bed | 4 Bath | $2,395,000 By Appointment 1 Bed | 1 Bath | $450,000 By Appointment

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4300 Via Dolce #202, Marina Del Rey

3 Bed | 2 Bath | Listed at $949,000 Sold $87,000 Over-Asking

4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | Listed at $1,425,000 Sold $55,500 Over-Asking

2 Bed | 2 Bath | Listed at $879,000 Sold $106,000 Over-Asking

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Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478. CalBRE# 01365696

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases kenTwood hoMe

The Breakers in Playa del rey

“Architectural elements and a masterful floor plan come together to create a unique opportunity in this spacious Kentwood home,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Opportunities for entertaining are created by the openplan great room that connects to an outdoor deck through glass-paneled doors. The backyard offers an expansive lawn, a pergola-covered sitting area, and lush landscaping. The home’s five bedrooms and a full office feature creative spaces, large closets, and natural lighting.”

“Enjoy unobstructed ocean views from this sunny twostory town-home, just steps from the sand,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Vivian Lesny. “The interior offers an open floor plan with hard-wood floors, high ceilings and oversized windows. The master suite opens up to an ocean view patio, and features an en-suite bathroom. The first floor features living room, dining area, chef’s kitchen, and a bonus den. The Breakers complex is known for its exclusive privacy and security, and is perfect for resort style living.”

Offered at $1,584,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

Offered at $1,999,000 Jesse Weinberg, KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

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Offered at $1,849,000 Stacy Roth, Coldwell Banker 310-903-6867

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“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.”

“Newly built, this four-bed, three-bath, thoughtfully designed home awaits your arrival with custom finishes throughout,” says agent Stacy Roth. “At the heart of the first floor is an open kitchen with top of the line appliances. The backyard is private and lends itself to great gatherings. The luxurious master bath offers a soaking tub with porcelain tiling, dual sinks glass enclosed shower, and walk in closet. On Sundays take a very short stroll to the Farmer’s Market.”

“Enter this split level two-bed, two-bath condo on the upper level,” say agents Dana Wright and Tom Corte. “Step down into the living room, then into the stylish kitchen, both of which overlook a lagoon. A serene private balcony rests just above the water. Details include deep hardwood floors throughout, walk-in closets, and plantation shutters. The intimate, well-maintained complex feature a landscaped courtyard and a fountain, and offers comfortable living in the hub of Silicon Beach.”

“Enjoy the design and quality of this impressive four-bed, three-bath, villa,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “This home exudes superior craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail throughout. Share casual meals in the state-of-the-art kitchen, or entertain in the gracious dining room. Luxuriate in the private upstairs master suite, and its exquisite bath. Amenities include dual heating and air conditioning systems, quartz tile floors, hardwood floors, skylight, and a premier location.”

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A What are the rules about renting out a condominium unit in California? Many laws exist in California to protect a homeowner’s right to rent out their unit, but it’s best to check the CID documents before purchasing a CID unit you intend to use as a rental. What is a CID? A CID is a condominium project, cooperative or group of single family residences (SFRs) in a planned development. CIDs consist of individually-owned units, all with access to shared common spaces and facilities. They are self-governed by a set of rules everyone agrees to when purchasing their home, called covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs). CC&Rs are recorded against title to a CID unit and place restrictions on an individual unit owner’s right to use their property. Further, the CC&Rs bind all future owners to comply with the CC&Rs since the use restrictions they contain run with the land, not the owner. Rules governing how a condominium owner may use their unit and the rights and responsibilities of the CID are contained in a declaration of CC&Rs filed with the condominium subdivision plan. How do I know if my CID prohibits renting out their units? Read your CC&Rs. HOAs are able to choose whether to allow or prohibit the rental of an individual owner’s unit. They are also able to choose whether to place restrictions on renting. For example, a CID might require an owner to live

