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L etter s CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, The Argonaut incorrectly identified the late Marina del Rey photographer and community leader Greg Wenger by his son’s name in a Sept. 7 event listing for the Marina del Rey Historical Society’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Sale. We apologize for the error.
ArgonautNews.com Risk Without Reward Re: “Playa isn’t Porter Ranch,” News, Aug. 10 The Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa believes everything SoCal Gas tells them as gospel and assumes anyone with a counter opinion is a symptom of misinformation. SoCal Gas has an economic interest in keeping the Playa del Rey facility open, so obviously they will tell everyone we need this facility. However, their profit margins should not outweigh the economic, health and social
interests of the millions of us living in Greater Los Angeles. After the events in Aliso Canyon, the safety record of SoCal Gas could be seen as questionable. But as a resident of Playa del Rey in the immediate vicinity of the gas storage facility, from my perspective this is simply a question of whether we actually need the facility to meet the energy needs of Greater Los Angeles. It is the responsibility of SoCal Gas not just to ensure the safety of the facility, but to prove the
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local demand for this facility. If they cannot justify the need for this gas locally, it should be shut down immediately because no safety measure can guarantee a major leak or blow out won’t occur. Aliso Canyon has over 12 times the storage capacity of the Playa del Rey facility and has been off-line for almost two years with no consequences to our energy supply or natural gas supply. Surely, if SoCal Gas and Greater Los Angeles was able to survive without its largest gas facility, it raises a number of questions about how much we need the oldest and smallest. Aliso Canyon devastated the lives of tens of thousands of residents, but it could have been so much worse had it not been located in a relatively remote area. SoCal Gas had to provide relocation assistance for anyone who lived within in a three-mile radius of leak. If that same three-mile radius were to occur around one of the wells at the Playa del Rey facility, that would require the relocation of hundreds of thousands of residents, disrupting the regional or corporate headquarters of many major employers and shutting down LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world. The health and economic threat this facility poses, in the wake of the Aliso Canyon event, are monumental. If we don’t need the gas it produces in our local community, then this facility should be abandoned. Robert Vaghini Playa del Rey She Smells Trouble Re: “Playa isn’t Porter Ranch,” News, Aug. 10 As a resident of Playa del Rey, I’m very concerned about the SoCal Gas storage facility. Residents can smell the gas, and I saw the 2013 incident in which flames shot up from the wetlands. It doesn’t seem that our neighborhood council is protecting our safety interests as residents near the facility. Clearly, more residents need to get educated about the SoCal Gas facility in an unbiased manner. I personally feel like we are gambling with the risk of experiencing a disaster similar to Aliso Canyon and that we should move towards becoming a neighborhood operating on 100% renewable energy instead. Nicole Lackowski Playa del Rey
FROM THE WEB Re: “Keep Motors off the Bike Path,” Letters, Sept. 7 Electric bikes are legal on bike paths: 99% of those sold have a top speed of 20 miles per hour, which is under the threshold for street or off-road use only. Most of the athletic bike riders that ride in groups ride at 25 or more miles per hour. Gov. Jerry Brown and the rest of the U.S.A. and Europe already regulated e-bikes a few years ago – you can Google it. Share the bike path unless you want a lane diet for e-bikes, pedestrians and normal bikes. Greg Voevodsky Re: Hate Comes Home, Aug. 17 I find this article to be grossly disingenuous. I could provide you example after example of the exact same conduct by leftwing students who disrupt conservative meetings throughout California. What exactly was that “love” up in Berkeley all about otherwise? Trump gave a moronic speech post Charlottesville, but he has never endorsed or praised neoNazis. His son in law and daughter are Jewish. The neo-Nazis have specifically called Trump out because of his daughter. What is happening now is the result of allowing the crazy left that free pass for doing the precise same thing the crazy right is doing now, only they don’t have the numbers. David Mamann Give it a rest. Stupid false equivalences like these are ruining discourse in America. Being against hate groups is not remotely the same as being for them. If you think Donny’s “both sides” rhetoric is moronic, it’s because he’s actually a moron — a sheltered rich kid with no brains, no humility and no empathy. Your ‘both sides’ rhetoric is equally moronic. One need not explicitly ‘endorse’ hate groups in order to court their support and enable them. Johnny Blades HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE ARGONAUT: We encourage readers to share thoughts on local issues and reactions to stories in The Argonaut through our Letters to the Editor page. You too can have a voice in the community. Letters should include your name and place of residence (for publication) and a telephone number (not for publication).
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Kickoff document for wetlands restoration effort is complete and will soon become public ............................... 6
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Uncertain Futures DACA reversal is a blow to immigrant youth, but also a call to activism . ...................... 10
ARTS & EVENTS Ink in his Veins
Tattooist turned author Jonathan Shaw is a student of Bukowski guided by cosmic destiny . ..................................... 30
‘They Picked the Wrong Town’ Alt-right instigators encounter massive show of community solidarity in Santa Monica ................................... 8
Race Go-Carts through Runway at Playa Vista ......................................... 29
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EIR that will trigger Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project is complete and will soon become public By Gary Walker After five years of interruptions, delays and mounting frustrations among local environmentalists, the preliminary environmental impact report for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project is substantially complete and will be made public by early October or even the end of September, state and federal officials have confirmed. Release of the document triggers a public hearing process that will determine the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s restoration strategy for the nearly 600-acre state ecological reserve in Playa del Rey, the only remaining coastal wetlands in the city of Los Angeles. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was slated to give final approval to the report this week. “This is the first major document of the environmental process that will be released,” Army Corp. of Engineers Section Chief Daniel Swenson told The Argonaut. Fish and Wildlife is working with the California Coastal Conservancy and the nonprofit Bay Foundation to oversee
objective would be to restore wetlands and uplands habitats north of the creek from the Marina Freeway to the west end of Fiji Way. The fourth option is to take no action, which means “the reserve stays in its current, impaired state and under existing management policies” and “subject to the ongoing influence of sea level rise,” The “Naturalized Creek” option would according to the Ballona Wetlands remove concrete armored levees and Restoration Project website. The first three options, in contrast, are realign Ballona Creek into a more natural, offered as possible strategies to “create sinuous channel that’s reconnected to and enhance wetland and uplands habitats” to varying degrees. the newly lowered marsh plain. State officials say that they do not have a preferred restoration option, despite rumors to the contrary. contemplates four very different possible and north of Culver Boulevard. Local environmental and wetlands scopes of restoration work, each of which The “Partially Naturalized Creek” option would be detailed in the environmental is a less ambitious version of the first, with organizations have offered various and often disparate ideas about what the extent impact report. fewer earthen levees. and goals of Ballona Wetlands restoration Three of those options involve lowering The third alternative, dubbed “Area A should be, with some outwardly critical of the elevation of the ground north of Oxbow,” would lower terrain elevation what they claim is Fish and Wildlife’s Ballona Creek and creating earthen levees north of Ballona Creek and create an predisposition to the first and most along the wetlands’ northern boundaries. earthen levee along Fiji Way (known as ambitious “Naturalized Creek” alternative. Those three would also involve creating Area A of the wetlands) and design new public trails, bike paths and educaculverts along the remaining northern (Continued on page 33) tional features for the public. concrete levee in two places. The main
what’s likely to be a multi-year restoration effort to strengthen the wetlands ecosystem by enhancing tidal flow and bolstering native flora and fauna. The Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project website (ballonarestoration.org)
The “Naturalized Creek” option would remove concrete armored levees and realign Ballona Creek into a more natural, sinuous channel that’s reconnected to the newly lowered marsh plain, with earthen levees around the reserves northern edge
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‘They Picked the Wrong Town’ Alt-right agitators targeting racial justice group encounter massive show of community solidarity in Santa Monica Photos by Ted Soqui
Hundreds of Santa Monica locals gathered Sunday for an anticipated showdown with alt-right demonstrators, but only two dared to show up
By Joe Piasecki White nationalist and alt-right groups threatening to mount a small army of protesters to disrupt the work of a racial justice organization in Santa Monica got more than they’d bargained for on Sunday. Facing a massive counter-demonstration of community solidarity supported by a muscular police presence at Virginia Avenue Park, all but two participants in the ongoing fringe-right effort to antagonize the Committee for Racial Justice wimped out. Six days before mid-August’s violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, more than two dozen young men and women vocalizing similar ideologies clashed with locals outside a committee workshop about confronting explicit racism. The discussion group formed in 2011 after a racially motivated assault at Santa Monica High School and gathered monthly in the park’s Thelma Terry Building without incident until July, when a handful of agitators disrupted a meeting with anti-Semitic outbursts. This time around, a diverse crowd of some 200-plus mostly Santa Monica residents and community leaders was waiting outside the building, flanked by Santa Monica police officers and more than two dozen L.A. County Sheriff’s Department deputies on horseback or in
crowd control gear. “I’m horrified that these people think they can intimidate our ability to be a community, but I’m really heartened to see the number people from all different walks of life, ages and ethnicities,” said attorney Roni Crichton, a Santa Monica resident for 25 years. “The message is it’s not going to work. We’ll come out and stand here for four hours if we need to in order to keep this community safe,” she said. “It’s important they see that and move on. They picked the wrong town.” Some committee supporters showed up early to picnic. At one point more than a dozen spontaneously belted out a cheerful rendition of the Civil Rights Movement anthem “This Little Light of Mine” as a squad of young men and women in Antifa gear stood by. Only near the end of the meeting did tensions rise after the arrival of two hostile demonstrators. R.C. Maxwell, a young African-American man affiliated with a political action committee run by black conservatives supporting President Donald Trump, carried a microphone and sought to engage locals with confrontational questions. The other was a young Latino man wearing a red Make America Great Again baseball cap who traded taunts with locals.
