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L e t t e r s Words that Show the Way Re: Editorial and Opinion, July 12 Thank you for the two cogent opinion pieces in last week’s Argonaut. In the editorial “Don’t Let Them Tell You That You Can’t Talk Back,” L.A. City Councilmember Mike Bonin’s courageous act of civil disobedience to protest the “sinful and evil practice of taking immigrant children from their parents and locking them up” is contrasted

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By Gary Walker Apartment hunters in Marina del Rey would be hard-pressed to find even a tiny studio apartment for less than $2,000 a month, and pegs the current median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the marina at $3,593 — up more than 17% from the summer of 2014. Renters who want to live by the harbor continue to face relentless demand for Westside real estate and new construction favoring higher-end units. In the context of soaring rents throughout the region and housing affordability becoming an increasingly hot-button political issue, some local leaders are looking to limit the financial burden on renters in unincorporated areas, including Marina del Rey. At their July 31 meeting, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will consider an interim rent control ordinance that would cap rent increases for existing tenants at 3% a year through January 2019, with an option to extend those protections for another six months. “In Marina del Rey it would

impact apartments that were constructed prior to 1995, which is most of the ones that we have here in the marina,” said Michael Tripp, the county planner for Marina del Rey. In 1995 state lawmakers adopted the Costa-Hawkins Act, an increasingly controversial law that restricts local government

be rent-control eligible. Efforts to repeal Costa-Hawkins led by state Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) have been unsuccessful, but California voters will get the chance to weigh in this fall. The political action group Californians for Community Empowerment gathered more than 560,000

“In Marina del Rey it would impact apartments that were constructed prior to 1995, which is most of the ones that we have here in the marina.” — County Planner Michael Tripp agencies from expanding rent control to newer buildings. That means newer developments such as Shores, AMLI, Esprit, Admiralty Apartments and Neptune Marina Apartments wouldn’t be affected by the rent control proposal, Tripp said, but Mariners Village, Dolphin Marina Apartments and others built prior to 1995 would likely

signatures — they only needed 365,800 — to put Proposition 10 on the November ballot. More than a year ago, county supervisors directed interim county Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai to create a tenant protection working group, which is expected to report back in (Continued on page 16)

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When More Is Never Enough The contradictions of Lauren Greenfields’s childhood in Santa Monica and Venice planted the seeds for “Generation Wealth,” an indictment of society’s sick obsession with being rich and famous By Angela Matano Watching longtime Venice resident Lauren Greenfield’s new documentary about obscenely rich people, I couldn’t stop thinking of how detached money has become from work. The notion of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps to achieve the American Dream, perhaps never really true, seems to get more and more abstract as we move deeper into the 21st century. Instead, a life of fame and fortune has taken hold of the popular imagination. Greenfield, whose film “Generation Wealth” opens this week, grew up comfortably middle-class (her dad was a doctor) in the pre-gentrification grunge of 1970s Venice and came of age in the “greed is good” ’80s. Attending Crossroads School in Santa Monica among children of the rich and famous, she realized early on the chasm between her classmates’ decadent lives and her more humble upbringing. “Venice was not a place where people raised kids. It was a place of crime and drugs and gangs. Some of my friends weren’t even allowed to stay over at my house,” Greenfield recalls. That said, she remembers the good things — particularly, a strong sense of community — that pervaded Venice’s ethos. Unlike ritzier neighborhoods where people hid behind fences and hedges, Venetians played outside and got to know one another. For Greenfield’s parents, living in Venice was a political act. They hoped the balance of Crossroads academic excellence and growing up among a diversity of backgrounds and income levels would be a positive influence. This dichotomy of living in one city and attending a private school in an entirely different one turned Greenfield into a de facto cultural anthropologist. At a young age, she started using photography to document the decadent shenanigans of fellow students. The insider/outsider status of being only middle-class and going home to shabby Venice opened her eyes to the abnormality of a high school culture on the brink of Pleasure Island — from drug abuse to body dysmorphia to the overabundance of just about everything. After graduating from Harvard, she found herself back in L.A. photographing youthful excess — work that eventually culminated in the 1997 book “Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood.” Documenting a world of riches initially felt prurient, and Greenfield questioned the value of her work until something unexpected happened: the mainstreaming PAGE 8 THE ARGONAUT July 19, 2018

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Lauren Greenfield takes a self-portrait in the presidential suite of a Dubai Hotel of society’s obsession with luxury. She soon turned to documentary filmmaking, The 2006 HBO anorexia documentary “Thin” and the lauded “Queen of

united by the theme of excess. Cathy, a 31-year-old bus driver and single mom, careens toward self-destruction as she spends every last dime on plastic surgery.

“It’s not just about the 1%. How the 1% affects the 99% is what we have to talk about: The images of wealth and luxury so dominant in media, and how comparison creates desire. It’s so high school.” — “Generation Wealth” director Lauren Greenfield

Versailles,” about a family “struggling” to build the largest house in the United States amidst the economic crisis of 2008. For “Generation Wealth” she delves into society’s obsession with and compulsion for accumulating excessive wealth, braiding together a myriad of narratives

Florian, a 55-year-old former hedge fund manager, hides out in Germany to avoid extradition on charges he defrauded investors. But “It’s not just about the 1%,” says Greenfield. “How the 1% affects the 99% is what we have to talk about: The

images of wealth and luxury so dominant in media, and how comparison creates desire. It’s so high school.” Revisiting some of her earlier work, a former Crossroads classmate reflects on growing up the neglected child of a rock star and now distances himself from that lifestyle, but the couple from “Queen of Versailles” sees no harm in continuing to revel in their abundance. “It’s been cathartic. ‘Generation Wealth’ is a more mature, parental point of view, rather than being judgmental — we’re all complicit,” she says. “At school I didn’t fit in and I documented that anxiety, but now I document with a more critical eye.” In fact, Greenfield’s role in the movie grew as she realized how the disparate elements of excess weaved together through her, that she was the connective tissue. The filmmaker related to the characters’ hunger for a steady stream of more — more money, more beauty, more fame — while Greenfield’s own “more” was work-related, yet still rooted in the siren song of excess. “I was always going to be the narrator, but then I realized I had my own journey, too,” she says. “It was time to be honest with myself. I could identify with the desire. The desire was human nature.” After watching the film, it’s hard not to wonder if we’re doomed, on a trajectory toward total Roman debauchery. But it can’t all be lost, can it? When Greenfield began editing “Generation Wealth,” before President Trump was elected, she envisioned a much darker ending, but the election validated her worst fears, causing her to pivot her thinking in a more hopeful direction. “Yes, we’re zooming toward the apocalypse,” she says, “but there’s a chance for change.” For one, Crossroads — where her sons now attend school — has evolved quite a bit, Greenfield says: “It’s not as Hollywood as it used to be. It’s more conscious of the influences I have documented. It now gives kids a more critical eye.” And Venice? Though it has been transformed by an infusion of wealth, she still believes in her community. “Something’s been lost in diversity, but it’s still a place where people know their neighbors,” she says. “Everybody feels that Venice is theirs.” Lauren Greenfield appears in person for Q&As after screenings of “Generation Wealth” at 2:10 and 5 p.m. Sunday (July 22) at The Landmark in Westside Pavilion. Tickets are $11.50 to $15 at

