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L e t t e r s Groupthink is Hurting Ballona Re: “It’s a Ballona Superbloom,” News, April 27 Coverage of the Ballona Wetlands is always appreciated by wetlands advocates, and helping the public distinguish between beauty and ecological benefit is important. However, The Argonaut seems to have limited its sources for articles on Ballona to entities with a shared point of view, and that deprives readers of important factual context. For instance, readers should

understand that the full restoration of the ecological reserve is not just many years behind schedule, but also still many years away as the project team must finalize planning, obtain numerous permits, and then seek significant funding. In 2005, multiple state agencies commissioned an “Interim Stewardship and Access Management Plan” for Ballona, which recommended that the agencies “continue and expand invasive species removal efforts by Ballona Wetlands Land Trust” and other entities.

Instead, access has been cut off to the Land Trust and other organizations that have questioned various management decisions. Addressing invasive species requires an approach that leverages resources from all stakeholder groups, not just a chosen few. Last year, The Argonaut published an article about a project to remove invasive iceplant. I participated in that effort as a volunteer and I’m still hopeful that it will achieve the desired results. But hope and

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A New Boss at LAUSD

L.A.’s MarinaFest returns to Burton Chace Park ................................. 35

Nick Melvoin defeats incumbent in costly battle for Westside schoolboard seat . ........ 6

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Last-Minute Intervention City Council veto could reverse approval of controversial Mar Vista development ...... 9

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Food & Drink A New Proud Bird Westchester’s iconic aviationthemed restaurant readies for a summer relaunch ................................ 17

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Melvoin Defeats Zimmer in LAUSD Board Race Brutal campaign saw $8 million in outside spending by charter and union groups With just over 53,000 ballots cast, that $8.2 million breaks down to about $150 per actual vote. The candidates themselves raised just over $1.1 million combined, making it difficult to get their own messages across. But all of that outside spending did play out in Melvoin’s favor, with groups spending nearly $2.5 million to support Melvoin and nearly $3.4 million to oppose Zimmer as of the May 10 reporting deadline, according to Los Angeles Ethics Commission records.

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By Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker The most expensive LAUSD board contest in history — and quite possibly also the ugliest — ended Tuesday night with Westside, Hollywood and San Fernando Valley voters choosing to replace two-term incumbent Steve Zimmer with challenger Nick Melvoin. Melvoin, 31, received 30,696 votes (57.4% support) to Zimmer’s 22,766 votes, according to a Wednesday tally by the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office. “I’m excited, I’m grateful, I’m humbled, and now we have a lot of work to do — not only improving outcomes for kids, but also healing some of the divides this campaign exposed,” Melvoin said. Both men are former LAUSD teachers, but Melvoin received heavy financial support from charter school advocates, while Zimmer had the backing of the teachers union. What emerged was a proxy war between pro-charter and pro-union groups, with outside groups not controlled by the candidates spending more than $8.2 million (as of May 10) to influence voters through negative and often misleading political mail.

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“I’m excited, I’m grateful, I’m humbled, and now we have a lot of work to do — not only improving outcomes for kids, but also healing some of the divides this campaign exposed.” — Nick Melvoin Much of that 70-30 independent expenditure advantage favoring Melvoin came through major contributions from the likes of billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, former Los Angeles Mayor Dick Riordan and Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings.

Melvoin’s victory and that of newcomer Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez in a concurrent school board race wrests future control of the LAUSD Board of Education away from a current majority that tends to be more in sync with the teacher’s union. (The City Clerk reported a voter turnout

of 9.5% for both LAUSD races, but only 25,410 people cast a ballot in the contest across town.) But those who equate Melvoin’s victory to a charter school takeover of LAUSD should think again, Melvoin cautioned Wednesday morning. “I look forward to proving them wrong,” said Melvoin, adding he hopes to sit down with some of those who did not vote for him in order to build common ground. Zimmer, who took the brunt of attack ads throughout the campaign, lamented the vicious attack ads funded by charteraligned groups. “This race was never just about me,” Zimmer said the weekend before Election Day. “In this election, the dreams of our children — all of our children — should be more important than lies. Dreams should be more powerful than money.” Zimmer did not call Melvoin to concede the race on Tuesday night, but did attempt to console supporters who had gathered at his campaign headquarters in Mar Vista. “I might not have been successful tonight, but we the teachers, we the students, we the families of this district — we are not a failure,” Zimmer said.

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Up All Night at LAX On the scene at one of the biggest airport terminal relocations in history woman Mary Grady told reporters early Saturday morning. Of more than a dozen airlines that swapped terminals overnight on May 12-13, May 14-15 or May 16-17, Delta Airlines had the most to do, its move extending over all three nights. Other airlines accomplished their moves all in one night: Allegiant, Boutique Air, Frontier, Sun Country, Virgin America, Virgin Australia and Volaris on Night 1; Avianca, Interjet and Spirit on Night 2; and JetBlue, Air Canada and international service for Southwest on Night 3. By relocating from terminals 5 and 6 to terminals 2 and 3, Delta picks up several more gates and gains access to the wider taxiways of LAX’s northern runway, reducing air traffic wait times. Delta’s move is also part of a long-range $1.9-billion plan to provide a much smoother passenger experience in a streamlined double terminal that also connects to the Tom Bradley International Terminal — upgrades set to take place over the next seven years, said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s VP of sales for the Western U.S.

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By Gary Walker The central terminals of Los Angeles International Airport were a beehive of activity as Friday night became Saturday morning, with nearly 200 movers and more than 30 volunteers scrambling to accomplish the first night of one of the most expansive terminal relocations in American history. Orange-jacketed airport employees loaded pallet after pallet of green and yellow boxes — thousands of them — plus furniture, wheelchairs and more than 300 computers onto 14 large trucks. Others changed out the airline signs over passenger drop-off and retrieval areas, or repositioned aircraft and gates until just before regular operations resumed at 5 a.m. LAX volunteers scurried through ticketing areas to assist morning travelers, with shuttle buses at the ready to ferry confused ticketholders to their correct terminals. And perhaps most impressive of all, just about everything happened according to plan. “It went extremely well. There was an army of people out there,” LAX spokes-

Workers change out a sign on the first night of LAX’s massive terminal swap Delta spokeswoman Liz Savadelis spent several hours observing the Friday-Saturday move. “One of the benefits of the relocation is now you’ll have three of the largest airlines on the same side of LAX: Delta, American and United Airlines. So this will help relieve congestion and the new amenities will help provide operational

excellence, which Delta prides itself on,” Savadelis said. Officials with Los Angeles World Airports, the public agency that oversees LAX, closely monitored what they confirmed as the largest terminal swap in the airport’s 68-year history. “Months of planning are beginning to pay off as our airline partners begin transitioning into their new terminals,” said Trevor Daley, the agency’s executive director for external affairs. Airport and airline officials also went to great lengths to notify ticketholders of the upcoming changes. Jesse Xavier of Pasadena learned of the terminal changes about a week ago and made sure to arrive extra early for his Delta flight to New York. Xavier said he likes the renovations that have already taken place so far at LAX and is eager to see them come to fruition. “It looks really modern and colorful,” he said of terminal upgrades over the past several years. “It’ll be interesting to see what the new terminals will look like.” gary@argonautnews.com

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New Marina Hotels Clear Final Hurdle

A Courtyard by Marriott and Marriott Residence Inn will break ground on Via Marina as early as summer Courtesy of The Hardage Group

By Gary Walker The Los Angeles County Design Control Board has approved final design changes for a new hotel complex and adjacent wetlands park in Marina del Rey, bringing closure to a nearly 20-year development process slowed by multiple lawsuits and design changes. The board approved the last round of design changes for the five-story, 159room Courtyard by Marriott and six-story, 129-room Marriott Residence Inn during an April 26 special meeting at the Burton Chace Park Community Room. This was the final hurdle that San Diego-based developers The Hardage Group had to overcome before starting construction. “We’re feeling really good about the commission’s vote today. It’s been a really, really long journey,” said Samuel Hardage, the company’s CEO and founder. “This is going to be a terrific project for Los Angeles, for Marina del Rey and for the thousands of people who will come over the years to enjoy the marina and stay the night and experience this wonderful climate.” The two hotels going on Via Marina near Tahiti Way will measure 12,000 square feet and be connected by a single-story ground level with 19 surface-level parking spaces and 212 subterranean parking spaces. The structures will be adjacent to a 1.46-acre wetlands park with 21 public parking spaces.

The final design rendering for the new Marriott complex, as seen from Via Marina Hardage said he anticipates that construction work will begin this summer but is still developing a timeline for completion. Planned hotel amenities include a public seafront promenade, waterfront restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, an outdoor dining terrace and a fitness center. This isn’t the first time county bodies have greenlighted the project through various design iterations. The Design Control Board approved a conceptual design for a timeshare resort and hotel in 2004, but the project shifted to a massive 19-story hotel two years later. The board greenlighted a design for the public

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promenade in 2009, and the following year the Regional Planning Commission gave its approval. The project was redesigned once again in 2014 following a public appeal against its proposed height. The current iteration survived appeals to Regional Planning, the Board of Supervisors and the California Coastal Commission. Changes approved last month included expanding a rooftop terrace toward Via Marina to extend it over surface-level parking spots and eliminating a different portion of rooftop that protruded from the structure. The swimming pool will be

moved off the roof, and the service vehicle loading area has also been reconfigured. Despite earlier community rancor over the size and scope of the project and even the environmental integrity of the wetlands park, no one spoke publicly against the new design concept. The only public speaker was Yelena Zeltser of the union Unite Here Local 11. “The developer has committed to providing good service jobs at the hotels, so we support this project,” she said. L.A. County Design Board member Jerome Stanley complimented Hardage on his persistence during nearly two decades of appeals and delays. “I’m impressed that any developer can ride with a project for so long and still bring it forward,” Stanley said. “I’m very comfortable with the new changes.” Hardage said there was never any point at which he’d lost hope, though he did acknowledge that some of the county bureaucracy was time-consuming. Hardage also commented that he was at times discouraged by information disseminated by anti-growth activists that he didn’t feel was accurate. “When people come and protest and they have a good suggestion to make a project better, that’s fine. But when people come and protest and they’re not always using facts, then I don’t think the public is served by that,” he said.

