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I am a condo owner in Santa Monica (which adopted a seismic-retrofit ordinance last year), and everything in the piece rings true. Mandatory soft-story seismic retrofitting targets primarily older condo buildings of a certain size while giving other types of residential properties a total pass on seismic safety, regardless of the condition of a structure. Further, as the piece (Continued on page 4)
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Judging by the sheer volume of complaints on social media and in this week’s letters to the editor, the following sentence may be offensive to many of our readers: We think the electric scooters taking over sidewalks from Santa Monica to Playa Vista are actually pretty cool. We’ll grant you that Bird scooters arrived suddenly and in great number, almost like the plot of Alfred Hitchcock’s fabled avian film — a playful comparison that inspired Venice photographer David Zentz to document the invasion in an ingenious photo book (thebirdsthebook.com). And we concede that abandoned scooters impeding public walkways present a serious pedestrian safety hazard, though we suspect both inconsiderate riders and cantankerous Bird haters are to blame for scooters toppled in the right of away, tossed into bushes or even left hanging from trees. But it’s precisely the ability to find or leave a scooter just about anywhere that makes this latest technological disruption a potentially valuable contribution to the urban landscape. Instead of exacerbating traffic congestion, grab-and-go electric scooters can alleviate gridlock by replacing cars for short trips, generally a mile or less. If even just a few of the hundred-plus scooters routinely scattered along Abbot Kinney Boulevard by Venice-based Bird (and now also their San Mateo-based competitor Lime) replace a traffic-impeding Uber pickup or a lackadaisical tourist trolling for a parking spot, drivers get from Main Street to Venice Boulevard a little bit faster. Electric scooters also promise to amplify taxpayer investment in public transportation by putting Expo Line stations and Big Blue Bus stops within much more convenient reach of homes
Bird scooters occasionally roost in strange places — like this one spotted in a tree near Neilson Way and Hollister Avenue in April and businesses. In city planning speak, they’re a “last-mile solution” that bridges the forget-walking-I’ll-just-take-the-car
scooters less expensive to use than rideshare (Birds are $1 to unlock and 15 cents per minute thereafter),
Santa Monica has demonstrated how government can harness disruptive private sector innovation and put it to work for the public. Other cities, especially Los Angeles, should take note. gap and makes taking the bus or the train a much more realistic option for people. More public transportation use and smoother automobile traffic flow is good news for the planet. And not only are
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restraint and foresight last week by enacting new regulations that balance the potential benefits of electric scooters with the very real nuisances and hazards they can and often do pose. One big win for the Bird-bashing public is the establishment of a 24-hour complaint hotline to quickly address rogue scooters and persistent trouble spots, once the new regulations take effect this fall. Operators must also develop systems to prevent improper parking in the first place — including incentivized pick-up and drop-off zones, but not so heavy handed as to destroy the scooters’ “last-mile” practicality. How this tension eventually plays out is the thing to watch. There was talk of putting a numerical limit on the number of scooters that can operate in the city on any given day, but Santa Monica City Council members opted instead for a “dynamic cap” based on usage — limiting the deployment of scooters to no more than what riders will use an average of three times a day, according to real-time tracking information that operators must share with the city. In other words, more scooters when people want them and less when they don’t. Not only is it encouraging for the public to finally wrestle data access from the iron grip of Big Tech, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer points out that the city can utilize this data to better understand and design public policy around the actual transportation needs of residents and visitors alike. Santa Monica has demonstrated how government can harness disruptive private sector innovation and put it to work for the public. Other cities, especially Los Angeles, should take note. Don’t cage the Birds. Just make sure they’re flying in appropriate formation.
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By Gary Walker Hundreds of Venice residents packed the Westminster Avenue Elementary School Auditorium on June 13 for an open house about the city’s plan to operate temporary “bridge” housing for local homeless in the former Metro bus yard at Main Street and Sunset Avenue. Things got hot pretty quickly after the arrival of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, a champion of the idea and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s broader “A Bridge Home” initiative. Homeowners concerned about quality of life impacts swarmed around Bonin and peppered him with pointed questions — and at times verbal abuse — for at least two hours, with the presence of local TV news energizing the scrum. Police intervened to stop a shouting match that erupted after one group unfurled a yellow banner reading “No Bridge Housing – Venice Says No” and bridge housing supporters attempted to obscure it from TV cameras by holding up printed blue-and-white signs reading “Are You In?” and “I’m In.” Members of the #SheDoes coalition, an advocacy group calling for the rapid re-housing of homeless women citywide, clashed with at least one Venice resident concerned that activists from outside the neighborhood were putting their fingers on the scale of what should be a discussion among locals. As for that discussion, many attendees said they expected a Q&A format with Bonin and city officials. Instead they found information tables staffed by public agencies and local nonprofits serving the homeless, community organizers with project-backers the United Way of Los Angeles, and representatives from a bridge housing operator who repeatedly emphasized that temporary housing “isn’t a homeless shelter.” Another booth encouraged discussion of design and operational features, soliciting feedback to fixed questions about security, function and landscaping via stickers and open-ended responses to the project via Post-it Notes. Messages included “Is this a done deal?” “Security at all times,” “A bridge home should be a temporary structure,” “Be sure to have social workers,” “Build it here” and “Build it somewhere else.” A man who initially complained about the info-booth format changed his mind about an hour later. Why? “It forced us to talk to each other,” he said.
