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VOL 49, NO 23 Local News & Culture


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Hot Take: Bullets & Bombs

D-Day at 75

Gangbangers shoot up Westchester Park, Joel Silver turns a profit trashing the historic Venice Post Office, Mar Vista rebukes Bonin, and the LAUSD parcel tax tanks ................. 8

World War II veterans reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy ......................................... 14

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This Week Outrage’s Night Out The #hysteria play-reading festival seeks common ground in a world gone mad ..... 17


A Celebration of Dance Westside Ballet’s Centennial Gala is a star-studded gathering of alumni and friends ......................................... 28

The ‘Proven Progressive’ Democratic presidential candidate

Westside Happenings

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells Santa Monica her pragmatic bipartisanship can honor coastal values and win the Midwest ........................................ 10

A Surge in Homelessness Nearly 59,000 people now sleep on the streets, in cars and in shelters in Greater Los Angeles . .............................. 12

Running + Yoga = Roga on Santa Monica Pier .................................. 29

Masters of their Craft Support the creative women behind Pono Burger and the new comedy “Late Night” . ....................................... 18

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L etter s LAUSD Needs an Education Re: “Vote Yes on Measure EE,” Editorial, May 30 It is a NO vote on Measure EE for me. The more money LAUSD is given, the more they have to waste. This ballot measure allows tax money to be spent on administrative services. There is no guarantee one penny will be used to reduce class sizes or pay for more nurses and librarians. Before we even voted, Supt. Austin Beutner sent

a letter with an application for the Senior Citizen exemption. If this measure fails, this expense is a total waste. Then why was taxpayer money wasted on placing a single measure on the ballot? LAUSD could have waited until November to do this. What LAUSD really needs is a lesson on how to wisely spend the money they already have. Evelyn Hatt Mar Vista

Tim Ryan Has Good Ideas Re: “Red State Democrat Tim Ryan Meets the Left Coast,” Cover Story, May 9 Recently I was on a holiday in Venice and found The Argonaut at a place where I was eating. I particularly liked the story with Rep. Tim Ryan discussing homelessness and his comments that in schools there should be more consideration of social-emotional subjects.

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to why they went this way), but it seems a cumulative voting option would be better. 13 open seats should have 13 points to distribute among candidates. Angela McGregor: I have to say that I agree with them about the one-vote system. I understand that there was a reason for implementing it 10 years ago, but now it merely violates voter rights and favors single-issue candidates.

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HOT TAKE: Bullets & Bombs By Joe Piasecki Voters elected all seven members of the largely incumbent Standing Up for Stakeholders slate, which ran as an independent voice for the neighborhood (in other words, continuing to challenge Bonin and the Venice Boulevard road diet), and will retain majority control of the 13-member body. Voters also elected Bonin antagonist Selena Inouye, one of the leaders of a campaign to reverse the road diet. By contrast, voters elected only two members of the Mar Vista Makes Waves slate — a young, diverse and highly educated group whom Standing Up for Stakeholders decried as being puppets for Bonin. Results of the Venice Neighborhood Council elections, with many candidates fiercely opposing the council office on affordable housing construction and expansion of homeless services, weren’t available at press time.

Gangbangers Shoot Up Westchester Park

It took a gang-related shooting last weekend to find out who’s in charge of Westchester Park on a Sunday: nobody, apparently. Gunfire erupted in the park at around 6 p.m. — only two hours after polls closed for the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa elections — during an event billed as the Fifth Annual Black Business Expo and Summer Jam Fest. Three young men shot in the back during the fracas drove themselves to the hospital and have not been cooperative with police. Investigators believe the shooting is gang-related, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. Even before shots were fired, Westchester Park Advisory Board President Scott Carni didn’t like what he saw — an event that was much larger in scope than what the promoter’s permit would allow. A park permit receipt shows event promoter Jabaree Spencer paid the city $192 to accommodate three picnic areas, a jumper and administrative costs. Photos of the event show dozens of vendor booths — at least one serving hard liquor from jumbo-size bottles — and heavy trucks parked on the lawn. “There were people parked as far as half a mile away trying to get to the event,” said Carni, who believes Spencer “grossly misrepresented his intentions” to city Recreation and Parks officials and failed to consider the safety of his vendors and guests. But there was nobody on hand from the city to call him out on it because the city doesn’t staff Westchester Park on Sundays — a situation Carni is now campaigning to change. Spencer denied misusing his permit, saying “the parks lady said she was OK with it” and that he stuck to the area of the park he was instructed to utilize.

The Venice Post Office debacle left an eyesore on Windward Circle for years “I’m trying to do something positive for the community,” he said. “It was a great event.”

Trashing the Old Venice Post Office Pays Off

Sometimes failure is its own reward. Look no further than struggling movie producer Joel Silver, who turned the historic former Venice Post Office on Windward Circle into a monumental eyesore for five years, then made off with triple his purchase price when he bailed out on the property last month. Silver bought the Depression Era post office for $7.2 million in 2012, then turned it into a construction site that sat idle for years as contractor liens piled up in excess of $1 million amid a series of box office flops, according to The

Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Now just recently the real estate news site broke the news that Silver had sold the property to a British investment firm for $22 million — almost $15 million more than he paid for it. We may never know how much Silver sunk into the building before walking away from it, but the story arc follows a familiar plotline for Venice real estate stories: Those with money may do as they please, neighbors be damned.

Anti-Bonin Sentiment Wins the Day in Mar Vista

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LAUSD Parcel Tax Crashes and Burns

The teachers’ strike in January may have enraptured the city, but on Tuesday the parcel tax designed to pay for those smaller class sizes, nurses and counselors that everyone supposedly wanted went down hard at the ballot box, failing to muster 50% support (let alone the required two-thirds). Expect to see some harsh LAUSD budget cuts in the next two or three years, further separating the haves from the have-nots. Does the failure of the parcel tax mean voters don’t really care about other people’s kids? Maybe so. More likely, however, it means they don’t trust LAUSD with their money. Staff writer Gary Walker contributed reporting on the Westchester Park shooting.