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He identified himself only as a “half-Puerto Rican” member of The Proud Boys, a “pro-Western fraternal organization” launched last year by Vice Media cofounder Gavin McInnes and alternately described as “alt-right” and “alt-light.” Shortly after their arrival, 10 mounted deputies and a dozen in crowd-control gear formed a line to separate them from the hundreds of Committee for Racial Justice supporters. The standoff lasted about half an hour. “From what we picked up on social media we had some concerns, so we’re prepared for anything,” said Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole, who spent more than two hours speaking with committee supporters. “Nobody wants to dignify this fringe group, but on the other hand we want to protect everyone’s right to free speech. This is a demonstration of peaceful solidarity, and we’re hoping these fringe groups will find more constructive things to do with their weekends.” State Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) arrived early to show solidarity with the Committee for Racial Justice and condemn outside groups trying to intimidate its membership. “I am heartened that this community has turned out so emphatically, so determinedly in opposition to their message of hate,” said Allen. “It shows we are a town that
really values tolerance and open dialogue. We roundly reject the values of hatred and bigotry that are espoused by the alt-right fascist folks who threatened to disrupt today’s meeting. People are sick of the divisive tone of the national conversation and want to take a stand against it.” Ryan Kelly, a 32-year-old Los Angeles resident who learned about the counterdemonstration through the advocacy group White People for Black Lives, said publicly denouncing white supremacists is the best way to shut them down. “When people show up in the hundreds like this — when people show their power and you have so many groups interacting with each other — Nazis stay home,” he said. Justin Williams, who graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2007, turned out not only to denounce racism but also in support of and as protection for his mother, a member of the Committee for Racial Justice. “I love seeing the whole community turn out, not just certain segments of the community,” said Williams. “My only concern is that we don’t get lackadaisical and think ‘nothing happened, it’s over.’ We have to continue to show up.” John Seeley, special to The Argonaut, also contributed to this report.
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‘Now There’s Uncertainty’ DACA reversal is blow to local immigrant youth, but also a call to activism “The government has all the information of these undocumented people, and some might think they’re going to use it against them,” said Curiel, president of Venice High’s Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx a de Aztlán (MEChA) Club. In order to qualify for DACA protections, applicants had to prove a lack of felony convictions and either a high school diploma, current school enrollment or enlistment in the U.S. armed services. “These are standards that most American parents cannot hold their own children to,” asserted Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre, also executive director of the Pico Youth and Loyola Marymount University students marched in support of DACA peers Family Center. “The most vulnerable of immigrant youth are being bartered for “I work for someone who supports me as definitely going to fight this,” pledged political gain.” a person and who believes in me, so I’m Morales, 19, who last week helped orgaMorales said portrayals of DACA not going to cower and hide,” he said. nize a march against the repeal of DACA recipients as a burden to society run That sentiment also rings true for Salma from SMC to Santa Monica City Hall. counter to the truth. Morales, a DACA recipient who attends On Sept. 6, Loyola Marymount UniverSanta Monica College. She believes sity students also held a rally on campus in “I think the administration knows what kind of people we are because of the rules targeting DACA is a cynical nod to the support of the school’s DACA students. that we have to follow,” she said. embattled president’s anti-immigration Venice High School student Mireya “So when he says it’s about deporting supporters. Curiel was in class when she heard about people who don’t work or are criminals, “This is a big motivator for me. This is the end of DACA, a decision that will he knows that’s not us.” criminalizing us, and that’s wrong. We’re directly impact her cousins.
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By Gary Walker Carlos Arreola wasn’t surprised to hear the Trump administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Obama’s 2012 executive order shielding immigrant youth brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. “This was inevitable. I knew this was going to come,” said Arreola, a constituent services administrator for L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose district includes Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey. A Cal State L.A. student brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was three years old, Arreola is one of nearly 800,000 young adults nationwide — 223,000 of them in California — who had been granted deportation relief and the right to work under DACA. He has at least two relatives also impacted by DACA’s impending repeal following a six-month grace period, during which Trump has tasked Congress with developing new immigration policies. “I woke up to a lot of phone calls that day. People are afraid, because now there’s uncertainty,” Arreola said. But he is determined to stay hopeful.
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A Life Built on Love The Rev. Steven Weller, chaplain for Venice’s homeless, saw value in all people Photo courtesy of veniceupdate.com
By Gary Walker Nearly every day for 20 years, the Rev. Steven H. Weller and his wife Regina combed the Venice Boardwalk for opportunities to extend their friendship and service to the homeless. As chaplains and co-founders of the LAPD’s Homeless Task Force, the Wellers built genuine relationships with their clients and were able to convince many who shied away from social services to come in from the cold. In 2015 and 2016 alone they helped 320 people find immediate shelter or permanent housing, often tapping their extensive network of substance abuse treatment centers and housing providers to make miracles happen for difficult cases. “I had five different organizations turn me down before the Wellers found us,” recalls Andrew Simpson, a Vietnam Veteran who spent years living on Venice Beach until the Wellers got him and his girlfriend into supportive housing. As of late, Steven Weller had also been battling cancer. He died at home with Regina by his side on Sept. 1, having reached the age of 74. “Steven loved people. He valued all of them. He saw their worth and believed they were beautifully created by a Creator,”
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he submerged plastic bag on the cover of this week’s issue is more dangerous than it looks. Scientists say the millions of tons of plastic debris floating in the world’s oceans breaks down into trillions of smaller toxic particles that wreak havoc on ecosystems, poisoning not only fish but everything that eats them — including people. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Sept. 16), thousands of volunteers will gather to remove trash and debris from beaches and watersheds throughout Los Angeles County as part of Coastal Cleanup Day, a global event that has become the world’s largest day of volunteerism to address ocean pollution. Last year as many as 500,000 people removed more than 18 million pounds of trash from sensitive ecosystems throughout the world, according to Heal the Bay, which is coordinating dozens of beach and wetland cleanups throughout Southern California. Saturday’s coordinated push supplements the nonprofit’s monthly volunteer cleanups at local beaches, which themselves net a surprising amount of trash, all of it logged
by the volunteers who remove it. In the first eight months of 2017 alone, volunteers have removed more than 200,000 pieces of trash from Dockweiler, Venice and Santa Monica beaches. The haul included 107,696 pieces of plastic and 38,703 pieces of polystyrene (such as Styrofoam), plus about 30,000 cigarette butts. There are more than a dozen Westside cleanup locations still in need of volunteers, including wetlands and dune habitat cleanups, scuba dives off the Dockweiler and Santa Monica coasts, and more than a dozen beach cleanups, including Toes Beach and Mother’s Beach. Sign up to participate at healthebay.org.