L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin faced a swarm of constituents and TV cameras. B e low : Homeless activist David Busch told reporters he’s worried that bridge housing will criminalize encampments, and many of the attendees who packed the auditorium left comments via Post-it Notes. think it’s going to attract more homeless the community or asking our opinions. … making authority, so I’m a little people. I think we’ll see encampments He’s just doing what he wants to do, and disappointed. … They’re basically all around the bridge housing. They say we have to deal with the repercussions. using this to keep people somewhere that it’ll only be there for three years, We understand that there are homeless until they get them permanent supportbut I don’t trust them at all. It’s like this people — we live among them, and we ive housing, but there’s only $1.2 is being rammed down our throats.” know they need help — but even with billion that they can raise from Proposi— Travis Binen, who lives on Main this bridge housing it’s not going to stop tion HHH. You can’t build enough Street adjacent to the bus yard people from living on the sidewalks.” housing for all 50,000 homeless people — Scott Kramarich, who lives … unless you raise another $5-to-$10 “I’d like to know more about it, but near north of Rose Avenue and east billion, which isn’t going to happen.” generally I’m in favor. I think people of Lincoln Boulevard — Jeremy Burdick, who lives within would like to get off the streets. And I a block and a half of the bus yard think most people, even if they don’t “I think it’s a fantastic use of the land. want the homeless in their neighborWe have an encampment on our street, “I think this is totally needed. It’s a hoods, would like to see homeless and I think it would be so much better for sad state of affairs that we have this people off the streets. The problem is everyone if they had shelter. I don’t many people homeless. … I don’t know nobody seems to want them in their understand the NIMBY people because why people can’t be more compassionneighborhood.” homeless people are already right in our ate. Once the homeless have homes, back yard.” — Nancy Long, who lives east of the they’re no longer homeless.” — Patricia Greenfield, who lives about Venice Canals — Paul Rother, who lives near four blocks south of the bus yard the Venice Canals “I came here thinking this would be an “I expected to come here and have more Managing Editor Joe Piasecki also open forum to express our concerns. My concern is that [Bonin’s] not listening to of a Q&A with someone with decisioncontributed to this story. A bov e :
Downscaled, But Not Out Playa del Rey’s controversial Legado project faces a Planning Commission appeal does not give away the alley or Culver.” Kelly Morgan, who sells apartment buildings for a living and moved to Playa del Rey in 2010, said the neighborhood needs more rental housing to share the burden of growing demand throughout Los Angeles. “People are moving here to Los Angeles and we can’t be NIMBYs about providing more housing,” he said. “I think it’s really kind of selfish not to want to build in beach cities, especially if there’s an affordable housing component.” Benjamin Reznik, a land-use attorney representing Legado, said the appeal to halt the project should be denied on three grounds: it complies with existing land-use requirements; Los Angeles needs An artist’s rendering of the current four-story Legado plan, as seen from more affordable and market-rate housing; Culver Boulevard and Pacific Avenue and the project balances commercial and “This is one of the last remaining respites ently been substantially changed and residential use. downsized; however, all the community in Los Angeles where there’s a value “This property has been and still is placed on the natural beauty of where we benefits, including business-serving zoned commercial. [The project] provides live and where there’s a real connection to parking, have been stripped from the some local retail service stores as well the community,” said Kay, who’s lived in plan,” Davis said. “It is disappointing to as the residential component, and that see that absolutely none of the original Playa del Rey for three years. is a far better project than a big commersuite of community benefits remains in the cial mall, strip mall center or office She also worries that momentum for intensified growth will eventually displace latest proposal.” building,” he said. Carol Kapp, who has lived in Playa del existing local businesses. Kay and others hope the California Rey for over 30 years, remains troubled Culver Boulevard-based real estate Coastal Commission will intercede by the project’s height, opposes the broker Steven Matilla of ERA Real if necessary. project footprint expanding into Culver Estate disagrees. “What we’re asking for is responsible Boulevard, and resents the developer’s “Having 72 additional families visit our development. The Coastal Commission request to incorporate an alley that has stores, our dry cleaners and our restauhas rules in place to protect communities provided public parking for locals for the like ours because it’s a very attractive area rants will be great for the local economy and bolster the local marketplace,” he past 20 years. to build in but there’s also the potential to “Legado has disregarded the Del Rey said. “And from a property rights standexploit us,” she said. “This is absolutely Lagoon Plan of 37 feet. The building as point, they’ve followed the law and they about more than just this building. It’s have the permits, so they have the right to presented is visually and physically out of what it potentially sets in motion.” scale with our community,” she said. develop their property.” “They also want 10 feet of Culver The LAX Coastal Chamber of ComThe Los Angeles City Planning CommisBoulevard, thus removing an eastbound merce backed a prior version of Legado, sion meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June lane on Culver from Pacific [Avenue] to but chamber President Christina Davis 28, in the second floor council chambers Vista del Mar. We already have experisaid the organization has not been asked in Van Nuys City Hall, 14410 Sylvan St., enced a road diet that was a total disserto take a position at this time. Los Angeles. Check cityplanning.lacity. vice to our community. I hope that the city org for a meeting agenda. “We do note that the project has appar-
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On the beat with the Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol Story by Gary Walker Photos by Shilah Montiel Most of those who come into contact with the Los Angeles County Harbor Patrol get a friendly hello, a quick lesson on nautical safety or, on a bad day, maybe a ticket for an equipment violation or speeding in the harbor. But the Santa Monica Bay’s primary 24/7 law enforcement agency also participates in underwater search-andrescue missions, investigates drug smuggling operations and is usually the first responder to capsized boats, boat explosions and airplane crashes at sea. Headquartered at the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station, deputies with the Harbor Patrol are active in waters from above Point Dume to below the Palos Verdes Peninsula and all the way to Catalina Island. Most have previously served as landside patrol deputies and some have worked the county jails. All undergo hundreds of hours of nautical training, obtain certification as emergency medical technicians, work joint enforcement operations with the U.S. Coast Guard and participate in rescue missions with Los Angeles County Lifeguards. PAGE 12 THE ARGONAUT June 21, 2018
“They are experts in what they do. They’re very professional, and I hear about them all the time from the boating community in Marina del Rey,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Joseph Stephen,
written citations and warnings to boaters,” Nichol said. “This area stretches from Malibu to the north to the Port of Los Angeles in the south, including Catalina Island. This doesn’t include incidents in
Santa Monica Bay are usually done by the county lifeguards or us,” said Deputy Timothy Nancarrow, a 10-year Harbor Patrol veteran.
Saving a Life at Sea Deputy Ronald Nohles still remembers the date — “Oct. 7, 2015” — when he and Deputy Thomas Lynch responded to a distress call about a scuba diver offshore from Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey. The diver had suddenly lost consciousness during the dive and began bleeding from his mouth and nose. — Harbor Patrol Deputy Timothy Nancarrow “His partner said he was conscious and breathing over the radio, but commanding officer of the Marina which they conducted traffic stops or were when we got there he wasn’t conscious,” Nohles recalled. del Rey station. flagged down for help or information.” Harbor Patrol deputies responded to On a recent ride-along in Marina del Rey County lifeguards joined the deputies at the scene and transferred the injured man more than 400 calls for service in 2017, harbor, deputies casually pointed out the said Harbor Patrol Deputy Richard spot where in November 2015 a speeding to their boat, where Nohles began CPR as Nichol. These included 23 calls for car crashed through the guardrail and into they sped toward the USC Catalina assistance from other agencies, 18 the main channel after failing to make the Hyperbaric Chamber, an emergency decompression sickness treatment center rescues at sea, 12 boating accidents, 10 turn from Pacific Avenue to Via Marina. on the west end of the island. Along the sinking or sunken boats, eight fires on “We’ve even helped firefighters put out way, Nohles and Lynch helped transfer boats and 47 disabled boats requiring fires over there,” added one of them, the ailing diver from the speeding boat a tow to safe harbor. pointing toward the multi-million dollar into the lift basket of a U.S. Coast Guard homes in the Silver Strand. “There were also 71 calls requiring the helicopter 30 feet overhead. “Most of the rescues performed in the impounding of a boat, and over 90
“The public would be surprised to know what is actually going on with narcotics and human trafficking along the coast of Southern California.”