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The Secret Life of Bess Myerson Ruined by scandal, a fallen New York icon finds peace with her daughter in Santa Monica By Christina Campodonico Beautiful, eloquent, scintillating … forceful. These are the words that writer and actress Barra Grant uses to describe her mother — the late New York socialite and political booster Bess Myerson, who initially dazzled the world as the first (and still only) Miss America of Jewish descent and ultimately shocked it with a mob-linked corruption scandal so stunning the press gave it a name: “the Bess Mess.” Myerson went on to spend her twilight years in Santa Monica, living outside the spotlight in an oceanfront high-rise near the north end of Palisades Park. But before her good name went down in flames, “She was an icon,” says Grant, who’s tackling her mother’s larger-thanlife persona in a one-woman show called show “Miss America’s Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me,” now playing at The Edye inside The Broad Stage. “Among the Jewish people, the mothers all wanted their sons to marry someone like Bess Myerson,” says Grant. “And PAGE 10 THE ARGONAUT July 19, 2018

they wanted their daughters to become someone like Bess Myerson.” After becoming Miss America 1945, Myerson became the elegant “Lady in Mink” on the TV gameshow “The Big Payoff” as well as an outspoken advocate for civil rights, speaking against anti-

ers. She became a consumer consultant for Bristol-Myers and Citibank, coined the word “shamburgers” for patties not made with 100% beef, skewered “fresh” labels on frozen fish, and outed a toy manufacturer’s baby rattles for being filled with sharp metal shrapnel.

“My mom had a company presence, and then she had a behind-the-closed-door presence. … Hers were very disparate.” — Barra Grant Semitism (sponsors fled the pageant when she won) on behalf of the AntiDefamation League. New York Mayor John V. Lindsay appointed Myerson the city’s first-ever commissioner of consumer affairs, and she successfully pushed through “unit pricing” on shopping labels and the Consumer Protection Act of 1969, which returned $5 million to defrauded custom-

In the 1970s she was the right-hand woman of then New York City mayoral candidate Ed Koch — marching with him in parades, holding hands with him on subways, and campaigning with him “arm in arm,” as reported in a 1977 New York magazine profile of not Koch but Myerson. Both insisted that there was nothing romantic between them, but the association turned them both into

political stars, at least for a while. (She became his cultural affairs commissioner and even made a run for U.S. Senate.) And way before the nixing of Miss America’s ever-controversial swimsuit competition earlier this summer, Myerson was conducting a little revolution of her own. In the pageant program for the year she won her title, Myerson — a college graduate — appeared in that leaflet wearing a cap and gown, while the rest of her competitors sported swimsuits for their competition photos. “All the girls were blonde and a little chubby,” says Grant. “My mother, her only picture was in a cap with a tassel and a black gown. She was very embarrassed to wear a bathing suit. There was nothing about Jewish culture that was supportive of going to Atlantic City to compete in a bathing suit.” Even though Myerson did borrow a swimsuit and sport a particularly snug number to claim the crown, Grant believes that her mother would approve of this year’s changes to Miss America’s programming.

Bess Myerson was all smiles as Miss America 1945 Actress-writer Barra Grant (left) remembers posing for this press shot (right) with her mom when she was around 11 years old Righ t : With her statuesque frame and raven hair, Myerson stood out against her competitors to become the first and still only Jewish Miss America B e low : ‘The Bess Mess’ undid Myerson’s sterling reputation and turned her into tabloid fodder O ppo s i t e : A bov e :

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“She was a feminist with Gloria Steinem and Jackie Onassis. She walked down the street with them, with their arms around each other,” Grant says of her mother. And yet Grant also recognizes that her mother spent much of her life seeking the love and approval of men, often concealing the fact that she was a single mom to potential suitors. One affair in particular — with the wealthy sewer contractor Andy Capasso, who reportedly had ties to the mob — was what enmeshed her in the 1987 judicial bribery and conspiracy scandal forever known as the Bess Mess. “She fell in love with the mafia guy,” says Grant. “She was very susceptible to men that might not have been good choices.” Even though Myerson was acquitted of attempting to bribe a judge as part of a conspiracy to lower Capasso’s alimony payments, the scandal got top billing in her obituaries in The New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Myerson, who is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, died at age 90 in December 2014, but the papers didn’t learn of her

passing until January 2015. She and Grant had deliberately kept a low profile as they made up for lost time together. *** Grant’s memories of her mother are mixed. On the one hand, there’s the “scintillating” beauty queen who could walk into a room and charm everyone with her 5’-10” frame, bounce-back curly brown hair and “effervescent personality.” On the other, there’s the woman who was something of a narcissist, criticized her daughter’s looks, neglected her as a child and probably married Grant’s adoptive father, entertainment lawyer Arnold Grant, purely for money. “My mom had a company presence, and then she had a behind-the-closeddoor presence. … Hers were very disparate,” says Grant. Growing up, Grant had to not only deal with the brightness of her mother’s star (and the long shadow it cast), but also compete with it.