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Free From Plastic Movement are asking volunteers to separate out the polystyrene waste they find on the beach and mail it state legislators — specifically those who voted down legislation state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) to phase out the use of polystyrene food packaging that cannot be recycled or composted. Polystyrene, which is the basic component of Styrofoam, has been found in the stomachs of dead ocean animals, which commonly mistake particles for food. California annually produces 3.2 billion pounds of polystyrene for packaging and food containers as well as insulation and electronics, according to Heal the Bay. “Polystyrene pieces routinely land in the top five items that we pick up. The foam polystyrene can turn into little pellets that look like fish eggs and is one of the more harmful trash items that we find. And there are readily available alternatives that are recyclable,” Heal the Bay Vice President Sarah Sikich said. Organizers hope to get the attention of reluctant policymakers and increase their awareness of the environmental hazards associated with polystyrene, explained 5
Gyres cofounder and global strategies director Anna Cummins. “We’re going to target the ones that need a little extra encouragement. There may be some that just need to know that their constituents care,” she said. To date, more than 100 municipalities in California have banned polystyrene, including Santa Monica and Culver City. Allen says he understands why 5Gyres and their counterparts are advocating sending polystyrene debris directly to lawmakers. “It’s reflective of how frustrated people are seeing the litter on the beaches that come from polystyrene. Sure, it’s an aggressive move. But they’re trying to dramatize this issue,” Allen said. Venice Neighborhood Council member Hollie Stenson applauds the plan to send polystyrene refuse to Sacramento. “Coastal Cleanup Days like this are so vital, not just because of the impact of the actual cleanup, but the message that it sends. Looking at this issue with a macro lens can be overwhelming for most people, but true change can occur when people take smaller, direct actions like
ArgonautNews.com this,” said Stenson, who chaired this year’s Green Venice Festival. “I hope this salient action of sending all the polystyrene debris to lawmakers who voted against Sen. Allen’s bill has the intended effect, and is a wakeup call to the individuals who seem to be dead set against their own, and their communities, self-interest,” she said. Allen is considering approaches for reintroducing polystyrene legislation next year. “We’re trying to figure out a strategy to get a majority the next time,” he said. “People around the state want to see us get serious about ocean pollution.”
LAX DUNES: FIGHTING PLANT POLLUTION
Directly beneath the LAX flight path lies Southern California’s largest contiguous coastal dune ecosystem, the greatest threat to which is not plastic or Styrofoam litter but invasive, non-native species muscling out native flora supporting threatened animal species. About two-thirds of the LAX Dunes between Pershing Drive and Vista Del
Mar is set aside as a habitat restoration area for the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly; the northern 104 acres is less pristine, the ghostly remnants of a defunct neighborhood still experiencing the impacts of human development. That’s where the Bay Foundation is working to strengthen the native ecosystem by organizing volunteers to remove invasive plants by hand over a 48-acre span across from Trask Triangle Park. Back in 2014, local Girl Scout Ayanna Neal founded Friends of the LAX Dunes as part of an award-winning service project, and the Bay Foundation has been continuing monthly cleanups while she’s away at college — an effort resuming Saturday as part of Coastal Cleanup Day. The invasive plants that threaten the LAX Dunes are serial offenders throughout sensitive California ecosystems, explains Bay Foundation watershed programs coordinator Rod Abbott: iceplant, filaree, European black mustard and wild radish, West Australian geraldton carnation weed, and Russian thistle — aka the common tumbleweed, an 1860s stowaway that first arrived in the (Continued on page 14) Photos courtesy of Heal the Bay
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New World with grain seed shipments to the Dakotas. “These guys don’t play fair with the natives,” says Abbott, explaining that they crowd out and steal moisture from native plants that support rare native species like the California legless lizard, San Diego horn lizard and the El Segundo Blues. The good news is that most of the bad guys have tap root systems that are easy to pull out with common garden tools or by hand, though Abbott does acknowledges that weeding 48 acres as you would a garden is a pretty daunting task. But the efforts have made a noticeable difference — when volunteers focus on removing all the invasives intertwined with patches of struggling natives, Abbot typically finds those natives thriving upon his return visit. And all that spot work adds up to a larger picture of preserving the dunes as a contiguous ecosystem. “The dunes are host to amazing biodiversity,” says Abbott, “but as open spaces dwindle and plant regimes are fractured, you get breaks in biodiversity. Keeping it together helps support pollinators and protects the intrinsic value of what’s here.”
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When newly arrived Playa del Rey homeowner Jeannie Moody launched the Jungle Cleanup in 1977, she didn’t expect the effort to beautify her beachfront neighborhood would blossom into an
annual celebration reuniting friends and neighbors. Forty years later, Moody will be the guest of honor at this Saturday’s reenergized Jungle Cleanup and community barbecue. “I’m very honored and flattered,” she said. “I’m grateful that we’re doing something rather than nothing at all.” Jungle Cleanup participants will gather at 8 a.m. outside 7025 Trolleyway and work until noon, with a post-cleanup community beach barbecue following from noon to 5 p.m., with local Americana roots rocker Rich Sheldon giving a free concert. Nonprofit event stewards Friends of the Jungle is also raffling off tickets for next year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Mo’s Place and the Prince O’Whales. Naming Moody as the guest of honor serves two purposes: to honor her for her decades of community service, and as a peace offering to Moody and her dozens of supporters who boycotted last year’s cleanup due to disagreement over shortterm vacation rentals, said Friends of the Jungle’s Jan Haagen. Neighborly bonds were stretched to the breaking point amid allegations of neighbors complaining to city officials about neighbors running vacation rentals, which are illegal in most residential areas. “It’s a good time to look at all of the things we’ve overcome and toward reestablishing friendships. We want to extend an olive branch to all of our friends and neighbors and maintain the integrity of Playa del Rey,” Haagen said. To join the cleanup, email email@example.com.
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When his duo with former school chum Gordon Waller broke up, he shifted into production after McCartney invited him to Apple Records — and when Apple artist James Taylor’s first album commercially disappointed, Asher quit the Beatles’ label and moved to the United States to manage Taylor. Such was his belief in Taylor’s talent. And such was his commitment to melodic pop craft and vocal artistry. The albums he produced for Taylor, Ronstadt, Raitt, Souther, Andrew Gold, David Sanborn, John Stewart, Kate Taylor and Tony Joe White during that ’70s heyday have mostly aged well, as have later recordings with Raul Malo, Jane Monheit, Morrissey, Aaron Neville, Randy Newman, and Wilson Phillips, among others. For much of the ’70s and into the ’80s, Asher was a ubiquitous presence in studios, album reviews and articles. In 2015, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for “services to the British music industry.” How do you follow that kind of winning streak? You don’t. You just keep working, and leave critics to delineate between wins and losses, art and commerce. These days, Asher maintains a full-time consultancy at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control studio in Santa Monica, where he’s worked as music consultant on films such as “Madagascar 3” and “Man of Steel.” After producing Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s albums (2013’s “Love Has Come for You” and 2015’s “So Familiar”), he is now working on the production of the Grammy-winning duo’s Tony Award-
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the situation with a lot of places. They’ve been open more than a year, so they have this thing down, right? We left two people to hold an available table while the other two got in line to order, figuring that there would be menus posted conveniently, but … nope. An uninformative list was over the counter, but that was it. One of the table-holders had the
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MARINA CITY CLUB Eileen McCarthy
Luxurious Villa Medici
With on-site office
2-5 OPEN SUN
e. #303 6220 Paciﬁc Av RE Y AYA D EL PL
1 Bed/1 Bath Ocean/City & Mountain Views . . . . . . . . . .S. .O. L. .D. . . . $469,900 1 Bed/1 Bath Marina Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $485,000
2 Bed/2 Bath Marina Views, Highly Upgraded . . . . . .IN . . ESCROW . . . . . . . . . $749,000 2 Bed/2 Bath Ocean/Marina Views, Upgraded . . . . . . . . S. .O. L. .D. . . . $765,000
3 Bed/2 Bath Marina Views, Highly Upgraded . . . . . .NEW . . . . . .LISTING . . . . . . . . $899,000 3 Bed/2 Bath Marina & Ocean Views . . . . . . . . .CLOSED . . . . . . . . . .ESCROW . . . . . . . . . . $999,000 FOR LEASE
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TWO BEDROOM 2 Bed/2 Bath Ocean & Marina Views . . . . . . . . . . . NEW . . . . . LISTING . . . . . . . . $4,300/MO 2 Bed/2 Bath Ocean & Marina Views, Highly Upgraded . . . . . . . $5,000/MO
THREE BEDROOM 3 Bed/2 Bath Marina Views, Highly Upgraded . . NEW . . . . . LISTING . . . . . . . . $5,595/MO
INVITING WATER VIEWS dramatize the interior of Playa del Rey’s seductive Villas Medici overlooking Ballona Lagoon. Luxurious and sexy, this TOP FLOOR NE CORNER 2 Bd + 2 Bath, 1373 sq ft unit looks directly to the Marina Channel & SM mountains; and, for a touch of romance, an evening city lights backdrop. The delicious upgrades throughout. Two ﬁreplaces, walk-in closet, ﬂoor-to-ceiling double sliding doors that provide open air balcony dining, granite and travertine beﬁtting a professional single’s lifestyle. Steps to the beach, Marina bike path, park, and Marina/Playa Vista shops and cafés. Easy access to all major freeways, shopping, dining and entertainment on the Westside. PlayadelReyRetreat.com List price: $1,395,000
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The ArgonAuT PRess Releases westPort HeiGHts HoMe
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Offered at $1,089,000 Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia, Coldwell Banker 424-702-3010
Stephanie Younger, Compass 310-499-2020
“Situated on a gentle knoll, this newly updated three-bed, three-bath, mid-century home shines with modern finishes and custom design,” say agents Bob Waldron and Jessica Heredia. “The entryway welcomes you with a view all the way to the expansive rear yard. The abundance of windows bathes the home in light. The master bedroom suite offers a serene area for relaxation. The tri-level rear yard is an exceptional and tranquil outdoor oasis with multiple patios and a grand Chinese elm tree.”