From left: Harbor Patrol Lt. Chris Johnson, Deputy Nick Zabokrtsky, Deputy David Scheinfarb, Deputy Richard Nichol, Deputy R. Gutierrez and Sgt. Brent Carlson stand aboard the Tradition with Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station Capt. Joseph Stephen The deputies’ quick action earned them both a Lifesaving Award from Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “If not for the collaborative efforts, skill, and heroic actions of deputies Nohles and Lynch, Los Angeles County Lifeguards, and the United States Coast Guard air crew, the victim almost certainly would not have survived the incident,” wrote Sgt. Frank Ruiz, who at the time was in charge of the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Marine Operations Division. Detecting Dirty Bombs The largest of the Harbor Patrol’s five boats is Tradition, a versatile 47-foot vessel that’s tricked out with hightech law enforcement tools — including a computerized alarm system that can detect radioactivity in the water or aboard watercraft during interdiction exercises. “We’re set up for neutron detection and detection of nuclear material. The system gathers information, but it doesn’t send out anything like radiation that can be harmful to the public,” said Deputy Ryan Campbell. “This is a precaution against nuclear material coming in here in a maritime environment. Since 9/11, that’s one of the biggest things that Homeland Security is worried about,” Campbell continued. “Dirty bombs or nuclear bombs, we’re set up to detect that if we get the chance.” If the system detects nuclear material, deputies then attempt to verify that it is indeed potentially dangerous and try and adjudicate the situation until they can contact the proper agency, he explained. “We have the capability to identify the type of isotope that we’re detecting,
which could determine how we handle things. We have the capability to then send certain people in the government what we’ve detected for them to look at and tell us more about it, so they can determine what we might be dealing with
As recently as Sept. 24, the Harbor Patrol detained a boat docked in Marina del Rey after deputies discovered blocks of marijuana on board. Deputies declined to give details about the Harbor Patrol’s involvement in human
“Dirty bombs or nuclear bombs, we’re set up to detect that if we get the chance.” — Harbor Patrol Deputy Ryan Campbell in any given situation,” Campbell said. “Our guys who are on the boats also carry devices that alert them if there’s something on a vessel that might be dangerous,” added Sgt. Brent Carlson, who heads the Harbor Patrol. The alarms are so precise that they can even detect radiation in people. “If someone recently has had chemotherapy treatments, that can set these things off,” Carlson said. “It’s that sensitive.” Major Drug Busts Harbor Patrol deputies occasionally encounter drug smuggling operations and work with other agencies to stop boats from reaching shore, impound contraband and make arrests. In 2012, Harbor Patrol deputies teamed with the Coast Guard to confiscate more than 900 pounds of marijuana. The following year, both agencies made headlines again by intercepting a panga boat off Zuma Beach that contained more than two dozen bails of marijuana from Mexico.
trafficking investigations, other than to say such problems exist. “The public would be surprised to know what is actually going on with narcotics and human trafficking along the coast of Southern California,” Nancarrow said. “We do a lot of our operations at night working with our federal partners trying to help mitigate offshore smuggling issues, migrant smuggling and narcotics smuggling that’s going on in California,” said Harbor Patrol Deputy Bryan White, now retired, in an online video posted in 2013. Killed in the Line of Duty Another Harbor Patrol boat, a nimble 37-fotter called the Edgington, is named for the late Harbor Patrol Cpl. Harold Edgington, killed in the line of duty on Sept. 30, 1979. A deranged Marina del Rey resident stabbed Edgington to death near Mother’s Beach as the deputy issued him a parking citation, which Harbor Patrol more commonly did before the
agency transferred from the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors to the Sheriff’s Department in 1984. A small park at the corner of Admiralty Way and Via Marina in the marina is named in Edgington’s honor, and deputies both active and retired have gathered there over the years in his honor. A New Safety Tool The arrival of summer means more boats out in the water, which means more service calls for the Harbor Patrol — especially in and around Marina del Rey Harbor. “Most of our job down here is education,” said Nancarrow. “Educating boaters on how to be safe on the water and being aware of their surroundings.” This year, part of that education includes initial enforcement of new California Boater Identification Card requirements. To obtain a card, applicants must pass a state-approved boater safety education exam. As of this year, anyone 20 or younger operating a motorized vessel must obtain a card. Next year it’s 25 or younger, then 30 or younger, until all boaters must have one in 2025. “It’s a good start to get everyone educated,” said Nancarrow, who said California’s historically minimal requirements were, compared to driving a car, a bit like the Wild West. Before the new Boater ID requirements, “the rules were that anyone could go out and buy any boat that you want for recreational purposes without taking a (Continued on page 14)
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boating safety course,” he said. Even now, “I could buy a 70-foot yacht right now with no training or experience and hit the water!” A Sea Lion Stowaway While each day on the beat is fraught with potential danger, there are lighter moments. It’s not all that unusual for Harbor Patrol deputies to transport suspects to jail by boat, but in April 2014 Nancarrow and then-partner Deputy Matt Schwabe picked up a surprise passenger who hadn’t been lawfully detained. Called to check out an impounded boat that appeared to be sinking, they noticed two young sea lions stretched out on the impound dock. One of them appeared to be seriously ill, so they decided to transport the sickly pup to Marine Animal Rescue. But the other pup wasn’t to be ignored. “He jumped on our boat and wouldn’t leave,” Nancarrow recalled with a smile. “We actually brought him all the way back to the station. … It just goes to show that you never know what you’re going to encounter out there.” The sick sea lion eventually recovered from its illness, and the healthy pup hung around sunning itself at the station for the rest of the day.
An Emphasis on Engagement Department of Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman Carol Baker said the daily presence of the Harbor Patrol is essential to the operation of Marina del Rey Harbor. “Their role is unique because they are our on-the-water police force,” Baker said. “They enforce the rules for all of our docks, and they create a very safe environment in our community. We very much value our partnership with them.” Capt. Stephen credits the Harbor Patrol’s small daily interactions with the public as exemplifying what community policing is all about, albeit on the water. “In a time when law enforcement is not looked upon favorably throughout the nation, I am proud to lead a group of deputies and staff that have embraced community engagement and involvement, and have truly partnered with the Marina del Rey boating community,” he said. “This partnership creates community synergy that many law enforcement agencies don’t have. I am very lucky to be the captain here in Marina del Rey.” Sgt. Carlson and his deputies appreciate such compliments, but they aren’t going to let it go to their heads. “They’re really just a bunch of regular guys,” he said. “Regular guys, but they’re special.” email@example.com
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Tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III leads a Saturday night gig at Sam First, an authentic old-school jazz club built for the new millennium
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Sam First is a passion project of music, architecture and classic cocktails By Richard Foss It’s halfway through the first set, and the contrabass player alternates between plucking at his strings and bowing, slapping and strumming them. A trombonist sometimes plays softly and melodically, sometimes unleashes sharp dissonances, and often doesn’t play at all. The pianist’s fingers glide up and down the keyboard, either gently tickling the ivories or pounding crashing chords. The Mark Dresser Trio’s performance is riveting, and the audience is watching with such respect that not a whisper interrupts the quiet passages. The room isn’t large — it might fit 70 people if packed — but the stylish midcentury chairs and coffee tables take up some space that a money-hungry owner would leverage for more seats. There are also a few seats by the bar — a conspicuously well-stocked bar, I might add. The bartenders know their classic cocktails and understand the special
nature of the room, so when a customer orders a shaken drink they take it behind a door so the sound won’t interfere with the music.
Solomon named the club after his beloved grandfather, and he explained that some otherwise cryptic elements of their branding refer to the old man.
“As for the furniture, all the pieces that aren’t built-in are real vintage midcentury.” — Sam First founder Paul Solomon This is almost the platonic ideal of the jazz club, a place where people who love music have the perfect environment to enjoy it. What is surprising is that this Shangri-La of jazz is not in an arts district of L.A. or New York, but in a Century Boulevard office building only steps from the airport. Welcome to Sam First, a passion project by a music-loving property developer named Paul Solomon.