“My mom was always very preoccupied. She was either preoccupied with being famous or getting boyfriends,” she says. “She worked all day, and went to the Stork Club at night.” A self-described “chubby” and “bucktoothed” child, Grant also felt she couldn’t hold a candle to her mother’s worldfamous beauty — hence the word “ugly” in the play’s title. “Even when she wasn’t Miss America anymore, she was a celebrity, and she was very beautiful, and always looked very beautiful, and I never looked like that,” Grant says. “Once you have a childhood where you’re very insecure about what you look like, you’re never quite assured or secure that you look ‘OK.’ … Once you’re imprinted and once you’re criticized, it’s very tough to turn that around because your mother is the first person who’s supposed to look at you with unconditional love and think you’re amazing. If you don’t get 100% of that, it’s tough to provide it for yourself.” With her mother away on television sets being the Vanna White of her day —after

“The Big Payoff,” Myerson became a panelist on the TV quiz show “I’ve Got a Secret.” — Grant aspired to enter the glitzy world of television, too. “I wanted to be famous. Everybody was always paying a lot of attention to her, and I thought, ‘Wow, if I were famous, people would pay attention to me,’” says Grant. After high school, Grant attended drama school in London, gained some professional acting credits through the Mark Taper Forum, then later moved into writing screenplays and script doctoring in L.A. She even mounted a 1994 theatrical production with her mom’s backing about a mother and daughter at the end of their ropes toying with a loaded gun on the night of a party. At the time, Grant and Myerson insisted to the Los Angeles Times that the contentious mother-daughter play was not based on their relationship, but Grant’s “Miss America’s Ugly Daughter” is definitely personal — a way for her to (Continued on page 12)

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reconcile with her mother’s complex and complicated memory, and its impact on her life, in an honest and slightly unconventional way. The show is not a straight-up autobiography, says Grant, but a dark comedy that playfully and at times irreverently riffs on late-night, bicoastal phone calls that Grant had with her mother or imagined over the years. In one scene, Myerson (voiced by Emmy-winning comedy writer and comedian Monica Piper) calls Grant to declare that she wants to kill herself and has lined up all the little pills she’ll need to do it, but then goes on to talk about needing to lose four pounds on her new carrot diet — her obsession with keeping her figure trim overshadowing her suicidal impulse. “My mother wasn’t very funny as a person. She was interesting, but comedy wasn’t her métier,” says Grant. “I imbued [her] character in the show with a tremendously comedic tone — not that she knows she’s funny, she just is. … It’s very much centered around finding a comedic glance on all the things that were true about her.” *** Painful emotional baggage, differing tastes (“I was a hippie. … I wore a lot of

As the first Miss America of the post-war era, Myerson was American royalty black, and a lot of raccoon eyes. That wasn’t so much in the public eye, so she wasn’t her style,” says Grant) and burfound it very peaceful.” geoning careers on their respective coasts During the last eight to nine years of her created a distance between Grant and her mother’s life, Grant made a point to visit mom, but the chasm closed in Myerson’s her mother every day. They’d reminisce, later years in Santa Monica, where an talk about the goings-on of life and ocean view became a welcome refuge politics, and Myerson eventually opened from the scandal that bore her name. up about her life — including childhood “Here, it wasn’t a big deal at all,” says poverty and emotional abuse in the Grant. “There was something very Bronx — with a candor that Grant had ironically comforting to her that she never known.

“We formed a bond we had not had before,” says Grant, “because there was so much time. We had so much time to spend together.” Grant says she chose to keep her mother’s death quiet to keep the ghosts of the past from looming over her mother’s legacy. “When everyone caught up with it, I didn’t really give interviews because, listen, the thing that’s true is people love bad news, and they find good news relatively boring. So I just didn’t want that to become part of her passing,” she says. But with “Miss America’s Ugly Daughter” she gets the chance to open up about a side of her mom few people knew, and whom she eventually came to forgive. “One of the most important themes in the show is the theme of Michelangelo carving the stone until he sets the soul of the angel free,” says Grant. “That’s the point of the show. Forgiveness will set you free.” “Miss America’s Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me” continues its run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 12 at the Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $55. Call (800) 838-3006 or visit


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Catharsis and Conviction Lalah Hathaway is bringing a new groove to Saturday’s free concert at Burton Chace Park By Bliss Bowen Five-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway has made a career-long practice of keeping her music open to diverse audience perceptions while her velvety contralto has ranged through jazz, R&B, soul and gospel. But with her seventh studio album, 2017’s “Honestly” — specifically, with the release of its deluxe version and the artful short film she just made to accompany it — Hathaway felt compelled for the first time to insert her own “super-interpretation of what the songs are.” “To be living in this country right now, to be a woman in this country right now, to be a woman of color right now, it would be dishonest of me and disingenuous to say that everything I see on the news every day doesn’t make me feel like, you know, ‘May the Lord open’ at all times,” she says. “That definitely influences my art … “‘Honestly’ is a love song, but it’s more of a falling out of love with the American

Dream type song. I just needed people to understand that.” In the short film, aching album tracks like “Y O Y,” “Change Ya Life” and the title tune play over thoughtfully intercut, provocative images: a child monk burn-

spirit, it will show up for you. … Your power is your joy.” Which raises a significant question: How do you retain your connection to that positive spirit in spiritually pulverizing times like these? “It’s hard,” she acknowledges. “For me,

“The experience of music for some people is that it will just wring you out, and that’s what a lot of people want and need.” ing; Charlottesville, Ferguson and Standing Rock protestors; Black Lives Matter marchers; Colin Kaepernick speaking; a girl dancing; Hathaway’s sweetly youthful alter ego defending herself against a man in the woods. During a spoken interlude, Hathaway expresses a hard-won personal conviction: “If you can remember to honor the joyfulness of your

a lot of it has to do with music. Music is my passion. I’m singing songs all day; I’m discovering music all day. I’m like the crazy music lady. That’s what keeps me going. It is absolutely another entity in the room that knows me better than everyone, that on the last day of my life I’ll have to say goodbye to. That joy is just creating and listening and learning

music, and it endures for me. I’m not jaded. I’ve been doing music literally since I was 2 or 3 years old, and it is a discovery all the time. I don’t lose the passion for it. “I lose the passion for the business daily, at about noon,” she says with a hearty laugh. “But I really love what I do. I really love creating for people.” Not unlike her father — soul legend Donny Hathaway, who died in 1979 when she was 10 — Lalah Hathaway has reached for meaning through song since she began writing in high school. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, she released her self-titled debut in 1990; subsequent albums yielded a deepening catalogue of romantic balladry and affirming anthems like “Outrun the Sky,” “Breathe,” and “Mirror” (“Sometimes you’ve gotta make the mirror your best friend/ Maybe then you’ll find some peace within/ Stop hiding yourself”). (Continued on page 14)