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After removing 230 pounds of litter from Dockweiler, volunteers head to Toes Beach and Ballona Creek By Joe Piasecki On Earth Day a team of 610 volunteers from Bank of America joined Heal the Bay to remove more than 230 pounds of trash from Dockweiler State Beach. This Saturday, Heal the Bay and Friends of the Ballona Wetlands are taking volunteers to do more of the same along Toes Beach and Ballona Creek. Their biggest target: plastics, which item for item outrank Styrofoam and cigarette butts as the top pollutants on area beaches. Since March 1999, Heal the Bay beach cleanups have removed 138,549 plastic items, 111,532 pieces of Styrofoam and 53,102 cigarettes from just the Playa del Rey-adjacent portion of Dockweiler, according to the nonprofit’s Marine Debris Log. “Dockweiler has historically been one of the beaches most in need of cleanups,” PAGE 8 THE ARGONAUT May 18, 2017

Bank of America volunteers scoured the sands of Dockweiler on Earth Day said Heal the Bay Donor Relations Manager Logan Doughtie, who organized the BofA cleanup. “What makes it unique are the fire pits,” explained Senior Marketing & Communications Manager Talia Roselli. All the picnicking and partying associated create a ton of food-related waste — especially

plastics, she says. Bank of America Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs Garrett Gin experienced this firsthand as his volunteer group scoured the sand from Lifeguard Tower 54 to the fire pits. “The group I was with found a lot of cigarette butts, plastic and Styrofoam.

The group next to us found a foam mattress buried in the sand,” he said. If picking up trash on the beach sounds like a Sisyphean task, note that these efforts do more than temporary good. Volunteers with Heal the Bay’s corporate and public cleanups populate the aforementioned Marine Debris Log with fresh data by documenting the trash they find, information that Heal the Bay aggregates and uses to inform public policy campaigns on a broader scale. “Volunteerism is a great way to connect with people, and clean beaches are an important part of how we live and our identity as a region. This was a cause everyone could relate to,” said Gin. The Toes Beach and Ballona Creek cleanups are from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20. Visit healthebay.org to register.


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Council Veto Could Topple Mar Vista Project

The controversial six-story complex slated for Venice Boulevard may go back to the drawing board if Bonin gets his way By Gary Walker It isn’t often that elected city leaders overturn a decision by one of their own appointed commissions, but Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin is asking his colleagues to do just that in order to halt the progress of a controversial six-story development planned for Mar Vista. On May 12, Bonin filed a motion to set aside the city Planning Commission’s unanimous April 20 approval of a six-story residential and retail complex that would replace a two-story strip mall at the southeast corner of Venice Boulevard and Wasatch Avenue. Bonin’s request is expected to get a vote before the council this week and needs 10 of 15 votes to pass. If successful, the council would then refer the project to its own five-member Planning and Land Use Management Committee for further review and discussion. The 62,000-square-foot design proposed by Mar Vista-based developer Crimson Holdings would stand about 83 feet tall, dwarfing neighboring buildings and making it the tallest building

The six-story complex proposed for Venice Boulevard at Wasatch Avenue would replace this two-story strip mall on the stretch of Venice Boulevard that runs through the heart of Mar Vista. The new structure at 12444 Venice Blvd. would contain 77 units of housing — seven of them set aside as affordable housing — as well as 2,100 square feet of ground-floor retail, with both ground-floor and subterranean parking. Crimson Holdings managing partner Pamela Day has won over some residents who support the creation of more housing, but she’s clashed with others who, like Bonin, say the project is out of scale with the neighborhood. Bonin has also objected that ground-level parking would run contrary to the city’s plans for pedestrian-friendly improvements to Venice Boulevard under

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A Compassionate Response to Mental Illness First responders often get a bad rap about their dealings with the mentally ill, but I saw police and firefighters work magic on the beach By Larry Layne The writer is a resident of Marina del Rey. On Friday, April 7, I was lucky to observe firsthand the outstanding performance of our firefighters with Los Angeles Fire Station 63 in Venice and beach patrol officers with LAPD Pacific Division Beach Patrol in dealing with a mentally unstable man. At around 3 p.m. on the beach by Marina del Rey, I noticed a middle-aged man in a white T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes. He was carrying a canvas briefcase as well as a paper bag and behaving very strangely. About two hours later he wandered up Ocean Front Walk near the south end of the peninsula and decided to lie down on the walk path asphalt. Suddenly he started screaming, got very mad and was flailing his arms and legs. Then he began throwing handfuls of sand. I called 911 and explained the situation, and Station 63 dispatched three firemen who arrived within 15 minutes of my call.

I watched the firefighters try to work with this disturbed man. First the team approached him gently, assuring him they were there to help and that they were paramedics. He got up from the pavement and started to walk away. Again, they assured him they were there to help him

officers and one four-wheel pickup patrol unit arrived. They assessed the situation with the firefighters while the man continued to wander deeper out onto the sand. One of the bike officers got into the vehicle and drove out slowly. When they

Suddenly he started screaming, got very mad and was flailing his arms and legs. Then he began throwing handfuls of sand. and were not the police, and encouraged him to come back and sit down where he had left his shoes and briefcase. Despite their reassurances, the man kept screaming and waving his arms and kicking his legs. Then he walked back out onto the beach. Clearly not getting anywhere, the firefighters called for LAPD backup. About 15 minutes later, two bike patrol

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met up with the man, they again spoke to him for a time from the vehicle, then got out and gently approached him. They talked to him for maybe 30 minutes, sometimes sitting down on the sand with him or asking him to stand up and talk to them. I kept thinking they were going to handcuff him, but after talking to him for quite a long time, they got back in their vehicle and came back to drop off the one

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Please Keep the Crossword! Re: Online-Only Crossword Puzzle, April 27 We so missed the crossword puzzle last week! We are glad it’s back, but bummed that it’s set on the horizontal. I hope that’s temporary. It’s great to be able to fold the paper when the crossword is on the vertical. You can see the clues and the heft of the pages underneath is perfect for writing on. I can’t believe I’m writing about the crossword, but after the second week I realize what an important part of our household ritual it has become. Karen Wolfe Venice

FROM THE WEB Kids Ocean Day is a field trip that lets kids send a message about caring for the planet More than 4,000 Los Angeles-area school children are heading to Dockweiler State Beach on Thursday, May 18, for the 24th annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt a Beach Cleanup. The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education’s hands-on assembly teaches kids about the flow of trash from neighborhoods to the ocean and its impact on the global ecosystem. PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT May 18, 2017

officer at his bike. I asked that officer about what happened, and he said the man had been arrested twice before for similar behavior. And, that after talking with him for a time, he told officers he was living with his sister in Venice and was sorry for his behavior, stating that he didn’t want to hurt anyone. As the man calmed down, the officers declined any further action. They explained to me that arresting him would have only brought him into temporary LAPD custody until an L.A. County Health Department unit could do yet another assessment and release him once again. While it does fall on our first responders to assist those grappling with serious mental illness, it’s not the main focus of their job. But I was pleased to see how both the LAFD and LAPD dealt so gently and compassionately with this disturbed individual. The situation does make me wonder, however, why we as a community are so unwilling to commit more resources toward helping the mentally ill.

Each year the group takes an aerial photo, the kids positioning themselves to spell out words or form symbols that send a message related to the day’s lessons. A press conference begins at 10:30 a.m., with the helicopter flyover photo set for 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit kidsoceanday.org. — Gary Walker

Re: “A Proxy War for LAUSD,” News, May 11 Commodification of children is exactly what we will get with the proliferation of charters favored by Nick Melvoin, who apparently has never seen a charter he won’t support. They are not accountable and not transparent, and Melvoin has said on the record that he’s fine with that by opposing legislation that would put charters and traditional public schools on an equal regulatory and accountability footing.

LAUSD has made progress under Steve Zimmer, and he believes we are saturated with charters, whereas Melvoin is happy to see them multiply without limit and, again, without sufficient oversight. The billionaires are spending tons of money to see Melvoin elected, and they are not interested in improving public education — to the contrary, they want to decimate it, and they see Melvoin as their tool to get that done. Ira L. Gottlieb Zimmer has grudgingly gone along with charters because they are legal public schools. He and a majority of the present board voted last month to use district resources to support legislation at the state level that is anti-charter. That vote was an all-out act of war on charters, and it is a stupid use of district resources. Your kids might be thriving in that sea of mediocrity known as LAUSD, but many families want more for kids in our district. Tracy TC Conyers HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE ARGONAUT: We encourage readers to share thoughts on local issues and reactions to stories in The Argonaut through our Letters to the Editor page. You too can have a voice in the community. Letters should include your name and place of residence (for publication) and a telephone number (not for publication).

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Art Without Music icon Herb Alpert is using his fortune to help innovators create on their own terms By Christina Campodonico You could say that Herb Alpert’s name has become synonymous with generosity. Last year the jazz legend and founder of A&M Records gave Los Angeles City College a record-breaking gift of $10.1 million to fund tuition-free music education. Since 1988 his Santa Monicabased Herb Alpert Foundation has given more than $150 million to philanthropic causes. Separately, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts has conferred more than $7 million in support of individual artists since 1994. On Friday, the winners of the 23rd annual Herb Alpert Award in the Arts will be honored during a private lunch in Santa Monica. They are choreographer luciana achugar, filmmaker Kerry Tribe, composer Eve Beglarian, director Daniel Fish and interdisciplinary artist Amy Franceschini. The award — a $75,000 unrestricted gift administered by the California Institute for the Arts and granted to each of five exceptional mid-career artists in the fields of dance, music, film/video, theater, and visual arts — can be a landmark moment in an artist’s career, as well as a major investment in that creator’s future. PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT May 18, 2017

“People have finished films. People have put down payments on houses,” says awards director Irene Borger. “There was always the feeling that [the award] would be for a risk-taker — somebody who was not commercial but, as Herb Alpert might say, ‘following their own star,’ really listening to what they felt like they needed

people who’ve won this prize it’s that they continue working, and that’s remarkable — that they don’t stop.” Composer Julia Wolfe, a 2015 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts recipient, went on to become a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her concert-length work “Anthracite Fields.”