“My grandfather was named Sam First, and he was a tailor, which explains the needle and thread on our sign,” he explains. “Our logo shows his glasses. As far as I know he wasn’t a particular fan of jazz, but I was a fan of his.” Solomon isn’t a musician himself, but he has been a jazz fan since he was a teenager. He didn’t dream of a career as an impresario as a youth, but when he
found himself in a position to become one, he didn’t hesitate. “My main vocation has been real estate redevelopment, and I renovated this building. I thought it would be nice to have a bar here, and rather than renting it to someone else I decided to open one myself,” says Solomon. “Once I decided to have a bar it made sense for me to incorporate jazz. As a long-time Angeleno, I know that there haven’t been many great venues in the area in the last 30 years. I grew up in West L.A., and there just weren’t many places to go.” Once on the path to owning a jazz club, Solomon decided it should be a beautiful one. He had the skills to do it himself, but decided that it would be better to call in some experts. A Madrid-based design team from a firm called Selzascano came up with the inspired idea of draping industrial air hoses around the walls and (Continued on page 16)
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ceilings. This created sinuous curves that make the room slightly like the interior of a spaceship from a 1950s movie. They make a great fit with the seductively curved couches and vintage lighting, plus the freestanding furniture pieces. Photographs that range from obliquely shot portraiture to moody cityscapes make the space feel like a cross between a hipster living room and a gallery. For Solomon, this room is the place where all of his interests are expressed visually or sonically. “One of my passions is jazz, another is architecture, another is photography. Those are my pictures all over the walls. As for the furniture, all the pieces that aren’t built-in are real vintage midcentury pieces, made by people like Herman Miller and Artemide. They’re the real deal. I also like good drinks, so we put them all together, and that’s Sam First.” And the drinks are fine — a few modern cocktails, but most superbly made classics. Sam First is one of the few places to adhere to antique ideas like making drinks with gomme syrup. Gomme is a 19th-century sweetener that uses the sap of the acacia plant, and it adds richness and body compared to sugar or simple syrup. The bartenders here have mastered some arcane drinks, and on a recent evening offered tastes of
a Philadelphia Fish House punch, which was invented at least as early as 1848. The mix of cognac, rum and peach brandy with lemon is silky smooth but packs a punch, which makes it sensible that it’s served in small glasses. And you’ll want to keep your head clear to better appreciate the music at Sam First — particularly the live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The acoustics are impeccable, and the artists have included internationally known performers like Daniel Szabo, Alan Hampton and Larry Goldings. To see musicians of this caliber in a small room is remarkable; to do it by the airport for a $15 or $20 cover is nothing short of amazing. Solomon won’t guarantee that the cover will stay that low, but he does have a story that puts the charge in perspective. “In 1989, when I was a 19-year-old college student in London, I paid 10 pounds to see Ronnie Scott. That was almost $20 in 1989, and this is 30 years later,” he says. “This is about as good a deal as you get for live music.” Live jazz happens at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. Cover is $15 to $20. Call (424) 800-2006 or visit samfirstbar.com for upcoming gig info.
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Culver Boulevard photography studio, boutique clothing shop and P.O. box stop Playa Place offers a bird’s-eye view of the world through a special display of drone photography that opens Saturday afternoon. The small exhibit features breathtaking aerial photos shot over landscapes in Iceland, Singapore, Barcelona, Vietnam, Puerto Rico and our beloved Los Angeles by photographers who have been sharing the emerging art form on Instagram and other spaces in the digital world. “Although we are far from flying with our own wings like Icarus, drones have made it
possible for everyday people to access unseen views of natural and urban landscapes —from a point of view that until recently was only available at great expense or with exclusive access,” writes online culture mag Huck of drone photography’s recent rise. “This flyingphotography technology, now increasingly popular and affordable, is letting us see landscapes and famous monuments afresh through the hands and eyes of everyday people, who spend their time finding the best way to rediscover the ground we’ve walked on time and time again.” From a patchwork rural plain in Vietnam to a bustling rooftop bar
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Offered at $1,749,000 Bob Waldron & Jessica Heredia, Coldwell Banker 424-702-3000
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“This brand new four-bed, three-bath, home is located on a quiet street in popular Loyola Village,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “Every meticulous detail has been selected for style, comfort and function. Upon entering, you are greeted with an open ﬂoor plan, high ceilings, and hardwood ﬂoors. Downstairs are a cozy living room, spacious dining area, and a perfect study or private guest quarters. The park-like rear yard offers the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience.”
“This ultimate luxurious, two-story penthouse has spectacular sweeping Marina and ocean views,” says agent Charles Lederman. “Enter into a spacious open living space with a wood burning ﬁre place adjacent to a beautifully renovated kitchen with granite counters, custom walnut cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and separate chef’s entrance. The dining room leads to a patio overlooking the marina harbor. Upstairs the sumptuous master suite offers ample closet space and a beautifully renovated bathroom.”
“Enjoy courtyard views from this two-bed, two-bath, penthouse in Villa D'Este,” say agents Jesse Weinberg and Vivian Lesny. “This unit features vaulted ceilings, a bright living room with a cozy ﬁreplace and balcony. The kitchen boasts Caesarstone counter-tops and custom cabinetry. Downstairs are both bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The master suite offers a walk-in closet and a spa-like bath. This unit boasts two parking spaces and a washer and dryer. This home is minutes to Playa Vista Elementary.” Offered at $959,000 Jesse Weinberg & Vivian Lesny, KW Silicon Beach 800-804-9132 PAGE 22 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section June 21, 2018
“Sophisticated architectural detailing create elegant living spaces in this state-of-the-art home,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “A dramatic entryway leads to open living and dining areas that ﬂow into the spacious kitchen featuring Bertazzoni appliances, and a large Caesarstone eat-in island. The backyard extends to the large, detached studio space. The master suite is an idyllic retreat with large picture window, spacious walk-in closet, and a spa-like bath. Three additional en suite bedrooms complete this lovely home.”
“Welcome home to your stunning new remodel, located in the fab Marina adjacent neighborhood,” says agent Janet Jung.”A breezy kitchen and dining area face the large back yard with expanded wood deck. The kitchen is stunning in all white with brand new Samsung appliances. European Oak wood ﬂooring runs throughout the home. The master bedroom is also west facing with a good sized balcony offering both ocean breezes and views. Culver West Park is across the street, and is just a bike ride to Marina.”