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She’s won Grammy, ASCAP and Billboard/BET Awards for her own recordings as well as collaborations with Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy and Kirk Whalum. In professional but warm tones she insists she doesn’t want to be “too preachy,” but nowadays she’s more at ease with audiences’ need for catharsis. “Whether or not the records are about self-care and self-preservation, or resisting and saying no to fascism, or women’s rights or girl power, more than anything the music is meant to inspire,” she says. “I never want to make records that don’t have any meaning to them. … “There was a point in my life that I’d sing certain songs from my catalogue and people would tear up and it would make me super uncomfortable. But I am very, very comfortable with it right now, very aware that the experience of music for some people is that it will just wring you out, and that’s what a lot of people want and need. They want to dance and have fun, but not as much as they want those moments where they can be wrung out.” Hathaway’s been working on projects with Glasper, U.K .producer Hannah Vasanth, and Dr. Dre. This week she and her band are rearranging “Honestly” material for Saturday’s concert at Burton Chace Park. She recently returned to L.A. from the U.K., where she performed at

festivals and a London exhibit with members of her Real Music Rebels collective, a loose federation of “likeminded, serious musicians who are speaking to social issues and injustice in the world” that includes her creative partner Steph Tom, Glasper, Freda Knowles, Sandra St. Victor, Terrace Martin and Hiatus Kaiyote. “You know how you feel when you find your tribe, like, ‘Oh, I fit really well with these folks?’ That’s what Real Music Rebels is,” she says. “We all have things to say, and the majority of us are doing it through music.” Fans sometimes place her on “some kind of weird pedestal,” but she likes to advise “civilians” that they’re artists too: “Your life is your art. And how you show up for it is your art. How you raise your kid, how you get ready for work, how you wear your hair, how you cook, how you present yourself to the world is your art. I really try to encourage people to find that art inside of them. What is it you love? What is it that gives you pleasure, what are you passionate about? That’s your art.” See Lalah Hathaway in concert under the stars at 7 p.m. Saturday (July 21) at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Admission is free. Call (424) 526-7900 or visit

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Mixing sweet, high-butterfat cream with dough makes for incredibly light, flaky bread. Now that I know this exists, I’ll be sure to order it whenever I can. also plenty to delight those who never touch the stuff. Since we hadn’t been to Tumbi before and didn’t know the size of the portions, we decided to order a few starters and items from their “street food” menu and repeat as necessary until we were full. We started with a kind of vegetarian sandwich called vada pav, a garbanzo-flour dumpling item called dahi balla, and malai naan bread. Vada pav is a popular street snack around Mumbai, a potato fritter sandwich topped with a little raw onion and a dab of tangy mild chutney. A fried

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Chef Imran Ali Mookhi makes Indian food look irresistible a little filling in the middle. That’s not only an impressive presentation, but a practical one, since the top stays crunchy for much longer. Here the dosa arrived as a neat folded triangle with a lump of stuffing in the middle, looking a giant Chinese wonton. The crepe softened a bit faster than it would have in the traditional configuration, though it was also somewhat neater to eat.

N e w s Dosa batter is fermented both for lightness and to get a pleasing flavor slightly like sourdough, and this one was very good. The mushrooms in mild curry had been cooked to contemporary style, which is to say there was a variety of them and they were still a bit al dente rather than being stewed to near mush. At $17 it was easily the most expensive dosa I’ve ever eaten, but I expect some of that went into finding ingredients of superb quality. The starters weren’t massive and dosas are usually built to serve one person, but we surprised ourselves after deciding this had been a lovely light dinner and, though we were weren’t stuffed, we’d eaten just the right amount to satisfy. And so we sat and talked over her water and my glass of Brander Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that goes well with this cuisine. This light dinner for two ran $60, and although that’s a bit high even near the pier, we both plan to return. This is a kitchen with interesting ideas and flawless execution that left me wanting to explore more of its menu.

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The ArgonAuT REAl EstAtE Q&A With rents being so high and people making so much money from renting on AirBnB, is there any downside to simply renting my property out for steady income instead of selling it? As a real estate broker and attorney, it is my job to stay informed on all issues that impact real property ownership. When it comes to income property, having represented landlords for many years, I am especially attuned to developments — and boy, are there developments. With rents in the L.A. area notoriously expensive and on the rise, the monthly income potential for your home could be significant. Not to mention what you may have seen some neighbors making for renting their places out short term on AirBnb. Why not turn your own home into a cash cow, providing reliable income for the rest of your life? Of course, each homeowner has a different set of personal and financial circumstances that must be taken into account to best answer this question, so this column will focus on the generalities.

default on rent. If you are dependent on that rental income, you must have backup funds sufficient to anticipate loss of rent, potential eviction, or even just time between tenants. Throughout the tenancy, you must continue to make repairs. If your heater breaks down mid-winter, not only will you need to pay to replace it, but you may have to pay for the tenants to stay somewhere else until it’s in working order. Managing a rental property, especially from a distance, can be extremely stressful. A property manager can be a great solution for this if you are willing to give them a percentage of the rent.

you from charging market rents, what many don’t realize is that it can create virtually lifetime tenancies. You can only reclaim your home under certain circumstances, and even then, you will pay steep relocation fees. If your tenant is a senior or handicapped, and has been a tenant for a certain number of years (varies by city), you may be absolutely prevented from relocating them. You’ll also be paying fees for rent registration, code inspections, and enforcement. Not to mention that becoming subject to rent control can reduce your property value by up to about 20%. If your home is in the City of Los Angeles, expect to be subjected to rent control — the mayor has already stated publicly that he is in favor of expansion.

• beware of rent control. You may think that your single family home or condo is exempt from rent control. Well, generally, you are right, but maybe not for much • short-term rental regulations are longer. This November, Californians will coming. Los Angeles is preparing to vote on Proposition 10, a measure that regulate short term rentals for all but your would repeal Costa-Hawkins, the set For some, keeping your home as a rental primary residence, and even for that, will of regulations enacted by California in may be a good option. You have already be setting a cap on days per year you 1995 to provide certain restrictions and heard about the advantages, and now want can rent. By the way, if your property is protections against extreme forms of rent to understand the disadvantages. Here are a control. It is Costa-Hawkins that prevents subject to rent control, short term rentals few things you should think about: are prohibited. My point is — don’t cities from subjecting your home to rent count on this premium income for too control restrictions. Considering that • being a landlord. The checks don’t just long. If they do become more regulated measures benefitting tenants usually roll in, uninterrupted, without effort. No or even prohibited, many will likely be have no trouble getting votes, imagine amount of vetting potential tenants can put up for sale, and the dumping of real your future as a landlord under rent guarantee against job loss, illness, or any estate is not good for values. You may control. Not only does rent control prevent personal issue that causes your tenant to PAGE 22 At Home – THE ARGONAUT’s Real Estate Section July 19, 2018

not be able to sell then for the price you can sell for today. If short term rental is your plan, take a close look at long term rents (potentially under rent control) to determine if it will work for you should you need to shift. There you have it — being a landlord can be profitable, but there are risks and limitations that any potential landlord must take into consideration before making the decision. I’m always willing to answer questions about these issues and to help with a personal analysis, but I hope I’ve given you some information to consider. If you think you might ever become a landlord, make sure you get out and vote against Prop 10 on November 6th. This week’s quesTion was answered by