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in the home for a set number of years before they are allowed to rent it out. Renting may be allowed as long as the lease term is for a certain length of time. Or, renting may be prohibited altogether. When reading your CC&Rs, always check the documents that were in place at the time of purchase. If your original CC&Rs allowed renting but they have since been amended, the unit may be rented as allowed by the CC&Rs in place at the time of purchase. What happens if I don’t follow my HOA’s rules? California law allows HOAs to enforce CID rules under the Davis-Sterling Common Interest Development Act. ] When a member of the CID acts against the CID’s rules, the HOA may choose to penalize them as stated in the CC&Rs. This penalty often includes paying a fine. But sometimes the member disagrees with the HOA’s assessment and refuses to pay the penalty. When this happens, the HOA and the member need to go through an alternative dispute resolution process with a neutral third-party. If the member and the HOA still don’t reach an agreement, they may go to court in an effort to enforce the CC&Rs. THIs Week’s quesTIOn WAs AnsWereD by

Carrie b. reyes, editor first Tuesday Realty Publications, Inc. Copyright © 2018 first Tuesday P.O. Box 5707, Riverside, CA 92517

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legal advertising FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NaME STaTEMENT FilE NO. 2018082712 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: GIRLS. THE LABEL, GIRLS THE LABEL. 13273 Fiji Way Apt. 416 Marina del Rey, CA 90292. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: 201733910003. REGISTERED OWNER(S) The Girls Collective, LLC, 13273 Fiji Way Apt. 416 Marina del Rey, CA 90292 F. 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: 02/2018. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Keshiia Rosenberg. TITLE: CEO, Corp or LLC Name: The Girls Collective, LLC. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 5, 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: 4/26/18, 5/3/18, 5/10/18, 5/17/18 FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NaME STaTEMENT FilE NO. 2018095046 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: K&K SMOG, VENICE SMOG CHECK & REPAIR; 2446 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Fadi Housne Yassine, 2520 Virginia Ave. 8 Santa Monica, CA 90404. 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/: Fadi Housne Yassine. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: April 18, 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: 4/26/18, 5/3/18, 5/10/18, 5/17/18 NOTiCE OF pETiTiON TO aDMiNiSTEr ESTaTE OF CHarlES M. COOpEr CaSE NO. G18STpB03639 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of CHARLES M. COOPER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Carrie Prevo in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that: Carrie Prevo be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: May 18, 2018, Time: 8:30

AM, Dept.: 9 Location: 111 N. Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Joseph Novel, Esq. SBN 315018 2999 Overland Ave., Suite 104 Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310) 728-9603 THE ARGONAUT NEWSPAPER 4/26/18, 5/3/18, 5/10/18

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

STaTEMENT OF aBaNDONMENT OF USE OF FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NaME FilE NO: 2018-094948 FILE NO: 2017-170368 DATE FILED: 07/03/2017. Name of Business(es) BLESSED RECORDS, 4170 Admiralty Way #233 Marina del Rey, CA 90292. REGISTERED OWNER(S): Linda M. Morel, 4170 Admiralty Way #233 Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Business was conducted by an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) REGISTRANTS NAMES/CORP/LLC (PRINT) Linda M. Morel TITLE: Owner. If corporation, also print corporate title of officer. If LLC, also print tile of officer or manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of LOS ANGELES County on the date indicated by the filed stamp in the upper right corner: April 18, 2018. I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THIS COPY IS A CORRECT COPY OF THE ORIGINAL STATEMENT ON FILE IN MY OFFICE. DEAN C. LOGAN, LOS ANGELES COUNTY CLERK by: Frank Arias, Deputy Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/26/18, 5/3/18, 5/10/18, 5/17/18 STaTEMENT OF aBaNDONMENT OF USE OF FiCTiTiOUS BUSiNESS NaME FilE NO: 2018-094949 FILE NO: 2017-183822 DATE FILED: 07/14/2017. Name of Business(es) BLESSED RECORDS INTERNATIONAL, 4170 Admiralty Way #233 Marina del Rey, CA 90292. REGISTERED OWNER(S): Linda M. Morel, 4170 Admiralty Way