“You can’t really identify that thing that gives you goosebumps when you hear a great artist do their thing.” — Herb Alpert to make. And so this was the idea — that it would give an artist a leg up to be able to give themselves some support and also let them do something they might not otherwise be able to do.” Borger notes that many recipients of the Herb Alpert Award have gone on to win even more high profile awards, such as MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowships, Pulitzer Prizes, Tonys and Oscars. “There’s still the potential for growth — enormous growth — in the people who are chosen for this prize,” she says. “If there’s one factor that unites 95% of the

Sought-after tap dance choreographer Michelle Dorrance, a 2014 Herb Alpert Award winner and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today,” according to The New Yorker, became a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. And playwright-actress Lisa Kron, Herb Alpert Award class of ’97, made history in 2015 as part of the first female writing to team to win a Tony for musical score (for the barrier-breaking musical “Fun Home”). One aspect of the Herb Alpert Award that enables artists to continuing pushing the envelope is the no-strings-attached nature

of the gift. Since rising to fame with his band the Tijuana Brass, Herb Alpert himself has made trusting the artist central to his business and philanthropic endeavors. He cofounded A&M Records with the artist as its “centerpiece” and he intentionally stays out of the Herb Alpert Award selection process, handing the decision-making over to three-person panels of leading artists, curators and writers in each field. For Alpert— 82 years old and still touring with wife Lani Hall of Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, still producing Grammy-nominated albums like 2016’s “Human Nature” — art is still a passionate pursuit to explore, discover and share. “I love artists,” says Alpert during a telephone interview last week. “I feel lucky that I’m able to lend a helping hand to them.” Why did you decide to start this award in the arts? I just believe in the arts. I love people who are passionate. I had this incredible experience when I was eight years old and it changed my life. I was an introvert and picked up the trumpet in this music appreciation class at my elementary school. … Couldn’t make a sound out of


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Limits it, but when I finally did, it was talking for me. That experience was something that had a profound effect on my life. I feel that all kids should have that experience. Now take it up many notches higher. This Herb Alpert Award has been going on the last 22 years or so — these are artists that are in mid-career, they just maybe need a helping hand, a little encouragement.

Is that one of the reasons you started A&M Records — to give artists more control? I was recording for a major record company for a year and a half and didn’t like the way I was being treated. I was being treated like a number. And the recording facilities they had, it was ice cold. It was very white on white on white on white. It wasn’t a creative environment. I was listening to a playback of one of the songs that I recorded and wanted to hear a little bit more bass, so we went over to the console and lifted up the bass track and the engineer slapped my hand and said ‘Don’t ever touch that again.’ He says, ‘This is a union board and blah, blah, blah.’ I filed all that information and then when Jerry Moss and I started A&M Records, 1962, I made the artist the centerpiece of our company. Everything was going to revolve around the artist.

Why has it been so important for you, through your philanthropic work, to support artists through every stage, from the beginning to mid-career and beyond? I just think that artists have something magical. They bring something to the picture that’s hard to identify. I had the opportunity to play with Louis Armstrong one night, and I was thinking ‘What is that thing that he has that works?’ Of course he’s passionate about what he’s doing. He has a nice sound. And then I realized that through the years I met a lot of great artists and wasn’t able to identify what is that key — how do I pass on that key that they have that could be helpful to myself and others? And I never could up come up with it. My point is that you can’t really identify that thing that gives you goosebumps when you hear a great artist do their thing.

It remains elusive for you? It’s always the pursuit. Dizzy Gillespie was a close friend of mine, and Dizzy used to say, ‘The closer I get the farther it looks.’ [Laughs.] I understood that — a never-ending quest for something that you can’t quite put your finger on, but you know you can get better.  I’m crazy about the mystery of art.

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There’s something about that mystery that you can’t identify, whether you’re a painter or a sculptor, a filmmaker, or work in theater. … Whatever it is, you can’t put your finger on that one thing that really touches, when it touches you. When you get those goosebumps, what is that thing? My point is: Art is personal. It’s the way you see it. And that’s what I’ve always tried to do as an artist. I make the music that comes out of me. I’m not trying to make hit records. I’m just trying to make something that works for me, and I get satisfaction out of it. I know you paint and sculpt, as well. What inspired you to exercise that part of your brain?  I’m a right-brain guy. I’m 85% on the right side of my head. Traveling around the world with the Tijuana Brass in the ’60s, I used to gravitate toward the Modern Art sections of museums. This sounds a little maybe, ‘not the right thing to say,’ but I saw paintings, you know a black painting with a white dot and a white painting with black dot. I said, ‘Yeah, let me try that.’ [Laughs.] … So I got some canvas and I’d paint. I started painting like a monkey. I started spreading just colors around the canvas. And little by little, I started to

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall are still performing and touring together evolve into a particular type of style. One thing led to another. It’s almost out of my hands now. I just do it to do it. What inspires you now? Probably my wife, Lani. She’s my muse. How did you find your artistic voice?  I was trying to copy my favorite

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Conversations with ancient manuscript guardians in Mali enlightened Vitale about relative perceptions of safety; learning to make videos taught her to embrace what scares you: “I think that’s

with The Argonaut an hour after speaking in Toronto — three days after returning from another talk in Australia. Despite fatigue, she was animated by an impressively positive worldview.

I go to the most horrible places on the planet — what people consider horrible — and they’re not. People are amazing! — Ami Vitale the best way — keep trying things that we don’t know anything about.” She takes roads less traveled, literally and figuratively, to fulfill her personal mandate to “see the whole story.” Journalists, she says, need to “shift the narrative” and dig deeper into not only problems but solutions too. Judging by the Montana resident’s travel itinerary, she’s rarely home. Vitale spoke

In your “Half the Truth” TED Talk last year, you described yourself as a really shy child. How did you overcome that to cover conflict zones in Afghanistan, Gaza, Kashmir, Kosovo and Sierra Leone? I think I was driven by curiosity. Also, I’m starting to realize that I’m not afraid of failing. But I didn’t really start covering war purposely. I had the dream of

being a foreign correspondent, and then this war just started unfolding in my backyard, and it captured my heart. Something inside me knew that I had to go tell these stories — I was hearing stories about children walking over the mountains in their slippers and just the clothes they had to flee. I went overnight from being this relatively amateur portrait photographer to covering war, without really meaning to. Once I got into it, though, I kind of knew what I was doing. It was because I was connecting to people. I was listening to their stories. Your innate understanding of storytelling guided you? Yeah, and an innate, I guess, love for people? That sounds so cliché, but I think the world is a beautiful place. I really do. And I’m not afraid of people who are different from me. That’s what drove me. I started realizing, ‘Why are we

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so afraid of one another? Because we look different?’ I should flash back to my first real experiences living in Guinea Bissau in my early twenties, in a really remote village where most people don’t have electricity, running water, access to health care, nothing. Yet I left with this deeper understanding, this universal truth that we are all connected. And there’s so much more that connects us than divides us, and you don’t really understand that if you just sit there watching the television. The news only reflects the very worst in humanity — the most sensational, violent actions. Which isn’t a lie, but it’s also not the truth, either, because it’s one tiny piece of a much larger story. … You have to remember to see the whole story. We’re not really given that if we just try to watch the world through the lens of somebody else. It’s funny, because even now, the world looks like this horrible place, and guess what? I go to the most horrible places on the planet — what people consider horrible — and they’re not! People are amazing! [Laughs.] They share everything they have. It’s really interesting: Even when I go places we consider dangerous, I’ll ask people about their lives, and they have the same feeling that the rest of the world is dangerous. ... I want to get out there and tell those stories and remind us of how much magic there is, and to set a different narrative. Which is especially tense right now. Yes, it’s interesting to hear you say all this during the present political moment. Exactly. If we only create these narratives, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it almost becomes what we’re afraid of, when that’s all we talk about. So I want to balance out the storyline. We need messages of truth and hope that are everywhere. I’m not sure it’s accurate to say you also cover wildlife, but there’s a lot of wildlife in your photography. Yeah. That was an interesting transition

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Ami Vitale travels deep into crisis zones to find people at their best in some of their worst moments for me. After covering conflict for so long, I was so exhausted and depressed and I told myself, ‘I’m taking six months off.’ Just then, the Nature Conservancy called and asked, ‘What are you doing for the next six months?’ I [worked on] a book project where they sent me to some of the most beautiful places on the planet. It got me thinking about the stories I was telling, and I realized everything — all these conflicts — are always about the natural world; they’re always about resources and where things are coming from. It’s always about the environment. You can’t talk about people without talking about the environment, and vice versa. We are the same story. I also started realizing that this is the biggest story out there. My theme now is co-existence: How do we share this planet — not just with each other, but with wildlife? We need the animals. We need to pay attention to what we’re doing to this planet. I think there are incredible stories that make all of us feel connected. You lived in Guinea Bissau for six months and in Kashmir for four years. What is the truest gratification of

immersing yourself in challenging environments? Bearing witness? I actually love it because it doesn’t feel difficult. It feels closer to things. I thrive in those situations, and I feel totally out of place when I’m in a very creaturecomfort world. I sleep better, I’m not watching the news, I’m so happy and feel connected to something else. [Laughs.] It sounds so corny, but I’m in love with a lot of this planet, and I know love alone isn’t enough to save it. So I’m trying to share some of what I get to witness. It’s so beautiful. There’s nothing to be afraid of. If you really take the time to get to know people — get to know a place, get to know wildlife — there’s nothing more beautiful. Your work shows that beauty. The photos from Kenya are sober yet poetic — especially one of two hands framing an elephant eye, and another of warriors placing hands on an orphaned rhino’s head. The Samburu are touching a rhino for the first time in their lives, because they’ve been locally extinct for almost 30 years and it was the first time they ever saw one. They were as mythical to them