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Compiled by Nicole Elizabeth Payne Thursday, July 19 Marina del Rey WaterBus, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy a water’s-eye view of Marina del Rey with eight boarding stops throughout the marina for opportunities to shop, dine and recreate. Bikes and strollers allowed. No pets. Service extends through Sept. 3. $1 each way. (424) 526-7900; transportation Beach Eats, 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly festival of food trucks with a scenic harbor backdrop returns to Mother’s Beach with live music by the reggae-surf rock trio Cali Conscious from 6 to 8 p.m. Mother’s Beach, Lot 10, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (424) 526-7900; El Segundo Art Walk, 5 to 9 p.m. This self-guided art event features 35+ artists with downtown El Segundo creative businesses opening their doors for studio tours. The headquarter venue features art installations, live music and a beer garden. 314 Main Street, El Segundo. Venice Art Crawl + stARTup Art Fair, 6 to 10 p.m. Take a stroll down Washington Boulevard for two miles of local art, culture and a true Venetian scene. Featured showcases include artist Jules Muck live painting on the Venice Boardwalk and a stARTup Art Fair popup gallery and cocktail party in the atrium at The Kinney Hotel. The bites are small, the drinks pack a punch and the artists are eager to showcase their work. 737 W. Washington Blvd., Venice. Free. Text VENICE to 444999 to download the app; Dusk: Midsummer Night’s Masquerade, 6 to 9 p.m. Turn up and dance away the sunset. Revelers cast off at 7:15 p.m. sharp for live music, crazy costumes, free cold brew coffee and other non-alcoholic happy hour treats aboard a yacht. Hornblower Cruises & Events, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey. Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ + Thursday Night Cruise-In, 6 to 10 p.m. Bring

the whole family and your collector car for an evening of skating under the disco ball and listening to great music. Bring your roller skates, roller blades, Razor scooters or skateboards. Enjoy a laidback car cruise-in, games, food trucks, an ice cream parlor and more. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $5 to $10. Ages 10 and under free. (310) 909-0950;

speakers, bingo and live entertainment. Ages 50+. Mar Vista Recreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St., Mar Vista. Byron Stalcup (310) 559-7798 or (310) 351-9876 Adult Afternoon Art: Make a Travel Picture Frame, 1 p.m. Create a unique picture frame to feature your summer travels. Materials provided. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 821-3415;

West Coast Swing, 6:15 p.m. Move your body and free your mind with a swing class and open dance. The beginner class is at 6:15 p.m., the intermediate at 7 p.m., and the intermediate/advanced at 7:45 p.m., followed by open dancing with deejays at 8:30 p.m. $10 per class; $15 for class and open dance. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey. (310) 606-5606;

Friday Night Trivia, 7 p.m. Test your knowledge while having a brew and win prizes. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. No cover; after 9:15 p.m. $10. (310) 396-9010; 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;

Del Rey Neighborhood Council Land Use and Planning Committee, 7 p.m. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Del Rey Square, 11976 Culver Blvd., Del Rey. Art & Music Summer Series, 7 to 11 p.m. Muyingo Events and The Rose Room team up with the Venice Art Crawl to present a night of drinks, inspiration and art. Come support local artists Kenny Kallis (wood burning and wax painting), Narrator LA (oil painting) and dance to DJ PENNYWILD. The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice. Free. Single Mariners of Marina del Rey, 7 p.m. Enjoy dinner, a day sail and social hour to celebrate the longer days of summer. We match skippers with crew for a fun, relaxing day of weekend sailing on the bay. Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey. $7 (cash only). KCRW Summer Nights, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. KCRW presents evenings of live music and KCRW deejays under the stars with food trucks and a cash bar. This week, KCRW DJ Valida opens, followed by New York-based songwriter Sam Evian, then the disco rhythms of Kauf. Hammer Museum,

Adam O’Farrill Quartet, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Trumpeter Adam O’Farrill performs two jazz sets with his quartet Chris Fishman (piano), Logan Kane (bass) and Justin Brown (drums) at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006;

Dive into art with Bergamot’s Summer Celebration. SEE SATURDAY, JULY 21. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 443-7000;

Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

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;

Live Music Thursdays, 9 to 11 p.m. Enjoy live music from The Westside Wiseman as well as a collaboration of Fishbone, The Pharcyde, and Pink Floyd musicians (to name a few) as the super-group Back of The Hand All-Stars. Surfside, 23 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (424) 256-7894;

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.,


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Mar Vista Seniors Club, 9:30 to noon. Each Friday the Mar Vista Seniors Club meets for trips, tours,

DJ Anthony Valadez & DJ Jedi Dance Party, 8 p.m. Deejays are on the decks spinning new and old soul, funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, beats, breaks and anything else that gets the dance floor going. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;




Friday, July 20

Bike Shabbat, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a picnic with members of Open Temple at the Venice Pier before soaking in the Venice Electric Bike Parade. Pack blankets, food and meet at 5:30 p.m. at Open Temple, 1422 Electric Ave., Venice. Open Temple, 1422 Electric Ave., Venice. Free, but RSVP. (310) 821-1414.

Jacki Apple and Anna Homler join the fatally fabulous Linda J. Albertano for an evening of performance readings, vocals, and sonic excursions, raves, prophesies, healings, and words of warning for dangerous times. Some old, some new, a little blues, and a dash of dark humor delivered with a silver tongue, sharp teeth, a seductive smile, and great style. Back together for the first time in twenty-five years the three artists will have a lot to say about the things that keep us up at night.

