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Tax credits are bringing film production jobs back to L.A. . ................................... 12

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Playa Vista kicks off free outdoor concert season . .................................... 28


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Surrealist mashup swirls through Santa Monica ......................... 30 On The Cover: Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television students set up a shoot on the LMU bluffs. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt, courtesy of LMU SFTV. Design by Michael Kraxenberger.


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Guilty Verdict in Marina Marketplace Killing Jury returns first-degree murder conviction, but deadlocks on special circumstances enhancement By Gary Walker Following nearly three days of deliberation, a jury in Westchester convicted 23-year-old Cameron Anthony Frazier of first-degree murder for the January 2016 shooting death of 17-year-old Kristine Carman outside Jerry’s Famous Deli in the Marina Marketplace shopping center. The panel of nine women and three men also convicted Frazier, who committed murder during a drug deal, of associated assault and robbery charges, but they emerged deadlocked on special circumstances allegations of intentionally firing a gun. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano will sentence Frazier on July 26 at the Airport Courthouse in Westchester, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan, who prosecuted the case.

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Asked if county prosecutors will seek the maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole, Hanrahan replied: “That’s still being decided.” Kristine Carman, who was in town from Texas to visit older sister Lacey Carman, was in the back seat of her big sister’s SUV when she died from a single gunshot wound to the head on Jan. 6, 2016. Carman was in the car with her sister and her sister’s boyfriend, Tyler Odom, when Odom met with Frazier in an attempt to sell Frazier two pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle. Odom, who testified with immunity from drug charges, told jurors that Frazier pulled a gun on him and shot into the car following a brief struggle. Frazier’s attorney, L.A. County Chief Deputy Public Defender Alan Nakasone, argued in court that the gun went off accidentally and asked jurors not to consider Carman’s murder an intentional act — a distinction especially relevant to the special circumstance allegations, which judges can consider during sentencing. Hanrahan said the biggest hurdle in prosecuting the case was when Solorzano allowed Nakasone to argue that the gun was fired unintentionally, as Frazier had

told police in videotaped statements to LAPD detectives. Hanrahan wasn’t buying it: “Once [the jury] learned that the defendant was there to commit a robbery, it had the effect that a mistake or accident was not an excuse anymore,” he said. Police were not able to match the bullet recovered from Carman’s body to parts of a 9mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol found where Frazier told police he abandoned his weapon. LAPD detectives did, however, amass evidence tying Frazier to text messages and phone calls with Odom to arrange the drug deal. That led to a search of Frazier’s home in Vista, Calif., where police found a red backpack that Odom testified Frazier was carrying on the night of Carman’s murder, and that backpack also contained two 9mm bullets. Court testimony did not include Frazier having a prior criminal history, and Hanrahan, who until recently worked in the D.A.’s Hardcore Gang Unit, acknowledged that Frazier was not typical of the defendants he’s used to facing in court. “I also usually don’t have innocent 17-year-old girls as victims,” he said.

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Herb Alpert’s Star Still Shines Re: “Art Without Limits,” Cover Story, May 18 Thank you for your insightful article on Herb Alpert. I grew up listening to the Tijuana Brass and still hear their songs in my

An Inspirational Story Re: “Venice Stories: DCastro,” May 18 I really enjoyed reading about artist DCastro in The Argonaut.

When a Trolley Served ‘Poor People’s Beach’ Re: “Erasing Black Venice,” Cover Story, April 27 My family lived in Venice from 1954 to 1965. Venice Beach was the “poor people’s beach” because you could get there without having a car. Just take the trolley from downtown L.A. down the center of Venice Boulevard right to the beach. We lived on Venice Way, about one block from Windward

I relate to his paintings on spirituality, and his life story so much resembles mine. When I found the right place to call home, in this case Marina del Rey, my creative aspirations took over because I had so much around me to photograph. I also liked what DCastro said about Venice: “Everybody is an artist here!” Clarissa Cervantes Marina del Rey


Reducing Lanes Won’t Solve Our Traffic Problems Re: “No Shortcuts to Safety,” News, June 1 Ever since Los Angeles took one lane in each direction for a bike path on Main Street in Venice (between Rose and Windward avenues), traffic can become so backed up that it takes up to three lights to make a left turn onto Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It used to be a breeze. I see the same thing happening in Playa del Rey. Reducing traffic flow to only one lane in each direction on Vista Del Mar, Pershing Drive and both Culver and Jefferson boulevards may “calm” traffic,  but will not calm irate drivers who will have to deal with even more congestion.  Installing safety features is a good thing, but bottlenecking the cars does not solve our traffic problem. It only creates more. Using these streets as a “shortcut” to and from the South Bay should not be considered taboo.  If it gets people to their destination and helps ease traffic on Lincoln and Sepulveda boulevards, it’s a good use of public roads. Carol Katona Venice

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at West Washington Boulevard (today it’s called Abbot Kinney Boulevard) and ended at Lincoln, the site of the Lincoln Apartments, then the government-subsidized housing for poor people. The Venice of today is a “rich people’s beach.” The Oakwood neighborhood is being gentrified. The Venice walk streets are being gentrified. Concrete mega-mansions are replacing

Venice bungalows in both areas. And we are losing something precious. The ancestors of the black people who helped Abbot Kinney to build his “Venice of America” are the most recent victims of senseless gentrification. Shame! Virginia F. Mulrooney Marina del Rey Three Cheers for The Inn at Playa del Rey! My wife and I recently spent 60 days cruising to Australia, New