“Follow the long driveway past drought tolerant landscaping and step into this traditional home,” says agent Stephanie Younger. “With hardwood floors sunlit by oversized windows, the open concept living room is the heart of the home. A refreshed kitchen transitions to the entertainer’s patio. After an enjoyable afternoon in the private yard, rejuvenate in the master bedroom, featuring closets with organizational built-ins.” Offered at $1,099,000
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“Spectacular views are afforded by this three-bed, two-bath abode,” says agent Charles Lederman. “The open kitchen boasts custom cabinetry, stainless appliances, and a breakfast bar. Additional features include beautiful wood floors, automated solar shades, plantation shutters, floor-to-ceiling windows and a generously-sized patio to enjoy the incredible vistas. The third bedroom of this light and bright unit can be used as a den or office. Enjoy all the amenities of the Marina City Club.”
“Stunning and newly constructed, this four-bed contemporary is secluded down an entry pathway,” says agent James Allan. “You are greeted by a citrus garden and a Zen garden. The open floor plan allows in light from all sides and impressive view of the pool. A seductive living room with LED cove creates a secluded oasis. Three of the bedrooms and an extra room are located on the ground level with access to a private patio area. Perfectly suited for guests is the downstairs second master suite.”
Offered at $935,000 Charles Lederman, Charles Lederman & Associates 310-821-8980
Offered at $3,295,000 James Allan, Coldwell Banker 310-704-0007
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Offered at $1,399,000 Jesse Weinberg, Jesse Weinberg & Associates 800-804-9132
Offered at $749,000 Nanci Edwards, Vista Sotheby’s International 310-713-2024
“A gorgeous west-facing corner three-bed, two-and-ahalf-bath, unit, this home has a large open floor-plan with hardwood floors throughout,” says agent Jesse Weinberg. “The master suite is situated at the back of the condo with an oversized en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. The unit also features a kitchen with stainless appliances, a dining area overlooking the courtyard, and side by side parking. Live in modern comfort with all the benefits that the Playa Vista community has to offer.”
“This lovely two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath, home features an expansive living room,” says agent Nanci Edwards. “The kitchen, which opens to the family room. comes complete with stainless appliances, tons of cabinet space, a breakfast bar. The discreet half-bath completes the first floor. Upstairs is the generously-sized master suite. The convenient upstairs laundry includes a washer and dryer. Located on a quiet side street, this freshly painted home has everything you need to move right in.”
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legal advertising FIcTITIOUSbUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 208417 The following persons is (are) doing business as: Access Group 8172 Manitoba Street unit 5, Playa del Rey, CA. 90293. Anne-Marie Fabishak 8172 Manitoba St unit 5, Playa del Rey, CA. 90293. This business is conducted by a individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 8/2017 I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). This statement was filed with the county on August 2, 2017. Argonaut published: August 31, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 2017. ANNEMARIE FABISHAK NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 217816 The following persons is (are) doing business as Rakish 1234 Palm Blvd. Venice, CA. 90291. Jamie Thomas 1234 Palms Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 08/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). This statement was filed with the county on August 9, 2017. Argonaut published: August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 229072 The following persons is (are) doing business as:1) Denise Braun Consulting 6202 Vista Del Mar Apt. 258 Playa del Rey, CA. 90293 All About Waste LLC 6202 Vista Del Mar Apt 258 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. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant ALL ABOUT WASTE LLC Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on August 18, 2017. Argonaut published: August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on
which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 242498 The following persons is (are) doing business as: SR Property Investments LLC 3956 Walgrove Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90066. SR Property Investments LLC 3956 Walgrove Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90066. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 8/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Title Owner This statement was filed with the county on August 30, 2017. Argonaut published: August 31, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 245931 The following persons is (are) doing business as 1) Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital 4650 Lincoln Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 CFHS HOLDINGS INC. 4650 Lincoln Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). This statement was filed with the county on Sept. 1, 2017 Argonaut published: Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File 2017 234047 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Washed up Venice 1002 Nowita Place #4 Venice, CA. 90291 Jason Hill 1002 Nowita Place #4 Venice, CA. 90291 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names
listed above on n/a. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). JASON HILL This statement was filed with the county on August 24, 2017 Argonaut published: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITIOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT File 2017 240013 The following persons is (are) doing business as A Grade Labs 3748 Midvale Ave. unit 5 Los Angeles, CA. 90034 Dario Berretta 3748 Midvale Ave. unit 5 Los Angeles, CA. 90034 This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant DARIO BERRETTA OWNER Argonaut published Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2017 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code. FIcTITOUS bUSINESS NAmE STATEmENT 2017 245932 The following person is doing business as: K. Rossi Consulting 2247 Lonella Ave. Venice, CA. 90291 Registered owners: Kara Rossi 2247 Louella Ave. Venice, CA. 90291. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/Name: KARA ROSSI. Title: Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2017 Argonaut published: Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in
LEGAL ADVERTISING violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER BS170151 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner (name) Kaelen Che-Lue Kwong to Colin Tao Lue Kwong filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.)THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: Oct 17, 2017 Time: 10AM. Dept. 44 The address of the court is 111 N. Hill St Los Angeles, Ca. 90012 A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: The Argonaut. Original filed: June 30, 2017 Edward B. Moreton Jr. June 28, 2017 Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut August 17, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER SS029190 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner (name) Kristan King DeMarco to Krist King DeMarco filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a.)THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: Sept. 22, 2017 Time: 8:30AM. Dept.: K. room A-203 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: The Argonaut. Original filed: August 1, 2017 Gerald Rosenberg, Judge of the Superior Court. PUBLISH: The Argonaut Aug 31, 2017 Sept. 7, 14, 21, 2017 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Division 6 of the California Uniform Commercial Code) Escrow No. 68730-SS Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named Seller that a bulk sale is about to be made of the assets described below: The name and address of the Seller(s) are: EAST BOROUGH CULVER CITY LLC., 1905 LINCOLN BLVD, VENICE, CA 90291. The location in California of the chief executive office of the Seller is: PITFIRE ARTISAN PIZZA, 5211 LANKERSHIM BLVD, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91601; 2018 WESTWOOD BLVD, WESTWOOD, CA 90025; 12924 W. WASHINGTON BLVD, MAR VISTA, CA 90066; 353 17TH ST, COSTA MESA, CA 92627; 401 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD, MANHATTAN BEACH, CA 90266; 966 S. WESTLAKE BLVD, SUITE 3. THOUSAND OAKS, CA 91361; 801 N. FAIRFAX BLVD #101, LOS ANGELES, CA 90004; SUPERBA FOOD & BREAD, 1900 S. LINCOLN BLVD, VENICE, CA 90291; 830 S. SEPULVEDA BLVD #100, EL SEGUNDO, CA 90245 As listed by the Seller, all other business names and addresses used by the seller within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the buyer are: NONE The name(s) and business address(es) of the Buyer(s) are: OFFICE G INC., 11950 IDAHO AVE, SUITE 305, LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 The assets to be sold are described in general as: FURNITURE, FIXTURES, EQUIPMENT, AND LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS And are located at: 9810 WASHINGTON BLVD, CULVER CITY, CA 90232 The business name used by the Seller at the location is: EAST BOROUGH The anticipated date of the bulk sale is OCTOBER 2, 2017, at the office of FEDERAL ESCROW, INC, 23734 VALENCIA BLVD #100A, VALENCIA, CA 91355. This bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. If so subject, the name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is: FEDERAL ESCROW, INC, 23734 VALENCIA BLVD #100A, VALENCIA, CA 91355 and the last date for filing claims shall be SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 which is the business day before the sale date specified above. Dated: AUGUST 31, 2017 OFFICE G INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, Buyer LA1877532-S ARGONAUT 9/14/17
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May 2, 2017 Dear Patient; I am writing to advise you that I am closing my practice and will no longer be available to provide your medical care effective June 2, 2017. I will be available until that time for your health care needs. Please select another physician within this time frame to continue your care or you may follow up with Dr. Amin Khorsandi who will also be the custodian of medical records after June 30, 2017. Please see following for the contact information for Dr. Amin Khorsandi: (310) 449-0093 www.santamonicabestdocs. com If you wish to pick up the copy of your medical record please make your request by June 2, 2017. After your request, your record will be ready for pick up at office by the third week of June 2017 for the fee of $30.00. I would like to thank you for your support and choosing me to serve you as your physician. Sincerely, Ebrahim Sajedi, MD