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By Bliss Bowen Two dozen people were lined up outside the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium by quarter after noon last Tuesday to hear presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, who was scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. When the senior senator from Minnesota finally made her delayed arrival, she took a few minutes to exchange handshakes and hellos — and savvy photo ops — with people on the back patio unable to squeeze into the nearly 200-seat auditorium. By that time seats were filled by a multigenerational but mostly white audience of academics, students, creatives, retirees and news crews. As one of Klobuchar’s young campaign aides noted while squinting at the sun, it was a surprisingly good turnout for a Tuesday afternoon (and a stark contrast to Klobuchar’s February campaign announcement, made during a blizzard with snow piling on her hair). As people waited, they discussed judicial appointments, voting security, the Mueller Report and the twin necessities for a Democratic nominee to match Trump’s charisma and soundly defeat him. (Overheard: “I’d take any of the Parkland students over Trump.”) Scant enthusiasm was expressed for Joe Biden, the current frontrunner in a field of two dozen Democratic candidates. Support for Bernie Sanders was similarly muted, though all agreed they would vote for whoever secures the Democratic nomination. Few seemed familiar with Klobuchar, though some recalled her compassionate questioning at Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. (When Klobuchar, the daughter of an alcoholic, asked Kavanaugh if he’d ever blacked out after drinking, his pugnacious “Have you?” response went viral — and while he gained his Supreme Court seat, Klobuchar won in the court of public opinion.) Others were intrigued by Klobuchar’s recent grilling of Attorney General Bill Barr about a bipartisan election security bill, co-sponsored with Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford, that’s been stymied by the White House. From the jump, the 59-year-old legislator was feisty, wisecracking and slightly rushed, with the smarts expected of a Yale and University of Chicago Law School grad, two-term county attorney and three-term senator (re-elected last year with more than 60% of the vote). During introductory remarks acknowledging her underdog status in the presidential race, she commended the colleagues against whom she is competing: “There are fantastic candidates in this race, including a few from California, including your own

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota pled her case for the Democratic nomination last Tuesday at an event organized by the Santa Monica Democratic Club senator — I work with her very well. — an issue of pressing concern for What I always like to say is, let the best Californians still reeling from the Camp woman win.” and Woolsey Fires. Slamming the Trump As she proceeded to make the “case” for administration’s just-announced decision her candidacy, Klobuchar emphasized her to question findings of federal climate Midwestern heritage as the granddaughter scientists and to restrict the scope of the of an iron ore miner and daughter of a National Climate Assessment, she was teacher and reporter — both union applauded as she vowed to “sign us back members — and her record of working into the international climate accord” on with Republican colleagues. (In 2016, day one of her presidency, and reinstate ranked her first among 100 the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. She senators with the most bills passed into linked rising sea levels and Greenland’s

“You want a progressive, but you want a proven progressive. And ‘proven progressive’ to me means someone that can make progress.” — Sen. Amy Klobuchar law.) She also touted her ability to win supposedly unwinnable districts by “going not just where it’s comfortable but where it’s uncomfortable. I truly believe, if we’re going to not just win the election but govern a highly divided country, we need someone with that philosophy. I’ve passed 34 bills as the lead Democrat while Donald Trump was president.” She came out swinging at Trump for “going backward,” governing from “chaos” and reneging on campaign promises to voters. “When you are leading a ticket it is not just about you,” she noted. “We don’t have time to mess around.” In a list of “hard challenges” she declared the president is failing to meet, she shrewdly cited the climate crisis first

melting ice sheet to climate-exacerbated floods, tornados and hailstorms wreaking catastrophic damage across the Midwest, and said, “We want to move on climate change. We need a voice from the heartland. Why? Because that’s where we’ve had trouble moving on support.” Klobuchar bulleted more points before taking questions: universal health care, infrastructure, immigration reform (“Immigrants don’t diminish America; they are America … [and] an economic generator for this country”), and protecting democracy (“I would register every eligible kid to vote when they turn 18 … [and] start a national movement to pass a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United”). She bemoaned the fact

that “Big Pharma now has two lobbyists for every member of Congress — and you wonder why we can’t pass my bill for negotiation of prices under Medicare, or we can’t bring in less expensive drugs from Canada or other countries.” Queried as to why she believes a public option is better than Medicare for all, Klobuchar replied, “I’m looking at how you can immediately make change without doing any harm,” before discussing insurance minutiae. “Of course,” she said, when asked if she would take the We Are Indivisible Pledge to actively support whoever wins the nomination. (She signed the pledge at last weekend’s California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco.) Asked if impeaching the president would benefit Democrats, Klobuchar said she views it in terms of the law, not politics, and quoted Speaker Pelosi (“We can investigate and legislate simultaneously”). She then requested a different subject: “I’m happy to answer those questions, but we’ve gotta remember what everyone’s thinking in Nebraska right now.” To a college junior anticipating $70,000 in student loan debt, Klobuchar championed free two-year community college tuition and expanding Pell Grants. She would pay for it with the Warren Buffett rule — i.e., higher taxes on the wealthy. “That alone brings in, after the lovely and regressive Republican tax bill, $124 billion.” In a snappy soundbite she advocated tax credits and refinancing: “If billionaires can refinance their yachts, students should be able to refinance their loans.” Income inequality remained unexplored subtext, though signs of it were visible in homeless citizens camped out just blocks away. Before Klobuchar’s arrival, two dirt-smudged men could be seen napping by the library’s front steps, one twisted with belly bared while people conversed nearby as if the men were part of the masonry. By the time she departed, they were gone. Klobuchar, who was mentored by late progressive Sen. Paul Wellstone, dives into policy detail with ease. She’s campaigning on substance, yet hasn’t posted policy papers on her website ( To some her focus on practicality, and her campaign’s claiming of the political center lane, smacks of Hillary Clinton’s centrism. But Klobuchar defended her record of getting meaningful bipartisan legislation passed. “I think you want a progressive, but you want a proven progressive. And ‘proven (Continued on page 16)

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Homelessness Spikes Double-Digits 59,000 sleep on the streets, in cars and in shelters in Greater Los Angeles By Gary Walker A double-digit increase in the number of homeless people sleeping in encampments or vehicles in Greater Los Angeles — and this despite hundreds of millions of dollars of government spending to combat homelessness — is largely the result of the region’s housing affordability crisis, according to the head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. LAHSA Executive Director Peter Flynn presented the grim results of the annual homeless count on Tuesday to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. The optimism surrounding the 3% dip in homelessness between the January 2017 and January 2018 count dissolved into a bit of shock as Flynn announced a 12% increase in homelessness countywide and 16% increase in the city of Los Angeles alone. That means homelessness increased in Los Angeles County from 52,765 people last year to 58,936 people this year, and from 31,516 to 36,330 within the city of Los Angeles. Neighborhood-level stats were not immediately available, but the Westside regional service planning area saw a 19% jump, from 4,401 to 5,223. The number of homeless in L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s Council District 11 increased 12% from 2,033 to 2,284, while eight other districts saw increases exceeding 20%. “We live in one of the most rent-burdened states in the United States. Eco-

nomic factors are driving increases in homelessness,” Lynn told county leaders, who appeared to be taken aback by the numbers. Homelessness spiked despite a record number of housing placements, according to Lynn’s presentation. While agencies placed more than 21,600 people in housing last year and prevented some 5,600 from becoming homeless, and as many as 27,000 people found their way into other housing options, an estimated 54,800 people entered homelessness during 2018. County supervisors said state legislators need to do more to help cities facilitate the creation of affordable housing. “They really haven’t given us much help,” said Supervisor Shelia Kuehl, whose district includes Venice and Santa Monica.