Zealand and other ports of call. We were joined by another couple we had met on a previous cruise; they live in Riverside. While on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria, heading for San Pedro, we met a couple who were assigned to our dining table for eight. They were from Melbourne, Australia, heading to California for the first time. They were determined to track Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. And so this couple flew from LAX to Chicago, rented a car and

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our condo, and then all too soon the couple from Riverside drove home and the Aussies spent 16 hours on a flight back across the Pacific. So many thanks to the staff at The Inn at Playa del Rey for making two couples very welcome to our area. Martyn and Diana Glover Playa del Rey HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE ARGONAUT:

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discuss Cerda’s situation because it is a personnel matter, but insist that he was not fired. Wiedoeft did not return calls, and others at the school and in the community — including the Venice Chamber of Commerce — have spoken out in her defense. But the situation with Cerda was “pretty much the last straw

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Just days before the class of 2017 took their final bows, about 60 students protested outside the school to accuse Venice High School Principal Oryla Wiedoeft of a pattern of discriminatory behavior toward minority students. But the student protesters’ biggest complaint appeared to be losing college counselor Guy Cerda, who leaders of the June 5 student demonstration credit as instrumental to their academic growth at Venice High. Cerda, who could not be reached for comment, is African-American. Los Angeles Unified School District officials say they cannot

for us,” said senior Ingrid Hernandez, who is involved with the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano a de Aztlán (MEChA). “We thought that it was really outrageous because [Wiedoeft] didn’t give an explanation for it, and [Cerda] doesn’t necessarily know the reason for it,” Hernandez said. “He has done a lot for students of color here on campus.” Black Student Union Vice President Mauriah Duffey, a graduating senior, suspects Cerda’s departure was racially motivated. “We just felt that it was unfair because he has raised our AP

science at Venice High and until last week cosponsored the Black Student Union, said his encounters with Wiedoeft are the opposite of what students are claiming. “Others might have a different experience, but in my interactions with the principal I’ve never experienced her being racist towards me. From my point of view I don’t believe that she’s racist,” said Tesfom. LAUSD representatives said that since Wiedoeft became principal in 2015, she’s hired an African-American assistant principal and a Latina guidance counselor.

In response to questions about the students’ complaints, district officials provided a brief statement enumerating Venice High School’s accomplishments under Wiedoeft. Those included lowering the student suspension rate, increasing the number of students taking advanced placement courses, boosting enrollment 1,800 to 2,100, and improving standardized test scores to the degree that Venice High is the most-improved school in LAUSD. “With continued collaboration and leadership, Venice High School is the pride of the Westside,” LAUSD Local District Superintendent Cheryl Hildreth wrote in a statement to The Argonaut. The Venice High student leaders said they met with Hildreth, LAUSD Supt. Michelle King, LAUSD Instructional Director Jaime Morales and Wiedoeft on June 7 but complained that no one from the district offered any real solutions. “We explained that there were a lot of insensitive comments made on [Wiedoeft’s] part, and that made people not like her,” Duffey said. “They said they wanted to help, but I thought they were kind of dismissive.” One of the protest’s organizers, junior Joey Mustul, discussed an incident with Wiedoeft earlier this year when he was meeting with a teacher and a group of Latino and African-American students to discuss organizing a campus protest against the

Trump administration. “I remember [Wiedoeft] walked in, peeked in and then left. Then a couple of minutes later a [LAUSD] policeman came in and asked, ‘Is everything okay?’” recalled Mustul, who is white. “A couple of students questioned the principal and she said, ‘It didn’t look like a good group.’ Like, what is that supposed to mean?” Student demonstrators also believe that LAUSD is trying to write them off as pawns for teachers who are angry that Cerda will not be returning to Venice High. “That’s not true. This is all student organized,” Duffey asserted. “The administration has been pinning student-led events on teachers who they think are too radical or just people who aren’t even involved but have had a prior incident with them,” added Associated Student Body President Alexandra Radilalah. “It’s pretty bad right now.” The protest’s organizers say Wiedoeft attempted to stop them from demonstrating by threating to prevent them from participating in commencement activities, which LAUSD officials deny. Students also claim the principal had the senior class sign on to a campus code of conduct and then tried to rewrite that contract to stifle protest.  “They wanted to add something that said ‘no disruptions,’ but didn’t explain what that meant,” Duffey said.

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On June 9, Venice Chamber of Commerce President Donna Lasman issued a statement of “enthusiastic support” for Wiedoeft and “tremendous, positive changes” at Venice High during her tenure. “I have personally observed the dramatic improvements that have occurred under her leadership. … She has the energy and ‘can-do’ attitude that motivates, bringing out the best in others — students, staff and community,” wrote Lasman, who was a member of Venice High’s school-based management team and whose son graduated from Venice High in 2013. Venice High students have a long history of student activism. Students walked out of class for a civil rights protest in 1968, and in 2009 more than 200 students staged a sit-in supporting teachers facing layoffs due to LAUSD budget shortfalls. Public education advocate Karen Wolfe, whose son graduated from Venice High last week, is troubled by the students’ allegations but is heartened at their level of consciousness. “I think it’s very disturbing. We moved to Venice because of the diversity, and Venice High School is a direct reflection of the community and the history of this community,” Wolfe said. But, “For [student demonstrators] to be pondering some of these deeper identity issues, it could be perfectly timed for where they are right now.”