“This two-bed, two-bath, home offers city, mountain, and coastline views,” says agent Eileen McCarthy. “The space includes a large, open living room with hardwood ﬂooring that leads to a large patio, perfect for entertaining. The upgraded kitchen offers granite counter tops, as well as upgraded bathrooms with stall showers.” Offered at $849,000 Eileen McCarthy, Marina Ocean Properties 310-822-8910
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in escROw 11900 WashiNgtoN Pl. #d, MaR Vista 4 bd & 3.5 ba 2,252 sq.ft $1,379,000
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Just Listed 6 Voyage st. #103, MaRiNa del Rey 2 bd & 2 ba 1,000 sq.ft. $1,899,000 www.6Voyage.com
in escROw 13600 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #307, MdR 2 bd & 2.5 ba 1,850 sq.ft. www.Regatta307.com $1,349,000
Open sun 2-5 13078 MiNdaNao Way #215, MaRiNa del Rey 2 bd & 2 ba 1,929 sq.ft. $959,000 www.13078Mindanao.com
Just Listed 13650 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #1805, MdR 2 bd & 2.5 ba + office 2,904 sq.ft. $2,995,000 www.cove1805.com
Open sun 2-5 12473 osPRey lN. #2, Playa Vista 2,026 sq.ft. 3 bd & 3 ba $1,999,000 www.skylar2.com
Open sun 2-5 631 suNset aVe., VeNice 2 bd & 1 ba 828 sq.ft. $1,599,000 www.631sunset.com
Open sun 2-5 4342 RedWood aVe. #c203, MaRiNa del Rey 2 bd & 2 ba 1,929 sq.ft. $1,059,000 www.4342Redwood.com
Just Listed 4734 la Villa MaRiNa #c, MaRiNa del Rey 2 bd & 2.5 ba 1,582 sq.ft. $895,000 www.VillaMilanoc.com
Just Listed 13700 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #1912, MdR 2 bd & 2.5 ba 1,952 sq.ft. $2,599,000 www.Azzurra1912.com
Open sAt & sun 2-5 6509 Riggs Pl., WestchesteR 6 bd & 4 ba 3,040 sq.ft. www.6509Riggs.com $1,995,000
Just Listed 13600 MaRiNa PoiNte dR. #702, MdR 1,885 sq.ft. 2 bd & 2.5 ba $1,395,000 www.Regatta702.com
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cOMing sOOn 13075 Pacific PRoMeNade #413, Playa Vista 2 bd & 2 ba 868 sq.ft. $749,000 www.galleryLofts303.com
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FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2018127307 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: LANDMARK THEATRES. 2222 So. Barrington Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90064. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Silver Cinemas Acquisition Co., 2222 So. Barrington Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90064. State of Incorporation or LLC: DE. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 06/2001. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ George T. Mundorff. TITLE: CEO, Corp or LLC Name: Silver Cinemas Acquisition Co. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: May 23, 2018. NOTICE - in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the
end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut . Dates: 6/14/18, 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18 FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2018138113 Type of Filing: Amended (New). The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: JOE FEE MUSIC, M JONES PUBLISHING CO, MADEDWDE PUBLISHING CO; 8346 W. Manchester Avenue #1 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Detra Marie Jones, 8346 W. Manchester Avenue #1 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Detra Marie Jones. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 6, 2018. NOTICE - in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Dates: 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18 FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2018145177 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MADISON BLUU COLLAR & LEASH; 110 E. 9th Street Ste., #B865 Los Angeles, CA 90079, 7736 Paseo Del Rey #4 Playa del Rey, CA 90293. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Terri Budow, 7736 Paseo Del Rey #4 Playa del Rey, CA 90293. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Terri Budow. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 13, 2018. NOTICE - in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Dates: 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18
FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2018146276 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: SENSORY MOTOR BALANCING TECHNIQUE; 2001 S. Barrington Ave., Suite 300A Los Angeles, CA 90025. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Robert I. Jeffrey, 72001 S. Barrington Ave., Suite 300A Los Angeles, CA 90025. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Robert I. Jeffrey. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 14, 2018. NOTICE - in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Dates: 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18 FICTITIOuS BuSIneSS nAMe STATeMenT FILe nO. 2018148179 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MEGAN MARLENE SKINCARE; 609 N. Pacific Coast Highway Suite 149 Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 4719 Cadison St. Torrance, CA 90503. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Megan Marlene Eastman, 4719 Cadison St. Torrance, CA 90503. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the Fictitious Business Name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Megan Marlene Eastman. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 18, 2018. NOTICE - in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: The Argonaut Dates: 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2018134829 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: SOFESA; 8726 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite D 2651 Los Angeles, CA 90045. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Sore Feet Saviors, 8726 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite D 2651 Los Angeles, CA 90045. State of Incorporation or LLC: DE. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Jessica Echeverry. TITLE: Secretary, Corp or LLC Name: Sore Feet Saviors. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: June 1, 2018. NOTICE - in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. a new Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions code). Publish: The Argonaut. Dates: 6/14/18, 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18
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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME Case No. SS027314 SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES. Petition of SEMEN GLADKOSKOK, for Change of Name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: 1.) Petitioner: Semen Gladkoskok filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.) Semen Gladkoskok to Semyon Gladkoskok 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: 08/10/2018. Time: 8:30 AM. Dept.: K Room: A203. 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: June 8, 2018. Gerald Rosenberg, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut 6/21/18, 6/28/18, 7/5/18, 7/12/18
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Blending with Jim Crooks, 6 to 8 p.m. Master blender behind the Barrelworks program lets you in on his secrets. Sour Jim gives a presentation on wild ales and a hands-on blending workshop followed by a tasting. Firestone Walker Propagator, 3205 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. $35. hoppedla.com
Friday Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. With breathtaking views, deejay entertainment, dancing under the stars and a four-course dinner, this two and a half-hour cruise makes for a quick romantic getaway. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com
Summer Solstice Fundraiser, 6 to 9 p.m. Come out for a night of art, cocktails and community, while helping to raise money for The Giving Spirit, a charity that creates survival kits for the homeless. Enter the silent auction and enjoy live music. Bergamot, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. $25 to $50. facebook.com/ muyingoevents
Joan Shelley, 8 p.m. Kentucky-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Joan Shelly performs with special guest Vikesh Kapoor at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $16. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com
GENR8R!, 9 p.m. This eight-piece instrumental group formed by Venice natives Gabe Steiner and Ian Roller features a variety of guest artists from singers and rappers to tap dancers and visual artists. Expect the unexpected. The Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com Turtle Races at Brennan’s, 9 p.m. Each third Thursday of the month, local Irish pub Brennan’s resumes its 45-year tradition of turtle racing. Brennan’s, 4089 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. No cover. (424) 443-5119; brennansla.com
Friday, June 22 FIESTA @ El Segundo Brewing Company, Taproom open 2 to 11pm. The annual celebration of one of the South Bay’s finest breweries features 3 special agua fresca beer cocktails, a taco cart hosted by Macheen Tacos and one-of-a-kind Micheladas. The party will highlight the brewery’s recent release of their Cerveza Fresca: Guava Juica IPA in cans. (310) 529-3882. elsegundobrewing.com/esbcblog. SongWriter Soiree, 7 to 11:30 p.m. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m.) Show up and prove your talent, then stay to support your fellow singers and musicians during the open mic each Friday at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $5 to participate. (310) 315-0056; unurban.com
Danny Janklow, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Saxophonist Danny Janklow performs two jazz sets with Steven Feifke (piano), Dave Robaire (bass) and Dan Schnelle (drums) at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006; samfirstbar.com Movie in the Park: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” 8 to 10 p.m. Aspiring Jedi Rey disturbs Luke Skywalker out of his solitude to learn the ways of the Force and Carrie Fisher makes her final performance in this film. Central Park Bandshell, 12405 E. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista. Free. facebook.com/ PlayaVistaCA 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; townhousevenice.com
Saturday, June 23 57th Annual Fiesta of Gems Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Fiesta of Gems provides fossil, gem and mineral exhibits and demonstrations as well as Earth Science activities to educate and inspire students. Take a jewelry-making class, learn about mineral dealers and tools, or pick up a book on your favorite gems at the book sale. This year’s featured gemstone is jade. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. Culvercityrocks35@gmail.com; culvercityrocks.org Vinyl Swap + Audio Bash, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Record Collector News celebrates its 10th anniversary with this music lovers’ exchange — a chance to uncover rare vinyl albums, find high-end audio demos, headphones and more. Courtyard by Marriott, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City. recordcollectornews.com
The El Segundo Art Walk invites the community to take in the burgeoning art scene of Downtown El Segundo. SEE THURSDAY, JUNE 21.