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LEGAL ADVERTISING DISTRICT COURT CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA Case No.: A-17-754206-B Dept. No.: XXVII PAUL D. QUICK, an individual, Plaintiff, v. ROBERT R. SUSNAR, III, an individual; LIBERTY TAVERN, LP, a California limited partnership; LIBERTY TAVERN, LLC, a California limited liability company; DOES 1 through 10, inclusive; and ROE CORPORATIONS 1 through 10, inclusive, Defendants. SUMMONS (Robert R. Susnar, III, an individual) NOTICE! YOU HAVE BEEN SUED, THE COURT MAY DECIDE AGAINST YOU WITHOUT YOUR BEING HEARD UNLESS YOU RESPOND WITHIN 20 DAYS. READ THE INFORMATION BELOW. ROBERT R. SUSNAR, III, an individual, A civil Complaint has been filed by the Plaintiff against you for the relief set forth in the Complaint. Object of Action: This is a Complaint for Securities Fraud, Constructive Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Fraudulent/ Intentional Misrepresentation, Negligent Misrepresentation, Breach of Contract, Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Unjust Enrichment, Conversions, Deceptive Trade Practices, Nevada Civil Racketeering, Rescission, Accounting, Dissolution of Partnership, Constructive Trust, Exploitation, Attorney’s Fees as Special Damages, and Declaratory Relief. 1. If you intend to defend this lawsuit, within 20 days after this Summons is served on you
exclusive of the day of service, you must do the following: a. File with the Clerk of this Court, whose address is shown below, a formal written response to the Complaint in accordance with the rules of the Court, with the appropriate filing fee. b. Serve a copy of your response upon the attorney whose name and address is shown below. 2. Unless you respond, your default will be entered upon application of the plaintiff and this Court may enter a judgment against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint, which could result in the taking of money or property or other relief requested in the Complaint. Clerk of the Court, By DREANNA HOGANS, Deputy Clerk, Date APR 20 2017, Clark County District Court, 200 E. Lewis Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89155, Issued at the direction of: Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray Puzey & Thompson, sl Kimberly P. Stein, Esq. (NV Bar No. 8675), Donna DiMaggio, Esq. (NV Bar No. 9794), 400 S. Fourth Street, 3rd Floor, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101, Attorneys for Plaintiff Published in Argonaut Newspaper August 24, 31, September 7, 14, 2017 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 2017 249827 The following person is doing business as: Harriolive Music 708 El Medio Ave. Pacific Palisades, CA. 90272. Registered owners: Dawn Harris Massey 708 El Medio Ave. Pacifoc Palisades CA.
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90272. This business is conducted by a general partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions Code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). Registrant Signature/ Name: DAWN HARRIS MASSEY Title: Partner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 2017 . Argonaut published: Sept. 14, 21, 28 Oct. 5, 2017. NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code).
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Friday, Sept. 15 Altcar Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The all new Nissan LEAF joins an exhibition of electric, hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid and natural gas vehicles, as well as panels on clean vehicles and the role of car companies on the future of mobility. Santa Monica Civic Center, 1855 Main
“Incarcerating Us,” 11 a.m. This documentary screening at the Justice on Trial Film Festival tells the story of America’s broken criminal justice system through the eyes of those who created it, those who have suffered through it, and those who are fighting to change it. Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. $25+. justiceontrialfilmfestival.net
St., Santa Monica. (310) 390-2930; altcarexpo.com Digital Media Speakers Series: Steve Marks, DreamWorks, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. DreamWorks animation representative Steve Marks speaks about preparing a professional portfolio and what students can expect breaking into the entertainment industry. The Forum at Otis College, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu Venice Pop-Up Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Bring a meeting, lunch or project, use the free Wi-Fi and enjoy. 1021 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Free. venicechamber.net Toasted Fridays Workshop Open House, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Improve your public speaking skills in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with food and drinks at this weekly open house. Oaklands Apartments Conference Room, 4111 Via Marina, Marina del Rey. Mark at (563) 508-0260; facebook.com/toastedfridays Open Temple: Shabbat Take Me Higher, 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy third Fridays open temple. Finger foods served at 7 p.m., Shabbat services begin at 7:15 p.m. and Shabbat After Dark starts at 9 p.m. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Free. RSVP to info@ opentemple.org; (310) 821-1414 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 sofarsounds.com
Saturday, Sept.16 Coastal Cleanup Day, 9 a.m. to noon. Thousands of people amass on beaches, rivers, parks and public places throughout the state for the “world’s largest volunteer day.” Visit healthebay.org to print a waiver and pick a location. Kidical Mass(ive), 9 a.m. to noon. Celebrate international Pirate Day with a safe and fun bike ride for families with scallywags of all ages. Lots of activities are planned, including a treasure hunt and prizes for best outfit. Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride a mini go-cart, shop artisan vendors and scope out vintage rides in Runway at Playa Vista. SEE SUNDAY, SEPT. 17.
The Los Angeles Shelby American Auto Club muscles into Marina del Rey to raise funds for the families of fallen L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen. SEE SATURDAY, SEPT. 16. Friends of Venice Library Fall Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come early for the best selection to find old classics and new favorites among non-fiction, fiction, children’s books and more. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org JDM at the ADM, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out for this all-Japanese car show. All years, makes and models welcome. Awards are given for best ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, best in show, best Itasha and people’s choice. Enjoy live music and Okamoto Kitchen food truck. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $5 to $10 spectator admission; $15 to $20 car registration. (310) 909-0950; automobiledrivingmuseum.org Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club Car Show, 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. This car show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Shelby GT350 and GT500 cars features Shelby, Cobra, Mustang and other Ford vehicles that have been beautifully restored and maintained by their car-loving owners. This year’s event benefits the family of Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Sgt. Steve Owen. LA County Parking Lot #8, 4220 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. lashelbyclub.com Playa Vista Orioles Free Youth Clinic, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Playa Vista Orioles baseball academy conducts a special instructional clinic for players ages 11 to 14, featuring UCLA baseball head coach John Savage as an instructional speaker. Registration required. Culver City High School, 4401 Elenda St., Culver City. Free. playavistaorioles.com
Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kick off the rally with a PCH ride at 9 a.m. Then come back to Venice for live music, a beer garden, food trucks, local vendors, a pinup girl contest and a chance to win a custom 1950 Triumph Thunderbird. 2150 Dell Ave., Venice. venicechamber.net Culver City Centennial “Birthday Party in the Park,” 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your own picnic or enjoy the food trucks with live entertainment, dancing and a beer garden. Children’s games and activities include a baking contest, food demonstrations and narrated bus tours of historic Culver City from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards program begins at 1 p.m. Veterans’ Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free. culvercity100.org Santa Monica Salvation Army Auxiliary Annual Fashion Show, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse creative gifts by artisan vendors and bid on a silent auction before lunch and the fashion (Continued on page 32)
A Sweet Ensemble
Bluegrass super-group Sugar in the Gourd swings by Boulevard Music Train songs, romantic woes, jaunty gospel tunes, murder ballads, fiddle reels and honky-tonk shuffles: such are the stock in trade of old-time and bluegrass bands. Taking their name from a traditional banjo-fiddle instrumental, the women of Sugar in the Gourd deliver all of the above with a wry feminist perspective, and sweet harmonies cut with a knowing tang. The kinship shown within the quartet extends to a strong sense of community; individual Sugars are frequently seen supporting other Americana artists around town. Onstage, standup bassist Lynn Sokolow’s grounding, grinning presence is the most visible evidence of the joy felt and shared between the Sugars, friends who happen to be busy musicians. The nature of such an ensemble is that coordinating members is akin to the proverbial wrangling of cats. Mandolinist Lisa Salloux, for instance, just returned from a quick pop over to Spain, where she supported Malibu duo the
Sugar in the Gourd delivers traditional tunes with contemporary perspective Blue Dolphins. Fiddler Aubrey Richmond has been hopscotching between coasts performing with all-gal country band the Mustangs as well as Shooter Jennings, the latter of whom she’ll be backing in Missouri this Saturday; honorary Sugar Julie Pusch will fill in for her when Sugar in the Gourd share a bill with Santa Monica songwriter/ actress Nettie Rose and veteran multi-instrumentalist and music book author (and Sokolow’s husband) Fred Sokolow at Boulevard Music. Ainjel Emme will be playing her second show with
the versatile Sugars, stepping in for guitarist and expectant mama Carly Ritter. A jam with Sokolow and Nettie Rose is all but certain, so it should be a lively night for Westsiders craving bluegrass breakdowns. — Bliss Bowen The music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. $15. Call (310) 398-2583 or visit boulevardmusic.com.