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New tax credits are bringing film production jobs back to Los Angeles By Bonnie Eslinger Even in sunny Southern California, November is not the best month for a day at the beach. But for several days last winter, a stretch of sand in Venice was taken over by hundreds of bikini and shorts-clad sunbathers, colorful umbrellas, beach balls and gigantic inflatable pink flamingos. The spectacle turned out to be a bit of movie magic: a scene being shot for Disney’s highly anticipated film “A Wrinkle in Time,” based on the 1963 novel by Madeleine L’Engle. And while the film is fantasy, California leaders say the associated production work brings real-life economic benefits to the state in spending and jobs — and that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Long considered the entertainment capital of the world, California is in a battle to hold onto that title, as subsidies being offered by other states and countries have proven effective at luring away film and television production work. California long “sat on the sidelines” while other places offered financial incentives, said Paul Audley, president of FilmL.A. (the official film office of the city and county of Los Angeles). “Vancouver started this war to take the film industry away from L.A. and California didn’t respond, and I think that encouraged other states and countries to PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT June 15, 2017

do the same,” Audley said. “It took California years to even think about getting involved, and when it finally did they opened a very modest program.” Championed and signed into law by actor-turned-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, the program provided tax credits totaling $100 million annually. That amount was less than what other areas were offering, but enough to bring back some of the so-called runaway production, Audley said. In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown approved a five-year reauthorization of the program that raised the incentive pool to $330 million annually. The added money — used to offer 20% to 25% tax breaks on certain production expenses — came with changes. The previously-used lottery selection for choosing projects, for example, was replaced with a system that prioritized the number of jobs offered. Audley said the revised program “has reversed a lot of the trend,” boosting the number of movies and television shows filmed statewide, with a “huge increase” in Los Angeles. Since the revised program came online, 11 projects supported by tax credits have shot on location in Santa Monica, Venice and Playa del Rey. In addition to “A Wrinkle in Time,” these include the Adam Sandler comedy “Sandy Wexler” and television shows “American Horror

Story,” “Mistresses,” “Rosewood” and “Ballers.” The projects employed about 1,300 cast members, 1,800 crew workers and tens of thousands of extras, according to FilmL.A.


Although the “2.0” version of the incentive program doesn’t expire until 2020, industry officials and state legislators are already starting to make a case for more funding. In March, state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), chair of the legislature’s Joint Committee on the Arts, held a hearing to review the fiscal impact of and jobs supported by the tax credits and to get suggestions on possible changes. Much of the discussion focused on what’s called “below-the-line” work, a term referring to entertainment project budget sheets and how they list expenses for workers who fall below the big-ticket costs for actors, the director, writers and executives. Film industry officials say these behind-the-scenes crew members have suffered the most from having to pack their bags and follow the work when studios choose to relocate productions to subsidy-offering states and countries. “I know personally what a difference this has made for so many people in the state who were having to spend enormous amounts of time outside of their homes

going to other places, living out of a suitcase just to be able to do their jobs,” said Allen at the start of the March 29 hearing. “So many of those jobs have come back, they’re sleeping at homes in California. We want to make sure this continues and make sure we are able to grow and expand this program going forward.” At that hearing, California Film Commission Director Amy Lemisch underscored the program’s economic benefits. The first $800 million iteration of the program generated in-state spending of $5.3 billion, including money spent on facilities, production operations, construction, food, security, office supplies and lodging. Of that, $1.8 billion was in wages to the below-the-line crewmembers, along with 23,000 cast members, 43,000 crewmembers and 500,000 extras, Lemisch said. Juan Camacho, vice president of government relations at 21st Century Fox, told the legislators that he often hears from studio executives that, all things being equal, they’d prefer to produce their shows in California. “Now, don’t get me wrong: While we’d love to have an incentive that matches or exceeds that of New York, $420 million a year, the truth is that California just needed to come near that to stay competitive,” Camacho said. “We have the best

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A film shoot on the LMU bluffs and most-skilled crews, the best vendors, and the best access to production equipment and facilities.” Camacho provided a snapshot into the dollars that follow entertainment productions, focusing on two Fox television series that were previously shot in Louisiana and recently came back: “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens.” “Their combined economic impact was over $160 million,” Camacho said. “Think about that. If those projects had stayed in Louisiana, we’d have spent that much money in Louisiana.” Fox’s “Legion,” which had been shooting in Canada, is also returning, he said. Los Angeles-based unit production manager Richard Rothschild told the committee that he’s pleased to be working again in California, noting that he’s missed much of his daughter’s growing up due to being on the road for so many years. He noted that one television show he’s worked on, ABC’s “Mistresses,” shot its first two seasons in Los Angeles in 2012 and 2013, before deciding to take advantage of tax credits offered in Vancouver. “When there was an order for a third season, the network decided that the costs in California were too high. The solution was to relocate their series outside of L.A., where they could qualify for a rebate on their production dollars,” Rothschild said. “By the way, this was a show whose story supposedly took place in Southern California.” Lindsay Dougherty, a business manager for the Hollywood Teamsters — the union

that represents such below-the-line workers as drivers, animal trainers, mechanics and prop warehouse workers — recalled a five-year stretch when her work as an on-location transportation dispatcher took her out of state. “I actually didn’t live in my apartment that I paid rent for,” she said. “I had no animals, no relationships, and certainly no children, because I lived out of a suitcase.”

seeing how a crew of 125 works as opposed to a school crew of 10 or less, that’s beneficial,” he said. The incentive program, however, is not without its detractors. Some say lowering the costs of doing business in California would do more to help keep entertainment production in state — along with other industries, according to a legislative white paper on the program produced a few years ago.