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Story by Andrew Dubbins Photos by Maria Martin For five decades, celebrating special occasions at The Proud Bird has been a rite of passage for local families and community organizations — many of whom are curious about what’s going on behind the scenes of a massive, $12-million remodel that began in January 2016. Some of them work at The Argonaut, so we asked to tour the construction site ahead of this summer’s grand reopening. The short of it is that fans of this local institution have little cause for worry: The vintage aircraft remain in place, the banquet rooms will maintain a timeless elegance, and they’ll still serve weekend brunches. What’s new is the main dining area is being converted into an eclectic food hall with immersive aviation exhibits. Waiting for the tour to start, I strolled around the four aircraft

still on display in the front courtyard: a Corsair, Dauntless, Spitfire and P-51 Mustang. I flashed back to when I was a kid: riding the shuttle to LAX, pressing my nose to the glass and rattling off the names of these warbirds to my dad, who taught me to build model airplanes. When I found out The Proud Bird was getting an expensive makeover, I was initially disappointed. I grew up in L.A. and get tired of seeing local favorites turn into trendy, overpriced destinations. But by the end of my tour, I’d decided The Proud Bird is going to be a different story — a solid mix of 20thcentury nostalgia and 21st-century innovation. My tour guide was Specialty Restaurants Corp. CEO John Tallichet, whose father opened The Proud Bird in 1967. Wearing a construction hat and neon yellow vest over a crisp white button-down, Tallichet led me

through the massive 5,000square-foot food hall as construction workers scurried around us. “As much as everybody loved us for what we were,” he told me, “you’ve seen a lot of restaurants like that go away. They never really evolved to become what they needed to be in today’s market.” That’s why The Proud Bird, which used to rely on white tablecloth dining and special events and will still operate formal banquet rooms, is relaunching the main dining area with a more casual feel to accommodate locals who just want to have a bite or a drink and watch the jets come and go. At the entrance to the food hall, where a Curtis P-40 dangles from the ceiling, diners will be given a “boarding pass” to keep track of a la carte purchases from (Continued on page 18)

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John Tallichet revels in the expansive view of an upstairs banquet room as a jet roars toward LAX another one,” Tallichet said. At the time of my visit, workers were only in the beginning stages of installing the interactive displays, which Tallichet says will include one about space exploration designed by SpaceX. Out back, patrons will still be able to meander the rows of historic aircraft, including test pilot Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1, a DC-3 and a Russian MIG. “It’s a young person’s playground,” said general manager Adam Fischer. “Where else can you get up that close to airplanes like these?” Near the end of the tour we headed upstairs to a banquet hall named for World War II aviator

Jimmy Doolittle. The room still has its original ’60s-era wooden ceiling beams, a subtle reminder of the history that has been memorialized here and will continue to be. Standing at the large windows offering expansive views of jets landing at LAX, Tallichet paused for a moment to watch a massive Air New Zealand 747 put down with a noisy roar. “This is our show,” he said with a smile. He’s proud to be carrying on his father’s legacy and hopeful about the second flight of The Proud Bird. Check theproudbird.com for updates about the grand reopening.

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Congratulations to St. Jerome Students Deven and Valin who are both Cub Scouts with Pack 79. Valin recently earned is Tiger Rank and Deven earned his Webelo Rank. Both boys also earned the Religious Emblem of their Catholic faith. Deven earned the Parvuli Dei emblem which is awarded to Webelo Scouts. The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) emblem is to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes, and also to develop a good, positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community.

Valin earned the Light of Christ emblem which is awarded to Tiger Scouts. The purpose of the Light of Christ emblem is to help the Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With the parents’ active assistance and participation in this program, it is hoped that the Cub will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend. St.Jerome School 5580 Thornburn Street Los Angeles, CA 90045 310-670-1678 principal@ stjeromewestchester.org www.st-jeromeschool.org


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To make a difference in our community, we will Give Together by donating a portion of our net proceeds from every home sale to the local charity of our client’s choice. To make a difference in our community, we will Give TogetherCall by donating portion me todayafor more information or to find out what your home is worth!

of our net proceeds from every home sale to the local charity of our client’s choice. Call me today for more information or to find out what your home is worth!

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

deemed reliable butinisthe subject omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw notice. To reach theisCompass office call 310.230.5478. CalBRE# 01365696 Compass iscompiled a licensedfrom realsources estate broker (01991628) Stateto oferrors, California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All without material presented herein intendedmain 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

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 deemedpresented reliable butherein is subject to errors,for omissions, changes in price,only. condition, sale, oriswithdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478. CalBRE# 01365696 (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material is intended informational purposes Information e 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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SOLD!

SOLD!

6300 W. 79TH ST, WESTCHESTER

12059 JUNIETTE ST, CULVER CITY

Impressive North Kentwood custom home on 1/4 acre, 5 Bedrooms, 2.75 Baths, Den/Office, Pool & Spa, $1,575,000

Traditional home adjacent to Playa Vista w/ fantastic potential, spacious floor plan w/ classic style, 3 Bdrms, 2 Baths, $995,000

FOR LEASE

IN ESCROW

7892 NAYLOR AVE, WESTCHESTER

4235 DON JOSE DR, LOS ANGELES

Classic Nowell home in Westport Heights, 3 Bedrooms, 1.75 Baths, Den, Detached Bonus Room w/ Bath, $879,000

Exquisite modern industrial style home overlooking Los Angeles, redone w/ impressive luxury & quality, 3 Bdrms, 3 Baths, $7,500/mo

Bob Waldron 310.780.0864

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Coldwell Banker

Jessica Heredia ©2017 Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT Incorporated. Coldwell Banker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.

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$695,000

in escrow

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Just Sold 5 bed + 4 ba 5 bed + 4 ba 3 bed + 3 ba

$799,000


GORGEOUS BRAND NEW HOME

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tunning modern coastal home nestled in the heart of coveted, sought-after North Kentwood with warm, captivating architectural design. Chic 5 bed + 5.5 bath home boasting 3,900 sq ft of living space with a dramatic foyer entry stepping into an open floor plan living room, dining room and kitchen, featuring deep, rich wood floors, 10-ft high ceilings, modern décor finishes and inviting multi-sliding invisi-pocket doors that create an exotic, indoor-outdoor ambience on a 7,700 sq ft lot that is peacefully decorated with a plush Zen grass yard. This beautiful home includes a gourmet kitchen with a dazzling

grand center island, top-of-the-line appliances, a swanky master suite featuring an incredible bathroom equipped with a steam shower, huge walk-in closet, one private oversized balcony with a fireplace overlooking the yard, in addition to a grand wraparound balcony enveloping nearly half of the house. This magnificent, solar-ready home is further equipped with smart home technology, a Dolby 7 theater sound system, internet and media wired throughout, LED lights, central vacuum and a closedcircuit surveillance system, plus much more. There is room to add a pool. Welcome to Silicon Beach paradise.

For a list of upcoming new properties please call

Amir Zagross 310-780-4442 MAy 18, 2017 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section PAGE 29


jeSSe weinbeRG

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#1 for properties soLd in marina deL rey 2010-2016

FOR SALE

FOR SALE 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #1705,MDR $3,500,000 3 BD/2.5 BA 2,331 SQ.FT.

FOR SALE

13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #PH1906,MDR 11430 CLOVER AVE.,MAR VISTA $2,499,999 3 BD/3.5 BA 2,346 SQ.FT. 2 BD/2.5 BA + DEN 2,354 SQ.FT.

OPEN SUN 2-5

4250 VIA DOLCE #320,MDR 3 BD/2.5 BA +LOFT 2,200 SQ.FT.

$1,325,000

IN ESCROW

7433 ARIZONA AVE., WESTCHESTER $1,165,000 3 BD/2 BA 1,771 SQ.FT.

FOR LEASE

3310 PACIFIC AVE.,MDR 2 BD/2.5 BA + LOFT 1,217 SQ.FT.

COMING SOON 6011 DAWN CREEK #1 ,PLAYA VISTA $1,145,000 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,640 SQ.FT.

$2,095,000

$1,149,000

13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #1715,MDR 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,952 SQ.FT. $1,999,000

13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #1823,MDR 1,477 SQ.FT. $1,265,000 2 BD/2.5 BA

COMING SOON 12975 AGUSTIN PL #128 ,PLAYA VISTA $989,000 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,780 SQ.FT.

4060 GLENCOE AVE. #231,MDR 3 BD/3 BA 1,360 SQ.FT.

$865,000

COMING SOON

COMING SOON $1,669,000

6632 PARA WAY,PLAYA VISTA 3 BD/4 BA 2,310 SQ.FT.

$1,625,000

COMING SOON

COMING SOON 4312 GLENCOE AVE. #5,MDR 1,866 SQ.FT. 2 BD/2.5 BA

13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #705,MDR 1,714 SQ.FT. $1,199,000 2 BD/2 BA

OPEN SUN 2-5

13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #1206,MDR 2 BD/2 BA 1,533 SQ.FT. $1,099,000

7301 VISTA DEL MAR #15,PDR 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,900 SQ.FT.

11278 MONTANA AVE.,WESTWOOD $1,750,000 3 BD/4 BA 2,572 SQ.FT.

FOR SALE

FOR SALE

COMING SOON $19,000/MO

FOR SALE

FOR SALE

OPEN SUN 2-5

12916 DISCOVERY CREEK,PLAYA VISTA $1,679,000 3 BD/3 BA 2,798 SQ.FT.

2630 STRONGS DR.,VENICE 3 BD/4 BA 2,576 SQ.FT.

OPEN SUN 2-5

$825,000

8635 FALMOUTH AVE. #104,PDR 1 BD/1 BA 711 SQ.FT.

$475,000

Kw-SiLiCon beACH bRe #02004120 AGent doeS not GuARAntee tHe ACCuRACy of tHe SquARe footAGe, Lot Size oR otHeR infoRMAtion ConCeRninG tHe ConditionS oR feAtuReS of tHe pRopeRty pRovided by tHe SeLLeR oR obtAined fRoM pubLiC ReCoRdS oR otHeR SouRCeS. buyeR iS AdviSed to independentLy veRify tHe ACCuRACy of ALL infoRMAtion tHRouGH peRSonAL inSpeCtion And witH AppRopRiAte pRofeSSionALS. PAGE 30 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section May 18, 2017