#233 Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Business was conducted by an Individual. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) REGISTRANTS NAMES/CORP/LLC (PRINT) Linda M. Morel TITLE: Owner. If corporation, also print corporate title of officer. If LLC, also print tile of officer or manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of LOS ANGELES County on the date indicated by the filed stamp in the upper right corner: April 18, 2018. I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THIS COPY IS A CORRECT COPY OF THE ORIGINAL STATEMENT ON FILE IN MY OFFICE. DEAN C. LOGAN, LOS ANGELES COUNTY CLERK by: Frank Arias, Deputy Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 4/26/18, 5/3/18, 5/10/18, 5/17/18 NOTiCE OF pUBliC aUCTiON OF liCENSE TO OpEraTE HOSpiCE Pursuant to Com. C. secs. 96109613, on May 7, 2018 at 10:00 am at 2610 Ω Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, California 90291, (310410-8400) John Clark Brown, Jr., attorney for Preferred Hospice, will conduct a public auction of a California Department of Public Health License issued to Preferred Hospice. The License secures payment of a Note dated September 12, 2016 from Souvenir Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. to Preferred Hospice on which $9,000 is due and unpaid. Published 4/26/18 The Argonaut Newspaper

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Free Legal Assistance for DREAMers: DACA Renewal, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet with attorneys for free legal assistance. Bring copies of past DACA applications, your most recent approval notice, employment authorization card or permit, California ID card, Social Security card, two passport-style photos, criminal history (if applicable) and $495 USCIS filing fee (check or money order). Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free; RSVP required. (310) 4348717;

Aviation Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Santa Monica Museum of Flying invites visitors to learn more about the history and science of aviation at their book sale, where most books are priced to sell from $1.98 to $19.98. Museum of Flying, 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Free.

“Mariachi High” Screening, 5:30 p.m. Learn the heartwarming story of the championship student mariachi ensemble at Zapata High in southern Texas. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; Ride with the Mayor, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer and senior transportation planner Carlos Morales lead a three-mile bike ride, exploring the Safe Streets for 17th Street and Michigan Avenue project. The project includes a one-mile

Mélisande Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Award-winning Mélisande Quartet draws from traditional francophone songs, playing an energetic blend of traditional music, pop and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $15 to $25. (310) 286-0553; Live Music Thursdays, 9 p.m. to midnight. A different blues, reggae, rock or hip-hop artist is featured each week. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894; Prize Fight Records Showcase, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prize Fight Records hosts this music showcase. DJ Vinyl Don spins upstairs at 10 p.m. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations, 6:30 p.m. The LACO performs classical masterpieces, Bach’s “Sinfonia from Cantata 42” and “Suite No. 2 in B minor,” Handel’s “Concerto Grosso No. 11” and Rameau’s “Suite from Platée.” Wine reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and performance begins at 7:30 p.m. St. Monica Catholic Church, 701 California Ave., Santa Monica. $45. (213) 622-7001;

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Seasonal Gardening Class, 10 to 11 a.m. Gardener Michael Calzada leads a monthly class focused on seasonal organic gardening, highlighting the best practices for coastal climate, soil building and regeneration, choosing plants and seeds, water conservation and irrigation, pest management and growing in containers. Emerson Avenue Community Garden, 6550 Emerson Ave., Westchester. $5 suggested donation. Dorothy Stone (310) 337-0827;


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Campy Movie Night, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Support Venice Arts’ Summer Media Arts Camp for low-income students with this family movie night and BBQ. Watch “The Parent Trap” (1961) while noshing on s’mores, popcorn and beverages. Beer, wine and cocktails available for adults on the outdoor patio. Venice Arts, 13445 Beach Ave., Marina del Rey. $20. (310) 392-0846;