Isabel Brazon Spanish Music Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. Creator of Baila Baila Spanish Music for kids Isabel Brazon inspires kids to learn Spanish while singing and dancing to a catchy beat. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; ages 3 to 7. (310) 559-2665; childrensbookworld.com Artists & Fleas, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Established to bring together emerging
artists, indie designers and vintage enthusiasts in an alternative retail setting, Artists & Fleas provides a community gathering spot and hipster haven every Saturday through Labor Day. Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. artistsandfleas.com Venice Japanese Community Center Annual Summer Festival, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Celebrate Natsumatsuri! This annual Japanese Summer Festival features cultural exhibitions of Ikebana (flower-arranging), shodo (calligraphy), sumi-e (ink wash painting), photography, watercolor painting, plus traditional food, games, Ondo (Japanese folk dancing) and a bonsai expo. Proceeds benefit the Venice Japanese Community Center. Venice Japanese Cultural Center, 12448 Braddock Dr., Del Rey. Free. vjcc.com Postcard Poetry Reading & Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. Artist and poet Terry Holzman reads from an anthology of poems created during the August Postcard Poetry Festival, an annual postcard chain prompting writers around the world to write 31 original poems onto postcards and mail them to each other. Afterward Holzman leads a workshop for those interested in joining the poetry chain. Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-2239; smgov.net/camera Venice Beach Neptune Parade & Party and Surfside Anniversary Party, 1 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday. King Tonan & Queen Beth invite everyone to celebrate the summer solstice Venice-style. The pre-parade party begins at 1 p.m. at the Sidewalk Café, 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. The parade starts around 2:30 p.m. Bands perform all day and night. Dance till you drop. Then celebrate Surfside’s one-year anniversary with live music and a red carpet. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. visitveniceca.com Open Mic for Musicians, 2 p.m. Hang out with musicians, jam on stage and crack open a cold one. First come, first play. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a salsa concert by Charangoa. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com Jackson Galaxy: Total Cat Mojo Live, 2:30 to 4:00 pm. The Annenberg PetSpace hosts Jackson Galaxy, New York Times best-selling author and host of Animal Planet’s hit show “My Cat From Hell,” for an afternoon discussion on how he found his “Cat Mojo” and how you can find yours, too. 12005 Bluff Creek Dr, Playa Vista. Free. annenbergpetspace.org. Road Picture Film Festival, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. From 1940 to 1962, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope
and Dorothy Lamour starred in a series of comedic, adventurous and romantic “road pictures,” ad-libbing much of their dialogue along the way. The trio’s “Road to Singapore,” “Road to Utopia” and “Road to Rio” screen. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $10; reservations recommended. (310) 322-2592; oldtownmusichall.org Don’t Tell Comedy, 7:30 p.m. Don’t Tell Comedy is a secret comedy show in living rooms, backyards and other intimate settings around Los Angeles. BYOB. RSVP to receive the address of the event, taking place somewhere in Venice/Santa Monica. $15. donttellcomedy.com Ignacio Berroa, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Recognized as one of the greatest drummers, Ignacio Berroa performs two sets of jazz with Josh Nelson (piano) and Dave Robaire (bass) at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006; samfirstbar.com Sofar Sounds: Mar Vista, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Mar Vista. Get instructions at sofarsounds.com
Sunday, June 24 Music at the Farmers Market, 10 to 11:30 a.m. L.A.-based band Mayaztek create an eclectic world beat using cumbia, songo, rock steady, Latin jazz, reggae, troba, rumba and ska. Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. smgov.net “Random Acts of Kindness” Talk and Performance, 10 a.m. to noon. Author and producer Dete Meserve discusses her new book about the power of kindness and the rewards of ordinary people doing good. A reenactment from the book, featuring a man who turned his pizza restaurant into a way to help the homeless, accompanies the talk. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. $20. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org Annenberg PetSpace AnniFURsary Celebration, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace opened one year ago with the mission to strengthen the human-animal bond, find forever homes for pets and provide educational programs to help the community better understand and connect with their pets. Celebrate the anniversary with pets, tours, food trucks and family-friendly festivities. Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, 12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista. Free. facebook.com/AnnenbergPetSpace Sunday Boat House, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring deejays, weekly themed events and luxury cabana rentals, this Sunday pool party is back by popular demand to refresh you through the summer. Ends Sept. 2. Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-1000; marinadelreyhotel.com (Continued on page 30)
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Ambivalence Actually My boyfriend of two years read my diary and found out that I had expressed feelings for another guy while we were together. I never acted on them (and I wouldn’t have), and I probably shouldn’t have told the guy I liked him. But my boyfriend shouldn’t have been reading my diary! He broke up with me, saying he wouldn’t be able to forgive me. Now he wants to come back. What should I do? I don’t feel that I can trust him now. — Disturbed
What else might trigger going for, or at least testing the waters with, a backup mate? Well, though you didn’t have sex with this other guy, it seems instructive to look at why women tend to have affairs. Research by the late psychologist Shirley Glass finds that women view seeking love and emotional intimacy as the most compelling justification for cheating. (77% of women surveyed saw this as a compelling reason to have an affair, compared with only 43% of the men. Men were more likely to see sexual excitement as a compelling justification Having regular sex with you does not to stray — with 75% of the men, versus give another person the right to rake 53% of the women, giving that reason.) through your diary like it’s the $1 bin As for whether you should take your at Goodwill. boyfriend back, the question is: What Your boyfriend probably equated your was missing that led you to try to trade approaching this other guy with an up, and is it still missing? We’re prone attempt to cheat, but it sounds like it (per what’s called the “sunk cost was something different — a sort of fallacy”) to want to keep putting time preliminary investigation into whether and energy into things we’ve already you had any chance with that guy. It put time and energy into, but the way turns out that we have a sort of inner to judge whether something’s actually auditing department that gets triggered worthwhile is to assess how well it’s likely to calculate whether “the one!!!” should to pay off in the future. maybe be that other one. If you feel (and act) more certain Accordingly, research by evolutionary about your partner, he is less likely psychologists Joshua Duntley and to have mate-guarding impulses David Buss and their colleagues triggered (like the temptation to snoop). suggests that we evolved to cultivate However, if you do get back together romantic understudies — backup with this guy, privacy rules need to mates whom we can quickly slot in as be spelled out — and followed. (Prepartners if our partner, say, dies or sumably, your daily journal entries ditches us or their “mate value” sudstart with “Dear Diary,” not “To Whom denly takes a dive. It May Concern.”)