“All this infrastructure, all these people, all this heritage that we have here in Los Angeles — we were losing that work to these other states.” — California Senator Ben Allen


Reining in runaway production is also good news for film students, said Ken Ornstein, head of production administration at the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. “Theoretically, this means there are going to be more potential jobs for these kids when they graduate,” said Ornstein, whose credits as a producer include 104 episodes of “Melissa and Joey” and more than 140 episodes of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” “And more productions means more opportunities for students to get exposure to that activity — just being on set and

Opponents also question whether the subsidies are just throwing away money to productions which had already planned to shoot in California, even without the tax offset. There’s also the concern that the intensifying competition between states will just spur a “race to the bottom,” leading to more financial incentives being given away with no corresponding increase in return. The state’s Legislative Analyst Office reported in 2016 that while about one-third of the film and television projects that received incentives under the “1.0” version of the program would

probably have been made in California anyway, “We suspect that this level of ‘windfall benefits’ to some credit recipients may be low compared to other tax credits, which would suggest that the first film tax credit program targeted the types of production vulnerable to being filmed outside the state relatively well.” In a phone interview with The Argonaut, Allen said data collected on the program shows that it is effective in generating jobs and dollars for the state that would otherwise be lost to other locales. He noted that Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” (which stars Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Zach Galifianakis and Mindy Kaling, among others) is projected to spend $44 million in wages to below-the-line workers. Asking whether Hollywood, with its big-spending ways, really needed the state’s money sparked an impassioned response from the senator. TV and film production in California generate $30 billion dollars annually in economic activity, he said, an amount worth fighting for. “All this infrastructure, all these people, all this heritage that we have here in Los Angeles — we were losing that work to these other states,” Allen said. “So it’s not a matter of whether they need the money or not. It’s a matter of whether the work is going to happen here or not, and whether or not we’re going to allow an industry that’s been a tent pole — a critical industry for California for nearly a century now — to disappear.”

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Happy Hour Hero Singer-songwriter Melissa Bret connects with big audiences from a small stage By Bliss Bowen Performing during happy hour is tougher than it looks; it’s generally demoralizing for musicians to feel they’re rating the same level of attention as the wall art. Redondo Beach resident Melissa Bret, an acoustic pop singer and guitarist who performs regularly at Aloft Hotel’s W XYZ Bar, is “totally OK” with being in the background, but decided to live-stream from the stage just to see how many people would tune in online — and unexpectedly tapped into a new fan base. “It just started off like an experiment and it kind of escalated,” she explains. “Now it’s something I really look forward to doing. For me, it adds this element of excitement. “I got so much positive feedback after posting the first one; people were saying things like, ‘I needed this,’ ‘This made my night.’ There was a soldier in Afghanistan who reached out to me privately and said it was 3 a.m. over there and he’d just been having really rough nights and he’s going to be tuning in. You don’t realize the impact you’re having just by the click of one button. It might not be the most

flattering camera angle here [laughs], but it’s not really about me. I mean it is, but it’s not. I’m doing it more for people. That’s my whole goal. If I feel defeated, like, ‘No one in this room cares that I’m playing,’ all it takes is seeing just one

online viewers — which requires a sensitive balancing act between virtual and actual reality. “Usually the people at the bar are pretty engaging, which is fun, so I have to be careful how I balance interacting with

“That’s what really validates what I do. I made somebody happy.” — Melissa Bret person nod their head or tap their foot, and that’s it. That’s what really validates what I do. I made somebody happy.” According to Bret, even though there are usually only 100 or fewer watching simultaneously, some of her Facebook Live videos have attracted as many 25,000 views overnight, thanks to people sharing them on their individual pages. She says it’s “crazy” to think someone’s watching in Minnesota as she performs, set up alongside the bar window while planes roar in and out of LAX nearby. Between songs she takes requests from

them vs. giving too much attention to my phone,” she says with a laugh. “It’s kind of a weird thing, but it definitely gives me more fulfillment.” A self-described “military brat” who grew up primarily in Florida, Bret studied piano and sang in choir throughout childhood, and taught herself to play guitar. She started performing publicly about 10 years ago. The evolution of her percussive style can be tracked through her numerous YouTube videos: from basic strumming to more dynamic, rhythm-driven fingerpicking that under-

girds her sultry tones, whether she’s playing beachy originals like “Living for Today” and “Live Where You Vacation” or soulfully covering Adele, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon and Bob Marley. Now she wisecracks about her “guitar problem”: “It’s bad, I have a lot of guitars. They’re like cars — they all drive different.” Three years ago Bret moved to L.A. and burned the proverbial candle at both ends, working an 8-to-6 job in hotel management and often heading straight to gigs afterward. She became a full-time musician last November. In April she played her first full-band show at Saint Rocke, showcasing her songwriting. But cover tunes spanning genres and generations are the main menu at the happy hour gigs that are the polished performer’s bread and butter. Each set, she slips in one or two songs from her 2009 album “Waiting,” made when she was still a college student in Florida, and 2015’s more organic “Easy Way Out” (both released as Melissa Brethauer). Before year’s end she hopes to start on (Continued on page 16)