WESTSIDE STORIES: ‘The Stressed, the Blessed and the Hot-Messed’ I’m heading south on Main Street and Ideology is Everything am about to make a left turn eastbound on Re: Our May 30 criticism of Venice Rose Avenue. I have a green light, so it’s United candidates Allan Parsons: Anyone who stumps for my time to go. Out of nowhere, this woman decides she wants to go against a cleaner, safer Venice has my vote! the grain and walk across the street as I’m Thanks for doing my legwork for me making the left. (Travis Binen, Chris Zonnas). She has the nerve to flip me off as if I did James J. Gutierrez: I for one something wrong, so I step on the brakes, applaud Travis Binen for not letting roll down the window on the passenger anything stop him on his goal towards side and ask her: “Why are you crossing a safer Venice! Carol Hampton Reynes: I was there … the street now? That’s not very safe. I could’ve hit you.” were you? Travis merely wanted to get She walks up to my rolled down window, into a meeting he had every right to be in, looks right at me and (ready for this?) her but some brave dudes told a bunch of answer is: “… ’Cause I’m a local, bitch!!” young women to try to hold him back. Frankly, if that’s what’s considered assault And then she storms off. I laughed so hard, I almost had to today, then I have to go now — I have a pull over. ton of assault claims I need to file. So I guess if you’re a local you don’t Marta Evry: So you regularly lay your have to obey the laws and can do whathands on women and push them out of ever you want. I’ll remember that next your way? Good to know. Rick Garvey: I was there and witnessed time I’m out for a walk. Never a dull moment on the Westside — him being an a**hole. land of the stressed, the blessed and the Carol Hampton Reynes: I would’ve hot-messed! acted like an a**hole too if I were being lied to and denied my rights. Mia Duncans, Mar Vista


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“This report makes it clear that the homeless rate is growing faster than we are able to house people, but it does not change this board’s commitment to eradicating homelessness,” said L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose district includes Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey. Critics of local government say county and city agencies have responded to the housing crisis too slowly and without much creative thinking, focusing on expensive housing construction that’s taking too long to build. “It’s like a slow train to nowhere. We’re not getting the kind of outside-the-box thinking we need to solve this crisis, and instead it’s getting worse,” said Ileana Wachtel, communications director for the Coalition to Preserve Los Angeles. The coalition is affiliated with Housing is a

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Human Right through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which sponsored last year’s failed state ballot measure to allow cities to expand rent control protections. “We’ve had more than two years since [the $1.2 billion housing bond] Proposition HHH passed, but only one of those projects has come online, and housing units are costing, on the average, $500,000 or more to build. The 10,000 units of housing we were promised is now being reduced to around 6,000 units,” Wachtel said. “The city is letting developers build luxury housing and losing affordable, rent-stabilized housing in the process.” Others see the homeless count as evidence that local, state and national leaders must simply do more. “The strategies on the table are the right ones … [and] this means that we must address rising rents both citywide and statewide, and continue creation of transitional, supportive and permanent housing,” said Del Rey Neighborhood Council President-elect Matt Wersinger. “If anything, this proves we’re still not doing enough,” said Will Hawkins, founder of the homelessness nonprofit Chamber of Hope and former head of the Venice Neighborhood Council’s committee on homelessness. “Imagine what these numbers would be if we weren’t making the effort.” Managing editor Joe Piasecki contributed to this story.

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‘We Had a Job to Do’ World War II veterans reflect on the 75th anniversary of D-Day

By Joe Piasecki It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find living World War II veterans who participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy and the grueling military campaigns that followed to liberate occupied Europe from Nazi control. About 7,000 ships landed 150,000 Allied troops amid a hail of enemy gunfire on June 6, 1944 — the largest amphibious assault in history, forever known as D-Day — with casualties of some 4,400 dead and 9,000 wounded or missing. A soldier who was 18 on D-Day would be 93 years old today. It’s even harder to find veterans of the European campaign who are willing or able to discuss their experiences on the battlefield. Many are in poor health. Others would rather not relive the horrors of war. Most are simply predisposed to not talk about things like that. “They’re the Silent Generation: They silently served, silently suffered and silently came home because that’s what men did. But if they don’t talk about their service now, no one’s going to know their stories,” said Mikey Strand, a retired Navy photo chief who has been taking portraits of World War II veterans and recording snippets of oral history at Veterans Home of California facilities in West L.A., Ventura County, the Inland Empire and PAGE 14 THE ARGONAUT June 6, 2019

San Diego for the past few years. Strand’s fourth print show is currently on display at the Veterans Home of California in Ventura, and he’s currently fundraising to be able to stage another in West L.A. later this year. “My dad never talked much about the war,” recalled Lynne Adelman, a board member for the LAX Flight Path Museum, which is currently hosting a World War II-era aviation exhibit. “As a paratrooper and demolitions expert, he jumped into areas and blew up bridges [and other targets]. He was a five-star sergeant. I know that when my mom tried to get him to go to church, he would say: ‘I already know The Man. I’ve seen him personally.’ That’s because the men who were jumping out of planes were being shot at, and many did get shot during those jumps. One time the chute didn’t open until Dad was fairly close to the ground, but he made it.” From 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday (June 6), the Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. The Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will present Legion of Honor medals to World War II veterans who fought to liberate France from Axis control, followed by performances of

1940s music and a screening of the 1962 war epic “The Longest Day.” What follows are excerpts of conversations with three veterans of the European theater, located with the help of Strand, CalVet public information officer Ron Brand, and Retired USAF Lt. Col. Robert (Bob) Johnson, who is the Legion of Honor medal program liaison for the French consulate. Leonard “Jerry” King, Army Air Corps West Los Angeles resident Jerry King, 97, chased Nazi tanks across the North African desert before landing a glider on Omaha Beach about 48 hours after the invasion of Normandy began. He declined to describe what he found on arrival, except to say he was stuck in a foxhole for 18 hours and didn’t think he’d make it out alive. “I’m not going to tell you,” he said. “Let me put it this way: Death isn’t pretty. … Military veterans don’t usually like to talk about where they were on the front lines. As somebody once said jokingly, ‘This is a place you can get killed!’” King, who spent 50 years as a construction contractor, is currently commander of Jewish War Veterans of America