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Eat Boldly, Laugh Loudly “Sorry to Bother You” and Bibigo make for a badass combo By Angela Matano To paraphrase Tessa Thompson, one of the stars of “Sorry to Bother You,” if a movie has something to say, it often goes down like medicine — but this film, you’ll be happy to find, goes down smooth. Badass, surprising and playful, “Sorry to Bother You” follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a young black man struggling to make ends meet in a not-too-distant dystopian future. Upon landing a telemarketing job, Cassius discovers that using a “white” voice makes him a lot more money (BTW, David Cross of Arrested Development plays the voice). And then it gets weird. Director Boots Riley riffs on a bunch of cultural millstones (including racism, capitalism and art) while using everything in his power to keep all his balls and whistles flying through the air, provoking laughs, gasps and silent jaw drops along the way. Careful with your oversized soda — you don’t want to spit it out and spray the dude sitting in front of you. Like “Get Out,” “Sorry to Bother You” is just so damn entertaining. Genre elements from magical realism and science fiction poke their heads into the plot at various moments, waking you up like a hit of smelling salts. Vibrant and jazzy with great performances and a plot that clips along just right, it manages to inhabit the darkness and brutal-realism of race-focused works like “The Invisible Man,” but without sparing any amount of fun. It’s a strange combination of tones that seems like it shouldn’t work but absolutely does, like attending a protest rally wrapped in a music festival. If that doesn’t get your tuchus in the theater, go for the dramatic twists involving slave labor and weapons of mass destruction. You will walk away with something to talk about.

Sesame seeds and egg take bibimbap to the next flavor level In the fabulously funny TV show “Portlandia,” Carey Brownstein pokes fun at the city’s crafting obsession — embroidering, painting and adding a bird figure to anything and everything, from T-shirts and necklaces to curtains and dishes. A lateral foodie joke could easily be to put an egg on it. Sandwiches, salads and bowls all get the egg treatment. Still, you have to admit, putting an egg on it is pretty great. Bibigo, a new fast-casual Korean joint on Sawtelle Boulevard, is clearly in on the jest. Not only can some of the offerings come with a fried egg on top; all of the offerings are improved with said egg. As is popular of late, Bibigo functions as a sort of Build-a-Bowl, choose-your-own

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shimmy to some jazz while enjoying some chocolate. Complimentary glass of wine with any $5 purchase. 12469 Washington Boulevard, Culver City. Free. All Star Comedy Festival, 8:15 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Take a trip back in time with this hilarious and quirky collection of silent and sound short comedies from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Join in on the sing-along and laughter at Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $10; reservations recommended. (310) 322-2592;

Saturday, July 21 Westchester Begonia Society’s 59th Annual Show & Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The only judged begonia show in Southern California, the event includes not only a wide variety of begonia species and hybrids but also ferns, orchids, bromeliads, aroids and other shade-loving plants, plus a special display of gesneriads by the Culver City Gesneriad Society. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St., Westchester. Free admission. (562) 310-8380; Roga: Run + Yoga at the Santa Monica Pier, 8 to 10 a.m. Start your summer Saturdays off right with this healthful combination of activities. Runners (and walkers) start on their marks at 8 a.m. at the top of the Colorado and Ocean Avenue ramp for a two or five-mile course. Yoga begins

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at 9 a.m. out over the Pacific Ocean on the far west side of the pier. Bring your own mat. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier. Free. Summer in the City: Culver City Edition, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take a journey hosted by the American Planning Association through the cultural, creative and natural hotspots of Culver City. Tour stops include the Wende Museum, Helms District, One Culver (WeWork) and Ballona Creek. Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Modern Artisan Marketplace, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This weekend pop-up experience features a collection of emerging artisans and inspiring brands with retail, workshops and interactive experiences. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Free. Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert, 10:30 a.m. Film composer Andrew and sound designer Polly write and perform friendly, engaging music with a folksy vocal harmony and cornucopia of acoustic instruments for children of all ages. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free. (310) 559-2665; 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. KJAZZ Champagne and Brunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Jazz lovers can enjoy this two-hour harbor cruise with live music, free-flowing champagne, sparkling cider and a brunch buffet. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $75; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; Bergamot Summer Celebration, 2 to 5 p.m. Don’t miss the first-ever beer garden at this annual summer celebration, featuring 20+ exhibitions, live music by The Hot Potatoes and Friends of the Venice Symphony Orchestra, a make-your-own-succulent bar, a photo booth, face painting and plenty of pop-up art sales and artists’ talks. Bergamot, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Free. 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) 3969010; Los Angeles Westside Food & Wine Fest, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Live music and an assortment of food and wine vendors keep the good times rolling for a great cause, benefitting Culver Palms Meals on Wheels. Capture the weekend with a picture in the photo

Get your groove on in the marina with Daybreaker. SEE THURSDAY, JULY 19 booth and enjoy performances scattered throughout a rooftop venue, including a pop-up swing band on Saturday and a Beach Boys tribute band on Sunday. West L.A. College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. $75 to $190. 21+ only. Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a blues concert by U.S. 99. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; “Just for Laughs” Concert, 4 p.m. Maestro Steven Allen Fox conducts

this special show for all ages, featuring students from the 2018 South Bay Music Symposium Camp. Following the performance at 6 p.m. enjoy the Symposium Jazz Band and an outdoor dinner. El Segundo High School Performing Arts Center, 640 Main St., El Segundo. Free. (424) 242-3722; Meet Me at Reed: Santa Monica Symphony, 4 to 8 p.m. The Santa Monica Symphony performs famous selections from Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven and more. Enjoy pre-concert family fun and games at 4 p.m., (Continued on page 30)

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performance that floats between poetry and theater. One show only: 2 p.m. Sunday (July 22) at The Broad Stage East Wing Music Hall, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. $35. (310) 434-3200;

Arthur Trace punctuates original storytelling with lightning-fast sleight of hand in “The Artful Deceiver” Can’t Believe Your Eyes:“The Artful Deceiver” @ The Electric Lodge World Championships of Magic award winner and International Brotherhood of Magicians Gold Medal recipient Arthur Trace astounds with sleight of hand and imaginative routines, including bringing an “invisible bee” to life. One show only: 8 p.m. Saturday (July 21) at The Electric Lodge, 1416

Electric Ave., Venice. $40 to $55. (818) 486-6555; Art from the Heavens:“Red Hen Press: At the Kitchen Table with Rinde & Ellen” @ The Broad Stage Ellen McLaughlin (the original Angel in “Angels in America”) combines forces with multi-hyphenate musical performer Rinde Eckert and poets Victoria Chang and Allison Joseph for a one-time only

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No Minced Words:“Grande Dames & Divas” @ Beyond Baroque Multimedia artists Jacki Apple and Anna Homler join forces with the “fatally fabulous” Linda J. Albertano for an evening of readings, vocals and sonic excursions mixing the blues, dark humor and sharp words from these ladies’ silver tongues. One show only: 7 p.m. Sunday (July 22) at Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $5 to $20. (310) 822-3006; Musical Oeuvre:“Side by Side by Sondheim” @ Odyssey Theatre Take a tour through the work of one of Broadway’s greatest living songwriters and composers with this musical revue. Opens Thursday (July 19) and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sunday (July 22), 2 p.m. Sundays (July 29 onwards), as well as some Wednesdays and Thursdays through