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205 Broadway, Santa Monica (310) 458-2500 The Independence tavern is named after a rail line that was never even half completed. The Los Angeles and Independence Railroad was intended to go from the sea to a desert mining town called Independence, but never made it any further than downtown L.A. The Expo Line now whooshes over the old trackbed, so the routing was evidently sound. The restaurant doesn’t celebrate vintage rail in the decor, though an Amtrak poster is tucked in an alcove by the bar. The environment is minimalist, modern and loud in the spirit of buzzy gastropubs everywhere, and menu offerings fit the space. Consulting Chef Craig Hopson, who embraced fusion cuisine at his first U.S. venture and crafted classic French items at Le Cirque, created the menu. Hopson decided the right fit here would be an upscale eclectic take on popular contemporary items. Whether groundbreaking or not, the ideas here are sound. Salmon belly and avocado tartare is a combination that works just great, and serving it with housemade potato chips and a dill

crème fraiche is a good idea. Mincing the fish very fine and leaving large chunks of avocado is a little shakier — my companion commented that the ratio of fish to fruit was right, but the mouth feel of the large chunks threw off the balance of the dish. We didn’t use much of the crème fraiche because the rich fish

chopped green beans, sprouts and good feta cheese, but the deciding factor really was the green goddess dressing — a rare find in restaurants these days. Green goddess was invented five years before the more assertive, peppery and rich Caesar, but has some of the same virtues, and it worked great here.

This place feels like it is in the middle of the spectrum between being a bar that serves food and a restaurant that pours cocktails, and there is some genuine creativity on both sides. didn’t need it, but it was a nice palate cleanser with the potato chips. The concept and execution of the steamed mussels with caramelized onions in a tomato-chili broth with bacon and olives was on point. I could have enjoyed that thick, rich, spicy broth all by itself. With plenty of mussels and some toasted rustic garlic bread on the side, it was superb. If you like shellfish at all, this is the thing to get here. We were similarly happy with a kale and quinoa salad, which was not something I would have ordered save that it came with green goddess dressing and a smoked egg. There were also two kinds of grapes, plus walnuts,

This salad is a powerful argument for bringing it back, because the herbal dressing with gentle anchovy flavor accents everything else without masking it. I should elaborate on the smoked egg, too — I’d never had one before and found it an interesting addition to the salad, though I might have preferred it chopped up and mixed in rather than in halves on the side. With our starters we tried two cocktails, a mezcal daiquiri and an amaro spritz, both of which were very well-crafted and worth savoring. This place feels like it is in the middle of the spectrum between being a bar that serves (Continued on page 18)

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“Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Marina stretching to Catalina Island in this two-bed, two-bath, home,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “Details include a sun-drenched floral terrace with a waterfall, custom tiling, and a fireplace. The open kitchen and recessed lighting make this home fabulous for entertaining. The Marina City Club provides swimming pools, a gym, a full bar, restaurant, and room service, as well as a cafe, maid service, dry cleaning service, car wash, and 24-hour security.” Offered at $749,000 Eileen McCarthy, Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910

“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 home is equipped with Smart home technology.” Offered at $2,995,000 Amir Zagross, eBroker 310-780-4442

Kentwood home

Venice home

“This traditional California cottage sits on an oversized lot and has been enhanced by extensive upgrades,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “Enter from the covered porch into the great room and appreciate the open concept floor plan. The statement master bedroom opens with French doors to the back yard. Each additional bedroom boasts natural light and designer lighting fixtures. The large backyard provides plenty of space and a patio offers the perfect space for entertaining.” Offered at $1,600,000 Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020

“This piece of heaven is on one of the most desirable streets in the Venice Canal District,” say agents Sandy Berens and Steffi Berens . “This three-bed home features an office space, high ceilings, hardwood floors and a detached two-car garage, and is situated on a large lot. Many opportunities are here to create the beach home that you dream about. This home is perfect for first time buyers or investors. Only moments from Abbot Kinney’s best restaurants and shopping, and three blocks to the beach.” Offered at $1,850,000 Sandy Berens and Steffi Berens, Coldwell Banker 310-448-5961

CoMing Soon in Kentwood! Spacious Home, vaulted ceiling entry, natural lighting, open kitchen, beautiful backyard and patio. Four bedrooms, three baths; 2584 square feet.

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



30 ANCHORAGE ST.,MARINA DEL REY 13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #PH1906,MDR 2 BD/2.5 BA + DEN 2,354 SQ.FT. $2,499,999 3 UNITS 3,082 SQ.FT. $2,299,000


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

11431 CLOVER AVE.,MAR VISTA 3 BD/3.5 BA 2,008 SQ.FT. $1,975,000

JUST LISTED $1,625,000

OPEN SUN 2-5 12975 AGUSTIN PL. #128,PLAYA VISTA 3 BD/3 BA 1,780 SQ.FT. $989,000

OPEN SUN 2-5 6922 KNOWLTON PL. #308,WESTCHESTER 2 BD/2 BA 1,160 SQ.FT. $549,000


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

IN ESCROW 4060 GLENCOE AVE. #231,MARINA DEL REY 3 BD/3 BA 1,440 SQ.FT. $911,627

IN ESCROW 8635 FALMOUTH AVE. #104,PLAYA DEL REY 1 BD/1 BA 711 SQ.FT. $475,000


OPEN SUN 2-5 6011 DAWN CREEK #1,PLAYA VISTA 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,640 SQ.FT. $1,145,000