Post 617 in Los Angeles and has been decorated with 10 battle stars, two presidential unit citations, the Army of Occupation medal, the World War II Victory medal, and the French consulate’s Legion of Honor medal. A native of New York City, King enlisted at age 19 with a sense of purpose: “I wanted to get rid of Hitler — that was for sure,” he said. “There was a determination [among American troops] to get rid of Mussolini and get rid of Hitler.” King met his late wife in England and married her during the war. His oldest son, born overseas, is 74 years old. “The younger generation — they don’t remember; they don’t want to know. That generation is busy trying to survive two different jobs,” King said. “Every generation is different. In the 1800s we had the Wild West; in the early 1900s we had speakeasies; in the middle 1900s we had gangsters … but there’s always a war. It doesn’t settle anything. Doesn’t settle anything at all.” Nicholas Scordino, Army Air Corps A resident of the Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles, 97-year-old Nicholas Scordino enlisted in the Army on Oct. 10, 1942. He initially served as Photos by Mickey Strand

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an MP (which he hated) and a barber before training to become a P-38 gunner in the Army Air Corps, but due to a leg injury was assigned to repair fighter squadron planes and equip them with ammunition and bombs for combat missions. Scordino was stationed along the south coast of England in the run-up to D-Day. “They say it started June 6, but I can argue with that. It started the night before. We saw thousands of airplanes — it sounded like a flock of geese. We couldn’t count them. One airplane after another. They wouldn’t stop coming after that. Pretty wide formation. … That went on all night.” he recalled. “We knew something was coming up, but we didn’t know what was happening. But they were headed toward France — no question about that. “It finally got dark and the planes were still coming over. Next thing you know, our planes were taking off too. Our planes were already loaded, waiting for our mission to start. And there it was.” About 10 days later, Scordino and his outfit landed on the beach at Normandy to set up tents and prefabricated structures for makeshift military outposts, starting with the hills above the beach that had been defended by German troops. “[Enemy troops] were still shooting down when we got there, but they were shooting

at the Navy — boom, boom, boom. They weren’t firing at us. We expected to be crawling up the beach on our bellies, but we managed to walk up on our own two legs. They’d cleaned up the beach really fast. They had a dirt trail going up the hill, and they managed to widen it when we got there,” he recalled. “When we landed there were about a dozen paratroopers lounging on the beach. They’d already seen their action. They were telling us to go back home, they didn’t need us anymore. They were making fun of us, but we had guys who could make fun back at ’em, you know. ‘Hey, you guys wouldn’t be sitting on this beach if it wasn’t for us.’ We were flying planes night and day. … We had a job to do.” Noboru “Don” Seki, Army Infantry A few days before the attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into World War II, Noboru “Don” Seki was a high school senior facing a monumental choice: remain in Hawaii, where he was born and raised, or follow his parents back to their native Japan. His life was here. He stayed. “That was the greatest decision I ever made,” declares Seki, now 95 and a resident of the Veterans Home of Califor-

nia in West Los Angeles. “I would have been forced into their military!” In 1943, Seki and hundreds of other Japanese-American men who volunteered for the Army formed its 442nd Infantry Regiment, which would become the most decorated unit in American military history while many of its members’ families were held in Japanese-American internment camps back home. Its motto, “Go for Broke,” has become synonymous with military valor, and the entire unit has been awarded the Legion of Honor. “We were born together; we would fight together. We all had that in our mind,” he said of the regiment. Seki was a scout and rifleman for his unit as they fought their way up from North Africa through Italy and later into the South of France. He fondly recalls making chicken soup in an abandoned farmhouse outside Florence during a break from the fighting — “we were hungry for fresh food … onions, squash, tomato” — and later catching fresh fish tossing grenades into a lake. He doesn’t say much about the fighting, though he speaks proudly of the regiment’s heroic rescue of the “Lost Battalion” of American soldiers surrounded by German soldiers in the Vosges Mountains of northeastern

France in October 1944, just a few months after D-Day. “It was heavy forest. Big pine trees — dark, rainy, muddy” and nothing like Italy, he recalled. “We lost a lot of men. … Four days later, I got caught by machine gun fire. Took my arm off. Just skin left.” Seki was treated at a field hospital before being sent to San Francisco to recover. He eventually found work in Los Angeles, where he got married and started a family. Asked how he and members of his unit overcame wartime discrimination against Japanese-Americans, he said none of that was a factor when they reached the battlefield. “Couldn’t care less,” he said. “We’re American, and we fought together. Everybody fought together.” Contact Mickey Strand about his work at Visit for information about the D-Day commemoration at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. To seek a Legion of Honor medal for an American military veteran who helped to liberate occupied France, visit June 6, 2019 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 15

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country of Canada, but he did it. Our NATO allies, we stand with them — but he doesn’t do that.” She ticked through several instances in which Trump has “given leverage to China and Russia,” then addressed insistent challenges of revamping the military, cybersecurity (“our biggest threat”), and climate change. After reminding listeners that “you are really ambassadors to your own

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Santa Monica Rep’s weekend play-reading festival taps into society’s collective rage from women’s perspectives By Bliss Bowen “You’re not crazy, things are f*cked” is such a widely shared belief that it seems like another voice chiming in with the conversation when the phrase is spotted on a poster for Santa Monica Repertory Theater’s #hysteria, this weekend’s multi-venue festival of play readings written and directed by women. It is on point as subtext for those playwrights, and also for the topics addressed. Are the plays feminist? Political? Historical? “They are all of those things,” says Tanya White, the theater’s co-artistic director (with Eric Bloom), ticking off the plays’ lofty themes: wage inequality, immigration, the meaning of borders, institutionalized racism, feminism, justice, and the ways in which women are often rendered invisible by business and social structures. Most are comedic too. “They are about the human experience in all of those things. That’s what keeps it from being dry, hitting you over the head with ideas,” White says, chuckling. “It really is about people’s stories. That’s how we connect. … We selected them because they address different aspects of systems that women are engaging with

specifically from women’s perspective and point of view.” Each play will be read in its entirety, except White’s “7 Conversations About Slavery,” which arose from her poetry and whose second act she is still completing.

didn’t stretch enough to cover rent. Karen Zacarías’ zinger-filled, environmentally minded “Native Gardens” mines empathetic comedy from conflicts over a disputed fence line dividing an older, white Republican couple’s property in the

“Lately I’ve been hearing over and over that words don’t teach, experience teaches. I think that’s so true.” — Tanya White, Santa Monica Rep