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her call in the book that, in order to address the crisis of hate — which is expressed in ignorance as well as hurtful behavior — we must first see it in ourselves? Transferring that belief to the political realm is far from impossible, but it does get tricky, requiring diligent care with language and openness to continual evolutions of thought. Was Franken’s apology too little too late? Kohn’s answer raises a separate point while championing the gospel of consistency. “I don’t think every single person who does something wrong needs to be fired,

per se,” she says. “To me, what’s important is to be consistent, and to not apply standards differently because of partisanship or some other bias. If Al Franken had been a Republican, I would have said, ‘That’s it.’ Should he be publicly flogged? No, of course not. But do you get to remain in a position of power and authority? “One of the most interesting things about the #MeToo moment that we have not talked about is, here we have a dynamic in our country where we have a historic over-representation of men, especially straight white men, in posi-

tions of power and authority, and they behave this badly. Right? So let’s reframe it. Let’s think of it as bad-acting, overtly misogynistic men, taking jobs and opportunity away from others. We should think about that. Again, whatever standard we’re applying to one side applies to the other. To me, that’s the point.” Kohn applies that standard to herself, which is part of what makes “The Opposite of Hate” a worthy read. At its conclusion she tracks down the schoolmate she bullied to apologize. Vicky is “tense, even strained” when she finally responds — and disinclined to let Kohn off the hook. The

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Santa Monica Public Library and watch cooking demonstrations. Bring a picnic lunch. Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. Spring Luau Festival, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Celebrate spring and take a chance on winning raffle prizes. Receive a $40 food voucher on a first come, first serve basis. Must be a resident of Los Angeles (bring ID) and earn less than $50,000 (bring tax/ check stub or benefits letter). Latino Resource Organization, 610 California Ave., Venice. RSVP required. Call (310) 578-6069 or email Isai Madrid or Xochitl Marquez xmarquez@ Heather Alexander Ocean & Space Fun Storytime, 10:30 a.m. How do fish breathe? Is there life on other planets? Author Heather Alexander presents a lively exploration of amazing ocean creatures and outer space discoveries in a fun, interactive ocean vs. space showdown based on her two newest non-fiction books. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. Ages 4 to 8. (310) 559-2665; Vision Board Class, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Let ‘The Love Designer’ Renee Piane teach you to make magic for romantic and business success. Supplies provided. Location provided upon sign-up. $45. (310) 827-1100;

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Poetry Slam 5, 2 p.m. Celebrate poetry month with award-winning poets Hope Anita Smith and Chris Harris where young poets can read their original poems for a chance to be poet laureate. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Ages 7 to 14. Must sign up to perform. (310) 559-2665; Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country and rock-a-billy concert by JB & The BC Riders. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; Media Ecology Soul Salon, 2 p.m. Gerry Fialka interviews poet Doug Knott. Address provided upon sign-up. Free; RSVP at (310) 306-7330; Afternoon Tea in the Garden, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a traditional tea with scones and finger sandwiches, along with a variety of teas and lemonade. Emerson Avenue Community Garden, 8050 Emerson Ave., Westchester. $10 to $20; RSVP required. Eva Edwards (310) 670-3196; “Homenaje” Trio, 7 p.m. Jazz guitarist Will Brahm performs his Latin music project with Ahmet Türkmenoglu (bass) and Otmaro Ruiz (piano). Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Sound Roads Music, 3017 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (Continued on page 37)

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“Locals Only 3” proves art and the beach can share the spotlight When you think of art in L.A., you might think of LACMA’s Urban Light, or the dimpled façade of The Broad. But who says art and the beach can’t go together? Playa del Rey’s Clean {aesthetic] brings the best of the beach and the local art scene together for “Locals Only 3,” a laidback neighborhood hang at their Culver Boulevard surf, skate and apparel shop on Saturday. During the party, drink in the locally-inspired artwork of artists like Westchester’s pop culture collage artist Mark Andrew Allen, Venice’s Jason Hill (creator of the “Venice Stories” graphic panels that appear monthly in The Argonaut), Deus Ex Machina contributing artist Quentin Thomas (a.k.a. Shplinton), and abstract landscape painter Barbara Lavery (who also runs Venice’s semiregular EAT ART local art and food showcase at Wabi Venice.) The watercolors of Clean {aesthetic} creative director Charlie Carroll will also be on display, as well as the graphic