IN ESCROW 4312 GLENCOE AVE. #5,MARINA DEL REY 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,866 SQ.FT. $911,000


IN ESCROW 11430 CLOVER AVE., MAR VISTA 3 BD/3.5 BA 2,346 SQ.FT. $2,225,000

JUST LISTED 7301 VISTA DEL MAR #15,PLAYA DEL REY 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,900 SQ.FT. $1,669,000

JUST LISTED 13650 MARINA POINTE DR. #1206,MDR 2 BD/2 BA 1,533 SQ.FT. $1,049,000

OPEN SUN 2-5 13236 MINDANAO WAY,MARINA DEL REY 2 BD/2.5 BA 1,582 SQ.FT. $825,000

JUST SOLD 6209 PACIFIC AVE. #201,PLAYA DEL REY 3 BD/2 BA 2,006 SQ.FT. $1,800,00

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.

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LEGAL ADVERTISING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 049082 The following person is doing business as: 1) Caregiver Connector LA 2) Caregiver Connector 8664 Falmouth Ave. #20, Playa del Rey, CA 90293, County of Los Angeles Registered owner: Cheryl N. Vega, 8664 Falmouth Ave. #20, Playa del Rey, CA 90293. California. 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 information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Registrant Signature/ Name: Cheryl N Vega. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2017. Argonaut published: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 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 102388 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Valquiria Productions 3113 Carter Ave. Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 Kelli Rene Clark 3113 Carter Ave. 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 3/2017. 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)). Registran KELLI RENE CLARK Owner Argonaut published: May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 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 133071 The folowing persons is (are) doing business as: 1) Matilla Group Property Management Co. 225 Culver Blvd. Playa del Rey, CA 90293. Matilla Realty Inc. 225 Culver Blvd. Playa del Re,y CA. 90293 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to trans-

act business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 05/08/2002. 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)). MATILLA REALTY INC. President This statement was filed with the county on May 23, 2017 Argonaut published: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 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 133180 The following persons is (are) doing business as: 12-12 Company 7517 Earldom Ave Los Angles, CA. 90293. Nicholas S. Martinez 7517 Earldom Avenue Los Angeles, CA. 90293 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 05/2017. 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 NICHOLAS S. MARTINEZ Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 23, 2017. Argonaut published: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 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 144624 The follwing persons is (are) doing business as: 1)Leilani Designs & Consulting 4211 Redwood Ave. unit 109 L.A. CA. 90066 Frances Leilani Chirino 4211 Redwood Ave. unit 109 Los Angles, CA. 90066 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 06/2017 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 regis-

trant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000))Frances Leilani Chirino Owner This statement was filed with the county on June 5, 2017 Argonaut published: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 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 152084 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Silicon Beach Homes 13900 Marquesas Way suite 6003 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 Silicon Beach Homes 13900 Marquesas Way 6003 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 06/2016. 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 Silicon Beach Homes Title CEO Argonaut published: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 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 152086 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Allsthat Stuff Productions 3700 Pacific Ave. #9 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 05/2017. 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)). Allsthat Stuff Productions LLC Argonaut published: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 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 SANDRA JOSEPHINE MAJAM Case No: 17STPB00341 Filed May 12, 2017 Filed 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 Majam Attorney for Petitioner Law Offices of Oscar Ramirez 515 Flower Street floor 36 Los Angeles, CA. 90071 213-2363649 PUBLISHED: Argonaut May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017

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Sofar Sounds: West L.A., 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in West L.A. Get instructions at “Grass Fed Comedy,” 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ashley Hernandez hosts this night of locally sourced comedy featuring Ben Brandfon, Lila Hart, Adam Hunter, Dwayne Perkins and Justin Wood. Bareburger, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica. Free. facebook. com/bareburgerCA Howl, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Local punkprog band shares a bill with Venice’s DJ Loboman and The Venice Tribe DJs, who have a diverse repertoire of soul, funk, house, electronic and dance music. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

Friday, June 16 DRYC Sundown Series, 5:55 p.m. This series of monthly evening races in Marina del Rey invites all PHRF, cruisers, novice keelboats and dinghies to race. Post-race BBQ buffet provided on DRYC’s Aft Deck. Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. $5. (310) 990-6326; Jimmy Brewster, 7 p.m. Get the full American steakhouse and classic cocktail bar experience featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones and The Beatles on alternate Friday nights at Dear John’s, 11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 397-0276;

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; Jill Sobule at McCabe’s, 8 p.m. The singer-songwriter behind the 1995 songs “I Kissed a Girl” and “Supermodel” from the soundtrack for the film “Clueless” plays a live solo gig at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497;

Saturday, June 17 Playa del Rey Natural Gas Storage Safety Town Hall, 10 a.m. Health experts and residents from Aliso Canyon join L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and the nonprofit Food and Water Watch for a town hall meeting on gas storage safety. Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets, 7400 Manchester Ave., Westchester. aleongrossmann@ “Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad” Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Comic artist and children’s books creator Liz Climo shares her delightful book that celebrates the bond between father and child in this story of a child’s quest for independence. Climo also gives a drawing demonstration. Children’s Book World, 10580½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. Ages 3 to 8. (310) 559-2665;

‘Fly, Sly, Wily and Dry’