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Ink in his Veins Tattoo artist turned author Jonathan Shaw is a student of Bukowski guided by cosmic destiny Photo by Larnce Gold
By Christina Campodonico Tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw may no longer regular work on the legs, arms or feet of celebs like Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop and Jim Jarmusch, but he’s still creating in ink. After retiring from the tattoo industry 15 years ago and selling his notorious New York tattoo parlor Fun City — a hangout for his famous friends and mecca for tattoo enthusiasts — in 2004, Shaw turned to writing full-time. His debut novel “Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes” published in 2008. His latest book, “Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist,” is a memoir that looks back on his move away from the New York tattoo world after 9/11 and his chaotic childhood as the son of big band jazzman Artie Shaw and actress Doris Dowling. Because Shaw is best known for pushing tattooing out from the underground and into the mainstream, he warns readers that “Scab Vendor” isn’t about the art form itself. “I’m always shocked when people tell me they were disappointed with the book because it’s not about tattooing,” says Shaw over the phone from his Hollywood home. (An itinerant writer who penned his last book on a BlackBerry, he splits his time between L.A., Mexico, New York and Brazil). “I’m like, ‘Well, you know, tough shit,’” continues Shaw. “It’s more about the development of a human being, who later would go on to become an iconic tattoo figure, but this is not a tattoo book.” Rather, Shaw’s experimental autobiography veers from first person to third person and calls upon his experiences as a student of Charles Bukowski and adventurer of the world to follow his literary alter ego Cigano (“gypsy” in Portuguese) on a journey through his memories. A survivor of drug and alcohol addiction, an “amateur shaman” of Brazilian rainforest spiritualism, the former editor of an international tattoo magazine and inspiration for both Depp’s portrayal of eccentric Capt. Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a New Yorker cover by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Shaw has lived many lives, but in many ways writing about his vast and varied experiences is just the beginning of a new odyssey. Shaw says he’s got about five more books in him — guided by a divine force, he says, and all leading up to his whirlwind life as a celebrity tattoo artist. “Everything that’s happened in my life, as I look back on it from the vantage point of 64 years, I see that everything sort of had its time and place and purpose for me,” Shaw reflects. “The tattooing fits right into that whole sort of cosmic
Bukowski. We become pals. I’d go over and visit him and we’d drink together and he would impart his ideas. I was a young kid and I was a writer and I would sort of soak up his wisdom like a sponge. Why did you fall in love with tattooing? As a kid I was fascinated with these sort of iconic, compelling little designs that vibrate with their own special energy and power. The whole primal process of carving design into one’s earthly body’s skin ... that’s just something that probably appealed to me on a very primitive level as a child. That developed over the years through emerging conflict and circumstances. Eventually, it became an obsession and career. What was your first tattoo? My first professional tattoo would be when I was working [an] apprenticeship and some wino stumbled into this shop. We said, “Hey! You want a free tattoo?” He just let me put a rose on his arm.
In “Scab Vendor” Johnny Depp calls Jonathan Shaw “Captain Jack the Pirate” jigsaw puzzle of circumstances that forms one’s destiny.” Shaw discusses “Scab Vendor” with journalist Rex Weiner at Beyond Baroque on Thursday, Sept. 21. The Argonaut: Why did you decide to leave tattooing and start writing full-time? Shaw: It wasn’t so much a decision as a present demand. … It’s not like writing sort of appeared like a burning bush. I’ve been writing and around writing all my life. But, you know, it came back in a very compelling sense as a direct order from the universe to drop whatever I was doing and dedicate myself full-time to writing. What inspired you to write parts of your memoir in the third person? The book is inspired by ... not to sound too “off,” but divine guidance. I think if a writer’s writing about the facts of his “so-called life,” in a linear sort of fashion, then it’s real important for that writer to not be all hung up on his story emotionally, because there has to be some form of detachment if the story is going to be told truthfully. That kind of attachment is
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aided by following certain directions. Some of those directions are to get out of myself and tell a story about this so-called self, as if I’m writing about someone else. That gives me a certain detachment that’s very important to be able to express oneself honestly and objectively. Who is Cigano? Cigano is a literary alter ego. My first book, “Narcisa,” which sort of became a cult classic, the protagonist of that book, his name was Cigano. A lot of writers that I’ve known or admired tend to develop these literary alter egos. It seems kind of like a natural sort of thing that happens with writers. They come up with these literary alter egos and that’s just instinctively or intuitively guidance they’re receiving to help them find their little detachments. It’s a character that represents an essential part of their soul. So, maybe that’s why that happens. It happened to me very naturally and sort of spontaneously. Bukowski was a friend of yours. How did he influence you? I was 17 years old or so when I met
What are your thoughts on today’s tattooing industry? Tattooing has developed more in the last 30 years than it did in the last three millenniums. It’s very difficult to find a parallel in another art form or form of expression that has seen such a radical and quick, really fast development in such a short period of time. For somebody who came into tattooing in the 1970s, looking at the tattoo world in 2017, it would be almost like a guy from the 1600s suddenly being catapulted in a time machine to the present moment. It’s that shocking and that sort of overwhelmingly amazing. When I got into tattooing, tattooing was not a respectable, popular, mainstream art form by any means. It was a marginalized, sort of underground practice. It was considered [for] refugees, scumbags, ne’erdo-wells, criminals … and sailors. Outside the accepted norm of mainstream society. Tattooing was not trendy or fashionable at all. It was quite the contrary. Traveling plays a huge role in your life and book. Can you write from anywhere? I can write anywhere. I don’t need to sort of isolate myself. Some writers seem to need to sort of lock themselves in their room, away from the world to write. I’m just the opposite. I am in the world to write. “Scab Vendor: A Conversation with Jonathan Shaw” happens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15. beyondbaroque.org
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Memoir,” in which Asher recalled growing up in the “very grim environment” of post-WWII England as its empire was shrinking. “We had rationing until 1956,” he says. “We all looked across at America as this miraculous, shiny, Technicolor, luxurious lack of shortages. I don’t think I had particular dreams of wealth, fame or success, but I knew I wanted to go to America. I’d read Downbeat magazine and circle the jazz clubs I’d go to when I got to New York, and had a poster of the New York skyline on my wall.” The longtime Malibu resident sees uncomfortable similarities between Britain then and America now. “No question,” he says. “Britain is still a fantastic place even though this ghastly Brexit mistake is like round two. But apart from that, being the most powerful country in the world isn’t the only thing that matters — ask people in Sweden or Denmark, where everything works and they have a great time and get health care and their lives are generally better. The bad thing is you get furious people going, ‘We have to be great again’ — no, you don’t. It’s fine. You can find a new role. In the sense that they mean ‘great,’ I think Britain is great, and America is great for sure. But ‘great’ in the sense that everyone has to do what we tell them to? That’s over. And that’s not a bad thing.” Earlier this year Asher began hosting SiriuxXM’s all-Beatles program “From Me to You,” but he tracks what’s currently happening in pop music too. He calls himself “a huge Ed Sheeran fan,” and raves about Sarah Jarosz (“completely astounding”), Benny Blanco, Alessia Cara, Bruno Mars, and Fallout Boy’s Patrick Stump. “I’ve never been a believer in
this ‘they don’t write songs like that anymore’ theory of old-age grumpiness. I’m not saying I’m not old and grumpy, but I don’t get grumpy about the state of music because I think there’s tons of great stuff. People go, ‘Oh no, it’s all computers, there won’t be any great musicians.’ There are incredible musicians. People can learn to play anything a machine can play, so in a way computer use has opened up talent that has expanded into live music. Drummers can play stuff that no drummer would ever have been asked to play had he not heard a machine play it first.” Regarding his own distinguished career, Asher gives himself credit only for “taking advantage of any opportunities” that materialized. “When I was a philosophy student at university, I didn’t think I’d suddenly be a pop star. When I was a pop star I never had any ambitions to be a manager — and suddenly I was managing the hottest new singersongwriter in America, though they hadn’t invented the term yet. When I started managing James, I didn’t expect to develop a management company that would end up with lots of cool people. Undoubtedly, there’s good luck and coincidence and hard work, and I think there’s also spotting where to place your bets — ‘this is important’ and not dithering about your decisions. ‘We’re going off to America with no money because I believe that James Taylor will be a star.’ I could have been wrong, and then just slunk home. [Chuckles.] Luckily that didn’t happen.” Peter Asher & Albert Lee with special guest Kate Taylor perform at McCabe’s (3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica) at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17; tickets are $30. Sept. 15 and 16 shows sold out. Call (310) 828-4497 or visit mccabes.com.