Up for Grabs:“Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” @ Westchester Playhouse A splintered family reunites in You’ve Got a Friend in Me:“Mutt a small Texas town to await the House” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre imminent death of their patriarch. In the tradition of “Annie,” this new musi- They’ve been shorted on his love cal follows the story of outsider Eddie their entire lives, but maybe his Corbin, who must stand up for himself money will make up for it. and a neglected animal shelter after his Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays home-away-from-home is threatened. and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and through Aug. 18 at Westchester 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Sundays through Aug. 5 at the Kirk Westchester. $22. (310) 645-5156; Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $39 to $59. (213) 628-2772; A Spark of Magic:“Magic Monday” @ Santa Monica Playhouse Austen for Kids:“Pride & Prejudice” @ Albie Selznick (“Smoke & Mirrors”) Carlson Park assembles award-winning musicians Culver City Public Theatre presents an and variety acts for a summer of al fresco adaptation of Jane Austen’s magic, sleight of hand, parlor tricks classic novel about opposites that repel and illusions. Pre-show entertainand then attract, preceded by a free Chil- ment starts in the lobby a half-hour dren’s Popcorn Theatre presentation of before curtain. “The Hysterical History of the Trojan War.” Now playing at 8 p.m. Mondays “Hysterical History” plays at noon and through Sept. 3 at Santa Monica “Pride & Prejudice follows at 1:30 p.m. Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. Monica. $40. (310) 450-2849; 5 at Carlson Park, 10400 Braddock Dr., Culver City. Free. Sept. 16 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $17 to $37. (310) 477-2055 ext. 2;

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Bernstein & Ballet The Marina del Rey Symphony and choreographer Nancy Dobbs Owen celebrate “Leonard Bernstein @ 100” in Burton Chace Park Photo by Allan Warren

As George Balanchine once said, “See the music, hear the dance.” And that is something you can definitely do with the music of Leonard Bernstein when it’s paired with inspired movement. The legendary composer’s name not only sounds great with the word “ballet,” it’s synonymous with some of the 20th century’s most beloved pieces of American musical theater and dance, including those featured in “On the Town” (originally based on the Jerome Robbins’ choreographed “Fancy Free”) and the classic star-crossed lover saga “West Side Story” (also originally choreographed by Robbins.) Next Thursday, concertgoers at “Leonard Bernstein @ 100” — the Marina del Rey Symphony’s celebration of what would have been the revered New York Philharmonic music director’s 100th birthday — get the chance not only to hear Bernstein’s memorable melodies live, but also see what they look like in the hands of an ensemble of fleet-footed dancers. “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” and “Three Dance Episodes from On the Town” are paired not only with Bernstein’s buoyant operetta “Candide” and darker original film score

for “On the Waterfront,” but also accompanied by original ballet choreography from Nancy Dobbs Owens. “The beauty of a person like Bernstein is that he was definitely a crossover guy,” Marina del Rey Symphony conductor Frank Fetta told The Argonaut earlier this summer. “He was a great conductor, a great pianist, a great composer. His music crossed over both the classical and serious worlds and then all over to musical theater.” It will be interesting to see how Dobbs animates the music that Robbins’ initially made iconic through his choreography (and immortalized in the film version of “West Side Story”), but the addition of new choreography to this hallowed musical oeuvre promises to be an added bonus to this celebration of music on such an auspicious birthday. — Christina Campodonico

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“Leonard Bernstein @ 100” happens at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 25) at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Parking in public lots can cost $8 to $10. Visit beaches. for more information.

Experiences You Can’t Explain Sea Saw makes Santa Monica Pier an immersive platform for emerging artists By Christina Campodonico Locals and tourists alike can experience something totally unexpected at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier twice a week this summer. Called “Sea Saw,” the experimental art and performance series curated by Santa Monica Pier Executive Director Negin Singh and Think Tank Gallery kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday with an interactive workshop by The Guest & The Host. The creative duo of musician Andrew Heringer and director Spencer Williams (creator of immersive theater company Walk the Night) are hosting “Make Music”— a make-your-own-music recording experience set against a “glittering disco installation.” “You, our guest, come to us, your hosts. We make music together. From that, we get a song,” explained Williams to the immersive horror and entertainment site “[It’s] a recording experience that literally anyone can participate in. It’s funny, this piece is the simplest I’ve ever made on the surface, but it has a sort of infinite conjugation. Each session is as unique as the person in that time. ”

L.A.’s avant-garde meets the pier’s “Wild, Wild West” at Sea Saw It’s these one-of-a-kind and out-of-thebox artistic experiences that Singh seeks to showcase through “Sea Saw,” whose performances will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout July and

August in an underutilized spot above the west end’s bleachers, which she calls “the observatory.” “We went through a bunch of really awesome submissions and selected six

artists,” says Singh, “and they are being given these two nights [each] to showcase a completely new piece of work that is going to be hard to explain.” Think of something you might see at LACMA — but before it gets recognized by the art world enough to appear at LACMA, explains Singh. Ultimately, she hopes Sea Saw can be a platform for growing experimental art and performance at the pier that helps people discover emerging artists — replicating some of her most cherished experiences of unearthing unique and out-of-thisworld talent in L.A. “The pier’s a quirky, Wild, Wild West sort of place, and we want to foster that kind of energy and see what happens,” she says. “The experience I would like to give people is, ‘I went to the pier, I saw this thing, I can’t explain it. You should go.’” “Sea Saw” happens at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 29 at the Santa Monica Pier. Free. Visit for updates. July 19, 2018 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 29

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followed by the concert at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of beautiful music at Reed Park, 1133 7th St., Santa Monica. Free. 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 Santa Monica. $15. The Lit Show, 7:30 p.m. The 13th annual celebration of song and literature with Suzy Williams and Brad Kay performing songs based on words by Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay, J.D. Salinger, Samuel Beckett, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, Vladimir Nabokov, Rudyard Kipling and more. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20. 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 Katalyst Jazz, 8 p.m. Inglewoodbased future funk, soul and jazz band Katalyst Collective brings their beats to the Del Monte Speakeasy, followed by DJ Shiva spinning soul, funk, hip-hop, electronic and dance music. DJ Lean Rock spins upstairs at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040; Louise Goffin, 8 p.m. Grammynominated singer-songwriter and daughter of Carole King Louise Goffin brings her lyrical magnetism