O n S tage – T he week in local theater

Samba Soul brings the zing of Brazil to Venice Transatlantic Epic:“Ameryka” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre As part of Center Theatre Group’s Block Party local theater initiative, Critical Mass Performance Group covers 250 years of U.S. history from the American Revolution to the War on Terror through a kaleidoscopic blend of found text, original music and an unlikely connection to Poland. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday (April 26 to 29) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 628-2772; Moving to the Beat:“TAO: Drum Heart” @ The Broad Stage Internationally acclaimed percussion artists TAO bring precise choreography, stunning visuals and high-energy performance to the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Two performances only: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 28) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $55 to $95. (310) 434-3200;

Charlie Carroll captures the sleepy beauty of Playa del Rey in watercolor

Scheming Sibs:“The Little Foxes” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Pacific Resident Theatre artists read from Lillian Hellman’s 1939 classic about three siblings with a messy plot to dupe one of their spouses out of money and marry off two cousins. One performance only: 7 p.m. Sunday (April 29) at Pacific Resident Theater, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $25. (310) 822-8392;

art of co-owner Aaron Rosenstock. From abstract to poppy, all the artwork is suffused with the coolness of SoCal coastal living. Craft Brew Co. is providing the beverages, and Del Rey Deli Co. is catering the bites. You can also peruse the racks for limited edition T-shirts featuring Clean {aesthetic}’s most popular designs, including images of the Playa Bluffs

Annie Get Your Gun:“Annie Oakley and the Princess Café” @ Santa Monica Playhouse The legendary sharpshooter of the American West comes to the aid of single mom Kat and her daughters as they struggle to keep their family café out of the hands of Mable Q. Moneypots, who wants to modernize it into the posh Princess Café. One performance only: 12:30 p.m. Sunday (April 29) at Santa Monica

and downtown Playa. “Aside from that, just artwork and good vibes,” says Rosenstock. — Christina Campodonico “Locals Only 3” happens from 2 to 8 p.m. at Clean {aesthetic}, 323 Culver, Blvd., Playa del Rey. Call (310) 821-2527 or check for updates.

Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 3949779; Carnaval:“This is Why We Samba” @ Electric Lodge Local Brazilian dance troupe Samba Soul brings vibrant rhythms, bright colors and a passion for dance. One performance only: 1 p.m. Sunday (April 29) at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Lodge, Venice. $35. Life is Like a Box of Chocolates: “Nuts ’N Chews” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Author Kres Mersky presents a “candy box” full of staged readings of her one act plays and monologues, with a little something for everyone. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through May 13 and 7 p.m. this Sunday (April 29) at Pacific Resident Theatre’s Co-Op Space, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 8228392; The Making of an Assassin:“Alik” @ AmVets Julio Vero’s play, which recently debuted at the Wende Museum of the Cold War, dramatizes the secret life and little-known marriage of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Soviet Russia. Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (April 28 and 29) at American Veterans’ Culver City Post, 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City. $20. (424) 3600330; Find Your Happy Place:“The Happiness Project” @ The Actors’ Gang What is happiness? This workshop production explores life’s various manifestations of joy and how culture appropriates this emotion for romantic or economic gain. Closing soon: Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 26, 27 and 29) at The Actors’ Gang, 9070 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20 to $25. (310) 838-4264;

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Los AngeLes Times sundAy Crossword PuzzLe “SHIFTING” By C.C. BURNIKEL