The Gym Reaper This annoying guy at my gym keeps asking me out. I’m always polite, saying, “Would love to, but sorry, I’m really busy.” And then I move to another part of the gym. I’d go at a different time, but unfortunately, he’s always there in the hours I can work out. What should I say so he gets the hint and leaves me alone? — Go Away Already! There are people, some of them men, who won’t take no for an answer. But you haven’t tried no — or any of the variations: “Nuh-uh,” “Are you crazy?” or “The only way you’re ever getting into my pants is if you’re trying on ladies clothing at Goodwill.” Women have a tendency to be hinty and otherwise indirect in telling a guy they aren’t interested. As personal security expert Gavin de Becker puts it in “The Gift of
Fear”: “Rejecting women often say less than they mean,” and “men often hear less than what is said.” Men’s poor, um, hearing actually seems to be an evolutionary design feature. Research by evolutionary psychologists Martie Haselton and David Buss suggests that men evolved to be poor guessers about women’s sexual interest in them — erring on the side of assuming a woman’s interested when they have no definitive sign that she isn’t (as in adult variations on “off my case, toilet face!”). As Buss explains, the likely benefit from this “sexual over-perception bias” is it leads men “to believe that a woman is sexually interested in them in response to ambiguous cues such as a smile or going to a bar alone,” and thus functions to keep men from “missing sexual
opportunities.” You don’t have to be cruel, but something a little more hope-crushing than “I’d love to” would be a start. Saying you’re “busy” doesn’t cut it, as it suggests that all that’s keeping the guy from getting into your ladybusiness are scheduling conflicts. The most effective rejection is a direct one, like this one I suggested in my book “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck”: “Thanks so much. I’m really flattered, but I’m sorry to say that I’m just not interested.” Though “I’m flattered” might seem condescending, it softens the blow — without being misleading. It suggests that you believe the person you’re rejecting has some merits, as opposed to what may actually be the truth: “I would rather be pecked to death by angry hens than have sex with you.”
Ladies Who Hunch This hot guy I met online lied about his height. We got together, and I’m like three inches taller than he is. That doesn’t bother me, but I’m worried that his height is a source of insecurity for him (since he lied about it on his profile). — Skyscraper You can’t always find your one and only, but you can sometimes find your threequarters and only. It isn’t a surprise that this guy, in calculating his height, added in the vintage ottoman he was standing on when he took the photo. While there are breast men, leg men, butt men and even toe men, in female preferences for men’s appearance, across cultures, there’s one thing that really, really matters, and it’s height.
(Guilty: I’ve joked about getting one of those amusement park signs to post over my bed, “Must be this tall to ride this ride.”) Research by evolutionary social psychologist Gert Stulp suggests that women, in general, find it “unacceptable” to be taller than the man they’re with and prefer to be substantially shorter (ideally a whole 8 inches shorter; so, say, 5’6” to a man’s 6’2”). As for why women evolved to prefer taller men, though being tall doesn’t always mean being stronger (and thus better able to protect a woman), tallness points to physical health. (If a man’s body is riddled with parasites, his metabolic resources get invested in battling the little buggers instead of upward growth.)
In modern times, some men try to cheat their way taller with dating profile fudgery, shoes with built-in “lifts” and strong hair gel (the essential ingredient in a towering pompadour). However, a short man isn’t necessarily short on self-worth. According to Stulp and his colleagues, shorter men’s dissatisfaction with their height seems linked to the general preference by women for taller men. This makes sense, considering how bad it feels to know your partner doesn’t find you all that attractive. But since that isn’t a problem here, let him know. And you might also keep in mind that good things do, as they say, “come in small packages”: gum, Shetland ponies … and, hey, Ron Jeremy is a short dude. (Uh, not all over.)
Got a problem? Write to Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave., Ste. 280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email her at AdviceAmy@aol.com. Alkon’s latest book is “Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*ck.” She blogs at advicegoddess.com and podcasts at blogtalkradio.com. September 14, 2017 THE ARGONAUT PAGE 31
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show. Doubletree Suites Santa Monica, 1707 4th St, Santa Monica. $75. (310) 451-1358, ext. 2113; erin. email@example.com “Princesses Wear Pants” Storytime, 11 a.m. Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim team up for this savvy, imaginative story celebrating fashion and girl power. Join the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple as she finds a clever way to get the job done while staying true to herself. Activities follow the reading. Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 306-3213; barnesandnoble.com KJazz Champagne and Brunch Cruise, noon to 2 p.m. Jazz lovers can enjoy this two-hour harbor cruise with live music, free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider and brunch buffet. Boarding begins at 11:30 a.m. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $67.95; reservations required. (310) 301-9900; hornblower.com Burning Heart Bluegrass Concert, 2 p.m. There is nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and bass when they get into that special bluegrass groove. This is traditional bluegrass music at its best from one of Southern California’s finest bluegrass bands. El Segundo Public Library, 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Free. (310) 524-2722; elsegundo.org
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Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a dance music concert by Elements. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com
brunch featuring live jazz and a silent auction. Support affordable housing and community development at this community event. Venice Skills Center, 611 5th Ave., Venice. $125+. venicechamber.net
Brad Kay House Concert, 7 p.m. Pianist, cornetist and composer Brad Kay has been dishing up ragtime and jazz for years. 732 Superba Ave., Venice. $20. (310) 822-4139; janetklein.com
Music by the Sea, 2 to 5 p.m. A scenic harbor view is the backdrop for a blues, rock and R&B concert by Floyd & The Fly Boys. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-9900; visitmarinadelrey.com
Don’t Tell Comedy for a Cause, 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. All proceeds benefit Safe Place for Youth. $10. donttellcomedy.com
Beyond Words: The Santa Monica Review, 4:30 p.m. This reading series presents writing on the theme of beauty and resistance by innovative and influential fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction writers. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. $6 to $10. (310) 822-3006; beyondbaroque.org
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Monday, Sept. 18
Runway Funday Classic Car Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Runway at Playa Vista’s monthly party invites the community to check out cool cars from the Odd Squad Car Club, race mini Go-Karts, enjoy a wine and beer garden, make DIY crafts and peruse an artisan’s marketplace while DJ Sweet Beats churns out tunes from his retro 1957 Ford Step Van. 12760 Millennium Dr., Playa Vista. Free. facebook. com/RunwayPlayaVista VCH Jazz Champagne Brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Venice Community Housing hosts its 25th annual gourmet
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’s arts-based veterans and youth employment programs. Freud Playhouse, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. For tickets call Harvin (310) 559-9334, ext. 102, or email harvin@5BEvents.com
a mid-career professional or a seasoned philanthropist, there is a nonprofit that will value your talents. Build new skills, network, broaden your knowledge of the community and provide essential expertise to nonprofits. Google, 340 Main St., Venice. Free; registration required. theboardmatch.net
Tuesday, Sept. 19 LAX Coastal Chamber Health and Wellness Forum: Technology & Total Health, 8 to 9 a.m. Greg D. Saccone, M.D., discusses technology and its effects on overall health. Meet and network with local representatives from Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai, Marina del Rey Hospital and Providence Health Care. LAX Coastal Chamber Office, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste 210, Westchester. $10 non-members; members free. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com
The Constitution by Hand, 4 to 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for community reflection and building. Paper, pens, pencils and copies of the Constitution provided for patrons to draw on, comment on. Or copy. Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Free. (310) 821-1769; lapl.org
Talk Like a Pirate Day at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 2 to 5 p.m. Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with a treasure chest full of shenanigans to keep all yer’ sweet young scoundrels busy, including pirate crafts, temporary tattoos, a 19th century rope-making machine, a sea star feeding and a special storytime. Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk. healthebay.org
Simply Shakespeare, 8 p.m. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson host an improvised evening of Shakespeare and song with a star-studded cast. The performance is followed by a dessert reception at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit
Board Match Los Angeles at Google, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Discover nonprofits supporting causes such as the arts, education, community health, the environment, youth development and more. Whether you’re just starting out,