Discussion of slavery’s impact “is a conversation that we don’t really have, and haven’t really had, as a whole nation,” she says. “We were able to become a global superpower because of cotton and because of free labor. …We all suffer from not dealing with that.” “Nickel and Dimed” is Elina de Santos’ stage adaptation of journalist Barbara Ehrenreich’s hard-hitting book, in which she chronicled her undercover adventures as a middle-aged housecleaner trying to get by on minimum wage. Unsurprisingly, even working double shifts her paychecks

Washington D.C. suburbs from a house recently occupied by younger, progressive Latin professionals expecting a baby. Lynn Nottage’s “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” inspired partly by 1930s screwball comedies, looks at black women’s images in movies and television while tracking an actress’s struggles to be seen in the entertainment world. Then there’s Lauren Gunderson’s Shakespeare-inspired comedy “The Taming,” whose lead characters include an ambitious beauty pageant contestant and a zealous blogger. It’s “more

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JUST LISTED 3609 ESPLANADE, MARINA DEL REY 4 BD & 4 BA 4,215 SQ.FT. $3,288,000

JUST LISTED 13600 MARINA POINTE DR. #1110, MDR 2 BD & 2.5 BA 1,650 SQ.FT. $1,795,000

JUST LISTED 13600 MARINA POINTE DR. #705, MDR 2 BD & 2.5 BA 1,830 SQ.FT. $1,325,000

JUST LISTED 6400 CRESCENT PARK #219, PLAYA VISTA 2 BD & 2 BA 1,210 SQ.FT. $859,000

COMING SOON 3297 KEESHEN DR., MAR VISTA 5 BD & 7 BA 4,000 SQ.FT. $3,425,000

JUST LISTED 13650 MARINA POINTE DR. # PH1805, MDR 2 BD & 2.5 BA + OFFICE 2,904 SQ.FT. $2,995,000

JUST LISTED 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #1104, MDR 2 BD & 2 BA 1,240 SQ.FT. $1,599,000

JUST LISTED 4338 REDWOOD AVE. #B113, MARINA DEL REY 2 BD & 2 BA 1,929 SQ.FT. $1,199,000

JUST LISTED 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #822, MDR 1 BD & 1 BA 859 SQ.FT. $768,000


JUST LISTED 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #1629, MDR 3 BD & 3.5 BA + DEN 2,099 SQ.FT. $2,399,000

JUST LISTED 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #904, MDR 2 BD & 2 BA 1,240 SQ.FT. $1,599,000

JUST LISTED 4215 GLENCOE AVE. #414, MARINA DEL REY 2 BD & 2 BA 1,640 SQ.FT. $1,150,000

OPEN SUN 2-5 8300 MANITOBA ST. #223, PLAYA DEL REY 2 BD & 2 BA 1,040 SQ.FT. $709,000

COMING SOON 13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #1103, MDR 2 BD & 2.5 BA 1,780 SQ.FT. $1,995,000

JUST LISTED 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. # PH1802, MDR 2 BD & 2.5 BA + DEN 1,630 SQ.FT. $2,249,000

IN ESCROW 7301 VISTA DEL MAR #45, PLAYA DEL REY 1 BD & 1.5 BA 1,340 SQ.FT. $1,459,000

OPEN SUN 2-5 4730 LA VILLA MARINA #L, MARINA DEL REY 2 BD & 2 BA 1,456 SQ.FT. $949,000

JUST LISTED 13700 MARINA POINTE DR. #922, MDR 1 BD & 1 BA 859 SQ.FT. $699,000

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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases marina city club

Kentwood Home

“This highly coveted studio is rare to come by and a phenomenal value,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Flooded with natural light from its floor-to-ceiling windows, this home overlooks expansive cityscape and treetop vistas. Additional features include a spacious bathroom and wood floors throughout. Revel in all that Marina City Club offers, including a huge executive gym and gourmet market. Ideally located, this home is walking distance to the beach, many restaurants, and offers a priceless lifestyle.” Offered at $365,000 Charles Lederman Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980

“This home beautifully blends elegant details with bright, modern design and attention to detail that is sure to impress all who enter,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Upon entry, you will be greeted with a grand openconcept living, dining, and kitchen space flooded in natural light. Skylights and pitched ceilings with exposed beams create an open and inviting environment. Enjoy seamless indoor/outdoor living courtesy of oversized sliding doors to the lush backyard. This home is a one-of-a-kind find.” Offered at $1,750,000 Stephanie Younger Compass 310-499-2020

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“Experience coastal living in this gorgeous two-bed, twobath unit, just minutes from beaches and the charm of Playa del Rey,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Vivian Lesny. “This bright unit offers a generously sized living room with sliding glass doors that open to a private balcony. Adjacent to the living area, is the upgraded kitchen and separate dining area. Retreat to the master suite, which boasts an ensuite bathroom with double vanity. Also included are in-unit laundry and two parking spaces.” Offered at $709,000 Jesse Weinberg & Vivian Lesny KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132

“This Westport Heights gem has been lovingly maintained over the years and offers endless opportunities to customize into a dream home,” says agent Bob Waldron. “A beautiful sycamore tree and cheerful brick porch welcome you into a cozy living room with bright windows and wood paneling. A formal dining room opens to a kitchen with nostalgic details throughout. Three spacious bedrooms, a laundry, and an updated bathroom with original charm complete the interior.” Offered at $939,000 Bob Waldron Coldwell Banker 310-780-0864

The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A

Our office space lease is 8 months from renewal. Our building manager said we can talk about the renewal closer to the renewal date and I don’t necessarily need to have a commercial real estate agent. Is this true? other market data that can be useful in the negotiation of your lease. More importantly, a good agent will know the average concessions landlords in your area are giving for comparable properties, something your landlord does not want you to know. Your agent will know how to structure a deal to Consider whether the space you leased years bring down your effective rental rate and ago is still right for your company. Is your create a lease that is mutually beneficial to current space still serving well? Have you your business and that of the landlord’s. This outgrown your space? Or has it grown too relationship that your CRE agent has with large for your business? Note that needing property owners and property managers more space doesn’t necessarily mean that you will help you find the best deal that fits your need to move out of your building and neither business needs, including possible tenant does the need for less space. It’s also worth improvements to your space. Moreover, your thinking about any improvements that can be CRE agent will be able to talk you through made within your office that can make your the options you have for moving or staying, business more productive. renovating or expanding, and whether the time is now or later to make the shift so that you Once you have your “needs and wants” list, can make an informed decision based upon you’re ready to answer the wise question facts not assumptions. — “Do you need a commercial real estate agent?” This is an excellent question that, unfortunately, many small business owners are just too busy to ask. But it is wise for a business to have this conversation well before renewal time because there are several items to consider.