Girl-on-Girl Inaction I hate to be trite, but my wife and I are experiencing “lesbian bed death.” We’ve been happily married for three years. I’m not sure why we’re not having sex. Sure, we’re both busy, but it’s more a question of just not ever feeling the urge. I know sex is important for a relationship, and I’m worried. Is there a way to reboot our sex life? — Bedfriends It’s understandably depressing if the only time there’s heavy breathing in the bedroom is when you’re re-enacting WrestleMania XXV — that is, trying to get the duvet cover on. This doesn’t mean you should buy into the lesbo-bashing notion of “lesbian bed death” — the myth that lesbian relationships, in particular, are where sex goes to die. The term traces back to a finding from social psychologist Phillip Blumstein and sociologist Pepper Schwartz, published in their 1983 book “American Couples: Money, Work, Sex.” Blumstein and Schwartz, reviewing results from their survey of 12,000 American couples, announced that lesbians in relationships “have sex less frequently by far than any other type of couple.” This single survey led to decades of sneering about lesbian relationships as the province of hot hand-holding. However, psychologist Suzanne Iasenza notes that a bunch of subsequent studies found that lesbians tend to be more sexually assertive and sexually satisfied than straight ladies, as well as less orgasm-challenged. (Helps when

you know your way around the ladyparts without needing a PowerPoint presentation.) The reality is that so-called lesbian bed death actually happens to heterosexual women once they get into relationships. In other words, the real issue is not being a lesbian but being a woman in a long-term partnership — and the assumption that male sexual response, driven by spontaneously occurring lust, should be considered the norm for women. Sex researcher Rosemary Basson MD finds that when a relationship is brandnew or when women are apart from their partners for days or weeks, they’re likely to experience the “spontaneous sexual hunger” that men tend to have. However, once a relationship has been going for a while, women’s sexual desire becomes “responsive.” It isn’t gone. It’s “triggerable”— which is to say it’s hibernating until somebody wakes it up with a little makey-outey. This, however, brings us to another problem. Chances are a reason that straight couples might have more sex is that men, driven by that spontaneous lust, are more likely to initiate. You and your wife need to initiate — and maybe even schedule sex dates so initiating doesn’t become yet another thing that falls off your to-do list. Eventually, when you light a bunch of candles to set the mood, your wife’s response should be something a little more erotic than “You gotta be kidding me. Another squirrel fried on the power line?”

For Whom the Cell Tolls I’m addicted to my phone — Twitter, Instagram, news, texts … you name it. My girlfriend feels disrespected and unheard when I look at it while she’s talking, but I can’t seem to stop. Please help me out before I lose the woman I love! — Addicted If your smartphone were actually smart, it would ping you to listen to your girlfriend before she’s your ex-girlfriend trash-talking you in a bar. Instead, smartphones and apps turn us into lab rats ferociously hitting the touch screen for another hit of techno-crack. They do this through what psychologists call “intermittent reinforcement”: “rewards” that come randomly and unpredictably. Checking your phone sometimes “rewards” you with a new message or newsbit — sometimes (or even often), but not always. When “rewards” come regularly and reliablylike when a rat pushes a bar and gets a food pellet every time — the rat chills out and only presses when, say, his stomach

rings the dinner bell. Unpredictable rewards, on the other hand — only sometimes getting a hit — drive the rats to pump the bar incessantly, sometimes even till the little fellers go claws up. However, there is hope for you — and your relationship — thanks to research on habit formation (by psychologist Phillippa Lally, among others). Repeatedly behaving differently when your girlfriend’s talking to you — by turning your phone totally off and, if possible, relocating it to another room — can eventually change your default behavior from robotically checking your phone to attentiveness to those important to you. In time, you might expand your attentiveness into other areas of your life. A good test for whether it’s OK to be all up in your phone is swapping in its low-tech counterpart. For example, when the highway patrolman strides over and taps on your car window, is that really the best time to pick up that Stephen King novel and read the end of Chapter 4?