Paradise Flossed My husband and I were visiting friends, and he started walking around their house flossing his teeth. I told him this is not okay, but I couldn’t really tell him why. Could you please explain why it’s not appropriate to go around flossing so I can tell him and get him to stop?! — Embarrassed What’s next, margaritas and oral surgery on the deck? Locking doors didn’t get added to bathrooms as some sort of design quirk (like shutters that don’t shut on those aluminum siding “Tudor” houses in suburbia). Most of the behaviors we perform in bathrooms aren’t all that audience-friendly — which is surely why we don’t see Netflix specials like “Mr. Jones Takes a Poo.” Though that activity, like flossing, has health benefits, the rest of us don’t need to bear witness. In fact, we’re grossed out if we have to, and we seem to have evolved to feel that way. Evolutionary psychologist Joshua M. Tybur, who researches disgust, explains that our capacity for getting grossed
out seems to help us avoid diseasecausing microorganisms, which could put a crimp in our being able to survive and pass on our genes. Disgust basically acts as a psychological “Keep Out!” sign when we encounter things that could infect us, like bodily fluids, spoiled foods, insects, rodents, and dead bodies. Whether disgust is likely to be triggered is actually the perfect guideline for whether some behavior is a no-go in public. As I put it in my science-based manners book “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck”: “Consider how pathogens are spread from person to person. If whatever behavior you’re contemplating could cause some bit of something — a piece of chewed food or some bodily icky — to go airborne, it’s bathroom behavior.” Explain this to your husband. Ideally, if he has some news to share with your friends, it isn’t something along the lines of “Oh, my bad. A speck of cilantro from last week’s sandwich just hit your light fixture.”
Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave, Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. ©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 blogtalkradio.com/amyalkon.
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Tunes, Brews & Community Engagement The Main Street Summer Soulstice block party returns with four bars and six music stages By Christina Campodonico Sunshine, live music and a pop-up barhopping scene stretch for more than a mile during Sunday’s return of the Main Street Summer Soulstice block party — this year featuring four official festival bars and six outdoor music stages. Main Street between Pico and Ocean Park boulevards will be closed to cars, but vendor booths and activities extend all the way down to Kinney Street. The Dogtown Corefit Surf Stage (Main and Bay Street) at Main and Bay Street headlines with the return of skateboard legend Tony Alva and His Eyes Have Fangs at 5 p.m., preceded by a 3 p.m. classic rock show by Yikes! and rocker Chris Kezon at 1 p.m. At the Edgemar Stage (2439 Main St.), Creedence Concert Revival plays tribute to its namesake band at 3 p.m., preceded at 1 p.m. by the Gary Gordon Band and followed by Steely Dan tribute Dr. Wu at 5 p.m. The Black Stripes rock out to early 2000s and ’90s alternative at 3 p.m. at the La Vechia Freebird Wine Garden Stage (2800 Main St.), where Ruled by Venus opens at 1 p.m. and Weekend Celebrity covers Top 40 hits starting at 5 p.m.
singer-songwriter Kristen Cook. Locals can get in on the musical action with a neighborhood jam sesh and open mic at 3 p.m. at 2400 Main St. The beer-and-wine gardens are conveniently located right near the music stages. Grownups 21 and over can enjoy drinks at Rick’s Backstage Bar (2415 Main St.), vino at the La Vecchia Wine Garden, cocktails at Ashland Hill (Hill Street and Main) and brews at the Firestone Walker Beer Garden (Ashland and Main), which will also plays host to a cannabis gallery. (Hello 2018!) And don’t forget to visit the festival’s signature Animal Kingdom Rockstar Pet Party for pups and pooches at Main and Pacific Avenue. Rock star costumes are encouraged for your furry friends. — Christina Campodonico
Tony Alva and His Eyes Have Fangs headline the Dogtown Corefit Stage The Ashland Hill Stage (2807 Main St.) continues the 1, 3, 5 gigs with Channel the Sun, Reilly Brooke and Cowlick, and The Enterprise Fish Co. Stage (Main and Kinney) kicks things off at 1 p.m. with Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft, the Blue Breeze Band blowing in at 3 p.m. and local groovemasters the House of
Vibe All Stars shutting things down at 5 p.m. Kids can have fun at the Kids Korner & Stage (2224 Main St.), where there will be a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and kid-friendly performances by the Cornerstone Music Conservatory, The Dill Kids Live, Baila Baila and
The Main Street Summer Soulstice happens from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday (June 24) along Main Street in Santa Monica between Pico Boulevard and Kinney Street. Free to attend; $10 to $40 for beer garden admission or bar hopper ticket. Visit soulstice18.eventbrite.com for more info.
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Fresh Voices: L.A. Writers’ Workshop @ Kirk Douglas Theater Hear some of the newest and boldest works coming out of Los Angeles with readings of Syvan Oswald’s “A Kind of Weather,” exploring gender transition and family relationships; Dan O’Brien’s “New Life,” which follows the paths of a war reporter in Syria and a playwright battling cancer; and Zakiyyah Alexander’s “How to Raise a Freeman,” which asks how a middle class family can keep their teenage son alive in this day and age. Readings at noon, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday (June 23) at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Mallory Fabian’s “Fabe – unknow” uses dance to Culver City. $10 per reading or $30 for explore the unknowability of others a pass to all three. (310) 628-2772; centertheatregroup.org $25. (310) 453-1755; highwaysperforLimited engagement: 7:30 p.m. mance.org Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday (June The Unknown:“Fabe – unknow” 22 and 24) at The Broad Stage, @ Highways Performance Space Ghost Stories:“Scare Pair: Usher 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Choreographer Mallory Fabian’s new House + The Canterville Ghost” $89 to $134. (310) 434-3200; evening-length dance work explores @ The Broad Stage thebroadstage.org race, sexual orientation and gender The Broad Stage and LA Opera team identity, delving into our ability to up for this spooky double bill. America’s Dance Hall Revival: know or “unknow” the people with favorite gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe “Reprise 2.0: Sweet Charity” whom we share our lives. regales audiences with his haunting tale @ UCLA Freud Playhouse Limited engagement: 8:30 p.m. of the House of Usher, followed by Oscar Longtime Westsider Marcia Seligson Friday and Saturday (June 22 and Wilde’s witty story of a 300-year-old revives her series of vintage American 23) at Highways Performance Space, English ghost who fails to impress an musicals with the originally Bob Fosse1651 18th St., Santa Monica. $20 to American family. choreographed classic “Sweet Charity”
and a partnership with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through July 1 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, 245 Charles E. Young Dr., Westwood. $30 to $110. (800) 982-2787; reprise2.org Self-Actualization:“Sacred Resistance” @ The Braid Master storyteller Vicki Juditz (The Moth, KCRW’s UnFictional) confronts her German past, the ordinariness of evil and 5,000 years of Jewish history in her heartfelt quest to be a better person. Now playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 26 at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave. Ste. #102, Santa Monica. $30 to $35. (310) 315-1400; jewishwomenstheatre.org Ingénue:“Baby Doll” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Based on Tennessee Williams’ controversial screenplay, this sexy dark comedy focuses on a love triangle involving rival cotton gin owners and the virgin bride teasing them both. Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at