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2/2 Completely remodeled, reduced price 2/2 Master suite, giant patio 2/2 Completely remodeled, pool, spa 4/3 About 2500 sq ft, rare craftsman style home 2/1.5 Resort style living

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4/5 Contemporary SFR over 4000 sq ft 4/3.5 Sand section townhouse, close to beach, ocean veiws 4/3.5 Sand section townhouse, close to beach, ocean veiws

$4,250,000 $3,549,000 $3,549,000

Sherry Rich Sloane Sanders Sloane Sanders

Keller Williams Silicon Beach The Cartier Sanders Team The Cartier Sanders Team

310-801-2008 310-874-4106 310-874-4106

mArinA del re y Sun 2-5 129 Roma Court Sun 2-5 138 Westwind Mall Sun 2-5 16 Quarterdeck #302 Sun 2-5 4150 Via Dolce #236 Sun 2-5 13226 Admiral Ave. #A Sun 2-5 4733 La Villa Marina #D Sun 2-5 4250 Via Dolce #320 Sun 2-5 4060 Glencoe Ave. #231 Sun 2-5 13236 Fiji Way

4/3.5 Waterfront Silicon Beach home w/ ocean views 5/5.5 Silicon Beach Mediterranean w/ ocean view roof deck 2/2 Terrific bath townhome w/ full on ocean views 2/2 Wonderful condo with east facing balcony 2/2.5 Den, enclosed balcony, 1600 sq ft 3/2.5 Approx. 2,000 sq ft, updated, quiet location 3/2.5 2-story penthouse w/ Marina & pool views 3/3 Stunning front facing unit in Marina Arts District 2/2.5 Views of wetlands, h/w, new kitch & baths, high ceils

$2,899,000 $3,099,000 $1,700,000 $899,000 $819,000 $919,000 $1,325,000 $869,000 $849,000

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mAr vistA Sun 2-5 11430 Clover Ave.

3/3.5 Renovated home on a large corner lot w/ pool

$2,095,000

Jesse Weinberg

Jesse Weinberg & Associates

800-804-9132

plAyA del re y Sa/Su 2-5 7840 West 81st St. Sun 2-5 7523 West 85th St. Sun 2-5 7022 Rindge Ave. Sun 2-5 8025 Redlands St. #25 Sun 2-5 7974 W. 79th St.

3/3 Amazing ocean views and outdoor spaces 4/3 Brand new master bath, recently upgraded kitchen 5/4 Incredible ocean views! 2nd story den w/ bar 2/2 Coastal condo 5/4 Price improvement

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plAyA vist A Sun 2-5 6405 Dawn Creek

3/3 2972 sq ft, contemporary & upgraded

$1,750,000

Suarez & Swett

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310-862-1761

Westchester Sat 12-2 6510 Firebrand St. Sun 2-5 7701 Henefer Ave. Sun 2-5 7800 Henefer Ave. Sun 2-5 6646 W. 85th Pl. Sat 12-2 6510 Firebrand St. Sun 2-5 7807 Toland Ave. Sun 2-5 6061 W. 75th Pl. Sa/Su 2-5 7816 Dunbarton Ave. Sun 2-5 6248 W. 85th Pl. Sun 2-5 5823 W. Manchester Ave. Sun 2-5 6015 W. 78th St. Sun 12-5 7708 Henefer Ave. Sun 2-5 5932 W. 75th St. Sun 2-5 7433 Arizona Ave.

3/2 Price improvement 3/2 Oversized North Kentwood lot 6/5 Stately traditional 4/3 Contemporary stunner 3/2 Price improvement 3/2 Updated Westchester cottage 5/5 Sophisticated Westchester living 4/3 Exquisite coastal California craftsman 3/2 Beautifully remodeled house with rustic charm 3/2.5 “Seas” the day in this beachy 2 story townhome 3/1 Clean, modern, and newly remodeled Westchester lease 5/5.5 Gorgeous new home, 3900 sq ft, w/ smart tech 3/1.75 Prime location with huge upside-down potential 3/2 Charming traditional on an oversized 7400 sq ft lot

$1,375,000 $1,549,000 $2,495,000 $1,289,000 $1,375,000 $949,000 $2,095,000 $1,629,000 $1,288,000 $884,400 $3,800/mo $2,995,000 $999,000 $1,155,000

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West l.A. Sun 2-5 3720 Hughes Ave. #6

2/3 Westside Mid-century loft

Stephanie Younger

Compass

310-499-2020

$599,000

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 becompletely 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 aHouse Directory listing consitutes final acceptance of an advertiser’s order.

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases Silicon Beach ParadiSe

two unitS in Marina del rey

“This is a great opportunity to own a rare Silicon Beach five-unit building on the Marina Peninsula,” says agent James Allan. “Located steps to the beach, this is a fast booming area. Two multi-level units offer two-story living rooms with multipurpose loft areas. Most of the units have their own private garages. Two units have spectacular ocean view rooftop patios. One unit is currently vacant, but other units can be delivered vacant. The possibilities are endless, and include a landscaped garden area.” Offered at $4,995,000 James Allan, Coldwell Banker 310-704-0007

“This stunning modern coastal home offers a warm, captivating architectural design,” says agent Amir Zagross. “A chic five-bed, five-and-a-half-bath home, it boasts a dramatic foyer entry that leads into an open floor plan. Finishes include deep, rich wood floors, 10-foot high ceilings, modern décor, and inviting multi-sliding doors that create an exotic, indoor-outdoor ambience. A private oversized balcony with a fireplace overlooks the yard. This Westchester home is equipped with smart home technology.” Offered at $2,995,000 Amir Zagross, eBroker 310-780-4442

Playa del rey condo

Marina city cluB

del rey terrace hoMe

Ben euBankS

“Artfully curated details infuse style throughout this splitlevel condo,” says agent Stephanie younger. “The covered front porch welcomes you into the open-concept living and dining room. Retreat upstairs to the second-floor master, which boasts carpeting, oversized windows, and a large closet. The graciously sized second bedroom is adjacent to the upstairs bath. An additional downstairs bathroom, and a newer in-unit washer and dryer complete the smart layout.” Offered at $649,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

“Relish the incredible Marina, harbor, and Channel views from this lovely three-bed, two-bath home, ideally located in the coveted Center Tower South of Marina City Club,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The spacious great room leads to a large patio directly overlooking the marina. Adjacent is an open kitchen with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting. Features include newly updated bathrooms, recessed lighting, wood and tile floors, in addition to floor-to-ceiling windows.” Offered at $799,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

“Ben Eubanks, the State Director of Region 17, 2017 California Assn. of REALTORS Board of Directors, the Director of the 2017 Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Assn. of REALTORS Board of Directors, an N.A.R. Golden “R” Major Investor, and a C.A.R. Key Contact for Assemblymember Autumn Burke, addressed the Commercial RE Investment Forum at the California Assn. of REALTORS Spring Business Meeting.” Ben Eubanks 310-968-4459

“This stunning front-facing three-bed, three-bath, condo is set in the desirable Mediterranean-style Del Rey Terrace complex,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “Features of this condo include a private entry, three large balconies, low HOA dues, and side-by-side parking. Freshly updated, the unit boasts a gourmet kitchen, an in-unit washer and dryer, a security system, and central air conditioning. Views of the city, pool, and courtyard give the unit a very open feel.” Offered at $869,000 Jesse Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg & Associates 800-804-9132

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

5 Ways to save on Home Renovation Is your kitchen hopelessly outdated, and your bathroom a blast from the past? Then it sounds like you’re overdue for some home improvements. Remodeling can be a huge undertaking-and a costly one at that, but here are 5 renovations to achieve the home of your dreams without spending a ton of cash. 1. Don’t do a complete remodel Unless the room needs to be completely gutted, you can cut costs by refurbishing existing fixtures. When renovating the kitchen, staining the current cabinetry, replacing old drawer handles and knobs, and refacing moldings can save you thousands of dollars. In fact, refinishing existing cabinets can save you up to 50% compared with the cost of buying new cabinetry. You can also cut costs by purchasing materials (e.g., granite, flooring, or lighting) yourself. 2. Pick decent, midgrade materials Picking premium options or materials can raise the cost of your remodeling project substantially. One area where you’ll find a major price difference? Carpeting.

While basic olefin and polyester carpeting costs around $1 to $2 per square foot, wool can cost upward of $9 to $11 per square foot. Those costs add up if you’re recarpeting a large room or an entire floor. Another biggie? Countertops: Granite costs $60 to $100 per square foot; laminate (i.e., Formica) looks like granite for $10 to $40 per square foot. 3. Do prep work yourself To reduce the hours your contractors will need to put in, and save money on labor, do light prep work yourself. By removing and discarding old carpeting on your own, for example, you’ll shave time off the installer’s bill, which can lead to substantial savings when you consider that many companies charge an additional $4 per yard to remove old carpet. 4. Go DIY, but know your limits Another way to cut remodeling costs is, of course, to do the work yourself. That’s a good move for small projects, like painting a bedroom, where the work is fairly simple. Also, the materials you’ll need, including paint, brushes, sandpaper, and tape, cost

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only $100 to $200. (Professional painters, meanwhile, charge $35 to $100 an hour.) With larger projects, however, rolling up your sleeves probably isn’t the best decision — especially if you lack handy skills. For major home improvement projects, you’ll most likely want to hire a professional to do the work, it’ll cost more, but it’s worth it. Let’s face it: The last thing you want to do is to pay a second contractor to redo the work. 5. Shop around for the best (and budget-friendly) contractor Last but not least, a home remodeling project is only as good as whom you hire. It’s crucial to find a reliable contractor who will quote you a fair price and deliver high-quality work. To find this special someone, you’ll want to meet with at least three contractors and get in-person bids. Doing so will give you a good idea of the price range; it’ll also give you a sense of whether you’d be comfortable working with the person. When vetting contractors, pay attention to small details, like whether they show up on time for the appointment.