The short answer is you don’t need one but you more than likely want one. Unlike in home buying or leasing, office and retail leasing market rates are not as easily accessible. Your CRE agent will have a good handle on rental rates, vacancy rates, and

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“This open floor plan home, offers marina views and boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “The spacious living room leads to a large patio with ocean views, perfect for entertaining. The highly upgraded kitchen includes a large granite center island and stainless steel appliances. Other features include recessed lighting and upgraded bathrooms. Enjoy access to all the Marina City Club.” Offered at $979,000 Eileen McCarthy Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910

“This coveted split-level townhouse offers bright white walls, the joy of sunlight, and quiet privacy,” say agents Bob and Cheryl Herrera. “This three-bed, two-and-ahalf-bath, home presents recessed lighting, a fireplace, an enclosed tiled patio, laundry room, and a two-car attached garage. This gated and landscaped community features pools, acuzzis, and racquetball courts. Its proximity to various parks, restaurants, movie theaters, and freeways is enhanced by special neighborhood events.” Offered at $1,069,000 Bob & Cheryl Herrera PRES 310-985-2452

ARCHITECTURAL TOWNHOME IN MDR (OPEN SUNDAY 2-5PM) A rare corner unit with direct street entry and exceptional natural light throughout. Features include authentic bamboo floors, floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings, open loft style floor plan, gourmet kitchen with Caesarstone counters, stainless steel Viking and Bosch appliances, master bath with custom oversized tub/wet room. Has private roof deck with beautiful city and mountain views, in addition to private 2-car garage with work space and storage. 4151 Redwood Ave #101, Los Angeles 90066 Offered at $1,469,000

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Home for Rent — Venice Canals On the waterfront with large front yard. 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 3-story home with elevator. 2 F/P, A/C, custom kitchen w/ island & granite throughout. SS appliances, gas Viking Rangetop, pantry. Security, WiFi, cable, custom shutters and window coverings, double pane windows. 2 huge patios for entertaining, views. 3-car garage, will fit limo. 1 block to Venice Pier, bike path & beach. Over 25 eateries within 1 mile. $13,495/mO

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under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: 01/1990. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Don Smith. TITLE: CEO. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 20, 2019. NOTICE – in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Newspaper. Dates: 5/30/19, 6/6/19, 6/13/19, 6/20/19

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Public Notices ORDeR TO SHOW CAuSe FOR CHAnGe OF nAMe Case no. 19SMCP00249 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of MARIA ELISA MARTINEZ, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Maria Elisa Martinez filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Maria Elisa Martinez to Maria Elisa Bleasdale 2.) THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition

for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: 08/02/2019. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K. The address of the court is 1725 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90401. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Los Angeles. Original filed: May 28, 2019. Lawrence H. Cho, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Newspaper 5/30/19, 6/6/19, 6/13/19, 6/20/19 Account: *Daily Journal (CNSB) nOTICe OF PuBLIC HeARInG The Los Angeles County Hearing Officer will conduct a public hearing to consider the project described below. You will have an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments to the planner below or at the public hearing. If the final decision

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A Celebration of Dance Westside Ballet’s Centennial Gala honors its founder and Balanchine lineage with a world-class gathering of alumni and friends

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Westside Ballet students rehearse George Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’ By Christina Campodonico New York City Ballet principal dancer Andrew Veyette; Joy Womack, the first American to graduate from the Bolshoi’s prestigious ballet school; Venice local turned San Francisco dancer-choreographer Nicole Haskins — each traces their dance training to Santa Monica’s Westside School of Ballet. Joined by guest artists from Miami City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and California Ballet, they will each perform on Saturday during a gala honoring the memory (and what would have been the 100th birthday) of late Westside School of Ballet founder, Yvonne Mounsey, an original Balanchine ballerina. Recruited by the legendary ballet master himself into New York City Ballet, Mounsey put a stamp on such roles as the Siren in the choreographer’s “Prodigal Son” and the Dark Angel in his ethereal classic “Serenade.” In 1967 she began passing on her knowledge of Balanchine’s dances and techniques after co-founding the Westside School of Ballet with Royal Ballet dancer Rosemary Valaire. On The Broad Stage this weekend, Veyette — “at ease in ballets by both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins” according to The New York Times — will dance with Miami City Ballet principal Lauren Fadeley in “The Man I Love” from Balanchine’s “Who Cares?,” inspired by the music of George Gershwin. PAGE 28 THE ARGONAUT June 6, 2019

Womack will partner with California Ballet principal dancer Zachary Guthier (also a collaborator with L.A.’s Barak Ballet) for a pas de deux from the ballet “Don Quixote.” Haskins will dance a playful duet from Balanchine’s “Harlequinade” with Westside Ballet guest artist Evan Swenson. A dinner follows the performance. The celebration continues Sunday afternoon with 80 students from Westside Ballet’s school and company performing dances from Mounsey’s “Classical Symphony,” “Dances from Faust” and “Ecossaises” as well as Balanchine’s “Serenade.” Until recently the students performed in the original’s light-blue costumes; this year, they’ll dance in the original silk skirts, but with new bodices replicated exactly after the original patterns of Balanchine’s costumer Madame Karinska. If Saturday’s professional lineup is any indication, audiences will be catching a first glimpse of tomorrow’s leading ballet stars. Westside Ballet’s Centennial Gala performance starts at 6 p.m. Saturday (June 8) at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $85 to $120, or $195 with dinner. Westside Ballet’s Spring Performances happen at 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday (June 9), also at The Broad Stage. Tickets are $35.Call (800) 595-4849 or visit

I live with my girlfriend, who’s really picky about how clean and tidy the house has to be. God forbid I put a bowl on the dish rack that isn’t perfectly immaculate or leave tiny bits of hair in the sink after I shave. She gets totally grossed out by small things that I don’t think are a big deal. If this stuff is ridiculous, should I really have to abide by her rules? And is this a woman thing? Other girlfriends of mine have been like this, too. — Annoyed It’s nice when your girlfriend always has your back, but not because she’s constantly two steps behind you with the wet mop. Research consistently finds that women have far greater “disgust sensitivity” than men — meaning they have a stronger predisposition to experience disgust. Disgust — like Little Pigs, Blind Mice and Stooges— comes in three forms (per evolutionary psychologist Joshua Tybur): sexual, moral and pathogen. Sexual disgust leads a person to feel creeped out about having sex with evolutionarily disadvantageous partners (too old, too closely related, or sporting a big pustule that screams STD). Moral disgust leads us to be all “Oh, yuck!” about people who violate moral standards. And finally, there’s the pathogen disgust your girlfriend’s expressing, which protects us from bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins by making us beat a retreat from sick people, dead bodies, spoiled food and bodily fluids like mucus, spit and poo. Evolutionary psychologist Laith Al-Shawaf and his colleagues call women’s greater disgust sensitivity “puzzling in light of their well-documented immunological superiority.” Though we think of women as more physically fragile than men, they actually have “stronger immune responses,” which offer them “better protection than men from a variety of diseases” and “more vigorous defenses against bacteria, viruses, and ... parasites.” However, Al-Shawaf and his colleagues have some evolutionarily driven hypotheses — informed guesses — for why women are more easily grossed out: (a) Women’s bodies are basically the factories where both parents’ genes get passed on to the next generation. (b) Mothers are also more likely to transmit infections to children. (c) Women have likewise had a greater role in “keeping children away from pathogens and teaching them effective disease-avoidance