3 p.m. Sunday (June 21 to 24) at Pacific Resident Theatre, 707 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com A Family Affair:“Bad Jews” @ Odyssey Theatre Joshua Harmon’s criticallyacclaimed Roundabout Theatre play about three cousins duking it out over a prized family heirloom gets a West Coast run. Extended Run! Shows continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 1 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $10 to $35. (310) 477-2055; odysseytheatre.com A Spark of Magic:“Magic Monday” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Albie Selznick (“Smoke and Mirrors”) assembles award-winning magicians and variety acts for a summer of magic, sleight of hand, parlor tricks and illusions. Pre-show entertainment starts in the lobby a half-hour before curtain. Now playing at 8 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 3 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $40. (310) 450-2849; magicmondayla.com
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“Laugh for the Health of It,” 11 a.m. to noon. Certified laughter yoga leader and holistic cancer coach Kim Selbert leads a class to reduce stress, lift your mood, boost energy and connect with others on a deeper level. The Gateway in The Venice Center, 10401 Venice Blvd., 2nd floor, Palms. $10. (310) 849-4642
“Sandlot” Screening, 2 p.m. Dress in your favorite baseball attire for this modern classic about a boy who bonds with the kids in his new neighborhood over baseball in the local sandlot. Enjoy free popcorn, movie trivia and a kids’ corner. Doors open at 1 p.m. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3005. Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz-funk concert by 2 Azz 1. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com
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Santa Monica Roller Dance Workshop, 4 to 6 p.m. Lace up your skates and dust off those moves with the LA Roller Girls. All levels, ages and backgrounds welcome to come out and join in the roller fun. Location in Santa Monica provided 24 hours in advance. $30; registration required. eventbrite.com PRT’s Sunday Concert Series: Synthia L. Hardy and Lanny
Lauded songstress of Appalachian and modern minimalist folk Joan Shelley stops by McCabe’s. SEE FRIDAY, JUNE 22. Hartley, 7 p.m. Actress-singer Synthia Hardy sings some of her favorite jazz tunes accompanied by jazz pianist Lanny Hartley. Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com 7 Dudley Cinema, 7 p.m. Taylor Cox premieres his biographical documentary, which probes the will to pursue personal dreams through life’s tragedies and triumphs. A psychedelic multi-media art party accompanies the program. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org Steve Poltz, 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter and founding member of the indie-rock band The Rugburns Steve Poltz makes a stop in Santa Monica on his current tour. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; mccabes.com
Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330; laughtears.com
Tuesday, June 26 Writ Large Press: “Icons & Influences,” 6:30 to 8 p.m. This discussion series invites three artists to read, show or perform work that influenced them and then present work of their own. Poet Sara Borjas, visual artist Ana Chaidez and musician Denise Carlos read and stage their work at Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica. Free; reservations required. (310) 458-4904; annenbergbeachhouse.com Chef Evan Funke at Felix hosted by Billy Harris, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Culinary emcee Billy Harris hosts an intimate seated dinner at Felix with Chef Evan Funke, who creates a multi-course dinner. Enjoy a chef meet-and-greet plus a hosted cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from sponsors and auction co-benefit culinary mentoring and education program The Trotter Project. Felix, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. $250. eventbrite.com
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Pier 360 celebrates culture and athletics at the beach There’s something to love for water lovers and landlubbers alike at the Santa Monica Pier’s Pier 360 Ocean Sports and Beach Festival this weekend. The athletic types can sign up for an Elite SUP paddleboard race, a short course paddle, a long course paddle or ocean swimming events, such as 1.2-mile swim “Splash ‘N Dash,” or a 250-meter swim for juniors, which happen at various times over the course of the two-day festival. Those who prefer to enjoy the beach on dry land can watch volleyball tournaments or skaters spin in the air after they lift off from a pop-up skate ramp. On the pier deck, music event producers Brownies and Lemonade hold down the fort spinning beats from deejays you haven’t heard of yet, but will. Polynesian dancing and the Museum of Beach Life — featuring surf and paddle memorabilia from
Pier 360 celebrates the watersports and beach culture that make SoCal one-of-a-kind SoCal’s surf and skate history — round out the entertainment. Plus DTLA’s Think Tank Gallery previews its upcoming summer residency on the pier with “an immersive art experience.” Expect some combination of pool noodles, weathered wood and street art. If that’s a little too trippy for you, you can help the art collective build a sand castle or listen to tunes from B&L with a drink in hand at the beerand-spirits garden. Pours flow from 10 a.m. to close on Saturday and Sunday. A
portion of the days’ proceeds benefits Heal the Bay and the Surfrider Foundation. — Christina Campodonico Pier 360 Ocean Sports and Beach Festival happens from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday (June 23) and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday (June 24) at the Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. $10 to $55 to race; free to watch. To learn more or register, visit smpier360.com.
ArgonautNews.com Mind Travel Live-to-Headphones “Silent” Piano Concert, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. As the sun sets over the ocean enjoy an improvised piano concert beamed directly to your headphones, combining beautiful scenery and music. Santa Monica Beach near Casa Del Mar Hotel, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica. $30 to $40. mindtravel.com Calamity Company + United Jams, 9 p.m. Enjoy live rock, soul, folk, blues every Tuesday night in the Del Monte Speakeasy. DJ Danny Holloway spins upstairs at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
Wednesday, June 27 Toastmasters Speakers by the Sea Club, 11 a.m. to noon. In this workshop to develop better presentation skills, Toastmasters present the fundamentals of public speaking in the relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere of a Toastmasters meeting. Pregerson Technical Facility, 12000 Vista del Mar, Conference Room 230A, Playa del Rey. (424) 625-3131; firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggie Belle Band Tour, 9:30 p.m. New Orleans-based Maggie Belle Band blends soul, R&B, funk and blues with Maggie’s distinctive voice and heartfelt lyrics to capture the soul of the South. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; townhousevenice.com
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Inglewood First/Last Mile Planning, 4 to 7 p.m. Stop by the Metro booth to learn more about the transit plan for trips to and from the future Aviation/ 96th Street station. Metro gives away TAP cards, tote bags, pens and pins. The CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista. Facebook.com/ losangelesmetro
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“People, Places & Things,” opening reception 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Painters, photographers and sculptors give wing to “our better angels,” focusing on the positive and healing effects of harmony in this era of social conflict. On view through July
25. Blue 7 Gallery, 3129 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 449-1444; blue7gallery.com “Sacred Resistance,” through Aug. 1. In troubled times art gives people the ability to flip the switch and use their own powers to advance human rights and dignity. Laurie Katz Yehia uses oils and mixed media to interpret stories from the Tantras of Shaivism to Dante to Song of Songs. Stop by performances of Jewish
Women’s Theatre’s “Sacred Resistance” at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, or between noon and 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, or noon to 3 p.m. Fridays at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. jewishwomenstheatre.org Send event information at least 10 days in advance to calendar @argonautnews.com
Sunset Sailing Series, evenings. Ninety to 100 sailboats participate in the Sunset Series every Wednesday through Sept. 5. Enjoy a family-friendly after-race party. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4567; calyachtclub.com
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