Musicians remember cult heroes Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks San Francisco, 1967: The counterculture was in full swing to the psychedelic sounds of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company. The heady atmosphere helped shape Dan Hicks’ perception of the possible as he quit drumming with the psych-rock Charlatans to front his own band. Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks bridged Beat poet hip and Americana earthiness with goofy humor, fleet-fingered musicianship and an openminded blend of cowboy music, bluegrass, gypsy jazz and Western swing. The band (including the harmony-crooning “Lickettes”) accrued a certain cachet among peers and serious music aficionados with a taste for sophistication served wry. Kindred spirit Tom Waits memorably described Hicks as “fly, sly, wily and dry.” Hicks himself, who died of cancer

Dan Hicks in 1973 at age 74 last February, referred to his music as “folk swing.” His colorful recollections of his rites of passage through the Summer of Love and various personal demons form the backbone of the recently published “I Scare Myself: A Memoir,” titled after a popular song from his debut album, 1969’s “Original Recordings.” Four more acclaimed albums emerged in the ’70s

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— and then nothing until 1994. That set the pattern for the mustachioed guitarist’s wary dance with the music industry, charting his future as a cult favorite. Hicks’ memoir is bookended by a foreword from Elvis Costello and an afterword by producer Tommy LiPuma, and a discography by music journalist Kristine McKenna, who was also good friends with Hicks. McKenna will sign copies of “I Scare Myself — A Memoir” and moderate a discussion with Hicks compatriots Van Dyke Parks, Maria Muldaur, Jim Kweskin and Hot Licks guitarist Paul Robinson on Sunday in Culver City. — Bliss Bowen The panel and book signing is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at Arcana Books, 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Free. Call (310) 458-1499 or visit and

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Dan Navarro, 8 p.m. Former member of acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and voiceover actor Dan Navarro brings his acoustic sound to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497;

Sunday, June 18 Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both hailing from Michigan, musicians Jon Licht and Paul Haapaniemi reunited in L.A., adding singer Ally Cool. The rest is current events. They bring their sound to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. Runway Funday: Playa Beach Party, noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate Father’s Day and kick off summer with live music from the Landsharks, a surf simulator, hoola hoops, tropical slides, artisan vendors, craft beer garden and root beer garden for the little ones. Runway Playa Vista, 12760 Millennium Dr., Playa Vista. Free. Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a concert by Chazzy Green “The Funky Sax Man.” Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; The 2017 Lester Horton Awards, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Celebrating Southern California’s dance community and those who keep it thriving, the Horton Awards recognize advocates, educators, presenters and funders in an effort to shed light on additional key players who advance the field of dance and fuel the diversity and vibrancy in the L.A. arts community. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. Aejaye Jackson and the Full Spectrum Band, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Let the soulful Jackson and his bumpin’ band take you on a musical journey from classic Motown to today’s dance hits. Playa Vista Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade, Playa Vista.

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Tuesday, June 20 LAX Coastal Chamber Health and Wellness Forum: Nutrition, 8 to 9 a.m. Chamber members involved in primary health care offer advice and perspective on different ways to provide preventive health care practices. Meet and network with local representatives from Kaiser

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Santa Monica History Museum Discover the History Lecture, 6 p.m. KCRW has been part of the Santa Monica community for over 70 years. This month’s lecture focuses on producers Ariana Morgenstern, Bob Carlson and Michael Silverblatt’s experiences with the station, public radio and the history of KCRW. Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St., Santa Monica. Free; reservations encouraged. (310) 395-2290; Santa Monica Chamber Speed Networking, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Connect and build business relationships through three- to five-minute one-on-one networking sessions. Steve Little State Farm Insurance, 11654 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. $25. (310) 393-9825; Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa Planning and Land Use Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave, Westchester. Venice Neighborhood Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m. The city-certified advisory board meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice.


Sierra Club Airport Marina Group Meeting, 7 p.m. This month’s meeting features water policy advisor to Mayor Garcetti Liz Crosson speaking about “Smarter Water” and the future of L.A.’s most precious resource. Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 613-1174 Homenaje, 8 p.m. Led by guitarist Will Brahm, Homenaje, which means “tribute” in Spanish, pays tribute to uniting different types of music and cultures, incorporating heavy influences of Cuban and African music along with jazz, classical and folk. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 396-9010; Sofar Sounds: El Segundo, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music and comedy, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in El Segundo. Get instructions at Tuesday Night Jazz, 9:15 p.m. The Julian Coryell Trio hard grooves for two sets of organ trio jazz at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010;

Wednesday, June 21 L.A. County Design Control Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m. On the third Wednesday of each month, the board discusses project designs and policy initiatives of Regional Planning and Beaches and Harbors. Burton Chace

Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9503; beaches. Taste of Summer: Culver City Spiked Lemonade Contest, 5 to 9 p.m. Find out who makes the best spiked-lemonade served at several downtown locations, featuring entertainment by Marston and Our Last Summer. Submit your vote for a chance to win a prize package. Grand View Market Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Each Wednesday night, 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 Meditations on Media, 7 to 10 p.m. Gerry Fialka’s stimulating soiree inventories the psychic effects of media on individuals and society, and muses on why they are ignored. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 306-7330; Improv Diary Show, 8 p.m. Comedian Samantha Heilig and artist, lecturer and social justice advocate Karen Woodward Sarrow read from their teenage diaries. Then a cast of fab improvisers bring their real life diary entries to life. 1323-A (“A” stands for alley) Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. $5. (310) 451-0850;

Thursday, June 22 3rd Annual Angel City Games, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, June 25. This multi-sport competition for people with physical disabilities features adaptive sports clinics and competitions in archery, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and swimming. Participants range from first-time to Paralympic-level athletes. UCLA Drake Stadium, 340 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood. $5 suggested donation. Twilight Concert Series: Khalid, Bibi Bourelly, 7 p.m. The teenage R&B singer-songwriter behind last July’s hit “Location” shares a bill with the German singer-songwriter behind popular tunes by Rihanna and collaborations with the likes of Lil’ Wayne and Usher. Santa Monica Pier. Free. Surfside Grand Opening Party, 10 p.m. to midnight. Doors tribute band Peace Frog christens the new bar, restaurant and nightspot that replaces Danny’s Venice. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice.