Venice Neighborhood Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. The city-certified advisory body meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Westminster Avenue Elementary School Auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. venicenc.org Los Angeles Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. Noted history buff and Civil War artifact collector John Beckendorf speaks about the Klu Klux Klan’s origins as a racist, white supremacist group following the Civil War and its reemergence following the release of the 1915 D.W. Griffith film “The Birth of a Nation.” 4430 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey. Free. lacwrt.org Indigo BYO Night, 7 to 9 p.m. Bring whatever natural fabric you want to indigo dye: pillowcases, clothing, curtains etc. Sip, socialize and make awesome indigo creations. Materials needed to dye provided. Limit two pieces per person. No sheets or duvets. Mar Vista Art Dept., 12513 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista. $38. mvartdept.com Tuesday Night Jazz, 9:15 p.m. Every Tuesday night The Julian
O n Stage – T he week in local theater compiled by Christina campodonico
Lost in Love:“Carmen Disrupted” @ City Garage British playwright Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”) re-imagines Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen” through the eyes of a lost singer and explores love in a fractured world. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 at City Garage, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1, Santa Monica. $20 to $25 or pay-what-youwant at the door on Sundays. (310) 453-9939; citygarage.org And the Oscar Goes to … :“Big Night” @ Kirk Douglas Theatre In this Paul Rudnick comedy a nominated actor on the night of the
Academy Awards knows that his life is about to change, but his young agent, transgender nephew and unstoppable mother have other plans. Now playing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8 at Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. $25 to $70. (213) 972-7231; centretheatregroup.com
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Washington Intrigue:“Farragut North” @ Westchester Playhouse “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s taut and twisty 2008 political thriller follows an ambitious DC press secretary down a treacherous path. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 14 at Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. $20. (310) 645-5156; kentwoodplayers.org
Two for the Road:“Cigarettes and Chocolate” and “Hang Up” @ Pacific Resident Theatre This pair of shorts by the writer of “The English Patient” takes a humorous but human look at London life in the 1980s, testing the social responsibilities of urbanites. Run extended. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $20 to $30. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com
collide in this revival of the Joseph Kesserling black comedy. Now playing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8 at Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. $25 to $34. (310) 477-2055, ext. 2; odysseytheatre.com
Dark Humor:“Arsenic and Old Lace” @ Odyssey Theatre Two murderous old ladies, a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, a Boris Karloff lookalike and a theater critic in love
Blind Sheep:“Rhinoceros” @ Pacific Resident Theatre Guillermo Cienfuegos directs Eugene Ionesco’s comic masterpiece, a wild and biting farce about a small pro-
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The Kentwood Players stage the political drama “Farragut North” vincial town outside Paris taken hold by a dangerous herd mentality. Think Kafka meets Monty Python. Run extended. Shows continue at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 at Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. $15 to $34. (310) 822-8392; pacificresidenttheatre.com Dramedy:“The Rainbow Bridge” @ Ruskin Group Theatre In this brand new comedy, a man
struggles to keep his life moving while haunted by ghosts from his family’s past — figuratively and literally. Closing soon. Last shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 15, 16 and 17) at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. $20 to $25. (310) 397-3244; ruskingrouptheatre.com Annie Get Your Gun:“Annie Oakley and the Princess Café” @ Santa Monica Playhouse The legendary sharpshooter of the American West comes to the aid of single mom Kat and her daughters as they struggle to keep the traditions of their family café (called Annie’s Place) out of the hands of the greedy Mable Q. Moneypots, who wants to modernize it into the posh Princess Café. Now playing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 24 at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica. $12.50 to $15. (310) 394-9779, ext. 2; santamonicaplayhouse.com
Coryell Trio hard grooves for two sets of organ trio jazz at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 396-9010; tripsantamonica.com
Wednesday, Sept. 20 Saint John’s Health Center Community Meeting, 6 to 7 p.m. Join Saint John’s Health Center executive team to learn about some of the new programs and services being developed. Providence Saint John’s Health Center, 2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Conference Room CSS1, Santa Monica. (310) 829-5511; california.providence.org Mar Vista Community Council Homeless Solutions Committee, 6:30 p.m. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Windward School, Room 1030, 11350 Palms Blvd., Mar Vista marvista.org Visiting Writers Series: Luis J. Rodriguez, 7:30 p.m. The former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and winner of the 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement visits Otis’ Forum for a discussion of his literary life spanning poetry, children’s literature, fiction, nonfiction and memoir. Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. Free. (310) 665-6800; otis.edu Soundwaves Series: “Quartet for the End of Time,” 7:30 p.m. Jacqueline Suzuki (violin), James Sullivan (clarinet), Susan Svrcek (piano) and Lynn Angebranndt (cello) perform
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But many wetlands advocates have come to agree that the release of the preliminary environmental impact report, originally slated for 2012, has taken far too long. Causes for delay have included the sudden departure of a consulting firm hired to assist with the analysis and the Annenberg Foundation’s aborted $40-million plan to build a 46,000-square-foot nature center near the Culver-Marina Little League baseball fields. After the preliminary environmental impact report is made public, state and federal representatives will schedule meetings to receive public comment. No final decision can be made until the public comment period has closed.
Oliver Messiaen’s 1941 masterpiece, composed while he was in a Nazi prison camp. Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Free. (310) 458-8600; smpl.org
Thursday, Sept. 21 12th Annual Champion of Youth Gala, 5 to 9 p.m. Watch a beautiful sunset with your toes in the sand and a cocktail in hand, all while supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice. There will be a hosted reception, special performances by club members, live and silent auctions, awards ceremony honoring community members and more.
$500+. championofyouthgala. auction-bid.org South Bay Expo + Sip & Savor, 5:30 to 9 p.m. El Segundo Chamber of Commerce hosts an evening of synergy and socializing. Sip & Savor features wine, craft beer, small plate and dessert tastings. Meet with business professionals and win raffle prizes. Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo. $10. (310) 322-1220; elsegundochamber.com Venice Art Crawl, 6 to 10 p.m. Kick off fall supporting art and artistic expression on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice between Windward Avenue and Pacific Avenue, featuring art
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Galleries & Museums “Dark Room,” opens Sunday. L.A. photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuya showcases erotically charged images of his friends, peers, lovers and himself to explore the notion of a private life as raw material for artistic inquiry, inviting viewers into the inner world of his relationships and queer subjectivity. Team Bungalow, 306 Windward Ave., Venice. (310) 339 1945; teamgal.com
Linda Vallejo: “Keepin’ it Brown,” through Oct. 8. Linda Vallejo reimagines a world of unapologetically brown bodies with this series of paintings transforming white Hollywood stars into imaginary Latin counterparts. Vallejo introduces onlookers to a bronze Marilyn Monroe, Cate Blanchett as Catarina Blancarte, and more. bG Gallery, Bergamot Station G8-A, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 906-4211; santamonica. bgartdealings.com Send event information at least 10 days in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Christina Campodonico Is it possible to meditate while wearing VR goggles? That’s what I wonder as I sit with dozens of meditators stretched out on the floor of 18th Street Arts’ Continuum Movement Studio during “Visual Reality,” a monthly showcase of creative virtual reality and audiovisual projects combined with a group sound bath and meditation session. Some are sitting upright, wearing headphones and a Subpac, a backpacklike device that vibrates with the electronic music flowing to their headphones. Some are lying on their backs, tuning their chakras the old-fashioned way with just their minds, bodies and breathing. But one guy is sitting cross-legged like a tricked-out techie Buddha, wearing a set of VR goggles, headphones and a Subpac. Is he in some souped-up trance — a virtual reality Nirvana? If what’s going on behind his goggles is anything like the psychedelic visual projections swirling overhead — globes turning, fractals bursting with color — then it must be pretty trippy … and surprisingly relaxing. In a world where we’re constantly
A multi-sensory sound bath helps meditators find calm inundated by technological interferences like email, social media and Netflix binges, could technology actually help us be more Zen? Visual Reality regular Jonathan Lambert thinks so. “The visuals kind of aid your mind’s ability to create whatever it wants,” says Lambert. “You can do whatever you want with it. And adding sound, adding the physicality of the [Subpac’s] bass … it puts you in a place you couldn’t be on your own.” Visual Reality co-founders Torkom Ji, a sound artist, and Michael Strauss, a
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