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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Jazz Funk Fest, 7 to 10 p.m. In the tradition of the Venice West Café, local Venice musicians celebrate the rebellious liberation of tuneful creativity. Black Shoe Polish performs at 7 p.m. and Eric Ahlberg’s Jazz Workshop begins at 8:30 p.m. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056;

Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teddy Bang Trio brings hot jazz back to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica.

Verdi Chorus: The Force of Destiny, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Southern California’s only choral group specializing in the art of the opera chorus takes on selections from Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” “La Traviata,” “Nabucco” and beloved melodies from Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.” First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St, Santa Monica. $10 to $40. (800) 838-3006; The Dustbowl Revival, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Eclectic eight-piece band The Dustbowl Revival performs a mix of vintage Americana sounds with special guest Eva B. Ross on Saturday and Jamie Drake on Sunday. McCabe’s Guitar, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497; Mark Dresser Trio, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Mark Dresser (bass), Joshua White (piano) and Michael Dessen (trombone) perform live jazz at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $10. (424) 800-2006;

“Life Stages: Painting a Portrait with Words,” 1 p.m. This live stage production features stories about The Culver City Senior Center seniors prepared from interviews by Otis School of Art & Design students. Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 253-6700 Bring Your Kids to the Movies Day, 1 p.m. The Westchester Elks Lodge screens “The Love Bug” at 2 p.m. Sports play in the Columbus Room for adults. Free popcorn and food and drinks available for purchase. Toys and games provided in the kids’ corner. Bring beach chairs and blankets. Kids floor mats will be provided. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3005 Kaleidoscope West Coast Premiers, 2 p.m. Featured performers join the conductor-less orchestra for a concert that moves to its own rhythms. First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd Street, Santa Monica. Pay what you can.

Sculpture Garden Wine Tasting, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Spend the afternoon at Katalyst Jazz, 8 p.m. Inglewood-based award-winning sculptor Tanya Ragir’s home studio-gallery to learn about her future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to fascinating career. Enjoy a selection of the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by wines and appetizers, while viewing a DJ Shiva spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, variety of art. Mar Vista location provided upon ticket purchase. $50. hits, electronic and dance music. DJ (310) 393-9994; gourmetwinegetDoomz spins at 10 p.m. upstairs. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a salsa concert by the Susie Hansen Latin We Are The West Underground Concert Series with Fell Runner, 8 to Band. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; 11:30 p.m. Five-piece folk-pop band We Are The West performs with guest band Fell Runner and resident garage Writing for Bliss, 4 to 6 p.m. In this DJ Gerard in the next installment of two-hour workshop, author Diana their Underground Series — parking Raab inspires to write the story, poem garage concerts that happen each Saturday before a full moon. 701 Santa or memoir you’ve always wanted to Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. facebook. (Continued on page 38) com/wearethewestmusic

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Thrash’in, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This Sunday retro party features rad ’80s cocktails, ’80s movies and DJ Vinyl Don spinning ’80s tunes. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover.

Monday, April 30 Nina’s Tango Practica, 6 to 9 p.m. Each Monday night learn the art of tango and enjoy a tapas tasting menu. Grand Casino Bakery & Café, 3826 Main St., Culver City. $12.95. (310) 945-6099;

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Wednesday, May 2 Kidz Rock Family Concert Series, 11 a.m. to noon. Singer-songwriter and educator Andy Z combines music, movement, storytelling and character puppets to create an experience, keeping kids engaged. Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, 3rd Floor Food Court, Santa Monica. Free. Image Collage Poetry, 2 to 4 p.m. Artist-in-residence Kate Ingold instructs how to make collages that combine words with images to create a third work that is greater than the sum of its parts. Utilizing chance and juxtaposition these visual puzzles challenge and inspire. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-2239; apm. Sunset Sailing Series, evenings. A new season of exciting evening races begins in April. 90 to 100 sailboats participate in the Sunset Series every Wednesday through September 5. Enjoy a family-friendly after-race party. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4567; Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring the Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

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