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5th Annual “Memories in the Making,” 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15. The MiM program is a gallery exhibit and auction showcasing the amazing artwork created by people in the mid-to-late stages of Alzheimer’s.

The program provides insight into the thoughts and memories of participants. Building Bridges Art Exchange, Bergamot Station F2, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP. (323) 930-6280; “The Food Show,” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Curated by art critic Daniel Rolnik, this exhibit brings together 50 artists with an art show dedicated to food. BG Gallery, Bergamot Station G8A, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 906-4211; “Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us” Conversation, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Pat O’Neill and Jesse Fleming sit down to discuss their use of film and video to raise questions about the self in relation to others, collective norms, and the built environment, directing us to see the links and fissures in our lives and the larger system that we attempt to grapple with. Exhibit runs through Aug. 13. Ben Maltz Gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800; SurviveArt Benefit Art Show, 6 p.m. SurviveArt, a nonprofit dedicated to helping survivors of all stripes — from cancer survivors to victims of sexual assault — holds a benefit art show with proceeds benefitting the Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), The UCSF Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Featured artists include Carmen Solis, Samantha McMullen, Chris

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

End of Your Rope: “SHINE: Enough is Enough” @ Santa Monica Playhouse From tales of owning a nightmare car to an actress’ stint as a monkey, this month’s SHINE storytellers explore situations that have taken them to the edge. Actor and founder of LifestyleDeZine Christopher Rivas (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Shameless,” “Rosewood” and “2 Broke Girls”) hosts. Singer-songwriter Zana Messia provides musical accompaniment. One performance only: 7 p.m. Thursday (June 15) at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12. (310) 452-2321; Blue Moon: “hOlie luna” @ Highways Performance Space Aurora Lagattuta’s whimsical dance theatre performance reimagines the lives of four peculiar and melancholy moons through movement, voice, poetry and music. Two performances only: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $15 to $20. (310) 315-1459; Blind Sheep: “Rhinoceros” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Guillermo Cienfuegos directs Eugene Ionesco’s comic masterpiece, a wild PAGE 30 THE ARGONAUT June 15, 2017

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and biting farce about a small provincial town outside Paris taken hold by a dangerous herd mentality. Think Kafka meets Monty Python. Previews start Thursday (June 15). The play opens on June 24 and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 13 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 to $34. (310) 822-8392; Sibling Rivalry: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Edgemar Center for the Arts This Chekhov-inspired play about three dysfunctional siblings and a 20-something boy toy named Spike — helmed by actress-director Barbara Tarbuck (“General Hospital”) before her December 2016 death — returns for a limited engagement. Re-opens Friday (June 16) and continues at 8 p.m. Saturdays and Thursdays through June 24 at Edgemar Center for the Arts’ Alexander Theater, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 392-7327; “Decoding the Tablecloth” @ Beyond Baroque In this critically acclaimed autobiographical one-woman show, New York actress, playwright and drama therapist Gabriel Kohen uses English, Yiddish

“hOlie luna” tells the stories of melancholy moons and Spanish to portray her JewishPolish grandmother’s escape from the Holocaust to Argentina and embody 20 different characters from five generations in her family tree. Proceeds benefit the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health and the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles to fund scholarships and provide group therapy services in emergency situations. One performance only: 3 p.m. Sunday (June 17) at Beyond Baroque, 681 Ven-

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; Too Close for Comfort: “Emmitt and Ava” @ Edgemar Center for the Arts Written and directed by two-time Ovation winner Dominic Hoffman, this contemporary tale of love and loss finds two previously unacquainted families forced to communicate on the most intimate terms. Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 16, 17 and 18) at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. $20 to $35. Fuzie, Josh Crosy, Amanda Marie, Michael Manarino and Zack Taylor. Evermore Tattoo Company, 12967 W. Washington Blvd., Mar Vista. “June Bloom,” opening reception 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. The use of color is important and often explosive for most artists. The driving force behind this show is color, while exalting versatility, skill and overall interesting work. The collection consists of mindful, inspired pieces by several artists that explore unconventional painting and photography techniques, as well as intricate color palettes and designs. Through June 30. Artlife Gallery, 720 C S. Allied Way, Plaza El Segundo, El Segundo. (310) 938-2511; Marian Crostic: “Salt/Air,” 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Venice-based photographer Marian Crostic showcases three recent bodies of work from her “Salt/Air” series. Each focuses on a different aspect of Venice Beach, documented during Crostic’s morning walks, revealing an abstracted, introspective view of the beach and ocean environment. Through July 22. Venice Arts Gallery, 13445 Beach Ave., Venice. (310) 392-0846; Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar

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