principles.” (d) Ancestral women had a greater role in food cleaning and prep. The researchers had a couple of hypotheses about men, too — why men evolved to have lower levels of disgust: (a) It serves men to “to convey immune strength” to attract babes and to “facilitate short-term mating.” (Men’s lowered standards for hygiene, etc., mean a larger pool of potential sex partners! This can be taken too far, as in, on a seriously yuckeroo note; let’s just say it’s typically men, not women, who engage in necrophilia.) (b) As the hunters and warriors of the species, men need lower levels of disgust “related to blood, injury and death” lest they be all “Shoot it with an arrow? But it’ll bleed, and I pass out at the sight of blood!” As interesting as all of this speculation is, for purposes of relationship harmony, the reason your girlfriend is more easily disgusted doesn’t actually matter. Likewise, whether what she wants you to do seems rational isn’t relevant, either — tempting as it might be to adjudicate this on scientific grounds, a la “Is a little encrusted whatever really going to kill us?” Understanding this is important. A lot of unnecessary relationship conflict comes out of people thinking they need to stand up against beliefs by their partner that they find kind of Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Often — assuming a partner’s beliefs are merely annoying, not endangering — a wiser approach is acting on the principle that the facts matter vastly less than the feelings behind them. In your situation, for example, what counts is that you’re kind and respectful — meaning that you do your best to remember to clean up, especially in the bathroom and kitchen (major gross-out arenas) simply because it’s important to your girlfriend. And when you forget — which you’re sure to do —apologize, making sure to validate her feelings: “I know this matters to you ... I’ll try to do better.” Hearing that you get where she’s coming from tells her something: that she doesn’t need to keep fighting to make you understand. There’s that saying, “Would you rather be right or be happy?” The truth is, you can be both — silently laughing to yourself about the absurd contradictions of humanity: Just because we ladies go “Uh-huh ... whatever...” about the gazillions of microscopic germs reportedly living on our smartphones doesn’t mean we can be all “No probski!” about the retirement community for bacteria that we picture on that food-globbed soup bowl you set on the dish rack.

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

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Thursday, June 6 Beach Eats, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach with live music by Unkle Monkey to keep you dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7900; beacheats Me:We Painting Workshop, 6 to 7 p.m. Venice artist Claire Salvo leads a painting workshop to coincide with her display of nine empowering portraits of sexual assault survivors on view from June 6 to June 9 at TOMS shoes flagship store, 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. RSVP to storeevents@ Meditative Evening Yoga, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Shake off the stress of the day and transition into a relaxed evening. This gentle flow yoga helps you shift from your busy day into a quiet state. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; Community Jam, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Join Jenny & Chris for a jam night the first Thursday of each month. Bring your songs and instruments. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa

Say “Ommmm” on the Santa Monica Pier with Roga (running + yoga). SEE SATURDAY, JUNE 8. Monica. No cover. (310) 315-0056; Del Rey Neighborhood Council Education Committee, 7:15 p.m. The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. Soundwaves Series: Brendan Constantine, 7:30 p.m. Poet Brendan Constantine performs John Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing” from Cage’s 1961 book “Silence.” Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600;

John Gorka, 8 p.m. One of the preeminent singer-songwriters of the 1990s New Folk Movement, John Gorka visits McCabe’s for a live set. 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $25. (310) 828-4497;

family are welcome to join this support group. Scleroderma Foundation Office, 8929 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 412, Westchester. Free. (310) 699-7290;

DJ Jedi & Anthony Valadez Dance Party, 9 p.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Friday, June 7

Saturday, June 8

“The Night Sky Show” and “Summer Deep Sky Wonders,” 7 p.m. These family-friendly shows reveal the latest news in astronomy and space exploration with a tour of the constellations and the chance to ask astronomy-related questions. John Drescher Planetarium, Drescher Hall 2nd Floor, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $6; $11 double bill. (310) 434-3005;

Roga, 8 a.m. A running group and all-levels yoga class each Saturday morning through Aug. 3. Meet under the Santa Monica Pier sign at the top of the ramp for a brisk two- or five-mile run. Walkers welcome. Afterward, Skip Jennings leads a yoga class. Bring your own mat. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Free.

Easytiger Live, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Enjoy the rockin’ sounds of easytiger at Timewarp Records, 12204 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. easytigerla

Scleroderma Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon. Scleroderma is an autoimmune rheumatic disease that causes the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. Those living with scleroderma and friends and

Del Rey Health, Wellness & Safety Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This small community festival features free health screenings, healthy food and more. Join the group exercise along the bike path. LAPD Pacific Division Parking Lot, 12312 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. Free. 66th Annual Culver City Garden Club Show & Sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The club hosts its annual garden show with a professionally-judged exhibition of homegrown plants, flowers and edibles. Take part in the Creating a Fairie Garden or Tomato-Growing Tips workshops. Raffles for merchandise and gift certificates held twice a day. Kids receive a free starter plant. Culver City Teen Center, 4153 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 203-1482; Recontained Venice Store Opening, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Experience the grand opening of Recontained, a zero-waste store featuring refillable consumables. Check out this easy alternative to single (Continued on page 30)

O n Sta g e – T he w ee k i n local theater compiled by Christina campodonico

ries about home on the road, traveling to a fabric store in Venice (June 13), a thrift shop in Studio City (June 16) and a downtown L.A. art gallery (June 8). Salon-style performances, preceded by an art talk and exhibit, happen on June 9 and June 15 at The Braid in Santa Monica. Limited engagement: 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 9) and Saturday (June 15) at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Ste. 102, Santa Monica, plus various other times and locations through June 18. $18. bit. ly/wayhometix

The Feed:“#hysteria” @ Various Locations Santa Monica Repertory Theatre tackles the frenzy social media has injected into our lives through dramatic readings of plays written and directed by observant women about everything from gender politics to earning a living wage. Post-show conversations with the cast, director and audience follow each reading. Limited engagement: Various times from Friday (June 7) to Sunday (June 9) at Bergamot Station, Promenade Playhouse or Santa Monica Playhouse. $20 to $25; or $90 for a festival pass.