Punctuality indicates whether the person is well-organized, which can affect how much you’ll have to pay. If a contractor has a habit of running behind schedule, that might affect how long the project will take to complete and how many hours of labor you’ll need to pay for. The adage “time is money” can be painfully true when contractors are involved, so you want someone who takes your time seriously. Another money-saving safety measure: insist on seeing all renovation estimates in writing, and get a cap on the hours if possible. Meanwhile, a punch list can ensure that the renovation isn’t officially done until you’re satisfied. Any contractor who isn’t willing to provide this par-for-the-course paperwork may not be worth the trouble, because it protects you both in case any part of your renovation goes off the rails. ThIS week’S queSTIon waS anSwereD bY

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registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: Cynthia Chue-Woo Yoshikawa. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on: April 20, 2017. Argonaut published: Apri l 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT 2017 101478 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Centro De Accion Legal 1801 Century Park East suite 2300 Los Angeles, CA. 90067.2) Centro De Accion Knight Law Group LLp 1801 Century Park East suite 2300 Los Angeles, CA. 90067 This business is conducted by an limited liability. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 01/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). KNIGHT LAW GROUP LLP Title Manager Leon Boyer This statement was filed with the county on April 20, 2017. Argonaut published: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT 2017 103709 The following person is doing business as: Robinson Ranch LTD 578 Washington Blvd. suite 914 Marina del Rey, CA 90292 Registered owner(s) Randall Robinson 578 Washington Blvd. suite 914 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 09/2016. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares

as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: RANDALL ROBINSON Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 24, 2017. Argonaut published: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT 2017 109314 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 1).Steady Living Adult Residental Home 9927 Grape St. Los Angeles, CA. 90002. 1551 E. 118 Place Los Angeles, CA. 90059. Marie Thomas 1551 E. 118th Place Los Angeles, CA. 90059. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). MARIE THOMAS OWNER This statement was filed with the county on April 28, 2017 . Argonaut published: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT 2017 112276 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Back2Care 5450 Lincoln Blvd Playa Vista, CA. 90094 Nikiforova Marina 3448 Sawtelle Blvd. apt 14 Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). MARINA NIKIFOROVA TITLE Owner This statement was

filed with the county on May 2 , 2017. Argonaut published: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT 2017 115589 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Lipmen Consulting 3231 Cheviot Vista Place #303 Los Angeles, CA. 90034 Eli Lipmen 3231 Cheviot Vista Place #303 Los Angeles, CA. 90034 This business is conducted by a married couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 04/2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). ELI LIPMEN TITLE OWNER This statement was filed with the county on May 5, 2017. Argonaut published: May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NaME STaTEMENT 2017 092125 The following persons are doing business as: HPL-Apollo 5330 West 102nd St. Los Angeles, CA. 90045, County of Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: AI #ON: 3289519. Registered owners: Apollo Freight Inc. 2780 Skypark Drive suite 300 Torrance, California 90505 . This business is conducted by a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 07/2012. 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.) Registrant Signature/Name: Apollo Freight Inc, Secretary. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 12, 2017 Argonaut published: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 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

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE AND INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (U.C.C. 6101 et seq. and B & P 24073 et seq.) Escrow No. 68179-SH Notice is hereby given that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license is about to be made. The name and address of the Seller/Licensee is: BABY BLUES BAR-B-Q LTD, 444 LINCON ST, VENICE CA 90291 BABY BLUES HOLLYWOOD LLC, 7953 SANTA MONICA BLVD, WEST HOLLYWOOD CA 90046 The business is known as: BABY BLUES BBQ The name and address of the Buyer/Transferee is: EOLA LLC, 1138 COCHRAN AVE, LOS ANGELES CA 90019 As listed by the Seller/Licensee, all other business names and addresses used by the Seller/Licensee within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer/Transferee are: NONE The assets to be sold are described in general as: FURNITURE, FIXTURES, EQUIPMENT, GOODWILL, TRADE NAME, LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMNTS AND TYPE 47 ABC LICENSE and are located at: 7953 SANTA MONICA BLVD, WEST HOLLYWOOD CA 90046 The ABC License to be transferred is: Type: ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE License No. 47-472101 now issued for the premises located at: 7953 SANTA MONICA BLVD, WEST HOLLYWOOD CA 90046 The anticipated date of the bulk sale is UPON ISSUANCE OF THE PERMANENT ABC LICENSE TO BUYER at the office of: FEDERAL ESCROW, INC, 23734 VALENCIA BLVD #100A, VALENCIA, CA 91355 The amount of the purchase price or consideration in connection with the transfer of the license and business, including the estimated inventory, is the sum of $500,000.00, which consists of the following: DESCRIPTION, AMOUNT: CASH $500,000.00 It has been agreed between the Seller/Licensee and the intended Buyer/Transferee, as required by Sec. 24073 of the Business and Professions Code, that the consideration for the transfer of the business and license is to be paid only after the transfer has been approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Date: MAY 1, 2017 BABY BLUES BAR-B-Q LTD, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED COMPANY, Seller(s)/Licensee(s) EOLA LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, Buyer(s)/Transferee(s) LA1815903-S ARGONAUT 5/18/17

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legal advertising ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BS168515 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner (name) Caryn Waara Doran to Caryn Marie Doran filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.)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: July 18, 2017 Time: 10AM. Dept.: 44 room 418 The address of the court. 111 N. Hill St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012 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: The Argonaut. Original filed: March 27, 2017 Mark A. Borenstein, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut May 11, 18, 25, 2017 June 1, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 106910 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Feminine Rising 5164 S. Slauson Ave. Culver City, CA. 90230 Leigh-Anne Lui 5164 S Slauson Ave. Culver City, CA. 90230. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 04/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant LEIGH-ANNE LUI Owner This statement was filed with the county on April 26, 2017 Argonaut published: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 . 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. NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF OF BRENT HAWKINS GUNDERSON Case No: 17STPB03664 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of . Brent Hawkins Gunderson A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: Jessica Farrow Gunderson in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles The Petition for Probate requests that Jessica Farrow Gunderson 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: June 19, 2017. 8am. Dept 11, at 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012 Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles Sherri R. Carter Executive Officer 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 four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. 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. Petitioner: Jessica Farrow Gunderson Attorney for Petitioner Corday & Hartney PLC 11665 Avena Place ste 209 San Diego, CA. 92128 Tel. 858-385-7227 PUBLISHED: Argonaut May 11, 18, 25, 2017 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF OF SANDRA JOSEPHINE MAJAM Case No: 17STPB00341 Files May 12, 2017 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of SANDRA JOSEPHINE MAJAM, SANDRA JOSEPHINE MAJAM-HARRIS A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: Elizabeth Majam in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles The Petition for Probate requests that ELIZABETH MAJAM 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: June 5, 2017. 8:30am. Dept 9, at 111 North Hill St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012 Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles Sherri R. Carter Executive Officer 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 four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above.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. Petitioner: Elizabeth MajamAttorney for Petitioner Law Offices of Oscar Ramirez 515 Flower Street floor 36 Los Angeles, CA. 90071 213-236-3649PUBLISHED: Argonaut May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF OF HENRy MATTHEWS Case No: 17AVPB00132 Filed April 27, 2017 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both,of Henry Matthews A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: Michelle Sumner in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles The Petition for Probate requests that Michelle Sumner 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: June 14, 2017. 1:30am. Dept A12, at 42011 4th St W Lancaster, CA. 93534 Address of court: Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles Sherri R. Carter Executive Officer 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 four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. 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. Petitioner: Michelle Sumner Attorney for Petitioner Michelle Sumner 131 Embarcadero W. 3227 Oakland, CA. 94607 PUBLISHED: Argonaut May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017

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SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTy OF LOS ANGELES— PROBATE DIVISION In re: ROBERT DENE RICE, Deceased. Case No. 16STPB01391 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO SELL REAL ESTATE AT PRIVATE SALE: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, subject to overbid and confirmation by the Los Angeles County Superior Court Probate Division, on June 5, 2017 at 4:00 P.M., Dao Hong Truong, Administrator of the estate of Robert Dene Rice will sell at private sale to the highest and best offer on the terms and conditions stated below all right, title and interest of the decedent at the time of death and all right, title and interest that the estate has acquired in addition to that of the decedent at the time of death, in the real property identified below and located in Los Angeles County, California. This real property is commonly referred to as 905 Lucille Avenue, Venice, California 90291, Assessor’s Parcel No. 097-174-13, and is more fully described as LOT 14, BLOCK C OF VENICE GATEWAY TRACT, IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 7, PAGE 161 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. The real property will be sold subject to current taxes, covenants, conditions, restrictions, reservations, rights, rights of way, and easements of record, with any financial encumbrances of record to be satisfied from the purchase price. The real property will be sold on an “as is” basis, except for title. The estate administrator has given an exclusive listing to Betsy Goldman, CA BRE License No. 01016611, RE/MAX Properties, Tel: 310-392-1014, betsy90291@gmail.com, 124 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Bids or offers are invited for this property and must be in writing and can be mailed or emailed to Betsy Goldman at said contact information, or delivered personally to her prior to the date and time of sale. This property will be sold on the following terms: cash, or part cash and part credit, the terms of such credit to be acceptable to the estate administrator and to the probate court. Estate administrator reserves the right to reject any and all bids received. This real property has been listed on the California Multiple Listing Service. Examination of title, recording of conveyance, transfer taxes, and any title insurance policy shall be at the expense of the purchaser. For further information, contact Betsy Goldman. Notice by The Foremost Law Group, APC, Joshua R. Engle, attorney for estate administrator Dao Hong Truong. Published in the Argonaut Newspaper on May 18th, 25th, and June 1, 2017.