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to McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $20. (310) 828-4497; David Binney Quartet, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Saxophonist David Binney performs two jazz sets with his quartet including Paul Cornish (piano), Logan Kane (bass) and Justin Brown (drums) at Sam First, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Ste 180, Westchester. $15. (424) 800-2006;

Sunday, July 22 Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, 8:30 a.m. Beginner and experienced birdwatchers join the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society the fourth Sunday of each month for a two- to three-hour walk exploring the lagoon and coastal region in search of 40 to 75 bird species. A shorter walk for families follows at 10 a.m. Park near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road and meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the lot. Music at the Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bill Burnett, Suzy Williams, Ginger Smith, Kahlil Sabbagh are The Backboners and ready to charm audiences at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica.

del Rey. (310) 301-1000; “The Princess and the Pit Stop” Storytime, 12:30 p.m. Tom Angleberger and Dan Santat present their new book about a princess who takes on auto racing determined to win with the help from her famous fairytale friends. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; ages 4 to 8. (310) 559-2665; Music and Comedy at UnUrban, 1 to 7 p.m. Performances by Almost Vaudeville (1 to 4 p.m.) and Mews Small and Company (4 to 6 p.m.) precede the Screenwriting Tribe workshop Meetup group at UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 315-0056; Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a jazz-funk concert by “The Funky Sax Man” Chazzy Green. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900;

Future Hits, 10:30 a.m. Educational rock band Future Hits perform songs to build important language skills while cultivating children’s love for learning. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $10. (310) 828-4497;

“My Family Divided: Once Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope” Book Talk, 12:30 p.m. Author Diane Guerrero shares the personal story of her parents, undocumented immigrants who were deported when she was a young girl and the struggle for her to regain normalcy in America. Children’s Book World, 10580 ½ Pico Blvd., West L.A. Free; ages 10+. (310) 559-2665;

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. Through Sept. 2. Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina

Thrash’in, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This Sunday retro party features rad ’80s cocktails, ’80s movies and DJ Vinyl Don spinning ’80s tunes. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Monday, July 23 Laughtears Salon, 6 to 9 p.m. Politics, art, culture, discussion. Café Pier, 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 306-7330; Mahalo Mondays, 8 p.m. Alton Clemente, DJ Vinyl Don and Record Surplus take over the Townhouse with live entertainment, tiki cocktails, Hawaiian and Polynesian vinyl, plus special guests. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. No cover. (310) 392-4040;

Tuesday, July 24 Westchester Senior Citizen Center Club, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Come for coffee, donuts and new friendships each Tuesday morning. The center also offers a $1.75 daily lunch. $12 annual membership. westchester L.A. County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The American Red Cross needs your help to save lives! Bring your ID and stop by the Burton Chace Park Community Room to make a difference. Enter the sponsor code LACBH and register at redcrossblood. org. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Gateway to Go Food Trucks, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rotating lineup of some of the city’s best food trucks gathers each Tuesday at the Sky View Parking Lot, 6101 W. 98th St., Westchester. Sofar Sounds: Culver City, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Culver City. Get instructions at Calamity Company + United Jams, 9 p.m. Enjoy live rock, soul, folk, blues every Tuesday night in the Del Monte Speakeasy. DJ Novena Carmel spins upstairs at 10 p.m. Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy, 52 Windward Ave., Venice. $5. (310) 392-4040;

Wednesday, July 25 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;

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Venice Connect Mixer & Board Installation, 6 to 8 p.m. Mix and mingle and build new business relationships at this poolside mixer with tasty bites and cocktails. Councilmember Mike Bonin will conduct the official swearing in of the 2018-9 Board of Directors. Lincoln Place Apartments, 1016 Lake St., Venice. $10 to $20. RSVP at

Summer at the Point Music Series-Barley, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Weekly summer music series features local Hermosa Beach band Barley and their eclectic, wide-ranging sound. The Point, 850 S Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. Free. 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. Grand View Market, 12210 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 390-7800 #womencode, 7 to 10 p.m. Sabio, a computer programming school, hosts a free dinner for beginner women coders interested in learning how to code and network. Industry experts Dhara Patel and Selva Miranda lead this workshop and dinner event. Bring a laptop (PC or Mac) and power cord. 21+. 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City. (562) 307-7589. Women-Code-in-SoCal Summer Screening: Artist and Mother, 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the L.A. Louver for a film screening celebrating the intersection of motherhood and art. Discover how four California artists are shattering the cliché that a good artist cannot be a good mother, and vice versa. L.A. Louver, 45 N Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. RSVP requested. (310) 822-4955. rsvp@ Rusty’s Rhythm Club Swing Dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. New Orleans-based Big Butter Jazz Band rocks the night away. A half-hour beginner swing dance kicks off the night before the live music and deejay at 8 p.m. Westchester Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 606-5606. TRiPTease, 10 p.m. See a different show each week featuring burlesque dancers from all over Los Angeles, singers, comedians, magicians and more. Live music begins at 8:30 p.m. TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. $5. (310) 396-9010;

Thursday, July 26 Silicon Speech Toastmasters, noon. Learn tech talk. Develop your communication skills and practice explaining your vision. Playa Vista Runway District. Call for details (310) 890-2709. Adult Journaling Program, 1 p.m. Practice journaling skills to unleash creativity and get words down on paper. Participants discuss and select fun writing topics. Bring paper and pen. Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 821-3415; Food & Wine Pairing, 6 to 8 p.m. Oil and Vinegor Del Amo hosts this small bites tasting event as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The open house format will feature culinary options from around the world and wine from the Boisset Collection in Napa Valley. Custom Design and Construction, 2001 E Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. $10 admission. Modern Society & Psychic Sisters L.A. Launch Party. 6 to 8 p.m. Chime in for the Los Angeles opening of the London-based clairvoyant shop. Swing by for meditations, in-store discounts and crystal infused cocktails. Platform, 8840 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Sofar Sounds: Venice, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. A carefully curated set of live music, kept secret until showtime, at a secret location in Venice. Get instructions at

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“LUXTC,” through Aug. 5. New York-based painter Ann Pibal uses color and structure to create a visceral clarity that bridges the lyrical and analytical with a painterly awareness that color and light exist in tandem. team (bungalow), 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339-1945;

“Latinidad in Focus: Sin Fronteras,” through Sept. 6. Three first-generation Latinx photographers explore their multinational heritages, forged between the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Brazil. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. beachculture.

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