A Kosher Memphis Belle: “The Hebrew Hillbilly” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Shelley Fisher sings about her life growing up as a good little Jewish girl in the Deep South and the big rock ‘n’ roll dreams that carried her to Hollywood. One performance only: 6:30 p.m. Sunday (June 9) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $39.99. (800) 838-3066;

Mobile Home:“The Way Home” @ Various Locations A group of emerging artists with Jewish Women’s Theatre takes sto-

Hear Her Roar:“12 Angry Men” @ Promenade Playhouse This classic courtroom drama is recast with an ensemble of 12 impassioned L.A. women playing the cantankerous jurors in this fictional murder trial. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays through June 15 at Promenade Playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

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Lust and Lunacy:“A Streetcar Named Desire” @ Odyssey Theatre Passions and cultures collide in this Tennessee Williams classic about the faded and unstable Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her tense relationship with her working class brother-in-law. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 7 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $40. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2;

Susan Priver and Melissa Sullivan in “A Streetcar Named Desire” $20. (310) 656-8070; “Dana H.” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre This new play by Lucas Hnath recounts the harrowing true story of his mother, a psych ward chaplain captured by her patient and trapped in Florida motels for five months. Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through June 23 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $27 to $72. (213) 628-2772;

Meta Musical:“Pippin” @ Westchester Playhouse The Kentwood Players present Stephen Schwartz’s award-winning musical about a young prince searching for adventure and meaning in his life and the band of theatrical players who help tell his tale. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 22 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $25 to $27. (310) 645-5156;

Unforgivable?:“Mistakes Were Made - coulda-woulda-shoulda” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Dick makes the mistake of letting a blue-eyed winker threaten his marriage. Jeff turns down his dream job then regrets it. Mel hires a famous money manager, now famous for stealing money. And now Dick’s wife knows about the affair. We all make mistakes, but can we fix them? Now playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through June 30 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 394-9779;​ More than Child’s Play:“Ready Steady Yeti Go” @ Electric Lodge Guillermo Cienfuegos directs this Rogue Machine production of David Jacobi’s play about a perfect storm of “white guilt” that strikes a town after it experiences a stunning hate crime. Meanwhile, two middle schoolers must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love amid the town’s prying eyes. Now playing at at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and various times on Sundays through July 29 at Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. $19.99 to $34.99; or $10 on June 7, June 17 or July 6. (855) 585-5185;

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Get a new perspective with Carol Oates’ “MindsEye” at Lois Lambert Gallery. SEE MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES. for a summer party to celebrate wildlife, listen to conservationists, enjoy food, wine and wildlife art, while supporting a good cause. Expert Dojo, 395 Santa Monica Place, # 308, Santa Monica. $25 to $40. AnimaliaPopUp 8th Annual Queer Prom, 7 to 11 p.m. Have a safe prom where you can be yourself, eat ice cream, sing karaoke and dance to amazing tunes. DJ Claudio spins. Student ID mandatory. Santa Monica Pier Carousel, 1624 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. Sign up for free entry; $10 at the door.

Sunday, June 9 Waves & Curls Beach Fest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nappywood hosts its second annual day of self-care with yoga, massages, fitness workouts, games, art classes, a community art project and a summer fashion and hair show at sunset. Crescent Bay Park/Inkwell Beach, 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free. Nappywood

KXLU Radio’s Fifth Annual Salsa Music Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate KXLU’s long-running programs “Alma del Barrio” and “The Brazilian Hour” with music, dance, food trucks and pop-up shops in the Animalia Wildlife Conservation Chat Sunken Gardens at LMU, 1 LMU Dr., & Art Pop-Up, 5 to 8 p.m. Step out Westchester. Free. (310) 338-2700; onto the Santa Monica Place rooftop

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LAX El Segundo Dunes: Past, Present and Future, 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Bay Foundation Director of Watershed Programs Melodie Grubbs discusses ongoing restoration efforts, current vegetation patterns and future plans for the LAX Dunes, which is the largest remaining representation of coastal dune community in Southern California and provides habitat for over 900 species. First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica. Free.

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Calamity Company + United Jams Present Live from Venice, 9 p.m. Enjoy live rock, soul, folk, blues every Tuesday night in the Del Monte Speakeasy. This week listen to Monique Maion, The Blank Tapes and Lacey Kay Cowden with the Calamity. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

The Wave Silent Disco: Ecstatic Beach Dance, 5:30 p.m. Dance and movement therapist Julia Grace guides this beach dance experience, using movement as a platform for self-care, connection and social change. The Wave supports non-profit organization ALMA, which connects with seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities through dance, music and art. Venice Fishing Pier, 1 Washington Blvd., Venice. $22 to $25. Live Talks: Eve Ensler in Conversation with Idina Menzel, 8 p.m. Author of “The Vagina Monologues” Eve Ensler sits down to discuss her new book “The Apology,” an examination of abuse and atonement with Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel. Moss Theatre, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. $27.

Tuesday, June 11 Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club, 6 p.m. This open reading club meets on Tuesday for literary discussions. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 306-7330; Women’s Sailing Association Presentation, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sailors Helen Brierley, Dan McGanty, and Duncan and Paula Cameron present an exciting story of sailors rescuing sailors right here in local waters, describing when Brierley was thrown overboard during the Berger Race. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. followed by a light dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free; RSVP requested. rsvp@wsasmb. org

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Wednesday, June 12 Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art and culture discussion. Call for location. Free. (310) 306-7330; Meditation for Pain Management, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn and practice meditation for pain management. Laura Martorella teaches techniques that can help manage pain and related stress. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415; Culver City Democratic Club, 7 p.m. The Culver City Democratic Club holds its monthly meeting for club members to report on the California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco. Light refreshments provided. Veteran’s Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. (310) 398-5328;

Thursday, June 13 Art Techniques: Sketching with Mixed Media, 1 to 2 p.m. Exercise your creativity and learn more about sketching techniques using a combination of materials. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415;


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Museums & Galleries “Flux in Chroma,” opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The Santa Monica College Art Gallery presents an exhibit combining two-dimensional works on canvas and paper with mixed media sculptures, video and audio works, and performance by SMC students. Exhibit runs through June 15. SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3434;

Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444; “Light & Shadow: Capturing Early Santa Monica History,” through June 15. The Santa Monica Library and the Santa Monica History Museum provide a peek into their photographic archives, capturing the history of the Santa Monica Bay area. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa

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