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Venice Pop-Up Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Bring a meeting, lunch or project, use the free Wi-Fi, or simply come and enjoy. 1021½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. venicechamber.net

Anais Mitchell, 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell brings her folksong sound to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com

Beach Eats, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9545; lotmom.com/beacheats LAX Coastal Chamber Networking at Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ditch your pitch and meet other professionals in a casual setting. Networking allows people to get to know one another personally through group conversation before bringing up professional opportunities. Bowlero Los Angeles, 8731 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. $10. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

Mar Vista Mystery Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Each month join fellow readers for a discussion on a chosen mystery. This month’s selection is “An Obvious Fact” by Craig Johnson. Mar Vista Branch Library, 12006 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-3454; lapl.org “Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House,” 7 p.m. Kim Bixler’s family owned Wright’s 1908 Edward E. Boynton House in Rochester, New York from 1977 to 1994. Bixler recounts the joys and pitfalls of owning and living in a Wright-designed home. El Segundo Public

Classic rock- and country-loving duo Roses & Cigarettes are holding a benefit show for singer Jenny Pagliaro, who is battling cancer. SEE SATURDAY, MAY 20. Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2722; eslib.org Heart-Centered Toastmasters Open House, 7 p.m. Learn to grow your speaking skills in a safe, encouraging environment. There will be food and an informal social hour at 7 p.m. The program begins at 8 p.m. SHARE Center, 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City. (201) 650-5333; hctoast.com “Awesome,” 7 p.m. Is there a moment when you were absolutely awestruck? Shine storytellers share tales about real experiences that filled them with awe. Venice singer-songwriter Christopher Hawley performs his danceable grooves. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321; storeyproductions.com Serving Up Comedy, 7 p.m. Featuring a new lineup of standup comics each week, the main show is followed by an open mic at 8:30 p.m. at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. No cover; suggested charity donation. (310) 823-5451; servingupcomedy.com Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7:15 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del

Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. delreync.org Genius Loci Fest Lineup Release Party, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Celebrate the official lineup release for Genius Loci Fest with performances by The Electric Frontier, Henry Pope X Littlefoot, Loboman, Massio and in the basement. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5; $10 after 10 p.m. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Friday, May 19 Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 to noon. Each Friday the Mar Vista Seniors Club meets for trip, tours, speakers, bingo, and live entertainment. Ages 50+. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876 Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Dogtown Allstars Jam, 7 to 10 p.m. The classic rock and vintage surfinfluenced band makes its Venice Boardwalk debut. All drummers are invited to show up and play “Wipeout” on a communal drum. Bring your own sticks. Guitarists welcome to jam on “Crossroads.” Bring your own guitar. Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. No cover. (310) 392-3997; venicebeachbar.com SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com

L.A.’s MarinaFest returns to Burton Chace Park with a boat show, classic cars, activities for kids and a beer garden for parents. SEE SATURDAY, MAY 20.

Ben Bostick at Bareburger, 8 p.m. Emerging “outsider country” singersongwriter Ben Bostick, a frequent busker on the Santa Monica Pier, recently released the five-song EP “My Country.” Hear him do a solo

Woodies Picnic and Car Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans of the Beach Boys or the surfer glory days of the ‘60s will revel in these Woodie cars, “the ultimate surfing car.” Enjoy food and live music by Jetpack. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. Registration $15 to $20. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Public Programs Manager Jenna Segal leads kids on an exciting undersea adventure, teaching them about the aquatic world with puppets, real marine artifacts and engaging stories about marine life. The fun continues with a marine-themed craft activity afterward. Ages 3 to 8. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 5592665; childrensbookworld.com

6th Annual Merchants of Venice Showcase, 2 to 5 p.m. Local business leaders join together to showcase over 100 products and services to the community. Guests can enjoy raffle prizes donated by exhibitors and sponsors, a kid’s corner with yoga, face painting and other activities. Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. Free; food tastings $10. venicechamber.net Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for an R&B, soul and funk concert by Rhythm Crewe. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com “Hal David: His Magic Moments” Book Discussion, 3 p.m. Author and philanthropist Eunice David discusses her new book and her musician husband Hal David’s legacy. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org Photo by Cari Nelson

Venice Art Crawl, 6 to 10 p.m. Experience performances, installations and visual art displays at various locations along Venice Boulevard from the beach to Oakwood Avenue. Highlights include “Sago Plastico,” an experimental theater piece written by Miranda Friedman (at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd.); the ARTravenous celebration of art, culture, poetry and music (at Canal Club, 2025 Pacific Ave.); a curated series of video installations (at The Lincoln, 2356 Lincoln Blvd.) and a new series of paintings of endangered species by Louis Masai, who did The Lobster behind G2 Gallery (at C.A.V.E. Gallery, 55 N. Venice Blvd.). veniceartcrawl.com

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“Little Ree” Storytime, 11 a.m. New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star Ree Drummond launches her first picture book with stories inspired by life on the ranch. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; barnesandnoble.com L.A.’s MarinaFest & Boat Show, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy food trucks, wine & beer garden, deejay & live music, 40-plus exhibitors, historic water tours, an expansive in-water boat show, a classic car show, and kids’ activities galore. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free; boat show $10. marinafest.org Del Rey Health, Wellness & Safety Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This small community festival features free health screenings, free healthy food, free live entertainment by the Del Rey Jazz Band and jumpers for kids. Exhibitors include Venice Family Clinic, MOA Wellness Center, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, NAMI and the Holistic Chamber of Commerce. Glen Alla Park, 4601 Alla Rd., Marina del Rey. Free. delreync.org Playa Vista Library Origami Party, 2 p.m. In celebration of Asian & Pacific Islander-American Heritage Month, learn the ancient art of origami paper folding. Supplies and snacks provided. All ages welcome. Playa Vista Branch Library, 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. Free. (310) 437-6680; lapl.org OY!STARS Concert, 2 p.m. Klezmer band OY!STARS performs lively Yiddish jazz with infectious upbeat tempos and achingly soulful ballads

‘Outside country’ singersongwriter Ben Bostick, a regular on Santa Monica Pier, heads inland for an indoor gig. SEE FRIDAY, MAY 19. Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival, 4:30 p.m. This film festival features works by, for and about the Garifuna community, a unique culture of descendants from the only black Africans who were never enslaved in the Americas, as well as indigenous people from across the world. Through May 27. The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $15 to $20. (310) 663-5813; garifunafilmfestival.com Play Reading, 6:30 p.m. This workshop allows guests to participate in a cold reading of an entire play. Open to all experience levels. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org Jenny’s Benefit Concert, 7 p.m. Roses & Cigarettes does a benefit show for singer Jenny Pagliaro, who is battling stage four breast cancer. The Garage, (Continued on page 39)

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On Stage – The week in local theater compiled by Christina campodonico

Renaissance Man: “The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Stogie Kenyatta portrays the many sides of athlete, actor, lawyer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson in this one-man show about the life of this multi-talented historical figure. One performance only: 8 p.m. Friday (May 19) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com Your Body is a Wonderland: “The Alexian Chronicles: An Alchemical Cabaret” @ Highways Performance Space Alexa Hunter and Gillian Cameron explore personal transformations in their identities, spirits and bodies as

they age through songs, stories, images and alchemy. Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (May 19 and 20) at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperformancespace.org

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Dinner Party Dalliance: “Kiss” @ Odyssey Theatre In the West Coast premiere of this Syrian melodrama by Guillermo Calderón, two couples meet for dinner to get the raging war off their minds, but a profession of love, a proposal and a kiss make for an unexpected turn of events. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. (310) 4772055; odysseytheatre.com

Literary Legacy: “Author! Author!” @ Santa Monica Playhouse The stories and letters of beloved Yiddish author Sholom Aleichem come to life in this mirthful musical. One performance only: 8 p.m. Friday (May 19) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $28.50. (310) 394-9779; santamonicaplayhouse.com Hard Times: “Good People” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players present Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey Abaire’s drama about a single mother in South Boston struggling to provide for her disabled daughter. She turns to her young manager at the Dollar Store, the landlady with a craft business and a now successful man from her past for help, but who will lend a hand? Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20 to $25. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org

abortion that takes place in a central Florida high school locker room. Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (May 18 to 21) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org Shalom, Pardner: “The Hebrew Hillbilly” @ Santa Monica Playhouse The “Memphis Belle of L.A.” Shelley Fisher sings about her life growing up as a good little Southern Jewish girl and her big rock ‘n’ roll dreams. One performance only: 6:30 p.m. Sunday (May 21) at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779; hebrewhillbilly.com

Kristin Couture and Natali Anna star in “Kiss” at the Odyssey Theatre Plan B: “Dry Land” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre Part of Center Theatre Group’s Block Party initiative to showcase the work of local theater companies, The Echo Theater Company’s production of Ruby Rae Spiegel’s “Dry Land” is a haunting play about female friendship and an

Stranger in a Strange Land: “The Foreigner” @ Miles Memorial Playhouse Santa Monica Rep stages a Trumpera reboot of Larry Shue’s Obie-winning play about a terribly shy young Brit — so much so that he pretends to hail from a foreign country and speak no English. Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday (May 19 and 20) at Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $15 to $60. (844) 486-2844; santamonicarep.org

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This Art Saves Lives Google hosts a pop-up gallery and community festival in support of Venice Family Clinic Images courtesy of the Art Walk and Auctions

Conceptual artist John Baldessari donated his screenprint “Hero,” part of a series in which dotted-out faces let bodies do the talking Righ t : Figurative painter Judy Nimtz offered “Ribbon Dance,” an oil-on-canvas work that depicts motion as narrative Left:

By Christina Campodonico Barbara Kruger’s 2011 untitled text piece — the banner image for Sunday’s 38th annual Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions — confronts the viewer with a direct and pointed question: “How Can I Be a Better Person?” For local artists new and old, one answer to that question is simple: donating their artwork and opening their studios to raise funds for the Venice Family Clinic, which provides health care to lowincome, uninsured and homeless people in 12 locations throughout the Westside and Inglewood. The heart of the VFC Art Walk & Auctions fundraiser is a pop-up gallery with works by leading contemporary artists on display (and for sale) inside the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building that houses Google’s Venice HQ. There are also ticketed tours of nearby art studios ($50) and a free community street festival with live music, artisan booths, an PAGE 38 THE ARGONAUT May 18, 2017

Imagination Station for kids and gourmet food along Hampton Drive at Main Street. Figurative painter Judy Nimtz got involved with the Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions soon after moving to Venice eight years ago. It didn’t take her long to realize the important role the clinic plays on the Westside. “As an artist, at any moment I might need the help of the VFC. And I felt like it was a really good cause,” Nimtz says of choosing to get involved. She’s donating a painting titled “Ribbon Dance” to the Art Walk’s silent auction — the online preview for which closes at 3 p.m. Friday, May 19. Longtime Venice artist Laddie John Dill, a world-renowned Light and Space art innovator, has been involved with the VFC’s Art Walk since its inception. “I remember Frank Gehry called me to get involved,” said Dill by phone from

Italy. “It was really successful, and then it was gigantic.” This year, Dill is donating an abstract aluminum triptych wall sculpture from his “Light Trap” series to the silent auction. “I call these pieces ‘Light Traps,’ says Dill. “They have the ability to pick up whatever ambient light that’s in the room, almost like a lens. … And as you move across the three of them, they start to pick up light, so they have a kinetic feeling.” Dill says that this work is part of his continued experimentation with light as a medium. “I sort of think like a painter, but work like a sculptor,” he explains. Just as Dill has remained devoted to light as a vehicle for his artistic inquiry, he’s remained loyal to the Venice Family Clinic. He’s donating not only artwork to the event’s silent auction, but also a percentage from his sales made during the Art Walk.

“I do it because I’m a citizen of Venice,” says Dill. “I find the clinic to be an extremely important place. … It’s a really important thing for the community in Venice. It’s really a lifeline for these people.” Dill knows this firsthand. “One day, I just noticed some kind of infection on my leg,” recalls Dill, who lived near the clinic at the time and went there to get it checked out. “This was after I’d been donating [art] for 12 years. They put something on it and it went away,” recounts Dill. “I’m a success story.” The Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk and Auctions happens from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Google’s Venice headquarters, 340 Main St., Venice. Entry is free and open to the public. Ticketed art studio tours ($50) happen from noon to 4 p.m. Visit theveniceartwalk.org for more info.


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3387 Motor Ave., Palms. $10. (310) 559-3400; garagemotorave.com Venice Design Series Closing Party, 7 p.m. The architectural-themed fundraiser for Venice Community Housing Corp. concludes with a champagne gala event at the former Hughes Aircraft Co. executive headquarters—now 72andSunny in Playa Vista. Special guests include Venice landscape artist Jay Griffith and UCLA basketball great Michael Warren, who will relive national championship games on the original floor of Pauley Pavilion, repurposed as part of the 72andSunny retrofit. $500. venicedesignseries.org

Sunday, May 21 Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a country concert by Jimi Nelson & The Drifting Cowboys. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Orchestra Santa Monica Concert, 2:30 p.m. Orchestra Santa Monica performs Damian Montano’s “Three Night Pieces” for bassoon and strings, Haydn’s “Symphony No. 22” (“The Philosopher”), and Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5.” Moss Theater, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $30. (310) 525-7618; orchestrasantamonica.org Subversive Cinema, 7 p.m. Curator Gerry Fialka screens experimental and political activist films, provoking new questions and igniting fiery discussions. This month’s screening is “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.” Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org The Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. This long-running cabaret show continues to shake up Sunday nights at Harvelle’s, 1432 4th St., Santa Monica. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com

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Ever gotten new carpeting? The first month, it’s “No shoes and no drinks whatsoever in the living room!” A few months after that: “Oh, we don’t use glasses anymore. Just splash red wine around and drink right off the rug.” In the happiness research world, the psychological shift behind this is called “hedonic adaptation” — “hedonic” from the Greek word for pleasure, and “adaptation” to describe how we acclimate to new stuff or situations in our lives. They rather quickly stop giving us the buzz (or bite) they did at first, and we get pitched right back to our baseline feeling of well-being (Yeahwhatevsville). Bummer, huh? But there’s an

upside. Psychologists Timothy Wilson and Dan Gilbert explain that hedonic adaptation is part of our “psychological immune system,” helping us recover from all the kicks in the teeth and boys’ bathroom swirlies of life. There’s another possible bummer at work here, per your longing for less wilty love. You may be more “sensation-seeking” than most people. Research by psychologist Marvin Zuckerman, who coined the term, finds that this is a personality trait with origins in genes, as well as experience, reflected in strong cravings for novel, varied, and intense sensations and experiences. If this is driving you, basically, you want it new, you want it now, and all the better if it’s a little life-threatening. In other words, some benefits of a committed relationship, like deeply knowing another person, may end up being deeply boring to you. Still, part of your problem may be a hopeful approach — simply hoping your relationships don’t die instead of taking steps to

prevent that. Research by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky finds that three “intentional activities” help keep hedonic adaptation from overtaking a relationship — appreciating, injecting variety and incorporating surprise. Appreciating simply means regularly reviewing and “savoring” what’s great about your partner and what you have together. (Even better if you also express it to them). Bringing in variety and surprise means filling the relationship with “unexpected moments” and “unpredictable pleasures,” big and small. Be honest with women about your befizzlement problem. When you find one who’s up for the challenge, get cracking with her on keeping the excitement alive. Be sure to do this both in romantic day-today ways and, say, with the perfect romantic weekend for a guy like you — one that starts with the valet at the spa opening the trunk, removing the hood over your head, and cutting the zip ties so you can go take a sauna.

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Two years ago I met this beautiful, intriguing girl. I gave her my number, but she never called. Last week she texted out of the blue. Weird! My friend said she probably had a boyfriend until now. Do women really hoard men’s info in case their relationship tanks? — Wondering Consider the male BFF. A woman may not consciously think of hers as her backup man. But should her relationship go kaput, there he is — perfectly situated to dry her tears. With his lap. There seems to be an evolutionary adaptation for people in relationships — especially women — to line up backup mates. It’s basically a form of doomsday prepping — except instead of a bunker

with 700 cans of beans and three slightly dented Hellfire missiles, there are two eligible men on the shelves of a woman’s mind and the phone number of another on a crumpled ATM receipt in the back of her wallet. Evolutionary psychologists Joshua Duntley and David Buss explain that in ancestral times, even people “experiencing high relationship satisfaction would have benefited from cultivating potential replacement mates” in case their partner cheated, ditched them, died or dropped a few rungs in mate value. A woman whose partner left or died “would have suffered a lapse in protection, mate investment and resources for her children, much like people who transition between jobs in the

modern environment sometimes suffer a lapse in insurance coverage.” Duntley and Buss note that female psychology today still has women prepping for romantic disaster like they’re living in caves and lean-tos instead of condos and McMansions. For example, in research on opposite-sex friendships, “women, but not men, prioritize economic resources and physical prowess in their opposite-sex friends, a discrepancy that mirrors sex-differences in mate preferences.” Getting back to this woman who texted you, she probably saw something in you from the start but was otherwise encumbered. So, yes, she’s likely been carrying a torch for you, but for two years, it’s been in airplane mode.

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Venice Underground Comedy and Bootleg Bombshells Burlesque, 9 and 11 p.m. Start the night with some of L.A.’s best comics, and finish it with a burlesque show featuring Bootleg Bombshells. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com

Grand View Market Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Each Wednesday night, Grand View Market serves up a side of entertainment to go with its juice bar, deli and Area 1 craft beer bar. Anyone can sign up to do a four-minute comedy set or perform two songs. There is an open mic strictly for musicians on Friday nights. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800 Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Strada Swing, whose music echoes the sounds of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France, lead a night of dancing to live and deejay music from 8 to 11 p.m., preceded by a half-hour beginner swing class (no partner needed). $15 cover, includes the class Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey.  (310) 606 5606; rustyfrank.com Pop Quiz Team Trivia, 8 p.m. Each Wednesday, take part in a friendly game of trivia while enjoying a burger and any of 20 beers on tap. Tompkins Square Bar & Grill, 8522 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. No cover. (310) 670-1212; t2barandgrill.com Humpday Karaoke, 8 p.m. It’s karaoke on the beach every Wednesday, with $3 beer and tacos. The Venice Beach Bar, 323 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach. (310) 392-3997; thevenicebeachbar.com Venice Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Locals can come check out the constantly rotating arsenal of Venice’s best local talent as they grace the spotlight at Larry’s, 24 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 399-2700; facebook.com/ veniceopenmicnight

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Galleries and Museums Pacific Art Guild Spring Show, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 20 and 21). See more than 200 works created by the guild’s 100-plus members, with many of the pieces available for purchase. Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., Westchester. pacificartguild.com “Aerials to Animals” & “Emerging IX”, through Saturday, May 20. Travel photographer Andrei Duman presents bold aerial shots, photos of African animals and new images from the Galapagos Islands in his “Aerials to Animals” exhibit. Holly Peskin’s “Emerging IX” features black-and-white avian photography of Southern California egrets, herons and pelicans. The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $10. Admission and art sale proceeds benefit Audubon California and Eastern Sierra Audubon Society. (310) 452-2842; rsvp@theG2gallery.com

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Griffith is redesigning the landscape of Venice Arts Plaza to give it a better sense of identity parking lot fence to “create a line of green that softens the cars.” For the boring background details Griffith punted me off to Matt Finkelstein of Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit that promotes regenerative gardening as a method to reverse climate change. It was Kiss the Ground that first planted the garden, three years ago, to provide a model of regenerative growing. The garden is open to the public and contains sunflowers, cacti, various flowers and beds of annual vegetables, as well as a greenhouse, wood fire-oven and small stage. I asked Finkelstein how Griffith got involved. “I have no idea,” he answered. Finkelstein recounted that one day he got a frantic call from his garden co-manager about some guy stomping around in the flower beds, pulling up plants. Finkelstein headed out and confronted Griffith,

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